One year ago today I wrote my first piece for this site, Friends for Fullerton’s Future. It was on the tail end of my lackluster city council bid when I was approached to join the site. I was asked to keep up the writing that I was doing during my campaign but here instead of my own site to which I was agreeable. No timelines had been discussed or content hashed out but the premise was we would revive FFFF because nobody else was effectively putting a spotlight on Fullerton’s abysmal government.
Then Joe Felz killed Sappy McTree after drinking his way through every election party in downtown.
One year ago this morning Joe Felz “took a wide turn” and ran down a tree only for Fullerton’s Finest to be called to the scene of the crime and offer cookies and a glass of milk to our beleaguered city manager instead of the breathalyzer and night in the drunk tank any regular Joe would have received.
One year ago this morning and still the bodycam videos have not been released.
One year ago this morning and we’re still waiting for a trial to begin.
One year ago this morning and still the city council has refused to even bother to publicly inquire into the corruption and cover-up opting instead to allow the city attorney to hide public records from view lest somebody pay to sue them.
One year ago this morning and we know little more about that day than we did on that very morning.
Joe Felz allegedly driving drunk and hitting a tree was a problem. The unprofessional and corrupt way with which Dan Hughes dealt with it on his way out of the door to his 6-figure retirement & new job as Disneyland hack was worse.
Worse still was the lack of effort put forth by our city council. Lack of effort is actually too nice. Then mayor Jennifer Fitzgerald straight cried for her good friend Felz giving not a damn about public trust or long standing issues of corruption within FPD as is the norm from lying bootlickers.
This is the same Republican Jennifer Fitzgerald who originally ran for council on ending pension spiking and double dipping by our “heroes” and has yet to find a pay raise or budget handout she can avoid saddling the taxpayers with on their behalf.
Then Mayor Pro-Tem Jan Flory, a Democrat, was actually worse. Being a liberal union hack meant that she never cared about government corruption unless it affected her personally and even then I doubt that she wouldn’t have simply turned masochist just to give city employees whatever they wanted.
Doug Chaffee (D) has done nothing to get to the bottom of the issue, the same with Greg Sebourn (R). Jesus Silva (D) is so lazy and/or carefree on corruption that he can’t be bothered to bring back his own wife’s oversight idea from the post Kelly Thomas days. The same guy shouting about Milo talking at CSUF is strangely silent on actual issues of the power structure using their positions for official corruption. Which pretty much puts him in line with every other hack politician.
Then there’s Bruce Whitaker. The man who would be Senator. The esteemed current Mayor of our little metropolis hiding a culture of corruption.
He became Mayor for his second term around the same time Dan Hughes & Joe Felz retired. Under his current tenure we had both an acting Police Chief and an acting City Manger both of whom have since been replaced by full on staff. Did our Mayor use this opportunity and gap in leadership to demand accountability? Did he agendize public discussion on oversight or really anything at all to end the appearance of a cover-up and official corruption?
No. Of course not.
That would get in the way of campaigning and you don’t want those big union dollars coming after you during an election so it’s best to ignore any issues the heroes deem unseemly. Just like the Senator in Legally Blonde 2, Whitaker wants to be in office to do good but refuses to do good because then he wouldn’t be in office while wholly missing the problem with his milquetoast brand of leadership.
One year ago I started writing for FFFF and two month ago I stopped for much the same reason. I started writing for FFFF because I think some of the people involved have the best intentions and are of a caliber of character I can only hope to achieve. I’m proud to have met the writers I know and amused to have written with the ones I do not. I stopped because I have no faith in the Fullerton City Council and am tired of beating the dead horse of accountability to a council so against even the things they themselves campaigned upon.
I’m tired of putting up with fools like Gretchen Cox calling me out on her trite little Facebook group as a “chronic malcontent” because I demand my government, paid for with money stolen via taxation, be accountable to it’s people.
I’m tired of watching Jennifer Fitzgerald roll her eyes at me from the dais because she doesn’t mean anything she says and would never put taxpayers ahead of her employer’s profits.
I’m tired of watching people like Jesus Silva bumble their way through meetings. A math teacher too inept or lazy to the do the basic arithmetic required to even vaguely notice that our budgets don’t balance and our liabilities are unaffordable.
I’m tired of the Greg Sebourns who when put on the spot to demand fiscal accountability talk a good game but when rebuked by city staff and shown to be wrong still rolls with the status quo and gives the heroes just about anything they want.
I’m tired of the Doug Chaffees who put government first and the people dead last while apparently gearing up to support a nepotistic campaign to put family in office.
But also I’m tired of the Bruce Whitakers who are constantly putting running for office ahead of actually accomplishing anything of substance. If Whitaker can’t accomplish anything or bring any accountability to Fullerton despite having a 3-2 (R) majority because the vote is always against him then what does he hope to accomplish in Sacramento when he’ll be in a minority party full of GOP sell-outs like Anthony Cannella? Even the underpants gnomes had more fully vetted plans to explain their actions and goals.
One year ago today Joe Felz was given a pass for a crime that we normally award officers for enforcing and in that year nobody in office has done anything to make it right. Not the Republicans who claim to believe in accountable government. Not the Democrats who claim to believe in equality under the law.
I’m ashamed of Fullerton’s city council. I’m ashamed of their cowardice. I’m ashamed of their compliance with corruption.
When we needed leadership in Fullerton we got cronyism followed by low-energy the likes of which Jeb! couldn’t even manage.
One year to the day since our esteemed City Manager proved how lazy, corrupt and/or incompetent our electeds are in this town when it comes to doing the basic job of keeping the public trust.
So Happy Felziversary – the day we remember the myths of accountability and responsible government in Fullerton.