Our good friend Joe Sipowicz asked a really good question today on another post. Asked Joe:
How many Chamber board members have received subsidies, favors, or looks-the-other-way by the police in the past? Does the Director owe her job to the influence of City Council members? Inquiring minds want to know.
Well, Joe, we have inquiring minds too, and decided to check out the Chamber’s board of directors. And what we found ain’t pretty:
A 21 member board. Lets review some of the members, who they work for and see what other telling associations we can discern (in no particular order):
1.Albert Napoli – MWD ( a government sanctioned utility monopoly)
2. Mark McGee – MG Disposal (sole garbage contractor for the City of Fullerton)
3. Burnie Dunlap– St Jude Hospital (former member Brea Redevelopment Agency!)
4. Daniel Kang – Grace Ministries (non-profit Church; beholden to City for gobs of entitlements)
5. Ron Hurst– Fullerton Marriot (Hotel originally built by money put up by the Fullerton Redevelopment Agency
6. Chris Reese – CSUF (a government educrat!)
7. Pat Butress – So Cal Edison (government sanctioned utility monopoly)
8. Jack Franklyn– Heroes (well-known recipient of City look-the-other ways for non-permitted construction and out door amplified music, etc.)
9. Kerry Stock – Costco (Fullerton’s original big-time redevelopment project)
10. Ryan Dudley – The Cellar (son of former Develpment Services Director, Paul Dudley – hmm THAT name sounds familiar!)
11. Cameron Irons – Vanguard Investments (and former partner in downtown restaurants operating out of Redevelopment subsidized buildings)
12. Leland Wilson – Realtor (former Mayor and Chairman of Fullerton’s Redevelopment Agency!)
Okay, we’ll stop there since we are way past a board majority; a majority of folks who have connections to redevelopment, government, family ties, or lots of reasons to be grateful to the City of Fullerton. And we mention in passing their Executive Director, Theresa Harvey, former director of the Fullerton Boys and Girls Club (non-profit operated in building owned by City, etc., etc.).
Please note that we have also passed over a couple of downtown bankers (that relationship needs to be explored), some sort of political consultant, and a lawyer. It appears as if the Chamber board is almost devoid of anybody actually making and selling anything. But, boy do they have ties to the Fullerton City government, government in general, or operate in government sanctioned monopolies.
Is there really any wonder why this crew supports Redevelopment expansion – the greatest anti-business threat in Fulleron’s history? Most of them are connected to the government, and hardly any of them are really in the kind of real, honest-to-goodness retail or manufacturing businesses of the sort that Redevelopment preys upon.