4th Supervisorial District candidate forum slated for Thursday at CSUF

4th Supervisorial District candidates Doug Chaffee and Tim Shaw

CSUF is hosting a ​4th Supervisorial District Candidate Forum this Thursday, October 25, from 6:00-7:30 pm featuring Fullerton Mayor Doug Chaffee and La Habra Mayor Tim Shaw. The event will be free, but parking will cost you $8.00.

WHERE: California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), Titan Student Union, 800 North State College Blvd (see map below).

For more information contact: Jeanne Tran <jetran@Fullerton.edu>

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The FPPC finally lowers the boom

By Jon Coupal | This column has, over the last several years, exposed multiple examples of government entities using taxpayer dollars for political advocacy, a practice that is clearly illegal under both state and federal law.  The free speech clauses of the federal and state Constitutions prohibit the use of governmentally compelled monetary contributions (including taxes) to support or oppose political campaigns since “Such contributions are a form of speech, and compelled speech offends the First Amendment.”  Smith v. U.C. Regents (1993) 4 Cal.4th 843, 852.

A weekly column by Jon CoupalMoreover, “use of the public treasury to mount an election campaign which attempts to influence the resolution of issues which our Constitution leaves to the ‘free election’ of the people (see Const., art. II, § 2) … presents a serious threat to the integrity of the electoral process.” Stanson v. Mott (1976) 17 Cal.3d 206, 218.

While taxpayer organizations have been successful in several lawsuits involving these illegal expenditures, that hasn’t stopped either the state or local governments from continuing to push the envelope into political advocacy. However, there is a secondary legal issue that may actually prove to be more effective when government engages in political advocacy. Beyond the First Amendment implications, California has a strict regimen of campaign finance laws and regulations. These laws both limit a wide range of political contributions and impose strict reporting requirements. Thus, when government agencies engage in illegal political activity under First Amendment grounds, unless they have reported the costs of the activities to the FPPC as campaign contributions, they have violated separate campaign finance laws as well.

In March 2017, Los Angeles County placed Measure H, a sales tax for homeless programs, on the ballot. Whatever one may think of the need for higher taxes — for homeless programs or any other purpose — the county’s use of nearly a million dollars of public funds for the political campaign unquestionably crossed the line into political advocacy.

To read the entire column, please click here.

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Fullerton City Hall is closed today for another three-day weekend

City Hall Closure Dates and
Observed Holidays

January –1*, 12, 26
February – 9, 19*, 23
March – 9, 23
April – 6, 20
May – 4, 18, 28*
June – 1, 15, 29
July – 4*, 13, 27
August – 10, 24
September – 3*, 7, 21
October – 5, 19
November – 2, 11*, 16, 22*, 23*,30
December – 14, 24*, 25*, 26^,27^, 28, 31*

*Holiday observed
^Winter Closure

Fullerton City Hall

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Watch last night’s city council meeting

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Tonight’s city council meeting agenda

The AgendaTo read or download tonight’s detailed council meeting agenda, please click here (pdf).

The public participation portion of the meeting begins at 6:30 with presentations and awards. Actual city business normally doesn’t start until 7:00 or 7:30 . . . or even later.

And you can also watch it on cable Channel 3 (Spectrum — formerly Time Warner Cable).

To read or download City Manager Ken Domer’s latest Weekly Update  (posted October 12), please visit this page.

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Once again, California Prop. 13 is ‘on the table’

By Jon Coupal | In the contest to see who will be California’s next governor, political pollsters haven’t given Republican John Cox much of a chance of prevailing over former San Francisco mayor and current Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. After all, California remains a fairly progressive state and the Newsom campaign has more money. Cox, to his credit, has closed the gap significantly in recent weeks and stays focused on his message highlighting that California’s government is dysfunctional, and what can be done about it.

A weekly column by Jon CoupalNewsom and Cox have had only one debate — which was actually billed as a “discussion” rather than a true debate — and no further debates are scheduled, although Cox has agreed to them. Given his advantages in the race, Newsom appears to be steering clear of anything that could trip him up.

However, their one debate was illuminating in one, troubling respect. In a discussion of tax reform connected to housing, Newsom was asked directly whether Proposition 13 was “on the table.” He answered, “everything is on the table.” This is a comment to send cold shivers down the spines of Californians whose homes are their lifelong and most important investment.

To read the entire column, please click here.

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Watch Tuesday night’s LWV city council candidates forum

Tuesday evening, the League of Women Voters of North Orange County sponsored a forum featuring candidates running for Fullerton City Council in Districts 3 and 5. It was held in the council chambers at City Hall and recorded by the city:

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Forum for Fullerton School Board candidates is tonight at 6:00 pm

The League of Women Voters is hosting its final Candidate Forum tonight for those seeking election to the Fullerton School District Board of Trustees.

It will be held in the district’s board room, 1401 West Valencia Drive, beginning at 6:00 pm (click here to see map).

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QuickTake: Pathways of Hope withdraws homeless housing proposal

According to a story this morning  on the Voice of OC website, Pathways of Hope has withdrawn its application to build 80 units of permanent supportive housing for the homeless on city-owned land located at Commonwealth and Basque Avenues.

Read the story.

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Forum for city council candidates is Tuesday at 6:00 pm

The League of Women Voters is hosting its second of three Candidate Forums tomorrow evening for those seeking election to the Fullerton City Council.

It will be held in the council chambers of Fullerton City Hall, 303 W. Commonwealth Avenue, beginning at 6:00 pm (click here to see map).

There will be one more LWV candidate forum on Wednesday evening for candidates seeking election to the Fullerton (elementary) School Board:

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