FULLERTON BUDGET VOTE Or why can’t we get a majority of our council to be concerned with our budget deficits?



Or why can’t we get a majority of our council to be concerned with our budget deficits? by Barry Levinson


Barry Levinson

Barry Levinson

On Tuesday, the 9th of June, the city council split their votes 2 for and 2 against the 2015-2016 and the 2016-2017 budgets that had projected million dollar plus deficits for at least the next two years. Fitzgerald and Flory voted for the budget and Whitaker and Sebourn voted against approving the budget as presented by the city. Council member Chaffee was absent, which created an even number of council members to be present and thus resulted in the budget vote going down to defeat. It will be revisited in the upcoming council meeting on Tuesday June 16th. 

Jennifer-Fitzgerald (1)

I love dead grass, union hacks, 10 story buildings and big developers because my boss is Curt Pringle and I used to be a democrat and now I am a republigan-Heck I even fooled Robyn Nordell.

In voting for it Council member Fitzgerald said that the projected deficits did not consider all the additional revenues that new projects will bring to the city going forward. I am assuming she was referring to the Downtown Core and Corridor Special Project and the College Town Project among others.

That comment was very enlightening because it seems to indicate that not only is Ms. Fitzgerald in favor of these additional large-scale projects but that she expects them to be passed by the council. (She is therefore counting the revenues before the council has taken any action.  Does she know something that the public does not know?  Has she discussed this with at least 2 other council members, which is a clear violation of the Brown Act?) She said this despite the fact that many citizens spoke out during the previous two council meetings for a moratorium on any major new building as long as the drought restrictions are still in place.  I know for sure that these new massive projects will not be “Water Use Neutral”.

It is very curious that Ms. Fitzgerald expects to add major new developments with major new water usage at the very same time the citizens of Fullerton are asked to sacrifice to meet a state mandated 28% water usage reduction.

The above may make perfect sense if the council’s highest priority is ensuring that the city has the necessary money to continue to pay for employee salaries and benefits.

I then remembered that it was Ms. Fitzgerald’s good fortune that shortly after being elected to the Fullerton City Council she also got a new day job as well as Vice President of Curt Pringle and Associates (Consulting and PR Firm).  We all know how PR and Consultant firms love major new projects where they can represent various developer interests and make a lot of money in the process.

Let me try to summarize what the city is planning to spring on the public.

First they will pass the budget deficit budgets thereby protecting the jobs and benefits of all their employees.

Second they will approve the College Town and the Downtown Core and Corridor Special Projects to ensure the revenue streams continue to be sufficient to support them in the fashion they have become accustomed to.  If Ms. Fitzgerald was not sure these would be approved why did she state at the council budget meeting that those yet to be voted for revenues would in fact reduce the projected budget deficits?

Third, they have already put in place very strict water usage restrictions for Fullerton homeowners, which the Fullerton Water Systems Manager stated must include a 50% cut in homeowners outside water usage in order to meet the state’s mandatory 28% water reduction for Fullerton.  They have also identified what they call “passive” city parks that will have its water usage cut by a whopping 85%.  Remember we just learned that all city of Fullerton water usage is a pass through cost to the public via higher water rates.  A responsible city would accumulate and pay directly for their water usage separately and show it as a legitimate cost of running the city government.  What does Fullerton do in contrast?  They pass all their water usage directly to the ratepayers in the form of higher water rates.

I hope most of you are realizing that all the above moves and lack thereof (i.e. placing a moratorium on new major development), favors one small group over a much larger group.  The small group being the city employees and their representatives and the larger group being the citizens of the city of Fullerton.

If that does not describe a corrupt city, there is no such thing.

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I report, you decide.









  1. #1 by Barry Levinson on June 16, 2015 - 11:37 pm

    Fullerton Council Meeting June 16th, 2015 and the Fast Changing Budget Position Taken By Mayor Sebourn.

    As I predicted the council broke their budget stalemate by passing the budget by a (larger than expected) margin of 4 to 1. It was only one short week ago, Mayor Sebourn voted against the budget. One week later he votes for the budget.

    Question No. 1 for the Mayor: I wonder which vote he will use in his next reelection campaign? I guess he has more than 3 years to answer that question.

    Question No. 2 for the Mayor: How can you lead when the public can’t even follow your position from week to week?
    Mayor Sebourn you were not changing your order for dinner but your position on arguably, if not thee most important vote at least one of the most important votes.

    I report, you decide.

  2. #2 by Joe Imbriano on June 17, 2015 - 8:18 am

    What did they do tighten his bra on him?

  3. #3 by Barry Levinson on June 17, 2015 - 10:37 pm

    We have three self-described conservatives on the Fullerton council as follows: Whitaker, Sebourn and Fitzgerald. Yet Sebourn and Fitzgerald voted with liberals Chaffee and Flory to pass a 2-year budget with a combined deficit of well over 3 million dollars.

    Here is a Riddle: Why would professed conservatives Fitzgerald and Sebourn vote for a budget that has major deficits?

    Answer: Maybe they just like to say they are conservative at the same time they like to vote like a liberal.

  4. #4 by Fullerton's Overtaxed Citizens on June 18, 2015 - 10:18 pm

    Anyone paying attention to the voting records of both Jennifer Fitzgerald and Greg Sebourn knows they are RINO Republicans. Ms. Fitzgerald votes in tandem with liberal Ms. Flory almost 100% of the time and Mr. Sebourn votes against Mr. Whitaker more than he votes with him. Mr. Sebourn has a problem voting with Mr. Sebourn. First, against the budget, then for the budget. First nominating Thom Babcock for the Water District post and then 5 minutes later voting against him. Apparently not a man of principles and not very loyal either.

    They both need to be shown the exit door of city hall.

  5. #5 by Recall Night Fever - John I.S. Revolting on June 18, 2015 - 10:38 pm

    I have heard talk about recalling any council member who dares to vote for any major new developments especially now that the residents and businesses of Fullerton have to sacrifice with major cutbacks in water usage mandated by the state.
    After all if they continue to be tone deaf to the legitimate interests of those living and working in Fullerton, then that is exactly what they deserve and exactly what they will get from the public.

  6. #6 by Recall? on June 19, 2015 - 6:19 am

    It’s too bad they can’t be legally prosecuted for destroying Fullerton with all of the development.

    They don’t give a damn about Fullerton residents.

  7. #7 by Vote NO on June 19, 2015 - 3:49 pm

    It’s as easy to vote “No” on everything as it is to vote “Yes.”
    Funny seeing a certain council member turn in the lone “no” vote on the Habitat for Humanity project, using the “private property rights” argument and the notion of displacing residents from their homes. Meanwhile, their hasn’t been anyone living in those homes for years. And one of the Habitat properties will go to a severely disabled vet.

  8. #8 by Recall Night Fever - John I.S. Revolting on June 19, 2015 - 8:24 pm

    Recall it is sad but true that a large majority of the people running city hall do not have the best interests of the Fullerton public in mind when making their self-centered, selfish decisions.

  9. #9 by Joe Imbriano on June 22, 2015 - 12:58 pm


    Sean Paden No, you are thinking of the North Orange County Community College District (NOCCCD). NOCCC is North Orange County Conservative Coalition. The D makes all the difference in the world.
    Like · Reply · 1 · June 19 at 6:05pm

    Joe Imbriano Hey Sean how come for the second time in a row, Barry and I were removed from the email list for the invite and this is even after I personally mentioned it to you and made a request to be added back on directly through the portal at the NOCC website? I can understand once being an accident, but twice? This was a joint meeting and we are dues paying CRA members-Who is responsible for trying to edge Barry and I out of these groups? Would that be you?
    Like · Reply · June 19 at 6:15pm

    Desare’ Ferraro No, Joe, Sean is not the administrator of NOCCC’s Mailchimp blasts; I am.
    Like · Reply · June 19 at 6:55pm

    Desare’ Ferraro Geesh, Joe…you might want to stop with the conspiracy theories against your fellow club members. I work very closely with Sean Paden and I can tell you that you and Barry are not even close to being on his radar. He is more interested in preserving the Constitution and our liberties and effecting public policy. As I explained to Barry in an email a couple of weeks ago, here’s what might have happened: If you forwarded one of the emails you received from NOCCC and the person you forwarded it to clicked on the link to be removed from the email, it would have removed YOUR email address from our list. If that happened, I cannot go back and add your email address; you have to add it, yourself by signing up on NOCCC’s website. Sorry for the inconvenience, but we don’t charge for NOCCC membership and don’t have a sponsor for a paid email marketing blast.
    Like · Reply · 1 · June 19 at 7:13pm

    Barry Levinson Then tell me this Desar’e – Why did Sean call me and text almost every day for over two weeks last year “demanding” that I tell him whether or not I was running for Fullerton City Council. I was not only “on his Radar” I felt like I was being stalked!
    Like · 3 hrs · Edited
    Joe Imbriano

    Write a reply…

    Linda Whitaker C.g. Carver, please read Sean Paden’s post here on the difference. between NOCCC and NOCCCD. whew… Tahni Hutchins, North Orange County Conservative Coalition. And CG, thanks for the education.
    Like · Reply · June 19 at 7:38pm · Edited

    Barry Levinson Desare’ Ferraro I went to the NOCCC website and re-signed up immediately after you told me to do so. However, I still got the same result; no invitation to a group that I have been a member of for many years. Can you please explain how this could have happened again?
    Like · Reply · June 19 at 11:11pm · Edited

    Joe Imbriano I did the same thing and got no result as well. Perhaps there is no conspiracy at all Barry, just a poorly managed site that results in a room full of empty chairs. By the way Des, I am glad to hear Sean is interested in preserving the Constitution, our liberties and effecting public policy. Thus far he has been totally silent on all of the aforementioned with the exception of focusing on politically safe narrow fiscal issues. Video doesn’t lie. We have been missing him at all the council meetings when the issues come up but he just sits in the audience playing with his phone. You know issues like the egregious behavior not limited to the police interfering with the peoples’ rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness by murdering and framing citizens as well as by our own elected representatives not being limited to just the police department. There are the crimes being committed against the citizens by their attacks on the first amendment, the poisoning of our water, the geo engineering, Agenda 21, the forced irradiation of neighborhoods and school children, the forced vaccination programs within city limits that the FPD will be enforcing and of course, JADE HELM 2015 which is about as UNCONSTITUTIONAL AS YOU CAN GET that from what I understand, you think is fine. Did anyone talk about any of these issues last night or are they just going to be relegated to the peanut gallery full of the lemmings as more conspiracy theories?
    Like · June 19 at 10:39pm · Edited

    Desare’ Ferraro Joe, I don’t understand your anger and cheep shot at NOCCC. You might be right about Mailchimp – it’s free and our help is strictly volunteer from good citizens who have full time jobs and families, so give us a break — our meetings are donation only and open to everyone, regardless of ability to pay.
    Like · June 20 at 9:24am

    Barry Levinson Desare’ speaking about anger; I do not understand your totally uncalled for comment about me. Before I wrote a single word on this Facebook topic, you wrongly attacked me. Even after your gratuitous comments, all I did was set the record straight attacking no one. There are very few people who have worked as hard and spent as many countless hours as I have over the last 6 years in Fullerton. I have put in all this effort for the sole purpose of making my community a better place for all. This includes getting a law passed in Fullerton to help keep our kids safe from child predators. It also includes a just recently organized neighborhood coalition against closing down Laguna Lake. I was the individual who both informed and organized my Laguna Lake neighbors to come to our council meetings through email notification and many days of walking door to door. I have been a leading voice on the need to deal with Police Abuse and to reform every police department in California by greatly changing or eliminated the Pollice Officer Bill of Rights in California, making our police departments more open and transparent. Your organization is supposed to be about espousing conservative ideals. As a conservative I want to continue to be a leading voice for conservatism in Fullerton and Orange County. No one has wrote more extensively locally on those ideals than myself on my Facebook Page, on Fullerton Association for Concerned Taxpayers (FACT), on the Fullerton Informer, and on Union Watch. As always I support my ideas with facts and reason.
    Like · June 20 at 4:49pm · Edited

    Joe Imbriano Des who says I am angry? I am just telling it like it is.You know you can powder Sean’s nose all you want but that doesn’t change the fact that EVERYTHING that I said is true.

  10. #10 by Fullerton's Shameful City Hall on June 23, 2015 - 11:55 am

    Every citizen should respect ideological differences among our elected representatives. Everyone is entitled to their honest beliefs and opinions.

    However, no such respect should be given to those elected officials who misrepresent their political views for the sole purpose of getting elected.

    Who am I referring to in the city of Fullerton?

    Phony conservatives Jennifer Fitzgerald and Greg Sebourn.

    If you have any doubts, please review their voting records. It is all there in black and white including their very recent approval of a multimillion dollar 2 year deficit budget. Local governments do not have the ability to print money like our federal government. Therefore, good governance requires balanced budgets.
    At the same time these so-called “conservatives” voted to add a list of NO BID Consultants for simple PR work that could easily be handled by our own city employees. Yet when Mr. Whitaker objected to their high rates of either $75 or $125 dollars per hour for work that could be done for a fraction of that cost here is the response of our “conservative” Mayor Sebourn. He said that those consultants do not make $75 or $125 dollars an hour but something much less. Hey Mayor Sebourn, I am so glad you are so sensitive to what the actual consultant makes vs. their employer. How about showing some concern for what the taxpayers will be shelling out which is $75 or $125 dollars per hour. Maybe I should give you a construction estimate for your home and quote you what my employees make and not the total cost of the job. I am sure you would show the same sensitivity to the workers wages and not be concerned with the total cost to the job that you would be responsible to pay!

    Not only are you not conservative you are not financially capable of overseeing the city finances.

    • #11 by sebourn? fitzpringle? on June 26, 2015 - 6:37 am

      We keep expecting them to act in concert with their words: “conservative”. It’s not going to happen.

      They apparently view us paeans as stupid enough to buy the irrational Subourn argument.

  11. #12 by Anonymous on June 25, 2015 - 11:18 pm

    I am sure Council member Sebourn always leaves a 50% tip or higher on his food and liquor bill because waiters only make minimum wage.

    What a hypocrite?

  12. #13 by Anonymous on June 26, 2015 - 1:11 pm

    When did it become a sound financial decision to allow for NO BID Contracts? When you have a majority council who do not feel it is necessary to look out for the same people that elected them.

    Every contract should be competitively bid? Why? Simply because it will save the taxpayer’s money. Why would you not have a competitively bid contract? When the council does not care about the taxpayer’s money.

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