City Manager Brian Nakamura:

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wondering

Buena Park, CA

#1 Jun 3, 2011
every city he has managed has contracted out or at a minimum has has major legal issues to reverse ,I truly think Hemet council should do better back ground checks on people they give 1 million dollars for 4yrs service too, just look at all the crime and cuts on service to the people over his term.Yet plenty of $ for his crew.Somthing Wicked this way has come.
Concerned Hemet resident

Calabasas, CA

#2 Jun 3, 2011
There are plenty of competent people out there that could do the job of city manager and we the people of Hemet could pay them a top salry of $75,000 per year with benefits amounting to no more than $3000.00 a year.... And would and could do an excellent job for the city of Hemet.. We need to get real with what the city can afford to pay out top big wigs in our city and parden me but we do not need and can not afford a city manager making $225,000.00 a year with another $85,000.00 a year in benefits and having an asst. Making almost as much.....
wtf

Radersburg, MT

#3 Jun 3, 2011
Not to mention the library director (yeah, I went there!) salary of $200,000.00 per year to run a WAY OVERPRICED "Hood Ornament" library for this small town.

Maybe sometimes you have to give up the fancy "Hood Ornament" in order to save the vehicle itself?

Reality speaks. How many "Hood Ornaments" cars have you seen driving down the road lately? Now compare that number to the amount of non-hood-ornamented cars you see driving down the same road.

Sometimes you just have to get over your own inflated ego, and eat Top Ramen and frozen dinners for a while, giving up the sushi and steak dinners. This applies not only to individuals in times of strife, but also to communities like Hemet. The "good times" can only come back if you can survive the "bad times" without losing everything you had before you were living "high on the hog".
ramona johnson

Fillmore, CA

#4 Jun 5, 2011
this nagamura guy is like a lot of people that use the city maanager office as a personal bank account. he just goes from job to job and city to city selling every thing he can and getting his commissions from it.

lot of them do it, he'll keep gettin away with it here because most poeple are too stuipid and lazy to go to a council meeting and say anything about it.

i hear from poeple that work at the city hall building that the finance person director is never there. how would you like to be able to get away with that, never going to work.

all he wants to do is rip off the city for money and then move on after hed done.
juan rodrigeuz on stanfor

Fillmore, CA

#5 Jun 6, 2011
so ahas anyone asked to see where the trash fund was paid back the fifty million dollars that was made in proift ind put into the pd and fire depts?

the last city mgr said it would have to "be made whole".

that means that a, the city took the mony from it and b that the mony has to be paid back.

what have they taken from the water dept over the years then?

so leagallly they cant sell teh trash or the water out. must be a bribe in the work somewthere. probbly the city mgr.
juan rodrigeuz on stanfor

Fillmore, CA

#6 Jun 6, 2011
opps the new city mgr
wtf

Radersburg, MT

#7 Jun 6, 2011
Someone is being paid off, for sure! Refuse and Water are the two depts that MAKE the most money for Hemet, and their money has been taken (for YEARS) to stabilize the general fund. Now that we have passed Prop 218, rates cannot be increased on services without a justified reason. The selling of Refuse dept is a way around 218, plain and simple. City Council and Manager have lost their "cash cow", and therefore will contract out, to avoid violating Prop 218. And to line their pockets, as well as their friends pockets, with cash.

Next will be Hemet PD, sold to RSO from the INSIDE, by RSO employee Jerry Franchville, the "mayor" of Hemet.

I smell not only a conflict of interests here, but also "back-room" dealings with the usual suspects in the "Hemet power brokers" scam.

When will the residents of Hemet wake up, and realize that the problems in Hemet are caused by inside dealings, and NOT by hard-working public employees, who have taken paycuts in order to "save the city", "save the library" and "save public safety"?

City council and manager are dead-set at contracting everything out, and are cutting EVERY dept to below bare-bones staffing, in order to make the depts look inefficient, so that they can justify contracting EVERY city dept to the lowest for-profit bidder.

I suggest that council and manager cut UNFILLED management positions in the budget FIRST, then see what the TRUE deficit is. Fire Chief, Police Chief, Public Works Director, Refuse Director, Facilities Maintenance Director, etc. These are all vacant positions, but remain in the budget! There is NO WAY that these positions will be filled anytime soon, so why "spend the money", as you make cuts to actual workers salaries? The 5 positions I mentioned would save the city well over $1 million, and there are LOTS of other funded and unfilled positions.

I would LOVE to do an audit of city finances, and see what the ACTUAL deficit is. But, I am not an accountant or a lawyer, so I do not have the skills. All I have is common sense, which seems to be quite lacking in council and manager postions!
In the Know

Temecula, CA

#8 Jun 13, 2011
Just wait until the council meeting tomorrow night. The city department heads and mid managers are going to try and squeeze through more pay raises for themselves after imposing yet more pay cuts on the police officers and other line level city workers. Oh and effective July 1st they get all their money back from the fake pay cut they took last year. 23% cut for police over the past three years and the department heads and police management are getting raises. Hemet is doomed and more corrupt than Mexico and Bell combined. Stand by the fire works are about to start!
wtf

Radersburg, MT

#9 Jun 14, 2011
I'll be there. Just to witness the carnage, first-hand. What a disappointment Council, Manager, and Mayor turned out to be!

Selling everything out....for what? Lesser services, increased costs, and the "top talent" in Hemet sliding sideways, on fire, into higher political office, while Hemet deteriorates to a haven for gangs and drugs!

Check back with me in a year or two, and lament the loss of everything that made Hemet what it is today.

Remember this-"The grass is always greener on the other side".......

Just ask San Jacinto or Temecula, who absolutely loved their contracts, until they realized how much they had lost. And how much this "loss" would end up costing them, in yearly RSO price increases.

Now, they look back and wish they had made different choices. Hindsight is 20/20.....
its a crime in progress

Fillmore, CA

#10 Jun 14, 2011
yes, wtf and in the know, you are both completely correct.
check out what the so call city manager pulled in
Oregon City, Ore., Scraps Deal for High-Tech Work.
Publication:
Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Publish date:
March 27, 2003
tells you everything you need to know, and
By Steve Mayes, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Mar. 27--OREGON CITY, Ore.--The city canceled its contracts with a computer consulting firm hired by former City Manager Brian Nakamura, claiming he was not authorized to sign the agreements.
Some current and former city commissioners said Nakamura also didn't follow orders to solicit additional bids for work. In the past 13 months the city has paid Covenant Technology Systems almost $613,000, but some city officials wonder whether the work could have been done for less.
The city terminated the contracts with Covenant on Monday and will rely on Clackamas County's information technology department for computer support until a contract can be rebid this summer, said Larry Patterson, who was hired to help run the city and find Nakamura's replacement.
In November, commissioners voted 4-1 against giving the contract to Covenant, an Oregon City firm formed last spring that was the only bidder on the city's computer services contract. They told Nakamura to rebid the project.
Nakamura hired Covenant in March 2002 to upgrade the city's computer network under an informal agreement after the city laid off its in-house technology specialist. The company was doing work for the city's police department at the time.
On Jan. 6, Nakamura signed a six-month contract with Covenant. A few days before Nakamura left his job Feb. 28, he signed a second contract that could have retained Covenant through June 2007, apparently without telling the commissioners or asking for approval. Terms called for paying Covenant up to $10,000 a month for basic maintenance and service.
"I don't feel I circumvented any process," said Nakamura, who is public works director in Riverside, Calif.
so he went from being a city manager to a public works director? isn't that a little backwards?
isn't that what you do when you're trying to hide?
City officials also are concerned about a standing offer made by Choquette to pay a finder's fee to clients and others who refer new business to Covenant. The policy does not apply to referrals from public employees, Choquette said.
he's after finder's fees, alright. he's dead set, like others have said and is overly obvious, on "selling" every last bit of city infrastructure that has been built by actually talented city managers over the past fifty years.
how many cities do you know of that make a LOT of money, some say two, some say FOUR million dollars a year in profit that they can put into the cops and fire, which eat up half of just about EVERY city budget in the country?
once that money is gone, they'll sell off the pd and fire to the county. ain't worked out for anyone else that's done it, their cost keeps going up every single year. do the research.
it's a crime alright. what a joke, pointing fingers at the rank and file. pd does their job better than the county, and the county isn't bad, but every city police department is better.
you don't see los angeles contracting out it's trash, do you? wonder why? it's because it's almost impossible to lose money on it. gee, do you think that's why the trash companies want it so bad? bad enough to shove it in your face and "sponsor" the state of the city party? what a joke.
city of bell is right, these clowns make those clowns look like pikers. these morons are ripping you off in broad daylight.
sure would be funny to see a handful of people get up to the podium in a council meeting or two and read this article out loud.
P Serpico

Hemet, CA

#11 Jun 15, 2011
What the hell are we going to do?

Where are the angry crowds like they had in Bell?

Anyone else aware of the forced "quiet" retirements and mass exodus of talented personnel at the Hemet PD?

When will the insanity end??????????
wtf

Radersburg, MT

#12 Jun 16, 2011
P Serpico wrote:
What the hell are we going to do?
Where are the angry crowds like they had in Bell?
Anyone else aware of the forced "quiet" retirements and mass exodus of talented personnel at the Hemet PD?
When will the insanity end??????????
Apparently, the "angry crowds" are willing to wait until it is too late to make a difference. City of Bell scandal was exposed after the fact. Hemet may be no different, sadly. Lots of talented and caring HPD officers have been forced to look elsewhere for employment, and have been taken on by other PD's, meaning we are losing good cops.

The INSANITY will end only if there is a recall of the city council and city manager, forced by the good folks of Hemet.

Until then, all we can do is sit idly by, and do nothing. Waiting for SOMEONE to step up, and point out the obvious inabilty and outside concerns of certain council members clouding the actual issues....

After all, that's how politics work nowadays. Right?
Jeery

United States

#13 Jun 16, 2011
right
Johnnie V

Hemet, CA

#14 Jun 21, 2011
its a crime in progress wrote:
yes, wtf and in the know, you are both completely correct.
check out what the so call city manager pulled in
Oregon City, Ore., Scraps Deal for High-Tech Work.
Publication:
Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Publish date:
March 27, 2003
tells you everything you need to know, and
By Steve Mayes, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Mar. 27--OREGON CITY, Ore.--The city canceled its contracts with a computer consulting firm hired by former City Manager Brian Nakamura, claiming he was not authorized to sign the agreements.
Some current and former city commissioners said Nakamura also didn't follow orders to solicit additional bids for work. In the past 13 months the city has paid Covenant Technology Systems almost $613,000, but some city officials wonder whether the work could have been done for less.
The city terminated the contracts with Covenant on Monday and will rely on Clackamas County's information technology department for computer support until a contract can be rebid this summer, said Larry Patterson, who was hired to help run the city and find Nakamura's replacement.
In November, commissioners voted 4-1 against giving the contract to Covenant, an Oregon City firm formed last spring that was the only bidder on the city's computer services contract. They told Nakamura to rebid the project.
Nakamura hired Covenant in March 2002 to upgrade the city's computer network under an informal agreement after the city laid off its in-house technology specialist. The company was doing work for the city's police department at the time.
On Jan. 6, Nakamura signed a six-month contract with Covenant. A few days before Nakamura left his job Feb. 28, he signed a second contract that could have retained Covenant through June 2007, apparently without telling the commissioners or asking for approval. Terms called for paying Covenant up to $10,000 a month for basic maintenance and service.
"I don't feel I circumvented any process," said Nakamura, who is public works director in Riverside, Calif.
so he went from being a city manager to a public works director? isn't that a little backwards?
isn't that what you do when you're trying to hide?
City officials also are concerned about a standing offer made by Choquette to pay a finder's fee to clients and others who refer new business to Covenant. The policy does not apply to referrals from public employees, Choquette said.
he's after finder's fees, alright. he's dead set, like others have said and is overly obvious, on "selling" every last bit of city infrastructure that has been built by actually talented city managers over the past fifty years.
how many cities do you know of that make a LOT of money, some say two, some say FOUR million dollars a year in profit that they can put into the cops and fire, which eat up half of just about EVERY city budget in the country?
once that money is gone, they'll sell off the pd and fire to the county. ain't worked out for anyone else that's done it, their cost keeps going up every single year. do the research.
it's a crime alright. what a joke, pointing fingers at the rank and file. pd does their job better than the county, and the county isn't bad, but every city police department is better.
you don't see los angeles contracting out it's trash, do you? wonder why? it's because it's almost impossible to lose money on it. gee, do you think that's why the trash companies want it so bad? bad enough to shove it in your face and "sponsor" the state of the city party? what a joke.
city of bell is right, these clowns make those clowns look like pikers. these morons are ripping you off in broad daylight.
sure would be funny to see a handful of people get up to the podium in a council meeting or two and read this article out loud.
Who hired him?
Zathura

Fillmore, CA

#15 Jun 22, 2011
HA HA HA HA HA!!!! you people are so, SO stupid!! good lord, you are sure going to be surprised when your next manager tells you that you don't have any money!!!

your own newspaper tells you "the water and trash are not in the red" but you think you are going to sell the trash and make a ton of money on it? then you have your big boss telling you if you don't borrow money from the water people then you won't have any money to run the city!

if you have to pay back the money, even at a million percent interest, so what? ITS YOUR WATER DEPT!!! YOU'LL BE PAYING IT BACK TO YOURSELF!!!

Has anyone ever been this stupid? this guy makes obama look good!!!! i'm glad my city isn't run this way, i'd move!!!! HA HA HA HA HA!!!!

what a stupid crook your boss is!!! FUNNY!!!
jerry

Riverside, CA

#16 Jun 22, 2011
P Serpico wrote:
What the hell are we going to do?
Where are the angry crowds like they had in Bell?
Anyone else aware of the forced "quiet" retirements and mass exodus of talented personnel at the Hemet PD?
When will the insanity end??????????
There is still the option un-incorporating, then Hemet services will rise to the level of East Hemet and Valle Vista.
jerry

Riverside, CA

#17 Jun 22, 2011
"Lots of talented and caring HPD officers have been forced to look elsewhere for employment, and have been taken on by other PD's, meaning we are losing good cops."

Did you mean we are losing greedy cops, crossing the street for a dollar raise.

Talented and caring ... give me a break.
john davis

Fillmore, CA

#19 Jun 28, 2011
The City should be renamed Nakamura's Butcher Shop.

It is rare to see one individual destroy an organization that has weathered over a hundred years of history, growth, depression and war.

Yet the City Council agenda posted on the City web site and available at the door speaks to exactly this, the wholesale slaughter and butchering of the City assets and finances.

By the time ethics violations bring criminal prosecution the damage to the organization will have proven fatal for the city and its people.
Left Hemet

Fallbrook, CA

#20 Jun 28, 2011
Is there a connection between Hemet's city manager and the chairman of emergency medicine at Hemet Hospital - Dr. Nakamura?
john davis

Fillmore, CA

#21 Jun 28, 2011
Well, after watching tonight's charade of a City Council meeting I am even more amazed at the willingness of elected officials and City staff to lie to the public's face.

The decision to hire Mr. Hall is ludicrous. Mr. Hall will cost the City money that is going to produce absolutely nothing that any experienced City Manager should be able to tell you off the top of their head.

I'm sorry, but Mr. Nakamura appears to be essentially clueless as a City Manager. Quite frankly, his ability to think and reason is suspect, but his willingness to defend his obviously erroneous concepts by lying is astounding.

The poor beleaguered citizen, apparently a city employee that questioned the math involved in hiring Mr. Hall was lied to repeatedly in a desperate attempt to bolster the bad set of assumptions and lies spewed forth by the City Manager and his ilk.

The assistant to the City Manager put on an equally disgusting performance, literally lying and contradicting every sentence from his mouth in sequence relative to a web operation. Nothing he said was true in the world of computers and web operations.

Another citizen, questioning several acts on the agenda, was equally dismissed rudely and with much gusto, and again, all lies.

I'll be requesting the tapes from the meeting so that these lies can be dissected for possible prosecution, and if nothing else, ethics charges to be brought against these speakers.

More to come.

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