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 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, I think rather than recalling her we should just laugh her out of town. It is my understanding that we can thank Curt Pringle and Associates for promoting that $194 million neon light elephant known as the new Anaheim Regional Transportation Center.
It has been built for high speed rail that will probably never come to Orange County in our life times and designed to handle 10,000 commuters a day while only up to 900 people a day currently use said station. Did someone say a big waste of taxpayer monies?
6- I of course have not yet mentioned the concern as to where the needed water will come from for all those 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.
I have reported and now you can add your own additional reasons this would be a very, very bad idea.