For those new to this story, a fraudulent Conditional Use Permit “Master Application Form” was illegally modified to allow a tenet, Joe Florentine, to change the property rights of a property owned by somebody else.
When this story first came up, Dick Jones of Jones & Mayer, the City Attorney tried to run cover for the fraud by claiming that Florentine had standing to make changes to the property rights based on an old non-relevant case in San Francisco. What the City Attorney didn’t answer, and nobody on City staff has managed to explain to date, is why the City aided and abetted fraud and forgery?
Irrespective of the alleged ability of Florentine to request changes to his permitting, he didn’t have the right to falsify or forge a document.
Here’s the CA Penal Code on forgery:
115 (a) Every person who knowingly procures or offers any false or forged instrument to be filed, registered, or recorded in any public office within this state, which instrument, if genuine, might be filed, registered, or recorded under any law of this state or of the United States, is guilty of a felony.
We know that the Master Application Form was falsified, there is no question on that front. The area for the “Signature of Property Owner” was illegally replaced with “Signature of Applicant/Use Owner”.
On top of the Forgery, we have the problem of Perjury. Joe Florentine submitted a false document and signed, under penalty of perjury, in the presence of a notary that he had the “authorized capacity” to sign it when after years of signing city documents he would have known that was false.
Florentine likewise wouldn’t have been communicating with city staff about the above San Francisco case if he didn’t know that he wasn’t authorized to sign this newly falsified form.
So what has Fullerton done about this forgery/perjury that was excused all the way up to and through the City Attorney & City Manager? Nothing. Who in the City was held accountable for facilitating this fraud? Nobody.
The same nothing that was done & nobody who was held accountable when Staff & the City Attorney cocked up the Air Combat case which just cost us $1Million+.
The same nothing that was done & nobody who was held accountable when the City Attorney convinced council to sue us for Jones & Mayer’s gross negligence & illegal handling of allegedly confidential files in as clear cut of a case of conflict of interest that I can imagine.
Why is nothing ever done and nobody ever held accountable when City Hall screws up? They’re quick to demand more from us, be it new taxes or Christmas decorations, but never willing to hold their own to account when they screw up.
We could spend days going over all of the times misconduct has led to nothing happening to nobody within the city and it’s pathetic and needs to change.
Maybe now with a fresh new council we can finally get some oversight and accountability in Fullerton. It’s long passed time.