Coffee with the Chief Re-Cap

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With yet another coffee with the chief coming and going I thought it would be nice to highlight what was talked about at the August meeting at Coffee Nutz.

Twenty four people attended the event and we had people from all walks of life and various organizations that serve various purposes for the community.

In attendance (of note) were Linda Chapman Humans Relations Commission, Michael Townsend from the Department of Mental Health, Phyllis and John Hangman from Friends of the Rialto K-9’s, Joe Britt Park and Rec commissioner, Andy Carzales Rialto Beatification Commission. As well as Captain Randy Deanda and Chief Farrar from Rialto PD & two raido personalities from Q104.7 were doing a live remote in the parking lot and decided to join us.

Chief Farrar began by thanking everyone for coming. He then began talking about the extreme success of Rialto’s National Night Out event on August sixth. Chief Farrar stated they had just over five thousand people come out to this years event two thousand more than last year. He commented on how well the event went and that it was the best National Night Out event the city or county had ever put on. He said there was room for improvement but that overall the event was top notch. The highlight was for the people who hung around to see the police helicopter lift off from the event. Chief Farrar asked the people in attendance what they thought could be improved for next years event.

The next topic of conversation were the upcoming Area Command meetings. These meetings offer the community, city and police department a opportunity to connect and dialogue. Various city departments come out and give you the information you need to easily live here in the city. For info on the meeting dates, times and locations just look for the link on the right hand side of our page.

The topic of the AB 109 Early Release program came up due to the courts ordering Governor Brown to release another ten thousand inmates. Chief Farrar told the community that Rialto PD has been working to stay one step ahead of the criminals. These ways include an full time probation officer that works at Rialto PD, using electronic advances to track criminals, applying for more grants and working with other local agencies.

The last topic spoke to who our Police Chief really is it spoke to his heart. Chief Farrar spoke about a strong passion to reach our youth. Not just the good kids that have normal nuclear families that don’t have negative contact with the police but all youth especially the under privileged youth that shy away from telling police officials their true fears and concerns. This desire chief Farrar has isn’t a fishing expedition to lock up more criminals but a true heart felt desire to show the entire community that his department truly cares. What was awesome is everyone there bought right in and began talking out the idea of how to involve our youth. This is where Annette Pulido the promotions person from Q104.7 spoke up and offered to assist the city and police department with this and other outreach opportunities.

One thing that is missing is a constant presence by School District Official. Every single meeting there are constant questions about our children’s safety. This is just an observation by me but it seems Rialto Unified really doesn’t care how we feel about school safety or our children’s safety. It is sad because Edgar Montes has attended a few times but beyond that nobody. Rialto Unified has a School Safety Department and their office can’t send down one official to listen and log the long list of issues the community has with school safety.

Here is what else is awesome when I brought up the response some of our readers had to the time of the meetings and how morning meeting during the week excludes a portion of the community. Chief Farrar said lets make it happen so all you that commented on the time of the meetings here you go.

There is a lot going on in Rialto and everyone is working hard towards making this a community to be proud of. But it takes everyone working towards the same goal. So ask yourself what are you doing to help make this city a better place and can you do more?

 

What’s going on at City Hall?

The city council meeting on July 9th was full of happiness, turmoil, confusion & accusations. No one was silent this time everyone had a bone to pick or a issue to iron out.

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What we know is that there were a couple of HOT BUTTON issues on tap that night. It began with two consent calendar items. One was to move the public comment section from the end of the meeting to the beginning. This drew little controversy but did raise questions on what was the thought process. This item was placed by Councilman Joe Baca Jr. and he said his reasons for the change was to allow the citizens the ability to voice their concerns without having to sit through an entire meeting especially when they went long.

People had concerns with this move because many times the subject matter of a community members statement could change after hearing the way our elected officials act in the course of the meeting. Mr. Baca said he didn’t see any reason to not allow someone to defer to the end of the meeting if they so choose and this move in no way would eliminate the communities’ ability to comment on separate TAB items. This was only affecting the public comment section when you are speaking on an item not on the AGENDA.

Mr Joe Baca Jr. did a excellent job explaining his move and people were allowed to come up and speak their issue on the Consent Calendar item.

The other Consent Calendar item that was of contention was Mayor Deborah Robertson’s move to REDUCE the time you could speak from five minutes to three minutes. We covered this on our last post and you guys responded in a big way and you were heard. The problem was Mayor Robertson pulled this item at the last minute. This move didn’t allow the public the ability to speak on the issue.

I found the move by Mayor Robertson to be damaging to her ability to gain the public’s trust. Joe Baca Jr. was simply moving forward on a issue that multiple council members had spoke openly about. After we wrote about this issue a couple weeks ago a firestorm of comments proceeded. None in support of the Mayors idea that APPEARED to be a move to silence the community. The statement she found most damming confused me. It wasn’t people calling for a do over, it wasn’t accusations that our elected officials over the years have overlooked the decline Rialto has gone thru. She was most upset over the accusation that Ed Scott the contender she beat out for the job of mayor said that she was mirroring a move done by John Longville when he was mayor of Rialto. Ed Scott simply said that Longville ran her campaign and implyed that he was advising the mayor on these types of matters.

Joe Baca Jr made it very clear that he had nothing to do with the time limit restrictions and didn’t agree with the move at all. Mayor Robertson never gave a clear answer to why she had this placed on the consent calendar by denied it had anything to do with silencing the public. What she did next made that statement appear false.

Four people singed up to speak on the consent calendar. Richard Royce, Terry Thompson, June Hayes and David Phillips prior to coming up we were informed we could only speak on the Public Comment item and not on the time limit issue because it was pulled from consideration. Richard Royce deferred his comments, Terry Thompson spoke and seemed thrown because he probably was expecting to speak on both issues, June Hayes & David Phillips both spoke and were not at all happy that they were being silenced. Then council began speaking about the time limit issue and June Hayes taught me a valuable lesson. That opened the door for our comment to be heard and we were allowed to re approach the dais and address council on this issue.

What was eye opening was the breach of the Brown Act. The Brown Act covers meetings of public bodies must be “open and public,” actions may not be secret, and action taken in violation of open meetings laws may be voided. (§§ 54953(a), 54953(c), 54960.1(d))

What was done in reference to this action was Mayor Robertson tried to POLL the council? You see the Brown Act has rules where more than two council members cannot discuss matters concerning the public good except at an open meeting attended by the public. What Mayor Robertson did and this is from her own lips was have the City Administrator ask each members opinion on this issue and the City Administrator actually admitted that he did just that. Mayor Robertson moved forward with this action because she received word from the City Administrator that there were no objections. She didn’t entertain pulling the item until YOU the COMMUNITY blasted social media and sent emails and made calls sending a clear message that this move had ZERO support in the community.

This is the second time Mayor Robertson has directed city staff to do something that was against the proper decorum of an elected official. Where is the investigation? What is our city attorney being paid $600,000 a year to do if he isn’t looking into this?

What do you think, should our city be allowed to run like this? Comment here or go to www.facebook.com/rialtonow and join the conversation.

 

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown to Honor Women From the 47th District

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown to Honor Women From the 47th District

SAN BERNARDINO – Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) will host her 1st Annual Breaking the Glass Ceiling Awards Reception on Friday, April 26 at the Vanir Tower in San Bernardino.  During the event, Assemblymember Brown will honor a number of key women leaders throughout the 47th Assembly District who have broken down barriers to help create opportunities for other women.

This year’s honorees  are all women who have broken the proverbial ceiling; they include Mayor Deborah Robertson, City of Rialto; Mayor Sarah Zamora, City of Colton; Councilmember Darcy McNaboe, City of Grand Terrace; and Mrs. Lisha Smith, deputy executive officer of the Legislative and Public Affairs Office at the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD).

Our Mayor is being honored at this event

Our Mayor is being honored at this event

Mayor Deborah Robertson broke the glass ceiling when she was elected as the first African American and woman mayor of Rialto on November 4, 2012. Prior to her successful election, Mayor Robertson served on the Rialto City Council for twelve years. She’s active in various community organizations and is the past deputy district director of external affairs for the California Department of Transportation, Los Angeles and Ventura counties. She retired from the State of California after 20 years, where she oversaw a budget of nearly $4 million.

Mayor of the City of Colton

Mayor of the City of Colton

Mayor Sarah Zamora broke the glass ceiling when she was appointed in August 2011 to serve as mayor for the remaining term vacated by her late husband and former mayor, David R. Zamora. Mayor Zamora represents the City of Colton as a member on several local and regional agencies, boards and committees, and is an avid supporter of business retention; community programs and events that benefit families and the elderly. Prior to her appointment, she was elected in 2000 to serve as a Colton City Councilmember.

Councilmember city of Grand Terrace

Councilmember city of Grand Terrace

Councilmember Darcy McNaboe was elected to the Grand Terrace City Council in 2010 and re-elected in 2012. Councilmember McNaboe broke the glass ceiling when she spearheaded an inclusive veterans memorial called the “Veterans Wall of Freedom” in Grand Terrace.  As principal and founder of Village Enterprises, she provides assistance to business owners as they manage development and growth. She also works with clients to design and implement action plans. Prior to her consulting firm, she spent over 20 years working for small technology and manufacturing companies. She was founder and principal of a small product design and manufacturing business in Riverside.

Mrs. Lisha Smith initially broke the glass ceiling when she became the deputy chief of staff to San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales, 5th District. She shattered the glass ceiling once again when she became the deputy executive officer (DEO) of the Legislative and Public Affairs Office at AQMD in October 2012. As DEO, Mrs. Smith directs the agency’s public outreach and education programs, small business assistance, local government and environmental justice programs, as well as its state and federal legislative activities.

For more information, contact (909) 381-3238.

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Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown represents the 47th Assembly District, which includes Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Rialto, San Bernardino, and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy.

 

Website of Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown: http://www.asmdc.org/members/a47/.

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown to Swear-in New Sacramento NAACP Executive Committee Members

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown to Swear-in New Sacramento NAACP Executive Committee Members

 

SACRAMENTO– Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) will swear-in thirteen new executive officers of the Sacramento NAACP branch including the new president, Tyrone Netters, on Wednesday, January 30 at the State Capitol in Sacramento. As a former executive officer of the San Bernardino NAACP branch, Assemblymember Brown said she’s honored to be a part of the experience.

 

“As a former branch president, I’m proud to support the NAACP. I’m excited to participate in the ceremony as the officiator, it’s a true honor. I am sure the leadership and advocacy of the new executive committee members of the Sacramento Chapter will have an immense and vital impact in the Sacramento community,” said Assemblymember Brown.

 

This is the second time in history that a former NAACP executive officer in the State Legislature will swear-in an executive committee. The Honorable Mervyn Dymally was the first executive officer in the State Legislature to hold this honor.

 

The following officers will be sworn-in by Brown on January 30: 

 

Tyrone Netters, President

Stephen Webb, 1st Vice President

Betty Williams, 2nd Vice President

Velma Sykes, Treasurer

Joell Reed, Secretary

Aliane Murphy-Hasan, Asst. Secretary

Dale McKinney, Chair, Education

David Clements, Chair, Criminal Justice

Peter Brixie, Attorney, Legal Redress

Malachi Smith, Chair, Veteran Affairs

Natasha Drew, Advisor Youth Council

Stacey Drew, Freedom Fund Committee

Dr. Nate White, Chair, Membership

 

The ceremony will take place in Room 127 from 5:00 – 7:00p.m. A light reception will follow in Room 125.

 

For more information, contact (909) 820-5008.

 

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown represents the 47th Assembly District, which includes Colton, Fontana , Grand Terrace, Rialto, San Bernardino, and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy.

 

Website of Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown: http://www.asmdc.org/members/a47/

“SPOTLIGHT” with Ed Scott on the Elections & the Open Council Seat

Hello Rialto so you thought the elections were over right?

Wrong we still have an open council seat!!!!!!!

Ok so maybe the thought of more election pandering doesn’t excite you, if that’s the case this is right up your alley.

The city council has chosen to make an appointment verses spending money on an election. They gave candidates 3 days to get their letters of interest into the city clerk’s office (Friday 5pm) and now they have the task of choosing one of these people to fill the vacant seat for the remainder of the term (1.5 years).

Rumors are already circling that the 3 seated council members have already made up their minds? Is it simply rumor? Or is there something it?

There is no way to know what another person is thinking until you ask them to put it to writing. Here is the Interview from Ed Scott enjoy.

Ed Scott is seeking the open council seat

Ed Scott is seeking the open council seat

*What are your thoughts on how the local elections played out for citizens of Rialto?

I am happy with the two Councilmembers who were voted in. Obviously I am disappointed voters didn’t do more research on the Mayoral candidates as I feel the outcome would of been different. Having said that I am in full support of our new Mayor and wish her the best.

*In what ways will you try and remain a part of the work to make a better Rialto now that you’re no longer on the Council?

For 23 years I’ve been active in this community and will continue to do so in any way I can. I may run again sometime down the road.

*Are you seeking the appointed seat left vacant by your opponent for Mayor Deborah Robertson?

Yes I am I feel I would be a good asset to the new Council especially in business development and perchlorate.

*How do you thing this spot should be filled?

The Council should review applicants and pick a person qualified.

*What is the value of having it done now verses waiting till June in a special election?

We need leadership, there are major financial issues facing this city and a person with knowledge of these issues would be helpful.

*Can you explain the importance of having an odd number of people voting?

You certainly don’t want tied votes and if the council cannot come up with a consensus then a 3 – 2 votes is helpful. In a perfect situation if staff and the council are doing their homework a unanimous vote should take place. Voting on issues is not about one’s personal agenda it’s about what is good and right for the community.

*What was your greatest accomplishment & failure as a council member?

I think my hard work to bring new businesses into our community was important. i.e. Coco’s, Wal-Mart, Target, In & Out multiple distribution centers bringing job to Rialto and my work in bringing the perchlorate law suit to an end. But my greatest pleasure was when I could help a resident of small business with a problem and could leave them with the feeling that an elected official cared about them. There is no better feeling. As far as failures I don’t really look at anything that way. Would I have of done something’s different yes, hind sight is always important.

*There is talk of putting Measure “V” on the ballot again any thoughts on this? Why in your opinion did it fail in November?

It failed because people didn’t understand why the City was doing it and we let big oil companies come into our city and flat out lie to our residents. I worked for big oil companies for over twenty years and I tried to warn the city how ruthless they can be but my concerns fell on deaf ears.

*What in your opinion is the greatest hurdle in the community’s path between now and the next election?

Having enough money to keep the City solvent and at the same time maintain our necessary levels of service for public safety.

*Veolia will be the operator of both the Water and Waste Water for Rialto for the next 30 years, what are your thoughts on this? Can they handle both with minimal errors? Did you have a choice you wish was there instead?

Yes I am confident they can handle it my choice to run the water department was West Valley it just didn’t happen

*As a small business owner what can Rialto do to make this an attractive home for our local small businesses?

Make the permitting and government interaction easier. The City needs to understand that when a small business loses business because of safety concerns or because government is difficult to do business with it is devastating. Most small business people are not rich people they are hardworking residents.

*Residents of the country club area came out to the Coffee with the Chief in December commenting on the way the Golf Course has become a mess and attracts criminals and the wild life is moving in as well. What was done wrong there in your opinion?

The golf course was losing 20,000 a month the owners had a right to close it. The residents should have worked with the owners instead of suing them. No one won in that situation but lawyers. The best thing now is to support the new development at the golf course so it can be reopened and become prosperous.

ASSEMBLYMEMBER CHERYL R. BROWN ANNOUNCES COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) has been appointed by Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) to the following Standing Committees for the 2013-2014 Legislative Session: Rules; Housing and Community Development; Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media; Veterans Affairs; and Aging and Long-Term Care.

 

“I’m excited about the work that I’m going to be doing in Sacramento for the 47th Assembly District,” said Assemblymember Brown. “I’m pleased to be appointed to the Committee on Rules, which oversees all incoming bills and other fiscal and personnel business of the Legislature.”

 

“I’m also excited to be appointed to the Housing and Community Development Committee. My background as an urban planner will aid me as I work to ensure that our communities have access to affordable housing and that we’re utilizing our community development tools for economic growth.”

 

“My appointment to the Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media will allow me to build on my experience in this area, especially tourism and internet media. In addition, I will look for new ways to promote economic growth through entertainment, arts, sports, and tourism.”

 

“I feel especially gratified to be appointed to the committee on Veterans Affairs. I feel that veterans are very important. I appreciate their service and the sacrifices they’ve made to keep our nation free. We should honor and treat them with respect. There should be no homeless veterans.”

 

“I’m proud to be a strong voice for seniors and help with issues affecting aging and long-term care. As a member of the Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care, I look forward to sharing my ideas and personal experience in long-term care and having a positive impact. I want to thank Speaker Pérez for assigning me to these important committees.”

 

Assemblymember Brown represents the 47th Assembly District, which includes San Bernardino, Rialto, Colton, Bloomington, Fontana, Muscoy, and Grand Terrace. Assemblywoman Brown was elected on November 6, 2012.

Message from Rialto Councilman Shawn O’Connell

Hello everyone.
Below is a message Councilman Shawn O’Connell asked to be shared with the community. Shawn wants to hear from YOU he knows how he got the seat on council and wants to have an idea of what the communities thoughts are on issues so he can include those in his decision making process.
Read Below.
Councilman Elect Shawn O'Connell

Councilman Elect Shawn O’Connell

Happy Holidays to everyone,

As your new City Councilman, I think it’s important that you are kept informed and are provided a way to comment on important issues.
This is the reason for this email.
Current Issue:
Open Council seat needs to be filled.    
A) Some options available to the City Council       
      1)  June 2013 Election – cost to be determined – seat will be vacant until June 2013       
      2) Direct appointment – (council takes qualification letters and after reviewing them, makes an appointment)       
     3) Committee interview/followed by appointment       
     4) Other
Which option would you pick? Why? (I am very much interested in finding out Why you would pick a particular option. This might help me consider something that I might have missed.)

Please feel free to respond via email, phone call, or twitter (see below). Have a safe & wonderful holiday.

Shawn O’Connell Rialto City Council Contact Info:
(909) 429-1138   (home #)
@Shawn4Rialto  (twitter)
Shawn4Rialto@hotmail.com

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