WHAT DID THE ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE SEE THAT OUR FULLERTON POLICE DEPARTMENT HEADED AT THAT TIME BY DAN HUGHES DID NOT SEE FOUR MONTHS AFTER THE REPORTED HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT BY FORMER CITY MANAGER JOE FELZ? BY BARRY LEVINSON


 

EX CITY MANAGER JOE FELZ ACCUSED OF DUI AND HIT AND RUN

It took almost four months for former City Manager Joe Felz to be charged with two misdemeanor counts for DUI and hit and run accident that occurred in the wee hours of November 9th 2016.

It certainly provides evidence that the decision made by Dan Hughes our former Police Chief and now a head security honcho for the Disneyland Resorts in Anaheim, can now be officially called into question.

What was that decision?  It was to ignore the evidence that an officer on the scene said he smelled alcohol on the breath of Joe Felz and that Mr. Felz left the scene of an accident with damages.

Is this just another example of how the Fullerton Police Department throws serious criminal matters under the rug?  If so, can we as a people of laws tolerate those at the highest level of law enforcement abusing the power of their position?

Now the real question to be asked is this:  Will the Orange County District Attorney’s office file charges against former Fullerton Police Chief Dan Hughes for failure to arrest a high level City Employee; ignoring evidence that Joe Felz had committed one or more crimes?  Clearly, by allowing his officers to not carry out their sworn duty under the law, former Police Chief Dan Hughes also committed a crime that has much more serious ramifications than the hit and run accident itself.

Dan Hughes

We commend District Attorney Tony Rackauckas for having his office finally file charges against Joe Felz.  However, his job is not yet done.  For there is probable cause to charge Dan Hughes for failing to uphold the law when he apparently directed the officers at the scene to drive Joe Felz home rather than arrest him.

We are now waiting for the Orange County District Attorney to prove to us that there can only be one set of laws for all Americans and that those laws must be administered fairly and objectively.  We anxiously wait for him to take the right action, the ethical action and the correct legal action by filing criminal charges of obstruction and any other statutes that may have been broken by our former City Police Chief Dan Hughes? Listen to Dan Hughes after he tried to frame Barry Levinson. This is the same police cheif that made sure a drunk driver got a ride from police to his house instead of jail and is now 2nd in command at Disneyland security. In my opinion Dan Hughes belongs in jail.

P.S.  I truly hope that the Disney Corporation will also do the right thing and reconsider the recent placement of Dan Hughes in a very high position of authority in its Security Organization.  As a good corporate citizen, the failure to reconsider its recent hire will at the very least call into question their judgment.  At worst it will send a signal that the Disney Corporation apparently accepts a code of conduct by a high-level management employee that is not worthy of the Disney name.

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  1. #1 by Fullerton's Conscience on March 8, 2017 - 4:15 pm

    Dan Hughes must be charged with breaking the very law that he has been paid millions of dollars to enforce and millions more while he collects his very large six figure pension plus retiree health care.

    Joe Felz deserves some jail time for his flagrant abuse of both the law and of his position.

    It is a travesty of justice that these two men will collect millions of dollars each in retirement even though they both abused their public servant positions and both broke the law.

  2. #2 by Anonymous on March 8, 2017 - 5:47 pm

    All I can say is sometimes people in power get exactly what they have earned and greatly deserve.

    I think it would be appropriate for all of us who know Joe Felz to be one of the most political slimy city managers ever that we hold our glasses high and give him the following toast.

    Here is to former City Manager Joe Felz. You finally got what was coming to you, even though you got a four month reprieve from your equally culpable and guilty friend, former Police Chief Dan Hughes.

  3. #3 by Anonymous on March 8, 2017 - 10:01 pm

    There were many crimes committed that night for sure. Probably Felz will walk because they gathered no evidence to convict him. Its all a show.

    • #4 by Anonymous on April 10, 2017 - 4:09 pm

      You better watch your backs you big mouthed bitches!Raarrrr!

  4. #5 by Barry Levinson on March 9, 2017 - 1:30 am

    We can only hope that justice will be carried out here.

  5. #6 by Fullerton-The Most Corrupt City in California on March 9, 2017 - 6:59 am

    The so-called “objective” former Police Chief stated that people think Mr. Levinson is crazy and unstable and that he could hate Mr. Levinson but not to worry for he stated that he can be objective dealing with the same Mr. Levinson. I can tell all of you one thing and that is you would have to be crazy to believe that former Police Chief Dan Hughes was objective with the investigation that he admitted he lead from start to finish.
    I like to know how many other investigations that Police Chief Dan Hughes personally lead during the time he was in the role of Police Chief? The answer is probably zero. I believe Dan Hughes has shown that he can be very vindictive, very dishonest and very willing to ignore the facts to go after someone he stated he hates. The fact that he has such a high position of power in the Security Division of the Disney Corporation should be very scary to all that visit their properties.

    • #7 by Anonymous on March 20, 2017 - 7:58 am

      The DA has the case on Felz now so the fix is in. Felz will plea down to a wet reckless and pay a fine. Felz walks with fat pension and small fine- End of story.

  6. #8 by Fullerton-The Most Corrupt City in California on March 9, 2017 - 11:56 am

    The above is just one more example of how our former Police Chief Dan Hughes was not objective and did not conduct himself in his official capacity as Fullerton Police Chief to deal fairly and objectively with all people in the community.

    The question now is will our Orange County District Attorney treat Dan Hughes like any other person in his jurisdiction or give him favorable treatment.

    We are awaiting the answer to that very pertinent question.

    • #9 by Barry Levinson on March 19, 2017 - 1:21 pm

      Now that the OC District Attorney’s Office has charged Joe Felz, it is incumbent, I would say imperative that they now charge Dan Hughes with at the very least obstruction of justice. The fact is that it is precisely because the OC District Attorney’s Office works closely with all local law enforcement that they must consistently demonstrate that law enforcement personnel are not above the law. It is one of the main criteria that is supposed to distinguish a democracy from a dictatorship.

  7. #10 by G on March 10, 2017 - 1:08 am

    Hughes was nothing more than a bag man for the FPD bosses and the DA. The Disney gig was really a promotion for him. Club 33 has an entrance to the tunnels.

    • #11 by Anonymous on March 10, 2017 - 7:11 pm

      Tunnels as in pedophilia ?

      • #12 by Bart on March 11, 2017 - 2:54 pm

        Children go missing every day at Disneyland. Club 33 is a well attended socialite masonic club with entrance to tunnels.

        • #13 by fpd bagman on March 20, 2017 - 4:11 pm

          Walt was a chain smoking pedophile who spent weeks underground. My Uncle worked there and there were many many tunnels where he and others were never allowed to go. Disney is an evil company. Just look below the surface and you will see they are really into corrupting children. Nice article exposing Disney on this site. Hughes is a dirty rat who probably has control over access to the tunnels.

  8. #14 by Anonymous on March 15, 2017 - 5:26 pm

    Hughes was a heavy handed cold blooded creep. His new home fits him like a glove. Disney is a dark empire and he is right where they want him.

  9. #15 by Barry Levinson on March 16, 2017 - 3:06 pm

    I believe Hughes obstructed justice when his officers did not arrest Joe Felz after Hughes was contacted at 1:30 AM in the wee hours of November 9, 2016. Obviously, we now know that the OC District Attorney’s Office believes there was probable cause to charge Mr. Felz on not one but on two separate charges…DUI and leaving the scene of a crime.

    It should be a crime that any person convicted of a crime especially if it relates to their conduct on the job receives their full pension benefits. In my opinion, it makes a total mockery of our public pension system. Every public employment contract should have a stipulation that in the case of being convicted of any crime jeopardizes their pension and retiree health care benefits.

  10. #16 by Anonymous on March 20, 2017 - 10:46 pm

    Felz was charged and he has an attorney but I have a real serious question. How is it possible to not administer a blood or breath test when someone has had an accident and they smell of alcohol?

  11. #17 by Barry Levinson on April 5, 2017 - 12:17 pm

    Clearly, both the Disney Corporation and the OC District Attorney’s Office have decisions to make with regard to former Fullerton Police Chief Danny Hughes

    One question is simply do they really believe or care about their images? If so, their choices are very clear. Disney as the advertised family friendly and happiest place on earth should part ways with Danny Hughes. No citizen can or should feel secure in a city where the Police Chief does not apparently always follow the law and normal police procedures for all citizens. If the citizens of fullerton should not feel secure and safe with Danny Hughes at the helm, why should those in attendance at Disney sites feel safe and secure with Danny Hughes holding such a high level security position with that corporation. The OCDA office’s role to ensure that our criminal justice system works equally for all should dictate their filing obstruction of justice charges against him for his officer’s failure to arrest Joe Felz on November 9, 2016. I believe that evidence of obstruction of justice is overwhelming against Danny Hughes in my humble opinion. As police chief he directed the actions of his police officers on the scene as well as directing another officer of his choosing to go to the scene after the fact loosing valuable time before a so-called sobriety test was conducted with Joe Felz That in my opinion makes him uniquely culpable for the decision to not arrest Joe Felz at that time.

    A good image takes a very long time to create. It only takes an instance to ruin or greatly damage that image.

    I hope both organizations decide to do the right thing, the moral thing and in the case of the OCDA office do the legally meritorious thing. Time is running out for both organizations to step up to the plate!

  12. #18 by Anonymous on April 6, 2017 - 8:18 am

    Barry, you should have been charged with assault years ago. you calling for anyone to be charged with a crime is laughable.

  13. #19 by Fullerton - The Most Corrupt City in California on April 6, 2017 - 12:46 pm

    Dan Hughes did try to make false charges stick against Mr. Levinson but as hard as he tried to railroad him, he had no case.

    Just another reason Dan Hughes needs to be held to account by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. He is a bad man.

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