Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Fullerton City Council Gets It Wrong...Again

Tuesday night's City Council meeting resulted in the passage of bad laws and a request that I believe would result in the misappropriations of federal funds.

Tough questions were hinted at but the council members were pacified by staff assurances of checks and balances. 

At the heart of my criticism is the amendment of the City's municipal code with respect to trash cans and tarps, two objects I am not particularly fond of. 

One amendment makes it a crime, an infraction, to have your trash cans out more than 24 hours before collection or more than 12 hours after collection.  The new regulation does not take into account those of us who work long hours.  There are many days that trash is collected at 8 a.m. and I don't get home from work until 11 p.m.  That would place me in violation of the law and subject to an infraction. 

Another amendment, also an infraction, is the use of a tarp to, among other things, provide weather protection for the interior of a building.  Again, missing from this amendment is a time element.  The law does not allow for a temporary tarp, say from a downed city-owned trees onto a home, for any reason.  The law is simple and specific enough that any tarp for any period of time used in the manner described above it is an immediate violation.

Both amendments, and others, passed without a great deal of questions, despite pleadings from the public. 

These amendments will allow code enforcement, also known as "community preservation officers", to drive around and issue citations immediately.  The "due process" which was mentioned briefly as a check-and-balance to enforcement is that the citation may be appealed after the fact.  This so-called due process will require that the person cited take time off of work to defend their actions.  Simply adding a 24-hour clause for trash cans and a time-line for the tarps would lend some assurance that the regulations will not be forced simply to harass residents and taxpayers. 

Also being approved by the City Council was a federal appropriations request which listed four projects that need funding.  I first mention this in Federal Money, Local Problem

Surprisingly, Fullerton Association of Concerned Tax Payers (FACT) co-founder and councilman, Bruce Whitaker, voted for the request.  I have not spoken with Whitaker regarding the list and he did not comment after the motion was seconded so I don't know his rationale for the vote. 

In my opinion, the only item on the list that might qualify for federal aid would be the Harbor Blvd Slope Stabilization Project.  The other three, park modernization and two parking structures, are local issues that are not a threat to the health and welfare of the community if they are not completed.  In fact, a strong argument could be made that supporting these specific parking structures is support for redevelopment, eminent domain, wasted tax dollars, and abuse of power.  Both projects violated the rights of the previous property owners. 

And if all of that wasn't bad enough, two residents spoke about receiving citations for having a pick-up truck and a toy hauler on the street over night.  The Fullerton Police Department considers pick-up trucks to be a commercial vehicles because the DMV classifies them as such, even when they are owned by individuals for personal or recreational purposes.  The trailer, I suspect, falls under a similar twist of the law because the trailer was not attached to the vehicle that normally pulls it.  Taking these residents at face-value, it sure sounds like Fullerton residents continue to be beat up and abused by City Hall. 

Maybe things will change in 2012...

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My Grandma - A Eulogy

LET'S TALK ABOUT 1914 FOR A MOMENT.



FOR STARTERS, GRANDMA WAS BORN TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1914 IN HER FAMILY'S ATWOOD RANCH HOUSE.



IT IS WORTH NOTING THOSE ALSO BORN IN 1914:

JACK LALANNE

JOE DIMAGGIO

DANNY THOMAS



AND WHO DIED IN 1914:

JOHN MUIR, THE FAMOUS NATURALIST FOR WHICH NUMEROUS ROADS, PARKS, HOTELS, AND NATURE RESERVES ARE NAMED.



IT IS ALSO WORTH NOTING THAT IN 1914 WOODROW WILSON SIGNS MOTHER'S DAY PROCLAMATION AND BABE RUTH MAKES HIS MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT WITH THE RED SOX. MOTHER'S DAY AND BASEBALL- TWO OF MY FAVORITES!! (PERHAPS HER NICKNAME "BABE" CAME FROM BABE RUTH???)



GRANDMA WAS BORN INTO A PERIOD OF TIME FILLED WITH TURMOIL. IN JUNE OF 1914 ARCHDUKE FRANZS FERDINAND WAS ASSASSINATED. WITHIN ONE MONTH WORLD WAR I RAGED ACROSS EUROPE. TWO DAYS AFTER HER BIRTH HOWEVER, GERMAN AND BRITISH TROOPS INTERRUPTED WWI TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS. (PERHAPS THEY PAUSE KNOWING THAT A GREAT WOMAN WAS BORNE) WORLD WAR I CONTINUED UNTIL THE TREATY OF VERSAILLES IN 1919.



ALTHOUGH SHE WAS ONLY 5 YEARS OLD, SHE SAW THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS CREATED AND THE 19TH AMENDMENT WAS APPROVED BY THE U.S. CONGRESS GUARANTEEING THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN TO VOTE.



SHE LIVED THROUGH MANY NOTABLE EVENTS. LIKE THE 1933 LONG BEACH EARTHQUAKE OR WHEN ATWOOD FLOODED ALONG WITH MOST OF ORANGE COUNTY IN 1938 AND THE FLOOD-WATERS CLAIMED MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE, 43 OF WHICH WERE FROM ATWOOD! ALL OF THIS DURING A TIME THAT WE READ ABOUT IN SCHOOL AND KNOWN AS "THE GREAT DEPRESSION". SOMEWHERE IN ALL OF THAT SHE FOUND THE LOVE OF HER LIFE, GRANDPA LEO, GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL, GOT MARRIED, AND HAD KIDS!



THEN THERE WAS WORLD WAR II. FROM PEARL HARBOR TO HIROSHIMA, GRANDMA WAS RAISING MY UNCLE BOB AND MOM ARLINE. WITH AIR-RAID SIRENS AND BLACKOUTS SHE WAS A WIFE AND MOTHER. WHAT A TIME TO RAISE CHILDREN! I BET GRANDMA'S PARENTS WERE ABEL TO TELL HER A THING OR TWO ABOUT RAISING KIDS IN WARTIME.



GRANDMA WAS THERE WHEN THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA HELD THEIR 3RD ANNUAL NATIONAL JAMBOREE IN 1953. SHE SAW AIRBASES OPEN IN '42 AND CLOSE IN '99. SHE WATCHED WALTER KNOTT START UP HIS BERRY FARM AND WALT DISNEY TURN ORANGE GROVES AND STRAWBERRY PATCHES INTO DISNEYLAND!



SHE SAW THE HORSE AND CARRIAGE FADE AWAY INTO HISTORY AND SPACE TRAVEL EXPLODE BEFORE HER WITH THE FIRST LUNAR LANDING. JUST IMAGINE HOW MUCH TECHNOLOGY HAS CHANGED OVER THE LAST 100 YEARS. FROM TUBE RECTIFIERS TO SUPERCONDUCTORS; FROM TRANS-ATLANTIC TELEGRAPH CABLES TO SATELLITE TV.



SHE SAW MORE IN HER 93 YEARS THAN MOST OF US WILL EVER READ ABOUT, LET ALONE LIVE THROUGH!



OF THOSE 93 YEARS IT IS MY HONOR TO HAVE BEEN HER GRANDSON FOR 35 OF THEM. SHE WAS MY MOTHER WHEN MOM HAD TO WORK. SHE WIPED MY NOSE AND PUT FOOD IN MY MOUTH. SHE LET ME PLAY WITH GRANDPA EVEN THOUGH SHE NEEDED HIM TO TAKE HER TO THE STORE. SHE WAS MY GRANDMA AND I WILL MISS HER IMMENSELY.



JUST LOOK AROUND THIS ROOM; SHE DID THIS. SHE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR BRINGING SO MANY GOOD PEOPLE INTO THIS WORLD AND TOGETHER TODAY. THIS IS HER LEGACY.



A Dedication To My Loving Wife, Stacey. Thank you for all you do for me!

Brad Paisley - I Thought I Loved You Then


I remember trying not to stare the night that I first met you
You had me mesmerized
3 weeks later in the front porch light taking 45 min to kiss you goodnight
I hadn’t told you yet but I thought I loved you then

Chorus
Now you’re my whole life now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
Like a river meets the sea
Stronger than it’s ever been
We’ve come so far since that day
And I thought I loved you then.

I remember taking you back to right where I first met you
You were so surprised
There were people around
But I didn’t care I got down on one knee right there
And once again I thought I loved you then

Chorus
Now you’re my whole life now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
Like a river meets the sea
Stronger than it’s ever been
We’ve come so far since that day
And I thought I loved you then.

I can just see you with a baby on the way
I can just see you when your hair is turning gray
What I can’t see is how I’m ever gonna love you more
But I’ve said that before.

Now you’re my whole life now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
Well look back some day at this moment that we’re in
And I'll look at you and say I thought I loved you then
And I thought I loved you then...

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