2011 Rio Dell Times Archive
12.24.11 Harsh political reality halts weather studies despite extreme year - New York Times Ideologues bury their heads in the sand despite unprecedented weather events around the world, deny funding research that could save lives. Claim Mother Nature has a liberal bias.
12.21.11 Shots fired into home on E St.
12.19.11 Blue Lake mini-mart robbed
Sopa victory for tech community as US House committee ajourns without a vote - Guardian This is a critical issue to the future of the internet and censorship that will affect everyone whether they know it or not.
Bridgeville pot grower pleads guilty, gets community service and fine - Times Standard Thomas Morgan aka Taco to pay $40,000 fine to stay out of jail. **The Times Standard online has changed to a pay service.
Rio Dell City Council Meeting Tues. 6:30pm (agenda coming). The city will begin the process of evaluating a city-wide bond measure for street improvements
Tenants forced to relocate after building department ignores blatent violations - Los Angeles Times Fraud in the building department puts renters at risk while looking the other way on safety hazards.
12.15.11 Holiday pet safety tips
Missing person Mary Mallatt found safe
12.14.11 Robbery in Fields Landing
12.13.11 Burglary on Glendale Dr.
12.4.11 City Council meeting Tuesday Dec. 6th 6:30pm with a public study session at 5:30pm to interview candidates for the planning commission; Nick Angeloff & Billy Joe Long. The agenda includes approval of revised flag lot ordinances and more...
Best health care system? Not in the USA, despite constant spin to make us believe it - PRWatch We rank 28th in life expectancy (just below Chile) while paying the most for healthcare of any developed nation.
De-coding the payroll-tax cut: how well does it work? - ProPublica This group is an excellent source of non-partisan investigative journalism with source documents and references always cited
11.26.11 Wal-mart uses initiative process to bully communities - California Watch Communities that have resisted Wal-mart stores (such as Eureka) are being forced to accept them or pay for expensive special elections throughout California. The process allows Wal-mart to circumvent environmental laws (CEQA) and city council approval.
11.24.11 Happy Thanksgiving!
11.22.11 $$$ Rio Dell Plaza Option Agreement $$$ City Council votes 5-0 to approve the option agreement at $6,000 for six months with a purchase offer of $975,000. The agreement now goes to the property owner for their consideration.
11.19.11 Special meeting Tuesday 5:30pm to vote on the option agreement for the Rio Dell Plaza project. The option agreement is not yet available online.
Local residents have reported receiving phone calls from people identifying themselves as being with “Windows” or “Microsoft” and informing the person that their computer has a virus that can’t be removed by local computer shops. They are told to connect to some type of remote server in order to remove the virus which is, of course, a scam. If you receive a call similar to this then please contact local law enforcement. Do not provide any personal information to unsolicited calls!
11.16.11 The 11.15.11 city council meeting is online! A vote on the option agreement for the Rio Dell Plaza proposal is postponed to a special meeting next Tuesday at 5:30pm. The city has promised to post the option agreement for the public prior to its approval. We will post it here once it becomes available.
11.13.11 City Council meeting Tuesday Nov. 15th 6:30pm Agenda - includes approval of option agreement for property to develop into Rio Dell Plaza (see public meeting for details), approval of new city attorney's, approval of new planning fees, etc.
11.11.11 RioDellTimes.com salutes our vets on Veteran's Day! Thank you for your sacrifice
The 11.10.11 Rio Dell Plaza public meeting is Online! The meeting was well attended with people in support and opposed to the project
Holiday resources list for Humboldt County- Food baskets, free meals, toys, etc.
11.10.11 The 11.1.11 City Council meeting is online! Includes the first overview of the Rio Dell Plaza concept
Public meeting tonight re. Rio Dell Plaza concept 6:30pm City Hall The planned shopping mall development at the 23 acre pasture at Davis and the Hwy 101 South on-ramp will have significant impacts on the entire city which requires the participation of the residents.
11.6.11 What caused the financial crisis? The big lie goes viral - Washington Post Unless we understand what caused the financial crisis we are doomed to repeat it as history has proven time and time again.
Wall Street profits surging - Washington Post Banks and Wall St. firms have earned more profit in the first 2.5 years of the current administration, after the financial meltdown, than they earned under the the prior administration. Claims of over-regulation or an anti-business administration are obviously false.
11.5.11 Five held to answer in Bridgeville pot case - Times Standard An earlier drug bust in Ferndale led to the Bridgeville residence as those involved quickly provided information implicating others. Hopefully law enforcement will continue to follow the trail to wherever it leads and more arrests will follow. **The Times Standard online has changed to a pay service.
11.3.11 Humboldt County Dept. of Health & Human Services Outreach Program Schedule - County services accessible to outlying areas
11.2.11 City contract engineering firm awarded millions in contracts to itself - Los Angeles Times State audit reveals engineering firm hired to advise the city for many years awarded itself projects, monitored its own compliance, approved its own invoices, etc.
11.1.11 New major commercial development proposed for Rio Dell at Hwy 101 and Davis St. exit by city manager - concept includes supermarket, gas station, two motels, restaurants and new city hall; public meetings planned for next week (schedule to follow)
10.29.11 Iraq war veteran seriously injured by Oakland police - The Guardian Scott Olsen can not talk after being shot in the head by a projectile and suffering damage to the speech centre of his brain. Olsen had served two tours of Iraq without injury only to be shot by police exercising his Constitutional right to peacefully protest. Olsen served with the 3rd battalion, 4th Marine Regiment in tactical communications.
Teenager refused cancer treatment by insurance company - The Guardian At age 14, Miran Istina of Sisters Oregon was diagnosed with stage 2 leukemia. The insurance company decided that she must have had it for at least a year prior to diagnosis, therefore it was a pre-existing condition and they have refused to pay for life saving treatments.
10.28.11 City Council Meeting Tues. Nov. 1st 6:30pm Agenda Includes approval of up to $125,000 towards legal fees for lawsuits over the wastewater treatment plant project (There are two lawsuits currently: Mercer Fraser Co. v. Rio Dell and Joseph Baratti v. Rio Dell. The agenda packet contains details of the related disputes on pages 21-22).
10.27.11 Attempted murder and robbery
Rio Dell man pleads to pot charge; son of 'primary suspect' in Hydesville marijuana case - Times Standard **The Times Standard online has changed to a pay service. Hopefully there are more arrests to come!
Trends in the distribution of household income between 1979 and 2007 by the Congressional Budget Office The top 1% of the population with the highest income saw their income grow an average of 275%; the lowest 20% of the population saw their income grow 18% during the same time period.
10.23.11 Bribewatch.org 'Protecting consumers from corruption in the construction and inspection industry.' The site provides an interesting compilation of bribery cases across the country in an industry known for rampant fraud, particularly with building inspectors.
10.22.11 Eel River Sawmill site cleanup and remedial action plan presentation Tuesday Oct. 25th 6:30pm City Council Chambers Refreshments provided Reminder-this area had been annexed in to Rio Dell for the planned wastewater treatment plant
Seven arraigned in pot case; DA's office filed charges against 12 - Times Standard** The article reports that Thomas Morgan aka Taco posted $150,000 bail right away. **The Times Standard online has changed to a pay service.
California school spending among the lowest in the nation - California Watch The state continues its downward spiral as budgets are reduced further while demands increase. California has the highest ratio of students to teachers in the nation already at 20.5 x 1
10.21.11 Hoopa death investigation
Closed door city council meeting Oct. 25, 2011 9:00am re. two pending lawsuits: Mercer Fraser Co. v. Rio Dell and Joseph Baratti v. Rio Dell see 9.6.11 City Council Meeting video re. Mercer Fraser dispute. The city rejected their bid for the wastewater treatment plant as 'non-responsive.' The city held a meeting on 6.21.11 regarding the rejection of all bids to allow Mercer Fraser to come back with a better packet. Baratti and others spoke re. the issue (see 6.21.11 Agenda for details from the minutes)
City Council Meeting Tuesday Oct. 18th 5:00pm study session 6:30pm regular meeting - includes interviews with prospective city attorneys and annual audit report presentation
10.15.11 The 9.28.11 Joint City Council/Planning Commission meeting is online! Pay attention to the numerous out-of-compliance codes and regulations that are being discussed; some have been out of compliance with state and federal regulations for decades. Drastic changes to the 'town center' zoning areas proposed as well.
10.11.11 Clark murder investigation update
10.10.11 Eureka murder suspects in custody in Yuba County Suspects are in custody after multiple murders in Washington and Oregon
10.7.11 Response letter from city attorney re. Freedom of Information saga The city attorney states he does not have a copy of the settlement agreement from the case that removed illegal city manager Jay Parrish from office, etc.
Tenth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan - BBC News With no end in sight, the decade of war gets little attention by the public or the media. Over 2,500 troops and 10,000 civilians have died in the conflict to date; more than $120 billion has been spent so far by the United States.
Walgreen battle over drug prices will limit consumer choice - Los Angeles Times Anthem Blue Cross members will no longer be able to have their prescriptions filled at Walgreen's
10.3.11 Crooked building inspector sentenced to 18-months prison - Los Angeles Times Bribes, illegal permits and attempted intimidation lands long time building inspector in prison as larger investigation into city building department activities continues.
10.2.11 City Council Meeting Tues. Oct 4th 6:30pm - Agenda Includes purchase of used Ford F-350 utility truck, receipt of responses to request for city attorney proposals and removal of a portion of First Ave (between Davis & Elko St.).
Flashback! Letter from city regarding imaginary business and code violations from Oct. 2006 plus our response. Just a reminder of the 'special' treatment we have received from city hall for years... The Halloween lights are back up!
Intense hunt for murder suspect in Mendocino - San Francisco Chronicle Over 100 law enforcement officers focus on Northspur area near Fort Bragg in one of the largest manhunts in Northern California history.
Congress gives postal service temporary reprieve - San Francisco Chronicle The postal processing office in Eureka is on the list of possible closures in addition to 3,700 local post offices across the country
California counties brace for flood of inmates and parolees from the state - Los Angeles Times New law starts today that transfers responsibility (but not resources) back to cash strapped counties
9.29.11 Fort Bragg murder suspect has 'encounter' with authorities - Los Angeles Times gunfire is reported
Humboldt County Health & Human Services October mobile outreach schedule Access to county services in outlying areas
9.28.11 Joint city council/planning commission meeting packet includes details of parking, flag lot, town center & second dwelling regulations discussion from tonights meeting
9.24.11 Corruption and croynism brings down another small town - Los Angeles Times Millions of dollars gone over many years of sweetheart deals and hand-outs to a select few ruin yet another community. Community members are left to pick up the pieces.
Community Events updated! How much money is the city willing to spend to try and keep the investigative report into Public Works buried?
Joint Planning Commission/City Council meeting Wednesday Sept. 28th 5:30pm Agenda items include public hearings/study sessions concerning city parking, flag lot and second unit regulations as well as town center zoning designations. The council packet with detailed information is not accessible on the city website at this time (bad file).
Missing person Robert Sears found alive and well
9.19.11 Building inspector gets prison for taking bribes - Los Angeles Times 60 year old building inspector sentenced to 21 months in prison for false permits and taking bribes. Claims a 'short term lapse of judgment' despite FBI videotape evidence.
Bell California municipal scandal - Los Angeles Times A public records request by the LA Times exposed the massive fraud going on in this small town. If the 'rationale' of the Rio Dell city attorney was correct, the records would have been buried in a personnel file and the corruption would be allowed to continue.
9.18.11 City council meeting Tues Sept. 20th 5:30 study session 6:30 regular meeting - Agenda - Full Council Packet Study sessions are open to the public. Agenda includes approval of up to $25,000 for an outside attorney re. wastewater project, changes to the gambling/card room provisions (study session), approval of city wide street improvement project budget amendment, etc.
Rio Dell request for new city attorney bids Hopefully, the city will receive at least one or two bids from qualified attorneys that have familiarity with government codes such as the Brown Act. Our months long (continuing) quest for public records demonstrates the compelling need for a qualified attorney. The city spends a great deal of additional money hiring outside attorney's on issues such as land use, etc. rather than use the same attorney who has 'advised' Rio Dell for the last 18 years.
Constitution Week Sept. 17-23 - Founding Documents These documents form the basis of our two party system of government and should be understood by everyone. Unfortunately, many of those professing to be 'constitutionalists' know nothing about it.
9.13.11 Big raid on Santa Rosa dismantling yard, tow service - Press Democrat Cream's Dismantling is the same operation that dumped toxic fluids into Fireman's Park during the city sponsored Car Amnesty Day. Take a look at the pictures and video taken at the local park *note city code compliance officer Carla Ralston and police officer Kevin Harralson looking on as toxic fluids pour out of the car crusher into the community park. Car Amnesty Day Revisited...
California set to release thousands of women in prison to ease overcrowding - Los Angeles Times Early release program for parents in jail will expand to include fathers as well
Bell gets free administrative aid from more prosperous cities - Los Angeles Times The consequences of the corruption in Bell continues...
Our Pathways to Health - free chronic disease self-management worshop sponsored by the Community Health Alliance; see the flyer for dates and locations around Humboldt County
9.11.11 Letter to city attorney requesting additional records - see Freedom of Information Act for earlier correspondence
9.10.11 Registry of 9/11 health related issues - New York City Patrolmen's Benevolent Assoc. The rates of sarcoidosis, cancer, lung disease and more are skyrocketing after exposure to the toxic material at Ground Zero ten years ago.
Humboldt County Dept. of Health & Human Services mobile outreach schedule Access to services for the outlying areas of the county
9.5.11 Happy Labor Day!
9.4.11 City Council meeting Tuesday Sept. 6th 5:00pm study session 6:30pm regular meeting - Agenda Study session includes discussion of converting a portion of First Ave. to park area, Davis St. river access, sewer ordinance update, etc. Regular meeting includes request for proposals for a new city attorney, approval of flag protocol, rejection of a Mercer Frasier bid as nonresponsive, approval of a resolution opposing railbanking, etc.
Principles for improving transportation options in rural and small town communities A case study in railbanking is on page 16.
9.1.11 Records request response letter from city attorney with selected settlement documents. Settlement documents attached include agreements with Joe Enes, Joel Mintz, Ourselves, Ralph Roberts, Mike Yordy and Ted Ostrow.
8.30.11 Armed robbery near Sequoia Park
Bell's former leaders are gone but their legacy remains - Los Angeles Times Residents already pay one of the highest property tax rates in the state and will now get to pay off a $50 million dollar bond that has already been largely misappropriated. The harm caused by corrupt city officials continues long after they have been removed from office.
8.23.11 GOP pushing to raise taxes on middle class and working poor - Washington Post Unbelievable hypocrisy!
Rio Dell special meeting re. Bear River Wind Project Aug. 31st 3pm Rio Dell City Hall
8.18.11 Attempted murder more!!!
State auditors to examine the books of Hercules - Hercules Patch Millions of dollars in state and federal grant money is in question with questionable financial reports leading to a state investigation of this bay area city.
Placerville mayor arrested on perjury, conspiracy allegations- Sacramento Bee Failure to disclose has consequences
8.16.11 Full council packet from tonights meeting. It is a large searchable file (13.4MB) and well worth reading. Pay careful attention to pages 104-106 regarding what has to be disclosed by the city. This forms part of the newly approved council member protocols. The city attorney (for the last 18 years) may want to review this section as he continues to deny our public records request. The earlier letters are linked at Community Events.
Don't forget the council meeting tonight! 5:00pm study session 6:30pm regular meeting Agenda
Risky financial deals cost city millions - Los Angeles Times Greed and bad advice by the city attorney has left the town millions of dollars in the hole while city salaries skyrocketed for a few cronies.
City Council meeting Tuesday August 16th 5:00pm study session 6:30pm regular meeting - Agenda Council packet is currently unavailable on the city website due to a bad link for part 1. Numerous items on the agenda; including discussion of proposal for city attorney, approval of $10,000 to purchase water dept. tools, Edwards parcel acquistion and more...
City pays former administrator $500,000 settlement after they pled guilty to felony public corruption charges - Los Angeles Times The corruption runs so deep that "...disbanding city hall is the only way to clean up..." The taxpayers will continue to pay the price of their indifference to the cronies and corruption that had been going on for so many years. Choosing to look the other way is choosing to allow the crime.
8.11.11 Animal cruelty in Fernbridge
8.9.11 Response to city denial of disclosure yet again; letter from city attorney denying our Freedom of Information Act records request Here are some links of interest Public Records Act Compliance Audit; Register Div. of Freedom Newspapers, Inc. v. County of Orange Take a look at the story below regarding improperly denied public records requests as well. It appears that Rio Dell is prepared to waste taxpayer money to prevent the required disclosure of public records in order to protect ?
Bell 8 see hope in Supreme Court ruling - Los Angeles Times For the first time, prosecutors will have to prove that a public official charged with misappropriation must have known they were breaking the law or were criminally negligent in not knowing.
8.5.11 Homicide/death investigation
8.4.11 City response to inquiry re. 25 homes not connected to new water main during 2005 project. Thank you for the prompt response. Original letter to city
Gas tax may be next target of group that is determined to destroy the economy - Money The inter-state highway system was created by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 for national security which became an integral part of American culture. Those that are actively working to bring down the government are committing treason and working against the interests of every other American.
8.1.11 City Council meeting Tues Aug. 2nd 5:30pm study session 6:30 regular meeting Council packet Agenda includes review of draft city council protocol update, approval of billable rates for staff time, etc.
Letter to the city re. $25,000 estimated to complete 2005 water project-25 homes on Riverside were not hooked up to the new water main's according to Finance Director Stephanie Beauchaine.
Community events updated re. $25,000 to finish the 2005 water infrastructure project, the Smartmeter moratorium debate, and more...
7.30.11 Running in the red: how the U.S., on the road to surplus, detoured to massive debt - Washington Post This is a good article about the decades long road to the current economic self-imposed disaster.
7.27.11 Roll over accident on Broadway
7.26.11 Dept. of Health & Human Services mobile outreach August schedule Access to social services in the outlying areas of Humboldt County
7.20.11 Accidental Death More!!!
Community Events updated re. last nights council meeting, etc.
7.18.11 Council packet for tomorrow's meeting starting at 5:30pm There is a rally planned for 6:00pm to protest the Smartmeters and support the city moratorium. The council meeting will include a presentation regarding the meters initiated by council member Thompson and his contention that he has "information" linking PG&E to the United Nations (alleged conspiracy to take over the world aka Agenda 21). The conspiracy theory of the upcoming world takeover by the UN includes herding Americans into camps and ending all private property rights. There is a good article regarding it here. The full text of the actual Agenda 21 policy recommendations are available here.
7.17.11 Rio Dell city council meeting Tuesday July 19th 5:30pm Agenda Includes study session re. Bear River Wind Power Project, discussion of smart meter program, etc. See Community Events for a discussion of the smart meter issue and a clip from the 7.5.11 meeting.
7.15.11 Ex-city manager pleads guilty in public corruption case - Los Angeles Times This makes the third city official to plead guilty to corruption charges in the small city since 2009. Even long time entrenched cronie fiefdoms come to an end when the public starts paying attention.
7.14.11 Community Events updated!
Rio Dell study session on Shell/Bear River wind power project Tues. 5:30pm
7.10.11 Revised contract with Kevin Caldwell, Community Development Director Caldwell has the certifications and experience to assume duties such as planning, building inspection and code enforcement. We encourage the city to follow through and perform these duties in-house rather than continue to use the independent contractor that has been used during the years of continuing deterioration of the housing stock.
7.9.11 HUD letter points out 'negligent' use of federal dollars - Whittier Daily News City blames third party for failure to comply with HUD regulations, failure to have minimal paperwork on file, misappropriation of grant money, etc. The activities cited by HUD are very similar to those listed by the 2004-05 Humboldt County Grand Jury investigation into Rio Dell's HUD program. The city also tried to blame others for their failure to monitor the program as required.
Rio Dell yet again rejects public records request - Response letter to city "The people of this State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created" California Gov't Code Section 54950
Welcome to new city council member Frank Wilson
Here is tonight's city council meeting packet - includes details of the change to the city manager's contract, etc.
7.4.11 Happy Independence Day!
President George Washington's farewell address This should be mandatory reading for everyone as the Father of our country warns of the threats to the new country which have almost entirely proven to be true. Pay careful attention to the passages about partisan rivalries that can tear the country apart.
City Council meeting Tuesday July 5, 2011 6:30pm - Agenda Participate in your local government or risk the inevitable results (see Bell, Maricopa, Vernon, etc.). Agenda items include changes to the city manager contract regarding medical insurance and the purchase of a 2006 Crown Victoria police car. The council packet that includes the supporting documentation was not available online prior to the meeting so details of the contract changes are unknown at this time. Here is the existing city manager contract.
Federal prosecutors, FBI launch probe into potential misuse of funds - Los Angeles Times HUD officials suggest the city may have misspent as much as $4 million. FYI-Rio Dell has received millions in HUD housing money to 'rehabilitate' local homes yet continues to suffer from an increasingly deteriorating housing stock by its own admission.
7.1.11 Get the best bang for your buck on fireworks in Rio Dell at our local Redwood Miniature Golf course; supports Liberty Tabernacle! Free block party July 2nd 7-10pm Free fireworks, BBQ, give aways and more!
6.28.11 California GOP Senators move to prevent Chiang from blocking their own pay - Sacramento Bee Truly disgusting behavior!
Rio Dell City Council special meeting tonight at 5:30, City Hall. They are still trying to fill the hole left by Barsanti's departure to Scotia.
City Council meeting Tues. 21st Study Session 5:30pm - Regular Meeting 6:30pm Council PacketStudy session includes interviews of the two council position applicants; Adam Dias and Frank Wilson. See council packet for other agenda items.
6.19.11 Grand jury recommends disincorporation of Maricopa CA; unsustainable debt and long term mismanagement are contributing factors. The situation described in the grand jury report is very similar to the recent Rio Dell Compensation Committee Report discussion of the current state of the city. Good article here regarding Maricopa and its current problems.
6.14.11 Missing person Jacob Lyle
Scrappy 8-year-old from Humboldt beats all odds in her battle against rabies - Sacramento Bee Precious Reynolds will be coming home later this month after having a less than 2% chance at survival.
Missing Iraq money may have been stolen auditors say - Los Angeles Times At least $6.6 billion in U.S. aid is unaccounted for after massive airlift of cash to Iraq in 2004.
6.12.11 Humboldt girl survives rabies without vaccine - Sacramento Bee Willow Creek resident Precious Reynolds makes a miraculous recovery as only the third person in the US to survive without the vaccine.
6.11.11 Former California mayor, second city official indicted in federal corruption case - FBI.gov Bribes were demanded for permits and favorable treatment by the city.
CorruptAuthority.com Good source of news related to public corruption stories nationwide
Carlotta man 'disarmed' by civilians at Swain's Flat Outpost - Times Standard The story behind tuesday's emergency calls for assistance (see below) after Justin Wier suffers gun shot to the groin area; seven criminal charges were filed shortly after.
Special meeting to be held Tues. the 14th at 10:00am to reject the bids for the wastewater treatment plant project and begin the process over again to solicit bids. Note-the city has recently hired an attorney to address problems with the awarding of that project in response to a threatened lawsuit.
City council member allegedly diverted low-income housing money to remodel his condo - Los Angeles Times FBI investigation into the federally funded housing program continues
2nd Annual Richard Bettis Memorial Scholarship Fund Bocce Tournament July 9th - all proceeds go towards a $500 scholarship at Fortuna High School
Microsoft loses Supreme Court patent battle with tiny firm - Seattle Times $290 million award is the largest single patent verdict in history.
6.9.11 California city paid millions to relatives of city officials - Los Angeles Times Nepotism runs rampant
6.7.11 Update (8:42pm): victim fled the area through the bushes; presumed victim calls for assistance at a residence on Hwy 36 shortly after emergency responders returned to their stations.
Breaking News (7:35pm) Shooting reported in the Swain's Flat area Hwy 36 near Bridgeville
6.6.11 Among GOP, anti-tax orthodoxy runs deep - Washington Post Some have 'lost the art of compromise. If we don't get everything we want, then we let the whole thing burn' Former Senator Dave Cogdill (R).
6.5.11 Rio Dell City Council Meeting Tuesday the 7th at 6:30pm Agenda Packet Closed session to discuss 'significant exposure to litigation' in two cases. Regular agenda includes discussion of proposed rate changes by Humboldt Waste Management Authority, approval of rate adjustment and acceptance of franchise agreement with Eel River Disposal, award of $23,913 contract to Design Air for the city hall HVAC replacement project and approval of the 2011-2011 Operations Budget. *at last council meeting the closed door action items were reported to be a 5-0 authorization to hire an attorney regarding the award for the Wastewater Project II; and the hiring of an attorney for a second opinion.
6.4.11 Feds take over Contra Costa police scandal probe - San Francisco Chronicle The investigation has expanded to 'multiple cities and counties, multiple police officers, multiple police agencies and has crossed state lines.'
6.3.11 Humboldt County Grand Jury 2010-2011 Headwaters Fund Report - Response FYI-It was the Headwaters Fund that gave the city funds to study an Eel River Valley Food Cooperative project at the former Eel River Sawmill site which was proposed under former City Manager Nancy Flemming. At last update, Planwest is still studying the proposal on behalf of the city.
29 years in prison for man who murdered 4 year old boy - Sacramento Bee The case is similar to the local murder case against Leon Bigleggins which has not gone to trial yet
Bell and Vernon cases put focus on pensions of non-elected officials - Los Angeles Times Even convictions for fraud or misappropriation of taxpayer money doesn't disqualify non-elected officials from collecting their public pensions.
Tax 'subsidies' at GE, Boeing and Verizon targeted by group - Seattle Times Eleven corporations posted a combined profit of $62 billion dollars in 2010 yet paid a negative 3.6% federal tax rate.
Facebook executive takes heat in hearing on privacy - Los Angeles Times "It's my general feeling that people who are 20, 21, 22 years old really don't have any social values at this point" Senator John D. Rockefeller IV
5.29.11 Thank you to all our veterans; may your sacrifices never be forgotten or taken for granted.
Bell CA seeks help from the state to find an auditor - Los Angeles Times Past audits have failed to disclose the rampant fraud and misappropriation of millions in public funds that had been going on for years.
HUD suspends funding to Montebello CA housing rehabilitation program - Los Angeles Times Housing money simply disappeared over the years with little to nothing to show for it other than missing or falsified records by the agency hired to manage the funds for the city. Sound familiar?
Lobbyists, political activists use new online tools to slow or derail new laws - ABC News Transparency efforts are being used by lobbyists manipulating the system.
Twitter unmasks anonymous user in landmark legal battle - The Guardian We have not seen any publicity of this case in the U.S. press despite the enormous implications for online privacy overall.
Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1% - Vanity Fair Excellent article that should be required reading for the remaining 99% of American's regardless of political affiliation. Also, read The pauperisation of middle-class America
5.26.11 Ex-city manager pleads guilty to using city money for golf, massages, etc. - Los Angeles Times Currently, the former public employee is receiving $42,000 in monthly pension. Don't forget, the state recently failed to pass a proposal to strip public pensions from city and state officials convicted of misusing taxpayer money. The $500,000 annual pension of this manager will remain despite his admission of guilt.
Second building inspector pleads guilty in federal bribery probe - Los Angeles Times Systemic fraud being investigated by the FBI as bribes were being demanded by crooked inspectors as a matter of routine. Illegal permits were simply a common everyday occurrence despite the risk of injury or death from deficient construction.
U.S. law enforcement increasingly peeping at email, Facebook, instant messages, etc. - CSO Security & Risk In a related story, the only bipartisan agreement to come out of DC these days is an extension of the Patriot Act provisions which passed with virtually no debate or publicity. Anyone concerned about their Constitutional rights should be paying close attention to this issue.
5.20.11 Community Events updated with info from Housing & Community Development regarding the blown CDBG funded project at Wildwood and Painter.
Instance of "noncompliance" identified in 2008-2009 financial audit (pg 53). No inventory or accounting of fixed assets was required, according to the findings. Perhaps that was why the city had to pay considerable sums to replace "missing" equipment in Public Works shortly after James Hale left as director. Or was it something else...
Ghilarducci sentenced to 30 months in prison (finally) - Times Standard Former Mayor of Rio Dell and CEO of Humboldt Creamery receives his sentence and will have to surrender by Friday to serve time.
Council Member Marc Barsanti resigned last night as he is moving to Scotia
5.17.11 Attorney disputes that Ghilarducci's actions created problems - Times Standard Former Rio Dell Mayor and CEO of Humboldt Creamery's attorney now argues that he should be recognized for his efforts to try and "protect" the business. Testimony by former creamery members claimed to be "demonstrably false" (aka lies).
5.15.11 City Council meeting Tuesday May 17th Study Session 6:00pm - Regular Session 6:30pm Agenda The council will hold a closed door session at 5:30pm re. significant exposure to litigation for 2 cases. The study session is a review of the draft capital budget. The agenda includes changing the Housing Director position held by Kevin Caldwell into a Community Development Director position, adoption of medical marijuana dispensary ban, etc. The council will also hold a closed door session afterwards re. performance evaluation for City Manager Henrickson.
Huge profits for health insurers as Americans delay medical care - New York Times Record breaking profits are being reaped by insurers whose clients pay their premiums (if they are lucky enough to have insurance) yet still can't afford the deductibles and costs associated with medical care; postponing preventative care, skimping on medication and delaying medical procedures. The insurers still argue they need double digit premium hikes.
California's new social services chief to be paid $343,000 annually despite budget crisis - Los Angeles Times Benefits include an additional $400 monthly car allowance despite ban against state-paid vehicles. Contract circumvents state law restricting the wage for this position. Good article at San Jose Mercury News regarding this guy and his initiative to "oversee the most dramatic downsizing of government programs for the poor in California history."
Million dollar wasteland of stalled or abadoned HUD projects - Washington Post investigation The Eureka area has received $6 million in HUD funds with $4 million unspent on housing projects so far.
5.14.11 Internal investigations unit resurrected in wake of massive building department corruption probe - Los Angeles Times Expanded federal bribery investigation into corrupt buidling inspectors who have been caught on tape taking bribes for ignoring health & safety violations, illegal permits, retaliation, etc. has resulted in two arrests so far and more expected. It is refreshing to see corrupt building inspectors who have gotten away with their criminal activities for so many years finally brought to justice by the Feds!
5.13.11 Fort Humboldt, Benbow Lake, Del Norte Coast Redwoods and 67 other California parks on list of closures- Los Angeles Times Diminished services at remaining parks such as closed bathrooms and lifeguard towers likely at remaining parks in response to budget crisis
Employment contract James Hale, former Public Works Director (unknown why a new contract was signed in 2007 as Hale had been with the city prior to that)
The May 3rd Rio Dell City Council meeting. Featuring more local citizens questioning the City about their problems involving Rio Dell's CDBG aka Community Development Block Grant money which is United States Federal government money.
5.9.11 Letter from city attorney regarding our recent records request - Our response to denial of requested info The information stated by the city simply doesn't match the record
5.7.11 Investigation into crooked building inspectors expands - Los Angeles Times There have been two arrests so far of inspectors taking bribes for ignoring health & safety code violations, illegal permits, retaliation, etc. in systemic corruption. Federal grand jury expands their investigation to include the remaining inspectors and those in the building department that ignored or helped cover up the rampant fraud.
Judge tosses civil suit against ex-Bell administrators - Los Angeles Times Ruling states legislators can't be sued for passing ordinances that reward themselves or their cronies with public money. Criminal case continues.
5.5.11 Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Three out of four US students lack a basic understanding of democracy - San Francicso Chronicle We continue to short change our future by failing to provide even a basic education to students.
California considers shorter school year due to budget cuts - Sacramento Bee The race to the bottom continues to pick up speed as the future of our country is tossed out the window in the name of short sighted budget cuts.
5.3.11 Community events updated! Major housing project falls through for mysterious reasons
Rio Dell City Council Meeting 5:30 study session 6:30 meeting - Agenda Full council packet Includes: discussion of animal control ordinance, appointment of Gary Chapman to planning commission, public hearing re. ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, draft operations budget, etc.
Former Temple City CA mayor convicted in bribery case - Los Angeles Times Cash bribes were being paid by developers in order to secure contracts and permits.
5.2.11 Bell pension reform measure fails in committee - Los Angeles Times Measure to strip public pensions from city and state officials convicted of criminal corruption fails to gather support. Unbelievable!
5.1.11 US Special Forces kill Osama bin laden! - CNN
4.30.11 Assembly votes to disincorporate Vernon CA - Los Angeles Times In response to an "Unprecedented pattern of corruption' in Vernon...a city that has faced criticism for generations that it is run as a personal feifdom for a small clique."
Rio Dell residents clean up day free disposal of certain items planned for May 7th 9am-1pm at the school - no e-waste
HUD suspends funding to Montebello CA, demands repayment of $5 mil. in past grants - Los Angeles Times Past handling of grant money "may border on criminal" with little documentation on how federal money was spent. Housing rehab money is unaccounted for, rules were ignored, documentation is either falsified or nonexistent, etc. Sound familiar?
4.27.11 Indoor grow busted on 3rd St.
Vernon CA city council members enjoy the perks of their personal feifdom - Los Angeles Times It is hard to believe the shameless salaries and perks these guys paid themselves and their cronies for so many years. It goes to show that even long time corruption comes to an end eventually.
Rio Dell Planning Commission to meet tomorrow night 6:30pm. Agenda includes discussion of medical marijuana dispensary ban, etc.
Public hearing tonight 5:00pm re. CDBG "funding proposal"- there is absolutely no further information available from the city regarding the "public hearing."
Affordable housing developer accused of "pervasive fraud;" bilking taxpayers of at least $182 million in grant money- Los Angeles Times Rio Dell has received millions of dollars towards housing in the past yet the situation continues to deteriorate. RCAA has been administering the city's housing rehab program for years now; charging very large fees along the way. Everyone takes a piece of the pie and the home owner as well as the taxpayer are the ones to pay the price for others greed. Think about how nice Rio Dell could be if that housing money had been used the way it was intended or if the building codes were actually enforced fairly.
4.24.11 Happy Easter!
4.23.11 Montebello CA facing insolvency, millions of dollars unaccounted for- Los Angeles Times State orders rare audit of the books as evidence shows years worth of false or inaccurate financial reports hiding the missing money. Back room dealings with cronies has run that city into the ground. The Rio Dell Compensation Committee Report describes a similar financial insolvency problem if drastic changes aren't made. There has been no further discussion of the severe problems identified in that report.
Health insurance: when prevention and treatment mix, who pays? - Los Angeles Times Insurance companies deny covering preventative testing any way they possibly can; risking people's lives for higher profit.
April 27th planning commission meeting to consider ban on medical marijuana dispensaries
Missing person Wayne Lovell found safe
4.18.11 Rio Dell City Council meeting Tues. April 19, 2011 5:00 study session 6:30 regular meeting Includes budget study session, establish speed limits on certain streets, etc.
4.17.11 Wealth care - Northcoast Journal How the current tax system redistributes wealth to the top tier. Don't believe the partisan lies over taxes. If you are not outraged then you're not paying attention.
4.16.11 Lanesboro MN, a case study in small town revitilization This is a perfect example of the potential that a Rails to Trails project has for economic development in small towns similar to Rio Dell.
Despite financial crisis, no prosecutions of Wall St. - New York Times In fact, the culprets are reaping massive bonuses while dodging their already minimal taxes. Their $20 million+ annual lobbying efforts are more than paying off.
4.13.11 Missing Person Wayne Ray Loveall
Building inspectors with history of fraud/incompetence slipping through the cracks - Sacramento Bee The article only touches on the tip of the iceburg with this problem. Lives are put at risk everyday by inspectors willing to look the other way and ignore the most severe health & safety structural failures.
California Watch - excellent source of investigative reporting
The April 5th, 2011 Rio Dell City Council meeting is online! Rails for Trails discussion.*Don't miss councilmember Leonard asking why he should vote for something that he personally doesn't benefit from. A perfect example of the greed and selfishness that has a stranglehold on the community. The concept of representing the city's best interests rather than his own is lost on Leonard.
Scotia School fundraiser dinner and auction April 9th, 2011 flyer Come support the music program and the school which is facing $78,000 in budget cuts!
What is holding up a budget deal? - Washington Post The federal government is being held hostage by the anti-women legislators that insist of defunding Planned Parenthood, a primary provider of women's cancer screenings and healthcare. The GOP is also insisting on preventing the EPA from enacting rules governing clean air, coal mining and climate change. Just to name of couple of their partisan demands.
4.6.11 Community Events updated
4.2.11 Rio Dell City Council meeting Tues. 4th at 6:30pm Council Packet There is a 5:30pm closed door meeting involving a conference with legal counsel over some anticipated litigation over the CDBG rehab loan portfolio. Approval of $239,040 land purchase in Metropolitan for wastewater disposal, street repair related issues, unmet transit needs public hearing and more are on the agenda. Read the council packet for details.
Congress still gets paid during government shutdown - MSNBC A proposal to ban their pay during a shutdown is opposed by some because they need the money more than others.
Californians back raising taxes on state's wealthy - San Francisco Chronicle What a radical concept!
3.30.11 Hwy 101 closed both ways south of Sylvandale exit due to a massive mudslide
Read the Emergency Moratorium Ordinance No. 271 which identifies the immediate threat to public health, safety and welfare being any development application by the property owners which would complicate the de-annexation process. "This is neccessary because a subdivision application could jeopardize detachment..." Ron Henrickson, City Manager. It is unlikely the massive mud slide just down the highway from us will make LAFCo more willing to resume the upkeep and liability for Blue Slide Rd. which the city assumed when it annexed that property.
3.29.11 Governor Brown declares budget talks dead - Los Angeles Times Once again the state budget is held hostage to a minority who are unwilling to do the tough job of compromise. Trying to solve the massive deficit by eliminating the safety net alone will only result in civil unrest and wide spread suffering by Californians. The GOP has been blocking any attempt to let the citizens vote on the issue since their corporate sponsors may not like the outcome.
Longtime city manager fired and city attorney replaced in tiny Cudahy City CA - Los Angeles Times "Hopefully, this is the start of encouraging other people in my community to get involved in the democratic system and not fear being attacked as I was attacked" Luis Garcia. He took the words right out of our mouths.
3.28.11 Update on Child death!
3.27.11 Scotia School fundraiser dinner and auction April 9th, 2011 flyer Come support the music program and the school which is facing $78,000 in budget cuts!
Former Prince George's county executive and council member spouse charged with taking bribes - Washington Post Long standing corruption and cronyism has finally been investigated in this small community as officials used CDBG Housing money to reward developers who provided bribes (among other things). Misappropriating the federal grant money results in federal charges for those involved or complicit. FBI White Collar Crime Unit: reporting fraud (immunity can be granted to those to come clean and report fraud).
Rainbow of food dyes in our grocery aisles has a dark side - Washington Post Numerous kids are put on psychotropic medications due to behavioral problems that may be related to diet.
3.26.11 Rio Dell special meeting Tues March 29, 2011 10:00am "Public hearing/adopt negative declaration for CEQA compliance and approve resolution no. 1109-2011 approving the general plan housing element update (action)." There is absolutely no information publically available for this item so that the public can actually participate in the public hearing. Does this meet the legal minimum of a public hearing? Here is the draft housing element and draft environmental impact report from 2009 but who knows what the negative declaration for CEQA compliance refers to.
Government shut down increasingly likely as ideologues hold budget hostage to their demands - Reuters Demands are being made for partisan interests unrelated to the budget risking a default by the U.S. in a game of Russian roulette with the economy.
Rioters battle UK police after anti-cuts rally - Reuters Class warfare has been brewing for awhile as cuts to the safety net are enacted but Wall St. and the bankers who caused the economic crash are awarded bonuses. Teachers and public employees meanwhile are being cast as the "greedy" who are breaking the budget yet companies like GE pay no U.S. taxes and receive tax refunds in the millions while profits soar.
Missing person Elena Kester found safe
3.24.11 G.E. avoids U.S. taxes altogether, receives $3.2 billion refund - New York Times Only 6.6% of federal revenue comes from corporate taxes; that rate was 30% in the mid-1950's. Tax laws allow American companies to shelter their profits overseas to avoid paying taxes while still claiming tax credits which results in refund checks.
Rio Dell Compensation Committee Report featured on the Los Angeles Times an audit of city salaries uncovered some serious financial concerns about the future economic stability of the tiny Humboldt County community.
3.23.11 Money missing after suspect redevelopment deal - Los Angeles Times alleged building code violations used to bully residents by cronies with the city; "essentially they cooked the books on this"
Triangle factory fire offers lessons 100 years later - Washington Post 146 mostly young women died in a factory fire after company fought union demands for sprinklers and accessible emergency exits.
Prosecutors recommend over 3 year prison sentence for Ghilarducci - Times Standard Sentencing is expected tomorrow for the former Rio Dell mayor and Humboldt Creamery CEO for bank fraud.
Inspector fired for falsifying inspection records on train before crash that killed a 6 year old boy - Fox News The serious ramifications of incompetent or corrupt inspectors can not be overstated; whether they are inspecting rides or family homes, peoples lives hang in the balance.
3.21.11 Freedom of Information Request submitted to the city earlier today re. outcome of numerous closed door sessions concerning former public works director Jim Hale and former city manager Nancy Flemming, audit report and information concerning a special investigation into audit findings from 2009.
3.20.11 Ghilarducci asks for probation; says prison would be a slap in the face - Times Standard The former Mayor of Rio Dell and Humboldt Creamery CEO states he has "suffered the greatest" already. A number of former creamery members have written in support of Ghilarducci while others are still suffering from the financial fraud he committed.
Rio Dell Compensation Committee Report - Don't forget about the drastic changes that are being considered by the city. The report recommends considering disbanding the police department as well as city hall and moving to a community services district as one option for the city.
Washington vs. the merciless - New York Times The partisan fighting at all levels of our government is putting the country at risk as they fail to even address the very serious problems of the day. Their only interest is in "winning" the political game and that goes for both parties.
Anti-war activists arrested near White House as they mark 8th anniversary of start of Iraq war - Washington Post Have you seen any mainstream news marking the 8th anniversary of Bush's war? We haven't. The fact that we are still in two unending wars hardly makes the news at all any more. We hear more about celebrities going insane publically or facing jail time for stealing than the war.
Scathing CalPERS Special Review report - Los Angeles Times Public Records Project There is a major bribery scandal going on with CalPERS leadership at the same time unions are being attacked nationwide by political opportunists who have targeted unions for years. The end result is as always...the working folks get screwed over so a few at the top can profit.
3.17.11 Happy St. Patricks Day!
Rio Dell Building Department fraud These are some of the types of activities that have created the deteriorating housing situation in Rio Dell. Why no underground utilities at new construction like the two houses built by Joe Enos behind city hall or the identical houses built by Myers Construction at Painter & May St.? Why no ADA required access ramp at the newer sidewalk on the corner of Ireland & Center St. at the schools? The short driveway nearby doesn't meet the slope requirements. These are just a couple of examples.
3.15.11 Welcome to new Rio Dell Housing Director Kevin Caldwell! We wish him luck as he begins to deal with the deteriorating housing situation in Rio Dell despite millions in CDBG money coming in to town and being administered by Redwood Community Action Agency specifically to rehabilitate housing in the city. The question "where did all the money go?" will need to be answered at some point. The 2004 Humboldt County Grand Jury Report regarding the first time homebuyers program in Rio Dell can be read here. A good third party article on our own experiences with the program can be read here.
Upland CA mired in municipal scandal - Los Angeles Times The mayor is arrested on federal corruption charges; more indictments are expected as the other city staff knew what was going on and did nothing.
Coverage of the continuing tragedy in Japan at BBCNews Meltdown alert at nuclear reactor
House GOP targets California in an attack on states rights and public health - San Francisco Chronicle Using the gas prices as a convenient excuse, idealogues target clean air legislation as favor to the largest polluters/donors
3.13.11 Rio Dell City Council Meeting Tues March 15th 5:30pm study session 6:30pm regular meeting Study session regarding proposed subdivision and zoning changes at May St. property. The regular agenda is packed with too many items to list here, please review the agenda. Considering the way the existing May St. "non subdivision" was handled, it would be in everyone's best interest to keep a very close eye on future projects.
Press release re. tsunami warning which remains in effect with aerial photos (2pm pst) The pictures were taken by the Sheriff's Air Auxilliary
Second updated press release re. local emergency Stay away from the coast!
Japan's strict building codes saved lives - New York Times Japan's enforcement of the health & safety building codes prevented a much larger tragedy after the massive earthquake. Unfortunately, Rio Dell ignores even the most basic safety codes; such as failing foundations, 3x overstressed support beams, etc. Perhaps the new city manager, who is also an engineer, should take a very close look at the actions of the building department before it is too late. Here is the engineer's report on our home to start with; the report was written after multiple inspections by Arnold Kemp of Kemp Inspection Service where no problems were found.
Humboldt County Tsunami Warning press release - stay away from Eureka until further notice and evacuate from any coastal areas immediately! All Eureka City Schools closed!
Unattended child drowns UPDATE!!!
March Rio Dell water bills not due until 4/26? That is what your water bill says.
New city council members promise to clean out city hall - Los Angeles Times The only way to combat the fraud that has ruined the city is to completely clean house! Rio Dell will have to do the same.
People v Bigleggins preliminary hearing was reset to April 6th. More to come!!!
People v Bigleggins: Leon Bigleggins has a disposition reset hearing for March 9th, at 2pm. Bigleggins is being held for allegedly beating to death a 4 year old child.
3.6.11 California coastal cities prepare for rising sea levels - Los Angeles Times The reality of rising sea levels forces even climate change deniers in local governments to deal with the issue. While the issue of cause is still hotly contested, the simple fact that sea levels are rising and climate changes are occurring can't be ignored any more.
3.5.11 How Germany became the China of Europe - Time Germany focuses on keeping manufacturing within the country as much as possible rather than outsourcing it as American companies do. As a result, Germany is thriving in the current economic climate as their exports rise.
Massive criminal investigation into airline industry conspiracy by Justice Dept.- NPR Airline executives have gone to jail in this ongoing investigation that has been kept generally quiet despite the hundreds of millions of dollars estimated to have been bilked from the public.
3.4.11 Why lie about it? City moratorium due to 'current and immediate threat to public health' according to the city - Humboldt Beacon However this isn't true! Read Community Events for more discussion
Sunshine Week is coming up March 13-19! Your right to know what is going on in your local government is just as important as your responsibility to participate!
3.1.11 Rio Dell estimates the cost of un-annexing the Blue Slide Rd. area along with some property in Metropolitan at $10,000-$12,000 out of the general fund. City Manager Henrickson pointed out this is far less expensive than having to repair that road in the future. The application to un-annex the property will need to go before LAFCo to decide.
The February numbers are in Rio Dell Times on track to double the data moved for 2011 we moved 20.29 Gigs in this last month alone! That's 2,289 unique visitors with 7,204 visits from around the world.
Rio Dell City Council Meeting Tues. March 1st Agenda 5:30 Study Session 6:30 Regular Meeting Study session includes discussion of medical marijuana dispensaries and the un-annexation of Blue Slide Rd. An earlier application for a dispensary resulted in a moratorium against all dispensaries in Rio Dell.
2.27.11 Felony sexual assault arrest
2.26.11 Supreme court to hear landmark child abuse investigation case - San Francisco Chronicle At issue is the right of CWS to interview a child without a warrant or parental consent when abuse by the parent is suspected.
2.25.11 New Zealand shows importance of strong building codes - Los Angeles Times Following building codes, particularly in earthquake prone areas, is a matter of life and death. The failure to enforce even the most basic health and safety codes puts everyone in danger.
2.24.11 California commission recommends cutting pensions for existing public state and local employees - Sacramento Bee Full commission report can be read here
2.22.11 Fake travelers checks warning
2.21.11 Wis. budget plan more about breaking unions and political calculation than anything else - Seattle Times In a standard "divide and conquer" maneuver, public and private sector is being pitted against each other. Wall St. and those responsible for the economic crash have reaped huge profits from trashing the economy and they get away free and clear.
2.18.11 Luther Joseph convicted of DUI
Rio Dell finally ends free water perk for city employees, according to Mayor Woodall
2.14.11 Scotia, the last company town - Newsweek Photo gallery - Don't miss page 4 of the in-depth article which refers to the recent annexation attempt; described as "the worse of two evils." Rio Dell described itself in a 2007 economic report as a 'run-down community with an inferiority complex.'
City manager ordered documents falsified, city clerk testifies - Los Angeles Times In an accompanying story, email between the chief of police and the assistant city manager joke about stealing all the towns money.
2.13.11 Rio Dell City Council Meeting Tues 15th 6:30pm - Agenda Includes discussion of business license ordinance, fees and taxes, approval of labor agreements, public hearing re. surplus property ordinance, etc. *Don't forget to watch the 2.1.11 Study Session online regarding de-annexing property; Rio Dell put itself on the hook for maintaining and repairing the road at Blue Slide in one of the annexations. The city will have to pay to study and submit an application to LAFCo asking to have the county take back some property annexed in an ambitious and ill-conceived expansion.
Free carseat inspections by Humboldt County DHHS, Fortuna Wed. the 16th from 11:00 to 2:00 Flyer
Reduced cost firewood available to low-income families by HCSO - call 441-5113 for details
2.6.11 Judge to go on trial in 'kids for cash' bribery scheme - ABC News Yet another example of a corrupt judge who ruins peoples lives for personal gain
2.5.11 President Bush's Swiss visit cancelled after complaints on torture - Reuters The former President can't travel abroad due to the risk of being arrested and tried as a war criminal for his admitted torture of detainee's.
Missing Person 15 year old Alana Hollis.
1.31.11 News channel 3 reports on Rio Dell city staff cuts, residents were not willing to comment on camera due to fear of retaliation according to reporter Matt Mendes
City Council/Planning Commission Meeting Tues. Feb. 1st. 5:00pm (regular meeting 6:30pm) Agenda Includes the de-annexation of Blue Slide Rd. and Metropolitan, development of Dinsmore Plateau (where we currently dump the treated sewage), public hearing re. wastewater rate adjustments, etc.
1.26.11 Republicans urge a return to workplace immigration raids - Los Angeles Times Deportations of illegals are up for two years running and penalties are being imposed on the companies that hire them, as they should. Republicans are asking for the focus to go back to ineffective mass raids that cost taxpayers a lot while producing minimal results rather than directing efforts towards employers who are profitting from the illegals work which has proven to be more successful.
Squires and city debate building violations in court - Times Standard Squires states he has had a building inspector check and no health & safety code violations were found at any of his properties. I wonder which inspector he used?
Ghilarducci sentencing shelved, again - Times Standard Humboldt Creamery CEO and former Rio Dell Mayor Rich Ghilarducci's sentencing for the financial fraud that took down the company now delayed until at least February. The plea agreement recommends a maximum sentence of five years, three months.
Republicans in Congress wrestle with dissent on budget cuts - Los Angeles Times Members of Congress are proposing to slash tens of thousands of jobs and eliminate the safety net for the average American in their new found emphasis of the deficit above all other concerns despite the state of the economy. The deficit ballooned after Obama took office due to his ending the accounting fraud that kept both wars off of the books.
Resurgent GM nips at Toyota's heels in sales race - Yahoo News Don't forget those that fought against Bush's bailout of the American auto industry; the same people that acted in record breaking time to bailout the Wall St. businesses that created the economic crash in the first place.
1.24.11 Missing person William Pickett
Jack LaLanne, fitness guru, dies at 96 due to complications from pneumonia- Fox News "The only way you can hurt the body is not use it, inactivity is the killer and remember, it's never too late" Jack LaLanne
1.22.11 County executive opens up on need to fight corruption - Washington Post This is a perfect example of what Rio Dell needs to do in order to move forward. "[T]he public needed to see visibly that we were going in a different direction and with different people in there" Prince George County Executive Rushern Baker said after replacing a number of officials. "We're not going to move beyond what people think about us unless we take some concrete, demonstrative steps..." (Ibid).
Republican spending plan signals a new culture war - Washington Post Their proposal concentrates on long time targets such as PBS, plans on eliminating prevailing wage to target unions and wipes out tens of thousands of jobs across the country; in addition to numerous other attacks on the working class.
1.18.11 Rio Dell City Council meeting tonight 6:30pm. The agenda was not posted on the city website and no agenda's distributed via email prior to tonight's meeting but we were finally able to go down to city hall to view the copy on the bulletin board and confirm. The city will be holding a public hearing tonight on the significant changes outlined in the Compensation Committee Report.
1.16.11 Burglar arrested in Old Town
Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona critically injured in shooting that has left six others dead including a 9 year old girl and 12 wounded - MSNBCGiffords was targeted by Sarah Palin with the infamous crosshairs placed on her and other democrats online; it looks like Palin has gotten her wish.
The Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act of 2010 signed into law August 10, 2010 repealed the Advance EITC. After December 31, 2010, workers will not receive Advance EITC in their paychecks. - IRS.gov Taxpayers could still apply for the Earned Income Credit with their yearly taxes but the portion that comes monthly in working parents paychecks is terminated.
2nd person dies after being denied medical treatment by Arizona - AZ Central Lack of medical coverage creates the very "death panels" that partisans are using to try and end the minimal health plan that was passed.
Audit finds Bell could have trouble providing basic services - Los Angeles Times City may cut services, lay off employees and is considering disbanding its police force
1.5.11 Rio Dell Compensation Committee Report - this report details the proposal to drastically change the future of Rio Dell. Options include un-incorporating the city and forming a community services district or a significant restructuring of city hall including the elimination of 6 positions (3 sworn officers, 1 non-sworn officer, 1 public works and 1 finance dept positions). See Community Events for further discussion.
1.4.11 The City of Rio Dell recently completed a study regarding the future and major changes are on the table; including a proposal to eliminate six city employees (3 sworn officers, 1 non-sworn officer, 1 public works and 1 finance dept positions). A copy of the study will be posted tomorrow according to City Manager Ron Henrickson. Un-incorporating the city and becoming a Community Services District is also discussed in the report. Citizens would save money on utilities but other areas may suffer, according to the report. More information will be coming!
City Council votes 5-0 for a moratorium against installation of the state mandated SmartMeters
California Supreme Court rules no warrant needed to search cell phones, etc. - MSNBC "the court has left the 4th Amendment in tatters..." Jonathan Turley, Constitutional law expert
Search warrants yield marijuana, firearms; four arrested - Times Standard Two of those arrested are County employees
Don't forget tonights Council meeting at 6:30pm! Agenda
1.1.11 Happy New Year!
12.30.10 Rio Dell City Council Meeting Jan. 4th, 2011 6:30pm Agenda Includes report on sewer rate increase schedule, multiple water claim adjustments, approval of payment for services related to the Scotia annexation, 3 public hearings and an "urgent" moratorium on state mandated Smartmeter installation, etc. The council packet with all supporting documents can be read here. *The proposed rate increase will go into effect March 1st. The current basic sewer rate is $60.13 per EDU; the new rate will be either $68.37 or $69.70 (a 13-15% increase).
Repeal of 14th Amendment would eliminate "equal protection under the law" but the talking points only refer to the birth right citizenship component - Fox News Why do those that proclaim their devotion to our Constitution push the hardest to wipe out its protections and balance of power?
12.23.10 Animal Shelter Open House
12.18.10 Homicide Investigation in Orleans
12.17.10 Pipe bomb investigation
12.16.10 Laylea Salas located safely!
Bell CA collected hefty fines in numerous "code-enforcement" cases - Los Angeles Times Arbitrary and vindictive use of fines and property confiscation by city officials brought in tens of thousands of dollars to this city/criminal enterprise.
12.15.10 People v Bigleggins: Leon Bigleggins preliminary hearing for the murder of a 4 year old child has been pushed all the way to March 18th 2011.
You are in Rio Dell California United States of America. Hello to all of our global visitors that seem to have quite an interest in our site. Steve
12.14.10 Missing Person Lylea Salas
Let's bring 'em home! Bringing military families together for the holidays
12.12.10 The Federal Reserve? Ron Paul's not a fan - New York Times The for-profit private control of the U.S. monetary system by the non-governmental agency will be facing very tough scrutiny (finally).
Navy fires massive electromagnetic railgun in record breaking test - MSNBC Be sure and watch the video!
12.9.10 Health bill for Sept. 11th responders falls short in Senate - Fox News Republicans block the bill once again as they fight only for the richest 2% of Americans.
House Democrats in open revolt over tax-cut deal - Los Angeles Times Estate tax give away to less than 3,000 of the wealthiest Americans in addition to extending the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2% is "just obscene" Rep. Schakowsky (D-Ill.) "We're talking about a handful of Americans that we should have to trade for millions of unemployed people, for millions more middle-income Americans." Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio leads the revolt against the total capitulation to Republican ransom demands. Good Job DeFazio!!
Claim filed by state assemblyman to recover their 18% pay cut - Los Angeles Times This is the first step in filing a lawsuit against the state for approx. $2.5 million in lost wages for all of the legislators.
12.8.10 Bill targets Vernon's cityhood - Los Angeles Times The effort to dis-incorporate Vernon CA continues; "We cannot tolerate a situation where a handful of individuals are able to use an entire city as their own personal feifdom" Assembly Speaker John Perez. Sound familiar?
12.7.10 Sewer rate increase coming right after the new year. The $6 million dollar grant to fund the new wastewater system is in jeopardy as deadlines have passed. The city is now working on a very tight and optimistic time schedule to get the application completed or they will lose the grant. The city's sweetheart relationship with Winzler & Kelly appears to be coming to an end; the tension between them and the city was obvious as both sides deflected blame for the current crisis. Video of tonight's heated study session will be posted so check back!