Protecting Corruption, Malfeasance and Wrongdoing Was Once Again In Full View For Anyone Watching The June 6, 2017 Fullerton City Council!


The Scandal, Which Is The Hillcrest Stairs, Was Never Mentioned By Anyone On The Fullerton City Council Dais. The City Council has failed to take any action to get monetary damages from the contractor and designer of those stairs and has also failed to start an internal investigation as to who within the City of Fullerton approved that very shoddy and structurally substandard stairway.  Therefore we can thank Mayor Bruce Whitaker, Council members Greg Sebourn, Jennifer Fitzgerald, Doug Chaffee and Jesus Silva for another fine example of their total dereliction of duty as our duly elected city representatives.  For truly with elected representative like them, we don’t need any more enemies.  By Barry Levinson

 

Fullerton Community activist Barry Levinson

 

Why won’t the council protect us? Why won’t the council act in our best interest?  Could it be that to expose the guilty would expose our council members as well? Joshua Ferguson gave a very good pictorial presentation of the numerous problems but has not asked that our City council take action against those responsible for the many problems with those very expensive stairs.

Joshua cozying up with Bruce Whitaker

Why? He actually spoke again at the June 6th meeting and did not once even refer to those stairs? What he did do was give the city council members another way to extend their ability to continue to not provide the citizens of Fullerton with its basic services from the General Fund.

Seaborn

Instead I would surmise working in tandem with Greg Sebourn and Bruce Whitaker,

Ferguson

Ferguson proposed diverting or siphoning off much need park dwelling fee monies away from the desperately needed expansion of greening up Fullerton with more parks. How is that a good idea?

Sebourn thinks its a good idea

The fact is the neglect of these parks has been covered up for years and now, right on cue Greg Sebourn made a motion to put just that on the agenda.

No explanation as to why for decades are city has not provided adequate funds from our general fund to do routine maintenance for our parks but willing to rob from Paul to give to Peter instead thereby not having to answer to the malfeasance of our city council for decades of neglect of our city parks. This is not acceptable considering Greg promised to do a top down audit of all city departments when he was elected in 2012.

Then there is the scandalous issue of those Hillcrest Park stairs to be received and filed in the dustbin of our city council.

 

CODE VIOLATIONS GALORE that should have resulted in a lawsuit and pink slips for the inspectors that signed off on them

 

Fitzgerald loves the shoddy workmanship

Well I heard directly from the mouth of our Appointed Mayor in a recent interview, Bruce Whitaker, who is no stranger to ignoring alleged malfeasance, who without hesitating to the interviewer’s question stated that he would seriously consider running for Josh Newman’s seat if the recall makes the ballot.

TAX AND SPEND DEMOCRAT NEWMAN

I have a loud and strong message for Bruce Whitaker. How about taking care of at least one of our many problems here in Fullerton before you seek higher office?

Whitaker

Because I find it ludicrous and very arrogant on your part to think that you deserve to be elected to higher office when you have accomplished literally nothing after 6.5 years as one of our council members. You have repeatedly cried to the public that you are only one man and therefore do not have the support to get things accomplished. Well here are some hard facts for Whitaker to swallow. The whole time you have been on the city council you have had a REPUBLICAN MAJORITY SIR!

6 YEARS OF FAILURE TO LEAD

In the State Senate the Democrats would outnumber you 2 to 1.  If you can’t persuade your fellow Republicans to get anything done having the majority on your side, how in the heck will you possibly get anything done in the State Senate?  I have given Fullertonians written detailed supportable example after example after example of how Whitaker has failed his conservative limited government base of support. The latest example is of Whitaker’s failure to take any concrete steps; pun intended to solve the obvious problem of Hillcrest Park steps! As I have pointed out before our Mayor is all talk and no action. In other words a typical slick phony politician out for only number one. I guess that means leaving no room for the good people of Fullerton.

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  1. #1 by Anonymous on June 7, 2017 - 9:09 pm

    I think Joshua is a nice young man who did some real good investigative journalism but he is still wet behind the ears. He has hitched his horse to Bushala’s wagon and is being used by the group. He needs to figure things out on his own instead of playing their game.

  2. #2 by Barry Levinson on June 7, 2017 - 11:58 pm

    Joshua Ferguson is articulate and has some very good ideas but suggesting we use Park Dwelling Fees for routine park maintenance is not one of them. Our parks are in terrible condition and it would be tempting to take the money from the Park Dwelling Fees to attend to those long overdue maintenance issues.

    The reasons why using Park Dwelling Fees is not a good idea for routine and repeat maintenance of our Parks are as follows:

    1. The Park Dwelling Fees are a one time fee collected from residential developers at the start of a residential project. Although these amounts are large, i.e. $11,700 per unit, once all of our land is used and the high rises are built the monies from this source will dwindle. Maintenance is a routine and on-gong cost, just the opposite of how we get the dwelling fees. It is never good to use short term one-time monies to pay for literally forever costs.

    2. It is a bad idea also because our general fund made up of property, sales and other taxes are supposed to pay for basic services. Maintaining our parks is a basic as you can get.

    3. If we take away the monies earmarked for either parkland purchases or major additions to our parks for general maintenance we will never learn the reason why the city is unable to carry out its most basic services to the people. We need answers and covering up the problem with one time monies for the next five or ten years will not solve the problem long term.

    I hope that gives a little more clarity and understanding why I am against using Park Dwelling Fees to cover basic, routine and repetitive maintenance costs in our city. We need long term solutions, not short term band-aids . It is interesting to also note that while Sebourn responded to Mr. Ferguson’s stairs concerns and to his suggestion to look into using Park Dwelling Fee monies for park maintenance, he and the council only took action on the possible transfer of monies and not the scandal and the misuse of our taxpayer monies on those pathetic stairs.
    I ask Greg Sebourn and the council why you acted on one and ignored the other. This is very suspicious behavior by a council that is supposed to be looking out for our interests, including how the city spends are money.

    I would hope that this failure to act by the entire council in general and his friends in particular, Sebourn and Whitaker, would raise some red flags in his mind. For I would love to be able to back one or more local elected city officials but first they have to demonstrate a combination of honesty, integrity and competence.

  3. #3 by Anonymous on June 8, 2017 - 5:20 am

    There is obviously a turf war going on here. The question is why and for whom? You are all up against a wall. Don’t you think putting your heads together is a better solution? Why not work unified against the corruption if you really want to have an impact.

  4. #4 by Anup on June 8, 2017 - 10:02 am

    My hat goes off to both of you fine gentlemen for stating the obvious repeatedly on this site. Barry your analysis is spot on. It is patently obvious that the entire council has no intention of protecting anyone but themselves.

    There is plenty of time for the citizens to seek recourse, perhaps after a recall or even the next election. California law is rather generous in terms of construction defects. The Hillcrest stairs are rich indeed.

    The behavior of the council in the face of this scandal is deeply disturbing. Their actions in continuing to ignore this could easily be construed as negligence; seriously putting the municipality in legal hot water. It is merely a matter of time before someone is seriously injured at that facility. In terms of the council’s breach of fiduciary responsibility, it began at or on the May 16, 2017 meeting when Mr. Ferguson put them on notice.

    The mayor’s refusal to address or act on this matter is in clear violation of his code of ethics. I would push the issue. I believe Fitzgerald would be hog tied in ethics violations as well considering her donor list. In addition, a good case for an F.P.P.C. violation could be made given the circumstances.

    At any rate, your quest for legal action against the contractor and disciplinary actions against city inspectors is well founded. No professional, licensed city inspector should ever be allowed to sign off on such a defective project.

    For California Construction: The statute of limitations is 4 years from substantial completion of construction or construction of improvement to real property arising out of a patent defect, 10 years from substantial completion for a latent defect. This doesn’t apply to actions based on willful misconduct or fraudulent concealment.
    Ca. Civ. Proc. Code § 337.1, 337.15.

    The political games people play can result in innocent people sustaining serious injury. Mr. Ferguson stopped short of demanding some sort of action which makes no logical sense. Equally perplexing is Mr. Whitaker’s silence as mayor. Forget the allegations that they are, in some capacity, working together. The time to act is now. The courts are really bogged down and with all the cuts to the system, it could take years to resolve this matter. We cannot afford to wait until then.

  5. #5 by Barry Levinson on June 8, 2017 - 10:22 am

    Anonymous this is not a turf war at all. This is about the truth and the future well-being of Fullerton.

    Your idea to join forces against corruption is not a possibility when the FFFF routinely ignore Fullerton corruption. For example, I presented a 4 to 5 million dollar waste of money regarding the Fullerton Golf Course as Whitaker’s appointee to the Parks and Recreation Committee. To this day Whitaker or Sebourn or anyone else on the council has refused to discuss this with me and certainly not during any council meetings. It did help get me removed from that committee with no reason given to me by Whitaker. So much for the honesty and integrity of Bruce Whitaker a big favorite of the FFFF with tens of thousands of dollars funneled into his campaign either directly or indirectly through mailers and other campaign pamphlets.

    The FFFF win my humble opinion is all about diverting the people of Fullerton from the real FFFF agenda, which I believe is to maximize T.B. influence in local government in order to greatly increase the value of his millions of dollars in commercial holdings in Fullerton. That is the ultimate goal and everything else is all smoke and mirrors unfortunately.

    • #6 by Anonymous on June 8, 2017 - 11:13 am

      You realize that Larry Bennett was right about Bushala all along.

  6. #7 by Barry Levinson on June 8, 2017 - 11:02 am

    Anup thank you for your kind words, thoughtful analysis and information on construction defects.

    Mr. Ferguson is a major contributor to the FFFF website, writing many articles since their return after the last election. ((That fact is very telling that a political blog would resume immediately after the 2016 election (where 3 out of 5 council seats were to be decided) and not before)).

    Tony Bushala has directly and indirectly given Bruce Whitaker tens of thousand of dollars in campaign contributions and/or campaign mailers for Bruce Whitaker. I think any logical and reasonable person has to consider Ferguson’s failure to hold Whitaker or Sebourn accountable (both supported by T.B.) more than just a coincidence.

    Ferguson is one of only a few writers that actually will put his real name to those articles for FFFF. In fact, a majority of the articles are published with only the use of pseudonyms.

    This is a huge tip off that the FFFF can’t be trusted to provide objective, honest reporting. The FFFF administration obviously has no problem with allowing writers of their articles to remain anonymous. You can’t hold someone accountable when you do not know their name.

    We here at the Fullertoninformer.com require that 100% of the articles written proudly display who penned that article. My humble opinion is that if the person writing articles doesn’t believe it is worth it for him/her to identify themselves to the readers then the readers should not feel it is worth their time to read those anonymously written articles.

    • #8 by Anonymous on June 8, 2017 - 11:23 am

      Then why to you post comments under a fake name, Barry?

      Hypocrite, front and center.

    • #9 by Tony's tools on June 9, 2017 - 2:34 am

      Larry Bennett was right all along. The recall was all about a downtown businessman developer wanting it his way while fooling all of the emotionally charged masses. The site he founded, Friends for Fullertons Future is a political shill mill for Bushala’s political operatives that carry his water. Of course his ulterior motive is to use the politics of the day to get HIS people into office to do his bidding.

      The FFFF MO is to hand out 4 year passes to crooked politicians who will grease the skids for the 10 story developments all over Tony’s dumps. They like to twist facts, lie, defame, divert and make wild accusations about people who expose the things that shatter the false illusions of our so called fiscal heroes they glorify like Whitaker and Sebourn. Bushala’s FFFF uses feebly minded, financially challenged, sycophantic lackeys to run worship ceremonies and interference for the phony conservative corrupt city hall insiders. They are all about diversions instead of demanding accountability.

      Ferguson’s latest pie in his face by Greg and Bruce ignoring the stair scandal is still caked on his beard. FFFF is the ultimate in low class, sleazy political Kabuki theater. That is a recurrent theme and it is all about keeping everyone’s eye off of the ball, which is Bushala’s big development payday he has invested at least a half a million dollars trying to hit. Alas to no avail thanks to Barry knocking the DCCSP off the table. Every single one of the FFFF Bushala lackey operatives that have ever had a major issue of contention with a city issue has eventually walked away from the dais with their tail between their legs never to discuss it again. In the meantime, Bushala enters influencing State level politics as he anxiously awaits model state legislation that will do an end run around local impediments to developing high density housing on his property.

      The new “work force housing” bill will provide the opportunity in a longer time frame for Tony to build thousands of units on the parcels that comprise his 40 million dollar real estate portfolio in downtown Fullerton. He was the father of Fullerton’s transit oriented development namely the SOCO walk. His plan is to wharehouse tens of thousands of bar and pot clinic patron apartment dwellers in his high rises as they spend all their money and time ruining Fullerton making some really dirty people very wealthy.

      • #10 by Manure on June 9, 2017 - 12:59 pm

        Wow.

        This makes you look strong. Like bull.

        • #11 by Bushalas agenda with the Norby connection on June 9, 2017 - 1:22 pm

          Don’t let these guys fool anyone. Its all about development-PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT-
          THEY HATED REDEVELOPMENT BECAUSE THEY COULDN’T CONTROL IT. THAT IS WHY POT PUSHING NORBY HATED REDEVELOPMENT SO HE COULD SET UP HIS CRONIES FOR PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT.

          REMEMBER THIS?

          “I recently met the developer of the Socowalk project, Tony Bushala, in Fullerton. He had an interesting tale to tell about Socowalk. He said that he started to buy the properties involved in that project piecemeal and eventually he had 26 lots. That included an abandoned Union Pacific Right of Way and surplus property from the Harbor Blvd. and Lemon St. grade separation – these were leftover remnants.

          The area was clearly blighted, but Bushala saw the potential. His vision for the area was a transit-oriented development. The original development concept for the area began in 1985. It took twenty years to see it through.

          The Socowalk project did not use any redevelopment money. It was fully funded by private money. Bushala bought the properties and conducted an EIR. The zoning was already for multi-family use. Six homes were deemed by the developer to have historical value and he paid to move them to other properties in town.

          The developer gave relocation assistance that was not required to each of the residents in the project area. They were rental tenants and each of them received $3,500, in 2002, to relocate. Many of them used that money as down payments to purchase homes elsewhere.

          Once the properties were razed the development was sold to the Olson Company. They then hired architects and designed the eventual development.

          The “soco” aspct of “Socowalk” was the brainchild of Orange County Supervisor Chris Norby who previously served as a Fullerton Councilman. Norby, according to Bushala, was a big inspiration to pursue this development without resorting to help from the City of Fullerton.

          A recent article in the O.C. Register slammed the Socowalk development and quoted a resident who was unhappy with crime in the area and with the fact that the locals don’t appear to be mixing with the Socowalk residents. However, according to Bushala, there are plenty of residents that love the neighborhood and are very happy to be living in downtown Fullerton.

          There are numerous restaurants, bars and other venues within walking distance of Socowalk. The downtown Fullerton area is quite vibrant and filled with a diverse crowd of all ages most weekends and evenings.

          I personally visited one of the downtown Fullerton bars a few weeks ago. It was quite a scene. That area used to be quite dead – and now it is thriving. Clearly this type of redevelopment can work – particularly when the public sector gets out of the way.”

          • #12 by Manure on June 9, 2017 - 2:20 pm

            . . . And? This doesn’t say or prove anything.

            Anyone else in this city you want to insult gratuitously behind your keyboard?

            Such a big strong man.

            • #13 by fudge packer on June 10, 2017 - 5:38 pm

              whats with the obsession with the backdoor products?

          • #14 by Anonymous on June 9, 2017 - 5:02 pm

            All the tools are epic fails.

  7. #15 by Anonymous on June 8, 2017 - 2:21 pm

    Well Bruce will be our next Senator maybe if we are lucky. All you haters can’t stop it now. Look at the support he has from this group I mean he can do no wrong.

  8. #16 by Anonymous on June 8, 2017 - 4:41 pm

    Unfortunately for Mr. Whitaker whoever runs against him will have tons of negatives to use against him and unlike most campaigns these will all be true.

    You can’t run as the “good” guy and then be proven to be a fraud, phony and a big-time manipulator. Whether he knows it or not, his career is over.

  9. #17 by George on June 8, 2017 - 6:13 pm

    Barry: As you’re not endorsing Whitaker to run against Newman in a recall election, who would you support — what name(s) would garner a win with unified support from you, folks at FFFF, and the rest of District 29?

  10. #18 by Barry Levinson on June 9, 2017 - 10:11 am

    George thanks for your question. As I have already stated I believe the motives of those running FFFF are different than mine. I do not own dozens of properties in and around downtown Fullerton or anywhere in Fullerton. I only own my personal residence. Therefore, I have no financial stake in how Fullerton is redeveloped and have fought very hard to stop the Agenda 21 high density, high-rise nightmare developments. I was the only one who called the DCCSP exactly what it was; an undemocratic power grab to put all the power of development in the hands of one unelected man. That man would have been the recently disgraced Joe Felz. I also correctly stated that if it was approved it would have created a system that would greatly encourage corruption and bribery. I say this because for if all it took was the approval of one unelected government appointee to decide the fate of dozens of multi-million dollar projects, the probability of bribery by one or more developers would be greatly increased. For when you place all the power over development in one unelected person you are literally asking for trouble and yet all five Fullerton Planning Commissioners approved the DCCSP.

    As you know, I would not support anyone currently on the city council. There are good caring and involved people here in Fullerton. Joe Imbriano, Zonya Townsend (who ran unsuccessfully for school board), Diane Hickey and a few others. If anyone of them chose to run they would have my complete support. We need knowledgable and good people to represent us. Unfortunately in Fullerton, special interests totally controls our city. I personally do not expect everyone to always agree with me but my motives are to make this city a better place to live and work in. I would not or will not sell my soul to do the bidding of special interest groups. I stated at public comments at a recent city council meeting that character counts. It is one of the four big C’s desperately needed for all elected representatives.

    It is really simple George. When anybody first runs for office they have to make a decision. That decision is whether they are running to help their fellow citizens or whether they are running to help themselves. If the answer swings toward the latter response, you will normally end up with a corrupt, phony politician.

    The other three C’s are also extremely important and they are Courage. Commitment and Candor. A politician who lacks courage is a political who will never fight the good fight for us. The old saying ” when the going gets tough, the tough get going” does not conjure up any elected officials in Fullerton. The third C is Commitment. A politician who does not have Commitment, will feel free to run for higher office before they have met most or even all of their commitments to the people they are currently supposed to serve. The fourth C is Candor. Now that is one that for the average politician is like mixing oil with water. In other words for most politicians not a good mix. That fact is extremely unfortunate and is at the crux of our dysfunctional Fullerton City government.

    I know in my heart that much of the venom that comes from may political enemies comes is the fact that I subscribe to those four C’s in every article I post and in every public comment I make before our City Council.

    Those four C’s are the enemy of every corrupt and phony politician. Please look for these qualities the next time you go into the ballot box and be forewarned that regardless of whether you like the political opinions of a candidate if they lack one or more of those four C’s, they will ultimately disappoint you.

    Finally, yes I am guilty of being an idealist. I think it is why I always strove to get an A in every course I took. It is not that I expected to always get an A but if your strive for a C or a D, you frequently end up failing. We as a nation can’t afford to fail anymore. Our country has to many problems caused by our government and it is way past the time that are government has to stop making our lives worse for us and our children and grand children.

  11. #19 by Anonymous on June 10, 2017 - 11:34 am

    Barry tells the truth, plain and simple. Barry uses facts, plain and simple. The FFFF blog uses about 8-10 people like who anyomously comment and post as a diversion. Just smoke and mirror tactics to keep the crooked status quo going for the benefit of some.

    The passage of the DCCSP was anxiously awaited by Bushala, and he did everything he could to politically stack the deck so it would. Barry told the truth and blew the lid off of that scam. Bushala and FFFF were silent on the DCCSP for a reason. It is painfully obvious that this was the case. It was Bushala’s plan all along to max out his holdings and collect a huge payday by developing his properties into high density housing that his plants on the council and commissions would rubber stamp. Sure he would move a historic building here or there to throw everyone a bone.Fact is he just hated The Redevelopment Agency because HE couldn’t control it and couldn’t guarantee his getting in on the action. He thought once he got his people in, he could pull all the stops out. Bushala is a developer. I find it troubling that people in his camp look the other way on that but then again, they are syophants hoping to get a turn on Tony’s teat like Bruce.

    • #20 by Hypocrite on June 10, 2017 - 1:08 pm

      Then why do you two comment under fake names?

      . . .

      I’ll wait.

    • #21 by Anonymous on June 11, 2017 - 8:50 am

      I was wary of Bushala years back when he acted like he was a kingmaker or something. He wanted pot clinics all over town. It is no secret that he, Whitaker and of course Norby are huge pro-marijuana advocates. If Bushala would have had his way a few years back, we would have been just like Anaheim in so many ways. Have you seen the development going on down there? Seen all the dispensaries? No thank you.

      • #22 by Anonymous on June 13, 2017 - 12:20 pm

        And he still does.

  12. #23 by I love Fullerton on June 12, 2017 - 9:55 am

    Barry Levinson has run for office several times to change this community for the better not because he was taking somebody’s money unknowingly and going to be part of somebody’s ulterior motives.

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