Highland Fairview and its CEO Iddo Benzeevi have interjected themselves into the City of Moreno Valley’s political selection process starting in 2008; the reasons for their doing so are simply financially based on their own desires, needs and greed’s.
This process continues to this very day and our currently upcoming November 4th, general election, in which our citizens will once again be asked to select from a robust pool of candidates vying for seats upon our city’s city council to represent two of our council districts (Council Districts Two and Four) as well as one of our council districts in which a recall of one of Highland Fairview’s heavily financed candidates Victoria Baca (Council District Five).
So how does Highland Fairview and Iddo Benzeevi fair in their selection of candidates which they hand select, personally finance and run to fill our city’s council seats in their zeal to strong arm the citizens over the control of the city which belongs to its citizens and not the outsider Iddo Benzeevi and his multitude of limited liability companies, well in short not well.
Let’s take a good look at those for which they have rammed down the throat of the Moreno Valley voters by means of deceptive, false and grossly financed campaigning tactics.
For Moreno Valley’s Unified School District, we had Mike Rios, who they championed in the 2010 MVUSD Board of Trustees elections, who only after serving one year on the board was arrested in connection to a shooting outside his Moreno Valley home in which he first claimed he was the victim, only to be arrested a few days later as the actual lone shooter on charges of attempted murder. A short time later that same school board official was once again arrested as a result of further investigations, which now found him facing charges of pimping and pandering of women and girls as young as 15 years of age, as well as insurance fraud resulting from an accident in which one of his prostitutes was involved in an auto accident while driving one of the Rios family vehicles, after which Mr. Rios and the prostitutes sought to make coin on the accident by claiming injuries sustained in the accident in which Mike Rios was not even a party too.
Mr. Rios has since been convicted on several charges stemming from the pimping and pandering case and is currently serving a 14.5 year prison sentence and his attempted murder case is still working its way through the overcrowded criminal courts system here in Riverside County.
Prior to the above mentioned criminal cases, Mr. Rios’ wife, Dora Landaverde was arrested by agents of homeland security for her illegal reentering of the country after being deported for her involvement in a previous drug smuggling operation in Orange County.
During all these above mentioned events, Mike Rios sought and claimed some form of false sense of entitlements of which he felt he deserved as a result of his involvement with developer Iddo Benzeevi and his elected position upon the MVUSD Board of Trustees.
Another candidate of choice for Iddo Benzeevi and Highland Fairview was Marcelo Co (yes Marcelo Co), who they hand selected, indirectly financed and opted to run for office in Moreno Valley’s City Council District No. 4, a district for which at the time Mr. Co did not reside in (I say candidate of choice, due to the fact it was originally to be Mike Rios, however once I was asked to assist Mr. Rios in his intended criminal act, all bets were off on his ability to run in that district, as would have no part in such activity nor would I allow it to take place, thus an alternative candidate had to be selected and why not a close friend and client of none other than Michael Geller of the funding mechanisms of Highland Fairview at the time, The Moreno Valley Taxpayers Association).
Mr. Co ran in 2010 seeking the district four council seat, during which I filed an official complaint with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office’s Public Integrities Unit, which did eventually begin a complete and thorough investigation into the action of Marcelo Co.
During the following years of Marcelo Co’s service upon the Moreno Valley City Council, many campaign fundraisers were held, in which Mr. Benzeevi was in attendance and in full support of his chosen candidate Marcelo Co, however what none of them knew was that I was actively investigating Mr. Co and during this investigation I was able to discover that Marcelo Co was involved in many illegal activities including using his own elderly mother to fraudulently receive welfare benefits on her behalf, information which was immediately reported to investigators within the Inland Empire Political Corruption Taskforce.
Marcelo Co was in fact eventually arrested and criminally charges with eight felony counts of fraud to obtain aide and the case is on track for hearing in the Riverside County Courts in December of 2014.
In addition to the above charges, Highland Fairview’s selected, funded and heavily supported candidate, Marcelo Co was arrested and charged in a federal indictment on federal tax charges, as well as making history and the national news for accepting the largest ever political bribe ever in the history of the FBI, charges Mr. Co has already plead guilty to in a pre-arranged plea deal with the United States Attorney’s Office.
We now move onto the now recalled Thomas Andrew Owings (AKA Tom Ass Owings).
Owings who was selected to run against then Councilwoman Robin Hastings, by individuals such as Michael S. Geller of the Moreno Valley Taxpayers Association due to their close relationship in business as well as their long standing personal friendship, as well as Owings connections to and with Jerome (Jerry) Stephens, land broker/developer and business partner of Michael Geller and Douglas Whitney, Iddo Benzeevi of Highland Fairview as well as business partner with Jerome Stephens as well as longtime friends Moreno Valley Councilman Richard Stewart and the now notionally renowned political criminal Marcelo Co.
Once elected the political pawn of the Iddo Benzeevi corruption crew went right to work on their plans for transforming Moreno Valley deeper into the pocket of Highland Fairview’ Iddo Benzeevi, Owings close friend and business associate Michael Geller, and Geller’s close friends Jerome Stephens, Douglas Whitney and Marcelo Co. The action taken by Owings included ridding the City of anyone and everyone who had or may stand in their way towards their self-serving greed driven plans for total political and developmental control over every aspect of Moreno Valley.
These actions included such things as reductions in the core needs of the citizens of Moreno Valley in such things as public safety, as well as a forced moratorium on any form of development of which Highland Fairview was opposed by means of seeking an overlay zone study within the east end of Moreno Valley, of which the main land owners were Highland Fairview, Michael Geller, Jerome Stephens, Douglas Whitney, The Chung family as well as then Councilman Marcelo Co.
Owings tactics however were abusive and abrasive to the entire citizenry of the City of Moreno Valley, action which he had taken from accusing the city’s citizens of being racists anti-Semites led to his demise through a citizens led recall seeking his removal from office. However as could be expected, all of those mentioned above came to his defense against the recall, as their need for him to remain upon the city council was critical to their goals. So once again, Iddo Benzeevi, Michael Geller, Jerome Stephens, Douglas Whitney and Chungs opened their wallets, created new political action committees and began grossly over funding anti-recall efforts with campaign ads, canvassers and even individuals paid to lie to the public and verbally and physically attack those seeking the recall. However Moreno Valley during this period was undergoing a change, one which no longer had citizens uninvolved and looking the other way, this brought about a backlash against the Benzeevi crew not yet seen in Moreno Valley, one which led to an overwhelming recall and defeat of not only Councilman Tom Owings, but repudiation upon the claims and actions of the Benzeevi crew.
Now we have Councilwoman Victoria Baca, another well-funded handpicked election candidate of the Benzeevi crew.
Here is a candidate who while serving on the Moreno Valley Unified School board of trustees, used her position to support actions and requests of Highland Fairview and Iddo Benzeevi, while at the same time working for him and his Highland Fairview company as a paid consultant, not to mention using her family ran and controlled United Democrats of Moreno Valley political club and their racist organization, The Mexican Political Association to once again verbally and physically harass opponents of Highland Fairview, Michael Geller and Jerome Stephens, by means of racial slurs, threats and even the placing of websites upon the internet as a means of slandering and making false claims against those opposed to political corruption within the City of Moreno Valley.
It was this same handpicked candidate who once elected to office, worked with and conspired with Council Members Jesse Molina, Tom Owings and Marcelo Co, to destroy ever fabric of public safety within the City of Moreno, and upon the resignation of Marcelo amid eight felony counts of fraud to obtain aide from the welfare system, conspired with once again, Tom Owings and Jesse Molina to wrongfully and behind closed doors to appoint the now legally removed from office Yxstian Gutierrez, whom they appointed to replace the departed and shamed Marcelo Co upon the city council to fill the vacant district four council seat.
As a result of her actions along with a federal and state corruption probe into actions by ex-councilman Marcelo Co, Council Members Tom Owings, Richard Stewart, Jesse Molina and some prior council members, along with Developer Iddo Benzeevi and his Highland Fairview Co., the ever apparent local attorney and friend of all concerned Michael Geller and Jerome Stephens, brought onto Ms. Baca her own recall attempt, which is to go before the voters in this November election.
Ms. Baca is not new to controversy, as she had been arrested in 2009 for interfering in the lawful action of police in operating DUI check points within the City of Moreno Valley, as well as creating many disturbances at local schools which were instigated by her and her Mexican Political Assocation, during which many racial slurs were hurled by her and her members at students and Scholl staff, such as the terms “white bitches” and even “niggers.”
During the Owings recall her family members where ever present, using the same types of racial attacks upon the recall proponents many of which were Hispanic, the terms used there were things such as “Nazi’s,” “want to be whites,” “crackers” and many other racial slurs (most of which was actually caught on video tape).
So as anyone can see from the above factual accounts, Highland Fairview, Iddo Benzeevi, Michael Geller, Jerome Stephens and their many Political Action Committees, have many moral and ethical issues when it comes to their selection of candidates and positions of support, as their track record is one of gross failure and lacking in any true concern over the what is morally and ethically right for the citizens and the city of Moreno Valley, and is simply based on their selection of those who lack any moral and ethical compass, those who are more easily controlled into doing their bidding over the bidding of the citizens of Moreno Valley.
It is much easier for the likes of Iddo Benzeevi and crew to find those who will support them 100%, from pools of those more susceptible to greed, power, immoral and unethical behavior, as anyone with any sense of moral and ethical decency, would never succumb to Benzeevi and his crews filthy, corrupt and unethical ways, so when you see these mailers, meet canvassers and or receive the phone banking robo calls seeking calls of support for the Benzeevi crew candidates, keep in mind, their history in selecting candidates and how they have failed in that selection each and every time since the 2008 election, these failures are not mythical, but are factual and can all be supported by and through actual documentations, with the exceptions of two candidates, Robin Hastings and William Batey, whom Iddo Benzeevi and his crew had to quickly remove from office because they refused to play by his crews rules and opted to serve the people and not Benzeevi’s special interest groups.
So when you receive these calls, canvassers and mailers seeking your support of Iddo Benzeevi’s chosen candidates, just remember his past in candidate selections, as they have all ended up either in jail serving long prison sentences, awaiting sentencing to long prison terms or have been removed from office through the legal recall process, as Benzeevi’s candidates are chosen for one reason and one reason only, his own personal greed and desire to control a city of which he isn’t even a resident of, over the rights of those 193,000 citizens who do and he will do so through the most unethical and morally corrupt citizens he and his crew of Michael Geller, Jerome Stephens, Councilman Jesse Molina, Councilwoman Victoria Baca and their associates can find.
Here are the candidates of which this motley crew has chosen for 2014:
Jeffrey Giba (Council District 2)
Luke Fuller (Council District 2)
Yxstian Gutierrez (Council District 4)
Wraymond Sawyerr (Council District 4)
Victoria Baca (Council District 5 Recall)
Take a stand against Iddo Benzeevi and his crew and prevent them from overrunning YOUR CITY through their heavily funded misinformation campaigns in support of their ethically and morally corrupt candidates, aimed solely at securing their control over YOUR CITY, and against you wishes and desires to be a civil, ethical and responsible community, vote against their supported candidates, it’s the morally right and ethical thing to do.
WE WILL BE BACK ON THIS ISSUE SOON!