It is interesting to note that a day and a half before the election, FullertonWatch posts at fullertontaxpayers.org rather weak comments made by Bruce Whitaker against the Downtown Core and Corridor Special Plan (DCCSP). Where have you been Council member Whitaker? Joe Imbriano and myself have been fighting the good fight against this totally undemocratic boondoggle for the sole benefit of the special interests for 2.5 years. Here is what our leader had to say about the DCCSP on the referenced video as follows:
- He says it will create too much traffic. Fullertonians would like to ask Council member Whitaker, where he has been on the traffic issue for the last six years he has been on the council. Fullertonians sure know that the traffic has become a major problem here.
- He says we need a good balance of growth in Fullerton. Of course, Council member Whitaker leaves the public guessing as to what he means by having a good balance of growth. I must say Whitaker’s words were spoken like a true politician. His words sound good at first, but once you think about what he said you realize you still have no idea what his position on development will be going forward! Where are his solutions for improving our terrible and growing traffic congestion before he votes to approve even one more high-density development in our city?
Also knowing that his main campaign contributors over the years have been developers, and real estate interests to the tune of over $40,000, has to give any reasonable person pause as to where his allegiance will lie going forward…the people or the developers.
Here is what Joe Imbriano and myself have been saying for 2.5 years on social media, on the fullertoninformer.com and also at many Fullerton Council meetings as follows:
- Over two years ago, we spoke out against the DCCSP as an undemocratic boondoggle, giving all the power to an unelected bureaucrat, City Manager Joe Felz. If it would have passed in 2014, development throughout almost all the major corridors in the city, covering hundreds of acres would have been under the sole control of City Manager Joe Felz. There would be no oversight or review from the Planning Commission. There would be no Agenda Item brought before the City Council, where the council and most importantly the public would have a say as to impact of the development on our city and its residents. The only person standing in the way of dozens of multi-million dollar projects getting approved was our City Manager. Absolutely no checks and balance in that system. As someone who is a trained auditor with 30 plus years of experience, this process should never be approved by any institution that is concerning for open and transparent government. As fiduciary responsibility is a regular theme of Council member Whitaker’s, his failure to point this out to the public should be very concerning to all of us. I know I mentioned this very issue during public comments over two years ago in the presence of Bruce Whitaker. As his then appointee to the Parks and Recreation Committee, he had every opportunity to discuss the matter with me at any time. He has never discussed this with me and has to my knowledge never done so at any City Council meeting.
Did not Bruce Whitaker vote to make Ma’Ayn Johnson, a S.C.A.G employee one of our Fullerton Planning Commissioners? Yes he certainly did do this, saying she was one of the top candidates out of a good field of 16 or 17 applicants. S.C.A.G has been in line with the United Nations Agenda 21 goals for more high-density and high-rise development as well as the elimination of the automobile.
If he was really concerned about overdevelopment, it seems very clear that Ma’Ayn Jonson would be the last person he would want on our Fullerton Planning Commission.
Once you examine Bruce Whitaker’s rhetoric vs. his actions concerning the DCCSP and the issue of continued high-rise, high-density development, one would really not know where he stands on these vital issues facing Fullertonians. Should we believe his words or should we believe his actions?
I report, you decide.