An inside look at the Kelly Thomas verdict protests. While the mainstream media reports that the protests "turned violent", the truth is more interesting. (photos by Ed Carrasco)
The not-guilty verdict in the Kelly Thomas trial wraps up the first phase for those seeking justice in the case of the fatal police beating in the middle if the Fullerton Transportation Center. Up until now the protests have been markedly different than those seen in other cities. While windows were broken in nearby Anaheim protests and the police came out in riot gear, the Fullerton protes
Exploring Femininity Through The Art Of Painted Nudes (NSFW).
"Honestly, I love being a girl and everything about being feminine," says Ms. Bryan when I asked why she enjoys painting nudes. "If there were ever a possibility to live life previous to this one, I know I was never a man. I love everything about being a woman." And this translates in her figurative nudes which she so sweetly paints. She loves color and flowers, textures and layers. Her n
GMI Agrees to Pay $1,500 Per Month for the Historic 4-Story Building
Council passed a motion Tuesday night to enter into an eighteen month lease of the Hunt Branch Library with Grace Ministries International (GMI). The 3-2 decision allows the congregation to rent 4,500 sq. ft. of the entire Hunt Branch property (approx. 10,000 sq. ft.) for $1,500 per month. A six month option is attached to the agreement which would allow GMI to extend rent on a month
GMI Agrees to Pay $1,500 Per Month for the Historic 4-Story Building
GMI Agrees to Pay $1,500 Per Month for the Historic 4-Story Building
Grace Ministries Seeks Temporary Office Space During Renovation
Writen By Ed Carrasco A proposal to lease the shuttered Hunt Branch Library to religious organization Grace Ministries International for $1,500 a month will go to the City Council tonight. The fate of the Hunt Branch Library has been debated since February when the Library Board of Trustees voted to temporarily close the facility for emergency reasons. The branch is next door to wha
Restrictions on selling your car, and more low-income housing are on the agenda this evening.
A low-income senior housing project and a possible ban on cars with “for sale” signs will be two of the many items to be discussed at tonight’s City Council meeting. The City Council will mull an affordable housing agreement with TRG Pacific Development, LLC on the development of the 95-unit The Alexander on 345 East Commonwealth Avenue, which may cost the City between $9 million and $9.2 m
Mayor Bruce Whitaker will hold his next monthly discussion, "Talk Around Town", at the closed Hunt Branch Library.
Months after the City of Fullerton closed the Hunt Branch Library for safety reasons, it will be the site for this month’s “Talk Around Town” with Mayor Bruce Whitaker this Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Like his previous “Talk Around Town” events on the fourth Tuesday of every month, this will be an opportunity for residents to ask questions about any of the current issues affecting Fullerton rangin
To publicize the ticketing of homeless people for camping violations, activists stage a sleep-in at the bus station.
Protesters staged a “sleep-in” at the Fullerton Transportation Center Tuesday night to bring attention to the police’s ramped enforcement of the unlawful camping law that has disproportionately affected the homeless. Dozens of people attended the demonstration where community activist Stephan Baxter fulfilled his promise to sleep in front of the bus station if the Fullerton City Council did
Will Council Put A Moratorium On City Ordinance?
A Fullerton community activist is pressuring the City Council to support a moratorium on the police department’s enforcement of the city’s unlawful camping ordinance that has disproportionately targeted the homeless community this summer. Stephan Baxter is encouraging his supporters to go to tonight’s City Council meeting and tell the panel to put the moratorium on the agenda. If the
Former Fullerton Mayor sits down with The Fullertonian to discuss state politics and its local effects.
In a stunning upset last November, former Fullerton mayor Sharon Quirk-Silva defeated incumbent State Assembly Member Chris Norby in his quest for a second full term. Her victory helped the Democratic Party win a supermajority in the Assembly and also gave Orange County Democrats more clout. Currently, she serves on the Transportation, Higher Education, Accountability and Administrative Revie
One DUI Arrest Made During Screening
According to info from Fullerton Police Public Information Officer, Sgt. Jeff Stuart, last Thursday's DUI Checkpoint yielded one DUI arrest out of 210 vehicles screened. The checkpoint began on August 29th, near the intersection of Lemon and Commonwealth Avenue, and took place between the hours of 8:30 PM and 2:00 AM.
First Official Checkpoint Since June 15th
Police will set up a DUI checkpoint Thursday night in Downtown Fullerton to catch suspected drunk drivers. As part of a new traffic safety grant for an anti-DUI program, the Fullerton Police Department will be posted in the Downtown stretch of Commonwealth Avenue at an undisclosed intersection. It will be the first official DUI checkpoint since June 15, when the police set up one on H
Fullerton Fire Department Stops Desk Fire Early In Morning
Fullerton police and fire departments are investigating a classroom fire at Fullerton Union High School early this morning as a suspected arson. According to the Fullerton Fire Department report, firefighters responded to a fire alarm rang at 1:44 a.m. and saw a smashed glass door and smoke travelling throughout the campus. They saw a small fire on top of a desk and put it out quickly
Accident Believed To Be Caused By Semi Truck
A fire hydrant on Raymond Ave. near Jimmy's bar busted this morning at approximately 10 AM. According to Station 3 Captain, Dave Appel, news reached the department from a passerby who mentioned the busted hydrant. Fire Department Engine 3 responded to shut off water pressure and called a city maintenance crew to arrive at the scene. Although nobody witnessed what had caused the hydran
Steve Metzger and Clint Kalima debut at local venues
Art Walk website: http://www.fullertonartwalk.com/
Lola Bee and Nickie Fixx Discuss The "Granny Medium"
Premiering this Friday at Hibbleton Gallery is a collection of embroidered art from Fullerton locals. Featured artists include Virginia Sandfer, Nickie Fixx, Lola Bee, Shawn Sandfer, Monica Johnson, and Jesse La Tour. Newlywed couple Nickie Fixx (Nick Balderas) and Lola Bee (Lydia Valdez) gave us some insight on working with embroidery as an artistic medium, and what to expect at this month's
Michael John Lytle On Paid Administrative Leave Pending Investigation
A Fullerton firefighter is one of the eight suspects arrested in connection with Sunday night’s unrest after the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. According to the Los Angeles Times, Michael John Lytle, 30, of Anaheim, was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Gretchen Beatty, Fullerton’s director of human resources, told the Times that he has been place
The flame of freedom is often best seen reflected in immigrant eyes.
This week I was getting my A/C serviced. While waiting on the patio for the parts to come in and get replaced I sat and talked to the shop owner, who offered me tea. He told me his name is Nick. Nick imigrated from Iran after the Shah and the Hostage Crisis. He told me that he used to work for the government and that they paid him very well. When the new leaders, under the Ayatolah, come to
Fullerton native emerges from two-year battle with cancer to pursue a career in physical therapy
At age 17, Jose Hidalgo found himself entrenched in a two-year battle with abdominal cancer. As he faced the pain and uncertainty of extensive chemotherapy treatments and invasive surgery, he found comfort and strength in the team of dedicated caregivers who surrounded him each day. “They made me feel like part of the family,” says Hidalgo. It was here in this time of great adversity that t
15 Locations and Causes To Choose From
Fullerton will allow the sale of “Safe and Sane” fireworks for the first time in more than two decades starting today until July 4. Fireworks are prohibited in Fire Hazard Areas and in public schools and parks.
Q & A With Sgt. Jeff Stuart
While the discussion about where to place a shelter has been postponed since the city council voted to declined a Multi-Jurisdictional Agreement with the County of Orange, the camp that grew for about a year near the Hunt Branch Library was dismantled. Fullerton PD's Public Information Officer, Sgt. Jeff Stuart, gave us some information from the PD's side of the camps existence. Here is his
Council Majority Votes Yes In Rejecting Agreement With County of Orange
Strong opposition from East Fullerton residents prompted the Fullerton City Council to narrowly reject a multi-jurisdictional agreement on a proposed homeless shelter on State College Boulevard.
Online stream of last night's meeting might be available as late as next week.
Flooding at Fullerton City Hall forced the City Council to move its regular meeting to the Fullerton Public Library Tuesday.
A Preview of Tuesday's Council Meeting, June 4th.
The fate of the Hunt Branch library and a proposal banning food trucks from operating in Downtown Fullerton in the evenings will be discussed at Tuesday’s Fullerton City Council regular meeting.
In a marathon City Council meeting the council heard opposing comments on homeless shelter plans.
In one of the longest Fullerton City Council meetings in recent memory, the panel delayed a decision Tuesday night on a multi-jurisdictional agreement that would set guidelines for an emergency homeless shelter close to an elementary school in east Fullerton. Council members like Mayor Pro Tem Doug Chaffee wanted this rewritten and brought back another time to show that a multi-jurisdiction
Pictures of art to be featured in the upcoming show at Magoski Complex
Two local service industry veterans talk about the art of tipping, the sluggish economy and what it takes to succeed in the service industry.
A gratuity for services rendered is a social custom that dates as far back as currency itself. Seen and done most prominently in restaurants and bars, tipping as a custom has always been 100 % Americana, until recently. Consisting of varying factors--including the current humdrum economy--there is a widening grey area in accurately answering the age-old question: How much is enough?
Fullerton gallery owner and social activist, Stephan Baxter aims to fight discrimination in the Gay and Lesbian community (LGBT) by raising money for AIDS Walk OC and by proving to his father that Prop. 8 is wrong.
Fullerton gallery owner and social activist, Stephan Baxter aims to fight discrimination in the Gay and Lesbian community (LGBT) by raising money for AIDS Walk OC and by proving to his father that Prop. 8 is wrong. Co-Curator, Stephan Baxter, discusses
Whereabouts Unknown During Bombing Aftermath
Around 2:50 PM ET, during Boston Marathon's annual event, two bombs were detonated near the finish line at Copley Square in downtown Boston. Current suspects are unknown, while casualty figures listed by The Guardian report 3 deaths and over 100 injuries. According to Boston Marathon's site, seven participants from the city of Fullerton were registered in this years race out of 24,662 runne
What the council decided about benefits for future Members.
The Fullerton City Council is considering reducing benefits for future members and possibly taking them out of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) after a presentation by the City’s Human Resources department Tuesday. A significant portion of the compensation package is healthcare benefits, which exceeds the annual council stipend of $9,000 annually. However, all sittin
Fullerton Municipal Airport’s air traffic control tower will receive up to $50,000 temporary funding from the City’s general fund after a unanimous vote by the City Council Tuesday night. This means that the air traffic control tower, which was slated to close Sunday, April 7 by orders of the Federal Aviation Administration, will remain open for at least another month until the City finds a per
Love.Sex.Unity.Respect Premieres From Art With An Agenda On May 3rd
In a style similar to the globally familiar Coachella Music Festival posters, Art With An Agenda published an official lineup today of all artists collaborating in an upcoming show promoting marriage equality, Love.Sex.Unity.Respect. The exhibit includes a mix of contributors ranging from artists who regularly display works at the Magoski Colony, to members of the community who wanted a voi
The sequester cuts hit Fullerton Airports pilots.
Fullerton Municipal Airport’s air traffic control tower will be one of 11 in California that will shut down in April because of the sequestration cuts that started earlier this month. The Federal Aviation Administration released a list of 149 small air traffic control towers Friday, confirmation speculation that the city’s general aviation airport tower would be part of the chopping board.
A Decade Of Things 'Other Than The Ordinary'. Story by Ed Carrasco.
Update 6:44PM - From NBC Fullerton Municipal Airport’s air traffic control tower will receive up to $50,000 temporary funding from the City’s general fund after a unanimous vote by the City Council Tuesday night.
New questions about the approval process are aired at Monday's townhall meeting at the FPL.
East Fullerton residents and the County clashed at a town hall meeting Monday at the Fullerton Main Library over a proposed homeless shelter located in a former furniture store that would replace the current seasonal shelter at the Armory. Hundreds packed the library’s conference room with many arguing against the Orange County Board of Supervisors’ unanimous decision to purchase property a
Local Towing Businesses Claim Fullerton's RFP Reporting Is Flawed
Bids for a towing franchise agreement with the city will be looked into once again after last year’s process was delayed due to problems with how the selection process was evaluated by the Fullerton Police Department. The City Council unanimously directed staff on March 5th to find ways of re-opening the request for proposals (RFP) process. Staff had been unable to find an independent cons
A town hall meeting will discuss the proposed homeless shelter on Monday night.
The proposed homeless shelter close to Cal State Fullerton will be the subject of a town hall meeting Monday night at 6:30 p.m. the Fullerton Main Public Library. Many residents have been concerned about the Orange County Board of Supervisors’ unanimous decision in January to purchase a shopping center for $3.15 million dollars for a year-round emergency shelter and center for homeless fami
People of all ages converging in Amerige Court (West of Fullerton Museum Center)
A Town That Rose From Ashes Like The Phoenix
There's wasn't nearly enough time to check out the fine details of what Fukui, Fullerton's Sister City in Japan, has to offer. Fukui City became a municipality in 1889 as the capital of the prefecture bearing the same name. The region began its prosperity 1500 years ago when Emperor Keitai implemented a river improvement project to change what was swamp lands into fertile fields for growing
The city council sets the rules and rates for fireworks vendors.
Fullerton nonprofit organizations who want to raise funds by selling fireworks at one of 15 stands can apply for a lottery starting March 4. The guidelines also open up limited sales of fireworks within the city by 15 non-profit organizations ranging from churches to public schools. Fireworks booths in the city can sell “safe and sane” fireworks starting July 1. Hours of operation at standa
Series emphasizes cooking with seasonal and locally available ingredients.
This winter, the Fullerton Arboretum is launching its inaugural culinary series, Thursdays In The Kitchen. These demonstration style cooking classes, conducted in the Arboretum’s own industrial kitchen, will explore the gourmet side of seasonal and locally sourced food. Classes are conducted by renowned Orange County chefs, farmers and food experts and will utilize Arboretum-grown ingredients w
SCRPA Seeks Sponsors For The Family Event Featuring 40+ Train Exhibits
Following its successful return to the mainline last May, Railroad Days 2013 is lining up sponsors and participants for May 4 & 5 at the Fullerton Train Station. The city of Fullerton has endorsed the event, and the Southern California Railway Association will again host its FREE, family weekend celebrating all things trains from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.. Dozens of Amtrak passe
Davis Barber Discusses What Fair & Balanced, Unbiased Journalism Means
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Voted In Unanimously By Council - Story by Ed Carrasco
Fullerton will now have a permanent police chief after the City Council Tuesday night unanimously appointed Dan Hughes to the position after months of intense debate over his candidacy. After the vote, Hughes received a standing ovation from the audience, with many of them speaking during public comment in favor of his appointment. The city has been without a permanent chief after the previ
Dan Hughes Still Appointed Unanimously As Official Chief
Former Fullerton Officer Benjamin Lira was the first to make a public comment on January 16th the night of Dan Hughes contractual confirmation to Chief of Police. Driving in from out of state to make an appearance during the meeting, Lira was accompanied by three large gentlemen who provided security in the council chambers, while a driver waited nearby at an undisclosed location. The following
Poor Info Can Lead to Poor Decisions
Fullerton officials did not get enough information from state and federal officials about a hoax that started as a potential plutonium scare in Downtown last week, Mayor Bruce Whitaker told the Fullertonian. “We were given sketchy information about the type of threat that it was and we were warned to keep this under wraps or from saying anything publicly,” he said days after The Fullertonia
Ricky Stauffer's Photos Led Us to An Anaheim FD Report
Last Friday, January 4th, during Fullerton’s monthly art walk an operation was dispatched involving multiple law enforcement agencies to the Fullerton Police Department. An informant for DHS placed a tip that he was in possession of plutonium, which turned out to be false. I was first informed of this by Michelle Kearney and Marlena Carrillo when walking back to my car on Amerige
A District 65 Press Release
Sacramento—Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) began her first day representing the 65th District in Assembly session with three new committee assignments. In addition to chairing select committees on job creation and regional transportation, Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva will sit on the Assembly Committees for Transportation, Higher Education and Accountability and Administrative Revie
In a show that's been pulled together in the time frame of about two weeks, dozens of supporters have made generous donations to help assist vintage shop owner Mike Atta in raising funds for treating cancer which has spread throughout the man's kidneys and lungs. Featured at Hibbleton tonight, Friday January 4th, is a culmination of punk rock posters, albums, and original works of art that ce