IF YOU NEED ANY MORE PROOF THAT FULLERTON IS NOT RUN FOR THE BENEFIT OF ITS CITIZENS, YOU NOW HAVE IT! by Barry Levinson


 

Below is a copy of what I handed out during Agenda Item No. 7 – Brea Dam Recreation Area at tonight’s park and rec commission meeting.  It provides proof that the Management Agreement deal we entered into with American Golf in December 2010 will cost the taxpayers between………………

4,000,000 to 5,000,000 dollars in lost net revenue (think net income) over 20 years over the lease contract already in place.
This raises serious questions about how the Park and Recreation Department has been managed and calls into question our city leadership all the way up to the City Manager.  It is now time for the City to answer questions honestly and with much specificity.  Please review the below carefully.
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Fullerton Park and Recreation’s director  Hugo Curiel and manager Alice Loya

Please note that there was no discussion about this handout except for my description and summary of it.  With the exception of Commissioner Silva, who reluctantly spoke out of order and after the proceedings were over and his vote was cast, and myself, all other Commissioners present voted to Receive and File my document and the attached presentation of the department.  Yes we have major problems with our City Government.
 Denial, denial, denial and then Receive and File. 

 

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Fitzgerald appointee who motioned to bury all of this information with no discussion or action-introducing Gretchen Cox

 

Ms. Gretchen Cox, appointed by Mayor Fitzgerald attempted to have it Received and Filed without any discussion from the department, the public or any members of the commission.
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Rubber stamp Commissioner Savage

 

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Rubber stamp Commissioner Lang Mcnab

 

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Rubber stamp Commissioner Stanford

MS LOYA’S 11/2/2010 COUNCIL PRESENTATION CORRECTING MS. LOYA’S PRESENTATION
               LEASE  

MANAGEMENT
AGREEMENT

MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT – USING CORRECT AMOUNTS
FOR MANAGEMENT FEE & PRINCIPAL & INTEREST COSTS
           
GROSS REVENUE $2,230,000  $2,230,000  $2,230,000
  LESS:
    OPERATING COSTS  $1,140,000  $1,140,000  $1,140,000
    CITY LEASE REVENUE  $420,000                        –                        –
    AM. GOLF M. FEE                        –  $500,000  $670,000
    RZEDB DEBT                        –  $36,520  $203,323   *Average cost to city for principal and
     interest over 20 years of the bond
     including 45% federal interest rebate.
NET REVENUE  $670,000  American  $553,480  CITY  $216,677    Actual Average City Revenue earned
 Golf      under Management Agreement.
Average yearly loss for city by changing from former Lease agreement to Management agreement ($420,000 – $216,677) = $203,323
Overstatement of average net revenues under the Management agreement = $553,400 less $216,667 = $336,332.
Alice Loya claimed on 11/2/10 before council that the Mngmnt. A. would net an additional $133,480 dollars to the city while in fact it lost $203,323 dollars.
*  Total series A Principal $2,705,000/20 years = $135,250 + (total series A interest $2,475,381/20 years = $123,769 x .55 = $68,073) = $203,323.
  Therefore, Ms Loya’s presentation to the council that this change from a lease agreement to a management agreement would over the course of the bond  bring in more revenue to the city was in fact not correct.
Over the course of the 20-year life of the RZED Bond, the city will loose conservatively at least 4,000,000 dollars in net revenue and at the same time  it takes on liablilites that did not exist under the former lease agreement.
Please also note that under the lease agreement city revenues would have increased based on the increased gross revenues from the golf course which was  already up over 13% from FY 2011 to FY 2014/2015 as reported by Ms. Loya in January, making this an even worse deal than the numbers above show
Finally, the amount Ms. Loya presented to the committee last month for the Management fee for FY 2014/2015 of $587,000 is understated by $103,302 as the correct amount is actually $690,302 ($670,000 in base year times three one percent annual increases per contract terms.)
  The RZED Bond Debt amount per Ms. Loya is also grossly understated.  The correct amount is (100K principal + ($185,550 int. X .55 = $102,053)  = $202,053 and not $107,000 as Ms. Loya reported to this committee last month.
Conclusion:  The numbers as presented by Alice Loya to council on 11/2/2010 and on 01/11/2016, to the Park and Recreation  Committee, misrepresent the financial benefit of the Management Agreeement  (M.A.) over the former lease agreement.  This resulted  in the council approving a  M.A. that will cost the taxpayers 4 to 5 million dollars in lost net revenue over 20 years.
 

ATTACHMENT:

Fullerton Golf Course Management Agreement 12/01/10, Page 12 of 23

reports of claims activities on a schedule and in a format reasonably acceptable to the City. City understands and agrees that with respect to all policies of insurance required under this Article 4 (whether such policies are maintained by City or by AGC), the portion of any losses, damages, and expenses paid with respect to such claims which is subject to a deductible amount or a self- insurance or a self-assumption amount shall be the sole responsibility of City. If at any time during the term of this Agreement, City desires to assume responsibility for handling of claims, the parties may amend this provision as provided in Section 11.8, subject to (i) the approval of the applicable insurance companies, and (ii) the reasonable approval of AGC.

ARTICLE 5 – MANAGEMENT FEES

In addition to the costs and expenses to be reimbursed to AGC pursuant to this Agreement, City shall pay AGC the Management Fee computed and payable as follows:

5.1 Management Fee. In consideration of AGC’s services during the Operating Period, City shall pay to AGC a “Management Fee.” For the first twelve (12) months of the term of this Agreement, the Management Fee shall equal Six Hundred Seventy Thousand Dollars ($670,000) per annum (i.e., Fifty Five Thousand Eight Hundred Thirty Three Dollars and Thirty Three Cents ($55,833.33) per month). The Management Fee shall increase on each anniversary of the Effective Date (until termination of this Agreement) by one percent (1%) of the Management Fee in effect immediately prior to the applicable increase. The Management Fee shall be paid to AGC, in equal monthly installments, in accordance with Section 5.2 of this Agreement.

5.2 Payment Schedule. If the Commencement Date does not fall on the first day of the month, then the Management Fee for the first partial month of the Operating Period shall be the pro-rata portion of the Management Fee and such amount shall be payable on the Commencement Date. Commencing with the first full month of the Operating Period, City shall pay AGC the Management Fee monthly in advance on the first day of the month to which it pertains.

ARTICLE 6 – ACCOUNTS; WORKING FUNDS; RECORDS AND REPORTS

6.1 Bank Accounts. City shall establish bank accounts for the Facility at a banking institution or institutions reasonably selected by City, (which banking institution or institutions shall have branches located in close proximity to the Facility), such accounts to be in City’s name (the “City Accounts”). AGC shall also establish bank accounts for the Facility at a banking institution or institutions reasonably approved by City, (which banking institution or institutions shall have branches located in close proximity to the Facility), such accounts to be in City’s name (the “Facility Accounts”). AGC will deposit into the City Accounts all monies received by AGC from the operation of the Facility. City shall deposit all funds required to be furnished by City as working funds under Section 6.3 of this Agreement into the Facility Accounts, and AGC will disburse those monies from the Facility Accounts only for the purposes set forth in Section 6.2. Notwithstanding the provisions of the foregoing, AGC shall be entitled to maintain funds in reasonable amounts in “cash register banks” or in petty cash funds at the Facility.

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  1. #1 by Barry Levinson on March 15, 2016 - 7:15 am

    The fact that not one question was asked of me by any committee member based on my presentation was mind boggling and incredibly disappointing to me. The fiduciary responsibility of this committee and this department sank to a level that the biggest cynic would find hard to believe. But there it was staring me in the face as I witnessed it all on the dais. What conclusion can any rationale human being come to but that this department (including Alice Loya and Hugo Curiel) and commissioners Karen Lang-McNabb (Doug Chaffee appointee), Gretchen Cox (Mayor Fitzgerald appointee), Scott Stanford (appointee at-large) and Michael Savage (appointee at-large), seem to be more concerned about hiding and burying potential wrongdoing/mismanagement then learning more about it and taking relevant and prudent action. Each of the above had no comments to my presentation and then voted to File and Receive or in other words bury this extremely important and very enlightening information. This is not leadership. This is not good government. This is not government acting with integrity. This is certainly not the way a fiduciary body should ever act. But that was exactly the sad and pathetic course this Park and Recreation Committee chose on Monday night, March 14, 2016.

  2. #2 by $4-$5 M loss to Fullerton taxpayers on March 15, 2016 - 7:52 am

    So the Fullerton Parks & Rec can just “receive, file, & bury” the information?

    The Fullerton P&R should just fold and cease to exist because they are serving the interests of those other than the Fullerton residents. This is apparent.

  3. #3 by Reality Is..... on March 15, 2016 - 10:00 am

    It’s sad. You have yelled and screamed about so many random things that no one even listens to anything you say anymore. The old saying, if you cry wolf so many times, the one time you cry wolf and it means something, no one will listen.

    • #4 by Joe Imbriano on March 15, 2016 - 12:30 pm

      RI are you going to come tonight to defend the first amendment at council? It is under attack.

      • #5 by Anonymous on March 15, 2016 - 4:11 pm

        I don’t think you have a good understanding of what the First Amendment entails if you believe being ignored is somehow an attack on it.

        • #6 by Anonymous on March 16, 2016 - 9:17 pm

          The problem is not that Mr. Levinson was ignored at the Parks and Recreation Committee meeting and at the Fullerton City Council meeting. The very serious problem is that a high-level employee of the Parks and Recreation Department, Alice Loya (Administrative Manager) would recommend to the council to vote for a very bad deal for the citizens of Fullerton and continue to provide false information on the same subject five years later in January 2016 to cover up her original lie, grossly negligent errors or malfeasance in November of 2010 before the Parks and Recreation Department. In the private sector, Ms. Alice Loya would be fired and the company would probably bring civil charges against her for restitution.

          • #7 by Anonymous on March 18, 2016 - 8:25 pm

            What does that have to do with the First Amendment?

  4. #8 by Corruption Central - The City Government of Fullerton on March 15, 2016 - 12:13 pm

    Wow to witness the exposure of blatant corruption of the Fullerton Park and Recreation Department and realize that this corruption probably did not end with the P and R department but very likely had to be orchestrated and or blessed at the top. The commissions and the department’s voting to File and Receive this issue after Mr. Levinson’s presentation was breathtaking in its exposing all those individuals in an obvious coverup of the truth. They need to resign immediately from that committee. Mayor Fitzgerald’s new appointee was probably following the Mayor’s orders in trying to squelch any dialog. This should be the last straw for Mayor Fitzgerald.
    Barry thank you for being the lone person in city government with the courage and integrity to do the right thing.

    • #9 by Joe Imbriano on March 15, 2016 - 12:31 pm

      I agree. The commission is not just useless it is dangerous.

  5. #10 by Barry Levinson on March 15, 2016 - 12:41 pm

    You are very perceptive Corruption Central. In fact, the signer of the American Golf Corporation contract for the city was none other than…. Acting City Manager, Joe Felz. The same Joe Felz who was promoted to this position from his former position…..you guessed it as Director of the same Fullerton Park and Recreation Department and whose direct report was you guessed it….Alice Loya. Did I mention that prior to being Dept. head for Parks and Recreation, Mr. Felz was the Assistant City Manager under Chris Meyer?

  6. #11 by We Deserve Better on March 15, 2016 - 10:54 pm

    Tonight I watched the Fullerton City Council meeting. I saw Mr. Levinson present that Ms. Loya presented faulty numbers to the council in 2010 with a faulty conclusion that the Management Agreement was a better financial deal for the city. Therefore Ms. Loya recommended that the council approve the Management Agreement. Then I watched the segment where council can speak on any topic including the just concluded public comments. Each and every council member ignored Mr. Levinson’s comments. Council member Whitaker addressed the woman who said her company could perform the fixing of Laguna Lake cheaper than the company the city hired. He was concerned that we could have gotten a better deal. Now the deal the city chose was for a sum of approx. 500K. So a better deal might save the city 50K or 100K or some similar amount. Mr. Levinson talked about the city squandering 5 million dollars over the 20 year period of the 2010 bond issue. Once again Council member Whitaker took the politically safe way out by talking about Laguna Lake and not what appears to be the intentional loss of 5 million by the city. It appears that none of our council members are up to the task of looking out for its citizens 100%.

    • #12 by Reality Is..... on March 16, 2016 - 10:21 am

      Sure they are. They just choose to ignore Barry and Joe no matter what they say. It’s really that simple. City Manager Feliz and Chief DannyBoy do the same thing. It comes to a point in time where if someone accuses you of things that aren’t true over and over and over and lies about you over and over and over, you just choose to ignore them in the end. That’s what is going on now. It happens all the time in politics, especially at the City level. If you go to any city anywhere in this state, there will be someone or a few people that are at every single city council meeting complaining or whining about something. No one listens. They just let them talk and don’t hear a word that person says. That’s where Joe and Barry are at right now. No one hears anything they say, except a few people on this blog. It was the same thing with Tony Bushala and Travis and his Klan back when they bought their way onto the city council with Tony’s $500,000 and the blood from Kelly.

      Love,

      DannyBoy

      • #13 by Privatize Public Safety on March 21, 2016 - 2:29 pm

        …wonder what the city councils will look like when they don’t have the $50,000 to burn from the public safety unions?

        • #14 by Reality Is..... on July 7, 2016 - 8:46 am

          We will never know. Donations will always be a part of politics. Always.

    • #15 by Bruce Whitaker - Shame On You on July 6, 2016 - 3:43 pm

      When an extremely serious problem is presented to all members of the Park and Recreation Committee as well as all members of the Fullerton City Council by Mr. Levinson and not one of them bothers to ask him one question combined, you have a classic case of a corrupt city council that has no problem ignoring their fiduciary responsibilities.

      The fact that Mr. Levinson was totally ignored by the council member who appointed him, Mr. Whitaker is even more mind boggling and disturbing. There is absolutely no way Council member Whitaker can justify his total abdication of his council responsibilities with regard to that matter. Mr. Whitaker it was you who should have resigned from the council sir and left Mr. Levinson to continue to do the good work for the people of Fullerton you and your colleagues shamefully refuse to do sir.

      Finally, it should make every Fullerton citizen that voted for Council member Whitaker extremely angry to realize that he helped to bury the truth about the Fullerton Golf Course Management Agreement with American Golf Corporation and the related bond issue that combined will cost the taxpayers 4 to 5 million dollars over a 20 year period.

      • #16 by Reality Is..... on July 7, 2016 - 8:49 am

        I’ve said it many times. All government leaders and politicians have been ignoring Barry and Joe for years. I can understand why.

        Doesn’t Barry and Joe ignore Chief DannyBoy? Don’t they ignore Joe Felz? So they get ignored back?

        Human instinct is that way. If someone hates you and everything about you and everyone below you, why would you even fake listening or liking anyone?

        Joe and Barry are ignored by many. Always have been and always will be. There is no faking it with Joe and Barry. They hate city personnel and police and fire, and they all hate Joe and Barry back. That’s why Barry had to go.

        • #17 by Anonymous on July 7, 2016 - 2:53 pm

          The reason Mr.Levinson was terminated was simply because he was not a RUBBER STAMP like the rest of them. Mr. Whitaker apparently could not afford to have someone he appointed consistently doing his job and telling the truth to the people of Fullerton.

          • #18 by Anonymous on July 7, 2016 - 10:19 pm

            If you think “doing your job” means making spurious outlandish claims not backed by fact, then sure.

  7. #19 by Me too! on March 16, 2016 - 12:26 pm

    I watched the city council meeting too. What I saw was grown men making total buffoons out of themselves. Imbriano saying the city is for sale after the council’s very routine action of turning former redevelopment property back over to the city. This imbecile didn’t have brains enough to know that RD agencies no longer exist and that moving those properties back over to city ownership is merely an administrative action. Then, when the inventory of city owned properties was presented (a request by Imbriano’s man Whitaker, by the way), this dunce goes on another Fullerton-is-for-sale rant. Whitaker then makes the very correct statement, saying the city SHOULD NOT own too much land, and in fact, sell off some properties to give private enterprise a chance to thrive. I won’t even begin to comment on the item where Imbriano, Levinson and Curley criticized the council’s action to make alleys city property (Something Imbrianos’ other man, Greg Sebourn has been pushing for). Imbriano, Levinson and Curley behave more like Mo, Larry and Curley. It would be funny, if it didn’t drag out meetings hours longer they they need to be.

    • #20 by Corruption Central - The City Government of Fullerton on March 17, 2016 - 7:28 pm

      Anyone who finds signing contracts, which gives away $5 million dollars of net revenue, while the city manager pushes for the sale of the Hunt Library because the city says it does not have the money to turn the lights and the heat on is one deranged, disgusting human being. Laugh all you want but there is absolutely nothing funny about how some members of this city continue to rape the taxpayers and the citizens of basic services while lining the pockets of their special interest developers, churches and of course the cops and fireman.

    • #21 by Anonymous on July 7, 2016 - 4:54 am

      I can see it now on the big screen. Yeah the three stooges talking to city manager al pacino, councilman boy george, mayor protem billy jean king, councilman pee wee herman, city attorney fat albert, city manager jack nicholson, police chief kojak, and mayor katlyn jenner and cheech marin bankrolling the production

  8. #22 by Corruption Central - The City of Fullerton on March 16, 2016 - 2:31 pm

    The fact that not one member of the Fullerton City Council addressed Mr. Levinson’s well documented claim of corruption and mismanagement within Parks and Recreation Department highlighted that the Fullerton City Council has totally abdicated its fiduciary role. I hope people are seriously considering having another recall election.

  9. #23 by The Demise of the Fullerton City Council on March 16, 2016 - 3:48 pm

    We can clearly see that what is totally lacking in our Fullerton City Council is courage and integrity. It is abundantly evident that each and every one of them put their own selfish interests above the interests and well-being of the people of Fullerton.

  10. #24 by Anonymous on March 16, 2016 - 5:18 pm

    It would seem that Committee Chair-person Lang-McNabb and Committee members Stanford, Cox and Savage all are guilty of gross negligence in performing their duties. Not only to ignore Mr. Levinson but to then vote to Receive and File, which is government talk to bury something, is behavior that should not be tolerated by the City Manager, The City Attorney and The City Council. Based on those people’s total silence after Mr. Levinson’s presentation before them last night, it is clear they are all guilty of gross negligence. Each and every one of them needs to be condemned for their callous disregard for the people of Fullerton. Shame on all of them.

  11. #25 by Really? on March 16, 2016 - 11:23 pm

    It was said at the meeting that Barry Levinson is a CPA. Is this true? Is he licensed in California? Inquiring minds want to know!

  12. #26 by Where Have All Our Courageous Leaders Gone on March 17, 2016 - 1:09 am

    It is clear that Fullerton has a dearth of courageous leaders. We have City Manager Joe Felz stating at the March 1, 2016 city council meeting that he was in favor of selling the Hunt Library and its property to Grace Ministries in a sole source transaction and then when Mr. Levinson repeated it during March 15, 2016 public comments, Mr. Levinson indicated that Mr. Felz was shaking his head no up on the dais. So I guess we have no courageous leaders and in Mr. Felz case, a city manager that has difficulty remembering what he admitted to a scant two weeks ago. I can not wait for another Fullerton establishment candidate hack giving us the slogan of transparency in City of Fullerton Government. These corrupt politicians are becoming so, so predictable in their deceit.

  13. #27 by really?? on March 17, 2016 - 10:28 am

    Hey, Barry, are you really a licensed CPA? What state are you licensed in?

  14. #28 by Reality Is.... on March 17, 2016 - 12:57 pm

    Ha! You guys blocked me now. Can’t handle anyone with opposite views huh? Isn’t that what you guys hate about your council members and city leaders? Funny how what’s good for the goose isn’t good for the gander huh?

    Anyways. Been fun. Good luck with your council runs.

    Love,

    DannyBoy

  15. #29 by Anonymous on March 17, 2016 - 3:07 pm

    This post has motivated me to comment here. I like most people have a pretty low overall opinion of politicians. The city of Fullerton has always done nothing to change my opinion. However, this post has changed my opinion of Fullerton City Government for the worse. They truly are scraping the bottom of the barrel. I guess they are now showing their true colors. They are lacking decency, honesty and integrity by the boat loads. I think it is time to clean house of city council and city department heads. Anything less will not cleanse this city of the deep and entrenched corruption we have seen in in the past and that continues to rear its ugly head in the present.

  16. #30 by Fullerton Resident on March 17, 2016 - 4:58 pm

    It sounds like this issue has to be brought to a higher level than city government to get any real resolution here. 200K for 140,000 Fullerton citizens to fix our decaying sidewalks for the entire fiscal year and millions upon millions of dollars for several hundred police and fireman in additional pay and benefits. Now it is so clear who Fitzgerald, Flory and Chaffee represent and like you said Mr. Levinson is surely is not the citizens of Fullerton

    • #31 by Anonymous on March 18, 2016 - 11:06 am

      Apples sure don’t taste like oranges, do they?

  17. #32 by Fullerton Lover on March 18, 2016 - 12:46 pm

    The decisions made on behalf of the council majority clearly show that their loyalties only extend to the people that pay to get them elected, or 1%, and leave the other 99% of the residents of Fullerton to pay their tabs and clean up their mess.

    • #33 by Anonymous on March 18, 2016 - 5:12 pm

      How does the math on that work?

      • #34 by Fullerton Lover on March 19, 2016 - 10:18 pm

        It doesn’t.

        Hence the problem with cronyism.

        I figured your next question would probably be, ” so what is exactly is cronyism Fullerton Lover, so I saved you the trouble and included a definition for you in the link below.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cronyism

  18. #35 by CPA????? on March 19, 2016 - 9:53 am

    Please!!! Somebody tell me if Barry Levinson is really a licensed CPA as many have claimed.

    • #36 by Reality Is.... on March 19, 2016 - 6:45 pm

      He’s anything he wants to be. Including God. Get used to it.

      Lol 😉

      • #37 by Anonymous on March 21, 2016 - 11:18 am

        Geez…Reality Is is back! What happened to, “It’s been fun, good luck…” sure sounded like you were leaving for good.

        Joe, you need to block this annoying individual indefinitely!

        • #38 by Reality Is..... on March 22, 2016 - 10:31 am

          LOL about 5 of my posts didn’t show up so I figured I was blocked and someone couldn’t handle the opposite views. A few slipped through. So here I am! Are you mad bro? LOL

          • #39 by Joe Imbriano on March 22, 2016 - 10:33 am

            all of your posts are here-none have been blocked.

            • #40 by Anonymous on March 25, 2016 - 3:36 pm

              It’s not like Joe has the technical ability to actually block someone. Look at this site! He can barely install WordPress themes, and hasn’t bothered to update his amazingly pretentious footer for two years!

    • #41 by CPA on March 20, 2016 - 4:36 pm

      Why are you so obsessed about whether he is a CPA or not? You don’t need a CPA to determine the validity of the numbers. If you were interested in what you should be, the possible $4-5 M taxpayer loss, you would be considering the analysis that was done.

      You would be very upset that all but Mr. Silva on the Parks & Rec Commission and every single one of the city council wants this information buried and not investigated.

      Instead, you are fixated on Mr. Levinson.

  19. #42 by Corruption Central - The City of Fullerton Government on March 20, 2016 - 4:52 pm

    It is very telling that those that attack this web site always ignore the facts as presented and try to change the topic to unfounded personal attacks.
    It is also very telling the kind of low-lifes’ that support Mayor Fitzgerald, Council member Flory, City Manager Joe Felz and Police Chief Dan Hughes. If this was rated as a debate site, the pro-Fitzgerald, Hughes team would be loosing 100 to 0. They are not even smart enough to present a decent false narrative. In other word they have nothing but unfounded attacks and slander.

  20. #43 by Anonymous on March 21, 2016 - 10:54 am

    You want False narratives??? Look no further than the whack job who runs this blog. Geoengineered drought??? Cancer causing vaccines??? Fake moon landing??? All very plausible theories … Uh huh

    • #44 by Corruption Central - The City of Fullerton Government on March 21, 2016 - 2:54 pm

      Did Anonymous just do EXACTLY what I just elaborated above? Imagine how dangerous they would be if they had some brains.

      • #45 by Anonymous on March 21, 2016 - 5:03 pm

        I’m sorry, but if you think that describing the earth as flat is a fact, then there’s something seriously wrong with your judgement. That’s actually a fact.

    • #46 by Anonymous on March 21, 2016 - 4:08 pm

      Go back to your mainstream news, you will be much happier there.

      • #47 by Anonymous on March 22, 2016 - 8:53 am

        Why, so your little fantasy world isn’t disturbed by reality?

        • #48 by Reality Is..... on March 22, 2016 - 10:33 am

          Reality isn’t something that is liked much around these parts. They just like the stories that are invented by a few people, but when those stories are debated or shown to be wrong, all hell breaks loose quickly and the name calling starts. The same things that a few people here hate about Feliz and DannyBoy. But what’s good for one is clearly not good for the other.

  21. #49 by Fullerton Resident on March 21, 2016 - 10:12 pm

    When the city hierarchy has control over all employee salaries and benefits you have undemocratic socialism.

    Why? The politicians are bought by the police and fire unions and agree to spend taxpayer monies that are not currently available in exchange for campaign cash and support.
    The federal reserve has been afraid to raise interest rates from 0 for the last 4 years because they can’t meet the desired inflation rate of 2 percent. But a city with a 2.8 million dollar deficit, roads from hell and a water and sewer system to match says no problem to 6% raises for police and 9% raises over tow years for firemen. Undemocratic socialism used to be called communism. Where the government apparatus runs everything without input from the common man and woman. But wait you say, in communism there are not free elections. But I say almost everyone running for city council is corrupt, we too no longer have truly free elections either. We did win the cold war but they are winning the war of fundamentally changing the American way of life. Either wake up and speak out or accept this is as the new norm. The amount of time that we have to make the necessary changes to restore our representative democracy is fading fast.

    • #50 by Fullerton Lover on March 26, 2016 - 6:22 am

      Agreed!

    • #51 by Reality Is..... on March 26, 2016 - 8:46 am

      LOL you want someone else to run the City? LOL

      I keep asking. Since you now mentioned it like Barry and Joe did, give me the raises in pay and benefits for police and fire over the last 10 years. Since you claim it’s through the roof all the time, I want you to prove it to me. Show me also where in this budget the city has a deficit also. Thanks.

  22. #52 by Joe Imbriano on March 22, 2016 - 9:00 am

    One week has passed and not one city official has acted upon Mr. Levinson’s allegations,

    • #53 by Anonymous on March 22, 2016 - 11:47 am

      And why should they? You guys cry wolf over spilled milk. Even if this is an actual, serious problem, you two don’t really have a reputation for dealing with reality.

      • #54 by We Deserve Better on March 22, 2016 - 1:36 pm

        Is that what you call Kelly Thomas or the women who was sexually abused and then falsely accused under oath by Detective Ronald Bair so that she lost her custody battle for her children? The spilling of innocent blood and ruining a woman’s family under the guise of official police business is not spilled milk. These are the rantings of a degenerate person.

        • #55 by Anonymous on March 22, 2016 - 4:27 pm

          What on earth are you smoking, and can you share?

        • #56 by Reality Is..... on March 24, 2016 - 10:11 am

          Can I have some of what you are smoking? The Officers were cleared and have now been paid out millions and given Fullerton pensions and are leading productive lives. The girl who was so called sexually abused was involved in a consensual relationship with the Detective. She liked to do the hanky panky but then saw money signs and went for the money instead of the meat. Simple. Of course she has issues. She had issues before and always will. Keep bringing up topics of many many years ago. That just keeps reinforcing what a great job Fullerton PD and the City are doing when you can’t even bring up anything current as an issue.

          Love,

          DannyBoy

  23. #57 by Barry Levinson on March 22, 2016 - 9:32 am

    Status: It is now a full week since I provided detailed proof at the Park and Recreation Committee meeting that the analysis provided to our Fullerton City Council by Alice Loya of Parks and Recreation Department on election night November 2, 2010 and again to the Park and Recreation Committee on January 11, 2016 as agonized by me was deeply flawed with errors/misinformation or worse resulting in a very bad deal for the city with a cost over 20 years of 4 to 5 million dollars. This same message was given to the City of Fullerton City Council the very next night. Not one city employee, not one city commissioner, not one city council member has even attempted to contact me with any inquiry into this matter. The silence is both deafening and sickening. Apparently not one of those individuals charged with fiduciary responsibilities for the city is even the slight bit interested in learning about this troubling development that I have uncovered. Well there is one volunteer, unpaid member of the Park and Recreation Committee that cares a great deal and it is yours truly. This could potentially rise to the level of a criminal act by city employees and yet where is our City Attorney and our Fullerton Police Chief. Where is all that transparency they all like to talk about so much at City Hall?

    • #58 by Reality Is..... on March 22, 2016 - 10:36 am

      Do you really think that anyone even listened to anything you said Barry? I mean be serious for a minute. Think about that question. Do you, Barry L, really think that one person even heard one word that came out of your mouth at that meeting? I find it very odd that with as much name calling that you and Joe do, and false accusations and lies to so many in this city, that you would really believe that anyone listens to anything that comes out of your mouth anymore. You need to take your messages to someone new, so that city leaders might actually listen to some of it because right now no one is listening to a single word you say. They are treating you exactly as you treat them. Not one difference at all.

      Love,

      DannyBoy

    • #59 by Anonymous on March 24, 2016 - 8:19 pm

      It’s a criminal act to ignore you?

      Your britches must be so big! Wow!

  24. #60 by We Deserve Better on March 24, 2016 - 1:52 pm

    Reality Is claims Mr. Levinson’s detailed presentation is false. Based on what Reality Is….your word….your opinion and nothing else. You probably have not even read the proof that Mr. Levinson has disclosed on these pages.

    Obviously, your reality is supporting city corruption, police brutality, lies, slander, falsehoods and doing the bidding of special interest groups instead of representing the good people of Fullerton. That is your very sad legacy.

    • #61 by Reality Is.... on March 24, 2016 - 4:36 pm

      You are a liar. I said Barry lies and makes up false allegations against city leaders daily. I didn’t say this specific topic was false. It might be true. But no one heard a word he said because he spews so much BS usually. So this one could have credibility but no one listened.

      I support facts and justice. When someone is found not guilty I support that finding. When someone brings up things from years ago as current, I take that for what it’s worth. Nothing.

      We are in 2016 not 2010 or 2005.

      • #62 by Uncle Joe and Transparent Dan on March 24, 2016 - 11:30 pm

        Getting just a tad bit sensitive are we now and calling names once again too.
        Yes the Fullerton establishment is getting extremely worried. You see all their schemes so far have been thwarted and they have spent the city into such a deficit that it will be almost impossible to right the city’s financial ship. First they will go into the city’s reserves but that will not last forever. I suspect before the city faces bankruptcy our anti-heroes Joe Felz and Dan Hughes will go off into the sunset together with their combined 400K retirements not willing to face the disaster they had such a huge hand in creating over their tenure.

        • #63 by Anonymous on March 25, 2016 - 12:21 pm

          Only in the public sector does failure pay so extremely well

      • #64 by Anonymous on March 25, 2016 - 11:16 am

        Reality Is….was in denial in 2005, in 2010 and is in denial in 2016.

        P.S. Would you eat 3 meals a day at a restaurant day in and day out that you absolutely detest? The answer is of course not. Then why is Reality Is dining here 24/7?

        • #65 by Reality Is.... on March 25, 2016 - 4:33 pm

          Because my choices for city leadership and government and change have all happened and played out exactly as I hoped and predicted? Duh.

  25. #66 by Barry Levinson on March 25, 2016 - 10:14 am

    It is now 11 full days since I gave and provided copies of my detailed presentation with support for my calculations. It showed that over a 20 year period of the bond issue (used to finance the Fullerton Golf Course irrigation system), that without major changes to our Management Agreement with the American Golf Corporation, the cost to taxpayers will be between 4 to 5 million dollars. Since that time not one person from the Parks and Recreation Department or from the City Manager’s Office or from my fellow Committee members has contacted me to ask me any questions or to discuss my troubling findings. It is now 10 days since I gave a shortened i.e. 3 minute presentation during public comments in front of our Fullerton City Council. Again, not one council member, not one member from the City of Fullerton Government has attempted to contact me with any follow-up questions or a request to discuss these troubling findings with me. Council member Whitaker did text me a week later asking for a copy of my presentation and I responded the same day that an official copy was already given to the city at the Park and Recreation meeting and that it was also available online at fullertoninfomrer.com and linked to my Facebook page as well. In addition, fullertoninformer.com has the original video of my complete presentation during the last Park and Recreation Committee meeting. The only question I have for all the referenced people above is WHY the silence? I sincerely hope that a discussion will be started by one or more council members at the next Fullerton Council meeting and that it will be placed on the agenda at a future council meeting to be discussed formally and with much specificity. It is also my hope that all questions that I have raised are answered completely and honestly by those involved, which would include Alice Loya and then Acting City Manager Joe Felz (who signed the contract in question for the city). The citizens of Fullerton deserve full disclosure. Unless the city can demonstrate with supporting documentation that my concerns are totally baseless, action on this item must occur sooner rather than later.

    • #67 by Reality Is..... on March 25, 2016 - 2:10 pm

      LOL crickets. Always will be.

    • #68 by Anonymous on March 25, 2016 - 3:33 pm

      This is getting really hilarious. When are you going to start shedding tears in public over being ignored? I hope Joe films your breakdown – that might be the only video of his worth watching.

  26. #69 by Fullerton Resident on March 25, 2016 - 5:29 pm

    You can always spot a corrupt city by the condition of its infrastructure….roads, sidewalks, sewers, water pipes. Also are they shrinking services such as selling libraries (Hunt Library – Joe Felz recommended selling it as a sole source sale) and reducing the hours of the remaining library. Add in a rogue police department that protects rather than punishes the worst of them and you have just described Fullerton perfectly.

    • #70 by Reality Is..... on March 26, 2016 - 8:47 am

      LOL so you want a building to stay empty and you want a library that gets very little business to operate against common sense. Oh a rogue police department huh? Show me the examples of this rogue police department over the last 5 years. Go ahead.

      • #71 by Really? on April 11, 2016 - 10:52 am

        …How about the fact that they spent close to $100,000.00 of their own money to find enough weasels willing to run for city council last election cycle that would blindly support their recent raises, and even lobby for a lackey like Dan Hughes to become their next Police Chief (since Dan will conveniently cover up all of their mistakes for political expediency). in return for their political support to over develop Fullerton to pay themselves back at all of our expense.

  27. #72 by Fullerton Resident on March 26, 2016 - 10:26 am

    I will go ahead and describe a small part of what criminal behavior continues to go on at the FPD.

    Ronald Bair preying on a woman in a shelter for battered women decides she deserves to be battered, abused physically, sexually and emotionally by him as part of his on duty FPD service. When she balked at the continued sexual, emotional and physical abuse, he then went to the courts and made outrageous bald faced lies under oath which caused her to loose custody of her children.

    Bair is the consummate degenerate criminal operating under the color of FPD authority and it cost the city of Fullerton $550,000 in a closed door civil suit to make this issue go away, i.e. bury it from further exposure to the public. Mr. Bair would have and most definitely should have been charged with multiple criminal charges if not for the corruption of the FPD. But as a key part of the lawsuit stated that FPD management, (and who is the head of FPD management but none other than our own self-proclaimed Mr. Transparent, Mr. Non-political Police Chief Dan Hughes), worked to help Bair and ignored her pleas for justice.

    Lastly, there is no LOL here. No Lots Of Love or Laugh Out Loud. Only another degenerate would describe this situation that way Reality Is.

    Fullerton Officer stealing an IPAD at Miami International airport.
    Fullerton Officer beating up his nephew.
    Officer Ramos questioned in a domestic violence call to FPD.
    Fullerton City Council holding a totally unnecessary “special council meeting” at 8AM ON THE WEDNESDAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING to hand over 4.9 million dollars to Ron Thomas.
    The contempt shown by our city manager and council to hold that meeting at that ridiculous date and time is a new low for our council.

    It goes on and on and on. There is not only so much proof positive that the FPD is corrupt but that it is institutional corruption that never seems to end for the good people of Fullerton.

    Dan Hughes and Joe Felz should retire immediately. Mayor Fitzgerald should either quit the council or quit her VP job at Curt Pringle and Associates. She can’t serve two masters with such built in conflicts of interests. If she truly loved Fullerton, if she even truly liked Fullerton she would do this immediately.
    But knowing Mayor Fitzgerald I would say….don’t hold your breath Fullerton.

  28. #73 by Fullerton Resident on March 26, 2016 - 12:38 pm

    Once again the totally deceptive tactic of making a false statement, i.e. the Hunt Library was not used by the public, to argue for its sale. There are many great reasons to keep this property for the people of Fullerton. Unfortunately our city council and city manager are only interested in trying to find at least some of the money needed now to pay for the extravagant raises just handed out to the police (6% raise next year) and fireman (9% raise over 2 years). I guess you could call the sale of Hunt Library a “Fire…and Police Sale”. It is such a shame that time and again we see our safety employees have only one major concern and that is to serve and protect themselves. Well the sham has been uncovered and we are hear to sound the alarm.

    • #74 by Anonymous on March 26, 2016 - 3:37 pm

      I recall Ms. Fitzgerald could not wait for a police report or even the end of the investigation before angrily calling for the resignation of Mr. Levinson from the Park and Recreation Committee, which was eventually filed by FPD as a misdemeanor and the supposed victim at council could not even remember being victimized.
      Yet there is no comparison between the unfounded misdemeanor allegations against Mr. Levinson and the alleged violent criminal acts of FPD Detective Ronald Bair against a woman he first met on duty in a shelter for battered women. The allegations must have had merit or else the city threw away $550,000 dollars of our hard earned tax dollars.

      Now what has Mayor Fitzgerald and Council member Flory said about these allegations when they first were brought to light…..Nothing!
      Now what has Mayor Fitzgerald and Council member Flory said about these allegations after the city paid $550,000 to ensure that the details of the accusations remain under seal….You guessed it Nothing!

      So let us please review the actions or non-actions of Fitzgerald and Flory and that is the following: No matter what vile, disgusting, degenerate and criminal acts are allegedly committed by one of the FPD finest, these two stalwart supporters of women’s rights are completely silent. I am sure you have heard of the old saying….If it looks like a duck, acts like a duck and quacks like a duck then it must be a duck. Unfortunately both Ms. Fitzgerald and Ms. Flory are much, much worse than a duck. Did I hear someone say?….PHONIES AND HYPOCRITES.

      • #75 by Joe Imbriano on March 26, 2016 - 5:05 pm

        Flory is a union puppet and Fitzgerald is an Agenda 21stackem and packem high density housing pushing phony conservative RINO Trojan Horse.

        • #76 by Anonymous on March 26, 2016 - 8:37 pm

          Come on, I’m sure you can try harder than that to add more worthless descriptors. You’re off your game, Joe!

  29. #77 by Barry Levinson on April 10, 2016 - 5:14 pm

    It is now 27 days and counting, since I provided copies of my detailed analysis to the Park and Recreation Committee on March 14, 2016. Yet no one with a fiduciary responsibility in this city…the Council…the City Manager Joe Felz… the Administrative Manager Julia James…the Park and Recreation Director, Hugo Curiel…or the Park and Recreation Administrative Manager, Alice Loya has responded in any way to my analysis.

    I guess the city is running such a huge budget surplus that correcting even in part, 5 million dollars in lost net revenue does not concern anyone. Oh that is right, we do not have a huge budget surplus but we have a current 2.8 million dollar budget deficit over the next two years that is probably only getting much bigger due to the ongoing extreme generosity of Fitzgerald, Flory and Chaffee to give huge multi-million dollar raises to our city employees. Besides myself, I do wonder if there is anyone in authority in the City of Fullerton who is concerned about the taxpayers of Fullerton. I really thought that at least one or two council members were concerned with the financial wellbeing of the city but then again why are they totally silent now.

    Please city of Fullerton elected and appointed officials, do not be shy and speak out for the people of Fullerton. Twenty seven days and counting and the number of city of Fullerton elected and appointed officials to speak up besides me still is a big fat ZERO!

    I guess maybe the City of Fullerton leadership is hoping to become the corruption capital of Southern California, taking over 1st place from such noble institutions as the City of Bell and the LA County Sheriff’s Department. Well ladies and gentlemen of Fullerton if that is not their intent I suggest they actually start to deal with some of the very severe problems facing them.

  30. #78 by Anonymous on April 11, 2016 - 9:34 am

    I find it funny that you started counting the days people are ignoring you only after raising this issue. Why didn’t you start at the very beginning?

  31. #79 by Fullerton Resident on April 11, 2016 - 10:05 pm

    it is clear to me that Mr. Levinson is counting the days after everyone in city government was put on notice that there is something very wrong with the Fullerton Golf Course deal. It is also clear to me that anyone who remains silent after all the factual information and analysis done by Mr. Levinson is not part of the solution but obviously part of the problem. Therefore, every council member and every Park and Recreation Committee Member except for Mr. Levinson need to be thrown out of city government. First step vote against all the incumbents in November and then new council members will have to appoint new committee members.

    • #80 by Anon on April 12, 2016 - 7:35 am

      Agreed.

    • #81 by anonymous on April 12, 2016 - 10:20 am

      I totally agree with Fullerton Resident. They all need to go except for Barry.

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