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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Davis Barber Discusses What Fair & Balanced, Unbiased Journalism Means
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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
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
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
City Manager Joe Felz has been authorized to enter contract negotiations.
A wave of support was given to Dan Hughes in the council chambers during the meeting on December 19th, even from public speakers and council members who didn't believe it was the right time to appoint a new chief. On one side of the argument, Dan Hughes supporters state that he had done a great job in his +10 month period as the Acting Chief of Fullerton PD. If the city of Fullerton would open t
Officer Lira Points To The Nordell House Raid As a Consequence of Nepotism Within FPD
On October 20th 2010, Robyn Nordell and her family had a mistaken encounter with FPD when the department's narcotics unit mistakenly raided their home in search of a parollee living near by. Confusion from the officers on the address happened when officers raided Nordell's house from the rear entrance. The correct address was West of her house's location. According to Ben Lira, the officer
Jennifer Fitzgerald and Jan Flory take their seats on the Council, while Bruce Whitaker and Doug Chaffee are Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem respectively.
Fullerton conducted its annual changing of the guard Tuesday night as the City Council added two new members and a new Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem. City Clerk Lucinda Williams swore in newcomers Jennifer Fitzgerald and Jan Flory as well as incumbent Council Member Bruce Whitaker for a term that ends in 2016. Fitzgerald and Flory replace Mayor Sharon Quirk-Silva, who is now a State Assemblywoman an
Ben Lira speaks to the Fullertonian about his experience at the Fullerton Police Department
Your browser does not support the audio element. This is the raw audio from our interview with officer Ben Lira from the Fullerton Police Department. We are presenting it unedited because we think the citizens should have access to this information. Lira alleged to KFI on Thursday, November 29th, that Officer Dan Hughes played a key r