THE DEFINITIVE CRITIQUE OF BRUCE WHITAKER’S SIX YEARS ON THE FULLERTON CITY COUNCIL OR TO PUT IT ANOTHER WAY: LET US COUNT THE WAYS HE HAS FAILED US! BY Barry Levinson


FULLERTON CIVIC LEADER AND ACTIVIST BARRY LEVINSON

FULLERTON CIVIC LEADER AND ACTIVIST BARRY LEVINSON

COUNTING THE MANY WAYS THAT COUNCIL MEMBER WHITAKER HAS FAILED THE GOOD PEOPLE OF FULLERTON AS FOLLOWS:

 

  1. Bruce Whitaker voted to place Ma’Ayn Johnson, a S.C.A.G senior planner to our Fullerton Planning Committee. S.C.A.G, the Southern California Association of Governments, has been pushing for high-rise, high-density development and the elimination of the automobile as agents of the United Nations Agenda 21 for decades.   S.C.A.G is the largest unelected, taxpayer funded, governmental agency in the country and so-called limited government, Bruce Whitaker voted for her to be on our Fullerton Planning Commission

 

Question: Why did Bruce Whitaker support a S.C.A.G. employee and Agenda 21 advocate, which goes against everything he has been pontificating to his loyal supporters for years and years?  May I remind Bruce Whitaker that the American colonies went to war with Britain because of Taxation Without Representation?  Yet Bruce Whitaker votes for Ma’Ayn Johnson, when there were 16 other qualified candidates for that very same position.

  1. Bruce Whitaker voted to make Jennifer Fitzgerald our Mayor almost guaranteeing her to be reelected with the help of the title Mayor on the ballot.

Jennifer Fitzgerald’s Coronation of Compromise

 

  1. Bruce Whitaker voted for the absolute worst redistricting map, which I call the high-density, high-rise developers and downtown nightclub owners’ map.   It is the only map presented to the council that basically disenfranchises the good people who live in and around the downtown area of Fullerton.  Rather than being in primarily one district, Popoff’s map divides our downtown residents into five small pieces attached to other neighborhoods throughout Fullerton. This is taxation without adequate representation.  Jeremy Popoff, the owner of the Downtown Fullerton Slidebar and a $1,500 contributor to Bruce Whitaker’s past campaigns, wrote this map.  Is this a coincidence or not?

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  1.  Bruce Whitaker refused to respond verbally or in writing to my extremely well documented analysis of a 4 to 5 million-dollar finding concerning the Fullerton Golf Course.  I am a trained auditor with an MBA and work experience with Ernst and Young, a worldwide CPA firm as well as 12 years as an Internal auditor at the Corporate Headquarters of Northrop Grumman Corporation.  A total of over 30 years of accounting and auditing experience ignored by the Council member who appointed me to the Parks and Recreation Committee not once but twice.

Yet to my astonishment, a short time after he chose not to deal with my very large, extremely well documenting and supported finding, he asks for the establishment of an Audit Committee for our City.  Of course his motion got no support and it died immediately.  Was this by design?  Was Bruce Whitaker being a hypocrite?  I will let the readers make up their own minds.

I do know this for sure.  Bruce Whitaker has a lot of explaining to do but unfortunately for him he is way more than a day late and a dollar short!

Bruce Whitaker:  Image vs. Reality

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The carefully cultivated image of a man who cares about the people he represents, who believes in transparency in government, who believes in his fiduciary responsibility to the people.

 

We have now come to learn that the image is so, so different than reality.  Anyone objective enough to absorb the facts presented here and elsewhere, now knows that the reality falls far short from the carefully cultivated image.

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The very unprofessional and very discourteous way he handled the termination of me from the P and R committee and the fact that he ignored a 4 to 5 million-dollar problem brought to his attention by the same appointee, myself among many other things, shows him lacking in the basics, necessary to continue to represent the people of Fullerton.  What happened to his pledge to carry out his fiduciary responsibility to the people of Fullerton?

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We the people of Fullerton want to know why you voted for the most corrupt redistricting map available, Map 8A not once but twice and voted to make Jennifer Fitzgerald Mayor?

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Bruce voted to make this woman mayor as he never goes after Nelson’s sacred cow and Pringle lobbyist up on the dais Fitzgerald

There is absolutely no good reason why Council member Whitaker ignored the Fullerton Golf Course issue. But the reason he removed me is simple. I was apparently getting in the way of the city doing its corrupt, phony deals.   I am referring to deals such as the DCCSP, College Town, the Summit House lease extension, and the Revised DCCSP (which would have also removed Polly’s Pies from its current long-time address and basically removed one of the few shopping centers in the eastern part of Fullerton).  The Agenda item to extend an existing Summit House Restaurant lease deal, which already could extend to the year 2041 was another back room deal by our city council.  The Summit House not the city already controlled options with the exact same terms to the year 2041.   In other words the Summit House was in the driver seat until the year 2041 or 26 years from the date of this agenda item.  But the Summit House wanted more and our totally inept or corrupt city council and city manager (you take your pick for it has to be one or the other), wanted to give them two additional 10-year lease extensions with the exact same terms all the way to October 2061.

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This meant that the city intentionally bypassed the Park and Recreation Committee for this important agenda issue.  I was the only speaker to point out how the city manager and the city council wrongly bypassed the Park and Recreation Committee.   Based on my bringing this failure by the city to the attention of all that night, it resulted in it supposedly going back to our committee.  Guess what, a little over a month later I learned that the agenda item was withdrawn by the Summit House Restaurant owner.

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Hugo Curiel -I bet the Summit House item was deferred to prevent disclosure of the cushy lease arrangement Parkinson has with the City.

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Mr. Parkinson this land is your land this land is my land

Question:  Would any reasonable businessman accept extending a lease with the same current terms for the next 46 years?  Why didn’t Bruce Whitaker inform me as his appointee to the Park and Recreation Committee that this agenda item had been wrongly bypassed by the city?

Free dinners for life for the complicit lackeys, well almost.

Free dinners for life for the complicit lackeys, well almost.

Was Bruce Whitaker part of this plan to bypass the P and R Committee?  If not, why did he not contact me when he received his council member agenda package.   The agenda package clearly stated that the lease extension was recommended by the Park and Recreation Department and not the Park and Recreation Committee, which is the normal procedure.

A few will claim that this is just a personal vendetta against the good council member because he removed me from my volunteer position at the Parks and Recreation Committee.

This is not personal but it is very painful to me and more importantly to many others who believed and trusted Bruce Whitaker to represent us honestly based on his many years of his pontificating fiscally conservative values and limited government solutions.  He let all of us down.  He had such a golden opportunity to make a real difference in our City and instead over the past year he decided to place politics and his own ambition in front of the needs of the people he swore to represent.

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He told me about a year ago that he was planning to run for Shawn Nelson’s OC Supervisory seat when it became available, which will be no later than when term limits apply for Nelson in 2018.  It would seem all his poor and unexplainable decisions might have been based on his selfish political ambitions instead of standing up for the good people of Fullerton.  This turning his back on his most loyal supporters can’t and should not be rewarded with his reelection.  He chose his future political career outside of Fullerton over us.  You have let us down big time Council member Bruce Whitaker and hopefully now you will have to pay a political price for your bad, very selfish and self-serving choices.

 

  1. #1 by Barry Levinson on October 28, 2016 - 1:01 am

    Today the Orange County Register endorsed Bruce Whitaker for Fullerton City Council.

    Bruce Whitaker from the editorial: “While there are several good options among the 12 candidates seeking three City Council seats in Fullerton, Councilman Bruce Whitaker is undoubtedly our favorite choice due to his steadfast defense of free markets and property rights and his important role as fiscal watchdog for the city.”

    After getting up from falling off my chair, I read the last part of the OC Register’s quote about Bruce Whitaker again as follows: …”and his important role as fiscal watchdog for the city.”

    I guess the OC Register editorial board has been asleep at the wheel for the last year. Their crack investigative team must be ignorant of many of Whitaker’s recent votes. Because just like Council member Whitaker, the OC Register is ignoring a 4 to 5 million dollar finding related to our Fullerton City Golf Course, they are ignoring his vote to appoint an Agenda 21 supporting S.C.A.G. employee to our Planning Committee (S.C.A.G. is the largest unelected, taxpayer funded, bureaucratic governmental agency in the entire country), and lastly they are ignoring Whitaker’s keeping silent on a agenda item brought by the city to our city council to extend a lease with the Summit House Restaurant on Fullerton parkland with the exact same terms through October 2061. Wow and after all this the OC Register states that Bruce Whitaker is fulfilling his “important role as fiscal watchdog for the city”. But I guess the Register is counting on Bruce Whitaker to allow the developers to have pretty much free rein from our Fullerton City Council, lead by Bruce Whitaker, Jennifer Fitzgerald and Sue Gapinski.

    The same OC Register endorsed Whitaker’s newly appointed protege, Sue Gapinski who in answering an important question concerning Fullerton said to Jesse La Tour that she has no idea how to solve the problem but will listen to the people of Fullerton. I feel so much better that a candidate that came out of nowhere, has no real platform and states she has no idea how to solve a Fullerton problem gets the nod of the OC Register.

    Finally endorsing big government FPOA union backed Mayor Jennifer Fitzgerald is indeed the biggest joke of all. The only thing I can say is that the OC Register should have stayed in bankruptcy and closed its doors forever. They are in large part useless in accurately reporting the local news here in Fullerton and elsewhere throughout Orange County. Their endorsements are more proof of the irrelevance of the current OC Register paper.

  2. #2 by Fullerton Lover on October 28, 2016 - 9:36 am

    The OC Register and Bruce Whitaker have a lot in common Barry.

    Both use tons of language designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect on their audience.

    Both are often regarded as lacking in sincerity or meaningful content.

  3. #3 by Barry Levinson on October 29, 2016 - 12:20 am

    The interview process to select an At-Large position for the Fullerton Planning Commission back in 2014 was conducted by Bruce Whitaker, Greg Sebourn, Planning Committee Chairman and Bruce Whitaker appointee Kevin Pendergraft and Jennifer Fitzgerald. They put together a top five list to consider for the position out of 17 applicants.

    Ladies and gentlemen, this interview panel consisted of 3 council members, all Republicans and an appointee by self-processed conservative limited government council member Bruce Whitaker. They all were very impressed with a S.C.A.G. employee. This organization epitomizes government taxation with no representation as S.C.A.G. is the largest, unelected, taxpayer funded, bureaucratic organization in the entire country. How does Bruce Whitaker time and again profess that he is for limited government as well as being concerned for protecting the taxpayers’ money and appoint someone from an organization that the taxpayers have absolutely no control over. And if you still believe that Bruce Whitaker and Jennifer Fitzgerald are conservative Republicans, then I would like to sell you some prime oceanfront real estate in the Arizona desert. Trust me that you will have some of the most beautiful ocean views from that property and trust that the above two named council members will continue to bamboozle the Fullerton public for as long as the two of them remain in office.

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