“Map #8A has the best chance of being voted in by the residents of Fullerton” -Doug Chaffee.
Every voting district in Fullerton now touches downtown, according to Fullerton’s illustrious and genius City Council. Despite a full audience (at least 70% in favor of Map #2B), Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese interpreters, none of it mattered. What a farce. A waste of time. The council’s minds were already made up last night before the meeting even began. Last minute district map entries by cartographer-bar owners that don’t follow proper procedure, protocol or get community input are A-OK. Just because we couldn’t or wouldn’t follow the rules like the rest of you did, we should still be heard, because we own bars, and our map should be the one you vote in. Just because I was a semi-rock star about 17 years ago. Additionally, the bars in downtown Fullerton cost the city upwards of $1.5M each year over and above the tax revenue they generate. But they donate to the schools and feel-good causes and also fund your reelection campaigns, so what’s a city council person to do? Vote unanimously on Map #8A, knowing you’re all beholden to someone or some magical downtown Fullerton entity. Remember- this very flawed map was submitted last minute at the last council meeting and avoided completely the months long process of community input and meetings with the hired professional cartographer. Fullerton must love litigation, no?
Other notables that spoke in favor of map #8A:
Young Kim (they let her go first, because, hey- it was election night, after all)
The ubiquitous Larry Bennett (Larry, get a new site dude)
AJ Popoff (Salon Owner, and get a site period)
Dena Bravo-David (Wine Bar Owner)
Rob Hallstrom (PR for Downtown Bars & Restaurants)
Jeremy Popoff (Fullerton’s newest and greatest cartographer)
I just can’t help but be reminded of this fine story a couple years back…
Stay sharp Fullertonians. Don’t be afraid to speak up or speak your mind.