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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!).

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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