Free Speech Under Attack?

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Well as much as we would like to move on from the West Valley Water board they seem to want to be the main topic of conversation. Newly elected Water Board Director Gregory Young who I have never met has taken it upon himself to attack our blog. I don’t know this man and I have no strong feelings one way or the other.

So why am I writing this article? Right? Well when the West Valley Water Board made a move away from the Roberts Rules of Order in lue of the Rosenberg Rules of Order some questioned if this was a move to control or silence the other board members and/or the public. Of course the board denied that this was their intention but now you have Board Member Gregory Young advocating that this blog not be able to post links to our online content on a popular Bloomington Community page.

Here is what the group uses as its rules for posting:

CODE OF CONDUCT:

The following is a list of guidelines for commenting on our wall and posts. Stay positive and let’s have fun.

*No spamming
*No offensive language.
*We may remove any URL for any reason.
*No personal attacks (hostile, derogatory or deliberately insulting comments toward a specific individual or group).
*No business advertising or political promotions are allowed, not-for-profit organization promotion is allowed.
*No flaming (posting comments intended to induce an angry response).
*If you have an inquiry regarding constituent services, it’s always best to call Supervisor Josie Gonzales’ office (909) 387-4565 to formalize your concern.
*This group reserves the right to remove any comment at any time for any reason.
Please note: if a portion of a comment is inappropriate, the entire comment will be deleted.

This is a group created to act as a discussion forum for the San Bernardino County community known as Bloomington and the Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) that represents it.

Feel free to post and share any interesting thoughts, ideas, concerns, or news that pertain to the citizens of Bloomington. Any information about county projects or issues involving Bloomington will be shared here as well.

We reached out to the supervisors office and we were supposed to get a call back on whether we are breaking the rules of the group. Nobody has called us back but I’m sure the county is busy with last week’s terrorist attack.

What do you think should a water board director be able to force another elected official to silence the community?

Holiday Decoration Contest

Rialto Holiday Contest

The Neighborhood and Housing Preservation Beautification Commission & Development Services Department Housing Division are seeking nominations for the most effective use of decorations. Residents will be recognized and an award to be presented to the top 5 nominations at the January 2016 City Council Meeting.

For more information or to submit your nominations, contact the Housing Division at(909)820-8013 or email rjoiner@rialtoca.gov. Deadline to submit nominations is December 17, 2015 by 4:00pm.

Rafael Trujillo Exits Stage Left But May Be Waiting In The Wings

Rafael Trujillo is a name you may know but may not be able to remember where from. Prior to September his greatest claim to fame would be a former aide to numerous State and Federal elected officials and a member of the Rialto Parks and Recreation Committee. He has tried to run for every local office that is available to him and has always fallen short. He has even used political favors to try and get appointed to Rialto City Council but not even that worked.

It wasn’t until a seat came open on the West Valley Water Board that Rafael found his way in. This September Rafael was appointed as a Director of the water board. He still had to cross a hurdle that he has yet to successfully win an election where the people had to choose him. He failed to win one of three seats on the water board even though he worked hard to tarnish the reputation of the only incumbent seeking re-election Alan Dyer.

At the November 5th meeting Rafael hinted at the future for him even though he had already lost the election? What pray tell can be his future when he lost the election?

On top of all this Rafael was given a glowing recommendation of his time on the board three whole months. Below is Rafael’s speech after he was given his Resolution for his three months as a water board director.

Here are our problems with this:

  • Two board members left with this election Betty Gosney and Rafael Trujillo. The resolutions were done on different meetings Mrs. Gosney the outgoing President and 13 year veteran did not get her resolution and was called a racist. Rafael Trujillo revived his with a unanimous vote for only three months of service.
  • When President Clifford Young gave Rafael Trujillo his award Mr. Young gave Rafael time to speak yet he didn’t limit him to the same three minutes that he limited all other speakers to.
  • Rafael refers to issues he was passionate about but fails to remember his passionate issues when accepting his public resolution.
  • The West Valley Water Board continues its witch hunt on Mr. Dyer and if they find enough dirt to remove him from his seat you can guarantee that Rafael will be there waiting in the wings.
  • Are there people on the board feeding Rafael information from closed session meetings? Everything having to do with the Boards illegal informant is done in closed session and Rafael seems to be well versed in what has been going on.

We write all of this not because we dislike Mr. Trujillo or to cause him grief we simply want to get our elected officials to work on the peoples behalf not their own.

West Valley Water Caught Playing Favorites

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Would you believe that temporary appointed Water Board Director Rafael Trujillo who only served a few months on the Board will Recognized, Honored and Commended for his time on the water board but Betty Gosney the long time elected board member will get no such recognition? Well it is true. As you can see below that Rafael Trujillo will be recognized at tomorrows West valley Water Board Meeting. Some people are saying that Clifford Young has worked behind the scenes to be a puppet master of other people and it looks like it has worked out for Rafael with yet another recognition for following another persons agenda without thinking for himself.

The two resolutions look very different and speak to the tone the majority of the board was acting when each resolution was penned.

Here is the one for President Betty Gosney:

Adopt Resolution No. 2015-18 Commending President Betty Gosney for More than 12 Years of Dedicated Service.

Here is the one for Appointed Director Rafael Trujillo:

Approval of Resolution No. 2015-20, Recognizing, Honoring and Commending Rafael Trujillo for Outstanding Public Service as a Board Member.

So from the get go the Board majority penned resolutions that should have sounded the same yet are much more different when it comes to wording and perceived tone. Another question is why were these two resolutions made separate of each other? It would be inappropriate to deny President Gosney her Resolution and give one to Appointed Director Trujillo. President Gosney who had served on the West Valley Water board for 12 years has underwent a lot of attacks and game playing by a majority of the board especially Vice President Clifford Young. So after the lastest round of attacks and political games that were played President Gosney asked if Clifford Young’s signature could be left off the resolution which is her right. Clifford Young did not like being left out and he knew ahead of time so he invited Irma Flores to the meeting to call President Gosney a racist for not wanting the only African American member of the board’s signature on her resolution.

Now remember we called Appointed Director Trujillo a rubber stamp for Vice President Young and originally Appointed Director Trujillo seconded the motion to approve President Gosney’s resolution for service. He changed his mind after Clifford Young instructed his fellow board members to not no on this resolution.

Personally I have always thought it was silly to give resolutions on behalf of an entire body to a specific person or group. Many times most of the elected body of any city or board have no idea who they are recognizing or even agree they should be recognized.

Below is the entire body of the Water Boards agenda tonight.

BUSINESS MATTERS Consideration of:

1. Approval Resolution No. 2015-18, Adopting the Rosenberg’s Rules of Order as Official Parliamentary Procedures for West Valley Water District Meetings.

2. Approval of Resolution No. 2015-19, Appointing Shanae Smith as Board Secretary Confidential Assistant Reporting to the Board of Directors and Two (2) Assistant Secretaries.

3. Approval of Resolution No. 2015-20, Recognizing, Honoring and Commending Rafael Trujillo for Outstanding Public Service as a Board Member.

Celebrate Christmas With Your Rialto Friends & Family

Rialto Xmas

Marijuana Legalization Activists Want People Driving Under The Influence

The Pro Drug Legalization folks have stretched the truth when it comes to calling Marijuana a wonder drug that will cure ANYTHING that bothers you sounding like the snake oil salesmen of the old west days. The San Bernardino We Love Marijuana show on Sunday brought in the normal cast of characters plus a defunct former drug cop from LA to talk about marijuana legalization efforts. The group called Marijuana a Gate Way Drug to the White House. They were right about the gateway drug part. This video shows you what the pro drug legalization side of the Marijuana argument will do or say anything to get drugs legal. This video shows you that they will demonize anyone or anything that speaks opposite of them:

 

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The 2015 Election Cycle & Water Boards That The Mainstream Media Won’t Question

wvwb resultsSo November 3rd 2015 is in the books and as the dust settles from the election it looks like the attacks, stumping for allies from the elected dais and misuse of public funds to influence voter perception only worked out in a small way. Directors Linda Gonzalez & Clifford Young along with appointed Director Rafael Trujillo used questionable tactics to influence the look of the West Valley Water Board by supporting three candidates (Greg Young, Manny Gonzalez & Rafael Trujillo) and using public funds to hurt the campaigns of Alan Dyer & Butch Araiza. In the end only Greg young seems to have risen to the top of the pack followed closely Alan Dyer and Don Olinger. If the results remain the same these three men will be the your elected Board members for the 2015 Election.

Greg Young may be the first candidate to garner support from the FAR left and FAR right wing groups that make up politics here in the Inland Empire. Greg Young has had strong support from the EXTREME left wing Democrat Club in San Bernardino and via social media strong Tea Party Activists like Tressy Caps and Kathy Ponce are celebrating Mr. Young’s winning of the Water Board Seat. So it looks like pigs are now flying and Hell has frozen over because nobody ever thought that these two groups could ever agree on anything let alone a political candidate.

What stands out to us is the constant struggle that Rafael Trujillo finds himself in trying to get ELECTED to any political position in the Rialto Region. He lost for city council, unable to secure a council appointment, failed to defeat Joseph Williams for the Community College Board and failed this election even though he was able to find a short lived appointment on the West Valley Water Board for a month. What is sad is a lot of people have dumped a lot of political influence and pressure into getting him elected to something and it has not worked.

The SB Sun newspaper has covered the other local races to death mainly in the City of San Bernardino. Staff Writer Jim Steinberg spoke to us for about an hour about West Valley and Rialto Water Services issues. Jim said he had little time to write about Rialto and that Rialto no longer has a reporter (from the Sun) to cover Rialto. Then he writes this story:

http://www.sbsun.com/general-news/20151031/water-california-drought-issues-dont-draw-public-in-agency-decisions

Jim wrote about how the drought alone doesn’t draw people in and that people don’t engage with our elected water bodies. What he fails to address is that water boards and utility commissions treat the general public like idiots when we don’t like or agree with their given course of action. They treat the public as though we are uneducated and not worthy to input our thoughts on their out of control actions. So where is the Sun on these issues? Why isn’t the media covering Rialto at all? Don’t the people paying to get the Sun in Rialto deserve to be just as informed about Rialto as they are about Los Angeles?

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