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Shawn Nelson Congress Email Detail

Matthew Leslie

Shawn Nelson is one of three elected or formerly elected Republicans running to fill the 39th District U.S. Congressional Seat that will become competitive with the retirement of incumbent Ed Royce, Jr. In a recent email crowing about his endorsement by the California Republican Assembly, he reveals that he is running for Congress to, among other things, “protect you from the threat of illegal immigrants.” In a year when the biggest question Republican candidates face across the country is whether to run with or away from national disaster Donald Trump, Supervisor Nelson has wasted no time in giving us his answer.

Unregulated immigration is without doubt an issue that needs to be addressed, but in a systemic, humanitarian way that seeks to correct the underlying causes of the desperate poverty that drives the phenomenon. Beginning a list of three reasons for a congressional run with “illegal immigration,” and preceding the term with the word “threat” is an unveiled, direct appeal to a voter base that responded to similar language used by Donald Trump, who may have lost California in 2016, but had significant support in parts of the 39th Congressional District. In the race against undistinguished one term Assemblywoman and Royce protegé Young Kim and retired State Senator “Aloha” Bob Huff, the Nelson campaign has left little doubt about how it will position its candidate in the coming months.

Shawn Nelson Congress Email

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A mailer supporting the renewal of Measure M in 2006 promises a bridge across SR-57 near CSUF. Perhaps they meant to put it at the bottom of the list?

 

Eight years ago Fullerton residents received this mailer urging them to renew Measure M, the county-wide half cent sales tax adopted by voters in 1990. Funds from Measure M, and M2, as the renewal became known after voters passed it in 2006, have been mostly used for widening streets. But some funding was steered toward mass transit and at least one project was supposed to have been built to benefit cyclists and pedestrians.

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Voters a approved “Measure M-2,” but we never got our bridge.

At the bottom of the lengthy list of promised projects to benefit Fullerton residents is a bicycle and pedestrian bridge across the 57 Freeway next to Cal State Fullerton. The bridge would provide a direct transportation path to the school for numerous students and others living to the east on the other side of the busy freeway. Bicycle paths at the school currently run north and south, but riding east or west on Nutwood Ave on the south side of CSUF or Yorba Linda Blvd. on the north side can be dangerous because of the onramps and off ramps of the freeway itself on both streets.

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Imagine all of the students who could walk or bike to school from the other side of the freeway instead of having to drive the short distance.

While many of the other projects promised on the mailer have either been completed or are in process, the bridge over the 57 Freeway seems to have been all but forgotten. Supervisor Shawn Nelson discussed the bridge two years ago during a Bicycle Summit meeting, but nothing concrete seems to yet be in the works.

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Anaheim has plans for three bridges across freeways. Where is Fullerton’s promised Measure M funded bridge?

Meanwhile, the City of Anaheim recently hosted a visioning session with a hired consultant where cyclists had the opportunity to provide feedback about various street modifications and other measures planned to make the streets of our neighboring city safer for bicycle riders. Their plans include no fewer than three freeway bridges. These funds will come from grants. But what happened to Fullerton’s bridge over the 57 Freeway that was supposed to have been paid for by Measure M 2 funding? It’s a good question to ask Orange County Transportation Authority representatives who will on hand Wednesday, August 27 at 6:00 pm. at the Fullerton Community Center for a public meeting about the OC Bike Loop project.

The Fullerton Community Center is located at  340 W. Commonwealth Ave.

Matt Leslie

As the days count down toward the June 15 close of escrow on property purchased by the County of Orange for a homeless shelter on St. College Blvd. and Walnut Ave., suggestions for alternative sites continue to be made. Residents near the proposed shelter location have persistently expressed concerns about its proximity to an elementary school and neighborhood. Many have wondered why the county has not seemed seriously interested in considering similar properties that might still meet the needs of the local homeless population without negatively impacting the surrounding area.

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One such possible alternative is a 22,500 square foot former Delco office and sales showroom in an industrial park on the west side of Fullerton. 1930 Raymer Ave. is bordered on the south side by railroad tracks, which also separate the complex from the nearest neighborhood to the east. A bus stop is located just up the street on Gilbert St. It is also quite close to the homeless encampment just north of the now closed Hunt Branch Library, offering the possibility of more substantial shelter to those currently sleeping there in tents.

The property’s broker, Brian Chastain of Colliers, tells Sharon Kennedy of The Fullerton Observer that he has nine other properties that meet the criteria required by the county for a homeless shelter. OC Fourth District Supervisor Shawn Nelson, who has defended the selection of the St. College property, has reportedly indicated that he will investigate this suggested alternative. He is said to have already contacted Mr. Chastain. Although Fullerton Mayor Bruce Whitaker referred to the selection of the St. College location as “real estate driven,” Mr. Nelson has rejected claims that the property was chosen to benefit the broker, Vanguard Commercial Real Estate, whose owner is a close friend and contributor to Mr. Nelson’s campaigns.

The Fullerton City Council’s next meeting is not planned until June 18th, three days after close of escrow on the St. College site. Although the council postponed a decision over an agreement with the county establishing the shelter, their initial balk may be of little consequence if they have no alternative to the county’s plans. Unless some leadership from city hall emerges to overcome the impasse, we may hear the council instead reluctantly, but impotently, go along with the county’s plans to open a homeless shelter near an elementary school over the objections of local residents when there might be better alternative sites available.

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