The text messages

Public employees’ work-related email and text messages sent on their personal devices through their private accounts are public records.  

Brendan O’Reilly and Rob Sims cozy up before the agenda item is rammed through

Hangar 21’s Rob Sims and Fullerton Airport manager Brenden Oreilly sit next to each other during a council meeting where the council voted Air Combat USA out of The Fullerton Airport and voted to turn Mike Blackstone’s hangar into a nightclub.

It has been a long and winding road to get rid of a long time tenant at the airport and make room for Sims’s business. According to Mike Blackstone of Air Combat USA, it has been one riddled with crooked deals, lies and potentially criminal behavior. He has filed a lawsuit against the city for Breach of Contract.

One of the exhibits in the lawsuit is the text messages (click the screen shots below) between a city employee, namely the airport manager, Brendon Oreilly, and a La Habra reserve narcotics officer Rob Sims, who leases two helicopters for his aviation business that he wants to expand into an event business (read that nightclub on the tarmack)

At issue are allegations that City officials intentionally lied to Mike Blackstone about the lease renewal date in the wake of his father’s death and an ongoing mutiny inside his company.


Here are more text messages (click the screen shot below)



Fullerton Public Works director Don Hoppe

Public works director Don Hoppe allegations made in the lawsuit, one such allegation is that Don Hoppie intentionally lied to Mr. Blackstone about the terms of his lease.

Fullerton City Attorney Dick Jones

Among the allegations made in the lawsuit, one such allegation is that the city attorney’s office intentionally lied to Mr. Blackstone about the terms of his lease as well.

Here is the alleged timeline of the events that led up to the lawsuit. (click on the screen shot below)

The Trial begins in January of 2018. We will keep you posted.




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  1. #1 by Anonymous on December 27, 2017 - 8:36 am

    I can’t believe what I’m reading!!! Did Brendan, Don and everyone in the city forget that everything they do can and will be made public?? Wow! It’s one of the perks of being a government employee….It seems like Rob and Brendan are old frat boys! It doesn’t look like they had a professional relationship.
    Sounds like a great PTA dad!! He gets the dad of year award!! Dicks and PTA in one sentence! How appropriate!!
    Looks like Blackstone was telling the truth! Collusion!! The RFP was rigged!

    • #2 by chickn on December 27, 2017 - 12:02 pm

      What a couple of really stupid and arrogant bastards.

    • #3 by Anonymous on December 28, 2017 - 8:17 pm

      PTA dad? Yeah right.

      • #4 by Anonymous on January 3, 2018 - 2:19 pm

        Sims has been the focus of favorable write ups in Behind the Badge. That is generally reserved for the insiders. It all makes perfect sense, especially with these text messages.

  2. #5 by chickn on December 27, 2017 - 4:19 pm

    Dick Jones has his fat dirty hands in all kinds of crazy shit. You guys need to investigate his ass.

  3. #8 by Connie on December 27, 2017 - 6:39 pm

    Those two talk to each other like a couple of bush league brats. This is Fullerton’s airport manager? They seem as if they are really close friends the way they talk. Is that unusual for a city official to sit next to someone involved in a lawsuit? It sure looks like they are working together.

  4. #9 by Anonymous on December 27, 2017 - 8:15 pm

    Hey Brendan, the glove fits and you did step on your (beep)!

  5. #10 by Anonymous on December 27, 2017 - 9:40 pm

    The FAA won’t do shit. You already have these arangements at other airports. Go back to pulling weeds in your garden or something.

    • #11 by Anonymous on December 29, 2017 - 11:50 am

      Why should they? No one has done anything wrong. Just more fake news here.

      • #12 by Joe Imbriano on December 29, 2017 - 1:35 pm

        Then why are you here?

      • #13 by Anonymous on December 29, 2017 - 3:21 pm

        Freedom of Information Act was put in place to keep government employees in check. What you’re reading was provided by Brendan himself. It’s the law…

  6. #14 by pork chop on December 29, 2017 - 9:09 pm

    Jones is one slick pig.

  7. #15 by Anonymous on December 31, 2017 - 12:08 pm

    This will never go to trial. Blackstone is broke and will puss out.

    • #16 by Anonymous on January 12, 2018 - 10:59 am

      LOL. Uhh, he owns 11 airplanes… I don’t think he’s broke.

  8. #17 by Anonymous on December 31, 2017 - 6:05 pm

    And he has no case. Those documents and text messages are meaningless. They prove nothing. Very simple people! He didn’t request an extension in writing per the terms of the lease. The reason he didn’t is because he had no business and it was going down the tubes. If any of this had meaning he may have gotten his restraining order after three attempts. Move on already!

    • #18 by Anonymous on January 1, 2018 - 3:23 pm

      When they flat out lie like the above post, you know that the crooks at City Hall are very worried.

      He has the money, he has a very good case and he is going to trial.

    • #19 by The Truth is Truth on January 3, 2018 - 6:57 am

      I call people like you virtual stone throwers… spineless. The truth is indisputable. Brendan, maliciously lied! He admitted it in court documents. How do you defend a liar? He lied with the help of Don Hoppe, for their personal gain and it has backfired. He picked a fight with the wrong guy… He and everyone involved will be exposed. He is by far the worst airport manager and I don’t see him being employed after the jury trial ends. He is a liability to the city, just like Fitzgerald.

  9. #20 by Anonymous on January 1, 2018 - 8:56 pm

    Happy New Year. May 2018 land a whole bunch of Fullerton officials and police in jail where they belong. Lay it all bare you guys. This city is a cesspool.

  10. #21 by Anonymous on January 3, 2018 - 8:55 am

    Dissapointing! I was looking forward to something juicy. These texts turn up a whole lot of nothing. In fact it’s beginning to look more and more like this manager is actually on the up and up. Damnit. Oh well…what’s next?

  11. #22 by Fullerton - The Most Corrupt City in California on January 3, 2018 - 11:02 am

    Once again the crooked City government officials are extremely worried that they finally may well get caught and be held accountable. Now that is a concept I can support.

  12. #23 by Anonymous on January 3, 2018 - 8:08 pm

    Lawsuit has no legs and will only make attorneys more rich. Blackstone may be the one who is picking a fight with the wrong guy. We shall see. Stay tuned.

  13. #24 by Anonymous on January 3, 2018 - 9:01 pm

    No one is afraid because no one did anything wrong except for Blackstone when he tore the hangar apart before he was kicked out.

    • #25 by Anonymous on January 4, 2018 - 8:11 am

      Knowingly lying to council about having an FAA waiver is a crime.

      I’d call that wrong.

  14. #26 by Anonymous on January 3, 2018 - 11:43 pm

    Mike Jr severely neglected that property and is completely undeserving of any space on that airport. Weeds and trash riddled the property along with peeling paint and a trashy appearance. I drove by the property today and can see that we finally have someone who cares about with is going on. Has anyone seen the handy work that was done near the Magnolia gate? Hangar 21 didn’t have to do that work but they care about what is going on and are already leaving a positive impact. I knew Mike Sr. as good as anyone and I truly cared about his business and I assure you he is proud to see what is happening with that property.

    • #27 by Anonymous on January 4, 2018 - 10:37 am

      I heard about that gardening outside the airport.

      Using airport revenue for non airport use is also a crime. That median is not part of the airport and it’s pretty damn clear these “gifts” were a heavy component of the city’s preferential treatment of the RFP

      These idiots don’t know when to quit.

      Walk away Hangar 21. They’ll flip on you first chance they get.

      • #28 by Anonymous on January 4, 2018 - 12:05 pm

        Isn’t that called Insurance Fraud? Did Hangar 21 receive their big fat check from the city yet?

    • #29 by Anonymous on January 4, 2018 - 11:57 am

      Funny story, Mike Sr moved in 2011 and Jr. did not get control of the company till June 2016. Mike Sr left his cronies in that place after he passed. It was dump before Mike Sr moved in. That building should have been demolished. Mike Sr. invested thousands of dollars and did the best he could. So tell me again how Mike Jr. neglected the place? The uncle that was “running” the business embezzled thousands of dollars and didn’t do anything to make repairs to the building or to simply leave the money in the company checking account, where it belonged. You think Mike Sr. would be proud knowing that his brother was stealing from him for years!! I mean years! Or how his chief pilot orchestrated a mutiny? Or how his girlfriend worked with the airport manager to get rid of Air Combat USA because she had her own hidden agenda? ( She referred to Mike Sr as her investment) Or to see how horrible his son has been teated? Poor man can’t even rest in peace. So no, Mike Sr. would not be proud. He would be disgusted. I knew the man too.

    • #30 by Anonymous on January 13, 2018 - 3:19 pm

      The hangar was gutted by Sims and then they turned around and filed an insurance claim for damages. That sounds like insurance fraud to me. I wonder if the law applies to cops?

      • #31 by Anonymous on February 21, 2018 - 9:37 am

        This thing is about to blow wide open! Job openings at City Hall are imminent.

  15. #32 by Old School on February 14, 2018 - 10:15 am

    FPD Sgt. Jeff Corbett served notice and was fired yesterday. A good day for the people of Fullerton and bonus points for the new Chief of Police. Many feel criminal charges are forthcoming.

    • #33 by Joe Imbriano on February 14, 2018 - 2:11 pm

      Thank you. Maybe Paul Irish can get his job back now.

      • #34 by Anonymous on February 14, 2018 - 9:03 pm

        who is paul irish?

  16. #35 by 460.2750 on February 14, 2018 - 10:19 pm

    More departures are in the works. It may be worth noting that all charges forthcoming will be felonies. It is about time some good, honest police officers will be able to finally get the promotions that they so rightfully have deserved.

  17. #36 by Anonymous on February 18, 2018 - 8:49 am

    We shall see. Whatever happened to the charges against Felz himself? Did he get off scott free?

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