Fullerton’s Nuisance Noise and The Ongoing Saga of Incompetence and Corruption. Part 2

Al Zelinka. Failing to the top.

In the past 10 years or so, Fullerton has had four different planning directors: Al Zelinka, Karen Haluza, Ted White, and most recently an individual named Matt Foulkes. Pop quiz: what else do these folks have in common?

Haluza. The closer you looked, the worse it got.

Time’s up. Answer: none of them enforced the city’s noise ordinances, and each seemed to be dedicated to ignoring zoning and land use regulations in downtown Fullerton. We’ll get to the “why” of it in a later post. For now I want to point out the trajectory of this mess. As scofflaws like Jeremy Popoff’s odious Slidebar and the Florentine Mob’s various enterprises refused to comply with our laws, the Planning Directors noted above began an ongoing project to lower and lower the legal bar until even the lowest nematode could wriggle over it.

Ted White didn’t leave his fingerprints…he thinks…

Now if we contemplate this downward spiral of our “experts” in the Planning Department and Code Enforcement we notice that it hit a virtual rock bottom in January 2019 when Matt Foulkes pretended that he didn’t know what a property owner was and approved the submission of an official document forged by Joe Florentine pretending that he, Florentine, was an “owner.”

Matt Foulkes. The downward spiral is complete.

Of course all of this malfeasance was amply documented here on the FFFF blog. And guess what? Nobody in City Hall cared; or to be more precise, nobody cares, still. See, in Fullerton incompetency and blatant corruption are so common on the part of our City Attorney, Dick Jones and the cadre of drunk, venal and just plain dumb City Managers and staff that our threshold for outrage is as low is almost worn away.

But not quite. Stay tuned for noise. And by noise I mean the noise generated by city staff to ignore, dilute, obfuscate and dodge the Noise Ordinances.

10 Replies to “Fullerton’s Nuisance Noise and The Ongoing Saga of Incompetence and Corruption. Part 2”

  1. You forgot to mention the creator of this circus. F. Paul Dudley.

    For those who know or remember, the idea was originally discussed (disguised) as a way to promote and attract restaurants to locate in downtown without having the requirement of having to add parking.

    Once city staff realized that it was actually real work to make a defiant business owner comply with their CUP requirements to be what they agreed to be, a restaurant, they decided that a no holds bar policy would allow them to sit back and watch the shit show.
    Meanwhile, the citizens of Fullerton are stuck with a $1.8 million dollar shortfall to police the downtown as owners of these Type 47 liquor licenses no longer have any reason to be a restaurant or a bonafide eating establishment. WHICH IS AGAINST THE LAW!

  2. There is never been a profession more loathsome than “government planner.” Arrogance and failure is baked right into the job title.

    Of course, Fullerton goes for broke.

  3. And let’s not forget F. Paul Dudley, Master of a Thousand Disasters, Terry Galvin whose klown show nearly ruined Fullerton, Rob Zur Schmiede, who couldn’t get any thing right and of course Gary Chalupsky, the bozo with the spine of a chocolate eclair – couldn’t juggle a single ball.

  4. Final Chapter of Kelly Thomas Beating Death Closes As Fired Officers Abandon Appeals Against City’s Successful Defense Of Termination

    FULLERTON, California (March 9, 2021) – The City of Fullerton was notified through an Orange County Superior Court filing on March 8, 2021 that former officer Joseph Wolfe has abandoned his appeal of his termination. This follows notification on March 5, 2021 that former officer Jay Cicinelli also abandoned his appeal. Both officers were terminated by the City of Fullerton for their role in the July 5, 2011 beating death of Kelly Thomas, a resident with mental health issues experiencing homelessness.

    “I am pleased that this ugly chapter in our history is finally behind the City and our residents,” stated Mayor Bruce Whitaker. “The beating death of Kelly Thomas was tragic on its own, with lasting and continued damage, but the costly and lengthy process to uphold the City’s termination of the involved officers took almost 9 years to resolve.”

    Based on an outside agency investigation, Wolfe and Cicinelli were terminated on July 6 and July 19, 2012, respectively for their role in the beating death. Both Wolfe and Cicinelli went through administrative review, as allowed under California law, which resulted in a 114 page ruling recommending that the City Council uphold Wolfe’s termination while the 49 page ruling recommended a reversal in Cicinelli’s termination. As allowed under the administrative review, both cases were appealed to the City Council and on February 7, 2017, the City Council upheld the termination of Wolfe and on March 7, 2017 reversed the hearing officer’s recommendation and terminated Cicinelli’s employment. Both men filed Petitions for Administrative Writs of Mandamus to overturn the City Council decision, eventually leading up to trials on September 8, 2020 and October 16, 2020. On November 10, 2020, the Court denied both petitions and confirmed the City Council’s dismissal. Both men filed appeals which have now been abandoned. That action ceases all proceedings and upholds the City Council’s termination actions.

    To read the November 10, 2020 Statement of Decision by Judge David A. Hoffer, go to:


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