In Fullerton Our Public Servants Too Often Do Not Act Like Their Name Implies…To Provide Public Service.

In Fullerton Our Public Servants Too Often Do Not Act Like Their Name Implies…To Provide Public Service. BY BARRY LEVINSON



I was looking forward to our next regularly scheduled Park and Recreation meeting to be held on Monday December 14, 2015.

At our last meeting I asked when would the Summit House lease extension issue come before us for a vote as so directed by Mayor Sebourn when he was informed by me that this Park and Recreation related item had bypassed our committee for still unknown and maybe even suspicious reasons.



Instead, I receive an email form Director Curiel that the December meeting scheduled to be held 3 days later has now been cancelled.  This was troubling because it was the second meeting in the last three months that have been cancelled based solely on the Director’s wishes with the approval of only one commission member, Wayne Carvalho, the current Chair.  I quickly responded by email that I wanted to know the status of that presentation and when will it finally be put on our agenda?  I stated that I was not aware of any reason why this has now been delayed for two months after it was brought to council.  It was only then that Director Curiel stated that the owner of the Summit House was withdrawing his request to add 2 ten-year extensions to the current lease, which would have extended it under the exact same terms through the year 2061.


I was also hoping to get an update on the fix for Laguna Lake at the now cancelled December meeting. I was very concerned to learn from Director Hoppe at the last council meeting (only disclosed after I asked the question) that the work will not start until next April.  Last spring when we the commission first learned of the water loss problem, the city wanted to completely shut off the water due to how much water loss we were experiencing.  Now I learn that nothing will be done until next April, a year later.  What happened to the urgency to save the excessive water loss?  We the people of Fullerton are supposed to take measures to reduce our water usage up to 50% or potentially face large fines.



Finally, until recently all commissioners were always asked by Director Curiel to give their opinion on any suggestion of a cancellation of any regularly scheduled monthly meetings.  In other words, no decision to cancel a meeting was made until every committee member had the chance to give his/her opinion.  Now for the second time in three months, I am told after the fact that a meeting has been cancelled.  This is a big step in the wrong direction.   Why suddenly are these decisions now decided prior to even contacting all but one of the seven-committee members?


I am disappointed that our current Chairperson now has gone along twice in three months with these regressive changes.  I think both Director Curiel and Chairperson Wayne Carvalho owe the other commissioners including me an explanation.  The October cancellation also coincided with Director Curiel’s decision to not bring forward the Summit House lease extension request before our committee and bring it straight to council for a vote.   Could it be that the city is making these ill-advised decisions to forgo examination and discussion of Park and Recreation business?  Is it because I properly vet these issues?  Are they trying to bring forth business under the radar in the hope that many people will be unaware of their decisions?


I report, you decide.



  1. #1 by Anonymous on December 14, 2015 - 7:32 pm

    What did you expect Barry? Fullerton is a shit hole and look who your pals Greg and Bruce put in charge-none other than Joe Felz and Dan Hughes. Short memory there Mr. Levinson? Yes your astute mentor voted to contract with Joe Felz and Dan Hughes and yet you have remained inconspicuously silent on these sordid facts?

    Why are you and Joe protecting them?

  2. #2 by Anonymous on December 14, 2015 - 10:11 pm

    Who appointed you Mr. Levinson to the Park and Recreation Committee and is he/she helping you to rid the city of what certainly sounds like improper behavior by city officials?

  3. #3 by Barry Levinson on December 15, 2015 - 10:09 am

    Council member Whitaker appointed me to the Park and Recreation Committee.

    I keep Council member Whitaker informed on all the important activities going on with the committee, including the issues I have raised in my above post.

    As far as Whitaker and Sebourn’s votes to put Hughes and Felz in-charge, that was a vote that I disagreed with totally. If I were on the council at that time, I would not have voted to put either person indefinitely in their respective positions. However, even without Whitaker and Sebourn’s votes, Hughes and Felz still had the majority of the council supporting them. I am referring to Fitzgerald, Flory and Chaffee.

    • #4 by Reality Is..... on December 15, 2015 - 11:17 am

      weak. Very weak sauce Barry. You let Whitaker off the hook because they would have been approved for contract anyways if he didn’t vote yes? LOL weak weak sauce. Weak excuses. I think Hughes and Felz have done a great job actually taking the City from where they were to where they are now. I think you might find out in the upcoming elections that the City majority feels the same way.

  4. #5 by Barry Levinson on December 15, 2015 - 12:19 pm

    Reality Is confuses the facts with being weak. Reality Is states that Hughes and Felz have done a great job by stating the following: “I think Hughes and Felz have done a great job actually taking the City form where they were to where they are now.” You can’t be any less persuasive than that statement.

  5. #8 by Anonymous on December 15, 2015 - 12:25 pm

    I can always tell when the Fullerton establishment is trolling this website when individuals such as Reality Is decide to chime in with their vacuous remarks. Look it up in the dictionary Reality Is, if you have one.

  6. #9 by Richard Little on December 15, 2015 - 3:52 pm

    I bet the Summit House item was deferred to prevent disclosure of the cushy lease arrangement Parkinson has with the City. Hugo is pretty severely challenged when it comes to finances and contracts.

  7. #10 by Barry Levinson on December 15, 2015 - 10:58 pm

    Without a complete hearing, I can not make a final determination on this deal. I do however have many concerns about the timing, the terms and the length of this proposed deal.

    I have to ask the question, why the city would be agreeable to add up to an additional 20 years to a lease that currently lasts through the year 2041 with the exact same terms? I guess our city leadership are financial gurus and also can predict the need for additional parkland more than 25 years from now even though the city currently is deficient in existing parkland.

    I also must surmise all those involved with this proposed 2 10-year lease extensions, were afraid of a few tough but fair questions from little old me.

    This is an example where one person can make a difference. Lastly, please remember this as a victory for a fair hearing of the merits of the item prior to any vote.

  8. #11 by Fullerton Lover on December 16, 2015 - 7:23 am

    Agreed Barry.

    I think that there are a plethora of perks in our parks and city that are handed out by our local politicians like candy to placate their political donors at the expense of the rest of the residents of Fullerton.

  9. #12 by Fullerton Lover on December 16, 2015 - 8:31 am

    I see that the high school is turning away children today due to a phoned in bomb threat?

    I thought we just went through this exercise yesterday, when the LAUSD sent home all of their students, only to find out it was a hoax?

  10. #13 by Barry Levinson on January 28, 2016 - 11:25 am

    Well the Summit House saga, has come to an end, at least for now. You see it was supposed to finally come before the Park and Recreation Committee in January after the city circumvented us by going directly to the council in October.

    In fact, the October council agenda stated that this Summit House request had been approved by the Park and Recreation Department. When I told Director Curiel about this, his response was that the Park and Recreation Department does not approve any items to go before the council. I wonder who then put that erroneous statement into the council agenda. I do not know the answer for sure. However, I do know that the City Manager’s office does regularly publish the city’s agendas.

    When I learned that it was not part of the January agenda, I contacted Director Curiel who told me that the owner of Summit House decided to rescind his request for the two 10-year lease extensions.

    Why Fullertonians would the owner of Summit House abruptly change course?

    I report, you decide.

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