Eisenhower Principal and Head Football Coach Come To an Agreement

Last week we reported to you that Eisenhower High School Coach Alvin Brown of the CIF Division Champion Eagles football team was forced to step down as Eisenhower’s Varsity Football Coach over continued stalling over offering him his teaching contract allowing him the ability to care for his family..

Well after our story broke Eisenhower and Rialto Unified School District staff stepped up and began talking to Coach Brown again. Coach Brown reached out to us on Thursday February 21st to say that he and Principal Camacho came to an understanding and he will remain as Eisenhower’s Head Coach of the Varsity Football program. This is amazing news because nobody was happy to hear about the possibility of Coach Brown’s departure. Parents, staff, teachers and community leaders all spoke out about the possibility of not having Coach Brown at the helm of Eisenhower’s Varsity program.

Coach Brown wanted to thank everyone for their kind words and support now and as the team forged forward this season. No details on what the agreement that Coach Brown and Principal Camacho came to outside of the fact that Eisenhower will not have a leadership change on the football field for the 2019-2020 football season!

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Rialto Police Track Down Hit & Run Suspect

Photo from Rialto Police Facebook Page

On January 27th at approximately 9:05 a.m., the Rialto Police Department received several 9-1-1 calls from citizens reporting that a young female was struck by a car in the 1500 block of Rialto Ave, in the City of Rialto.  After the 14 year old pedestrian was struck, the driver in the suspect vehicle fled the scene without stopping.  Rialto police officers arrived on scene within minutes and found the young girl lying in the roadway.  The Rialto Fire Department arrived on scene and she was transported to Loma Linda University Hospital with severe head injuries. She is currently receiving emergency medical treatment.

Through an initial investigation which included witness statements, the suspect vehicle was described as a dark colored Jeep last seen eastbound on Rialto Ave, and then northbound Cedar Ave. Rialto Police Officers responded to the area and began their investigation.  During an area check for the vehicle, officers were able to locate it in the Walgreens shopping center on the corner of Cedar and Foothill Blvd. Further investigation led officers to conclude the registered owner of the vehicle (Jesus Quinonez-Garcia), was the driver. Officers were quickly able to locate Quinonez-Garcia and place him under arrest.

After obtaining his statement and conducting a DUI investigation, Quinonez-Garcia was found to have a blood alcohol level of almost four times the legal limit.  He was later booked into West Valley Detention Center under the charges of Felony DUI and Felony Hit and Run causing injuries.

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Election Rules Changed To Favor Incumbents & Silence Latina Challenger

Rialto may seem like a Left leaning city but when it comes to politics, but all sides come out to make sure that honest hardworking voices are silenced.

After the 2016 election where nine different people all were seeking to occupy one of the two vacant city council seats Ed Scott wanted to make sure that the playing field was leveled when he ran for re-election. A city ordnance was put into place banning regular people from being able to promote their intentions of seeking public office. Everyone forgot about the 2017 ordnance and apparently the City Clerks office and Police department were unaware.

On Tuesday August 7th Mayor ProTem Ed Scott witnessed Ana Gonzalez who was seeking to occupy one of the two seats up for re-election with a campaign booth at the cities annual National Night Out witnesses said he came unglued. Mayor ProTem Ed Scott apparently directed Intern Chief of Police Mark Kling to kick Ana Gonzalez out of the event. What happened next was mind blowing the Chief of Police went over to remove Mrs Gonzalez’s booth from the event!

Now the Police Chief doesn’t respond to calls for service, he doesn’t go out on patrol and most chiefs delegate enforcement duties on other officers in their department. Well in this case when Ed Scott says jump the Chief jumps! Witnesses said that the Chief went over to Mrs. Gonzalez and forced her to remove anything about her campaign or leave. When we reached out to Chief Kling this was his response”

I understand that the City accepted the application from Ms. Ana Gonzales to have a booth at this year’s National Night Out in August, without recognizing that campaigning activities would be conducted or in violation of the City’s enacted policy from 2017. When the application was accepted PD staff did not notice the description of informational postcards about her political campaign. PD staff did recognize that she would also give candy and school supplies to children visiting her booth. No other council candidate was allowed to distribute campaign literature from a booth at the event, pursuant to Resolution 7084. 
 
Nevertheless, at the event, when Rialto Police Department staff members learned of the activities being conducted at Ms. Gonzales’ booth in violation of the city’s policy, Ms. Gonzales was asked to cease passing out campaign literature, but she was encouraged to continue passing out candy and school supplies to children attending the city sponsored event. At no time was Ms. Gonzales asked to leave the event.

Nobody stopped Ed Scott or councilman Joe Baca Jr. from addressing the public or having city resources taking photos of them at the event but the Latina Woman running to oppose them she was shutdown?

The question is why such an ordinance even exists and why both city staff and police staff are not aware of a city ordinance?

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City Council Seeks Input On Dumping Woman’s Shelter into Two Neighborhoods

The city of Rialto after a heated and contentious city council tab item on September 11th 2018 is finally giving Rialto Residents what they deserve, a right to voice their concerns on the proposed project.

The City of Rialto’s Neighborhood, Housing Preservation, and Beautification Commission is hosting a workshop to consider a transitional housing facility proposed by the Time For Change Foundation (“TFCF”). The meeting is on Thursday, November 15, beginning at 6:00 p.m in the Rialto City Hall City Council Chambers, 150 S. Palm Ave. Rialto

The City and TFCF considered several sites in Rialto, but narrowed the choice to two locations:

(1) a 1 acre site at the northwest corner of Olive Avenue and Rialto Avenue owned by the Rialto Housing Authority/Rialto Successor Agency

(2) a 2.2 acre site at 475 N. Linden Avenue, just north of Foothill Boulevard owned by a private party.

The City would appreciate your input on any aspect of the project proposal. The City Council will ultimately decide the project location and characteristics after taking public input.

Both proposed sites have created concern in the minds of residents. The original site is in a downtown area zoned for cottage commercial and is not a desirable addition to the current residents in the area. The 2nd and most recent proposed site is even worse. The 2nd area is an area already dealing with large amounts of crime from other multi family dwellings and has multiple homes that are used as group homes where homeless and mentally ill people roam the streets and harass residents and in some cases have defecated on homeowners lawns. The community on Linden is a older neighborhood and nobody wants to see more transitional housing dumped there.

Even though everyone keeps calling the work being done here a feasibility study the mayor has been jumping into every picture she can and is doing her best to push this facility on Rialto.

Residents with questions or concerns should email jdutrey@rialtoca.gov or call (909) 820-8014

 

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Rialto Now Voter Guide

Hello Rialto Now readers we are here to give you a digital look into what we believe are the best people to vote for and a little education on the propositions. We would like to thank Shaun Nieves owner of Unity Escape Rooms for helping us with our guide this year!

Governor:

John Cox – The other choice for Governor has been in power for years and produced horrible results Gavin Newsom will make it more expensive to live in California and over regulate things even more.

Secretary of State:

Mark Meuser – Alex Padilla says he expanded the right to vote but refuses to investigate fraud. It would be easy to run a query of voter registrations against commercial addresses. I wonder why he refused to do it?

Controller:

Konstantinos Roditis – Konstantinos is a Greek man running for election and his main promise to uncertify the funding for the Bullet Train to nowhere is reason enough to vote for him.

Treasurer:

Greg Conlon – One of the major issues California has is the out of control pension system. We need a fiscally conservative with the drive to convert the system into a new contribution based plan. One where we honor the commitments to the people that worked for the state and retired but we also reduce our liability for new employees moving forward.

Attorney General:

Steven Bailey – Our current attorney general took up his entire statement bragging how he’s fought against conservative values during his tenure. Steven Bailey talked about how he wants to make California safer and how the AG needs to be above partisanship.

Insurance Commissioner:

Steve Poizner – This was a hard one. Ricardo Lara made a strong case but it all came down to partisan rhetoric in his statement. Steve is running as an independent and said the commissioner needs to be above that which I believe in. He also served before from 2007-2011 and did a great job so he has my vote.

State Board of Equalization, District 4:

Joel Anderson – This was another hard one. Mike Schaefer has a really good statement and has a pretty good record. The key for me was Joel led the charge to get the gas tax repeal on the ballot.

United States Senator:

Diane Feinstein – Kevin DeLeon would be a disaster…

United States Representative, District 31:

Sean Flynn – I follow the incumbent on Facebook and found it fascinating to see the evolution of his campaign. I watched for 2 years how much pride he had in being part of the resistance. But, when it came time to campaign, it became about common ground. I watched him vote against veterans purely along party lines. In Sean Flynn’s statement he says, “The inland empire is a great place to live and raise a family, but failed policies and blind commitment to party leaders and party politics have made life unaffordable”. I’ve seen him support the president and I’ve seen him speak out against him. Sean Flynn has my vote and I hope those of you in my district choose him too.

State Senator, District 20:

Matthew Munson – Connie Leyva is looking to make California the most expensive place to live in the nation. She spends more time fighting at the democrat convention than she does representing the people. She also does not represent everyone in her District. If you fall out of favor with her politics then her office won’t even help you. What we like about Matthew is he isn’t a career politician and he takes every situation with a how can we make this better for everyone position. Matthew isn’t going to jump into bed with special interests and will represent everyone not just one party. Another danger circling around Connie is her lack of concern about Youth Drug use. Connie Leyva has worked to derail funding that would help address youth drug use.

Judicial Offices:

VOTE NO ON ALL JUDGES!!!!

Superintendent of Public Education:

Marshall Tuck – Marshall will be way less destructive to public education than the alternative.

Member of County Board of Education:

Hardy Brown II – Hardy Brown has proven that of the others on the county board of education he is by far the least dangerous of the group. You can talk to Hardy and he seems to care. Hardy heartaches kids and teachers about the plights of slavery and the underground railroad. We do wish he would engage more on the massive issues of drug use in our teens by in large Hardy is the best choice.

Governing Board Area 2 San Bernardino Community College District:

Joseph Williams – Joseph Williams is dedicated to students well being and success. I have never seen a politician outside of my friend Shawn Oconnell that is more dedicated to doing what is right. You may not always agree with Joseph but he always comes at every situation from an angle of what is good for the greatest amount of people. His challenger is a plant put up to running by Councilman Rafeal Trujillo. Councilman Trujillo is holding some grudge against Joseph and is looking to enact some old revenge by unseating him.

Rialto Unified School Board:

Teresa Hyden – Rialto Unified is out of control! District office spends Hundreds of thousands of Dollars on bloated staff and still can’t right the ship. Board member Edgar Montes is a hot mess and cares only about his seat of power not representing the parents, students and voters. Who he is there to represent even when it comes at a cost to students and parents are the unions that fund his campaign and puff up his ego. For an example when a Elementary School special needs child was threatened with arrest for having a bad day Edgar was more worried about getting blamed than getting to the bottom of the issues. Dina Walker has become a champion of one party and one race, if you fall outside those boundaries she will do nothing for you. You know there are problems when a Head Football Coach is 11-0 in the playoffs and wasn’t offered a teaching job but we are hiring managers like they are going out of style!

Rialto City Council:

Ana Gonzalez – Ana isn’t perfect and she has made some mistakes but so have we all. What makes Ana the only clear choice this year is she wont give up and she wont back down. Also Ana isn’t a corrupt career politician. In 2016 when she wanted to run for city council she was told by the Bacas it is not your turn I told her even though I was running for city council too if she was passionate about city council then run for that. When she decided to run this time around she was told by the Bacas it is not your turn. This time she didn’t listen to failed voices that bring nothing to the table. In this election you have the incumbents and Ana Gonzalez. Ed Scott and Joe Baca Jr are so afraid of Ana that they put up a fake candidate (a latina female) to wash out the vote. Also Ed Scott used the police department to kick Ana out of National Night Out this year. Vote for only 1 vote for Ana Gonzalez!

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Change of the guard at West Valley Water

Normally when we are writing about West Valley Water it is to talk about employees being fired and questionable actions from the organizations Board of Directors.

This week things took a change where some Like Diana Araiza are claiming a victory for ratepayers and transparency.

An Article penned by The IE Voice  said “After two years of ongoing controversy, West Valley Water District (WVWD) Board of Directors ousted President Dr. Clifford O. Young and Vice-President Greg Young at last Thursday’s board meeting”.

According to reports complaints about suspected misuse of ratepayer funds created by West Valley Water District Ratepayers Association were forwarded to the California Fair Political Practices Commission and eventually to the State Attorney General’s Office for investigation. No word has yet surfaced on what actions have come from these elevated complaints.

The West Valley Water District Ratepayers Association is just the latest group to call out questionable moves by West Valley Water Board led by Clifford Young and supported by Greg Young. For more than three years now local councilmen, community members, community advocates and ratepayers have been railing on this Elected Board to change what they call questionable tactics.

Many people that have been involved over the years have begun to loose faith that anything would be done about the perceived corruption because in the last election for the Board Clifford Young had stacked the deck to show he had a 4-1 margin against any opposition with the election of Michael Taylor and Kyle Crowther.

Yet last week Michael Taylor and Kyle Crowther proved everyone wrong when they took action to remove both Clifford Young from his role as president and Greg Young as Vice President joined by Don Olinger.

At the WVWD meeting last Thursday, board member Donald Olinger was joined by fellow board members Michael Taylor and Kyle Crowther to facilitate what some have described as nothing less than a coup. By a 3-2 vote they removed Clifford Young from his role as board president and also voted for the removal of Greg Young from his position as vice president. In their places, board member Michael Taylor was elected board president and Kyle Crowther assumed the role of vice president.

Taylor took immediate control of the board meeting and wasted no time charting a new way forward. He recommended that in the future, each director serve a two-year term as president and called for an annual review of the president’s performance by his peers on the board to make sure whoever is serving in the role of president is doing a good job.

He also called for legal to examine the decorum of the board members toward fellow board members and WVWD employees themselves. Taylor wasted no time expounding on exactly what he meant by this. “I don’t want them yelled at. I don’t want them cussed at. I don’t want them to have their jobs threatened.” He asserted adamantly. – IE Voice

For more on this story go to the IE Voice

 

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Big Checks Written to Pay off One Union for Pushing Permanent Tax on Residents

The city is super proud of themselves for taking the last bit of control away from the voters on getting spending in this city under control. As they were preparing for the June 5th vote the city was working out a lucrative payoff program for the Police Department.

“On May 31, 2018, the parties reached an oral tentative agreement on the terms for a successor MOU, the deal points of which are set forth below and affirmed by the execution of this formal written Tentative Agreement by the parties’ labor representatives.” (Police Union Agreement)

Let us tell you why we believe that this agreement is a slap in the face to the people who live in Rialto. Let us go over a few key points before we move on:

  • We are not against the Police getting paid for the job they do.
  • We realize that the Police were working on a contract that was two years old.

What happened is that the city of Rialto approved an 8% back pay lump sum check for Rialto Police Officers and Management for two years, then a 8% pay increase for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. There are two big problems with this move:

  • The city has no extra money – for the last 5 years we have been basically cash balanced meaning we can pay our current bills but if the car breaks down we are screwed. Our budget has zero room for any sizable hit to it.
  • The Vote to make the Utility Tax Permanent was only an increase in the respect that it is here forever. The only way the city can make more money on it is by increasing the rate above 8%.
  • The city is $150 Million in debt to PERS and Retiree Health Benefits and there is ZERO plan on how to pay those costs.

Another problem with this raise is the fact that as our population is increasing our police force is shrinking. Nobody inside city hall seems concerned with the fact that Rialto Police Department is less likely to be able to handle this city with less and less staff. Not to mention popular shopping and dinning centers that are coming on board. How is Rialto going to handle the influx when staffing levels continue to drop?

Members of the Rialto Budget Advisory Committee wanted to add staff positions to the department while giving a 1.5 percent pay increase to the Police. The community members saw that just throwing money at the problem wouldn’t solve the issue of the public’s ability to feel safe. Chairman Stacey Augustine said as a manager of a major plant in Rialto he learned that simply giving employees more money would not change everything that was wrong in a workplace. Members Joe Rayden and Michelle Sanchez were concerned that the additional funds were not spent on hiring new officers.

Rialto Police have had a lot of recent turnover. The turnovers have applied pressure to the city to make a move to make employees happy and pay them back for pressuring community members into backing the permanent Utility Users Tax. Was this turnover simply about making less money or are there deeper roots? We do know that for the last two years the following has happened:

  • Police Chief Randy Deanda ripped apart a happy and functioning police department.
  • Officers were targeted for removal just because the current political power players didn’t like them.
  • Money was spent on personal witch hunts.
  • Police management staff have abused travel spending and lied to justify travel.
  • A long standing non profit that supported the police department with providing vital funds for specialized departments is still barred from doing their work.
  • Officers, Cpls, Sgt’s and Lt’s all have left the city for other departments.
  • Outside of pay the latest class and comp study showed Rialto Police Officers making at or above the median for other agencies of similar size..

If money was the sole issue why is the Dispatch Supervisor and a veteran officer still leaving after this deal was approved? Also one prominent Sgt recently made his intentions of an early retirement known, if he kept working he would make more in retirement than he will now? So if it is just money why is he leaving?

The problem is that Rialto is not learning from any past mistakes:

  • You can’t promise what you don’t have.
  • You can’t spend what isn’t coming in.
  • You can’t depend on the leadership of intern staff in high level positions in difficult years.

Rialto has spent money or promised to spend money they do not have over and over again. They added $2 million to redeveloping Frisbee park, They have locked Rialto into an agreement to build a 22 acre park in the new Renaissance area with no funds for that park, handed over hundreds of thousands of dollars to the police with this new raise (regular officer alone will make an extra $6 thousand a year with the new raise) and still funnel money to special interests and development buddies that dump money into their campaigns.

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