Response to Libi's "Banning Ex City Manager" Post

Libi, you are full of crap and sticking your nose in things you know nothing about. There is no violation of the Brown act here at all. Thank you for posting the Press-Enterprise article, but it is erroneous - this woman Gail is known for presenting partial and erroneous information. I am closely involved in this and it has nothing to do with any "letter of recommendation". It has to do with Takata overstepping his authority and making unauthorized changes in the development contract for "The Village at El Paseo San Gorgonio" which has place the City in jeopardy of a lawsuit by Riverside County and other actions overstepping his authority and bypassing the Council and public comment. **** What we have here is a lawyer seeing dollars who convinced Takata not to take a very lenient settlement, which caused the Council to remove him by firing him instead of letting him quit. This same lawyer approached Purvis and convinced him to be a part of a lawsuit against the City. It is simply a money play designed to extort money from the City, using past issues as a base. **** There was nothing mentioned at the Town Hall meeting because three members of the Council were present and to discuss it would have been a Brown Act violation - you should know that. It isn't on the agenda for April 22nd because it is not being discussed or dealt with at that meeting - you should know that as well. **** Once again, why don't you stay in Sacramento and quit involving yourself in stuff you know nothing about and trying to create an issue where there is none for your own purposes? You know none of the Banning Council, Purvis, Takata, or the lawyer. You are jumping to conclusions based on an article by a reporter known for her inaccuracies and incomplete reporting. I personally spoke to this writer and presented her with the issues with the development contract and she very rudely rejected any information which went counter to her poorly written story and preconceived agenda. **** Banning now has a Council which is actively working to obtain public comment and suggestion upon which to base their decisions, and which has moved beyond the agenda of the old Council. Potshotting at Council members for not doing what you think they should do without attending Council meetings or contacting Council members saying what you want is low-class. You haven't been to one single Council meeting or Town Hall meeting or spoken even one time to any Council member or Banning citizen, Libi, and yet you are trying to be an expert based on a newspaper article? Shame on you - certainly you are smarter than that! **** Jeremiah
Jeremiah May 27, 2014 at 11:44 AM
If you had been following things you would know what is going on. I don't read or get my information from the Banning Informer although you just called my attention to the fact they just scooped me on an article I was researching before posting to make sure I didn't make false accusations or insinuations like so many do. Mr. Goebbels got it right on this one as far as I can tell. ****Here's a clue - what do you know about Vincent Yzaguirre and Vanir? As far as Takata, I wasn't aware that the investigation was completed. He kind of convicted himself by making clearly unauthorized changes to the El Paseo project in favor of the developer, who now is partners with Vanir as Banning Office Ventures, Llc.. And Vincent Yzaguirre was a partner in Vanir before he also became the Deputy Director of Real Estate for Riverside County. How do you think the AB109 Parole/Probation Department and the DA's Office came to be located in a retail/small offices complex in opposition to public opinion? You take it from there and let's see if we are on the same track for a change. **** Jeremiah
ABI May 27, 2014 at 12:01 PM
Jeremiah, Not trying to be argumentative. The only organization that I am aware of who has convicted Mr. Takata of being corrupt and making unauthorized changes to the developer agreement is the Banning Informer. Every time they make a comment they call him a crook or corrupt. My guess is that because a lawsuit has been filed by Mr.Takata, there is an extensive investigation in the works. If the Banning Informer by some remote chance is wrong, wouldn't you say that they have libeled Mr. Takata?
Jeremiah May 27, 2014 at 07:34 PM
ABI - yes, now is not a time for either of us to be confrontational. I would like to know if you see what I see happening. I think there is a concerted effort by someone to try to push Banning into bankruptcy through lawsuits, whether they are warranted or not. Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe in such a case the real estate held by the City would come under Riverside County control - in this case Vincent Yzaguirre - who was a partner of Vanir. I can find nothing showing a separation between them when he became the Deputy Director of Real Estate for Riverside County, and it is absolutely telling that the change in the El Paseo Development contract occurred when Vanir came on board, through his efforts. He now refuses to meet with Art Welch and Ed Miller and work out any solution to the unauthorized changes in that contract. I believe there may be an agenda by Vanir to basically control Banning and make themselves a new playing field through pushing Banning into bankruptcy. **** I have to agree with you concerning the Informer and the allegations of corruption - this has not been substantiated and even the Council has not made those statements. I know myself that Takata signed the letter telling the developers they could change the scope of the project ( I pretty much brought that out) but that is a long way from painting a guy as corrupt. **** As much as I can't stand the way the Informer makes slanderous accusations, Mr. Goebbels of the Informer has it pretty much right on the rest of it. It may be time for both sides of the New/Old Council to put it to rest for a while and see who has their sights on Banning real estate. I think these may be all related, and I may come into a position where I have to apologize to you for believing you wrote the anonymous letter. It's not well known, but that was not the first attempt in that manner - there have been others before this - one of them pinpointing Takata. It's just a little too coincidental that two individuals who both had extremely generous separation packages would jeopardize that and their future and file lawsuits against Banning - something else bigger than that is going on and I suspect it is related to Vanir coming on board. **** Your thoughts? **** Jeremiah
ABI May 28, 2014 at 01:16 AM
Jeremiah. I have read every article the Banning Informer has posted. Most of the documents they post are obviously legit. Where they go way wrong in my opinion is some of the unbelievable conclusions they draw. I watched the meeting tonight. I realize that Vanir representatives are not going to get up and agree with what David Ellis and Jerry Westholder said, but the V.P. of Vanir called the Banning Informer "wildly inaccurate" and referred to their style as "yellow journalism." I had to look that one up. Yellow journalism, or the yellow press, is a type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more newspapers.[1] Techniques may include exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering, or sensationalism.[1] By extension, the term yellow journalism is used today as a pejorative to decry any journalism that treats news in an unprofessional or unethical fashion. It's very difficult to determine who is right and who is wrong, but I can't yet wrap my arms around what is being put out there. The V.P. also said that Yzaguirre left the company 8 years ago and recuses himself on every project that Vanir works on in Riverside County. I want to see more, if there is more before I decide. More than willing to listen.
Jeremiah May 28, 2014 at 10:22 AM
I guess someone needs to check and see if Yzaguirre recused himself on this issue. I truly don't know, which is why I have done nothing other than ask questions. The answers to those questions which I have gotten unfortunately support the conclusion the Informer has printed. **** The fact that they felt driven to defend themselves at the meeting says a lot. Someone touched a nerve. Unfortunately I had to work and couldn't be there, so I am unaware of the comments. It is one thing to claim an article as being yellow journalism and quite another to offer proof that the claims are wrong. As long as Yzaguirre refuses to meet with the representatives from both factions of our council and come to a solution acceptable to the citizens of Banning, I think the situation speaks for itself. **** I don't think the members of the Council are as far apart on this one as they used to be. I would not like to be in their shoes on either side. **** Jeremiah


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