Council Approves Lease of Hunt Branch Library

GMI Agrees to Pay $1,500 Per Month for the Historic 4-Story Building

Alex Stouffer

10/16/2013
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

Hunt Branch On Possible Short-Term Lease (Council Preview)

Grace Ministries Seeks Temporary Office Space During Renovation

Alex Stouffer

10/15/2013
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

Protesters Stage Sleep-In

To publicize the ticketing of homeless people for camping violations, activists stage a sleep-in at the bus station.

Ed Carrasco

9/18/2013
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

DUI Checkpoint Results: 8/29/2013

One DUI Arrest Made During Screening

Alex Stouffer

9/3/2013
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. 

Police To Set Up DUI Checkpoint in Downtown Thursday Night

First Official Checkpoint Since June 15th

Ed Carrasco

8/28/2013
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

Suspected Arson at Fullerton Union High Under Investigation

Fullerton Fire Department Stops Desk Fire Early In Morning

Ed Carrasco

8/27/2013
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

Fire Hydrant Bursts On Raymond Ave

Accident Believed To Be Caused By Semi Truck

Alex Stouffer

8/16/2013
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

Fullerton Firefighter One of Eight Arrested After HB Riots

Michael John Lytle On Paid Administrative Leave Pending Investigation

Ed Carrasco

7/31/2013
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

An American By Choice

The flame of freedom is often best seen reflected in immigrant eyes.

Mark Stouffer

7/4/2013
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

Jose Hidalgo Honored With Fairhaven's Oliver Halsell Care Award

Fullerton native emerges from two-year battle with cancer to pursue a career in physical therapy

Melissa Masters

7/2/2013
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

Fullerton Organizations Begin Firework Sales For 4th of July

15 Locations and Causes To Choose From

Ed Carrasco

7/1/2013
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.  

Tent City & The Homeless

Q & A With Sgt. Jeff Stuart

Alex Stouffer

6/24/2013
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

Shelter Agreement Shelved

Council Majority Votes Yes In Rejecting Agreement With County of Orange

Ed Carrasco

6/20/2013
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.  

Flooding Temporarily Disables Access To Council Chamber Broadcasts

Online stream of last night's meeting might be available as late as next week.

Ed Carrasco

6/5/2013
Flooding at Fullerton City Hall forced the City Council to move its regular meeting to the Fullerton Public Library Tuesday.  

Homeless Shelter Town Hall Spurs New Questions

New questions about the approval process are aired at Monday's townhall meeting at the FPL.

Ed Carrasco

3/12/2013
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

Homeless Shelter Town Hall

A town hall meeting will discuss the proposed homeless shelter on Monday night.

Ed Carrasco

3/10/2013
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

Asinine Claims & Ethical Journalism

Davis Barber Discusses What Fair & Balanced, Unbiased Journalism Means

Alex Stouffer

1/22/2013
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Ben Lira Speaks Publicly Against Dan Hughes Appointment During City Council

Dan Hughes Still Appointed Unanimously As Official Chief

Alex Stouffer

1/16/2013
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

Civic Leaders Given Poor Information From Emergency Information Services

Poor Info Can Lead to Poor Decisions

Ed Carrasco

1/14/2013
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

Several Agencies Respond To Plutonium Threat in Fullerton

Ricky Stauffer's Photos Led Us to An Anaheim FD Report

Alex Stouffer

1/9/2013
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

FMR. Officer CJ Bradley's Response to "The Nordell's & The Captains Son's Narcotics Unit".

Alex Stouffer

12/29/2012
On December 23rd at 10:12 AM a comment was made on The Fullertonian page through Facebook from a profile claiming to be Craig Bradley. The profile seemed to be pretty sparse, as if just created. We recently validated the post on January 3rd through Fullerton Police Public Information Officer Jeff Stuart, and this letter did indeed come from the retired officer himself regarding the claims Offic

Three Suspects Caught, Two Sought At CSUF

Five Suspects Flee From A Jewelry Store Robbery And Wind Up At CSUF.

Alex Stouffer

12/12/2012
In the most recent reports from NBC News an alleged robbery of a jewelry store that originated in Moreno Valley has led to a high speed pursuit of a group of suspects that fled on foot through CSUF Campus. One suspect hijacked a car off Nutwood and continued a pursuit through Compton until he abondoned the car in Watts. Police apprehended the suspect shortly after in a baseball field at Imp

Fullerton Punks Raise Funds To Help Mike Atta's Battle With Cancer

Bennefit Concert To Be Hosted At The Echoplex

Alex Stouffer

12/11/2012
A respected member of the Fullerton community has been diagnosed with cancer which has recently spread to his lungs. Mike Atta is not only the co-owner of Out of Vogue, but also a Pioneer of the OC Punk scene. In his youth, Mike and his brothers formed a band called The Middle Class, which printed their first album in 78' entitled "Out of Vogue".

Fullerton Arboretum's Cozy Victorian Christmas

Alex Stouffer

11/28/2012
The Fullerton Arboretum is presenting its annual Victorian Holiday Celebration on December 1-2, 2012.  Audiences can expect to find a variety of activities to satisfy everyone’s interests, all in the spirit of the holidays.

Luis Alberto Pineda Convicted of Child Molestation

The Karate Instructor/Youth Soccer Coach Faces 255 Years To Life.

Alex Stouffer

11/7/2012
From the OCDA's Office: A youth sports coach was convicted [Nov. 6th] of sexually assaulting eleven of his students whom he met through his coaching jobs. Luis Alberto Pineda, 31, Anaheim, was found guilty by a jury of 17 felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14, two felony counts each of sodomy by force, sodomy of a person under the age of 16, oral copulation of a minor under 16, lewd