PLANNING COMMISSIONER LARRY BENNETT, APPOINTED BY MAYOR JENNIFER FITZGERALD HAS A REAL PROBLEM WITH CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT IN OUR CITY GOVERNMENT.


COMMENTARY BY BARRY LEVINSON

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Larry continues to dig a deeper and deeper hole for himself with his arrogant and contemptuous comments toward the good citizens of Fullerton. He in particular called out the online site called NextDoor, which is a site dedicated to connecting people in the same or adjoining neighborhoods.

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He also made a point in support of this development that also showed his lack of objectivity. According to Commissioner Bennett, the fact that the owner of the property wants to sell to Red Oak is evidence that it is a good project. Think about that statement. Mr. Bennett apparently has been spinning the facts for so long that he does not even realize when he makes comments that on its face defies any common sense.

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Of course the owner of the land wants his sale to be consummated. But to use that fact as justification that it is a good deal for the community is beyond the pale. bennett

 

This man, LARRY BENNETT wants to be your next city council member.

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Tell LARRY BENNETT on November 8th, that before we would consider giving him our vote, he first has to demonstrate that he actually represents us and not all the special interests.

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P.S. I noticed yesterday that two large banners for Larry Bennett for Fullerton City Council were on the fencing in front of the closed Fullerton Internal Medicine building, the site where Melia Homes wants to build all those townhomes.

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Since that issue can and probably will come up for a vote again to the Planning Commission, it seems those banners could create at least the appearance of a conflict of interest.

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Question: Do we need another council member who seems to favor the special interests over the good people of Fullerton?

 

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I REPORT, YOU DECIDE.

By Barry Levinson

  1. #1 by Fullerton Lover on September 29, 2016 - 9:51 pm

    I personally think that adults like Larry Bennett seek positions of power and control in order to have a forum where they can treat others derisively, because they themselves were commonly the targets of derision in their youth, and like any good sociopath, they spend their entire adult lives laboring to correct those perceived slights …

    https://sociopathlife.com/healing-your-spirit-and-heart/revenge/

  2. #2 by Barry Levinson on October 2, 2016 - 12:05 am

    A few months ago at a Planning Commission meeting, I had to correct a comment from Planning Commissioner Larry Bennett that the Downtown Core And Corridor Specific Plan (DCCSP) has been dead and buried for two years and that any concern for its eventual passage was disingenuous.

    Well the only person being disingenuous was Larry Bennett. For an agenda item had come before the same Planning Commission a month or so before with Larry Bennett on the dais entitled the Revised Downtown Core and Corridor Specific Plan. This was a scaled down version of the original DCCSP. He failed to mention that fact. He also failed to mention that the original DCCSP was approved unanimously by the same Planning Commission in 2014. He also failed to state that the DCCSP was not voted down by the council in 2014 but rather postponed to a date uncertain, which means that it can be brought back at any time at the whim of the Mayor and/or City Manager.

    Mr. Bennett continues to state that the DCCSP has been dead and buried for 2 years. This time he said it at the Republican Women’s Federated City Council Candidate Forum on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

    Your campaign sign reads in part that you have integrity. Bulletin to Larry Bennett; but in my opinion you can’t claim integrity when you repeatedly make statements that misrepresent the facts. Once again I say shame on you Larry Bennett for trying to fool the public by repeating that misleading statement.

    The only thing I hope that is dead and buried is the candidacy of Larry Bennett for Fullerton City Council. We should never reward politicians for their lack of candor with the voting public.

    • #3 by Fullerton Lover on October 17, 2016 - 1:15 pm

      …I think it’s pretty telling when the Fullerton Observer is reporting that Larry Bennett is receiving $6,000.00 from Jennifer Fitzgerald’ campaign war chest of OVER $120,000.00!!!!!!!!!

      Even more telling is when he won’t disclose to the Fullerton Observer reporter who his largest contributor is!!!!!!!!

      “Candidate Larry Bennett has raised
      the second highest amount at $36,419
      almost exclusively from Fullerton individuals
      with contributions of $100 to $1000.
      He also has $5,166 in independent expenditures
      from the Fullerton Firefighters
      Union PAC, and $5,885 from the
      Fullerton Police Union PAC; $6,899 in
      contributions made by Landslide
      Communications on behalf of his committee
      and nonmonetary contributions of
      $1,064. His largest outside contributors
      include the California Apartment
      Association PAC and OC Automobile
      Association PAC with $1,000 each and
      Scott Lansberg with a $1,500 contribution.
      Fitzgerald for City Council contributed
      $6,000. At his Observer interview
      he chose not to name his largest contributors.

  3. #4 by Fullerton Lover on October 17, 2016 - 1:09 pm

    City Council incumbent Mayor
    Jennifer Fitzgerald has the most money
    raised at $121,392: nonmonetary $4,041,
    $49,382 in monetary contributions, and
    $67,969 in cash equivalents (It is not clear
    where this money is from. In her Observer
    interview she stated her largest contributor
    to be Andrew Carroll of NCH Tax &
    Wealth Advisors who provided her with
    “free accounting worth many thousands”).
    $3,000: from the Building Industry
    Association of So CA PAC. $2,000: CA
    Apartment Assoc. The majority of the
    contributions listed comes from developers
    and other companies doing business
    with the city: 100 from outside of town
    and 20 in town including $2,000 from
    Eddie Sheldrake of Polly’s Pies; $1,000
    each from Slidebar, Heroes, Joes, Roscoes;
    $700 from Debra Pember Developers
    Edge. Fitzgerald received money from 10
    Political Action Committees including
    $1,500 from MultiCounty Rental House,
    $5,166 from the Fullerton Firefighters
    Union PAC, $5,885 from the Fullerton
    Police Union PAC. She has about 50 contributions
    from local individuals, and others
    from out of town individuals including
    employer Curt Pringle

    • #5 by Danny Boy on October 17, 2016 - 11:22 pm

      Political money is so fun.

      • #6 by Fullerton Lover on October 18, 2016 - 12:01 pm

        Any fool in there right mind should wonder why a woman wants to spend $120,000.00 in in order to obtain a $8,000 per year position!

        However, in your case, I guess we’ll make an exception ; )

        • #7 by Anonymous on October 18, 2016 - 2:52 pm

          You are absolutely right Fullerton Lover. But the queen of wasting, I mean spending money to get elected goes to Sharon Quirk-Silva. Based on the number of mailers she has sent out or have been sent out in support of her, she will easily end up spending over 1 million dollars to win a part-time job!

          Do you think that maybe her large dollar campaign contributors have picked up a few IOU’s to be paid back in kind from Quirk-Silva if she gets elected?

          • #8 by Agree on October 18, 2016 - 10:46 pm

            Yes she has been bought and paid for many times over. If elected she will be totally controlled by the special interests and the Democratic Party.

        • #9 by Danny Boy on October 19, 2016 - 10:49 am

          That’s politics Lover. Democrats are the worst of the worst with the money and special interests. They are all bought and paid for, especially Billary. It’s sad but nothing anyone does will change that. Remember Whitaker used to claim he was clean and not bought off and was going to change things, and now you guys hate his guts. Politics is what it is. Even people that claim to be clean, all become politicians and go to the dark side. It’s just something we all have to deal with for life, and always have.You can run the money numbers on any politician and make it fit into any agenda that you want it to fit into. There isn’t one politician that you can’t make look dirty by their donations. Even if Joe gets in, which he won’t, he will appear bought and paid for eventually because the more votes he loses with his sole vote, the more frustrating it gets winning nothing. He will eventually talk to people and understand why the middle ground is best.

          • #10 by Anonymous on October 19, 2016 - 1:51 pm

            “Middle ground” is tired and done for. Too late for that BS.

            You sound old & tired.

  4. #11 by Anonymous on October 17, 2016 - 4:44 pm

    Heroes and Roscoes I believe are owned by the same person.

  5. #12 by Fullerton Lover on October 17, 2016 - 8:43 pm

    Here’s a partial list of the out-of-towners, and building developers who plan on bleeding the city of Fullerton dry via the city council campaign of Jennifer Fitzgerald and/or Larry Bennett!

    http://docs.cityoffullerton.com/weblink/1/doc/603054/Page1.aspx
    http://docs.cityoffullerton.com/weblink/1/doc/602405/Page1.aspx

    • #13 by Danny Boy on October 18, 2016 - 8:28 am

      Your problem is that you think everyone does bad and is against everything you believe it. You may not believe or support all of their decisions but many are very good. You have to dump the Joe and Barry and Tony mentality and appreciate the work people do. It will lower your stress level and also allow you to have a more realistic picture of the good in this city.

  6. #14 by Fullerton Lover on October 18, 2016 - 10:55 am

    And you need to wake up to the reality that politicians like Jennifer Fitzgerald, who are wholly endorsed by the Fullerton Police and Fire departments, is nothing but a scheister intent on fleecing the unsuspecting masses………….deal with it!

    http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ed8tl4vy7f01f0e6&llr=6dfuaajab

    • #15 by Danny Boy on October 19, 2016 - 10:51 am

      Police and Fire always support politicians. Always. Make of it what you want. The only people they don’t support are people like Joe or Travis or Tony. People like that would never recognize anything good any of the police and fire do on a daily basis, so no point in even mentioning or endorsing people like that. The good thing is that most people who police and fire endorse, win. So that’s why politicians like to get those endorsements and get that free small money. Does it make them a fraud for it? Nope. Police and fire unions give money from the bottom to the top in the poltical spectrum. If you were to claim that police and fire receivers are all frauds, you would have very few not on that list.

  7. #16 by Do Not Agree on October 19, 2016 - 11:44 am

    if the police and fire unions are such great organizations, then why Danny Boy do they spend the vast majority of their money protecting their pay and benefits and not on helping the community that pays them so, so generously? It sounds pretty selfish to me. I have seen the FPOA questionnaire for candidates for Fullerton City Council. Almost all questions are concerned not with the health, safety and ecumenic well being of the community but rather protecting their selfish, self-centered interests. The FPOA is all about the money, benefits and protecting all cops even the worst among them.

    • #17 by Anonymous on October 19, 2016 - 1:53 pm

      Fire & police exist to pay their salaries, not in service to the public. They are an end in themselves.

      • #18 by Danny Boy on October 19, 2016 - 6:31 pm

        Of course they are. It’s a never ending task to keep politicians from taking their pay and benefits. It’s also a never ending task keeping politics out of policing. Pobar is there for a reason. If it was up to politicians they would hang cops for fun just to satisfy a few. So yes someone has to look after the cops. It’s their unions. They do a good job.

    • #19 by Danny Boy on October 19, 2016 - 6:33 pm

      Of course you see that. That’s their main focus. Have you seen how much the unions donate to the charitable organizations in Fullerton each year? Or you don’t care? They support all kinds of charitable functions and groups. What else do you want the unions to do? The police and fire are deeply involved in community functions on duty daily. The unions are off duty and they do plenty. But you don’t care about that. Pull the union tax returns.

  8. #20 by James on February 6, 2017 - 3:42 pm

    I personally know Larry and have worked with him on occasion. The people here who throw stones at Larry –do not know what they are talking about. Period.
    Larry is smart, has a good heart, and is pretty balanced—so you liars–should really shut your mouth!!!! I know a good person when I see one–not sure what your “hidden agenda” is—but I know you have one that is not good. Complainers!! are losers.

  9. #21 by Anonymous on February 6, 2017 - 8:49 pm

    It is sad that after giving example after example to back up the conclusions on this webpage, detractors can only call us names.

    I do not have a personal relationship with Larry….thank God….but I do know what he has stated for the record publicly and know how he has abused the public trust by being less than honest.

    It would be nice for a change if the defaming opposition had some ammunition at least once.

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