Beaumont City Council Meeting – February 18, 2019 – What Did We Learn?
Mayor Julio Martinez was Did Not Know the City had Changed his Email Address. “I Trust my Staff”
2. Significant Exposure to Litigation Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(2) & (e)(1)
Special Legal Counsel: Eric S. Vail; Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP – One (1) Item.
City Attorney Pinkney: “I am recusing myself from this matter because it may impact an entity that another Attorney in my Firm represents or has done work for related to this matter. So attending the Closed Session will be Special Legal Counsel Eric S. Vail from Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP.”
The City is paying another Lawyer to act as City Attorney because Pinkney’s Law Firm is Suing the City. Recusing himself is not enough. Pinkey’s Law Firm has drop one client or the other – and my preference would be for Pinkney
3. Conference with Real property Negotiator Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.8 for property known as Vacant Land APN 417-110-018. Agency Negotiator: City Manager Todd Parton or his designee. Negotiating Parties: City of Beaumont and V4B LLC. Under Negotiation: Price and Terms.
I thought this was for a fire station, but it’s for the Sewer Plant.
Mayor Julio Martinez refused to state his email address on record so that he could be copied on emails. Martinez’ Staff refuse to copy Martinez on government communication – apparently by Martinez’ request.
At the break Martinez was asked for his email address and why he refused to state his email address on record and Martinez claimed that his email address was on the City’s website, but he would provide the email address.
Unfortunately the email address Martinez provided and the email address on the City’s website were two different emails. The City changed the City Councilman’s email without notifying them.
City Clerk Nichole Wheelwright’s email address has been changed four (4) times. And do the four different email addresses link to each other?
Nooo – and there is no notification to the sender that the email addresses are no longer valid, so the sender doesn’t know the recipient never received the email.
‘Council Approves’ another $8 Million in Bond Debt to Pardee Homes. The Bond Debt will be thrown onto the backs of ‘Future Home Owners’. There was only one vote – Mike Taylor voted on behalf of all the Residences of CFD Area 93-1.
The Council seems to be under the impression that fixating on me will alleviate their illegal activity. It will not.
Councilman Lloyd White gave his usual ‘we’re innocent’ speech before approving the same illegal bond and construction scam that has been going on for 25 years.
‘Council Approves’ Community Development Director Christina Taylor and City Engineer/Public Works Director Jeff Hart without seeing their Resumes.
Councilman White proclaimed that the Council only has two employees, the City Manger and the City Attorney, and of course ‘they trust their Staff’, so there is no need to review resumes or select the Staff.
If that’s true, then why did the positions need Council Approval?
Parton’s girlfriend Kristina Ondrais-Day is still pretending that she’s a Public Works Engineer.
‘Council Approved’ another Contract for Utility Partners, formally known as Urban Logic. Parton’s girlfriend presented this report too although she has absolutely no qualifications in public works, management, or human resources.
And thank you Lloyd White for getting a statement on the record that Kristina Ondrais-Day is not only signing documents, but completely ‘running the show’ at the Sewer Plant including overseeing the Public Works Director even though her degree in ‘Parks and Rec’ makes her absolutely unqualified to supervise anyone except a gardener.
White attempted to whitewash the City Council and Staff’s refusal to cut off Utility Partners was made too obvious when they faked a pubic bid contract three years ago.
Date: May 14, 2015 at 4:11:42 PM PDT
To: “[email protected]“
Today the City of Beaumont provided a pre-bid walk through of their “state of the art” wastewater treatment facility to potential Operational and Maintenance contractors. The current contract operators “Utility Partners” contract is due to expire soon and it is time to rebid these services.
As part of due diligence for the Operations and Maintenance company I work for it brought me to some of your articles.
I do not know your experience regarding wastewater treatment processes but your insight into Beaumont not having a “state of the art” wastewater treatment facility is correct.
I have been in the water/wastewater treatment career field for 35 years. I possess a CA Grade V Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator license, CWEA Maintenance Technologist Grade IV, and CWEA Laboratory Analyst Grade I.
It is not likely that the company I work for will waste their time bidding for this contract.
Certain clues from the city staff indicate that the city is not willing to conduct due diligence on their part in actually looking for an operation and maintenance contractor for their facilities.
1.) Short timelines from the pre-bid walk through which was today (May 14, 10:00 am), to when the sealed bid is due (two weeks)(May 28,2015)
At a minimum it should be 30 to 60 days.
2) NO Pictures to be taken of the facility. (Of course IF your a terrorist and plan to sabotage the facility I could see their point 😉 However you would not have been able to capture the dead bird floating in the effluent stream of their filters, the chipping paint on their clarifiers, or other operation and maintenance issues that you figure would have been corrected BEFORE allowing a tour.
3) In the Pre-Bid documents the City is requiring specific CA grade certifications that do not match facility requirements. From my experiences these requests could be “current contractor” specific items that limit other outside contractors from the bidding process.
4) One item requesting the new contractor to have experience operating a “Biolac” treatment system is absurd. Their process is considered conventional activated sludge and is no different to operate than any other activated sludge process. The only reason communities go with this type system is price. It is cheap to install but can become expensive to operate over time.
If you would like further information regarding wastewater treatment do not hesistate to call.
Thanks for your time 🙂
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men… (Galatians 6:10a)