Alternate View of the Verdict Protests

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)

Mark Stouffer

Ed Carrasco

1/19/2014
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

"The Wrong Child": M Bryan's Egan Gallery Premiere

Exploring Femininity Through The Art Of Painted Nudes (NSFW).

Aimee Allen

12/5/2013
"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

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

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 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

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

Tonight's City Council Preview

Restrictions on selling your car, and more low-income housing are on the agenda this evening.

Ed Carrasco

10/1/2013
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 To Hold Discussion at the Hunt Branch Library

Mayor Bruce Whitaker will hold his next monthly discussion, "Talk Around Town", at the closed Hunt Branch Library.

Ed Carrasco

9/20/2013
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

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

Community Activists Plan "Sleep-In" Protesting Illegal Camping Tickets

Will Council Put A Moratorium On City Ordinance?

Ed Carrasco

9/17/2013
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

State Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva Talks to The Fullertonian

Former Fullerton Mayor sits down with The Fullertonian to discuss state politics and its local effects.

Ed Carrasco

9/10/2013
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

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

Mobile installation at the Magoski Complex.

August Artwalk Features Famous Local Artists

Steve Metzger and Clint Kalima debut at local venues

Mark Stouffer

8/4/2013
Art Walk website: http://www.fullertonartwalk.com/

"In Stitches" Visits The Art of Embroidery

Lola Bee and Nickie Fixx Discuss The "Granny Medium"

Alex Stouffer

7/31/2013
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

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.  

On Agenda: Food Truck Prohibition and The Future of Hunt Library

A Preview of Tuesday's Council Meeting, June 4th.

Ed Carrasco

6/3/2013
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.  

Homeless Shelter Plans

In a marathon City Council meeting the council heard opposing comments on homeless shelter plans.

Ed Carrasco

5/23/2013
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

Love. Sex. Unity. Respect. (Artist Preview)

Pictures of art to be featured in the upcoming show at Magoski Complex

Mark Stouffer

5/2/2013

SIR!: Service Industry Rants - To tip or not to tip?

Two local service industry veterans talk about the art of tipping, the sluggish economy and what it takes to succeed in the service industry.

David Leos

4/24/2013
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?

Love. Sex. Unity. Respect. in Fullerton

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.

David Leos

4/20/2013
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

7 Fullerton Residents Registered In 2013 Boston Marathon

Whereabouts Unknown During Bombing Aftermath

Alex Stouffer

4/15/2013
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

City Council Compensation Follow-Up

What the council decided about benefits for future Members.

Ed Carrasco

4/7/2013
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

Air Traffic Control Tower Gets Reprieve

Ed Carrasco

4/4/2013
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

LGBT Exhibit Releases Artist Lineup

Love.Sex.Unity.Respect Premieres From Art With An Agenda On May 3rd

Alex Stouffer

4/4/2013
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

Fullerton Airport Tower Closing

The sequester cuts hit Fullerton Airports pilots.

Ed Carrasco

3/24/2013
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.

OTTO Is Out Of Business

A Decade Of Things 'Other Than The Ordinary'. Story by Ed Carrasco.

Alex Stouffer

3/16/2013
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.

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

Charlie Al-Badawi of Bob's Towing

Criticism Continues On Local Government's Request For Towing Proposals

Local Towing Businesses Claim Fullerton's RFP Reporting Is Flawed

Ed Carrasco

3/11/2013
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

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

PHOTOS: Fullerton Art Walk 3rd Anniversary

People of all ages converging in Amerige Court (West of Fullerton Museum Center)

Alex Stouffer

3/6/2013

(PHOTOS) Fullerton's Sister City: Fukui, Japan

A Town That Rose From Ashes Like The Phoenix

Alex Stouffer

2/19/2013
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

Fireworks Vendors Can Apply By Lottery

The city council sets the rules and rates for fireworks vendors.

Ed Carrasco

2/13/2013
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

Fullerton Arboretum Kicks Off New Culinary Series: Thursdays In The Kitchen!

Series emphasizes cooking with seasonal and locally available ingredients.

Alex Stouffer

1/23/2013
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

Planning Underway For Railroad Days 2013 In Fullerton

SCRPA Seeks Sponsors For The Family Event Featuring 40+ Train Exhibits

Alex Stouffer

1/23/2013
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

Asinine Claims & Ethical Journalism

Davis Barber Discusses What Fair & Balanced, Unbiased Journalism Means

Alex Stouffer

1/22/2013
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Dan Hughes Becomes Fullerton's Official Chief of Police

Voted In Unanimously By Council - Story by Ed Carrasco

Ed Carrasco

1/16/2013
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

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

Assembly Member Quirk-Silva Begins Work, Gets Committee Assignments

A District 65 Press Release

Alex Stouffer

1/7/2013
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

Preview: Hibbleton's Show To Save Mike Atta

Alex Stouffer

1/4/2013
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