Children in harms way, and why people need to pay attention to what Barry Levinson has been saying about the corrupt city officials who repealed the Fullerton sex offender ordinance

Transient roamed onto school scaring children during pick up –


Another unwanted, unwelcomed transient who appeared very inebriated or mentally unstable set foot on campus screaming at the children that he had a taser and was part of Fullerton PD. Teachers and principals lead him off campus and called the police who arrived quickly as he was walking along the middle of Laguna Road holding an object and profusely drooling. He ran off and they chased him, didn’t see how it ended but pretty sure they got a handle. So scary.

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Kim Wyse·1d ago

Schools need to have closed campuses Full fencing with access only through the main office. My grandchilds school is secured this way. It is an adjustment that takes getting use to but it is so much safer

Linda Tunstill·1d ago

No were not there yet. This makes me sick that it comes to this way of dealing with a few weirdo’s Be aware of all your surroundings. Pay attention..They are few and we are many. Do you really want to raise your kids like this? Your putting fear into our kids…This is what other countries want us to do..

Angela Jones·Edited 1d ago

I agree, I’d rather not have all of our schools and students fenced in completely. This is a very rare occurence, and I’ve been at the school since 2008. The school has a comprehensive plan for keeping students safe at school. They have really ramped up safety measures in recent years, including keeping doors locked so people can’t enter from the outside. The kids are taught how to be safe and not to answer the door in certain situations. Also, there are a number of parent and staff monitors, who watch the campus. They are so vigilant that they will send parents to sign in at the office if you don’t have a visitor or volunteer sticker visible. In this case, the incident happened right at dismissal time so people were preparing to go home. Teachers and the principal had the situation well under control and there were a lot of people around at the time. This doesn’t mean the the incident wasn’t scary, but the principal, teachers and staff were right on top of it.

Jennifer Lightner

Jennifer Lightner·1d ago

i wonder if it was the same guy that was yelling at car that drove down euclid this morning…it probably wasn’t, but, it could have been…all i thought was how a person on this site commentes on a post that fullerton is known for being soft on homelessness.

John Seminara·1d ago

Or was it the nutty guy that’s been in the middle of the intersection of Harbor and Bastanchury for a few weeks now? That’s right around the corner from Laguna Road school.
Melody Tice

Melody Tice·1d ago

Ever since Kelly Thomas I feel like the fullerton pd just takes a hands off policy in dealing with the homeless. Don’t know what the solution is but I know that 15 years ago when I moved here there didn’t seem to be anywhere near the homeless population that’s here now.

Mike Pippin

Mike Pippin·Edited 1d ago

I’m waiting for someone before the end of the night who will proclaim he is not a transient but a possible homeowner who was once a boy scout, or perhaps a hobo advocate who will will proclaim that we are all just one paycheck away from being him and we should not judge, shame or blame, then there is old reliable of “The data is not in” and if we just paid a little more in taxes, these guys would be living in a beach front condo somewhere and given a 23 chance to turn it all around. I’m glad the kids are safe and the school is following a security minded protocol, kudos to the school administration and teachers. I have said many times, this is just the beginning, it’s all going to get a lot worse, big league. The cops had to deal with this guy today and someone is sure to criticize very quickly. They will transport him to a mental health facility and the staff will pump him full of psychotropics and kick him out the door. And so it goes…….. Everyone stay vigilant and stay safe. This incident today could have been real ugly. Peace out.

Justin Juknelis

Justin Juknelis·1d ago

What school? Seems like an important detail that was left out.

John R. Hogerhuis

John R. Hogerhuis·1d ago

“Who was once a boy scout.” Ironic.

Mrs. Lee·1d ago

This occured at Laguna Road Elementary. I was in the long line of cars waiting to go through the pick up line and I saw him walk right up to the front of school. I knew my daughter was on the other side of where he was standing so I attempted to jump out and then the principal acted very quickly and was able to make him go towards the parking lot away from the kids. This definitely concerns me on so many levels. Fences wouldn’t have helped in this case because it was dismissal, but this school campus is very easy to access on many sides. Although the staff is trained, they can’t possibly monitor access throughout the day. I think there needs to be a discussion about preventing access to the campus during school hours, and I plan on pursuing that. I am very grateful to the principal for making a point to be out there during dismissal and for escorting this individual quickly away from the kids.

Ann Stoddard·1d ago

In May I called the Laguna Road school office to report a man climbing up the cement water shed channel on the north side of campus along Morelia. I did not like his secretive movements and I knew he was not supposed to be there. Even though my kids aren’t there anymore I wasnt going to let him hang out up there.

Angela Jones·Edited 1d ago

True, teachers cannot monitor all day, hence the presence of specific people assigned to monitor during class & more specifically, during recess/lunch times. I know in other areas of the city, like near the armory, there are more secured campuses b/c the schools have to deal with more severe issues impacting campus safety. However, to be fair, you cannot readily access the school from “many” sides. Rather, the main access point is in the front of the school. There is a tall fence to the S (behind the bank and medical offices) and a tall fence all along Morelia to the west and then along Laguna Road to the N. There is a low fence along the E side of the school by a parent parking area and along the playground (which is behind more medical offices). However, this playground is a shared park area with the City of Fullerton Park System. If we lock it down completely, then we lose the only park that’s in walking distance for families in the area. There is no fence around the front of the school or driveway circle entrance. Recently, a tall fence was put in to the north of the playground, to limit access to the playground unless you enter from within the center of the campus. Also new secured gates and tall fences were put in around the Kinder playground. Certainly, someone could scale that low fence, but there are parent/staff monitors outside in that area whenever children are outside & the new safety protocols are intended to keep anyone from just walking into a classroom, if they happen to hop the fence. While, no measures are 100 percent secure, and things like this are unnerving esp. where our kids are concerned, that campus has so many people (adults) around at all times of the day that it’s not as easy as it may seem for people to just walk onto campus w/o being seen. Plus, the monitors are very strict – even if they know you – and require everyone to check in the front office. A review of policies is always helpful, especially to see if there are more things that can be done to make additional safety improvements. But, l hope all avenues are exhausted before we put tall fences all the way around the school, including across the front parking lot area.

Amanda Formes

Amanda Formes·1d ago

Pretty sure that was the guy yelling that he was going to kill cops and had made a bomb threat/scare on Euclid by the DMV.

Tuan Phung

Tuan Phung·1d ago

Amanda, how long ago was that last incident? If he’s back on the streets again then he was most likely held 3 to 14 days during the initial episode, medicated, then released back into society. Once the meds wore off, he fell back into the cycle.

Carol Edmonston·1d ago

For those of you who may wish to stay updated about local crimes you can sign up for daily notices on Every morning I receive a notice alerting me to crimes within a ten mile radius of my home, which is down the road from Laguna Rd School. Needless to say, yesterday’s incidence was listed, although specific details beyond “suspicious person,” “crime scene,” “transient issue,” “burglary”, etc are not included. And, every day I read about a transient issue or suspicious person report around the Harbor and Bastanchury area, whether its related to having CVS open for 24 hrs day, or having an urgent care facility across the street from the school. If you would like to receive notices check out their site at

Amanda Formes

Amanda Formes·1d ago

Tuan, I believe it was the end of Aug… the 26th ish.

Tuan Phung

Tuan Phung·1d ago

Amanda, then the timing is about right given the allotted times for a mental health hold.

Melody Tice

Melody Tice·1d ago

Carol thanks for that info. Very useful.

Debbie Careau·23h ago

The picture is blurred, but this also looks like a man that was walking in front of Hermosa Elementary yesterday (Thursday) at 4:30pm. He didn’t say anything to the kids that were there waiting for pickup up, but he did look like he was intoxicated, not walking straight. No one said anything since we was on the sidewalk and not talking/bothering anyone

Barry Levinson

Barry Levinson·23h ago

If he is also a child sex offender he may live nearby as the fullerton city council repealed a law my wife Susan and myself worked diligently in 2010 to get passed to keep pedophiles from living within 2,000 feet of a school, park, day-care center or nursery. The FPD who recommended its passage in 2010 was completely silent and went along with its repeal. What a city council and what a police department.
Mike Pippin

Mike Pippin·20h ago

Barry, what justification did Council use repeal?
Barry Levinson

Barry Levinson·Edited 3h ago

The City Attorney represented by James Touchstone provided false information that our law, Ordinance NO 3149 codified at FMC No. 7150, that it covered all sex offenders in Fullerton. Touchstone stated to council that it restricted all sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school, park or day-care center. It is curious that Touchstone got this wrong since he was responsible for the latest revision of the law back in 2014. But I then went before the council with Touchstone still present and our City Attorney, DIck Jones on the dais and read the pertinent parts of the law word for word that clearly stated that for purposes of our law a sex offender was someone who sexually abused children only. After i did this and then Touchstone came up again to refute my 100% truthful and accurate statement, Mayor Whitaker thanked him for setting the record straight and then they all then voted to repeal a good and constitutional law. The importance of who the law covered was that almost all laws throughout the state including the unenforceable Jessica’s Law (because it had no penalties) covered all sex offenders. In Fullerton we ensured that it only covered those who are a danger to live near children regularly gather, i.e. previously convicted pedophiles. A few Ca. courts had questioned the broadness of the 100% restriction against all sex offenders. Our law restricting only child sex offenders has to this day not been challenged in any California court. If Touchstone did not know he was wrong initially after I corrected him with the law, it was clear that the truth did not matter to our City Attorney, our Police Chief and our City Council who voted unanimously to repeal this very good law. A city government that refuses to protect its children is a city government that does not deserve our support! Now Mayor Whitaker wants to be our next State Senator. Tell Bruce Whitaker that his actions have been noted and that he will be held accountable by Fullerton voters made up of parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles!
Melody Tice

Melody Tice·6h ago

Barry you are absolutely right and I agree with you a hundred percent. I’m definitely going to start paying a lot more attention to those running for city council at the next election.

Barry Levinson

Barry Levinson·Edited 3h ago

I hope this message gets out to all Fullertonians. It should be the nail in the coffin of the political career of Mayor Bruce Whitaker and the rest of our undistinguished city council members. By the way, Jennifer Fitzgerald had the nerve to say that she hated to vote to repeal the law. So my question to Fitzgerald is why then did she do precisely that! Also it is not well known that after Council member Fitzgerald made the most she could politically out of her not accepting any pay or benefits during her first term as our council member, she very quietly requested all pay and benefits shortly after her reelection ( in her case she gets $750 a month salary and another $100 a month in lieu of getting health benefits). Why has Ms. Fitzgerald not made a public statement telling all Fullertonians that she now is on the public dole and by so doing has made a complete 180 degree turn from her many prior public statements? How disingenuous to use her claim that she will not take any payments for her service because she believes public service should not include payment, yet now for her second term has very quietly accepted any and all financial benefits for her service. We truly have some very bad and disingenuous people representing us. I am still waiting for Greg Sebourn to take some action against the vendor/contractor and the city inspectors for the substandard job on the Hillcrest Park Stairs. He said in response to this fiasco being brought before the council in May or June of this year by a Fullerton citizen that he Sebourn would look into it and make sure Fullertonians are not holding the bag for additional costs. If we randomly chose any 5 Fullertonians to represent us, I believe the quality, the honesty and the integrity of our council would improve since we can’t do much worse than the current five people.
Mike Pippin

Mike Pippin·1d agoNew

We must tolerate the government we elect and retain. It is no one’s fault but ours. I for one have no use for political hacks of any party. How about just electing City Council members who simply have an agenda of doing the right thing for our city? People who have backbone and the will to provide leadership, not a political ideology? Not windbags who follow the PC culture and try to be everything to everyone.

Barry Levinson

Barry Levinson·Just now

Mike I do not think our city council members are trying to be everything to everyone. That implies that they are trying to please everyone. Their aim is to fool everyone into thinking they care about us and our grand city. They only care about themselves and they prove that statement at just about every council meeting. As Park and Recreation Committee member for almost 6 years, (appointed by Bruce Whitaker twice) on a committee with a total of 7 members, I represented the people’s interest to the best of my ability. The result was that Whitaker removed me without giving me any reason in May 2016 and did not replace me with another committee member until the following year. He failed to give the citizens a full committee by having his seat vacant for 8 months. Is that the action of a council member who cares about his constituents? Like I said our representatives on the city council prove on a regular basis that they only care about themselves!

  1. #1 by Barry Levinson on September 11, 2017 - 11:38 am

    Most Fullertonians do not pay close attention to city council meetings.

    However, they are painfully aware of the substandard roads they drive on each day, the traffic within Fullerton that has increased the time to get from Point A to Point B by 100% over the last decade or so! With a little help from people like myself who provide the details of our council actions and inactions, Fullertonians are getting very frustrated and tired of all the problems are city council has not only not fixed and addressed but by their votes makes worse, much worse.

    • #2 by Anonymous on September 11, 2017 - 5:56 pm

      Most don’t but I will more now that so many things have come out in the past two weeks. From what I understand, home invasions are becoming more and more frequent, almost on a daily basis. The police department needs to up their patrols pronto. Something needs to be done to get these people off of the streets before someone gets killed during one of these robberies. This is terrifying.

    • #3 by Anonymous on September 12, 2017 - 12:04 am

      We’re painfully aware of the substandard minds that think the earth is flat and that the holocaust is fake. Don’t you dare to think you can speak for the sane people of fullerton.

  2. #4 by Barry Levinson on September 12, 2017 - 1:49 pm

    I guess on the subject of substandard minds we should start with Anonymous above. I certainly do not think that the Holocaust perpetrated by the Nazis is fake. In fact I had family members murdered in the death camps. I also have never written about the shape of the earth!

    But honesty has little to do with ones mind and has everything to do with ones integrity and decency.

    • #5 by Anonymous on September 12, 2017 - 3:36 pm

      So you believe the world is flat then?

      How’s the owner of this blog feel about the Holocaust?

      Better question: How does the man you write for feel about your family members murdered in death camps? Resting in peace or something else?

      • #6 by Joe Imbriano on September 12, 2017 - 4:54 pm

        Send me a photo of yourself and we can add you to this article.

        • #7 by Anonymous on September 12, 2017 - 6:10 pm

          Come on Joe, deny the Holocaust for Barry.

          Tell him what’s happening right now to his dead family members.

          He has a right to know.

          • #8 by Joe Imbriano on September 12, 2017 - 6:14 pm

            Send me a picture and we can add you to the list. This article is not about Nazi Germany. Its about the corrupt pedophile protectors on the school board, on the city council, in the school district and degenerate people like you who try to change the subject because you won’t deal with this issue.

            • #9 by Anonymous on September 13, 2017 - 12:12 pm

              That’s a lot of avoidance on a pretty clear issue.

              • #10 by Joe Imbriano on September 13, 2017 - 1:39 pm

                Where did the degenerates all go? Come on and deny the wireless holocaust taking place in the schools. Look your daughters in the eyes and tell them they will never have children because you are not man enough to face what is being done to them, you are not man enough to stand up for them and that you are man enough to disparage anyone who tries to protect them. They have a right to know and they will find out eventually what kind of a man these girls have for a father.That’s a lot of avoidance on the issues. Congratulations on being a genetic dead end.

                • #11 by Anonymous on September 14, 2017 - 6:19 am

                  Still no answer, just shifting the topic. That’s quite telling.

          • #12 by Joe Imbriano on September 12, 2017 - 9:18 pm

            Where did the degenerates all go all? Come on and deny the wireless holocaust taking place in the schools. Look your daughters in the eyes and tell them they will never have children because you are not man enough to face what is being done to them, you are not man enough to stand up for them and that you are man enough to disparage anyone who tries to protect them. They have a right to know and they will find out eventually what kind of a man these girls have for a father.

            • #13 by Anonymous on September 12, 2017 - 9:48 pm

              Publish the comment you whiney little bitch.

              • #14 by Joe Imbriano on September 12, 2017 - 9:54 pm

                Send me a picture and we can add you to the list. This article is not about Nazi Germany. Its about the corrupt pedophile protectors on the school board, on the city council, in the school district and degenerate people like you who try to change the subject because you won’t deal with this issue.

              • #15 by Anonymous on September 12, 2017 - 9:55 pm

                Looks like we hit a nerve!

                • #16 by Anonymous on September 12, 2017 - 11:11 pm

                  Enough back and forth with the the Fullerton filth.

              • #17 by Anonymous on September 13, 2017 - 5:01 pm

                Time to take out Tony’s trash for good Joe. Don’t let the swine post here anymore.

            • #18 by Anonymous on September 13, 2017 - 9:29 am

              That is the most poignant statement you have ever made.

  3. #19 by Belle on September 14, 2017 - 3:44 pm

    What does this incident have to do with the unconstitutional residence ordinance that the Fullerton City Council wisely withdrew a few months ago?

  4. #20 by Barry Levinson on September 14, 2017 - 8:21 pm

    According to Belle it is unconstitutional because Belle wants it to be so.

    Unfortunately for you Belle the issue of residency restrictions for only convicted pedophiles, I.e. convicted child sex offenders has not been adjudicated in any California court. I have provided the proof on this website and before our loathsome city council. I do not know whether Fullertonians will make them pay a political price for their unconscionable act but God certainly will hold them accountable. What a joke that they have a member of the clergy start off most meetings giving some prayer hoping that they will do the right thing and then they all too often go on to lie, deceive and misinform the public. What a council!

    • #21 by Anonymous on September 25, 2017 - 12:02 pm

      The Fullerton MC never had its day in court. The pedophile protectors made sure of that. Dan Hughes never enforced it and now he is the VP of security at Disneyland. Maybe he will get a promotion and move up to Disneyworld.

  5. #22 by Belle on September 24, 2017 - 3:44 pm

    Look, buddy, if you think that Supreme Court Decisions do not apply to you and that a city council is to go against the highest court’s rulings and their attorney’s advice – because you want it to be so, then you exhibit a frightful lack of understanding how things work here and maybe the City of Fullerton, the State of California and the United States of California are just not the place for you.

    You did not answer the question.

    This story is about a disruptive person lacking a permanent residence and presumably not on the sex offender registry.

    What does a person who is required to register as a sex offender, who has a permanent residence in the City of Fullerton and who does not cause a disturbance of any sort have to do with this story?

  6. #23 by Barry Levinson on September 25, 2017 - 6:55 pm

    I have read every Ca court case on sex offenders prior to the city council’s dispicable action in February 2017 and Belle is either grossly misinformed or simply lying! Please site the Ca court case that you say supports your position against residency restrictions for child sex offenders.

    • #24 by Anonymous on September 26, 2017 - 7:18 am

      You can’t even spell “cite” correctly, genius.

  7. #25 by Barry Levinson on September 25, 2017 - 6:57 pm

    Belle won’t even give her full name.

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