Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva and Council Member Jesus Silva under investigation . . .

. . . for influence peddling and retaliation against accuser of Assembly Member Cristina Garcia

Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-SilvaBy Brian Hews | Hews Media Group-Los Cerritos Community News has exclusively learned that the California State Assembly investigation involving groping allegations against Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia leveled by Cerritos resident Daniel Fierro has morphed into a wide-ranging political influence and retaliation investigation revolving around Garcia, 65th District Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton), and her husband, Fullerton Council Member Jesus Silva.

According to high level sources, Garcia, Quirk-Silva, and her husband have operated a veiled operation to put Fierro out of business by using their political power and influence to steer public relations contracts away from Fierro and his company, Presidio Strategic Communications.

Fullerton City Council Member Jesus SilvaInfluence campaigns of this type have severe penalties including censure, removal from office, permanent disqualification from holding any state position, restitution, prison, and fines up into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The operation against Fierro is in response to his complaint that Garcia sexually assaulted him at a softball game in 2014. His allegations were first reported in February by Politico.

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California’s cost of living is hurting the middle class – Prop 6 will help

By Jon Coupal | Perhaps the most contentious issue on the November ballot is Proposition 6, which would repeal the massive increase in both California’s gas tax and the car tax. Proposition 6 was placed on the ballot by a grassroots coalition of taxpayers and small business groups. It is opposed by well-financed interests including labor organizations, construction companies and other interests that make money from transportation projects.

A weekly column by Jon CoupalThose interests are financing a multi-million-dollar disinformation campaign claiming that the state’s roads and bridges are unsafe because Californians’ taxes were too low.

It would be funny if it wasn’t so expensive.

The reasons that Proposition 6 is so popular — despite the irresponsible and self-serving claims of its opponents – are legion. California already had the fifth-highest gas taxes in the nation, even before the tax hike. Our state income tax rates and state sales tax rate are the nation’s highest. Add to that crushing regulations and counterproductive progressive policies that result in outcomes opposite of that intended and it’s easy to understand why California is suffering from a massive outflow of citizens to other states.

That exodus to Texas, Arizona, Nevada and other states is being driven by a singular powerful force — cost of living. Few Californians are unaware of how expensive it is to live here relative to other states. Despite a rapidly growing national economy, many citizens here still feel left behind, and for good reason. California’s poverty rate is 20.6 percent, the highest in the nation, when the cost of living is taken into account. In a recent poll, 47 percent of Californians considered themselves “working poor.”

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

2018
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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Library takeover tonight by the City Council?

Fullerton Public Library logoA story yesterday on the Voice of OC website does a pretty good job of describing the substance of a controversial item on tonight’s city council meeting agenda that would see the five appointed members of the Fullerton Public Library Board of Trustees replaced by the five sitting members of the City Council.

Here’s how City Manager Ken Domer describes the item in his weekly update (the topic is part of Item #1 under Regular Business):

This item will seek Council consideration of the following three items: Elimination of stipends for the Planning Commission; the Creation of an Active Transportation Committee (which assumes and expands upon the duties of the current Bicycle Users Subcommittee); and makes changes to the Library Board of Trustees (LBT). The draft ordinance [click here to read it] for the LBT includes having future appointments to the LBT be members of the City Council until all such appointments are made and then the City Council will act as the LBT; the creation of a Library Advisory Committee to provide for community input to the City Council/LBT and to define the duties of the Library Advisory Committee, in additional to updating the City’s current Library code which was adopted in 1906. The City Council is asked to consider these changes or provide alternative direction to Staff.

Last night, the Library Board of Trustees held an emergency meeting and put together a letter to the council opposing the move. You can read about it in this excellent post by Matt Leslie on his Fullerton Rag blog: Library Board Adopts Strong Statement Against Council Takeover.

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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 Weekly Update for last week (posted September 14), please click here.

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Your life and liberty aren’t really safe, despite the end of the legislative session

Steven GreenhutBy Steven Greenhut | It’s that time of year. The California Legislature has concluded its session and I can again publish one of my favorite quotations, from 19th century New York Judge Gideon Tucker: “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.”

At press time, we’re still waiting to see how many liberty-destroying bills that Jerry Brown will actually sign into law, this being his (mercifully) last signings/vetoes after four total terms as governor.

Last year, Brown signed 859 measures into law. We’ll see this year’s final count in coming days. Not every bill is a bad one. But if you wonder why taxes keep going up, regulations keep piling up, and the tax code becomes more complex, you might think about the sheer volume of legislation that makes its way through both houses of the Legislature.

Rust never sleeps, but at least lawmakers are back in their districts. Unfortunately, the November general-election ballot is loaded with initiatives, which simply are proposed laws decided by voters. One of those would roll back the recent gas-tax hikes, but most float costly taxpayer-backed bonds and regulate our lives and property. Proposition 10, for instance, would remove state limits on local rent control. Hey, if we can’t fix the housing crisis, why not make it worse?

This idea reinforces that simple, easy button “fixes” that exacerbate serious problems are as much the fault of voters and direct democracy as lawmakers. But the Legislature has the market cornered on posturing. Interest groups aren’t going to spend millions of dollars to pass a ballot measure that doesn’t do anything. But legislators will spend their time debating highfalutin measures that are solely about virtue-signaling.

To read the entire column in the Orange County Register, click here.

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California’s boondoggles threaten property owners and taxpayers

By Jon Coupal | One would hope that with the profound foolishness associated with California’s infamous High Speed Rail (HSR) project that our elected leadership would have learned a thing or two.

A weekly column by Jon CoupalBut this is California. Because we do things bigger and better than anyone else, it’s apparent that one massive boondoggle isn’t enough — we need two.

Let’s recap what we’ll call Boondoggle, Senior.

The complete dysfunction of HSR is no longer in dispute. Missed deadlines for the business plans, lack of transparency, massive cost overruns, engineering hurdles that make the project virtually impossible to complete and a lack of funding are tops on the list. Not only is HSR no longer viable, but the biggest irony is the project was justified on grounds that it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Even there it fails, as the independent Legislative Analyst has concluded that the project will be a net GHG producer for the foreseeable future.

HSR is now an international joke. Many who originally supported the High Speed Rail project have changed their opinions, including a former Chairman of the HSR Authority.

Boondoggle, Junior, is the planned construction of the Twin Tunnels project through the Sacramento River Delta, also known as WaterFix. While there is no doubt that California needs additional water infrastructure — and the dams and canals we have now are in need of serious maintenance – Governor Brown’s Twin Tunnel project suffers from the same major flaw as High Speed Rail — an abject lack of planning and no vision for how the project will be funded.

To read the entire column, please click here.

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Hard fought battles stop tax hikes in Legislature

By Jon Coupal | While on the campaign trail prior to the 1988 election, Republican presidential candidate George H.W. Bush uttered the now infamous words, “read my lips, no new taxes.” Of course, this was a pledge he broke, which likely cost him reelection.

A weekly column by Jon CoupalThe mission of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is to protect Proposition 13 and to advance taxpayers’ rights, including the right to limited taxation, the right to vote on tax increases and the right of economical, equitable and efficient use of taxpayer dollars.

Unfortunately, this value set is shared by too few politicians in Sacramento.

Because of that, taxpayers rarely are able to obtain meaningful reform in the state Capitol. California’s reputation for high taxes and burdensome regulations is well deserved and taxpayers are usually able to obtain relief only through the powers of direct democracy including initiative, referendum and recall.

While many wish this wasn’t the case, the stark reality is that legislators have voted for eight taxes (six of which became law) since 2012.

To read the entire column, please click here.

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

It was also closed on Monday, September 3 (Labor Day), for a three-day holiday weekend.

City Hall Closure Dates and
Observed Holidays

2018
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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