If You Weren’t So Dumb You’d Know The Right Thing To Do


Accountability? It was never on the agenda.

And so education is the key. To that end our esteemed City Council voted 4-1 last week to pay some sort of “consultant” $129,000 between now and the November election to educate us all about why we need to vote for a new 16% increase in city sales taxes.

That’s right. A few minutes earlier, in the wee small hours, the council voted 4-1 to put a sales tax increase on the ballot. Then they added their little Maraschino cherry right on the top.

The government is not allowed to promote a ballot issue. Of course this prohibition never stopped agencies and school districts in the past. In fact they do it all the time. Wasting $129,000 gives them cover, they believe to promote their shake down. Well, we already know the “educational” pitch:

Lookit all the goodies we will get! Of course we should be getting all this stuff anyhow, if our city government were capable and honest instead of feeble, self-defensive, and in too many instance just corrupt. For years as our reserves were eroded every year Jennifer Fitzgerald and Jan Flory and their feel-good choir insisted that the budgets were balanced, projects were well-run, and infrastructure was prioritized. We all knew those were lies and now that we are scraping the bottom of the proverbial barrel it’s obvious to even the most oblivious observer.

For years Fitzgerald and company kept pouring money into the “public safety” sack, a move that endeared them to their union supporters but that jacked up payroll and pension costs while delivering zero increase in public safety. Our famous police department continued to nurture illegal behavior in its ranks and the City did its utmost to cover it all up.

Well these worthies have a tough row to hoe given the mood of the public and the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic. They’d better have a back-up plan because there’s little chance the electorate is going to want to protect the business-as-usual gang in City Hall. The completely hollow and cynical promise of oversight and audits isn’t going to persuade anybody.

 

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  1. #1 by Facts is Facts on July 13, 2020

    No reform, no tax. Giving them more money just means they’re gonna waste more.

  2. #2 by 1st District Resident on July 13, 2020

    I guess this means Fitzgerald is definitely out. Who’s her replacement stooge going to be?

  3. #3 by Pancy Nelosi on July 13, 2020

    How many city employees took a pay cut?

    We know the part-timers were laid off, but other than that, did they get penalized like the private businesses did?

    • #4 by Joe Sipowicz on July 13, 2020

      They told us Domer and the managers took some kind of cut, but even if true that would all be given back, and more, if a tax goes through.

  4. #5 by Anonymous on July 13, 2020

    Does that Nicole Bernard still sit around all day doing who knows what and making $150,000 a year? And they want to raise taxes to support that?

    • #6 by Anonymous on July 13, 2020

      Nope, she’s the Assistant City Manager in Tustin now.

      • #7 by Jeff G. on July 13, 2020

        Oh, crap…..

      • #8 by Anonymous on July 14, 2020

        Is that what they call it now?

      • #9 by Anonymous on July 14, 2020

        In other words, yes, but now in Tustin.

        • #10 by Anonymous on July 14, 2020

          There must be some flunky paid six figures to follow Dumer around all day.

    • #11 by Anonymous on July 22, 2020

      Those that think $150,000 is to much should go to transparentcalifornia.com > Cities > Fullerton and you will see that in 2019 it shows Nicole M. Bernard received $221,158.95 in salary & benefits.

  5. #12 by Suomi on July 13, 2020

    My takaway is that the City is treading a thin line as to permissible and impermissible subject to fines and even jail time if there is any “over the line” type activity.
    https://www.ca-ilg.org/sites/main/files/file-attachments/ballot_measures_and_public_agencies.pdf?1536041177&fbclid=IwAR3RbSPIeXvZz4L4klVlukV3JczMT4Ul4hCI_q0wgNdeZuROa9O7UcHhSnM

    • #13 by Facts is Facts on July 14, 2020

      Of course it’s a thin line. So thin that they’re going to go over it. But who’s going to stop them?

  6. #14 by H. Hefner on July 13, 2020

    Boy, that ballot proposition is about as stacked as anything I’ve ever seen in my life! That whole laundry list of benefits could have easily been replaced with two words: “Fix everything.”

  7. #15 by Anonymous on July 13, 2020

    I’m sure the fire union goons had a hand in crafting that ballot language given how frothy the hero worship oozes from it and they’re already salivating over all those extra dollars headed their way now….they’ve already started shopping for new RV’s, boats, vacation homes and down payments for new side businesses. Outsource EMS and there will be no need for a tax increase. Problem solved.

  8. #16 by Jeff G. on July 13, 2020

    Straight from the taxpayer into the police pension fund…

  9. #17 by Cold Chillin' Cops' Balls on July 14, 2020

    I would support a smaller tax increase solely for road improvements, even though I would hold my nose doing it (thinking of my fillings rattling out of my mouth while driving on Euclid between Malvern and Bastanchury yesterday). The laundry list mentioned is way too broad and vague for most people to support. As most of you realize, new taxes rarely go away.

  10. #18 by Anonymous on July 14, 2020

    Until ended by voters? Well who the fuck is going to get this on the ballot? Not the bureaucrat lovers on the council, that’s for sure.

  11. #19 by Anonymous on July 14, 2020

    So, uh, what were all the other taxes for, if not these things?

  12. #20 by Gary on July 18, 2020

    Help FIGHT THIS SALES TAX INCREASES… here are some efforts I have started:
    SIGN THE PETITION:
    http://chng.it/fVLv9QxrKq

    LIKE US ON FACEBOOK:
    https://www.facebook.com/Fullertonians-Against-Sales-Taxes-104141268050564

  13. #21 by Fullerton has La Palma Envy on July 21, 2020

    See La Palma. See La Palma City Staff and City Council members lie to voters and say it is to save our police. See the La Palma Police Officers Association fund the campaign and lie to residents too. See 61% of La Palma voters get fooled by the lies and approve the tax increase. See the lying La Palma City Council spend all the money on employee salary increases and pensions. Don’t be a fool. Don’t be like La Palma.

    Oh ya, remember when you hired Mike Sellers, one of “La Palma’s finest” to be your Police Chief? How did that work out for ya?

  14. #22 by Bill Chaffee on July 29, 2020

    I feel like a sucker for voting for the increase in fuel taxes and motor vehicle registration fees. I was under the impression that the revenue would go to fixing our roads. I see no evidence of road repairs since the measure passed. I think that the commercials supporting the measure were fraudulent.

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