As FFFF’s Grover Cleveland has pointed out, the City of Fullerton has no fewer than 7 pending or likely law suits pending – and that’s just what’s on the Agenda!
After the shock wears off, let’s look at the rest of tonight’s Agenda.
There are the usual meeting minutes and funding transfers. There’s an agreement between the Fullerton Redevelopment Agency and the City of Fullerton so that the City/RDA can pay the State so that the City can keep the RDA.
The price tag is staggering: $54,701,015!!! And this is in addition to paying off tens of millions in bond debt incurred thanks to Bankhead, Jones, and even McKinley. And this is “under the radar” in the Consent Calendar where we usually see minor routine action items. More often then not, however, this is where staff places big ticket items (like the City Manager’s FAT raise or this RDA agreement to pay blood money to the State.)
Oh but wait! It gets better. In the same agreement there is a schedule of payments to the tune of $58,383,657 to cover RDA administrative costs!
And almost as an after thought, the agreement schedules “housing administration annual costs” which will total $16,234,607!
Shaking my head and moving forward to Item 4 of the Agenda’s Consent Calendar, we find an extension for an exclusive agreement. JMI Realty LLC and The Morgan Group Inc. need another 18 months to plan development of the Fullerton Transportation Center . I know, you thought the Transportation Center was built and in use. No, the Redevelopment crowd wants to strategically bulldoze the area and erect apartments and bars dubbed “mixed use”. JMI and the Morgan Group have been getting extensions since 2006. At some point any rational person would have told these clowns NO. They have had 5 years to get their act together and have FAILED just like the rest of our City’s fine Redevelopment efforts to reward Cadillac dealers and big-box retailers.
Time for an aspirin.
Item 5 amounts to a $370,093 expenditure for hardware and software that staff hopes will streamline the plan submittal process. The funding comes from the Air Quality Improvement Trust Fund and AQMD has confirmed that these funds would be well spent on the new technology. If it works – and that is a big IF – it will be a big help for anyone submitting any plans.
Have you ever driven in from Anaheim, Placentia , Buena Park , or Brea and realize the moment you have entered Fullerton by the distinct sound of your car’s suspension system being pummeled by our pothole riddled streets? Item 6 is a paving agreement between Fullerton and Brea that intends to lessen the blow encountered when entering Fullerton from Brea on State College Boulevard. Brea will fix their section and we will fix ours. What a novel idea…
And moving into the Regular Business we are presented with the Taskforce on Homelessness and Mental illness. Item 7 includes a long list of who’s who of liberal activists and cling-ons. Among them are Rusty Kennedy, Pam Keller, and Kitty Jaramillo. Also included is Ron Thomas- I need not explain that. Missing from the list is Reverend Wiley Drake. Some consider him to be a goofy over-the-top religious nut but those who have dealt with North Orange County ’s homelessness know he is an incredibly caring and compassionate man who helps the homeless and mentally ill everyday. Also missing from the list are representatives from St. Jude Medical Center and law enforcement (FPD & OC Sheriff Dept.). Both St. Jude and local law enforcement need to be involved and on the same page.
At the conclusion of this Item is a note about FPD training. How much of the training will cover homeless and mental illness as compared with their hours of riot training and suppression of free speech remains to be seen.
Time for a drink.
I hope we see a lot of people at tonight’s meeting who share their outrage over FPD’s anti-honking campaign to suppress the free speech of the public. And where’s the video? Why hasn’t the Council looked at the actions of those officers, the police command staff, and other employees? Our Council is neglecting their duties.
Frustrated we move on to Agenda Item 8. The Council will appoint one of their own to sit on the CALGRIPP Advisory Committee. CALGRIPP is the California Gang Reduction, Intervention, and Prevention Program, a two-year state-funded anti-gang program.
Item 9 is the City’s Financial Report. Somebody call Levinson to audit these numbers. A few numbers I’m concerned with include the Water Fund (10%-11% is skimmed off and slipped into the General Fund to cover employee salaries and benefits) and the Sewer and Sanitation Funds paid through utility bills. FFFF has shown these funds have all been used inappropriately to cover salaries and benefits for employees including those in Planning, Human Resources, and the Fire Department. I’m surprised the Library doesn’t get in on the action.
Item 10 is labeled as “Approval of Amended and Restated Goals and Policies for Community Facilities Districts.” It turns out that someone at City Hall wants to “explore” the formation of a new community facilities district in the Amerige Heights neighborhood to help support new residential development. But before they can create a new district, the City has to update the goals and policies for these districts. Most of the verbiage has to do with bond funding and credit/debt management.
I’m sure I missed something but this Agenda has made me rather ill. So, please read the agenda and let us all know what else is going on.
The City Council meeting will open up to public comments at about 6:30PM in the Council Chambers. Seating is limited in the Council Chambers so you may be stuck in the lobby or library. Be sure to step up and tell the 3 blind mice (and the others) what you think of the way they are running your city.