New Year wishes for Fullerton-by Barry Levinson

Barry Levinson

Barry Levinson

Here are a few New Year’s wishes for our City of Fullerton

That the Fullerton Downtown Core and Corridor Special Project is voting down by our City Council. After all if all 5 members voted against one town home project recently in Fullerton for not fitting into either the neighborhood nor with the Fullerton General Plan then it should be a slam dunk that the DCCSP should be voted down on the very same grounds.

  1. That since the OC Register has stated the our own Police Chief Dan Hughes is one of the most influential people in Orange County due to the transparency he supposedly has brought to the FPD, that he actually starts answering simple questions like the one I posed to him and the city council 4 times at city council meetings more than 6 months ago. Simply who has replaced retired Bill Wallis who headed up monitoring sex offenders in the City of Fullerton.
  2. A Fullerton Police Officer was accused by approximately 10 arrestees that they were going to get the faces smashed in by the police after a January 18, 2014 Kelly Thomas demonstration. We were told way back in June from Mr. Transparency, Dan Hughes that the DAR was given over to the DA’s office as evidence and yet absolutely no action has been taken against that officer nor has the DAR been released to the public. In 2015 this DAR must be released by the FPD.
  3. Police Chief Hughes should make it his number one priority to get the state legislature to repeal the Police Officers Bill of Rights. This very poorly designed law keeps Fullerton and all Californians in the dark as to complaints filed against officers or any disciplinary actions taken against them. This is the one thing more than any other that would truly make the FPD more transparent.
  4. And as it relates to the story I reported below, that when the FPD finally purchases body cameras for its officers that it must be on 100% of the time when officers are on duty. Shutting them off should be grounds for firing any Fullerton officer. Without these mandatory rules, the cameras will not do what they are suppose to do, namely provide video evidence of actions taken by both the police and the suspects.
  5. Finally I wish that all those people especially in high level positions that apparently think it is okay to hate or defame people that they try to get a little bit more love in their hearts and more integrity in their souls.


Happy New Year Everyone!

I report, you decide.

Barry Levinson

  1. #1 by word on the streets on December 31, 2014 - 11:06 am

    Ponzipoo just loves Danny boy, Danny boy just loves Ponzipoo, the lies and the camera, little Napoleonic Jennifer loves her dirty money and her little Pringlepoo that wants to bulldoze Fullerton and turn it into Manhattan and we all know Felz and Flory love ……………….

  2. #2 by Anonymous on December 31, 2014 - 12:12 pm

    Keep dreaming. Next thing you are gonna show us a picture of Hughes, Felz, Flory, Fitzgerald and Chaffee on their knees in a confessional.

  3. #3 by Anonymous on December 31, 2014 - 1:21 pm

    Poor Barry!

  4. #4 by Anonymous on December 31, 2014 - 3:18 pm

    You must feel pretty insignificant!

    • #5 by Joe Imbriano on December 31, 2014 - 7:01 pm

      If Barry Levinson was so insignificant then why would Dan Hughes, Joe Felz, Jan Flory, Pam Keller, Sharon Kennedy, Jennifer Fitzgerald, Jeff Morin, and x ray vision Loya all get together and have a framing party that the DA wasnt swallerin? Why would city officials alter video footage from the lobby cams?

      Why would our loving police chief go on record stating that he ” Hates” Barry Levinson?

      Mr. Levinson is an extremely intelligent, courageous, well researched, articulate and honest upstanding citizen and member of the Fullerton community. Why on earth would these people risk so much to go to such extraneous measures to get him locked up and discredited? Because he is insignificant?

      The perspective is all relative. If Loya can see through the granite encased elevator shafts, then I guess just about anything is on the table.

      For all of you who have chosen to spend 2014 on the wrong side of the issues, there is a faint chance that the booze tonight will fill or warm your hearts. It will, as usual, be short lived until you learn that it is never too late to do the right thing. Happy new year from The Fullerton Informer.

  5. #6 by man of integrity on December 31, 2014 - 3:59 pm

    According to Orange County Register reporter Lou Ponsi, seven of the current 22 Laker Girls have “strong ties to Orange County.” Which makes perfect sense and, quite frankly, is as good an excuse as any for a Web article slide show.

    • #7 by your point is?? on December 31, 2014 - 8:31 pm

      nothing wrong with knowing facts about the Laker Girls Mr. Integrity.

      • #8 by back paige on January 2, 2015 - 3:22 pm

        What happened to my comments? Why were they deleted?

      • #9 by back paige on January 3, 2015 - 11:11 pm

        I guess the truth is a bit harsh for your readers?

  6. #10 by Barry Levinson on December 31, 2014 - 5:36 pm

    I would have to say that anyone who continuously makes disparaging remarks about this site anonymously is extremely insignificant.

    For someone who claims our posts are inconsequential Anonymous, you certainly spend an awful lot of time monitoring it and then responding with your insipid comments.

  7. #11 by Anonymous on January 2, 2015 - 1:32 pm

    Thank you for what you are doing Barry. I am happy to see there are still some prominent people that have not given up.

  8. #12 by Sick and Tired on January 4, 2015 - 8:06 pm

    Barry Levinson, what a waste of space.

    • #13 by Anonymous on January 5, 2015 - 12:17 pm

      It never ceases to amaze me just how corrupt our institutions are. All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing. Where is the outrage? Where is everyone? These are serious concerns for Fullerton. I just don’t get it. How could everyone be so comatose

  9. #14 by Angie on January 5, 2015 - 8:49 am

    Barry, I know that it is not easy to do what you are doing. Thank you for all of your work and determination.

  10. #15 by Sick too on January 5, 2015 - 2:58 pm

    Now let’s see. Which scenario is more plausible?

    That there is a conspiracy against Mr Levinson involving three city council members, the city manager, police chief and, AT&T
    He really is a bully who intimidated a woman by getting in her face and blocking her exit from city hall.

    Those citizens who have been on the receiving end of Mr Levinson’s temper should know the answer.

    • #16 by Diane H on January 5, 2015 - 4:27 pm

      These are the comments I read at the mid November Fullerton city council meeting, having been present at the time and place of the complaint. After seeing for myself the actions and words of those that we put our trust in, I can only say that we are at a very far distance from honesty in Fullerton and trust in our elected officials and local media is not to be had.


      “Last city council meeting I was obligated to attend my son’s Scout meeting and so was unable to be here to make a statement on Mr. Levinson’s behalf. This is my statement:

      “I was present at the time in which the allegations were made against two individuals, one of them being Mr. Levinson. I was interviewed by a Fullerton police detective a few weeks ago.
      Of the allegations made against Mr. Levinson, I was not able to corroborate one of them. That is, the claims made against Mr. Levinson I did not know as true or what actually happened.”

      It was not until Friday, October 24, that I saw the actual complaint. I was right there. The statements made by the AT&T people I do not know as the truth. This was a non-event that was hyped to the point of fabrication, allowing everyone, including the media with a bias against these men to turn this into an platform to publicly impugn character, casting them as anti women. Nothing could be farther from the truth. This anti-women message translated over into printed campaign materials, as well as campaign phone calls.

      My understanding is that the decision from the DA’s office was to not prosecute because the evidence did not support going forward. The DA decision was known before Tuesdays city council meeting, so when Mr. Chaffee, Msses. Fitzgerald and Flory proceeded to vote to have Mr. Levinson removed as Parks & Rec Chair, it made no sense.

      Only when I put this in the context of a civically engaged Fullerton resident who has not kept quiet on matters, stating positions contrary to these three city council members, does this make sense. To Fullerton’s credit, we have someone that works to understand the issues and is willing to fully participate in the civic process. All things considered, I believe what went on here was an organized attempt to silence Mr. Levinson’s voice.

      Honesty and integrity are very important in our city council members, they must have our trust. To that end, please start by releasing the DAR associated with the Kelly Thomas verdict protest. Claims by the protesters, threats of bodily harm from an officer in uniform, must not be swept under the rug or countered with strong FPD endorsements as Mssses. Flory and Fitzgerald did.

      It’s time for the City council to begin anew, we need to be open and truthful to move past this. Please establish a citizen oversight committee of the Fullerton police dept. Make it independent of the city council and membership determined by and independent 3rd party.

      Finally, there are many good men and women in the Fullerton Police Dept. I know that every time my mother’s security alarm goes off, they respond, and I have the pleasure of meeting them.

      Thank you.

  11. #17 by Barry Levinson on January 5, 2015 - 7:52 pm

    Sick too, your defamatory comments have already been determined to be baseless. For people like you facts are such a terrible nuisance. It is so ironic that gutless cowards like Sick too, are in fact the biggest bullies. The DA’s office regularly tries to bend over backwards to give the police what they want when they submit recommended alleged charges. Why, do they do this? It is simply because they have to work closely with the police 100% of the time. Therefore, the DA’s absolute refusal to charge me with a misdemeanor crime against the recommendation of our police chief speaks volumes to the baselessness of those alleged charges.

    However, I guess the allegation that a Fullerton Police Officer threatened physical violence (i.e. going to smash your faces in), against 10 non-violent arrestees a year ago is not bullying according to Sick too. When will Police Chief Danny Hughes make that Digital Audio Recording (DAR) available to the public. No police transparency, no police credibility.

    • #18 by A closer look on January 6, 2015 - 10:09 am

      Barry, have you considered filing a lawsuit against the police? Seems like you’d have a strong case for civil rights violations at the very least

  12. #19 by A closer look on January 5, 2015 - 10:41 pm

    The issue of the DAR has come up several times as it relates to the arrests at the verdicts protest. Why not put in a public records request for the recordings?

  13. #20 by another perspective on January 11, 2015 - 2:10 pm

    The USA Homefront 2015

    For one who has been a close observer of the US socio-political-economic scene since the Kennedy era, the nation has gotten itself into a pretty sorry state. The pervasive racketeering that poisons American life from the money-in-politics farce, to the shameless, chiseling medical-pharma cabal, to the SNAP-card and disability rights empire of grift, to the college loan swindle, to the disgusting security state apparatus, to the corporate tyranny of local life and economies, to the delusional techno-narcissism of the media, to the despotic and puerile gender preoccupations of academia — all of it adds up to a society that cares as little for the present as it does for the future. And that’s aside from the pathetic digital device addiction of the generation coming up, and the sheer sordid behavior of the tattooed, drug-saturated, pornified masses of adults now forever foreclosed from a purposeful existence or a decent standard of living.

    Even physically America is a sorry-ass spectacle: between our decrepitating cities, abandoned Main Streets, gruesome strip-mall highways, repellent and monotonous suburbs, dreary industrial ruins, profaned countryside, and desecrated coastline, there is little left to actually love about This land is Your Land. We’ve made so many collective bad choices about how we live that one can’t help feeling we are simply a wicked people who deserve to be punished.

    Whole classes already are, of course. What used to be a working class with aspirations has devolved to the forlorn savagery averred to above. Our thought-leaders are devoid of thought. Our hopes and dreams are absurd sci-fi fantasies prompting us toward robot-assisted suicide. Our political stratagems of recent years accomplish nothing except making more trouble for ourselves while inciting the enmity of people elsewhere.

    Barack Obama’s signal failure — aside from letting the banks get away with murder and omitting to counter the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision — has been his total evasion of measures that would prepare the nation for the vast changes in social and economic imperative that will attend the transition out of the techno-industrial era when he is out of office. These include supporting local small scale agriculture (rather than giant corporate agri-biz); promoting and supporting the reconstruction of local economic networks (Main Street business); eliminating multitudinous federal regulations that prevent individuals and small enterprises from operating; closing the hundreds of superfluous US military bases around the world; giving federal support to rebuild the US passenger rail system; promoting walkable communities — especially the re-activation of existing small towns and cities — instead of mindless obeisance to the suburban “home-building” industry (and its step-child in the commercial highway strip development racket) — and truly reforming medical care without the connivance of the insurance racketeers.

    Obama and his party can be faulted for fostering the myth that every young person needs a college degree — leading a whole generation into debt penury for no good purpose, while depriving society of a long list of vocational roles and livelihoods based on providing genuine service or value. We will be a nation of unemployed gender studies graduates instead of plumbers, electricians, organic farmers, arborists, carpenters, machinists, nurses and paramedics, small business owners, et cetera.

    This enormous bundles of myths and misplaced expectations for yesterday’s tomorrow prevents the collective national imagination from summoning a revised American Dream based on repairing the massive destruction of recent decades.

    The political mood has not been murkier in my longish lifetime. Both major parties edge toward extinction as the Whigs did in the mid-1850s. The citizenry not sunk in drugs and depravity — that is, people who still read the news in some form and would like to care about their country — deserve a new faction or party that can at least express their discontent with the current situation. They will surely not get this in the generally supposed coming contest between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush. I hope they will be so insulted by this dynastic grab that more than one new party will form and make a big stank about it. The Tea Party was a good start in that spirit, but it tripped on its internal contradictions and its association with Dixieland-style religious fundamentalist idiocy and cracker war-mongering.

    All that redounds on the current state of the Republican Party, a gang of venal ignoramuses pimping for lost causes. Despite having won the 2014 midterms, and capturing both houses of congress and governorships, they seem increasingly out-of-touch with the realities of economic contraction, peak oil, and climate irregularities. The old magic of stirring up the animals on social issues of abortion, bedroom activities, and allegiance to Jesus fail to move the old base, which is becoming economically quite desperate. That base also becomes conscious of how they have been hornswoggled into voting against their own interests for years in the sense that author Thomas Frank so aptly described in What’s the Matter With Kansas.

    Race relations turned very sour in 2014 with more highly publicized killings of young black men in ambiguous circumstances. The chief martyr of the year, Michael Brown of Ferguson, Mo., was a poor candidate for sainthood, and did not help advance the credibility of claims that police brutality rather than the misbehavior of young men is behind a lot of strife abroad in the land. One gets the feeling that black race hustlers are in the driver’s seat recklessly pushing African Americans toward open warfare with everybody else. My view of the situation is not popular with Progressives, viz: that black separatism and its offshoots in “diversity” politics and multi-culturalism tragically promote an antagonistic, alienated, oppositional black politics at the expense of a common culture for blacks and whites with common values and common standards of behavior. It has gotten so bad that reasonable people can sadly conclude that the long civil rights project has ended in failure. We are treading on dangerous ground here, with foolishly outmoded ideas about what to expect from each other, and of course all this begs the questions: What now? What next?

    Domestic Forecast Particulars for 2015

    Markets tanking in Q3 destroy the illusion of “recovery.” It becomes obvious that the story was a lie and the public mood grows much more surly.
    2014 proves to be the year of peak shale oil. After the shakeout of 2015 due to low oil prices, production never returns to previous levels. The fairy tales of “energy independence” and “Saudi America” fall apart, deeply demoralizing a gulled public and adding yet another layer of discredit to the people in charge of things.
    Different kinds of political revolt break out around the country among varied groups, left, right, and center. Some of it revolves around life-and-death struggles for the souls of the floundering major parties. Some of it is organized violence against the government and especially against the US security state apparatus, including overly militarized local police forces.
    Low-grade racial warfare erupts across the US. Flash mobs, knock-out games, lootings, and hammer attack type outrages generate counter-attacks. By summertime the conflict heats up. Firefights become routine and casualties mount. President Obama proves to be tragically ineffectual in restoring peace.
    Anti-immigration sentiment in Europe spreads to the US as falling oil prices produce political disorder in Mexico prompting tens of thousands to try to flee north.
    Bank of America is the first of the Too Big To Fails to enter the event horizon of failure. Obama can’t get congress to go along with a bailout. By Thanksgiving, there is turmoil among the banks as they scramble to cover losses. A public furor over using taxpayer money to cover derivatives losses leads to an unprecedented concerted action by states to attempt “nullification” campaigns.
    Citibank applies for a bail-in of account holders. Dithering, frightened federal authorities are too slow to respond, permitting a run on deposits.
    Hillary is loudly booed and hectored at campaign stops as “a tool of Wall Street.” Her coffers overflow with TBTF bank contributions. She bows out of the presidential contest as the public mood toward her sours. But not before she generates a lot of resentful opposition and alienates many Democratic Party voters who are also furious over the eight-years of Obama’s “hope” and “change” hand-jive. Elizabeth Warren is dragooned to replace her — dubbed the “Un-Hillary” — rescuing the party from a near-death experience. She openly feuds with party bosses, who plot against her, and undermine her campaign.
    Senator Rand Paul agitates to abolish the Federal Reserve. His senate colleagues are shamed into considering legislative reform of the Fed’s mandate. Debate on the issue is the only thing the Republican dominated congress and senate accomplish in 2015. Paul decides to challenge Jeb Bush for the 2016 nomination. This blows the Republican party apart.
    At Christmas 2015, the DJA sits at 13,500, the S & P is at 1200. Gold is at 1750, silver at 42.
    Good luck everybody. Gird your loins and fasten your seat belts.

  14. #21 by Blasting your city council with Truth on January 12, 2015 - 11:03 am

    Blasting YOUR City Council with Truth

    • #22 by nut job on January 14, 2015 - 8:56 am

      Is that Imbriano’s step sister or his wife?

      • #23 by nut cracker on January 14, 2015 - 3:51 pm

        You really wanna go there? Joe has left everyone’s families and significant others off the table for a reason. He won’t go there. He really doesn’t need to as the facts speak for themselves.

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