The (Other) Case of the Missing Sidewalk


Híjole. Here’s an example of the special treatment that a well-connected developer can get in Fullerton. At Harbor and Orangethorpe, a fast food-type developer has been allowed to monopolize the sidewalk for the last six months. The use of this public space probably saved him a few bucks on construction. How thoughtful of our city planners!

Of course, this sidewalk is heavily used by poor pedestrians, who can’t seem to muster an equivalent offering up at city hall. So they’ll have to walk around. Or up the middle of the lane, as the hesitant abuela does in this video.

It’s only a matter of time before someone is hit by a car. Is this a fair deal for people of Fullerton?

By the way, I’m told this is the future site of Jersey Mike’s, Chipotle, The Habit, and a Verizon store.

  1. #1 by Bigly Jim on November 25, 2016

    Looks like the bus stop is gone, too. Sorry plebs.

  2. #2 by Safety Inspector on November 25, 2016

    They’ve been doing that a lot in Fullerton. The City should have required moving the fence as requied – or building a cover for the sidewalk during the length of construction.

    Numerous safety and ADA code violations are being violated here. Can any Fullerton building inspector see them? Bet not.

  3. #3 by Joshua Ferguson on November 25, 2016

    Well we wouldn’t want to discriminate against developers just because it negatively impacts the hoi polloi. The council is just following their predecessors footsteps from the other Mysterious Case of the Missing Sidewalk.

    http://www.fullertonsfuture.org/2009/the-mysterious-case-of-the-disappearing-downtown-sidewalk/

    • #4 by The Worm on November 25, 2016

      I better fix the title.

    • #5 by Jack F on November 25, 2016

      If they give the sidewalk back then it doesn’t even count as a good steal.

  4. #6 by Fullerton Historian on November 25, 2016

    That site is ground zero for Redevelopment in Fullerton. The El Torito building came and went in barely a generation – another testament of the transitory nature of Redevelopment success.

  5. #7 by Curious on November 25, 2016

    Allowing this to happen is total BULLSHIT. Someone NEEDS to be held accountable for letting this happen. There was an active bus stop there too. Whitaker, Seaborne, maybe Silva, (forget the others) pull your heads out and start holding people accountable in Fullerton.

    Do it during council communication comments or sooner, if you feel the same!

    THIS SUBJECT SHOULD PISS YOU OFF, AND IF IT DOESN’T THEN SHAME ON ME,

    • #8 by just a guy on November 26, 2016

      The intersection of people who care and people who know how to take action is extremely small.

  6. #9 by Anonymous on November 25, 2016

    How much did this developer contribute our illustrious mayor’s reelection campaign?

    • #10 by Jack F on November 25, 2016

      Impossible to know. Most of it was funneled through out-of-town PACs. But you know the money was there.

    • #11 by Clean the record on January 7, 2017

      Fitzgerald is an unrestrained, unbalanced prodeveloper.

  7. #12 by Joe FelzGood on November 26, 2016

    What ever happened with Molly’s Pies?

  8. #13 by Spike My 401 please Mr Orange on November 27, 2016

    “City Planners”? You must mean “retirement planners” and that includes all departments because that is the only thing any of them have on their agenda.

  9. #14 by V Ford on January 7, 2017

    I read somewhere where one female city council member was heavily involved with real estate developers or actually works for one of them. Is this true?

    • #15 by Johnny Donut on January 7, 2017

      Yes. Fullerton council member Jennifer Fitzgerald is a career lobbyist who derives all of her income from selling influence to developers and government contractors.

      Her position on the city council is a direct conflict of influence with her employment.

  10. #16 by Anonymous on January 7, 2017

    “By the way, I’m told this is the future site of Jersey Mike’s, Chipotle, The Habit, and a Verizon store.”

    How original! As if we didn’t have those businesses anywhere else in Fullerton.

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