Air Combat USA files a $500 million dollar lawsuit against the Fullerton airport manager and the City of Fullerton by Barry Levinson.

Barry Levinson


Here is the lawsuit:


Mike Blackstone of Air Combat USA, Inc is suing both the City of Fullerton and Brendan O’Reilly the Fullerton City Airport Manager for damages of $50,000,000 and punitive damages for $450,000,000 for a total of $500,000,000.  I The plaintiff, Air Combat USA, Inc. is suing for damages for Intentional Misrepresentation, Breach of Contract, Negligence and for Specific Performance.  Joe Imbriano and myself have spoken and met with Mr. Blackstone and based on our conversations and the evidence he shared with us we believe Mr. Blackstone has an very strong case against the Defendants in my laymen opinion. 

At the November 21, 2017 Fullerton Council meeting, Mike Blackstone, Joe Imbriano and myself spoke about the lawsuit and things related to it.  Unfortunately both Mayor Bruce Whitaker and Council member Jennifer Fitzgerald behaved rudely and disrespectfully to the speakers.  

Mike Blackstone, Barry Levinson and Joe Imbriano speak at the 11-21-17 Fullerton City council meeting as Air Combat USA filed a $500 million dollar lawsuit against the Fullerton airport manager, and the City of Fullerton alleging breach of contract and more.

Mike Blackstone spoke before the city council first.  As mentioned above, he has brought a 500 million dollar lawsuit against the Manager of the Fullerton City Airport and the City of Fullerton for all the above given reasons.  Mr Blackstone has evidence to support each of his above claims in my humble opinion.  

While both Mr. Blackstone and myself were speaking on this subject during public comments, Council member Jennifer Fitzgerald saw fit to smirk and laugh throughout our presentations from the dais.  What kind of an arrogant, contemptuous individual behaves in such a manner while representing the good people of Fullerton?  Obviously the answer is one Jennifer Fitzgerald.  

Next, Mayor Whitaker added to his many previous sins by not being truthful while both Mr. Blackstone and myself had the floor to speak to them.  I spoke about the fact that Mike Blackstone of Air Combat USA, Inc., who between himself and his father spent the last 38 years being a tenant at the Fullerton Municipal Airport, met with Bruce Whitaker about the failure of the city to provide him a new lease for his business. When Mr. Blackstone did not receive any follow-up from our Mayor, he decided to attend the last Talk Around the Town that our Mayor holds monthly. You know the one that is advertised that the Mayor will answer the public’s questions about any matter concerning our city.  Well Mayor Whitaker would not acknowledge Mr. Blackstone during his question and answer period although he had his hand up throughout that part of the event.  So after being I believe intentionally ignored by our Mayor, he waited to the very end to approach the Mayor just to have a minute of two of his time. Mayor Whitaker brushed him off stating he had to leave immediately.

So what did Mayor Whitaker rudely do while I was speaking, he continuously shook his head “No” and mouthed words denying my comments.   These poor excuses for elected representatives demand from us that we be respectful and follow their self-imposed rules but when it suits them they throw all the rules out the window.   

Of course, the remainder of the city council ignored our comments as well.   That would be Doug Chaffee, Greg Sebourn and Jesus Silva.  I believe that all five council members know or at least at this time should know that the city has breached its contract with Mike Blackstone of Air Combat USA.   And what do these corrupt moral midgets (and I am not referring to their height) do, they along with our new City Manager have placed an agenda item for the very next council meeting to change (I suspect expand) the zoning for the Fullerton Municipal Airport for one of the main antagonists against Air Combat USA who wants to take over their space at the airport.   I am referring to a relatively new business at the Fullerton Municipal Airport, called Hanger 21 owned by La Habra Reserve Officer Robert Sims who works as a Reserve Officer in the Narcotics Unit of the La Habra Police Department. 

Rob Sims

Finally, since Mr. Blackstone reached out to Joe Imbriano and myself prior to filing his lawsuit against the city, I can state unequivocally that his case not only has merit but that he has the documented proof I believe necessary to prove his case before a judge or a jury.  

Please note that in the short time I have gotten to know Mike Blackstone, I find him not only to be very believable but also someone who will fight for his principles, honor and his lifetime business.
An F-18 instructor pilot was conducting a simulated training run on August 24, 2016 at Fullerton Municipal Aircraft for Mikes’ business using one of Mike’s planes when he ran into mechanical difficulty with the rudder of the aircraft while taking off, which caused a crash landing into one of the hangers.   This destroyed the aircraft but luckily the pilot and his passenger were not hurt in the crash.   This was the same plane that Mike himself told me he flew the most out of his entire fleet and it was certainly unnerving to Mike that it could have very easily been Mike piloted that aircraft that day.  The FAA is still looking into what may have caused the problem with the rudder.
Now, I suspect that the city will no doubt try through a large monetary settlement to make Mike Blackstone go away.  I think that strategy will fail because Mike wants to win his case and stay at the Fullerton Municipal Airport for many, many years to come.
This case as presented is a civil case but when it comes to trial, it is my opinion that there very well could be enough evidence to then file criminal charges against certain people either representing the city and/or working for the city.  All I can say to Council member Jennifer Fitzgerald is that this is certainly not a laughing matter! 

I report, you decide-Barry Levinson


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  1. #1 by Anonymous on November 27, 2017 - 12:12 am

    If I were in your area I would totally volunteer to patrol the airport and record on video any incoming flight activities from 9pm until 7 am. I suggest you do something to that effect in your area.

  2. #2 by Anonymous on November 27, 2017 - 5:12 pm

    Sim’s operation appears to violate MC sections 15.25.020. and 15.25.025.
    Mr. Levinson was wise to advise them to shelve the land use change the council was considering for the next meeting. The FAA needs to be put on notice as well. This is cronysim at its best and perhaps something far more sinister.

  3. #3 by Anonymous on November 27, 2017 - 7:02 pm

    Sims looks like our police chief. I wonder if they are related?

  4. #4 by Anonymous on November 27, 2017 - 9:01 pm

    Ah let’s see a narcotics cop with helicopters? Shit.

    • #5 by Anonymous on November 28, 2017 - 4:21 pm

      Gotta love it when Imbriano gets involved in anything. Yup, you can bet your ass there is a conspiracy of sorts somewhere lurking and he will be certain to point it out. Well he did. He actually thinks this is like something out the Clinton Chronicles

      • #6 by Karen on December 2, 2017 - 6:41 am

        Put your head down and go back to sleep.

  5. #7 by Anonymous on November 28, 2017 - 8:39 am

    Those people up there behind the screens look like something from the wax museum. The fat guy at the end with the poker face looks like he is really worried.

  6. #8 by A Fullerton Observer on November 28, 2017 - 12:17 pm

    Question. Where is the Orange County District Attorney?

  7. #9 by Anonymous on November 28, 2017 - 2:17 pm

    For someone who calls himself “The Informer”, you’re not very informed…just an observation.

    • #10 by Anonymous on November 29, 2017 - 10:42 am

      For someone who calls herself anonymous, your a liar. Facts are facts.

  8. #11 by Anonymous on November 28, 2017 - 2:49 pm

    There is an inference that Hangar 21 is somehow violating the terms of the airport usage. Sims runs an aviation business so there are no FAA issues with his move to Balckstone’s hangar. Aviation uses are discretionary to the city . Sims is fine.

  9. #12 by Anonymous on November 28, 2017 - 2:51 pm

    There is a convicted felon with a drug problem running around slandering Mike Blackstone. What is so damn creepy about all of this is how so many people are involved in moving this ordeal along all the way from public works, to the council and the city attorney’s office.

  10. #13 by Anonymous on November 28, 2017 - 3:01 pm

    An observation with no substance.

  11. #14 by Anonymous on November 28, 2017 - 3:29 pm

    A blog entry with no substance. For starters, that’s not Rob Sims.

  12. #15 by Anonymous on November 28, 2017 - 4:27 pm

    Another edit for misinformation? Just take the whole thing down. Probably safer.

  13. #17 by Anonymous on November 28, 2017 - 6:10 pm

    Also, it’s Air Combat USA. Not Air Combat Systems.

  14. #18 by Anonymous on November 28, 2017 - 6:14 pm

    The pilots did suffer minor injuries in the crash. To say they were not hurt is misleading.

  15. #19 by Anonymous on November 28, 2017 - 6:16 pm

    Possessive form is THEIR. Not ‘there’

  16. #20 by A Fullerton Observer on November 28, 2017 - 10:48 pm

    Great job thanks to Mike Blackstone, Barry Levinson and Joe Imbriano.

    Please watch all the attached videos. There were some very worried looking city officials sitting on the dais while they listened to the three of you speak before them.

    This is a very big issue and I believe there are many dirty hands at City Hall.

  17. #21 by Anon on November 29, 2017 - 12:32 am

    Does this mean we are going to have to wait even longer for these damn streets to be fixed?

    • #22 by Anonymous on December 1, 2017 - 8:45 am

      Streets will never be fixed. City is almost bankrupt. Keep voting for the union puppets you dumbfucks. I already sold my commercial properties last year. My home is on the market right now. Market is great right now to cash it in. I already bought in Coeur d’Alene. Not looking back. Fullerton is toast, over run with illegals and homeless. It is gone for good.

      • #23 by Anon on December 2, 2017 - 1:45 am

        Fullerton is in no way “toast” IF you have to stay in California, which apparently you do not, this happens to be one of the best areas. It’s built out (with the exception of needing another grocery store (!), pretty much centrally located to LA and Orange counties, an education town, freeway and railway accessible etc etc. Once these damn screwed up streets (!) get fixed we are golden.

  18. #24 by Anonymous on November 29, 2017 - 5:26 pm

    Anon you should know by now that what is good for the average Fullerton citizen is at the very bottom of any to do list by our less than esteemed Fullerton City Council.

    The short answer is Yes.

  19. #25 by Anonymous on November 30, 2017 - 11:48 pm

    $500 million, huh? That’s a nice round figure. Heck, why not make it $100 million, or even $200 million. Anyone for $500 million? Anyone with one tenth of a brain knows that a complainant can pretty much make any allegation they want in a civil lawsuit and ask for any dollar amount for damages. Proving your case is another matter entirely. One thing is certain though. For Mr. Blackstone to have any chance of getting a single dollar from his lawsuit, the first thing he needs to do is distance himself as far away as possible from Levinson and Imbriano. He needs those two crackpots as advocates like he needs a brain tumor.

  20. #26 by mere character assasination on December 1, 2017 - 5:39 am

    You all are trying to play hero and come to the rescue of poor little Mike Jr. That guy is a liar and a cheat. I was very close to his operation for years so I speak with personal experience. He talks of how his dad and he grew the business. Their relationship was nothing like he describes it. His father is looking down on him in complete disgust with the way he has treated employees and customers. He literally stole money from customers. What about the fact he completely destroyed the hangar before he moved out which will now cost the city money to repair. His little interview with the informer on YouTube is filled with lies. He said he offered 500% more but wouldn’t share the numbers. That is because he was paying ridiculously low rent to begin with. Also check his rfp and see if that is even true. I bet it’s not and was an act of desperation after the city told him to move out. Anyone can drive by the property and see he did nothing to maintain it at a decent level. The place was a dump while it was open! The least he could do is take care of it while paying ridiculously low rent. He built stuff inside without proper permits and he is trying to make himself out to be a hero to the community in all if this. Makes me sick. I get all of you looking in to issues in the city but it seems you have all taken him at his word and don’t spend near as much time fact checking the bs he feeds you as you do on others. He had a copy of his lease. Why is there any question as to what he needed to do? The burden is on him!! Read his lease!! If I was the city I wouldn’t want him as a tenant either! He has wronged so many people including his own family. Oh and the Airlines that he wouldn’t mention in his interview is American. Their ethics department is available for calls. He will be losing that job next especially if he is prosecuted for all of the damage he did to city property. He filed that lawsuit in hopes of getting the city to back off as the victim of his crime. He is looking down the barrel of a felony.

  21. #27 by Better informed on December 1, 2017 - 9:37 am

    Interesting how the Imbraino-Levinson tandem is always slamming the city for giving away or leasing city property for peanuts. Through a very legitimate and transparent RFP process that began many months ago, Air Combat, Hangar 21 and others submitted proposals to the city for leasing the space occupied by Air Combat. Hangar 21 submitted the best proposal by far, a proposal much more beneficial to the city. Air Combat’s proposal didn’t come close to matching Hangar 21’s. Air Combat knew many months ago that the city would be sending out an RFP. Air Combat participated in the RFP process. Their claim that they were bamboozled at the last minute and misled by the city is nonsense. So now Imbriano-Levinson attack the city for making a deal that winds up being more beneficial to the taxpayers. Really???

    • #28 by Joe Imbriano on December 1, 2017 - 9:50 am

      This should have never gone to RFP-read the lawsuit. Have a look at one of the head architects of what I believe to be a rigged process.

    • #29 by Anonymous on December 10, 2017 - 9:03 pm

      For the record, the lease renewal was misrepresented in writing by city officials. The proof is in the lawsuit.

  22. #30 by Better informed on December 1, 2017 - 11:43 am

    “Mere character assassination” just hit it out the park. He/she speaks the truth. To Imbriano, Oh I read the lawsuit. Allegations made in lawsuits often differ radically than the actual facts.
    Kind of like screaming “The world is flat!”

  23. #31 by A Fullerton Observer on December 1, 2017 - 6:03 pm

    Better Informed is full of it. The establishment always attacking Levinson and Imbriano and desperately trying to run away from the truth.

    News alert for Better Informed and your corrupt friends, your day of reckoning is quickly approaching.

    • #32 by Anonymous on December 2, 2017 - 9:25 pm

      There is no conspiracy of people attacking Joe and Barry.

  24. #33 by I support Michael J. Blackstone on December 10, 2017 - 7:57 pm

    I have a question for all of the COWARDS who hide behind your anonymous names. Did it ever occur to you to pick up the phone and call Michael directly and ask him what really happened? Have YOU read the LEASE? Did you read the TRUST? Or would you rather make up the story yourselves? Does it really matter to you or is it really any of your business? Is it easier to believe the lies that you have been fed? Do you care to know the truth?

    The only reason why I felt compelled to finally speak up is because I know who Michael J. Blackstone, is. I’ve known him for many years and to read what all these evil people, yes, EVIL people are saying about him is disgusting, sad, and quite frankly, slanderous. It’s pure evil. There is no other way to describe it. They harbor hatred in their hearts and the sad part is, that all those people that have taken to social media to discredit and slander him will have to live and deal with their consequences. I hope that justice will be served one day and that you are all made to pay for your actions, (and your words).

    “Street Lurker”, Joe and Barry have the truth. They are not liars. What they choose to report is up to them. With time you will see everything they’ve said to up to date is TRUE. But to help shed some light on an UNBELIEVABLY SAD and DISRESPECTFUL scene of lies, deception and EVIL, I would like to attempt to help you understand what ACTUALLY happened, with only the FACTS that are either ACTUALLY DOCUMENTED (TEXTS, EMAILS, NOTES, ETC.) and that I ACTUALLY WITNESSED and will TESTIFY to UNDER OATH in COURT when this goes to TRIAL. And it WILL go to TRIAL for a Judge and Jury to DECIDE after reviewing ALL of the FACTS that none of you apparently care enough to want to know. Doesn’t ANYONE want to know the INDISPUTABLE FACTS surrounding this CASE?

    • #34 by Anonymous on December 10, 2017 - 8:11 pm

      Ok then. So why are you not answering the questions? How about an answer to the question about Michael’s bid being 500% higher than Rob’s.

      • #35 by I support Michael J. Blackstone on December 11, 2017 - 6:28 pm

        Rob Sims offered $350,000 in upgrades. Mike Blackstone offered 1.7 million.

        Got it?

    • #36 by Anonymous on December 11, 2017 - 11:54 am

      Thank you for putting these people in their place. The trial will clear the air.

  25. #37 by Anonymous on December 10, 2017 - 10:44 pm

    How about you explaining why the city of Fullerton and the Fullerton Airport Manager allowed Hanger 21 to operate outside the jurisdiction of the FMC and the requirements of the FAA and its grant to the city?

    It has been proven that the above lawlessness occurred and the city is now rewarding Hanger 21 owner Rob Sims for his operation outside of the proper guidelines. What other wrongful acts will Hanger 21 commit in the future now that we have proven their disregard for the rules of our airport.

    I would be very worried about the future of our airport with Brendan O’Reilly in charge and Hanger 21 one of its major tenants going forward.

    • #38 by Anonymous on December 11, 2017 - 9:59 am

      Why didn’t Blackstone renew his lease on time? Why did he submit a bid during the RFP? Is it because he knew his lease expired?

    • #39 by I support Michael J. Blackstone on December 11, 2017 - 6:32 pm

      These are very good questions. I would like someone to answer these questions as well.

  26. #40 by Anonymous on December 11, 2017 - 10:23 pm

    Hanger 21 did not play by the rules and then got rewarded for it by the City of Fullerton. That is all you need to know about the underhanded operation of the City of Fullerton government.

    This is how the City of Fullerton and the Fullerton City Council operates. If they are breaking the rules or the municipal code or the law, just change the law to make it prospectively legal.

    I guess the City of Fullerton and the FPD would make murdering legal so that the three gang banger cops could not be convicted of murder, or manslaughter or even excessive force in the case of Kelly Thomas. But do not worry they did not have to change the law on murder because the jury let them go scot free under the current law.

  27. #41 by Anonymous on December 12, 2017 - 11:54 am

    According to the city’s own letter from the FAA, it sounds like Sims has been illegally operating his business and the city just rubber stamped expanding it at Blackstone’s expense. Mayor Whitaker was silent on this problem even as it was presented to him, not once, not twice, but three times. That is collusion.

  28. #42 by Barry Levinson on December 12, 2017 - 3:27 pm

    Question? Mayor Whitaker has stated during recent city council meetings that the City Council can’t directly answer questions posed by citizens during public comments but that the City Manager can answer them indirectly.

    What is the basis Council member Whitaker for your statement that you and others on the dais can’t answer citizens question directly.

    It is my humble opinion that the Brown Act has been used frequently as a phony excuse not to deal with the public directly. The Brown Act’s supposed and stated purpose was to make local government more transparent and open. But hand it to phony politicians like Bruce Whitaker to try to use it for the exact opposite purpose.

    So Bruce Whitaker or any of the other 4 council members, please quote the specific section of the Brown Act or any other law that supposedly allows all of you to ignore the people of Fullerton.

    The only thing the Brown Act prohibits is for council members to talk about their positions on an upcoming agenda item, period. It does not say that all government issues are not to be discussed with the public.

  29. #43 by Anonymous on December 16, 2017 - 3:16 pm

    Hopefully the FAA will say NO, to the Airport Manager and their “Wedding Event Hosting” to replace Air Combat. A few years back, My friend Paul Deutch parked his plane during an Airport Day celebration. A very heavy Lady then sat down on the Tail Wings and damaged then! Never told anyone. Paul was taxying down the Runway when he realized Tail Rudder was NOT working? NON aviation people, and their children, should not be wandering among the planes during a wedding event! JDH, Aviation Metallurgist, retired

  30. #44 by Anonymous on February 5, 2018 - 4:08 am

    Does Sims have any connection to the DEA? If I remember recently one of their helicopters crashed at the airport. Just curious as it seems odd that there would be so much effort to take over that hangar.

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