At last night’s Fullerton City Council meeting (21 March 2017) I spoke on Agenda Item 3 regarding budget strategies. Amongst other comments I asked for clarification on what was meant by “Structural Deficit” considering that both Fitzgerald and former Councilwoman Jan Flory constantly claimed we have/had a balanced budget. I asked what changed overnight to take us from a balanced budget on 08 November 2016 into a “Structural deficit” today. Continue reading
By Sean Paden
“Hey, it was balanced for a few seconds!” Jennifer Fitzgerald, probably
Now that the City of Fullerton is finally admitting that our budget is not balanced!, contrary to Jennifer Fitzgerald’s campaign claims, this would be a good time to revisit how we got here in the first place.
The City of Fullerton website includes links for the minutes and agenda for the last four years of city council meetings and beyond and can be found here. You’ll find that on October 20, 2015, Fitzgerald voted for the Memorandum of Agreement with the Fullerton Municipal Employees Federation 1200 (resolution 2015-52), at a cost of $5,595,576 over the next four years, and then voted for the contract at the second reading on November 3, 2015. The resolution passed 3-2. Continue reading
Yesterday, one of our Friends shared a rather entertaining video clip of our lobbyist-councilwoman Jennifer “SparkFitz” Fitzgerald unburdening herself of thoughts at Grace Winter Fest. Her interlocutor is Sam Han, her former Planning Commission appointee, and the guy who stood up and said his church, Grace Ministry International, supported the bar owner’s council districting map.
Yeah, the Lord sure moves in mysterious ways, doesn’t he, Sam.
Here’s a snippet: Continue reading
For Immediate Release: August 6, 2015
Contact: Gino Folchi, 1-916-323-9794
Attendees to learn about establishing and running nonprofit and exempt organizations
Sacramento – California State Board of Equalization (BOE) Member Diane Harkey is sponsoring a free nonprofit event in Fullerton with Assemblymember Young Kim, Assemblymember Ling-Ling Chang, Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson, Fullerton Mayor Greg Sebourn, Fullerton Mayor Pro Tem Jennifer Fitzgerald, and California State University Fullerton.
“My goal is to give all nonprofits in this district the educational tools they need to succeed and thrive by understanding California’s tax system and laws. My office is working diligently to promote the education of nonprofit managers so they can focus on improving our communities,” said Board Member Harkey. Continue reading
The Fullerton City Council will select a replacement for Councilwoman Jennifer Fitzgerald to serve as a director of Southern California’s largest water agency because her new job with the Curt Pringle & Associates lobbying firm created a conflict of interest, according to the Voice of OC.
Now the people of Fullerton know that Fitzgerald is a Pringle puppet. But they should have known she was not there to serve the public, from day one.
Fitzgerald’s career in Republican politics includes serving as an aide to Congressman Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) and running her own campaign fundraising business.
I received an email this week from an Asian activist who was wondering why it is that the Fullerton City Council has no Asians or Latinos on it, even though they make up over 56% of the population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
That is a very good question. The elections in Fullerton are done on an at large basis, which is to say that everyone in town votes for the Council candidates as a whole. Other cities may require candidates to live in particular districts or areas, and the voters may in those cases be able to vote only on their ward-specific candidates.
Critics say that leads to divided Councils where nothing gets done. However ward-specific elections can also increase minority representation as some districts, or wards, may have higher concentrations of minority voters. Continue reading