BARRY LEVINSON’S FEW THOUGHTS ON THE FULLERTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING ON JULY 19TH 2016.


Barry Levinson

Barry Levinson

 

 

A FEW THOUGHTS ON THE FULLERTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING ON JULY 19TH 2016.

1. At just before 11AM I went to the City of Fullerton website to open the video of the meeting. IT WAS NOT THERE. NOT ONLY WAS THE VIDEO NOT THERE, BUT THE AGENDA WAS NOT ON THE WEBSITE EITHER.

NORMALLY THE VIDEO IS UP AND RUNNING SHORTLY AFTER THE END OF THE MEETING. The agenda is normally online 72 hours before the meeting and should not be taken down immediately after the meeting.

Why is the video and the agenda missing from the website? The video is supposed to be a formal record of the meeting. There is no reason not to put it up right away. Why is it not posted almost 12 hours after the end of the meeting?

2. Approximately 40 to 50 people showed up in opposition to the Melia Homes agenda item that was asking for approval of a 32 home site (mainly townhomes) on 3.3 acres which would require a change in the zoning as well as an abandonment of a city easement free of charge. (Note: The city council is so so generous with the public’s property rights that it is willing to give away something of value to the developer for free.) The council after much public opposition continued it to the third week in September requesting that the developer make some minor changes adding a tot lot, removing any three story structures and reducing somewhat the number of total units. The vote was 4 to 1 with Sebourn the only no vote. For information purposes it was Mr. Sebourn’s appointee to the Planning Commission, Peter Gambino (who also just happens to be his brother-in-law), who stated that it was not the developers nor the city’s concern that this development might add to the already heavy traffic congestion around Laguna Road School. No one is saying that the developer is responsible for correcting an already existing traffic problem. But we are saying that the city should not vote to change the zoning of the property if it would exacerbate the problem. Also, while committee members talked about the dilapidated condition of the existing property, no responsibility was placed on the current landowner for allowing for the deteriation.

3. I was disappointed particularly in one of the comments made by the spokesman for Melia Homes. He repeated a statement made by a FSD board member, Ms. Sugarman, that there were openings for new students at Laguna Road. After the board member made that statement at a recent Planning Commission meeting, a teacher at Laguna Road School, a Ms. Fruchie (not sure of the spelling) stated that in fact except for kindgergarten, the school was at maximum capacity and has been turning down new students living in the neigborhood. Another person, I believe it was the Laguna Road PTA president who spoke earlier at the city council meeting and reiterated what the teacher had said earlier. The Melia Homes representative should be more careful before he makes statements that have previously been refuted by two people who have direct knowledge of the conditions at the school.

4. Mr. Curlee told the city council that he had learned that a group of dentists offered to buy at least part of the property in question to use as medical office space. This if true should have been disclosed by Melia Homes since it directly contradicts the developer’s contention that their is no interest in the property as medical office space.

5. I must say the council member who did the most damage to their political career yesterday hands down was Mayor Jennifer Fitzgerald. The council can allow each speaker at a public hearing 5 minutes. It was requested to extend those few that needed more than three minutes an additional two minutes to speak. As there were 23 speakers signed up to speak, the additional time would have been negligible. But Mayor Fitzgerald’s true self shown brightly in her refusal to allow any additional time. The I Love Fullerton Mayor showed nothing but contempt for the people wishing to complete their thoughts if it extended over three minutes. In my opinion and I believe the opinion of many in the audience, the Mayor acted with meanness and arrogance toward those wishing to speak a little longer. She better collect a lot of special interest monies from the developers and the public employee unions because she will need every penny of it. She even told the crowd to stop clapping for the comments of one of the speakers against the Melia Homes development. Remember it was Mayor Fitzgerald a few short weeks ago, tried to get passed new restrictions on behavior at council meetings including the ability for city police to escort a audience member out for polite clapping. Finally, Mayor Fitzgerald failed as Mayor to speak to the issue of Melia Homes. I believe we the people deserved to know where she stood on this issue but she said nothing. I know we have a real drinking problem with all the bars and nightclubs now in Fullerton but we also have a Mayor drunk with her own power and self-importance.

The city does such a terrible job in doing the major things that a city is supposed to take care of…such as maintenance of our roads, sewers, water pipes, etc. They say they have no money to do more. But they recently passed raises for all city workers with the largest raises going to the police and fire (6% raise for police and a 9% raise for fireman over 2 years). For the police and fire alone these raises will cost the taxpayers millions of additional dollars every year going forward on top of an already 2.8 million dollar budget deficit. What does this prove Fullertonians? The city council has money for city employees but not for citizens of Fullerton. We are a middle to upper middle class neighborhood. We have housing that is more expensive than many of the cities that border our town. Yet our infrastructure is in much worse condition that any of our neighboring cities. We heard that the traffic situation around Laguna Road School is a school problem by our city council. It is also a city of Fullerton problem as well. Their willingness to ignore this city problem rather than working with the school district to solve them is just another indicator of how badly we are governed. For those who argue that the police and fire have not received “decent” raises for a few years, I have this to refute that statement. You see Fullertonians, the percentage of their base pay going to help cover the pension obligation for the city, i.e. from the taxpayers has gone up significantly over the last few years. I do not have the exact figures in front of me but I can tell all of you that going back about 5 years the percentage paid by the taxpayers was in the 30% range. Now it is at or above the 50% range and estimated in the near future to approach 60%. So even though their base pay raises were not substantial in the last few years before the very large increases approved for this year, how much it costs the taxpayers to give them their salary and great benefit package has gone up double digits yearly over the last 5 years or so. Has anyone working for a private company averaged double digit increases for their entire pay packages? I think not!

This is how our city council operates as follows: The city has a $2.8 million dollar two year deficit as of July 2015. This was the budget that the city council passed. Instead of looking for ways to get our budget balanced, the city council irresponsibly increased the deficits by approving massive salary increases for city employees, especially the police and fire. Now the city is deperately looking for short term revenues even at the expense of less revenue in the long term. The city has a large park dwelling fee of $11,700 per unit of any size. Therefore, the more high density buildings the more money comes into the city coffers in the short term. With this scenario the city is always looking for money to bail them out in large part for the poor and irresponsibility choices it has made in the recent past. Fullertonians this is not the way to run a city government but it is exactly the way our city government is run lead by Mayor Fitzgerald and City Manager Joe Felz.

Please remember all of these things Fullertonians when you consider reelecting any of the incumbents this November. For my hard work and diligence and always following the facts and truth, I got canned by Council member Whitaker last month without him even giving me a reason. We need a complete sweep of new council members in Fullerton. Let us start this November.

P.S. I am proud of my fellow Fullertonians who spoke or came to give support to those who spoke in opposition to the Melia Home development as currently constituted. They did there homework and they came together to try to save something that it definitely worth saving…our rural neighborhood.

  1. #1 by Vanilla ice cream on July 21, 2016 - 10:45 pm

    “For my hard work and diligence and always following the facts and truth, I got canned by Council member Whitaker last month without him even giving me a reason. We need a complete sweep of new council members in Fullerton. Let us start this November.”

    I almost choked on my ice cream after reading the above comment posted by Levinson.

    If Barry doesn’t know the reason he was removed from his post then he is obviously too unhinged to have been on the committee to begin with.

    Hard work and diligence? Facts and truth?
    I think I just wet myself from laughing so hard.

    • #2 by Fullerton Lover on July 22, 2016 - 9:54 am

      The queen of mean is losing her sheen.

      Jennifer Fitzgerald’s days are numbered.

    • #3 by Ashamed Fullerton Resident on July 22, 2016 - 2:46 pm

      A few corrupt and morally bankrupt souls continue to defame Mr. Levinson, month after month after month. They never provide anything of substance and that is why it is pure defamation. These are the same people who think our city government is just terrific?

      Please Mr. Imbriano and Mr. Levinson continue to inform the Fullerton public about what really is happening at Fullerton city hall.

      • #4 by Anonymous on July 22, 2016 - 3:08 pm

        Sure, Barry.

  2. #5 by Anonymous on July 22, 2016 - 8:34 am

    In reference to Point No. 4, I’ve heard Mr. Curlee speak at meetings before. I think he needs to take a few classes in basic civics before he attends the next council meeting. Dude is as dumb as a fence post.

    Funny, but I found the video of the council meeting and the agenda on my laptop within minutes after the meeting. Perhaps somebody has infiltrated Mr. Levinson’s PC. Conspiracies abound!

  3. #6 by Reality Is..... on July 22, 2016 - 9:44 am

    The truths are always known on this site that’s for sure. So much personal opinion and bias, it’s like guessing on everything.

    Sounds like some good changes were made to the plan. I’m sure it will be approved next time.

    In terms of the raises, you are forgetting they are much deserved and overdue raises to both groups. Underpaid for the region and the State. I’m still waiting for that last 10 year chart of pay and compensation increases and decreases so you can show that these raises weren’t deserved. I’ve been waiting for at least 4 months. I’ll be waiting much longer.

  4. #7 by Seriously? on July 22, 2016 - 3:15 pm

    Ashamed Fullerton Resident is, without question, none other than Barry Levinson himself. Nothing of substance? Barry you were investigated for assault and named in a police report. You were removed from a committee from the very person who appointed you. You’ve run for city council at least twice and didn’t come close to being elected, even with steep financial backing. You’ve bullied and shouted insults at people over tbe telephone. You’ve lied about being a CPA. You’ve alienated yourself from former allies because of your antics. You’ve accused officials of conspiracies when issues don’t play out to your liking. How’s that for substance Barry?

    • #8 by Barry Cried Wolf on July 22, 2016 - 4:20 pm

      But villagers, there’s really a wolf this time! Seriously! Why won’t anyone listen to me!

      • #9 by Fullerton Lover on July 22, 2016 - 5:07 pm

        …I don’t mean to give away the ending to your little fairy tale, however when all was said and done, didn’t the village boy sort of get the last laugh on the villagers?

        The Boy Who Cried Wolf by Aesop. A shepherd-boy, who watched a flock of sheep near a village, brought out the villagers three or four times by crying out, “Wolf! Wolf!” and when his neighbors came to help him, laughed at them for their pains. The Wolf, however, did truly come at last.

        • #10 by Mat Caraffa on July 22, 2016 - 10:34 pm

          And you completely missed the point of the fable.

          • #11 by Fullerton Lover on July 23, 2016 - 12:19 am

            The end result of that fable was that the wolf did come and eat all of the sheep that the villagers were counting on to sustain themselves.

            Fullertonians can count on the same ending if they don’t listen to people like Joe and Barry, who are trying to warn them that the amount of money that these politicians are handing out like candy to their cronies, is coming out of their pockets.

            • #12 by Reality Is..... on July 23, 2016 - 9:32 am

              Then Joe and Barry need to stick to valid points, and not personal biased opinions. Main one being that a high high majority of Fullertonians have no issue with the measly 2% raises, especially considering the last 10 years charts. A majority of Fullertonians also love their police and fire and the good job they do, except Joe and Barry.

    • #13 by Anonymous on July 22, 2016 - 5:22 pm

      I dont know about who is really who here. Here is the one Fact that is indisputable and undeniable: if Dan Hughes really had the goods on Levinson, he would have locked his ass up along time ago. Hughes hates the guy but still Hughes didnt have shit. Watch the video from the lobby. As far as all the rest of all the innuendo, that is all it is. No basis. Just more bull shit from a bunch of cowards that hide behind a keyboard.

      • #14 by Seriously? on July 22, 2016 - 9:00 pm

        Which is exactly what you’re doing … hiding behind a keyboard.

      • #15 by Reality Is.. on July 22, 2016 - 9:28 pm

        Hughes did that. That’s why Barry’s name is in the suspect box.

        • #16 by Anonymous on July 24, 2016 - 12:02 pm

          The DA told Hughes to wipe his sorry ass with that sloppy frame up job.

          • #17 by Anonymous on July 24, 2016 - 3:13 pm

            Huh!

          • #18 by Reality Is... on July 24, 2016 - 8:00 pm

            Wrong. The victim decided not to prosecute. Barry was guilty.

    • #19 by Anonymous on July 24, 2016 - 4:36 pm

      The physical evidence, which was the city’s own video of the city hall lobby, very suspiciously was not released to the public till several weeks after the DA refused to take the case and approximately 2.5 months after the so-called start of the investigation. It clearly showed that nothing happened in that lobby. Why would it take almost 3 months to download a city owned tape rather than about 5 minutes that was actually needed to accomplish the same? Why would it not be the center piece of Hughes’ police report? Because Dan Hughes is a corrupt, dishonest police chief. Any police chief that would play fast and loose with the law he has sworn to uphold and protect deserves to be fired if not prosecuted himself.

      That is the end of the story but some wish to continue to defame Mr. Levinson almost two years later.

  5. #20 by Seriously? on July 24, 2016 - 5:21 pm

    I’ve written the following many times, but it never seems to appear. Wonder why? In reference to the Levinson assault case, the person with all the evidence is none other than our very own Joe Imbriano, who walks around with a sack of recording devices and shoots video of anything that moves. Imbriano’s camera was rolling during the entire confrontation between Levinson and the nice AT&T lady. The police, in conduction their investigation, asked Imbriano if they could see his video. Being the cooperative citizen he is, Imbriano told the cops to pound sand. Now ask yourself this: If Joe’s video really proves Levinson did nothing wrong, don’t you think he would have posted it on this blog and shouted from the highest mountain that he has video that exonerates his pal? No, I suspect Imbriano’s video shows Levinson was quite guilty and there was no way he was going to turn it over to the police. Let’s see if Joe is man enough to post this comment.

    • #21 by Reality Is.. on July 24, 2016 - 7:59 pm

      Some things you will never get answers too on this blog. That’s one. The video is simple to post. He could write a full article on here showing that his name shows “suspect” on a police report. But they won’t. They only post things that aren’t factual. We know Barry was guilty. He paid off the att lady to not prosecute. Barry is still a suspect on the police report. And it’s public information.

      • #22 by Anonymous on July 25, 2016 - 10:55 am

        Hughes is guilty.

      • #23 by cristol bal on July 25, 2016 - 11:31 am

        Why do you guys have such a hard on for his video? Hughes made a huge miscalculation.

        • #24 by Reality Is... on July 25, 2016 - 7:53 pm

          We don’t. We just point out that since Barry claims he’s innocent then show the video. We know why the DA didn’t file. The victim didn’t want to prosecute. Doesn’t mean Barry didn’t commit a crime. I say he did. His name is on the suspect box forever also. So prove is wrong. He’s always click to post so called evidence on everything else. Why not now? I know why.

          Love,

          DannyBoy

    • #25 by Fullerton Lover on July 24, 2016 - 8:05 pm

      Because the Fullerton Police Department is notorious for confiscating and keeping residents cameras!

      https://photographyisnotacrime.com/2011/09/05/fullerton-police-accused-of-confiscating-yet-another-camera-after-homeless-beating/

      Would you hand a thief your valuables if they asked nicely?

      I personally have known two residents of Fullerton who have had their cameras confiscated by police.

      One was actually comical,because the police officer that confiscated a woman’s camera after the Kelly Thomas beating in 2011, and the officer thought he had ruined all of this woman’s pictures by opening the camera, not realizing that the camera was actually digital, and that the film was actually on a memory card.

      Those were some of the only pictures that a few Fullerton residents had taken in the aftermath of the Kelly Thomas beating,

      https://photographyisnotacrime.com/2011/09/05/fullerton-police-accused-of-confiscating-yet-another-camera-after-homeless-beating/

      • #26 by Mat Caraffa on July 25, 2016 - 9:28 am

        If only there were a way to move a video from a camera onto some other device for playback without giving up the whole camera…

      • #27 by Reality Is..... on July 25, 2016 - 11:02 am

        WTF does this have to do with Barry or Joe showing this so called video that proves his innocence? LOL. I think you smoked a big fat joint.

        Now you are talking about opening cameras with film in them. LOL. Jesus can we talk about 2016 and now years ago with film?.

        LOL now I see why you say the entire city and police department are corrupt. You base it on a few incidents over the last 30 years. Yawn.

  6. #29 by Anonymous on July 24, 2016 - 7:07 pm

    Haha! Yes sir! Imbriano once posted a video he took of an African American woman making an outladish claim that the cops tasered her boyfriend for no reason. He posted that based on her allegations alone, without access to a single bit if information about what happened.

    • #30 by Reality Is..... on July 25, 2016 - 11:00 am

      True. He went wild with that false accusation. Amazing how he won’t do that for Barry to prove his innocence. He could even request that his name be removed as a “suspect” and the report expunged if he could prove he did nothing wrong.

    • #31 by Bozo esq on July 25, 2016 - 11:41 am

      More FPD police corruption and abuse of citizenry that was squashed by the DA’s plea machine.

  7. #32 by Anonymous on July 25, 2016 - 3:20 pm

    Bozo, FPD corruption squashed by the DA’s plea machine? Hhmmm. The same DA who charged FPD officers with murder?

    • #33 by Reality Is... on July 25, 2016 - 7:54 pm

      I think that was Tony smoking a laced joint again lol. No clue what that could mean. Now the DA is the cops friend? Lol

  8. #34 by Barry Levinson on July 28, 2016 - 8:49 pm

    The current group of council members continue to play the good people of Fullerton like a rare violin. Well we need to kick them all out. Please note that Larry Bennett is having a joint fund raiser with Mayor Fitzgerald. A vote for Larry is a vote for more of the same….terrible roads, sewers and water pipes. He ran the anti-recall movement. Do we really want Bankhead, Jones and McKinley back on the council? Remember it was Mayor Fitzgerald who very recently tried to get an anti-clapping motion passed for city council meetings. Anyone who would push for such absolute control is not someone who believes in the spirit of representiative democracy.

    Jennifer Fitzgerald is a lobbyist/consultant and that makes for many potential conflicts of interests. How does the good Mayor handle that problem? She doesn’t handle the problem at all. You see she will not even let the good people of Fullerton know her client list concealing her potential conflicts as Mayor.

    Remember that Council member Bruce Whitaker very recently suggested we have an audit committee for the city. I as his former representative on the Parks And Recreation, a lifelong internal auditor was never told about this idea by Mr. Whitaker nor did he ever respond to my detailed analysis about a 4 tho 5 million dollar problem with our relationship with American Golf Corporation. I am not accusing American Golf Corporation of anything, other than accepting a great deal from the city of Fullerton at the expense of the Fullerton taxpayers. Mr. Whitaker says he wants an audit committee but when an auditor provides him with a detailed analysis that sheds light on a problem that will cost the taxpayers approximately 4 to 5 million dollars over a 20 year period, he totally ignores it. I guess Mr. Whitaker wants to look into those 300 to 400 dollar hotel bills and other things that will not make a bit of difference to the good taxpayer’s of Fullerton.

    In accounting we call what Mr. Whtiaker has been doing as Form over Substance. What you want from an Accountant/Auditor and for that matter your council members is Substance over Form! But he had not one question for me about a 4 to 5 million dollar city problem I uncovered. What does that say about Mr. Whitaker? The words hypocrite and phony may come to mind as well as someone who has not earned your vote come November.

    • #35 by Reality Is..... on July 29, 2016 - 7:50 am

      Amazing how quick someone can go from your buddy and a good councilperson to a pure enemy. Once he canned you, it was all over LOL

  9. #36 by Barry Levinson on July 29, 2016 - 10:45 am

    Yes Mr. Whitaker had me fooled for many years. He is not fooling me anymore. He has shown his true colors by his numerous actions and inactions over the last year and it is not a pretty picture.

  10. #37 by Vanilla ice cream on July 29, 2016 - 4:51 pm

    From where I’m standing, Mr. Whitaker finally got smart and saw Levinson for the bombastic, arrogant, pompous loose cannon that he is. Councilman Whitaker never responded to Levinson’s American Golf analysis because it was beyond ridiculous and anyone who took a fifth grade math class could see that. Levinson, through his own antics, has been succeeded in alienating himself from every human in Fullerton except for Joe Imbriano. That alone should tell you something. In the past, I was not a fan of Councilman Whitaker, but he has gone a long way in winning me over by finally doing what needed to be done months ago, removing a bombastic bully from a city committee. Thank you Bruce!

  11. #38 by Anonymous on July 29, 2016 - 10:55 pm

    I’ve probably asked Levinson at least10 times which state he is a licensed CPA in. I’m still waiting for an answer.

    • #39 by Reality Is... on July 30, 2016 - 9:23 pm

      I’m still waiting for all kinds of things. We will never get it. They only provide things that back their biased agenda and most aren’t true

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