Public Records Requests Stonewalled In Bell, Riverside

Apparently residents of Bell are not alone in having their public records requests unanswered as dictated by law. Riverside has also been playing the stall, stonewall and shred approach.

Edward Lee, Bell’s city attorney responsible for drafting the pay packages has just announced his resignation from  Riverside’s Best, Best & Krieger. For a little back story, read Dan Bernstein.

Public records requests to the City of Riverside regarding their contracts with BB &K have gone unanswered. If we’ve learned anything form the Bell example, it’s that if citizens fail to pay attention to how their city is run,  they could find themselves with very serious, long term consequences.

Here’s  a quick look at how Riverside pay stacks up with other Inland Empire cities. We don’t want any time bombs going off here in Riverside now do we?

It’s time for the City to step up and in the interest of transparency and good public policy, make good on all the outstanding Freedom Of Information requests or publicly announce why that’s not possible.

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