IT IS APPARENTLY TRUE THAT IT IS BETTER TO BE A POLICE OR FIRE FIGHTER IN FULLERTON AS WELL AS A CITY COUNCIL MEMBER THAN TO BE EVEN THE KING OF FRANCE by Barry Levinson


Barry Levinson

We know our roads are a disaster. Every person who lives, works or goes to college in this city should sue the Fullerton Government for all the damage they have done to all of our vehicles. How many alignments must be done over and over again do to the very poor conditions of our road? How many tires wear unevenly directly caused again by the condition of our roads?

We should file a class action lawsuit against the city for all these damages and more. When last year the police and fire unions asked for a raise, the city council said how high granting them raises in the 4 to 6 percent annual ranges when inflation has been under 2% for most of the decade.
Look at the 2016 salaries and benefits here:

Not only that, the city ignored the almost double digit raises Fullerton police and fire have received via increased employer/taxpayer pension contributions for the last decade.

In 2010, the employer/taxpayer pension contribution was approximately 33% of their base pay. Now 7 years later it is at or above 60% and going higher. That means that over the last 7 years taxpayer pension costs has increased approximately 9% a year on average. No private sector employee (excluding some CEO’s, COO’s or CFO’s) gets anywhere close to those type of raises. Add in 4 to 6% salary raises given last year to our fire and police and you have 15% overall salary package raises last year alone.

As Mel Brooks kept on stating while playing French Kiing Louis XIV….it is good to be the king….but it apparently it is even better to be a police or fireman in the City of Fullerton. I say this since Louis XIV grandson and his wife did face the chopping block at the end of the French Revolution yet pensions still are sacrosanct in California.

I report, you decide…. Barry Levinson

  1. #1 by Barry Levinson on December 14, 2017 - 11:53 pm

    Ms. Fitzgerald in stating that she will be voting for those police and fire raises commented that they are deserved.

    QUESTION TO COUNCIL MEMBER FITZGERALD: DON’T WE THE CITIZENS OF FULLERTON DESERVE DECENT, AVERAGE ROADS?

    ANSWER: I guess not since the council keeps telling us they do not have the money for the road repair and maintenance but of course have the money for large police and fire salary raises on top of close to double digit taxpayer payment annual increases over the last 7 years for their 90% pensions after 30 years starting at the ripe old age of 50!

    This is a city that I believe is run for the express benefit of city employees and the special interest friends and sometimes co-workers of our city council members.

  2. #2 by Barry Levinson on December 15, 2017 - 8:36 am

    I just had to spend approximately 500 dollars for auto repairs directly caused by our roads. I needed two new tires because they were unevenly worn out do to the awful quality of our roads. I also had to get a premature alignment do to the very substandard quality of our roads. The list goes on but I will not bore you with more details.

    Collectively I estimate that approximately a million dollars is spent yearly unnecessarily for car maintenance and repairs caused by our dreadful roads.

    When will the madness called Fullerton City Government end!

    P.S. Last week I paid my property tax bill like all homeowners. I consider the 500 dollars I spent on repairing my car another city tax for services not rendered.

  3. #3 by Barry Levinson on December 15, 2017 - 10:03 am

    While the good people of Fullerton are getting fleeced by our government’s performance or lack thereof, people like former Police Chief Danny Hughes walks away with approximately a quarter of a million pension for life, i.e. the next 30 years or so and an executive position at Disneyland. Please note that he will receive much more money in retirement if he lives to a normal age than he earned with working for the good people of Fullerton. For his average pay over his career was probably less than $125,000 a year. That means that in retirement the good people of Fullerton our likely to shell out double the total dollars in retirement for Danny Hughes than when he was actually working for the city.

    We get to be jostled in our cars do to the almost absent proper road maintenance and repair along with the extra car repair costs it creates.

    What is our city focused on now to extend the entertainment bar scene to none other than The Fullerton Municipal Airport. Oh they had a little problem that the non-aviation use of the airport was against the Fullerton Municipal Code and apparently contrary to the grant restrictions of the FAA. No worries for the city just changed the FMC to include party hardy times. Too bad Hanger 21 was in violation for years, but do not worry apparently the owner is in the good graces of our city government leadership because he was not held accountable for repeatedly breaking the rules. I guess it is good to work for the police. (Rob Sims has been a reserve officer for the La Habra police department for the last tow decades or so, currently in the Narcotics Unit.)

  4. #4 by Anonymous on December 15, 2017 - 12:51 pm

    I always found it very strange that someone who apparently never was a full fledged police officer or sheriff anywhere, ends up with such an important position with the La Habra Police Department in their Narcotics Unit as a Reserve Police Officer. Again, I find that very strange and an extremely unusual set of circumstances surrounding one Rob Sims.

  5. #5 by Anonymous on December 15, 2017 - 2:45 pm

    I think it also is very important to note that the totally one-sided Police Department paid for (I should say taxpayer paid for) PR called Behind The Badge has highlighted Rob Sims and his narcotics sniffing dog not one, not twice but three times.

    This tells me that Rob Sims is extremely well connected in the police establishment, which in Fullerton usually means that they are untouchable by the normal rules you and I have to abide by.

  6. #6 by Anonymous on December 15, 2017 - 8:18 pm

    Danny Hughes was guilty of obstruction of justice with regard to the Joe Felz case and the letter he wrote the very next day and was made public proves it

    Danny Hughes recommended that a man he knew to be innocent, Barry Levinson be charged with a crime and so recommended to the OC DA. He was so filled with hate for Mr. Levinson as was reported by Council member Bruce Whitaker that he totally took over a phony misdemeanor case where the supposed victim at city council could not remember 2 months after the supposed incident if Mr. Levinson even touched her at all. Danny Hughes had the lobby tape of city hall that proved Mr. Levinson’stotal innocence. But when you are as corrupt and vindictive as former Police Chief Danny Hughes, you do not let the truth get in your way to attempt to commit your own crime of falsely trying to put a man in jail as a political prisoner. Danny Hughes as police chief ran this phony investigation from top to bottom and for that and the obstruction of justice of the Joe Felz case richly deserves to be in charged and hopefully convicted for his crimes.

    And the law must be changed where a civil servant convicted of a crime especially on the job should have his/her pension taken away. In Fullerton crime has paid and has paid handsomely.

    And to a large extent we have Tony Rackauskas our longtime Orange County District Attorney to blame for his apparently hands off policy of prosecuting police criminal activity. No one, especially a police chief should be above the law Mr OC DA.

    A challenge to Tony Rackauckas, do the right thing or retire sir.

  7. #7 by A Fullerton Observer on December 16, 2017 - 6:39 am

    You are correct anonymous. Mr.Sims is untouchable since his failure to follow the Fullerton Municipal Code and FAA guidelines for his business, Hanger 21 only resulted in the city of Fullerton charlatans rewarding not punishing him for his deeds. Isn’t that the kind of guy you want on the Narcotics Unit of La Habra Police Department? No.

  8. #8 by A Fullerton Observer on December 16, 2017 - 8:31 am

    See Below how much Danny Hughes (who is still currently under investigation for his role in possibly obstructing justice in the former City Manager Joe Felz case) is costing the good taxpayers of Fullerton. Some “gifts” keep on giving.

    I calculated that over the course of Danny Hughes employment with and retirement from the City of Fullerton (if he lives to 83 years of age) will have received approximately 13 Million Dollars from the good taxpayers of Fullerton). 13 Million Dollars for someone who in my opinion deserves to be in jail for his actions as the Former Police Chief of Fullerton. That means over the course of approximately 63 years both working and retired he will have received in salary and benefits approximately 210,000 Dollars a Year or about 400,000 Dollars a Year for the years he actually worked as a Police Officer for the City of Fullerton. (31 years as a Fullerton Police Officer). Please note that based on current longevity statistics for Americans, a male at 50 years of age is on average going to live to 83 years of age. The last year of service for Danny Hughes was 2016, when he retired on November 11, 2016, which meant that he worked only 10 months, 11 days, and he still pulled in over 367,000 Dollars in Salary and Benefits. Not bad for a guy who acknowledged he spent considerable time serving in the role as a Police Detective not Police Chief while taking over the total investigation of one Barry Levinson in 2014. That investigation ended with Hughes filing a report to the DA asking they charge Levinson with a misdemeanor but unfortunately to Hughes’ chagrin, they were not filed due to lack of evidence. The man can’t even do a credible, honest job investigating a totally bogus misdemeanor case but was paid very handsomely as a Police Chief. Peeling the police skin of one FPD and its former Police Chief and you the public should arrive at a very different opinion of one Danny Hughes than the PR CRAP put out with taxpayer monies concerning our former police chief.

    We have learned that supposedly the investigation of Danny Hughes for his role in the Joe Felz fiasco is still open. 13 months later and the OC DA Tony Rackauckas is still investigating Hughes official role in obstructing a simple drunk driving and fleeing the scene investigation debacle. This police investigation was completely overseen by none other than our then Police Chief Danny Hughes. I think the OC DA office is waiting for the Joe Felz trial to go away, i.e. be closed by the courts and then will quietly close Danny Hughes so-called investigation with no charges filed against Danny Hughes. If that happens I for one along with many others will work tirelessly to insure T. R’s defeat for another term as our DA. For it is my belief that no DA should assist voluntarily in barring justice to be delivered even when police personnel are involved.

  9. #9 by A Very Disapointed Disneyland Fan on December 16, 2017 - 1:03 pm

    Yes I am very disappointed that a company such as Disney would hire Danny Hughes to an executive security position at Disneyland. Now I have learned that one of his crooked underlings at the FPD has been hired as well.

    I for one will never set foot into another Disney property until they do the right thing and remove Danny Hughes from their payroll.

  10. #10 by Paul on December 16, 2017 - 3:29 pm

    Percentage reporting can be deceptive. I’m curious:
    What is the average salary of Fullerton PD officer compared to surrounding cities? Of the Police Chief?
    What is the average salary of Fullerton FD officer compared to surrounding cities? Of the Fire Chief?
    we want our officers’ salaries to be competitive to ensure we get a decent force doing their job.
    Report that. It’ll help us decide.

  11. #11 by Anonymous on December 16, 2017 - 7:16 pm

    Immaterial Paul. The point is that Fullertonians will pay out approx 13 million dollars for someone who I believe broke the law more than once

    Only another cop would ignore the obvious and talk about salaries in other cities. Other cities might have honest police chiefs and do not have crumbling roads. Are you really that stupid or just that totally selfish?

    Decent force??? I understand 35% of the entire FPD left under HUGHES to go to other departments that were not so corrupt!!

  12. #12 by Anonymous on December 17, 2017 - 12:53 pm

    While our police and fire personnel get to live out their lives in the lap of luxury able to afford $300,000 boats and RV’s and trips all over the world, the King of France, Louis XVI did not even make it to retirement but rather faced the guillotine for his perceived sins against the common people.

    I guess our police and fire men and women of today are similar to the Kings of Europe in their heyday. Untouchable by the law and by the citizens who pay for their wealthy lifestyles.

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