This is the group of ordinary citizens that successfully recalled a San Mateo County Elected Official named Herb Perez a Foster City Councilman. One of the items that came up during the Recall Campaign was an Unpaid Sponsorship Fees bill for $17,090.00. So now you have the Government of Foster City giving the RECALLED Politician a Gift of $10,000 and there is no evidence that he has paid or started to pay the previous debt.
Everybody in the Government knows why Herb Perez was RECALLED, the Question is Who approved Gold Medal to receive a $10,000 check in light of the above?
FC-Watchdog submitted a Public Records Act request to the city to inquire about which small businesses received $10,000 from the Business Resiliency fund assistance from Foster City? We received a list today today showing that Gold Medal Martial Arts is a recipient of this fund. We are troubled by this for the following reasons:
Did Gold Medal pay the $17,000 city invoice sent in January for unpaid city event sponsorships?
If not, should Gold Medal be receiving this assistance with an overdue, unpaid balance?
Who approved Gold Medal to receive a $10,000 check in light of the above?
Why is Gold Medal being given special treatment to this day, assuming the $17,000 remains unpaid?
FC-Watchdog is scheduled to meet with the interim city manager next week and we hope to get answers to the above at that time. If you share our concerns, please email email@example.com. The city manager will also receive your email.
Foster City Residents who took the time and money to provide True Citizen Oversight by Recalling Councilman Herb Perez who now is permanently labeled as RECALLED. They find themselves stepping up and doing it again with calling for City Manager Moneda to be labeled as FIRED from Foster City. A City Manager is appointed and the public knows very little about what he/she does or what authority they have. This case is pretty simple Mr. Moneda is Obstructing a very simple audit that involves the man who gave him his job.
April 13, 2020 5:00 PM
Foster City Council held a Closed Door Meeting last night about City Manager Moneda employment status. You will recall he turned in his resignation right after the Herb Perez Recall Election Results were certified by Mark Church San Mateo County Elections Officer.
CLOSED SESSION 4.1. Public Employee Appointment (Government Code §54957)
Title: City Manager
Public Comment e-mails.
Subject: Council Meeting – 4/6
I just finished watching the recording of the last city council meeting. Here are a few comments.
There were no known issues with the city’s finances before FC-Watchdog discovered these sponsorship non-payments. We found these non-payments by accident while validating sponsorship claims by Mr. Perez. Since we stumbled upon this mistake, how are we confident that this is the only problem? Gold Medal was a sponsor for the Summer Concerts 2019, but I do not see this information mentioned anywhere. No invoice has been sent to them. What else are we missing? Why are we seeking direction from internal staff, the same people who have put us in this mess.
2. Mr. Moneda’s claims that sponsorship non-payments occurred only last year is not true. It has been happening since 2014. The following are unpaid dues by year. (ref: Document 1)
2014 – $1,000
2015 – $1,000
2017 – $9,500
2018 – $5,000
2019 – $4,000
3. Last year Mr. Moneda wrote a letter to Mr. Perez thanking him for his donation of $74,845.36. I was surprised when Mr. Moneda said he was not aware of the non-payment until September because the letter was written in June.
4. Mr. Moneda mentioned that residents conducted their own audits and came up with different figures without providing the rationale behind it. That is not true. I have sent numerous emails to the city attorney, mayor, vice mayor with details and supporting documents. On January 10th, Stacy Jiminez and I requested a meeting with director Jennifer Liu and Mr. Moneda, seeking clarifications on sponsorship solicitation, billing/invoicing, payment collection, and cash application. Mr. Moneda agreed, and the meeting was set up, but he canceled it the next day and never rescheduled. The email exchange is attached herewith.
Dear Council, There is a $17,000+ debt in sponsorship that has not been cleared up to date and the City Manager is now about to quit. How can we be able to have a fair audit if the person who can provide answers refuse to answer emails until he is gone? This behavior should not be allowed and the City Manager needs to be fired immediately.This needs to be on his record instead of being allowed to be dodgy on a matter that shows clear favoritism to a council member who has been recalled. His letter commending Gold Medal of their sponsorships but no email exists for other businesses alongside discrepancies in sponsorships by Gold Medal & Herb Perez all point a finger at shady practices. If it’s not shady, then an audit will show that. An immediate audit is needed before Moneda leaves or ask him to step down effective immediately.
I request again for an independent audit on unpaid city sponsorship obligations to be conducted in a timely manner so the breakdowns in city officials’ oversight can be rooted out, fixed, and prevented in future cases.
Date: April 13, 2020 at 5:59:22 PM PDT To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject:Jeff Moneda
Dear City Council, I’d like to voice my opinion that you release city manager, Jeff Moneda from your current role immediately. He has been dishonest numerous times during the last city council meeting and the lack of transparency regarding the money owed by Gold Medal has been frustrating. We would like the people working for the city to help our city and not to abuse the power. Sincerely, Regards,
Date: April 13, 2020 at 5:29:26 PM PDT To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear City Council,
I would like to urge you all to release city manager Moneda from his responsibilities immediately. There has been a complete lack of transparency regarding sponsorship money owed to the city by Gold Medal, and dishonesty surrounding the issue. He lied 3 times at the last city council meeting and refuses to meet with residents to clarify the issue as directed by council motion. This type of abuse of power should not be tolerated and a clear message should be sent.
This e-mail sets the stage for the April 13, 2020 Meeting.
Date: Mon, Apr 6, 2020 at 5:42 PM Subject: Agenda Item: 6.2 – Council Meeting 4/6/2020 To: <email@example.com>
Regarding: “6.2. A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Foster City Authorizing the Issuance of a Requests for Proposals for an Operational Assessment of the Parks and Recreation Department” Dear Council:On Jan. 13, 2020, Mayor Mahanpour wrote: “Through that review, it has become apparent that the billing and accounting practices in Parks and Recreation are deficient … In my opinion, the council should look into bringing in an independent third-party consultant to audit the processes, procedures and practices of the Parks and Recreation Department since their records have evidently not been kept in a best practices manner.” Why has the independent audit been reduced to an operational assessment? Please do not cite cost as an impediment to an independent audit. Most residents are aware that Council is prepared to spend $35 to $40 Million on a new Rec Center. In my opinion, money spent on ensuring fiscal integrity is far more important. With tonight’s official removal of Recalled Councilmember Herbert Perez, it is time to usher in a new phase in Foster City government – one that is characterized by Transparency.
Foster City Councilman Herb Perez is just one example. He will be removed and replaced April 1, 2020 when the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election results are Certified. San Mateo County Election Official Mark Church has stated the results will be certified by April 1, 2020 even though California Governor Gavin Newsom extended that date to April 22, 2020.
The Real Question here is what did every single elected official in San Mateo County do to remove Herb Perez from office as soon as they became aware of his behavior. Did any one of them contact Herb Perez by phone, letter or e-mail and suggest he apologize, provide the Black Belt to Julia Vo, promise to change his behavior etc or even resign to avoid a successful recall? It would be good for the public to know how many elected officials contacted Herb Perez.
What did they do to protect this child and her mother once they came forward with this video.
Most people are to busy, or don’t have enough information or desire to get involved to make a difference in San Mateo County Politics.
That is not what just happened in Foster City, Council member Herb Perez was RECALLED March 3, 2020. He was replaced by Jon Froomin.
Herb Perez said he did not commit any crimes and I would hope that is true, a recall has Nothing to do with criminal acts, that is for law enforcement a Recall is for the residents and voters its just that simple.
What Foster City just demonstrated could be duplicated at every City Council and the County Board of Supervisors, Sheriff & District Attorney Office.
I want to remind every courageous soul who signed the petition to recall Herb Perez that your signature is safe and confidential. It is a criminal offense to allow those signatures to be viewed by anyone other than the county officials tasked with signature verification and those initial 24 residents who signed the “Notice of Intent to Recall” Herb Perez will not be allowed to view the signatures, and his attempts to bully some of you into revoking your signature out of fear he will be able to view your signature has absolutely no merit. The county officials are incredibly professional and capable and they will not allow any lapse in protocol – they are not only required by law but committed to an ethical and legal process of signature count and verification.
Jeff Regan, an organizer for the recall, said about the recall effort, “It’s because when a resident goes up to speak publicly and gets treated with disdain — that blocks democracy and it’s an intimidation tactic. At a certain point, enough is enough.”