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The City of Fullerton Government Continues It’s March To Make Its Deals with Specific Special Interests At Both The June 21 Council Meeting And The June 22 Planning Committee Meeting. By Barry Levinson
First before I talk about the 1st two agenda items on the June 21, 2016 council meeting, I must bring to your attention Item No. 2 under Closed Session. (Item No. 2 – Conference with Real Property Negotiator – Per Government Code Section 54956.8.) It lists two pieces of property. One property, Meridian Health Club is located at 1535 Deerpark Drive and the other property is located at 1747 West Commonwealth Ave near the Grace Ministries International Building. The parties besides the city are the Meridian Club and Grace Ministries International.
Why is the city once again in sole source negotiations on two pieces of property? In order to sell any parcel of property the best way to maximize its market value is to put it up for sale to the public at large. Similar to the comments by Joe Felz at a recent Library Board meeting, where he recommended we sell the Hunt Library to Grace Ministries with a sole source bid, here we have the same shenanigans by our city.
This is not in the best financial interest of the people of Fullerton. Would any council member or Mr. Felz enter into a sole source negotiation to sell their residence or would they put it on the open market to attract the best possible price. Yes, Mr. Felz or Ms. Fitzgerald can offer there home for a less than market price because it is their house. The properties in question are not owned by Mr. Felz or Ms. Fitzgerald but are owned by the people of Fullerton. It is the City Manager’s and the City Council’s fiduciary duty to maximize the sales price for any piece of city property. To do otherwise would be committing malfeasance in my opinion.
Both Mr. Imbriano and myself talked about this troubling situation. Mr. Imbriano asked that they agendize a change on how the city sells “excess” city property. Of course all five council members and our city manager ignored our pleas for fiscal and fiduciary sanity.
Then we go on to the main event, regular business and we have before us an “exclusive negotiating agreement with Pelican Community, Inc. for 12 months with 2 optional 45-day extensions to come up with a concept/basic designs for the Fox Block including a 200 space parking structure and an office building of unknown size and height. The particulars of the Fox Theatre including how much additional work is required and an estimated reopening date were not provided during the agenda item discussion. Leland Wilson, the President of the Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation (FHTF) non-profit group spoke but provided no information on the status of the Fox Theatre Renovation. Ten years plus and counting and we hear about plans for a parking structure and a major new office building to be built next to the Fox Theatre only. Please go to the FHTF website at www.fullertonfox.org to see how little information there is about the status and future of the Fox Theatre in Fullerton.
There is one more point I need to make concerning this exclusive agreement. Mr. Hamm the owner of Pelican Properties, Inc. stated that he thought an office building should be a major part of his concept for the Fox Block. Yet at the Planning Committee meeting recently the city staff and some commissioners such as Larry Bennett where stating that the reason they want to change the zoning of the property on Bastanchury, formerly the Fullerton Internal Medicine Clinic to townhomes is because there is no demand for office space in Fullerton. So on the one hand the city argues to change zoning from office/medical space because of lack of demand for an office/medical building but a mile south on Harbor and Chapman, we entered into an exclusive arrangement with one developer to build us more office space. Either there is or is not demand for office space in Fullerton.
Council Agenda Item No. 2 is no better. City of Fullerton puts on the ballet the right to open up to 9 marijuana dispensaries along with the legalization of the commercial manufacture and distribution in our city. Of course the city wants this to make money as it requests a whopping 15% tax with the ability to raise it to 20%. It is not enough that a previous council has destroyed our once family oriented downtown with numerous bars and nightclubs that every weekend attracts thousands of people throughout Southern California including some undesirable types.
One city study estimated it costs the taxpayers a net 1 million dollars a year for this financial and social fiasco. I spoke of these past follies by our city government and asked them not to place this measure on our November ballet. Mayor Fitzgerald got cold feet and quickly made a motion to continue this item until after the election. The staff’s presentation ignored the health and moral concerns of making pot legally readily available in Fullerton. I suspect that Ms. Haluza was directed by her boss to ignore the moral and health implications of this issue. If that was the case, what does that tell you about our City Manager, Joe Felz?
There is another very important point that I must make concerning this agenda item. Question: If legalizing the sale and manufacture of marijuana in Fullerton is such a good idea, then why all the restrictions on both the placement and number of establishments? Why is it necessary to place a 15% tax on marijuana sales with the city option to raise it to 20%?
It seems that once again it is all about generating additional tax revenue to make up the huge shortfall created by our city council and their very generous raises to police 6% a year and fire 9% over two years. It is kind of funny/ironic to think that the city wanted to bring marijuana to Fullerton to help pay for the very generous police raises. These things can only happen in Fullerton. Question: Why did Joe Felz and Mayor Fitzgerald bring this very controversial and unnecessary agenda item forward at this time, if it had zero support? (The final vote was 5 to 0 to continue the item until after the November elections. I believe Mayor Fitzgerald had the authority to keep this from being on the agenda. Obviously, this was a trial balloon by Felz and Fitzgerald, which they originally hoped would pass but got cold feet when they saw the amount of opposition.
Fullerton City Hall needs a housecleaning in November.
NO CITY IN ORANGE COUNTY IS BEING OVERDEVELOPED LIKE FULLERTON IS AND YOU BETTER WAKE UP FOLKS BECAUSE THEY ARE MOVING FAST AND THE COUNCIL WILL PASS THIS IF YOU DON’T GET MAD AS HELL. THEY ARE SELLING US OUT TO THE DEVELOPERS AGENDA 21 STYLE TO PAY FOR THE BLOATED POLICE, FIRE AND CITY EMPLOYEES’ SALARIES, BENEFITS AND PENSIONS.
This is not the city I moved into 19 years ago and their solution is to make it worse! Ladies and gentlemen, what you see happening is all about getting things rammed through without people knowing about it until it is too late.
HERE WE GO AGAIN LADIES AND GENTLEMEN WITH JOB KILLING MASSIVE HIGH RISE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT BEHIND ALL OF YOUR BACKS.
AND OF COURSE WHAT DO YOU EXPECT WHEN THE VICE PRESIDENT OF CURT PRINGLE AND ASSOCIATES IS RUNNING AROUND MASQUERADING AS THE MAYOR OF FULLERTON?
Well a few weeks ago, the Polly’s Pies location pictured below here in pink
was on the block for a potential 500-600 unit massive development at the Planning commission that Ms. Halluza like to call a mixed use overlay district. At the last city council meeting, the VP of Pringle and Associates masquerading as our mayor denied the existence of the plans in the picture above that was presented at the planning commission meeting.
Well the planning commission voted to delay the project to a date uncertain and bring it back for revision.
We most certainly beat that back because now it looks like they are trying to ram through another monstrosity about a mile due west. It has been said GO WEST YOUNG MAN, GO WEST….
NOT TO DISAPPOINT, THAT IS WHAT THEY DID-NOW A MILE TO THE WEST, FAST =TRACKING 300 UNITS PLANNED FOR A FORMER CAR DEALERSHIP. Yes rezoning a commercial property to cram in 300 apartments right next to homes is the model.
Where is all the public notification? Well here are some public notifiers – here we have Jane Rands
and her pal Jane Reifer
WRITING FOR THE FULLERTON PRAVDA AKA THE FULLERTON OBSERVER- These two state that this new version of the DCCSP IS A “STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION“.
Are they out of their minds?
HANDING OVER ALL POWER OVER THE CHECKS AND BALANCES WHEN IT COMES TO DEVELOPMENT TO THE CITY MANAGER ONCE THE DCCSP IS APPROVED IS STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION?
ASIDE FROM WHERE ALL THE WATER IS SUPPOSED TO COME FROM, WHERE ARE ALL THE CARS SUPPOSED TO GO, WHERE IS ALL THE TRAFFIC SUPPOSED TO BE DIVERTED, WHERE ARE ALL THE CLASSROOMS SUPPOSED TO COME FROM, WHERE ARE ALL THE PEOPLE SUPPOSED TO WORK, AND REALLY NOW, IS THIS JUST ANOTHER ATTEMPT AT RAMMING A HUGE SECTION 8 HOUSING PROJECT TUCKED AWAY SOUTH OF THE TRACKS TO MEET FULLERTON’S AFFORDABLE HOUSING REQUIREMENTS? INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW.
Uncle Jose Felz’s
creation, the DCCSP will rezone massive areas, get rid of traditional processes which involve commissions and all public input will hurry it the hell up before the residents find out about it. That is the plan.
So here we have what Ms. Halluza who speaks about and puts nothing in writing defining this mixed use nonsense and throws the words mixed use around to get us to think she means what she says. She speaks about rezoning and mixed use overlays but there is nothing in writing describing exactly what these overlays really are or defining what these rezonings actually will be and yet the planning commission is expected to vote on this?
What she really means when she refers to a mixed use development is having one building having no retail space at all and the other having a measly 1.5% retail space with 20 parking spaces? What kind of mixed use is that? What about parking? This mixed use crap is nothing but a ruse to get high density housing through under the radar.
This type of commercial property on the ground floor of a highrise apartment building is nothing but a recipe for a small business loan default,and vacancies in the making. Look around at all of these retail areas downstairs with no parking=THEY ARE ALL OUT OF BUSINESS AND ARE REMAINING EMPTY. THESE ARE THE TOKENS THAT THEY THROW AT THE UNSUSPECTING PUBLIC TO GET YOU TO ACCEPT THE HIGH DENSITY AGENDA 21 PACKEM AND STACKEM HOUSING SCAMS THAT SCAG IS RAMMING DOWN OUR THROATS WITH THE CITY COUNCIL’S BLESSING.
And get this-this mixed use joke of a project is what the plans for Wednesday night refer to as a good example of the types of developments they want to ram through.
Watch the players at the last planning commission meeting as Barry Levinson exposes the scam.
FULLERTON CANNOT CONTINUE TO REZONE ALL THE COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES INTO HIGH RISE HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS. OUR ROADS ARE PURE CRAP OUR TRAFFIC IS ALREADY A MESS AND FULLERTON NEEDS JOBS LADIES AND GENTLEMEN not more apartments!
SHAME ON THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOR PROMOTING THIS AND RUNNING ALL THE BUSINESSES OUT OF TOWN
AND ACCORDING TO A SOURCE TO THE FULLERTON INFORMER, KAREN HALLUZA REFUSES TO RELEASE THE PLANNING COMMISSION’S PRESENTATION ON THE NEW AND IMPROVED DCCSP IN ADVANCE TO THE RESIDENTS. YOU WILL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL IT IS TOO LATE TO KNOW THE EXACT DETAILS OF WHAT THE PLANNING COMMISSION IS GOING TO BE VOTING ON.
This is a new trick folks, one fell swoop-rezone and approve and hand the decisions all over to The City Manager-Joe Felz
JOE FELZ IS REPACKAGING UP THE DCCSP AND HOPING THE PLANNING COMMISSION CAN SHOVE IT DOWN YOUR THROATS. HERE WE GO AGAIN FULLERTON, HERE WE GO AGAIN.
JOE FELZ IS INTRODUCING TO FULLERTON: the study session on the new DCCSP
Just recently, we the people beat back the horrific College Town plan back for the time being. College town calls for closing the 57 Freeway exits and onramps to Nutwood, closing Nutwood to through traffic, wiping out thriving business that serve southeast Fullerton, adding 12000 more cars a day,4300 high density housing units and the creation of a “parking management district” that is not defined and will bring parking meters to all of Fullerton. THIS THING WAS CHUMP CHANGE COMPARED TO WHAT THEY HAVE PLANNED WITH THIS SO CALLED NEW AND IMPROVED DCCSP.
JUST HOW BAD IS THE DCCSP THAT WAS PASSED TWO YEARS AGO?
How Awful and Corrupt is the Fullerton Downtown Core and Corridor Special Project?
Please let me count the ways as follows: by Barry Levinson
1- It is an undemocratic power grab by one unelected bureaucrat, City Manager Joe (I want to be king)Felz.
2- It turns the power to vote on individual development projects from the city council with the requirement to allow public comments prior to any vote, to one unelected man, City Manager Joe (I want to be emperor) Felz.
3- No honest elected city council majority would ever consider giving away their power to decide on numerous future development projects throughout much of the city to an unelected bureaucrat, City Manager Joe (I want to be a dictator) Felz.
4- If you think traffic is bad now wait until you add another 50,000-100,000 or more residents with no additional roads or lanes to existing roads. If you do not believe me than look at the million-dollar plan documents. The only traffic improvement called for in the plan is adding one or two roundabouts on Wilshire Avenue.
5- Who do you think might benefit from this project if passed?
May I suggest to you that Council member Jennifer Fitzgerald (who is also the Vice President of Curt Pringle and Associates)
and her boss along with a host of developers who will be knocking at our City Manager’s door?
If Ms. Fitzgerald does not recuse herself from this vote when it comes up, I think rather than recalling her we should just run her out of town.
6- I of course have not yet mentioned the concern as to where the needed water will come from for the 100,000 additional residents.
It would seem that the City of Fullerton motto must be that no matter how bad the times are for you and me, there is never a bad time to get more money (tax money) for themselves.
After all 80% of every dime in tax money that represents the General Fund, does not go for our streets or our decaying sewers and water system.
It goes to our friends at city hall for their salaries and benefits. We get the crumbs that are remaining. Yet for Joe Felz and his merry men and women of Fullerton Forest they are eager to take even more from the poor citizens of Fullerton to make sure their stomachs are full and their retirements are merry and pay for it by selling Fullerton off to the developers.
SO WHO PASSED THE DCCSP TWO YEARS AGO THAT THEY ARE TRYING TO REPACKAGE TONIGHT?
You are here to serve the RESIDENTS of Fullerton. You are here for us, not the other way around. Many of you just do not get it. I mean how can you logically even consider bringing this thing back for consideration?
This plan should have NEVER advanced and, if you had any common sense or were here for the benefit of the People, you would know that. You work for us. Either do your job or resign. Never lecture us, again, or put us in a position where we have to fight you for our own rights to live in a healthy community.
We all know this scam would net the city hundreds of millions in developer fees to keep the out of control pensions and salaries’ gravy train on the tracks and not a peep about the park lands this money will be used for because that is not where it will go. We could have bought Coyote Hills years ago and furnished the darn thing with the endless revenue stream that is now not even ENOUGH TO MEET PAYROLL! Stop participating in planning activities that will destroy our homes and lives here in Fullerton.
Homeowners be damned, Fullerton must grow! So saith our overlord, Ms. Ma’Ayn Johnson.
“We are going to keep growing” — Yes, and destroy resident’s property values and quality of life. Is that what the QB means?
What an Agenda 21 tool, as if you can never pack so many people in so that you have created an overcrowded environment and why when according the census bureau, 95% of the United States is rural open space.
The CT Plan: “it looks good on paper” WHAT? I guess if you don’t mind unbearable gridlock and total degradation of communities.
Significantly adverse impact to air quality, traffic, pedestrian deaths, cyclist deaths and people dying in the ambulances stuck in traffic that this will create.
We warned you that this project would be back, and you know what? So WILL WE.
Stay vigilant Fullerton.
JOE IMBRIANO 4 FULLERTON CITY COUNCIL
PLEASE JOIN ME WEDNESDAY NIGHT-NO MORE HIGH RISE DEVELOPMENT FOR FULLERTON