For every problem that isn’t a nail, there’s a moron ready to swing a hammer.
20 Days ago FFFF got another threatening letter from the City that said if we don’t stop reporting news and telling the public the truth about what’s actually happening in their town, apparently there will be consequences.
We told them to kick rocks.
What really strikes us as odd is how hard the city works to solve real problems v make work problems.
If they’re willing to go after local journalists connected to a blog that city employees routinely insist that no one reads, one can’t help but wonder what wrath the city brings down on real problems.
Can we assume that the city also takes things like life safety issues impacting the public, police brutality and sexual misconduct, wasted tax dollars, theft by employees, recklass or perhaps drunk driving by employees, or total disregard for budget discipline, public trust, and basic fairness as seriously as they take shutting down transparency?
Oh wait, we don’t need to assume anything as we know exactly what kind of resources the city spends on those problems. None.
We know because we broke and covered those stories.
Maybe that’s what this is about. Maybe the City is tired of having a group of “chronic malcontents” embarrass them by telling the truth.
Jan Flory? There’s plenty about her in our archives. Is she mad because we reported that she is totally inept concerning the budget or is she mad because we broke the news that her son was facing a criminal charge in Riverside. We hear his boss, District Attorney Todd Spitzer wasn’t too pleased about that.
Jennifer Fitzgerald? Where do we start with her. Her refusal to comply with a legitimate public records request concerning Joe Felz’s DUI (we broke the news about that one, too.) Her extensive double dipping of public time while lobbying for Curt Pringle and Associates (wait till you hear about the last trip you paid for)? Her broken campaign promises, including promising to never take a salary then taking one when she thought everyone forgot? We’ve embarrassed her lots by reporting the truth. We bet she’s pretty pissed.
Ahmad Zahra? We haven’t had much time to play with him yet, but we hear he’s pretty livid about our coverage of his massive flip-flop concerning his promise to voters concerning a special election earlier this year. We were pretty cool on his virtue signaling concerning what flag Fullerton should fly. One local paper took his side, we didn’t. Maybe he finds that upsetting.
Jesus Silva? We’re pretty sure he’s not pleased with our coverage concerning his decision to risk six figures of city funds to fix a problem he caused by running for a new office mid-term in 2018. Remember when we reported Silva changed election law a month before his contest to minimize damage to his reputation and the city treasury if he happened to win? Our coverage of his wife and the infamous SockGate is legendary. Jesus has a lot to be pissed about.
Bruce Whitaker? In 2017 we reminded the public of his role in creating, exacerbating, and enabling the downtown outdoor saloon creating mayhem and destruction every weekend. We also highlighted his campaign for State Senate, specifically his lack of a campaign, during the Great Josh Newman Recall. Maybe Bruce blames a lack of FFFF support for his loss a few years ago. We’re sure his feelings about our reporting aren’t exactly warm and fuzzy.
So is it really any wonder that the City Council and it’s employees want to silence FFFF? Should we really be surprised that we got yet another threatening letter from City Hall, apparently at the direction of politicians we’ve reported critically on over their tenures in office?
Of course not. They’re not threatening the Register or the Observer. They’re threatening us, the one local information source that published critical and true press that pissed them off.
You might have already seen our response.