ANOTHER DOG AND PONY SHOW CONDUCTED BY MAYOR BRUCE WHITAKER AND OUR CITY COUNCIL IN APPOINTING OUR NEXT POLICE CHIEF DAVID HENDRICKS. By Barry Levinson


Barry Levinson

Mayor Whitaker prior to the vote by Council to appoint David Hendricks as our next police chief called him Chief Hendricks.  Isn’t that putting the cart before the horse Bruce Whitaker?

It is also a very strong Indication that Mayor Bruce Whitaker and the rest of the City Council already knew that nothing said by the public commenters would or could alter their votes.   Yes he was their selection behind close doors but shouldn’t there be a final decision made by council after hearing from the public at the Council Meeting.   If you have decided amongst all of you that nothing anyone said at the Council Meeting would change your minds then what Is the purpose of the public comments other than a dog and pony show.

Dog and Pony show ringleader Bruce Whitaker

Question No. 1: If you did decide among yourselves that no comments at city council would sway your vote is that not a Brown Act Violation mayor Whitaker?

 

Question No. 2: Why wasn’t the vote for a new police chief postponed until all five council members were in attendance?

 

Another indication of the dog and pony show was the reading of two letters by Jennifer Fitzgerald and Greg Sebourn welcoming Mr. Hendricks as our new Police Chief prior to the final vote by the council.   We are then told that Fitzgerald’s and Sebourn’s approval of Mr. Hendricks do not count as votes due to their absence from the meeting.   I think it is a slap in the face of the community that such an important decision would be made with 40% of the council absent.   I guess both Sebourn and Fitzgerald did not care that they were not giving the public a chance to persuade them not to vote for Mr. David Hendricks.   The Fullerton City Council’s arrogance is there for all to see once again.

They all ignored the facts that Long Beach PD has a very troubled and disturbing history of major problems including millions of dollars paid out from lawsuits generated by bad behavior such as excessive force by several Long Beach Police Officers and it was stated by a public commenter that all of them that were identified for the record were still on the force.  The fact that Mr. Hendricks was in charge of internal affairs for the Long Beach Police Department and he spent his entire police career with that department only makes these facts more disturbing.   Does he believe that it makes sense for the city to approve multi-million dollar settlements for the bad acts of certain police officers and then allow them to remain in the force?   I am sorry but that is the definition of a corrupt and broken system. That milks the innocent public dry of millions of dollars that could be much better used for infrastructure or properly maintaining our parks.  This is the status quo apparently in both the Fullerton and Long Beach Police Departments.  Police officers commit bad acts, we the innocent public/taxpayers are held financially accountable but not the officers who are guilty of these acts.  I guess when are Human Resources Director stated that one of the things they liked about Mr. Hendricks was that he was a good fit with Fullerton Police Department maybe they were thinking that both departments have made the public pay out millions for their employee’s bad acts while the employees in actuality usually only get an extended paid vacation i.e. paid administrative leave.    Again we the innocent public is held to account but the officers usually get off scot-free.   Where is the fairness to the taxpayer in such a corrupt system of dealing with the financial consequences of these lawsuits?  What a totally broken and corrupt system and not a peep about this by our Mayor Whitaker or any other of our council members.  This is just another example of how our city council has once again totally failed us as our elected representatives.

The spirit of Pat Mckinley is alive and well

This shows the contempt the city of Long Beach, Fullerton, and other cities have for its citizens.   You have millions of tax dollars going to pay for wrongdoing by police who in many cases are still on the job. The taxpayers, not the police who commit these bad acts pays the victims in some cases millions of dollars and then we as taxpayers have to continue to pay for their salaries and benefits after we the taxpayer not the officers have to pay to make the lawsuits go away.  And they have the nerve to be called public servants.   Are you kidding me!  We the taxpayers are used and abused by those cities that demand that we pay for the public servants’ misconduct.

After two public speakers Sean Paden and David Curlee made important and relevant comments specifically about the millions of dollars paid out by the City of Long Beach in the past few years alone due to police misbehavior and the issue of Mr. Hendricks getting his college degree from an unaccredited college, this is what Mayor Whitaker incredulously stated immediately after they were finished.   Bruce Whitaker was quoted as saying as follows:  “I DON’T KNOW IF ANYTHING NEEDS TO BE ANSWERED FROM PRIOR TWO COMMENTERS?

Council had not discussed these extremely important issues at all.  Yet Mayor Whitaker states that he doesn’t believe either of these issues needs to be addressed by the city council members or the city attorney or the city manager or by any other city employee.   How about Mayor Whitaker you require the person you are about to give the highest paid Fullerton employee total compensation package by tens of thousands of dollars to answer both of these questions sir?   You Mayor Whitaker and the rest of the council are a complete disgrace to our community.    Not a whimper by Whitaker or any of them about giving out a five-year contract.   Back in 2012, Whitaker spoke out against giving Dan Hughes a five-year contract.   Question:   Was your initial objection to giving Dan Hughes a five-year contract genuine or political grandstanding?    I ask this relevant question since this time phony Whitaker was totally silent.   I guess now that he wants to run for higher office he is perfectly fine with five-year contracts and totally ignoring all the problems within the Long Beach Police Department.  WHAT A GUY AND FURTHERMORE, WHAT A POOR EXCUSE FOR OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE!

It appears that two of most ardent of Bruce Whitaker’s supporters, Sean Paden and David Curlee have become a political liability to Mayor Whitaker at this late date.   Maybe now both Sean and David finally may realize that Whitaker used them.  Even if they now understand they were used by Whitaker, the timing is very unfortunate as both of them helped Whitaker to get reelected to a third term on the city council.

Appointed Mayor Bruce Whitaker deserves to be recalled from the Fullerton City Council and to never be placed in a position of authority either elected or appointed ever again.  But instead of doing the right thing, he will be busy running for Newman’s State Senate seat.   What a guy!

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  1. #1 by Joe Imbriano on July 22, 2017 - 3:46 pm

    And of course Jesus Silva still has no clue.

    • #2 by Jeff M on July 25, 2017 - 11:02 pm

      Bruce has really changed over the years. Anyone out there know what is up with the helicopter?

      • #3 by Anonymous on July 29, 2017 - 10:59 am

        Which one, the one hovering over Imbriano’s house?

        • #4 by Anonymous on July 31, 2017 - 1:47 pm

          The one wrapped in tin foil.

  2. #5 by Barry Levinson on July 22, 2017 - 4:46 pm

    The conduct of our city council in officially hiring David Hendricks as our next Fullerton Police Chief was shameful.

    Their lack of due dilegence exposed them for what they are, a bunch of self-centered, phony and corrupt politicians.

    It seems the more bad things that happen within the City Government of Fullerton, the more our elected representatives want to hide the truth from the public.

    The only solution is a complete housecleaning of the entire City of Fullerton “leadership”.

    Question to Mayor Bruce Whitaker? Why did you totally ignore your fiduciary responsibility to the good people of Fullerton?

    • #6 by Anonymous on July 26, 2017 - 8:32 am

      Bruce Whitaker is only interested in getting a better paying job at the expense of the taxpayers. Thanks for posting this. We will never vote for him again.

  3. #7 by Anonymous on July 23, 2017 - 1:21 pm

    Does anyone know who appointed Pee Wee Herman to the planning commission?

  4. #8 by A Fullerton Observer on July 23, 2017 - 1:41 pm

    How low can regular commenters go on the FFFF? Here is the latest example by regular commenter Facts is Facts as follows: (obviously not an English grammar major)

    Facts is Facts
    July 23, 2017 at 11:38 AM

    I noticed the mental cripple Bigmouth Barry is weighing in on the chief – long after the deal was done, of course. Soon he will be blaming “Tony” for it.
    Congratulations FFFF – I think you broke his little brain.

    Only a person with major human flaws in decency and integrity would attack anyone in such a fowl, very low class manner.
    It is clear to me that Mr. Levinson obviously has struck a major nerve with his excellent reporting on Fullerton issues.
    Please keep it up Mr. Levinson. I know many of us appreciate your efforts and grow increasingly tired of the constant defamations by FFFF regulars.

    • #9 by Anonymous on July 23, 2017 - 3:54 pm

      Sure, Barry-using-a-fake-name.

    • #10 by Anonymous on July 23, 2017 - 4:02 pm

      FFFF was founded by Tony Bushala. The site is run by him and Travis Kiger. Mental cripples don’t write like Barry does. Barry is factual and concise. I love how he uses the very words of the frauds he is exposing to expose them. It is highly effective.

      • #11 by Anonymous on July 23, 2017 - 10:07 pm

        Ok, this is pure comedy at this point.

      • #12 by Anonymous on July 27, 2017 - 9:14 am

        Bushala is nothing but a bully who hides behind his keyboard. He uses his shills to push his pot and development agenda.

  5. #13 by Joe Imbriano on July 23, 2017 - 4:17 pm

    Great commentary Barry.

    • #14 by Anonymous on July 23, 2017 - 9:57 pm

      Sure Joe whatever you say.

  6. #15 by Anonymous on July 26, 2017 - 8:49 am

    When can we expect the next installment of “My Life is Miserable Because Bruce Whitaker Hates Me”?

    I need something to read while I take a dump. Bitter Barry really makes it easier.

    • #16 by Anonymous on July 26, 2017 - 3:37 pm

      Stop taking it up the ass and eating all that fried shit and you won’t be so jammed big fella.

      • #17 by Anonymous on July 29, 2017 - 4:29 pm

        Yo u be one sick mo fo

  7. #18 by Anonymous on July 29, 2017 - 6:53 am

    Why did we give a contract for such a long time to this man?

  8. #19 by Anonymous on July 29, 2017 - 10:49 pm

    Bruce and Greg have some serious explaining to do. This is just plain ridiculous.

  9. #20 by Barry Levinson on August 2, 2017 - 9:06 am

    I am pleased to say that the truth about Bruce Whitaker has become known by more and more citizens throughout Fullerton.

    Whitaker should now know that his disingenuous words without actions are no longer working for him. You have been exposed as the phony you truly are and going forward your words and actions will continue to be scrutinized very carefully.

    As I told you during public comments last year that you have done great damage to the cause of limited government in Fullerton.

    You are welcome to state your case on this site but only with specifics why you deserve to be our next State Senator. I have made an overwhelming case that your lack of accomplishments do not warrant your continued service as a Fullerton council member. The fact that now you think you deserve to be given a promotion by the people is beyond absurd and very arrogant.

    I have said this many times Bruce. You had a golden opportunity these past six plus years to make a real difference and you chose instead to be a phony politician pontificating one way but never stepping up to the plate when you had the real chance to make a difference.

    Now when most people think of you, the words phony politician, disingenuous and blowhard come to mind. The first word that comes to my mind about you is simply coward! You had so many opportunities to make a difference, to be a champion of the people and you threw it all away. Pathetic!

    At the end of your political career, Fullertonians will look back at your service and probably consider you one of the most disappointing council members we have ever had in this city. The promise was there with your oratory and intelligence but you unfortunately have nothing of substance to back up the empty speeches.

    That will be your sad legacy Bruce Whitaker and you will have to own it lock, stock and barrel.

    • #21 by Anonymous on August 2, 2017 - 1:15 pm

      Bruce is a Bushala throw away and he is done politically. You were right about him. Politics is real dirty especially in Fullerton.

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