Fullerton City Council Meeting Results by Barry Levinson
They are considering 3 options to reduce the water loss at Laguna Lake. However, the only action taken on Laguna Lake last night was to approve a consultant contract to determine the cause of and solutions for the water loss and bring back the results NLT the July 21 council meeting. I will keep residents informed when this item comes back to council. The rest of the plan was officially approved at the meeting.
The willingness for this council majority to basically rubber stamp this plan (everyone except for Council member Whitaker) shows that this council really has its own agendas and is not interested in representing the people of Fullerton in my opinion.
Why do I make that claim? Simply because something this important that will impact almost everybody’s pocketbooks, lifestyles and maybe even health and safety (potential for brush fires) requires reviewing the plan with a objective but critical eye in order to improve the plan. How often have any of you put together a draft proposal quickly and believe it was the best you could do and make no improvements going forward? The answer is never!
As soon as you try to hold city departments and/or council accountable it seems that Council member Flory can’t contain herself and has to defend the city. To paraphrase her at council – “nobody’s perfect”.
Ms. Flory nobody is expecting perfection but competence and a willingness to work with independent members of the public would do for starters.
P.S. One of the highlights as far as entertainment value was concerned was watching Council member Fitzgerald staunchly support the idea of adding more high priced PR/Consultant personnel under the guise that Public Works needs them to provide basic information about construction projects to the public.
I questioned the propriety of her unwavering support for the motion to set up a list of NO BID PR/Consultants with the language that more could be added at the whim of the city. I said that at the very least her support gives the appearance of a conflict of interest.
Ms. Fitzgerald like a good politician did not respond to my comment. What conflict you ask? After being elected to the Fullerton Council she was hired as a Vice President of Curt Pringle and Associates, one of the largest PR/Consultant firms in Orange County. But why do you think she was hired after she became council member and not before? I guess it was just a coincidence.
P.S. Final vote for additional PR/Consultant list was as follows: Aye’s Fitzgerald (who probably never met a PR/Consultant she did not like in my opinion); Flory (who at a past council meeting said the following to a council member (paraphrasing) – your mother did not breast feed you enough; Ms. Flory is such a lovely and charming lady),
Chaffee (who not once but twice asked to be able to scuba dive at Laguna Lake; Mr. Chaffee that was over the top even for you sir)
and our own “conservative” Mayor Sebourn.
P.S. Question: How does a “conservative” earn of living promoting big Government and big Government projects? I think someone should ask Ms. Fitzgerald that question at our next council meeting.
Maybe just maybe that shows more than just the appearance of a conflict of interest. Where does our City Attorney stand on this subject?
I report, you decide!