Bleeding Hearts Line Up for Redevelopment Cash


Apparently, the Redevelopment staff got the word out to those already receiving City funds to get behind this redevelopment expansion if you want to score brownie points and maybe a little more dinero.

Speakers at Tuesday’s hearing in favor of the expansion included Jim Ranii of the Museum Board. Of course, the Museum is not blighted (is it, Jim?) and is not eligible for any funding by expanding the RDA. Muckenthaler Director Zoot Velasco talked of the “hidden blight” in Southwest Fullerton. Let’s hope its not so well hidden when it’s challenged in court. And, Zoot, the Muck cannot receive any future loot, so why allow yourself to be used by RDA staff? Then the folks from OCCLA who want grafitti removal (714-738-3108) and code enforcement (they don’t need redevelopment for either), and the Chamber of Commerce director Terresa Harvey, begging for hand outs for her fellow board members like Scott Dowds (who also spoke in favor). And lastly let’s not forget old Louis Kuntz Sr., who supported the expansion as well. Not surprising, since his son Louis Jr. and the Morgan Company who already got an $18 million public gift (including the gift of a public street–100 block East Whiting) from the Agency for his downtown apartment complex…. maybe there are some more profitable projects looming for him in the expanded area.

Now you know what happened to E. Whiting Ave.
Now you know what happened to E. Whiting Ave.

Of course, their pleas had nothing to do with blight. In order to legally declare an area “redevelopment” the area must be blighted.

The process limps forward towards a legal battle, with Shawn Nelson and Sharon Quirk in opposition. At least Nelson and Quirk respect the law that they have sworn to uphold. Stay tuned.

11 Replies to “Bleeding Hearts Line Up for Redevelopment Cash”

  1. Someone presented a photograph of a bottlecap in the grass as an example of blight. That’s called “litter”…. it happens everywhere and the solution is to pick it up.

    Redevelopment can’t solve that problem unless you send them out with some trash bags. Hey, that sounds like a good idea…

  2. WHat happened to The Fullerton Harpoon? This place isn’t as salty as it used to be. He would have ripped these people apart.

    1. Admin, you forgot to list Dick Phelps as one of the speakers who spoke in favor of the big government expansion and also Marty Burbank, what’s happening to your mind?

      1. Dave, my mind is fine (it’s John not “Dick” Phelps), it’s my heart that’s bleeds 🙁 watching the council (Bankhed, Jones, Kellr) mislead so many people into believing that the “agency” is going to ride (on a white horse) right into West Fullerton with cash for all the indigent, weak, poor souls all because they don’t have the phone number to the city’s graffiti hotline or code enforcement.

  3. You have to feel for the poor bastards. They think redevelopment means somehow they wont have graffiti and they will have a chance at some cash. With liberals like Pam Kellar (sorry Pam but just because you dont know what fiscal conservatism means doesn’t mean we don’t) and Dick Jones (yes Dick, just because your friends are republicans doesnt mean your actions aren’t liberal) on the council promising them future happiness its no wonder they are excited.

  4. The boohoos lined up because they are good liitle Germ(an)s waiting for the City staff to dish out CDBG gravy to them whe the time comes. It won’t help.

    Phelps is a parasite of Redevelopment – as bad a pine sap beetle as Chaplusky ever was. Remember when they gave him a “good guy” cash payment of public funds because he leased up his property? This bullshit is going to end.

    I apologize. The Phelps/Redevelopment relationship is symbiotic. They both suck off each other.

    As far as the Little Chamber of Horrors is concerned, our priority in the next year is to clean out the dead wood, the non-business influences, and the incompetent City Hall lackeys. We’re coming for you! And we’re going to use your own members to clean out the infection.

    1. Arnold, you need to watch this past council meeting and you’ll understand what Willis’ talking about.

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