Beaumont 2017 Year in Review
The Council’s Actions in 2016 pretty much sealed the fate for what would become of 2017.
2016 was the Election that ended the Council seats of Brenda Knight and dirty Della Condon. City Clerk Julio Martinez and City Treasurer Nancy Carroll were elected to be Beaumont City Councilmen.
In the past two election cycles the Citizens of Beaumont have voted out every Incumbent, but the new Council votes lock-step to continue the corruption just like the old Council.
Beaumont City Council’s actions in 2016 pretty much sealed the fate for what would become of 2017. Council could have hired competent Staff or followed State Laws on Open-Bid Contracts at some point during the year, but they didn’t.
$3 Million ‘One-Time’ Deposit into the General Fund in exchange for Developer Mitigation Fees for 1,000 Houses in Area 5 Heartland, now called ‘Olivewood’. Now Beaumont needs that $12 Million in Mitigation Fees that should have been charged, but the deal is done. 2017 ended with Staff and Council’s attempt to illegally impose another Sewer Fee Increase to pay for the Mitigation Fees that should have been charged to the Developers.
$5 Million illegal Transfer from the Sewer Fund to the General Fund of money that belonged to the CFD’s. The short-sightedness of Beaumont’s Lawyers and Consultants to create an illusion of financial stability left the City without the Millions in Mitigation Fees they now need to build the Infrastructure to accommodate thousands of more houses that ‘Council Approved’.
In order to justify stealing the $5 Million from the CFD Fund, the Beaumont City Council directed their Staff to Forge Bond Certificates of Completion claiming that all of the Infrastructure for which the Bond money was acquired was built. In 2017 we see that there’s no Infrastructure to record for Capital Assets on the Financial Statements.
Council’s foolish ‘choice’ to continue the Sewer Plant scam. Now the Sewer Plant is over Capacity and the City can not meet the State Water Board’s December-2017 deadlines to provide a Construction Plan and Financing Source for the now $110 Million Project that doesn’t include Recycled Water.
2016 began with no Recycled Water. Public Works Director Amer Jakher proclaimed at various times during 2017 that the City had Recycled Water. It’s hard to remember so many lies, so Council gave Jakher a raise. 2017 ends with no plans to construct a Recycled Water Facility.
The continuation of Potrero Interchange, a scam that was invented as an excuse for Urban Logic to funnel $12 Million out of the CFD Bonds. Beaumont has no business being involved with this project because the Interchange will be the State’s Asset, not the City’s.
‘Council Approved’ Tens of Millions of CFD Bond Debt even though the City was locked out of the Bond Market and had been served S.E.C. Subpoenas. In 2016 Council paid tens of thousands of dollars to Lawyers and Consultants to ‘fight the S.E.C.’ throughout 2017.
In August, 2017, the S.E.C. had to Issue a formal Order to ‘Cease and Desist from forging financial records to acquire bank financing’. Beaumont City Council’s response was to hire an out of State Law Firm on the theory that an out of State Law Firm can circumvent State Laws.
2017 began with the Fiscal Year 2015 Audited Financial Statements and Internal Controls Report listing 22 Material Weaknesses. 2017 ended with Fiscal Year 2016 Audited Financial Statements and Internal Controls Report with 15 Material Weaknesses.
2016 ended with the hiring of Todd Parton, who’s qualifications was that he was not qualified to be a city manager in the State of California. 2017 ended with the hiring of Parton’s old friend from Texas for the position of Assistant City Manager at $1/4 Million/year because the Beaumont City Council want Todd Parton to be happy.
The year 2017 continued the coverup of past Fraud and Embezzlement that began as soon as Pinkney was hired in 2015. ‘Council Approved’ funneling former City Manager Alan Kapanicas another $100,000. The year 2017 ended with six of the Expendable Seven pleading out to stealing $42 Million from WRCOG proving that crime pays if it’s the taxpayers’ money.
2017 continued the charging of massive CFD Property Taxes on $325 Million in Mello Roos Bond Debt for Infrastructure that was never built. And 2017 continued adding insult to injury by charging an additional $350 ‘Services’ Tax to pay for the staff and upkeep on the fire stations and recycled water facility that don’t exist.
On October 25, 2017, the Riverside County Building Industry Association submitted a Public Records’ Request to the City of Beaumont requesting the 2012-2015 General Ledger Report for for the Planning and Building Departments, the Departments still controlled by Urban Logic Employees Rebecca Deming and Kyle Warsinski.
The year 2017 ended with denial of Public Records’ Requests, denial of Public Speaking, and removal of the General Ledger from the City’s Website. Beaumont still can not produce a June, 2016 General Ledger.
What does Beaumont need to Accomplish in 2018?
$110 Million for the Sewer Expansion. Amer Jakhar told Council that they ‘only’ need $50 Million in 2018.
Tens of Millions in Bond Debt Promised to Developers in 2016 and 2017. Beaumont Staff and Council have made promises that they can not fulfill because it is illegal trade bond debt for mitigation fees then spend the mitigation fees on lawyers, consultants, and parties.
Fire Stations are only on the agenda for the massive Warehouse Development that will soon engulf the southwest side of Beaumont. Fire protection for the Citizens in the housing developments is not a consideration.
Recycled Water is still required and extremely necessary. It’s ridiculous that Council continues to waste money on ‘adventures’ without completing the basis. The City of Beaumont was scheduled to produce recycled water in 1995.
$350 Million is still missing and unaccounted for, but Beaumont Staff and Council have repeatedly proclaimed that they’re moving forward. [with new fees and taxes]
The Conclusion of the S.E.C. Investigation. The S.E.C. has given the City until February 22, 2017, to re-submit Financial Statements and Bond Certificates of Completion that are NOT Forged.