Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am so thankful for my family and the incredible city and country we are blessed to have.  Each and every day I am grateful for the opportunity to tuck my kids into their beds and sing a few songs with them.

Here is a secret that few know: every night I sing the Star Spangled Banner to my children.  My eldest and I were fortunate enough to tour Fort McHenry a few years ago and see the fort, mast, and banner for which the poem and  National Anthem inspired Francis Scott Keys to pen his words.  It is moments like that and every night that I thank God for the many blessings I enjoy.
The Star Spangled Banner over Fort McHenry, Baltimore Maryland.

I hope you will take a moment this Thanksgiving holiday to reflect on your blessings and be thankful for all God has granted.

God bless you this Thanksgiving Day and everyday.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Thank You Fullerton


Thank you to Fullerton voters as well as my family, friends, and supporters who helped make this possible!

Stay tuned for more information.

Monday, November 3, 2014

A Message from Sean Paden


Dear Fullerton Voters:

I want you to know that the false attacks on Councilman Greg Sebourn by the allies of Larry Bennett and Doug Chaffee in a recent mailer are shamefully misleading.

The vote that the Fullerton police union claims Greg Sebourn made “against transparency” is completely false.

Here are the facts:  On June 17, 2014 Greg voted FOR transparency and it was Doug Chaffee, Larry Bennett’s ally on the City Council, who voted against it.

At issue is an ordinance called COIN. Two versions were proposed and Greg voted for one of them. The version Greg voted against exempted citizens’ oversight of labor negotiations of Fullerton’s police union.

Let that sink in a minute folks. The police unions just spent at least $15,000 on a direct mailer criticizing Greg for wanting their labor negotiations to occur out in the open – and they want you to believe that was a vote against transparency. Do not believe any of it.

Another deceptive attack was circulated in a scurrilous robo-call last week.  I have known Greg Sebourn for four years now and have attended almost all of the council meetings on which he has been a member. He is a man of good character and integrity and would never stoop to spreading the kind of falsehoods that are being spread about him.

Fullerton voters, please do not be fooled by these deceitful mailers and phone messages.

On Tuesday, November 4, please cast your vote FOR transparency in city government.


Sincerely,
Sean Paden
Candidate for Fullerton City Council
 
Proudly Vote for Greg Sebourn and Sean Paden
on Tuesday, November 4.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

OC Register Endorses Sebourn, Paden for Fullerton Council

Editorial: Paden, Sebourn for Fullerton Council

Fullerton is recovering from a largely negative bout in the public limelight. A high-profile prosecution for police brutality cast shame on city governance, prompting a recall of three council members and engaging the city in questions of oversight for law enforcement.
The resulting scrutiny bore fruit: Fullerton became a pioneer in using police body cameras and is pondering a civilian review board. Yet, residents are now facing another important election, one that will no doubt greatly influence how the city engages a whole range of issues: Homelessness, infrastructure, pensions, development and more.
To continue the city on its positive path, the Register recommends the mayor pro tem, Greg Sebourn, and challenger Sean Paden for City Council.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association Endorses Sebourn Council

This week the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association joins the Lincoln Club and Atlas PAC with their endorsement of Greg Sebourn for Fullerton City Council.

I am thankful that the HJTA supports my longstanding commitment to keeping taxes low in Fullerton.  The endorsement will certainly lend visibility to the fragile state of Prop 13 and the necessity to protect the future of our aging population to live within their means.

Each of us as renters or property owners benefits directly by keeping the increase of property taxes to a sustainable rate of 2%.  Don't buy into the "split role" nonsense.  Any change to Prop 13 threatens our economic future.

HJTA was founded in 1978 to protect future generations from property tax spiking.  To learn more about the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, please go to http://www.hjta.org/.


Lincoln Club Endorses Sebourn for Council

This week the Lincoln Club of Orange County announced their endorsement of Greg Sebourn for Fullerton City Council!

While I am very grateful to the Lincoln Club for their support I think it is important to share a little about the Lincoln Cub of OC.

They were founded in 1963 with the mission  of 

"...limiting government to those legitimate functions that least intrude on the economy and the individual lives of its citizens while providing a strong defense securing individual liberties.

These principles are paramount: government may only act with the consent of the governed and ought to do only that which the people cannot do for themselves; political freedom cannot survive without the economic freedoms afforded by low taxes and free enterprise; and government conducted in accordance with these principles will result in economic growth and individual liberty for all citizens."

I am humbled and thankful to have the support of the Lincoln Club of Orange County.

If you would like learn more about the Lincoln Club, please visit http://lincolnclub.org/.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wine Tasting FUNdraiser








































Wine tasting for $20?  Yes, $20 gets you a seat at this exclusive event with me and a taste of 10 very special Spanish wines.  

Join me September 4 @ 6PM


RSVP is necessary, seating is limited!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Counterfeit COIN - Just the Facts


by Mayor Pro Tem Greg Sebourn, PLS & Council Member Bruce Whitaker

The issue of open negotiations in government finances is nothing new.  In fact, Fullerton considered this at its November 5, 2013 City Council meeting in which the matter was tabled for nearly seven months.

Elected officials have a fiduciary duty to manage your tax dollars and the public has the absolute right to know how and why their tax dollars are being spent.  This right to know is underscored since unionized labor is the single largest budgetary line item for the City and the fact that the City is still operating with a City Council approved (3-2) structural deficit of at least $1.6-million! 

Fullerton taxpayers have a long history of being shortchanged by City Hall.  From illegal taxes to redevelopment waste, Fullerton taxpayers have every reason to question who is proposing to spend how much and on what.  Civic Openness in Negotiations, or COIN, offered a glimmer of hope to Fullerton taxpayers before being surreptitiously replaced with a Counterfeit COIN. 

On June 17 the Fullerton City Council voted 2-3 (Ayes: Whitaker & Sebourn; Noes: Chaffee, Flory, & Fitzgerald) to approve COIN based on the original model approved in other jurisdictions including Costa Mesa.  COIN would have provided a new level of openness and transparency into labor negotiations.  Unfortunately, after that motion failed, three Council Members (Chaffee, Flory, & Fitzgerald) voted to approve an ordinance that gives the illusion of transparency and rigor to a backroom process that has to this day remained secret.

Fullerton’s Counterfeit COIN ordinance lacks the two most critical components that make COIN an effective process for taxpayers and city workers - transparency and accountability.  Supporters of Counterfeit COIN point to the model guidelines “LABOR NEGOTIATION STRATEGIES AND PRINCIPLES” by the Association of California Cities of Orange County (ACCOC).  The guidelines offer up sample language and suggestions for COIN-like ordinances but Counterfeit COIN ignores the first rule of the guideline, Use of Outside Negotiators, as well as the second which calls for use of an independent auditor for financial analysis.

COIN and Counterfeit COIN both have a process for disclosure to the public regarding what the Council and public employee unions have negotiated behind closed doors.  Fullerton’s Counterfeit COIN, however, only applies to written offers.  Further, it does not specify when the details of the proposed agreements, offers, or counteroffers must be made public.  This means there may be countless secret “trial balloons” offered by both sides before settling on written terms.  This is where Counterfeit COIN fails the transparency test.

Accountability is completely absent from Fullerton’s Counterfeit COIN as well.  COIN required that all negotiations and economic analysis were to be conducted by professionals that were not subject to a public pension system and far removed from City Hall.  They are to be independent from the negotiating parties in every way.  Counterfeit COIN offers certain criteria that must be met in order bring in any outside parties. Even if the criteria is met, Counterfeit COIN requires the Council appoint a representative as a representative to the outside Negotiating Team, and further requires that representative be a public employee who stands to benefit by the outcome of the negotiation process.

COIN is really quite simple despite attempts to create the illusion of complexity or difficulty.  There are just three key components of COIN:  Independent Negotiator, Independent Economic Analysis, and Timely Public Disclosure. 

The lack of labor union opposition to Fullerton’s Counterfeit COIN sends the message to taxpayers that this new ordinance brings no substantive changes to the backroom labor negotiations. 

Until a clear majority of the Fullerton City Council is willing to recognize that feathering the beds public employee unions is contrary to their fiduciary duty, Fullerton’s legacy of backroom negotiations lead by city staff to benefit city staff will continue. 


More of the same, same as before.  

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 238th Birthday United States of America


IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:
Column 1
Georgia:
   Button Gwinnett
   Lyman Hall
   George Walton
Column 2
North Carolina:
   William Hooper
   Joseph Hewes
   John Penn
South Carolina:
   Edward Rutledge
   Thomas Heyward, Jr.
   Thomas Lynch, Jr.
   Arthur Middleton
Column 3
Massachusetts:
John Hancock
Maryland:
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia:
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton
Column 4
Pennsylvania:
   Robert Morris
   Benjamin Rush
   Benjamin Franklin
   John Morton
   George Clymer
   James Smith
   George Taylor
   James Wilson
   George Ross
Delaware:
   Caesar Rodney
   George Read
   Thomas McKean
Column 5
New York:
   William Floyd
   Philip Livingston
   Francis Lewis
   Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
   Richard Stockton
   John Witherspoon
   Francis Hopkinson
   John Hart
   Abraham Clark
Column 6
New Hampshire:
   Josiah Bartlett
   William Whipple
Massachusetts:
   Samuel Adams
   John Adams
   Robert Treat Paine
   Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
   Stephen Hopkins
   William Ellery
Connecticut:
   Roger Sherman
   Samuel Huntington
   William Williams
   Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
   Matthew Thornton

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day to My Dad!

Happy Father's Day to my dad!




"‘Cause I’ve been watching you, dad ain’t that cool?
I’m your buckaroo, I want to be like you.
And eat all my food and grow as tall as you are.
By then I’ll be strong as superman
We’ll be just alike, hey, won’t we dad
When I can do everything you do.
‘cause I’ve been watchin’ you."

Sunday, June 8, 2014

WATER RATE INCREASE - Just say NO!

This week I received a notice from the City of Fullerton that they would like to raise water rates...AGAIN!  

The proposed rates are specifically for pass-through costs from Metropolitan Water District, Orange County Water District, Southern California Edison, and the City of Anaheim (we purchase electricity from Anaheim for Fullerton's wells in Anaheim).  

We know MWD (the agency that gave each employee a $6,000 bonus) recently raised rates to help cover salaries and pensions as well as some infrastructure needs.  We are required to purchase about 30% of all water from MWD.  The OCWD charges us a pumping tax that is significantly less than MWD but those rates keep creeping up. 

And those pesky electric bills keep going up as well.  

Let's recap a few important changes to your rates:

In 2012, a post-recall Council directed staff to refund about $7.4 million: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/city-374846-water-bills.html 

In 2013, a new council majority (Chaffee, Flory, & Fitgerald) voted to redirect staff to only refund about $3.3 million and concocted a new scheme to keep the rest and continue their slightly smaller skimming operation: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/customers-522970-water-city.html  & http://www.orangejuiceblog.com/2013/03/fullerton-water-heist/

Now, the City will charge you more and as a direct result skim more, and claim it in the name of pass-through costs.

Fill out your protest form that was attached on your bill.  If you didn't get the notice for any reason, fill out this form and send it in immediately.  Share with all of your neighbors, employers, friends, and family in Fullerton!


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Greg Sebourn

Orange County Bail Bonds

The Beauty of a Storm

The Beauty of a Storm
Orange County, Ca.

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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