Orange County Deputy District Attorney EBRAHIM BAYTIEH was apparently hand picked by TONY RACKAUCKAS to lead an investigation into whether laws were broken by the the Fullerton Police CHIEF DANNY HUGHES with regards to the handling of the then City Manager Joe Felz DUI accident with damages in the wee hours of November 9. 2016. by Barry Levinson


Deputy DA Ebrahim Baytieh

Well there are three points that jump out at me concerning the above.

First point is that over 13 months have passed since this incident occurred.   It is important to note that Joe Felz was charged over9 months ago by the same DA’s Office with two misdemeanor counts.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas

Second and even more important point is that based on what we know for a fact, it is inconceivable to me or to any citizen with common sense to not come to the conclusion that Danny Hughes should be charged with obstruction of justice.   Danny Hughes took over the investigation right after Joe Felz was allowed to speak with Danny Hughes at home at approximately 1:30 – 1:45 AM on November 9, 2016.   Hughes asked that the officers on scene wait until his field sergeant gets to the scene for him to do a field sobriety test.   We know this because we have it from none other than Danny Hughes himself. (See below the November 9, 2016 Memo from Fullerton Police Chief Dan Hughes to Fullerton City Council members.)  An anonymous source to the Fullerton Informer stated that the officers on the scene were asked to shut down their cameras once Danny Hughes was contacted and the field sergeant he personally selected got involved in the case.   Since that was from an anonymous source, I am hoping that this can be confirmed later, for I will be doing a FOIA or California Records request for a copy of all the camera footage taken during the entire time each officer was on the scene of the DUI accident.

But Fullertonians here is the key point.   Danny Hughes’ field sergeant per the Dan Hughes memo was directed by Dan Hughes to perform a Field Sobriety Test instead of the very conclusive Breathalyzer Test (that should have been done right after Joe Felz was pulled over by FPD officers while attempting to leave the scene of this accident).   Dan Hughes in the memo verified that the 1st sergeant originally at the scene smelled alcohol on Joe Felz.   A police chief following proper police procedure should have ordered that one of the officers already on the scene perform a Breathalyzer Test, which would have conclusively told police whether Joe Felz was legally DUI.

 A police chief following proper police procedures would have questioned why the officers had not already performed the Breathalyzer Test since it was verified alcohol was present on Joe Felz.  No in fact Hughes made matters worse by ordering that any field sobriety tests be postponed wasting precious time until his field sergeant arrived and could perform a Field Sobriety Test not the specific and conclusive Breathalyzer Test.  It is clear to me in my opinion that Dan Hughes did not have justice on his mind when he veered from any standard procedure with dealing with a possible drunk driving accident.  Instead we know that after Dan Hughes personally selected field sergeant finally showed up at the scene that Joe Felz was driven home rather than arrested.  (Please note that regardless of whether Joe Felz was legally drunk or not, his being caught red handed leaving the scene of the accident with damages was enough reason to arrest him on the spot.)

Now we know that there was probable cause here since the DA decided to charge Felz with two charges, DUI and leaving the scene of an accident with damages.   Therefore, the DA in filing these charges believed that Danny Hughes and his hand selected field sergeant did not do there jobs properly concerning Joe Felz.  If he felt Danny Hughes followed proper police procedure the proper course would have been the arrest of Joe Felz by the FPD in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016. 

So my question is since Joe Felz was charged by the OCDA about nine months ago, what is taking so darn long for the DA to charge Danny Hughes and maybe include his field sergeant as well with obstruction of justice charges.    By definition of the actions taken by the DA against Joe Felz, the DA must believe that Danny Hughes and his field sergeant did not do their jobs properly.   Also by definition, please tell me in what police department or sheriff’s department is it proper police procedure to allow the suspect to call the Chief of Police at home in the wee hours of the morning.   Please remember that Danny Hughes has only one direct boss at the City of Fullerton and that was none other than City Manager Joe Felz.  Please tell me also in what police department or sheriff’s department is it proper procedure for a police chief to stop the critical, very time sensitive part of the investigation until his hand picked officer (field sergeant) can arrive at the scene.

The way this investigation was handled by the FPD lead by none other than Danny Hughes breaks every police procedure with regards to the proper handling of a DUI case.

There is one more point that supports the position of filing obstruction of justice charges against Danny Hughes.   The OC DA’s own investigator of the accident Abraham Santos recommended that obstruction of justice charges be filed against former Police Chief Danny Hughes.  He was subsequently removed from the case and his recommendation to this point has been obviously ignored.


Here is the complaint form from Investigator Santos : GovernmentClaimFormSantos

There you have it Fullertonians and Deputy District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh.  I believe based on the facts there is more than enough evidence or probable cause to charge Danny Hughes with obstruction of justice.  The fact that it has been alleged that Deputy District Attorney Bayieh is friends with Danny Hughes should not have any bearing in an honest District Attorney’s Office on whether Danny Hughes is charged or not.

Really the only question remaining is whether or not the Orange County District Attorney Office will in fact do the right thing, the ethical thing and as we have shown here the proper legal thing by following the evidence regardless of the close connection that every DA’s Office has with the police chiefs throughout the county.

P.S.  There is one more matter that I believe must be addressed by our OCDA.   I ask simply why hasn’t the OCDA Tony Rackauckas charged Westminster as well as Fullerton City Attorney Dick Jones with falsifying City of Westminster time cards in an attempt to collect a PERS pension from the City of Westminster in the future.   It is my layman’s belief that falsifying times cards is a felony and Dick Jones committed that act over and over and over again for a sustained period of time.  A very seasoned attorney such as Dick Jones should obviously know the difference between being a city employee vs. an independent contractor.  Any first year law student at any second rate law school would have learned the obvious distinctions.

Memo

To:     City Council Members

From:            Chief Dan Hughes

Date: November 9, 2016

Re:     Incident involving City Manager

On November 9, 2016 at approximately 0130 hours FPD officers were dispatched to 255 W. Glenwood regarding a possible collision where the vehicle had struck a curb and was stuck on the sidewalk.  The driver was later determined to be city manager Joe Felz.

I received a telephone call at my residence from the Watch Commander who informed me that the city manager was involved in a minor single vehicle collision and that the sergeant believed the city manager was emitting an odor of alcohol. I informed the Watch Commander that I would call the sergeant to obtain additional information and that I would have the field sergeant conduct a preliminary assessment by performing Field Sobriety Tests and if the sergeant believed there was a level of intoxication that met the criteria to be a violation of the law, we would contact the CHP to investigate.

I provided the above directions to the field sergeant and also briefly spoke to the city manager on the phone to explain what protocol would be followed.  The sergeant conducted the assessment and made the determination that the city manager had consumed alcohol, but did not meet the criteria of 23152(a) CVC.  The city manager was driven home and his vehicle was towed.

During this time period, I also contacted Mayor Fitzgerald and informed her I was following the protocol of notifying the mayor about the contact with the city manager. I informed the mayor of the directions I had provided to the field sergeant and that I would re-contact her when the investigation was complete.  Her only instructions were to follow normal procedures.

A collision report was documented under case 2016-74804 and a supplemental report will be completed by the sergeant documenting the assessment of the city manager.

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  1. #1 by A Fullerton Nightmare on December 19, 2017 - 1:07 am

    Yes the nightmare continues for the residents of Fullerton. Justice is just another word politicians and DA’s fling around without any intention to consistently deliver because the facts are that:
    Friendships trump justice.
    Money trumps justice.
    Power and influence trumps justice.
    Vendettas trump justice.

    You notice the complete absence of words and concepts such as:
    Honor,
    Integrity,
    Ethics,
    Truth and the one word today’s politicians lack more than any other and that is COURAGE!

  2. #2 by A Fullerton Observer on December 19, 2017 - 8:10 am

    We the people of Fullerton deserve justice. If the claim made by investigator Santos is correct obviously Baytieh has a conflict of interest and it biased to the point of not being able to properly do his job in this case.

    The fact that Rackauckas has not seen fit to remove Baytieh from this investigation with the shroud of bias hanging over his head is extremely disturbing. At best Rackauckas is using very poor judgement and at worst he is also biased to the point of obstructing justice himself. We deserve much better. When will the OCDA step up to the plate and deliver for the people of Fullerton specifically and OC in general.

  3. #3 by Anonymous on December 19, 2017 - 11:32 am

    According to DA Investigator Santos, he had concluded that there was sufficient evidence that Danny Hughes be charged with obstruction of justice by January 2017.

    Now we are to believe according to the DA’s office that Baytieh is still actively investigating the same case eleven months later. I think this stinks to high heaven. I smell Coverup!

    Crooked cops, crooked DA’s crooked Justice System!

  4. #4 by Anonymous on December 19, 2017 - 2:56 pm

    Santos is suing so what he says means nothing. He is off the case for good. You guys are blowing smoke.

  5. #5 by Anonymous on December 19, 2017 - 4:14 pm

    The DA will never go after police. That amounts to biting the hand that feeds them. They never turn on each other. You will need to fax something over to the grand jury but it is doubtful they would take it up. Better bet would be to contact Todd Spitzer.

  6. #6 by Fullerton - The Most Corrupt City in California on December 20, 2017 - 7:31 am

    In the HUGHES Memo to council above, HUGHES is caught red handed ordering a critical delay in the investigation namely testing Felz to determine how drunk he actually was while driving under the influence.
    You ananymous are the one blowing smoke and lies.

  7. #7 by Old School on December 20, 2017 - 10:19 pm

    Agree with most all above…except the PAS test is not the first test given
    in a DUI investigation. If the driver can stand, the FCT field questions are first…Were you driving,
    were you drinking, where, how much ECT. , do you know your ABC’s then FCT’s are to establish physical impairment finger to nose test, one leg balance ECT. Then the officer forms an opinion of impairment based on the TC and his/her observations and the suspects responses. Then the officer can offer the PAS test in the field to the driver, the driver can refuse to take it. Most drivers elect to take the PAS if they feel they are border line intoxicated below .08BAC and will be released in the field to avoid booking.
    Based on facts of the Felz case he should have been given the tests, offered the PAS test, arrested, transported to jail and given the choice between a blood or breath test. If he refuses at this point to provide a sample blood can be taken by force and his license would be suspended
    DMV Admin Per Se. If one of the four DRE expert offcers present were allowed to examine Flez the 23152(a)CVC charge could have been proved by expert testimony of the DRE trained officers present even without
    a blood or breath test. These officers were ordered to stand down.

    • #8 by Anonymous on December 20, 2017 - 11:07 pm

      Imbriano filed a CPRA request yesterday now that the case is adjudicated, it is going to be difficult to bury the facts.

  8. #9 by Barry Levinson on December 21, 2017 - 8:31 am

    Old School once again I thank you for your wisdom and knowledge. Based on the above comment you do agree that Danny HUGHES should definitely be charged with obstruction of justice by the OCDA Office.

    Do you believe that the Deputy OCDA dragging his feet with regard to charging HUGHES puts the integrity of the OCDA’s Office in question?

    • #10 by Old School on December 21, 2017 - 11:06 pm

      Barry,

      To answer your question, let me first say I believe police officers and all public servants/officials should be held to the highest standard. The problem with the Felz case is the special treatment of the City Manager by Fullerton Police management and elected Fullerton officials. The prevention of the collection of evidence, the destruction of evidence after the fact and the attempted cover-up.

      Just because a crime is committed and a suspect is detained does not mean a police officer is required to enforce the letter of the law, I’m talking about misdemeanors and infractions. A police officer has discretion in these cases not so much with felonies or crimes involving victims. “Discretion” you may say? Yes, like a 20 year old with an open beer in a park…pour out or arrest? An old junkie with a dirty hypodermic syringe, throw it in the trash or arrest? A sober guy driving over 100 mph in his new mustang on the freeway at 4am on a Sunday morning with no traffic in sight, cite, warning or arrest? You pull over your mother for speeding, warning or ticket?

      The on scene officers in the Felz case had discretion, but not really, not when It involves excessive speed, a drunk public official, a traffic collision with damage and Fullerton Police policy dictating that an investigation be conducted. All the officers on scene given these set of facts knew anyone else would be going to jail.

      This incident was divine intervention to shed light on the charade of the era of “Danny Hughes The Reformer”. The Hughes reign was marked with special treatment for his faithful supporters within the police department. Assignments with unlimited overtime, promotions for the less then qualified and slap on the hand discipline when his disciples were facing serious discipline, termination or prosecution for policy violations and other bad acts.

      Yes of course the DA is dragging his feet on any prosecution of Fullerton Police Officers in this case. The DA’s office is a political cesspool of corruption. The tactic in most political high profile cases in Orange County is to stall, delay, stall and hope the public will lose interest and forget about whatever the public is worked up. We see this tactic all the time. What facts have changed in this case in the past 14 months why no decision? The statue of limitations for most misdemeanors is one year.

      Another issue for the delay could be with Sgt. Corbett testifying if this had gone to trial. Corbett would have been called as a witness for the defense. Corbett’s credibility would have been subject to impeachment. It would have gotten ugly, Sgt. Corbett would have faced pleading the 5th or making himself a Brady Officer on the stand. A public jury trial in this case was a 100 percent win for the defense but it would have been very embarrassing for all involved.

      POBAR requires police officers to receive notice of discipline for policy violations within one year of discovery of the violation. This one year has come and gone did any officers receive discipline regarding this case?

  9. #11 by Anonymous on December 21, 2017 - 9:04 am

    Rumor is Disney is looking at Hughes in a different light right now, potentially as a liability. His subaltern comrade Mike Chocek has some mouse ears too right now. Disney keeps a spotless image in the public eye. This may not be a good hedge for corporate keeping these guys around.

  10. #12 by Barry Levinson on December 22, 2017 - 10:11 am

    Old School: If you are correct that obstruction of justice charges have to be filed within one year of the incident, then the OCDA office lied to Joe Imbriano when he was told by them that Danny Hughes involvement with the Joe Felz DUI accident was still an open investigation a week ago headed by Deputy District Attorney Baytieh. It is now more than 13 months since the accident occurred.

    • #13 by Old School on December 22, 2017 - 3:16 pm

      Barry,

      Given the facts of this case I would think the DA is looking at charging Hughes and Corbett and maybe others with:
      135 PC Destruction of Evidence, every person who, knowing that any book, paper, record, instrument in writing, or other matter or thing, is about to be produced in evidence upon any trial, inquiry, or investigation whatever, authorized by law, willfully destroys or conceals the same, with intent thereby to prevent it from being produced, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
      182 PC Conspiracy, is an agreement between two or more people to commit a criminal act and an act taken by one or more parties of a conspiracy in furtherance of one or more of the criminal objectives of the conspiracy.

      Conspiracy is a wobbler, misdemeanor or felony this charge could extend the statute of limitations to 3 years and there are some other technical exceptions for extension as well. (If the DA is still considering bringing charges on this case, charging Corbett and/or Hughes prior to the adjudication of the Felz case would not have been a sound decision).

      Can the obstruction of justice in this case be proven? Did Fullerton City officials in the early morning hours of November 9th 2016. Call each other and discuss how they could obstruct justice by concealing and preventing the collection of evidence in the drunk driving, T/C, hit and run involving Joe Felz. Were on scene officers told not to conduct a criminal investigation for DUI when a reasonable police officer could see the driver was clearly intoxicated. Was the CSI person ordered by the on scene supervisor not to take photos or measurements?

      After the fact, was there a delay in downloading the body cam videos warn by the officers present, doing so is also contrary to policy which states the video is to be downloaded at the end of the officers shift. Did Police management review that video footage during business hours and a decision was made to delete incriminating video files?

      And there is this, a paragraph written into the Fullerton Police Policy Manual by then Chief Dan Hughes.

      Use of Body Worn Camera Recorders (BWC) “On rare occasions it may be necessary to delete files from the original storage media prior to them being uploaded to the archival storage media at the end of the shift. Prior approval shall be obtained from the Watch Commander prior to deleting any files from the original storage prior to it being uploaded to the archival storage media”.

      So, by definition, your boss, the intoxicated City Manager crashing into a tree is a “rare occasion” it’s good to be King or in this case Chief. Just because its policy for the Chief of Police to decide what the public is allowed to see does not make it lawful and it certainly does not make it ethical.

  11. #14 by A Fullerton Observer on December 22, 2017 - 10:21 am

    What ever happened to honesty, integrity, and courage to do the right thing? I guess in the FPD and in the OCDA Office, it is only a distant relic of the past. It is now just a quaint idea that no longer fits into the life styles of our current Fullerton and OC Justice System. I guess in their minds they work so well together because both organizations are greatly flawed and corrupt.

    Tony Rackauckas and Danny Hughes are both a disgrace. They are an embarrassment to the rule of law. Tony Rackauckas is probably the only attorney in California who could loose the Kelly Thomas murder case and not even get excessive force charges to stick to the defendants. And after that fiasco and many others making headlines in the media, he has the arrogance to seek another term in office.

    Apparently the new government mantra is get rich and retire in middle age with generous salaries and incredible pensions and retiree health care by doing wrong by frequently letting their fellow public servants get away with breaking the laws. That is a criminal conspiracy that should be handled as a RICO case. We need a totally separate and independent justice system to fix the current justice system. Where are the feds?

  12. #15 by Anonymous on December 22, 2017 - 12:17 pm

    What goes around…comes around? Here is a Christmas wish that our corrupt, crooked appointed and elected Fullerton officials get everything they deserve for Christmas and beyond, starting with a lump of Coal the size of the chunks of our roads presented to council a few short months ago.

  13. #16 by Anonymous on December 23, 2017 - 12:38 pm

    Joe Felz pushed his weight around that night as the city’s top brass and with the help of Hughes and Corbett, orchestrated a cover up. All of the officers involved knew full well they were covering up a crime. That is a crime in and of itself. The DA is in a real tough place on this one. You guys need to keep the pressure on these dirty spineless crooks.

  14. #17 by Anonymous on December 23, 2017 - 11:02 pm

    The night of the Felz incident, Jennifer Fitzgerald was directly involved in conspiring to cover this whole incident up. Her phone records will prove that. Request them. The case is adjudicated so they cannot withhold the information. That evening, Felz was drinking and Bruce Whitaker even lied about how Felz wasn’t drunk. Bruce Whitaker is also part of the cover up. The rest of the council has no involvement other than their complacency.

  15. #18 by Anonymous on December 24, 2017 - 3:53 am

    BAYTIEH is an agent of the Crown. He is an MI6 assett. You will get nowhere with him. He is there to protect the international interests as they operate in Orange County. Hughes is now a Disney assett, all part of the master plan.

  16. #19 by Barry Levinson on December 24, 2017 - 7:27 am

    We intend to continue to speak out and reach out to every venue, i.e media, news papers, law enforcement people, etc. until justice is served in this case. Danny Hughes according to several unnamed sources ran a very corrupt FPD. The Fullerton Informer has received information that has stated how corrupt Danny Hughes is from third party sources.

    I still believe in the concept that crime does not pay and that eventually those that break the law will pay a high price for their misdeeds. Our system of justice is very flawed currently, but that only means that activist citizens like myself have to be more vocal and more vigilant than ever.

    Here is another example how Danny Hughes is lacking in moral fiber.

    As a recently appointed Police Chief, Danny Hughes offered me a tour of the police station. At the end of the tour we sat down to talk for a few minutes. I told him that I thought there was way too much traffic violations in the city and could he address that as chief. His answer (maybe the only time he actually was honest with me) was that only a small portion of every traffic ticket amount actually goes to the city and therefore it was not monetarily a good way to use his police resources. My wife asked him the same question about 4 years later and he gave her the same answer. Traffic violations are increasing a lot as both the number of residents increase and more importantly the traffic gets much worse causing drivers to take more chances and do things like run through a dead red light. Danny Hughes made it clear that writing tickets was a money loser for the FPD and therefore he would not address it by putting additional resources to curtail this growing and very serious problem going forward. What a guy!

  17. #20 by Anonymous on December 24, 2017 - 8:44 am

    If Santos is telling the truth, then Baytieh admitted that he is protecting Hughes because he is his friend. Maybe Rackauckas put Baytieh in charge of this case?/investigation? because Rackauckas did not want Hughes to be prosecuted from the very beginning.

    If Santos is telling the truth, and Baytieh and Rackauckas insist on not pursuing criminal charges against Hughes than jail time may be necessary not just for Danny Hughes but also for Baytieh and Rackauckas as well.

    Question: Can Tony Rackauckas run for another term as OCDA from prison? It might be wise T.R. to do the right thing with regard to Hughes if you do not seek immediate retirement.

    Question: Why is it that politicians highlighted for praise by one or more of our newspapers/PR press releases tend to turn out to be very dirty?

  18. #21 by Barry Levinson on December 24, 2017 - 11:26 am

    Civil servants that are paid very handsomely for serving and protecting the public and insuring that Law breakers go to prison, should themselves be held to the highest standards. With that in mind, it is abhorant and dispicable when any of them think they have the right to break the law and get away with it. When dirty politics rises to the level of criminal behavior, the public must demand that it ceases immediately and that all perpetrators be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. These are such simple concepts of our judicial system so why does it seem to date that Tony Rackauckas and Deputy District Attorney Baytieh are not following these basic concepts of justice with regards to the obstruction of justice actions of one former Fullerton Police Chief named Danny Hughes.

  19. #22 by Barry Levinson on December 24, 2017 - 11:36 am

    In Danny Hughes memo to the city council he states that he told Joe Felz that he would be following protocol.

    Please provide us FPD and/or Danny Hughes with this so-called protocol.

  20. #23 by A Disgusted Fullerton Resident on December 24, 2017 - 12:31 pm

    We demand justice Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.

    What will it take to get from you sir?

    Maybe we should organize a protest in front of your OC office.

    We will get justice sir! The only question to be answered is; will you finally be providing it or will you be punished by the public’s rejection of you come next election day or in a just country will you to be prosecuted for obstruction of justice? For if you do not do the right thing, our message to the OC electorate is to show this as prove that you have been in your DA office far too long and protecting the people you have worked with over the many years is now your priority and has made you a criminal yourself.

    It is not too late to do the right thing, even if your motive is self-serving.

  21. #24 by A Determined Fullerton Resident for Justice on December 24, 2017 - 1:21 pm

    The protocol Danny Hughes refers to is one big joke on the people of Fullerton. It is a get out of jail free card for Joe Felz and a never be charged with the crime of obstruction of justice Danny Hughes committed card. What a lying, disgusting excuse for a public servant.

    As for Joe Felz what happened to all of our road maintenance and repair money sir. You were in charge for many years and were second in command as assistant City Manager under Chris Meyer. Where is the money sir? Where did the money go sir?

  22. #25 by A Determined Fullerton Resident for Justice on December 24, 2017 - 3:57 pm

    This is quoted from the article above as follows: “I believe based on the facts there is more than enough evidence or probable cause to charge Danny Hughes with obstruction of justice.”

    I agree that more than enough evidence is available to the general public let alone any additional evidence based on Santos OCDA investigation, yet Baytieh has sat on his hands for 13 months since the accident. The passage of every day makes it clearer and clearer that Bayteih is part of the problem. Could Baytieh be the go to guy for Rackauckas when T.R. wants charges and problems for his friends to be buried forever? Was there any independent investigation regarding the allegations made by Santos against Baytieh?

    This is not the first time allegations of real malfeasance has been leveled against the current DA’s office. Remember the jail house informer story. We have the LA former Sheriff Lee Baca in prison, a few of his direct reports in prison. Remember the OC Sheriff debacle, a decade ago with Corona going to prison. Now it is past time for T. R. to do the right thing.

    Todd Spitzer would you promise to do the right thing if you were elected OCDA or is your very close ties and support from law enforcement a strong indication that you would do nothing different as regards crimes committed by the highest levels within the city and county police departments. I suggest Todd that you speak out on these issues as soon as possible. Will you support the repeal of the current POBAR that makes getting rid of bad cops extremely difficult by hiding their past misdeeds on the job? Will you support state legislation that would take away all pension monies except the few dollars actually paid by an officer if found guilty of any crime related to work and any felony whether job related or not. With pensions totally protected no matter what heinous acts our law enforcement personnel commit, which certainly rewards very bad and illegal behavior and misses the boat on a true financial deterrent for bad police behavior.

    We are looking for someone to run for OCDA that will treat the police fairly and most importantly encourage good, honest cops but not allow the bad ones to get away with breaking the law or hide the worst of them from public scrutiny. We want the honest good cops to feel that police management is honest and trustworthy, not corrupt and biased. The worst thing for an honest cop to know is that their doing their job properly can get them into a lot of trouble with co-workers and especially superiors. No police officer doing his job honestly and competently should have his career ruined for failure to go along with its corrupt management.

  23. #26 by Fullerton - The Most Corrupt City in California on December 26, 2017 - 10:33 am

    According to an anonymous source reported in the Fullerton Informer approximately 35% of all FPD officers left the department to go to other departments during the 5 years Dan HUGHES was FPD Police Chief because they did not want to deal with the corruption of FPD management. In other words many if not most of the good, honest police officers left for greener pastures. What a scathing indictment of Dan HUGHES.

    • #27 by Anonymous on December 26, 2017 - 2:35 pm

      Yes, because anonymous sources on this garbage fire of a web site are definitely 100 percent true and should be believed without question.

  24. #28 by Anonymous on December 26, 2017 - 4:42 pm

    Cheeeez! Exactly how many different monikers does Levinson post under on this whacky website anyway? And I agree with Anonymous. An anonymous source on this website is about as believable as some weirdo saying the world is flat.

    • #29 by Anonymous on December 29, 2017 - 9:48 am

      The world is flat you knucklehead. You believe all that NASA fakery photo shopped crap? Oh yeah I suppose you also believe the faked moon landings filmed in a studio by Stanley Kubrik were real also. You are a moron.

      So you believe that video was shot of the very first Mason I mean man out of the capsule? Really? He was seen stepping down onto the lunar surface by a camera some distance away from both him and the lander. Who placed that camera there? I know, Barry Levinson. It was a conspiracy.

      • #30 by Joe Imbriano on December 29, 2017 - 1:05 pm

        There are more than enough discrepancies, inconsistencies and questions to satisfy my logic and intellect. So we’ve never been back in almost 40 years with today’s technology?

        We were supposedly able to land and take off from the moon in that paper mache aluminum foil jalopy back then and yet we still crash land in the ocean today?

        • #31 by Anonymous on December 30, 2017 - 10:34 am

          LOOOOOOOOL.

  25. #32 by Anonymous on December 28, 2017 - 8:54 am

    Felz walked because they all cover for each other. Hughes already has. This whole thing is just going to go away nice and quietly just like everything else. You are wasting your time.

    • #33 by Anonymous on December 30, 2017 - 5:18 am

      RD has a photo of Felz and John Murray having drinks. John Murray is a convicted sex offender. Maybe Barry ought to contact RD for the photo. It bears mentioning considering who was involved in repealing the sex offender law. Maybe there is more to all of this.

  26. #34 by Anonymous on December 30, 2017 - 9:45 am

    According to allegations made by Santos, an investigator for the DA, Hughes isn’t going to be charged because he is a friend of Baytieh. Santos was taken off the case. How is that for corrupt?

  27. #35 by The Fish Stinks From The Head Down on December 30, 2017 - 4:00 pm

    OCDA Investigator Santos claims that he brought evidence based on his investigation that supported his recommendation to bring obstruction of justice charges against Fullerton Police Chief Dan Hughes. Santos goes on to claim that Baytieh said he was not going to do that because Dan Hughes was his friend.

    We do know that Santos was removed from the Hughes investigation. If he is not telling the truth then why was he removed from that case? If Santos is telling the truth, does that make Baytieh an accessory after the fact to Dan Hughes crime. If Santos is correct, does this make Baytieh also guilty of obstruction of justice. If in fact Baytieh was a friend of Dan Hughes then why in the name of God did Tony Rackauckas give this case to him?

    There are so many unanswered questions but taking everything into account it leads me to believe that the fish stinks from the head down.

    If Santos is telling the truth then this is just another fiasco in the OCDA’s office.

    If Santos is correct then the OCDA’s office is partaking in a criminal conspiracy.

    Finally, why hasn’t the Orange County Register pursued this story? A local paper that will not pursue local corruption under their noses, is a paper that does not deserve to stay in business.

  28. #36 by A Fullerton Observer on December 30, 2017 - 5:07 pm

    Another year comes to a close with more of the same corruption by our Fullerton City Council and the corrupt city department heads who run this town on the orders of their special interest masters.

    But I would be remiss if I did not give a special shout out to some relatively new names who greatly deserve to be on the Fullerton List of Shame:

    Brendan O’Reilly, Fullerton Airport Manager and
    Rob Sims, Latest Special Interest Buddy of the City of Fullerton

    Congratulations on making the City of Fullerton List of Shame. You are in good company with the rest of your corrupt buddies in Fullerton City Government. You have proven to richly deserve this dishonorable mention.

    Question: How does someone who never has been an official law enforcement person his entire life become so important in La Habra Police Department Narcotics Unit in a Reserve Officer status? Could it be connected to his making the above list? Inquiring minds (that excludes anyone on the City of Fullerton Council dais) should want to know the answer to that question.

    Should we add Tony Rackauckas and Ebrahim Baytieh to the City of Fullerton List of Shame? I think that would be another richly deserved dishonor and very appropriate that they make the list at the same time. After all the work so, so well together, even if some might claim it is at the expense of getting justice for the people.

  29. #37 by County line on December 30, 2017 - 7:45 pm

    There is a huge cover up involving over a dozen people. Council members, command staff, DA investigators, and FPD sworn personnel are in up to their eyeballs. This is a felony conspiracy and the DA is damned if he does now because the clock has already run on the first half of this wobbler. It is now a felony or bust. TRack is shitting his pants. The unimaginable for him is now in his lap, prosecuting Dan Hughes and others for felony obstruction and other charges.

    The reason Felz was offered a plea is because the DA did not have the evidence to prosecute for 23152(a). This was simply due to the basic operation of obstruction committed by the officers on the scence and senior command staff not limited to Danny Hughes.

    The DA’s own investigator, Santos was pulled off the Felz/Hughes obstruction case by Ebrahim. There is a reason Joe Imbriano and Barry Levinson were referred to Ebrahim when they went to the police station. He is also involved in the cover up.

    This entire criminal conspiracy must be brought before the Grand Jury for a thorough investigation. Normally, they are gatekeepers but in this case, considering the magnitude and extent of the textbook criminal conspiracy that occurred and is still taking place, you may have some success.

    It is doubtful the FBI would be interested but you could also visit their field office.

  30. #38 by Anonymous on January 1, 2018 - 3:02 pm

    TRack’s little gal pal he is grooming to keep the skeletons in the closet is a little bit of a loose cannon. Can’t wait for the election.

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