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There’s so much land to use…and Jennifer Fitzgerald will help you to use it!


Do you know what Fullerton Mayor Jennifer Fitzgerald is doing today? Advising developers about how to get their projects built. Tuesday, October 18, The Building Industry Association of Orange County (who have given Jennifer Fitzgerald’s reelection campaign $ 3,000.00) will offer a workshop about the “Politics of Land Use.” For $ 55, $ 35 for BIA members, prospective developers can listen to a panel of notorious government influencers consisting of:

“Curt Pringle, Curt Pringle and Associates; Former Mayor of Anaheim” and Former CA State Assembly Speaker, now head of one of Orange County’s most influential “public relations” firms, that boasts of, among other things, providing “government affairs” and “land use” services

“Jennifer Fitzgerald, Vice President, Curt Pringle and Associates; Mayor Fullerton” (note that Jennifer Fitzgerald claims to be an independent contractor, but everyone else, including Curt Pringle & Associates’ website calls her a VP in the company). What does she do there? We don’t know, because she won’t release a list of clients so the public would be able to tell for themselves whether or not she has any conflicts of interest between her paid work and her position on the Fullerton City Council.

“David Ellis, Principal, Delta Partners,” a political consultant who once used his position on the Board of the Orange County Fairgrounds to try to sell the property out from under the taxpayers. For more information about him, read Vern Nelson’s excoriating masterpiece on the Orange Juice Blog.

Perhaps it’s supposed to be a self-deferencial joke, but titling the workshop “Sense of Entitlement” isn’t very funny to those of us not amused by the explosive proliferation of high density housing/tiny amount of retail developments going up all over town.

Here is the official description of it:

“The first workshop, Sense of Entitlement, is intended to provide the audience with practical advice regarding interacting with decision makers and stakeholders through the development approval process. Panelists will discuss strategy to address the numerous and conflicting demands of government officials and community stakeholders whose interests always go beyond meeting the technical and legal requirements to develop land.”

In other words, how to “interact with decision makers,” like Jennifer Fitzgerald herself, and “stakeholders,” like you, who might take exception to having their communities turned into mini-Manhattans before their eyes.

Here are some other details meant to entice developers into attending…

“Questions to be Addressed Include:

  • How should stakeholders or government officials be approached when discussing a proposed project?
  • What are elected and appointed officials watching for at a public hearing?
  • As a real estate professional, how active should we be in local government?”

So, if you are a developer and want to know how to “approach” and “engage” the elected officials entrusted by voters to approve projects, learn from one of them herself, Jennifer Fitzgerald. If you are a stakeholder, you’ll just have to wait until Jennifer Fitzgerald and the BIA get around to holding a workshop for you.

 

Thanks for Sean Paden for first writing about this event on Facebook (where you can “Like” The Fullerton Rag’s page!).

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Is $ 23,432.00 Big Money to you?

One of the most well-financed campaigns in the 2016 contest for Fullerton City Council is not who you think it is, and the money behind is coming from way outside of Fullerton…

The Fullerton Observer’s new video channel has posted  a series of interviews with candidates running for the three open seats on the Fullerton City Council this year. Among the candidates is Jonathan Mansoori, a young, political newcomer who describes himself as a community organizer and former schoolteacher.

One of the questions asked of each candidate in the Fullerton Observer videos is “Who Are Your Top Campaign Donors?” Mr. Mansoori responds to this question  (3:04 in the video) with the following statement: “My mom, several friends and some of my family are my top donors. I’m not receiving any big money.”

A cursory look at his campaign’s financial filings easily belies his claim. His Form 460 covering the period of time between July 1 – December 21, 2105 does show a single contribution of $ 500.00 from his mother, but it also shows a $ 2,000.00 from something called Leadership for Educational Equity California, a political action committee (we’ll call it LEEC-PAC). “Big money?” I’d say so, but perhaps it depends on how big “big” is. But, he did say that his biggest contributors were his friends and family…

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$ 2,000.00 from LEEC-PAC..

In his next required filing, covering the period between January 1 – June 30, 2016, is another $ 2,000.00 contribution from LEEC-PAC, bringing the total through the end of the 2016 fiscal year to $ 4,000.00—eight times the amount given to him by his next highest donor (to that date). Most people would consider that much to be “big money” in a city council election.

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…and another $ 2,000.00…

Things get quite a bit more interesting on page 6 of his first pre-election filing, covering the period of July 1 – September 24, 2016, where we find two more donations from LEEC-PAC. The first is for the odd, but eye-popping amount of $ 6,432.00, and the second is for a whopping $ 15,000.00!

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…and another $ 21,432.00 from the same mysterious PAC!

In 2016 alone Jonathan Mansoori’s campaign received $ 23,432.00 from LEEC-PAC. Adding the $ 2,000.00 from LEEC-PAC in 2015 brings their contributions to $ 25,642. This is BIG MONEY, and it isn’t coming from anywhere in Fullerton. Beyond just the staggering amount of money given to Jonathan Mansoori’s Fullerton City Council campaign, we must consider his astonishing claim in the Fullerton Observer video that he isn’t receiving any “big money,” and that his family and friends are his biggest contributors, despite the fact that all of the contributions from LEEC-PAC are listed as having been received prior to the recording of the video in September of this year. Such an obviously false claim on the part of a candidate cannot go unexamined.

Who is LEEC-PAC, and why are they giving such a huge amount of money to a relatively unknown candidate for a moderately sized city council race? Who else in Fullerton has been the recipient of LEEC-PAC’s largesse? More in Part 2…

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