Could it be that our new Fullerton Police Chief, David Hendricks is cleaning house? If so, I only have one thing to say….HALLELUJAH! If only we could clean the dais of every single Council Member (Bruce Whitaker, Greg Sebourn, Jennifer Fitzgerald, Jesus Silva and Doug could move the public comments to end of the meeting Chafee*), The Prospects for our city may be looking up BY BARRY LEVINSON


Barry Levinson

 

Why would both Fullerton Police Captains, John Siko and Scott Rudisil, good buddies with former Police Chief Danny Hughes retire at the same time?  As Captains directly under the Police Chief they basically run the police department.    All that experience leaving at the same time with one of the replacing Captains coming from the Anaheim Police Department with no FPD experience whatsoever.  Is this just a coincidence?   I do not think so Fullertonians because any Police Chief would want one captain with experience during this transitional time.   But what if, like I said in the title, this was a clearing of the house?   What if this was a clearing of the Danny Hughes connections at the top of the management food chain?   Then under those circumstances it would make perfect sense.

This allowed a complete makeover of the FPD Command, namely first a New Police Chief and now two new Police Captains, Thomas Oliveras and Robert Dunn. John Siko and Scott Rudisil were closely tied to former Police Chief Danny Hughes.

Capt. Scott Rudisil, left, Police Chief Dan Hughes and Capt. John Siko all out the door

Siko refused not once but twice to take a police report from us when we attempted to report obstruction of justice involving the former police chief.

https://thefullertoninformer.com/the-strong-case-against-making-fullerton-captain-john-siko-our-next-fullerton-police-chief-and-a-few-comments-about-the-just-departed-interim-fullerton-police-chief-david-hinig-by-barry-levinson/
They are now both gone and based on what I know about both of them, I say good riddance. Mike Chockek, another one of Hughes’ handmaidens also left the department abruptly and is now working with Hughes at Disneyland.

Was Mike Chocek waiting to present information that was never asked for, waiting to answer questions that were never asked or waiting for just another opportunity to set up Barry Levinson? Read the story below and you be the judge.

Was this just another failed attempt to set up Barry Levinson?

But Fullertonians it gets much more interesting.  We now have heard from an anonymous source that another favorite son of Danny Hughes, Sgt. Jeff Corbett has been placed on Paid Administrative Leave.   You remember Sgt. Corbett, the field Sgt. Danny boy called in the wee hours of November 9, 2016 to complete or should I maybe say not complete the job that four officers on the scene of the Joe Felz DUI accident apparently could not do according to former Police Chief Danny Hughes.  Now if true, Corbett will be getting additional paid vacation for an extended period of time while under an apparent cloud at of course taxpayer’s expense.

We tried to confirm the status of Sgt. Jeff Corbett but our current Public Information Officer, another Danny Hughes favorite, Sgt Jon Radis would not confirm the current status of Sgt. Corbett.   A Public Information Officer making close to $200,000 a year in salary and benefits would not give us the public any information.  His reasoning was that it was a personnel matter and that according to Radus that is not given out.

Rudisil and Radus.

Bulletin to PIO Radus.   We did not ask for any details that would be found in his personnel record as to why he may have been placed on Paid Administrative Leave but were simply asking his current employment status, i.e. is he still on active duty or not.   Don’t we as citizens of Fullerton have the right to know who is patrolling our streets?  I think the answer is yes but Sgt. Radus refused to answer that very simple and straight forward question. Shame on you Sgt. Radus.

FPD pubilc information withholder Radus and his pal, ex Chief Dan Hughes

Read this anoymous unconfired information post to the Informer last year about Radus, Corbett, Siko, Hughes and othersThis came from the same source that leaked the Felz drunken hit an run the morning after the election in 2016 that let the cat out of the bag.

“In the Hughes letter regarding Felz hit and run, DUI. Hughes writes that he calls Sgt. Corbett directly. There is something called the chain of command. After hours at a police department the Watch Commander is the acting “Chief of Police”. Why would the Chief of police violate the chain of command and call a field Sgt. directly? Does Hughes have no confidence in the decision-making ability of his Watch Commander Andrew Goodrich? This never happens and in itself is very suspect but we all know why it occurred. Is it possible that Sgt. Corbett called his buddy Hughes, “ The chief of the Untouchables” to directly to start the cover-up ball rolling?

Several days after this incident Division Commander Siko calls the four initial responding officers to his office, the officers are chastised for comments they made regarding the obvious state of extreme intoxication displayed by Felz and recorded on their Axon body cameras. The Captain was dismayed that the officers did not have the common sense to know when to turn off their cameras when dealing with a highly political situation. (An officer turning off a body camera in the middle of a call is a very serious policy violation and when politics are involved, just plain stupid). The Captain Siko told the officers that they had just ruined the life of a good man.

One other overlooked fact that may have factored into the nights decision making of the Felz incident by the Mayor, Chief of Police and Watch Commander was on-going police management salary negotiations. At the time of the incident Lt. Andrew Goodrich was representing the Fullerton police management bargaining group and was in the process of working out a new agreement with Felz and the HR manager. One wonders if the thought of leverage in a late night “get out of Jail free pass” played a role?

Hughes has a history of attempting to trump-up charges on his foes and people he hates. This goes all the back to his patrol days. Hughes has a broad interpretation and selective misunderstanding of the elements of a crime when it suits his needs which when needed he uses as a weapon against others, as in the case of Mr. Barry Levinson. In most if these past cases the charges were baseless and were shot down once they were review by the DA’s office as in the case of Mr. Levinson and Corporal Irish.

In the case of Corporal Paul Irish the department had suspended Irish for changing his mind about conducting briefing training on “seat belt policy” and instead spoke about “Ethics”. The changing of training topics by a presenter happens all the time in a police briefing and is not a violation of policy.

Most of the persons present at the Irish briefing were interviewed by PSB and married to their story…a couple supervisors present who knew of Irish’s past history for reporting Hughes and Hughes’ “Untouchables” for ethics violations had embellished their accounts of the Irish Briefing training. Why would those officers embellish and lie about what Irish said in briefing, to gain or maintain favor with Hughes to preserve the status quo?

Irish was never asked by PSB about a recording but when asked later by the lawyer representing the city if he had recorded his training, Irish told the lawyer that he in fact had a copy of the recording. Fearing that the recording would be used to impeach the conflicting statements of some “Untouchable” witnesses Hughes and the city’s lawyer fought to have it thrown out. Hughes argued that by Corporal Irish, recording himself in a police briefing room in a city building attending by 25 people (most of which are uniformed cops with cameras strapped to their chest) is “confidential communication” as defined by California penal code section 632 PC.

Hughes amended the administrative charges against Irish and now charged him with the crime of 632 PC. A criminal investigation was now conducted against Corporal Irish. Months later the DA reviewed the charges and determined that Irish committed no crime. Later during arbitration, Irish’s lawyer, Mr. Michael Williamson was able to prove that in fact not only no law was violated by Irish recording himself no departmental policy was violated either.

One piece of evidence introduced in the Irish arbitration that shed some light on the Fullerton Culture of Corruption was a copy of a poster that was hanging in the locker of Fullerton Police PIO Sgt. Jon Radus. It is a photo-shop likeness of a movie poster from the movie the “Untouchables”. It depicts the face of Dan Hughes overlooking a gun toting gang of thirty’s era cops with the faces of Sgt. Corbett, Sgt. Radus, Sgt. Garah and Sgt. Petropulos superimposed on the bodies. All of these police supervisors played a dubious role in the termination of Corporal Paul Irish.

The arbitrator allowed the photograph of the poster to be introduced to support the theory that this “Untouchables clique” may have played a role in the treatment of Corporal Irish.

After one listens to the briefing training given by Corporal Paul Irish on September 6th 2014 those present and the listener does not hear a bitter employee using the platform of briefing training as his personal soap box to deliver a self-serving diatribe. One hears a honest, proud seasoned cop fed-up with the corruption at his department and sick of working with crooked cops and the supervisors who support and defend them.

Corporal Paul Irish wants his job back. He wants to serve the community of Fullerton again. He thinks he can because Hughes and Felz are now gone. I fear that when the City Council hears the recording and knows the whole story behind the termination of Corporal Irish, fearful of more city embarrassment, they will offer him a settlement he can’t refuse just to go away.”

end of anonymous post————–

Two hundred thousand dollars a year to keep us in the dark.   No wonder why Fullerton is going broke and doing nothing to make our financial situation any better.   On the contrary they just approved an extension to the current police contract that according to David Curlee will end up costing the Fullerton taxpayers an additional 12.3 million dollars over the next four years for increased pension costs.
Thank you Jennifer Fitzgerald, Jesus Silva and Mayor Doug Chaffee for saddling the overburdened and very underserved residents of Fullerton with these unaffordable additional costs.   You three are truly despicable and it is obvious to me bought and paid for by the Police Union (via campaign contributions by their PAC) harming Fullerton taxpayers and all its citizens of every age.

FPOA sellout Doug Chaffee

FPOA sellout Jennifer Fitzgerald

FPOA water boy lackey Jesus Silva

In Fullerton good news about our government only comes infrequently but the retirement, maybe encouraged by our new police chief of Siko and Rudisil is a very good thing.

We await to learn the fate of Sgt. Jeff Corbett as well.  His departure would also be a very good sign that indeed the new police chief is clearing out the dead wood leftovers from the Danny Hughes regime.  Will Tony Rackauckas, our OC DA finally step up and file obstruction of justice charges against Sgt. Corbett and Danny Hughes for allowing Joe Felz to be given a ride home after smashing his car into a tree and reeking like booze fleeing the scene of an accident?  I can only pray that finally our DA will do the right thing.

Felz and Fitzgerald’s husband

The same week we learn this good news, we also suffer the indignity of having to pay an additional 12.3 million dollars to theFullerton Police Department for their outraguous pension expenses.

Like I said good news does not come often to Fullerton but at least in this case there is some good news along with the bad.  After all with Nelson favorite Jennifer Fitzgerald, Doug Chafee, and Jesus Silva there will always be bad news coming out of the City of Fullerton.  Add in conservative imposters’ and all around phonies Whitaker and Sebourn and that is why the City of Fullerton is a financial and infrastructure disaster.   Keep those high rises coming in boys and girls.  Every one of you vote for these monstrosities adding thousands of cars and no ability to handle the additional traffic.  Along with taking care of the Public Employee Unions it is the only thing you know how to do apparently.
I report but please do not get too sick and then you decide.
* YES MAYOR CHAFEE DID SAY THAT AT THE LAST FULLERTON COUNCIL MEETING.   WHAT A GUY!  WHAT AN ARROGANT GUY!

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  1. #1 by Barry Levinson on January 22, 2018 - 3:45 pm

    A more accurate title for the Fullerton Police Public Information Officer would be Hiding Information from the Public Officer.

    Where else but in the City of Fullerton government, specifically the FPD can someone make almost 200K in salary and benefits for covering up basic information about the status of the department’s members.

    May I suggest to our new Police Chief, David Hendricks that more deadwood still needs to be removed from the FPD to rid itself from all taint of the past corrupt FPD administration.

  2. #2 by Anonymous on January 23, 2018 - 9:36 am

    Notice that it seems the few times we see Felz smiling he has a glass of booze in his hand. Cheers.

  3. #3 by Anonymous on January 23, 2018 - 4:57 pm

    This makes the FPD look like a bunch of Keystone cops, nah, more like an organized street gang.

  4. #4 by vrooooom on January 23, 2018 - 8:14 pm

    Barry, I gotta hand it to you. You never give up. I thought for sure you would have went away quietly by now. Looks like the FPOA attack dog KKKeller is long gone, that old goat Flory has moved on and you and embryo are still nibbling away at these creeps.

  5. #5 by Barry Levinson on January 24, 2018 - 3:00 pm

    The facts are that Joe and myself have made more of a positive difference in Fullerton than any local politician.

    People power is very real and if most Fullertonians ever starting paying attention to our corrupt, phony council members, real positive change would be achievable.

    • #6 by Joe Imbriano on January 24, 2018 - 3:02 pm

      And the corrupt funny so-called journalists that protect the corrupt phony politicians

      • #7 by Anonymous on January 26, 2018 - 12:21 pm

        Name them Joe.

        • #8 by Anonymous on January 28, 2018 - 10:14 am

          Jesse leTour comes to mind with his tatted knuckles

  6. #9 by Barry Levinson on January 24, 2018 - 3:34 pm

    Notice how the FFFF has finally started to speak out about their former darling Bruce Whitaker and have even allowed some negative comments toward Sean Nelson’s darling, Jennifer Fitzgerald. Remember that Nelson and Bushala were neighbors and good pals for a very long time. I believe it was the main reason why Bushala and the FFFF gave Fitzgerald a total pass in 2012 and then did not come back online until the day after the 2016 election. A website supposedly dedicated to local political issues decides to reenter the arena a day after the last election. Can someone explain that very suspicious timing? I believe the FFFF administrator, which I believe is Travis Kiger owes us all an explanation.

    My explanation is that TB has decided to back a different political horse and that would be Josh Newman since Whitaker and Fitzgerald did not get the DCCSP passed as planned. TB would have made tens of millions if that had been passed by the council. So now there are bills in Sacramento to bypass local control on big housing developments within one-half mile of a major transportation center such as the Fullerton Train and Bus Center and force it on us in Fullerton and elsewhere in the state. A so-called libertarian TB, who in my opinion is now supporting a liberal state Democrat. It is all dirty politics fostered by self-interest and greed alone.

    But as so-called libertarians they continue to block me from commenting on their site. Why are they so afraid of me that they would block me from exercising my 1st Amendment right of free speech on their site?

    However, if you want to anonymously spew hate against Jews for instance, it is perfectly alright with them for they have allowed it in the past. I asked them directly to either remove it or at least comment as the administrator that they did not agree with those hate filled statements. They refused to do either? What a bunch of phonies?

    • #10 by Anonymous on January 25, 2018 - 8:12 am

      Bushala is interested in developing his slums period.

      • #11 by Anonymous on January 27, 2018 - 9:29 am

        agreed and Newman is his boy at the state level

  7. #12 by Anonymous on January 25, 2018 - 6:22 am

    Goodrich and Cheblowski are next. Public pressure and exposure has placed the DA between a rock and a hard place during an election year. Charges are coming and they will be felony charges. The statute has run on filing misdemeanors.

  8. #13 by Abe on January 25, 2018 - 11:01 am

    Looks like some good people are going to finally get promotions after all. Its about damn time. Some are good friends of mine and they have been working nights for far too long while the bad apples got the good shifts and the promotions.
    The Mckinley regime kept alive by Hughes is totally crumbling. Barry, thank you for your dedication to the good people of Fullerton. I had no idea about Radus. No one seems to have a clue about him or at least publicly will admit to it. Now that Hughes is gone, I feel that a new day is dawning at the building named after Wayne.

  9. #14 by Barry Levinson on January 26, 2018 - 9:53 am

    Abe thank you for your kind words. It is much appreciated. My enemies try very hard to make me out to be anti-police.
    I am against crooked and corrupt police only
    My dad and his brother we’re NYPD. They are my heroes.

    • #15 by Anonymous on January 26, 2018 - 9:14 pm

      Well you are anti police, Listen to your own rants on you tube

  10. #16 by Bill Duran on January 30, 2018 - 4:04 pm

    Unfortunate Chief Hendricks continued the corruption and did not clean up the force after Kelly Thomas. What was reported here only served to show why promoting a chief from within was idiotic and moronic. By the way shooting at a dog that was retreating from the officers does not exemplify supposed new training.

  11. #17 by Anonymous on January 31, 2018 - 10:41 am

    Hendricks is a thug. He came from a pig pen in Long Beach which is corrupt as hell. You guys pointed out he gets hundreds of machine guns and new cars in his first month. What does that tell you about this guy? Everyone is leaving becuase he is scary.

  12. #18 by Fullerton - The Most Corrupt City in California on January 31, 2018 - 2:47 pm

    Chief Hendricks was not the Fullerton Police Chief for the last six plus years after the Kelly Thomas murder. That would be our very corrupt, very vindictive and extremely dishonest crime syndicate boss, Danny Hughes.

  13. #19 by Barry Levinson on February 1, 2018 - 10:41 am

    Nice try Anonymous to attempt to muddy the waters and misdirect the conversation.

    You most likely are part of the City Hall gang.

    • #20 by Anonymous on February 5, 2018 - 10:44 am

      Muddying the waters and misdirecting the conversation? Sounds like something you and Barry constantly do.

  14. #21 by Barry Levinson on February 1, 2018 - 12:18 pm

    I meant to say nice try Bill Duran.

  15. #22 by Barry Levinson on February 6, 2018 - 1:41 pm

    Once again I am attacked without even an attempt to support the defaming comments.

    Is that the best you can do to try to discredit me? For the only thing you have accomplished is to discredit yourselves.

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