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Sorry, business before public service…

Matthew Leslie

The Rag was glad to see Mayor Jennifer Fitzgerald recuse herself from a September 20 Fullerton City Council agenda item involving a payment of $885,000 to Jamboree Housing. Jamboree Housing is listed as a client of Curt Pringle & Associates, the public relations firm that counts Ms. Fitzgerald as a vice president. The prior two posts on this blog reiterated a call for Jennifer Fitzgerald to release a full list of current clients of Curt Pringle & Associates so that Fullerton residents can be assured that Ms. Fitzgerald is not taking part in other decisions that might affect her employer’s interests instead of acting on behalf of the Fullerton populace she was elected to represent.

Although it is good to see Jennifer Fitzgerald recognize this particular conflict of interest, no elected official should be in the position of unilaterally deciding when to recuse herself from future council decisions without some measure of informed oversight by the public. Jennifer Fitzgerald needs to come clean with the public and release a full list of current clients of Curt Pringle & Associates. Her continuing failure to do so can only suggest that she values her own professional career above her service to the people of Fullerton, even if she thinks she is being fair-minded about her actions on the Fullerton City Council.

pringle-facebook-pageMatthew Leslie

The Rag recently reminded readers that Fullerton’s appointed Mayor Jennifer Fitzgerald has not responded to calls for her to release a list of clients of her employer Curt Pringle. Ms. Fitzgerald is listed as a Vice President of Curt Pringle & Associates on the “public relations” firm’s website, but no clients are to be found there. Strange for a PR website to have no list of clients…

Sean Paden, a member of Fullerton’s Design Review Committee and a former city council candidate, is asking the rest of us for help in assembling as complete a list of CP& Associates’ clients as possible. Troubled, like many others, by the prospect of Ms. Fitzgerald casting votes that might affect clients of CP & Associates whose identities we would have no way of knowing, Mr. Paden carefully logged any mention of clients on the firm’s Facebook page during the past two years, following the announcement of Ms. Fitzgerald’s hiring by the Curt Pringle. He combined this list with the one that used to be found on Curt Pringle & Associates’ website, archived as a screen capture by the Fullerton Rag over two years ago. He’s added any references he’s been able to find anywhere else, like the L.A. Times, or other online references to the Pringle firm’s list of clients.

This is almost certainly incomplete, however, which is why your help is needed. Can you provide information about additional clients of Curt Pringle & Associates? Let us know!

The Orange Juice Blog’s Vern Nelson interviewed Mr. Paden about his efforts to help bring transparency to the troubling tenure of Jennifer Fitzgerald. You can read Vern’s excellent story here,

http://www.orangejuiceblog.com/2016/08/pringles-trough-the-oc-uber-lobbyists-partial-client-list-as-assembled-by-sean-paden/

where Mr. Paden points out that Ms. Fitzgerald’s vote on the Coyote Hills development was problematic because Chevron appears on the list below. (A commenter on the OJ Blog story pointed out the Yamaha had not done business with Curt Pringle for many years, reminding us that the list is no doubt outdated in some ways. We can only note that Jennifer Fitzgerald could clear up things up easily by providing a current list).

Meanwhile, we thank Sean Paden for his diligence and ingenuity and hope more good citizens will add more clients to the list. Of course, it would be much simpler if Mayor Jennnifer Fitzgerald, who is running for re-election to Fullerton’s City Council this year, would just release a list herself in order to ensure that she is not violating any laws or the public trust while representing us.

Here is as list of all clients found by Mr. Paden, along with dates on which they mentioned:

  • Airpap (CP&A Facebook post, August 4, 2016)
  • AMCAL (CP&A Client List)
  • American Center for Wine Food and Arts (CP&A Client List)
  • American Logistics Company (CP&A Client List)
  • Anaheim Gardenwalk (CP&A Facebook post, February 11, 2016)
  • Anaheim Resort Transportation (CP&A Facebook post, October 16, 2014)
  • Anaheim Transportation Network (CP&A Facebook post, January 13, 2014)
  • Aramark (CP&A Facebook post, October 7, 2015)
  • ARCO (liquisearch.com)
  • Arroyo Pacific Network (CP&A Client List)
  • ARTIC (Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center) (CP&A Facebook post, May 13, 2016)
  • Association of California Recycling Industries (ACRI) (CP&A Facebook post, September 11, 2015)
  • Atlantic Aviation (CP&A Facebook post, January 12, 2016)
  • Atlantic Aviation (CP&A Facebook post, September 4, 2015)
  • Backup Training Corp (CP&A Client List)
  • Big League Dreams (CP&A Client List)
  • Bike Nation (saveanaheim.com)
  • Brookfield Homes (CP&A Client List)
  • Building Industry Association of Orange County (CP&A Facebook post, March 20, 2015/ CP&A Client List)
  • Burger King (CP&A Client List)
  • California Apartment Association – South Coast (CP&A Facebook post, May 27, 2014)
  • California Apartment Association (CP&A Facebook post, July 1, 2015)
  • California Beer and Beverage Distributors Association (CP&A Client List)
  • California Forward (CP&A Client List)
  • California Rx Card (CP&A Client List)
  • California Yellow Cab (CP&A Client List)
  • Carl’s Junior (CP&A Client List)
  • Charles Company (CP&A Client List)
  • Chase Bank (CP&A Client List)
  • Chevron (CP&A Client List)
  • Children and Families Coalition of Orange County (CP&A Facebook post, April 7, 2015)
  • Children and Families Commission (CP&A Facebook post, June 21, 2016)
  • CHOC Children’s Hospital (CP&A Facebook post, June 28, 2016)
  • City of Industry (High Speed Rail Leaders Receive Consulting Fees… by Rich Connell, LA Times, October 31, 2010)
  • City of Newport Beach (liquisearch.com)
  • Citibank (CP&A Client List)
  • Coffee Bean (CP&A Client List)
  • County of Orange (liquisearch.com)
  • CVS Pharmacy (CP&A Client List)
  • Dental Group Practices Association (CP&A Client List)
  • El Pollo Locco (CP&A Client List)
  • Environmental Compliance Solutions (CP&A Client List)
  • Evolve Partners (CP&A Client List)
  • Federal Signal Technologies (Curt Pringle: Still Master of His Universe, by Adam Elmahrek, Voice of OC, April 3, 2012)
  • Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Grocers (CP&A Client List)
  • Foothill Transportation Agency (CP&A Facebook post, April 21, 2016)
  • Forestar Chatsworth LLC (Los Angeles City Ethics Disclosure Commission Report, 2nd Quarter 2015/ 1st Quarter 2016)
  • Gensler (CP&A Client List)
  • GovDelivery (CP&A Client List)
  • Hardin Honda (Voice of OC, December, 2013)
  • In N Out Burger (CP&A Client List)
  • ING/ Aetna Financial Services (CP&A Client List)
  • International Jet Sports Boating Association (CP&A Client List)
  • Irvine Ranch Water District (CP&A Facebook post, March 5, 2016)
  • Jack & the Box (CP&A Client List)
  • Jamboree Housing, Inc. (CP&A Facebook post, March 19, 2014)
  • Juniper Sierra High School (CP&A Client List)
  • Katsuya Restaurants (CP&A Client List)
  • LA Football Club (January 8, 2016)
  • Level 3 Communications (CP&A Client List)
  • McDonalds (CP&A Client List)
  • Memorial Care (CP&A Facebook post, October 14, 2015)
  • Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (CP&A Client List)
  • Mobilite (Los Angeles City Ethics Disclosure Commission Report, 2nd Quarter 2015/ 1st Quarter 2016)
  • Mobilite of Newport Beach (As Thick as Thieves: Ignoring the Revolving Door Law, by Matt Potter, San Diego Reader, August 7, 2016)
  • Northgate Gonzales Markets (July 20, 2016)
  • NRG Energy (January 20, 2014)
  • Orange County Business Council (CP&A Client List)
  • Orange County Produce (CP&A Client List)
  • Orange County Rescue Mission (CP&A Client List)
  • Pacific Yacht Club Challenge (CP&A Client List)
  • Parsons (CP&A Client List)
  • Pieology Pizzaria (CP&A Client List)
  • RNL Designs (CP&A Client List)
  • Saddleback Motorsports Partners (CP&A Client List)
  • Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (CP&A Client List)
  • Santa Margarita Water District(CP&A Facebook post, January 29, 2014)
  • Serrano Water District (CP&A Facebook post, November 13, 2013)
  • Signal Hill Petroleum (CP&A Facebook post, November 10, 2014)
  • Smart City Networks (CP&A Facebook post, January 15, 2015)
  • Southern California Association of Governments (aka SKAG) (CP&A Client List)
  • Space Center (CP&A Client List)
  • Stocker Resources, Inc. (CP&A Client List)
  • Sun Edison (Los Angeles City Ethics Disclosure Commission Report, June 30, 2014)
  • The Corporation for Better Housing (CP&A Client List)
  • The Lab Holdings (CP&A Client List)
  • Transportation Corridor Agencies (CP&A Facebook post, June 22, 2016)
  • United Dominion Real Estate Trust (CP&A Client List)
  • Valley View Medical Center (CP&A Client List)
  • Venture Strategic (CP&A Facebook post, June 22, 2016)
  • Visit Huntington Beach (CP&A Facebook post, February 21, 2014)
  • Vulcan Materials (CP&A Client List)
  • Western States Petroleum Association (CP&A Client List)
  • Witt O’Briens (CP&A Facebook post, January 16, 2014)
  • Yamaha Motor Corporation (CP&A Client List, said to be a past client)
  • York Risk Services Group (CP&A Facebook post, September 15, 2015)

Fitzgerald Pringle Screen Capture, Sept. 2016 copy 2Matthew Leslie

Here are two recent screen captures from the website of Curt Pringle & Associates, a public relations firm founded and operated by the former Anaheim Mayor and California Assembly Speaker Curt Pringle.

According to the website, the Anaheim-based business is “a full-service public relations, public affairs, and government relations firm, with clients from both the public and private sectors…”

The first image shows current Fullerton Mayor Jennifer Fitzgerald identified as a Vice President in the business, while the second image is from an empty page that used to display Curt Pringle & Associates’ clients, found at this link:

http://curtpringle.com/clients.html

Pringle Client Screen Capture, Sept. 2016As you can see, there are no clients listed. The Rag has previously noted that not listing clients  would seem to be counterproductive behavior for a public relations firm. It is also a very troubling omission for a firm that pays a sitting council member or mayor, like Fullerton’s Jennifer Fitzgerald, in a neighboring city. If we don’t know who these clients are, we have no way of knowing whether or not Jennifer Fitzgerald has any conflicts of interest when making decisions as a member of the Fullerton City Council or doing any other official work in her capacity as an elected official here. Don’t you think we have the right to know?

We know such conflicts of interest can occur because Jennifer Fitzgerald had to resign her position as Fullerton’s representative to the Metropolitan Water District when she was hired by Curt Pringle because Curt Pringle & Associates counted MWD as a client (back when Curt Pringle’s website used to have a client list). It is critical, especially in an election year, that Jennifer Fitzgerald release a full list of Curt Pringle & Associates’ clients immediately. Voters should be asking why she refuses to do so.

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