That Bingham Lady sure got a Sweatheart Deal

That Bingham Lady sure got a Sweetheart Deal

Seems to me that I remember back in the 90's about that Bingham lady getting a sweetheart deal for some prime planting land next to the sewage treatment plant for a mere $250.00 smackers a year. I remember her getting pretty mad at the city council back then when they suggested that she needed to pay her fair share and not the measly amount she was paying. Seems like the property was worth about 12 times as much. Boy she sure had a fit. Why if fact after the city made a deal with her she still had pent up anger. In fact she was so mad one day she tried to run over the city staff with car on the street and ended up getting arrested. If I recall she spent some time in jail, paid a fine and had to attend anger management classes for a year. Well I don't know about you , but it seems like she wasted her money as she still is getting angry all the time.

Just some thougts. You all have  a Merry Christmas


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David Castaldo December 23, 2012 at 06:47 PM
(16 of 25) To Margaret Bragg: There is no desperation on my part. There is much desperation on a small group of trolls who constantly have to create new alias screen names to falsely create an illusion that people are interested in their posts. There are quite a few trolls that comment once, and never make another comment ever or anywhere on the Patch. I will applaud these few people for their creativity of creating troll names. I have now forced these trolls to work much harder to further create their illusion. To Don Smith: A very good point that will never happen. To Ken: It is obvious that you have been laying off the Dew, and progressed to beverages that are much stronger. To Claire Fremont: Don't hold your breath waiting on Karl. But look at my answer to Nancy Hall. Start writing down your questions and wait for Libi's preliminary forensic investigation to conclude. You will get answers. Feel free to contact me. (continued)
David Castaldo December 23, 2012 at 06:47 PM
(17 of 25) To Mac the cat: It is "Merry Christmas" there is nothing "murry" about this joyful season, and you just got your gift. (continued) To Ms Bingham: Although you have not commented on this post, you are the main character. I sincerely wish you a very happy Christmas season. If you feel that you were cheated in any way by the City, please let me know. I would like to hear and know both sides of these matters. And as a gift to you this Christmas season, I have something that you want. I have all of the information of you recent public information request that produced no information. Several weeks ago you requested information about me. You were told that the information is unavailable or does not exist. I have the information you want. All you have to do is ask me. Just ask and you will get answers. Very simply ask me. Effective, civil communication is painless and won't hurt anyone. I have absolutely nothing to hide from you, or the FPPC, Little Orphan Annie, or anyone else. (continued)
David Castaldo December 23, 2012 at 06:48 PM
(18 of 25) To the trolls of other posts regarding my Christmas decorations: I have receipts. I know what it cost me. I believe it has cost me much less than a year's supply of Mountain Dew, beer, liquor, and "medical marijuana". I will not apologize for having the Christmas Spirit. I enjoy making both the young and old smile. If you want to belittle me for displaying my spirit, deal with it. I am not hurting anyone, and only bringing joy to many in our community. Can you say the same? It appears that the only ones that have expressed their dislikes are cyber bullying trolls. I don't care about them. Deal with it. (continued)
David Castaldo December 23, 2012 at 06:49 PM
(19 of 25) To the trolls that have commented on my loan with the City of Beaumont: I have many documents, you are welcomed to view them all. There is nothing to hide. It is a waste of my time to answer your questions on the various posts. One answer will lead to another question that will lead to another question that will lead to another question that will lead to yet another. It will be never ending. View the documents yourself. Every answer to every question is there. I will even help you find the answers. And just to stir the trolls curiosity and suspense a little more, I will tell you a few facts about the loan. It originated in 1999. The loan is made to a corporation that I control the stock of. The interest rate is at 11% per year. I am paying it off at an accelerated rate, and have the canceled checks to prove it. The City of Beaumont did not spend one cent to clean up any portion of the property. The documents do not lie nor do I. Say what you want, but get your facts straight and do some constructive research. The file boxes with all of the documents are available for anyone to examine. I am not afraid of whatever you will find. I am amused at your need to investigate it. I am amused even more when you make false statements that you believe are true from information that is second
David Castaldo December 23, 2012 at 06:50 PM
hand and hearsay. Try getting the info first hand, it may be much easier and cheaper. It is amusing how much money the trolls are willing to pay for information I can give them for free. (continued)
David Castaldo December 23, 2012 at 06:50 PM
(20 of 25) I hope reasonable people will now believe that I am not Karl. But the trolls and cyber bullies will not be satisfied. They will always comment as if they know everything about everything. So here is my last attempt: I hereby grant the Banning Patch and any of their appointed agents or employees to release any and all information on any and all accounts, aliases, or troll names that I may have posted under. If the Patch requires more information or the release in writing, I will immediately comply and consent. If any troll requires anything more of me to prove that I am not Karl, or any other troll, or alias, let me know. I will comply with whatever is reasonably necessary to prove my position that I am not Karl. I have absolutely nothing to hide, but the trolls do. (continued)
David Castaldo December 23, 2012 at 06:51 PM
(21 of 25) Get real and a life trolls. You have been duped and misled by Karl. And Karl has not been the only one that has misled you. Unfortunately, these trolls have Karl laughing his butt off. Maybe trolls should do better research and have documentation to prove their claims. And don’t ever expect me toreply or answer faceless alias who engage in cyber bullying. It is very unfortunate that many who use aliases have to lower themselves to cyber bullying and personal attacks. They have not matured, and still behave as if the world is their school's playground. It is so easy to viciously attack people on the internet through an alias. They are not much different than those walking into a school with automatic weapons and assaulting the defenseless. Stop your cyber bullying. Stop living off of your personal high of boosting each others' egos at the expense of others. Try attacking the issues, not the people. Try to be productive members of our community and communicate your concerns in a mature manner. Although you may disagree, you might be better than you give yourselves credit for. Try taking the high road. (continued)
David Castaldo December 23, 2012 at 06:51 PM
(22 of 25) I have nothing to hide. I am not ashamed of my service as a council member. I have worked very hard for our community as an elected. I will communicate with all members of our community. However, this may be the last time that I will address Internet aliases, trolls, and cyber bullies. I do not care to be at this level. My Facebook page is public and allows anyone to view it. I allow all to view it. I have de-friended only a few people for viciously outrageous personal attacks and for the use of inappropriate language. Anyone can send me private messages. I answer all inquiries. I have taken some hits for my communication and friendship of some very outspoken members of our community. I will not mention names on either side, but you know who you are. Although we may have different views of certain matters, I have never shown disrespect to anyone that is out spoken about the City of Beaumont. I accept people for who they are, and not for what they are perceived as. (continued)
David Castaldo December 23, 2012 at 06:51 PM
(23 of 25) I am not Karl. I am not a troll. I am not a cyber bully. I am not ashamed of my service as a council member of the City of Beaumont. I have noting to hide. I am not disparate of anything that I know of. I am proud of my record and service to our community. I am proud of our community. I love our community. I look forward to Libi's completion of her forensic audit. I look forward to providing any reasonable information to any member of our community. I will meet any one on any City matter and discuss their reasonable concerns. (continued)
David Castaldo December 23, 2012 at 06:52 PM
(24 of 25) As former council member Nancy Gall will attest, every council member, including myself has access to mostly all city records. I do not have access to the Police Chief's locked file drawer containing information regarding ongoing investigations. I do not have access to the evidence room at the police department. By law, I do not have access to employees' employment records. I do have unlimited access to the city's record safe when accompanied by the city clerk or her designate. I have been told that I have unlimited access to every file of the city manager that is lawfully allowed. I have been a sworn elected councilman of the City of Beaumont since December 7, 2010. During that time, I have never seen the city manager's office door locked. The door is always open, even when the city manager is off duty. I have had every single question answered. I have never been denied any information by the city manager or staff member. I have asked the city manager many many questions. I probably ask more questions than the other council members combined. When the so-called forensic audit is concluded, I will get answers. However, I will not communicate and exchange information to aliases, faceless trolls, and Internet cyber bullies. I will not bring city information to this level. (continued)
David Castaldo December 23, 2012 at 06:52 PM
(25 of 25) We live in a beautiful city. I am very proud to be a part of it. I have many friends here, and I hope to meet many more. I have extensive knowledge of the City's policy, and future direction. Our City is continually moving in a forward direction. The City's finances, as well as the quality of life of our citizens have continually improved over the last 19 years. I enjoy banging my head against a block wall as much as I like communicating with vicious faceless aliases, trolls, and those that engage in cyber bulling. It is very easy for anyone to contact me if they truly desire information about myself, my business, my finances, my friends, or whatever other information they feel they need to know of me. There are many times that I sit at the shop hoping someone will walk in. Help me out, you do not need to be a stranger. I normally have a refrigerator stocked with bottled water and sodas, both diet and sugared. Sorry, no beer. If you want, I'll order pizza. God does Bless the City of Beaumont and God does Bless its citizens. The spirit of Christmas is alive and well in Beaumont. Have a very Merry Christmas and a very happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year. The best of times are yet to come.
Ken December 23, 2012 at 08:27 PM
I, personally applaud your willingness, to respond to your detractors. Do I know you or your past dealings with the City? No I do not and have never mentioned you by name or by inference in any comment or blog posting. (other than answering a question asked if I had seen your lights displayed). That you have lumped me together with a group of detractors that Ive no alliance with or even know personally nor have any desire to, has changed whatever my personal opinion is or was of you. Ive NEVER attacked you personally or professionally. But you, in your meanderings, directly include me in your personal assessments as follows "To Ken: It is obvious that you have been laying off the Dew, and progressed to beverages that are much stronger. " Just EXACTLY what is your reasoning behind such a statement? I would like to know. If I have been in error in any of the documents that I have posted or statements I have made I will be more than willing to post a retraction, correction, and apology to all that are due. Now the real question is ..are you?
Ken December 23, 2012 at 09:08 PM
You state. ." I have been told that I have unlimited access to every file of the city manager that is lawfully allowed." I have no problems with your reasonable request to with hold specific questions and answers (regarding City financial matters) until such time that... " I look forward to Libi's completion of her forensic audit. I look forward to providing any reasonable information to any member of our community. " My issue with you Mr Castaldo is your willingness to infer, imply that any and all who question any part of the City's dealings right, wrong, or indifferent are merely trolls, cyber bullies or likened to the shooter in school killings is morally wrong. When the time comes that ANY citizen is no longer able to ask and receive answers as to governance, we are all lost. Beware of where you tread and the assumptions you make. " All people are created equal and NO people are more equal than others"
Greg M December 23, 2012 at 09:17 PM
David, thank you for taking the time to post this. I don't know how you kept your silence for so long. The trolls do not deserve a reply, but you found the strength and moral fortitude to try and set some of the facts straight. You are a better man than I would have been in this instance. Thanks for the "open door" invite, and look forward to sharing a soda with you in the future. Have a very blessed Christmas.
Ben Mason December 23, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Wow, 25 comments, a new Patch record. mis-information? to say that karl copied point by point your own post from 8:46 am Wednesday, December 14, 2011 Beaumont Man Cries Addressing City Council? so, since its is a fact that he did quote you point for point, then you are saying the story itself is mis-information? interesting................either way, methinks the lady doth protest too much- so this troll still thinks you are karl.
beaumontdave December 23, 2012 at 10:43 PM
When I saw your light show, which is terrific, by the way, I was thinking you had to be a bit obsessive. Now, that I've read your 25 posts, I'm sure of it. But all in all, it's probably a positive trait, helping to get things done. The flip side is, once you've stated your case, can you leave it alone. The bickering about small stuff doesn't serve anyone posting here. Merry Christmas to everyone. Oh. and "GO PACKERS"!
Pamela Garcia December 23, 2012 at 11:19 PM
I do not normally post comments on any Patch articles, however I would like to say that I am very impressed with the response that David Castaldo took time to post on this latest attack. I have personally viewed many of the documents that Mr. Castaldo makes reference to, they do in fact exist. I would also like to say that Mr. Castaldo has always taken the time to sit down with me and answer any and all question that I have ever had. WAY TO GO DAVE!!!
Ken December 24, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Nice to support your views with references and personal experiences. I commend you for your support P G. Ive no problem with any and all expressing their beliefs and why. I only ask the Mr Castaldo explain why he has made the following statement about me. "To Ken: It is obvious that you have been laying off the Dew, and progressed to beverages that are much stronger. " I dont know him, Ive never spoke to him. Ive never spoke ill of him professionally, personally, or otherwise. It seems to me the very same behavior he has taken issue with, does not apply to himself or his personal standards regarding others. My personal beliefs are my own, however such disregard for others, solely for an opinion that differs from his, speaks volumes as to characte.r
Reuben E. Dominguez Sr. December 24, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Mr Dave Castaldo, there are many citizens who stand with you in sharing and enjoying The spirit of Christmas with family and friends. Two thumbs up to Dave and Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Hopeful December 24, 2012 at 01:49 AM
David Castaldo I don't recall addressing you in my post. My post was to the author of this blog. Why do you act as if I was addressing you? I understand your frustration at the accusations from some of the posters on this blog, but please do not lump us up into one. We are all individuals with individual thoughts and opinions. Just because some people said you are this "Karl" person, does not mean all of us are saying this. You have lashed out at some innocent people here and right before Christmas to boot. Well I hope you got it all off your chest. It sounded like you had a lot of anger built up and I hope you feel better now. It is my Christmas wish to you that you will be able to forget all of this Internet nonsense you graciously spent so much time on, especially on your wife's Birthday, and get back to your holiday festivities. Thank you for sharing with us and may the Christmas spirit bring peace to you and the anger inside of you. Merry Christmas!
Young American December 24, 2012 at 04:26 AM
So, if someone says something positive without a real name, like Greg M. or one that has no background, like Pamela Garcia, then they are not trolls, oh no, but if someone does the exact same thing to disagree or have an opposing opinion they're labeled a troll. Just taking notes here folks. And writing down hypocrisy with a capital H.
Antoinette Dominguez December 24, 2012 at 05:51 AM
To David Castaldo, I am truly sorry for you having to defend yourself over the internet.
Claire Frémont-Hampton December 24, 2012 at 06:23 AM
To Mr. Castaldo: I was not speaking to you, so I am in no danger of asphyxiation from "holding my breath". Thank you, however, for your concern. If you are indeed correct, and Karl has run for the hills with his itty bitty tail behind him/her, I am quite pleased to see you ride in on the proverbial white horse, pronouncing in his stead that civil communication is painless. Feel free to then answer any, or even one, of the questions that I posed to Karl. I will await your response.
Washy December 24, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Sorry you wasted all that time David (and our eyes with your 25 denials) when this stinks of the exact same post David Castaldo 8:46 am on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 I feel that it is very disheartening how local nursery owners can be so ungrateful to a city that has been very charitable to them. I do not know of any property owners in Beaumont that received almost $250,000 in improvements to and around their property. Every other property owner has had to pay for these same improvements on their property. For years, possibly decades, these same nursery owners leased income producing acreage from Beaumont for an incredible $1 (one dollar) a year. These nursery owners built a huge wholesale nursery business making beaucoup $$$$ I wish I had an open end deal for just $1 a year that I could make BANK for years. The city was near bankruptcy when a new city manager was hired. When he raised the yearly lease to a mere $500, just $500 a year, this nursery owner became irate. She vowed to destroy the integrity of the staff of the city. Since that time, she has been seen driving down the road aiming her vehicle at public employees, utility workers, and construction workers. In fact, this woman has been arrested and convicted of terrorism (this is public record that you will not find on beaumontgate.com).
Greg M December 24, 2012 at 05:50 PM
@Young American...right off the bat you make comments about people posting "without a real name". Did you bother to look at yours? And that comment about Pamela having no background?? What the hell does that mean? I AM posting using my REAL name, and I suspect Pamela is as well. People are not labeled trolls simply because they disagree. A large amount of posters in these blogs come on here to simply add fuel to the fire, without offering any adult comments or constructive criticism. They are no better than the taggers who swoop in under the cover of darkness only to leave their trashy graffiti behind. If you want to further the conversation with some adult input, try using YOUR real name. Too many folks are posting mean, unfounded comments. The name calling has gotten out of control. This does nothing to further the conversation, sidetracks the issue, lessens the posters credibility, and accomplishes NOTHING. I myself have done it on occasion, and vow to do better in the future. These dialogs are totally worthless if we can't communicate like adults. After all, isn't the point here to discuss issues, learn the facts, and open up discussion so that we all better understand each other?
James Hampton December 24, 2012 at 07:26 PM
This entire argument would not have occurred if an unknown poster did not attack Mrs. Bingham in order to distract everyone from what Libi is posting on another blog. And the resultant finger pointing to a certain individual seemed to be the blogger's intent, for I, too, find Ben to have spoken about the correct reference, and found this material already posted previously. Some of the diction the blogger used also matches that of the person now faced with denying any connection. If anger is to be directed anywhere, it should only be towards the blogger, for it seems he deliberately set this other individual up to take the blame and resulting responses. He literally attacked both sides in this respect, and is no friend to either.
Greg M December 24, 2012 at 09:57 PM
I have to agree with one of the earlier posters about alias screen names. If there was a requirement to validate your identity, and require your actual name, I think we would see the trolls disappear, and the integrity and manners around here improve quite a bit. This is generally a local blog, we are all neighbors with a common interest, and I don't see the need to hide behind a false name.
Claire Frémont-Hampton December 25, 2012 at 12:30 AM
You have a good point, Greg. What I am upset about this blog is how quickly someone played the victim. First we have the coward Karl, who had no problem spreading information about someone all over the internet. And extremely old news, also. There is no point to keep dredging up old news, other than to deflect from new news. And what a fool! If court records and anger management issues are such an issue, then why is it acceptable for elected officials? Then I question why the show of lambasting the likes of Karl, while making sure to state he agreed with what Karl posted completely. And he once posted this same information himself. So, apparently some people find it perfectly acceptable to post personal information about other people on the internet using the excuse that its "public record" and "true". Yet when asked to post their own personal information, which is also a matter of public record and true, that information will only be disclosed by request, and in confidence. Don't like being spoken about on the internet? Then don't do it about others. Plus, to compare those who talk about you on the internet to Jews walking into a Nazi shower, or mass murderers of children, makes one equal, if not worse, to those same people.
Ken December 25, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Mr Castaldo you state: "...... Please tell me how far down your winding path you will take them before they enter the Nazi showers..."" I can only state my opinion, in that statement is in poor taste, showed little to no forethought, and is completely incorrect, with respect to myself and most others here. I do not follow mindless garbage. That an elected official would imply such a thing in the reference you have used is an insult to the memory of those that suffered through such a heinous and atrocious experience.
margaret bragg December 25, 2012 at 08:13 PM
wow! 71 comments on an article that is based on heresay in the first place, an article that shouldn't have been put up in the first place, an article that is libelous in the first place. I congratulate every poster that sees how wrong these attacks are. We may never know who Karl is (was?), but I hope the Patch tells him not to come back. Mr. Castaldo, I appreciate your self-defense, and your generous explanation of it. I would think you would like to know more than anyone who this Karl is that has stolen your original post and mimiced you so effectively. By the way, in the past you have made posts that were personal attacks and not particularly gracious nor well researched. I'm glad to hear you are turning over a new leaf. I sincerely hope Karl becomes a good bad example for everyone.


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