With all the deserved commotion about the unfinished Brandman report, let’s recall this isn’t the first time former Clerk-Recorder, now first-term Assemblyman and still a Democrat Tom Daly pushed a lucrative no-bid contract to a political crony.
When I heard that my old friend Tony Bushala was shutting down his incredible Friends for Fullerton’s Future blog I certainly understood his decision. He never meant to keep fighting forever. He spent a great deal of his own money trying to help the people of Fullerton and while he succeeded in recalling several terrible Fullerton Council Members, and he was able to help his friend and ally Bruce Whitacker to get elected as well, the downside was that his other great ally, Travis Kiger, lost to liberal Jan Flory on Nov. 6.
Kiger’s loss must have been very hard to take. I know that I was disappointed to see such a sharp young man lose. But that’s politics for you. You win some, you lose some. And we also lost Chris Norby’s Assembly seat to Sharon Quirk-Silva, a Democrat whose successful campaign probably helped Flory to win as well.
Holy cow…they’re done.
The most impactful Blog in Orange County is going on a long, if not permanent hiatus per this mid-afternoon post from Tony Bushala. Tony and colleagues like Travis Kiger, and a host of other anonymous posters and commentors spent the last few years turning Fullerton on its ear with their activism and coverage of city politics that ran circles around the mainstream media and set a standard that the rest of us admired and, frankly, envied.
The FFFF played a national role in revealing the murder-by-cop death of Kelly Thomas, a homeless man with mental issues. Three BAD cops are no longer on the Fullerton Police force (and likely destined for jail) due to FFFF’s diligence and the copious reporting they committed to the blogosphere. They caused the retirement of Fullerton’s feckless police chief and revealed plenty about this gang of nasty, violent cops that often ruled the city with fists and billy clubs. Tony and Travis were frequent guests on KFI’s John and Ken Show — that’s rare, and even rarer that they convinced this drive-time program with over one million daily listeners to come down to Fullerton for multiple events spawned by the Thomas killing.
Former Fullerton City Councilwoman Jan Flory, a Democrat and a lawyer, defeated short-time incumbent Travis Kiger by just 29 votes, in the Nov. 6 election, according to the Voice of OC. I found out today that Kiger won’t be challenging the election results.
I was at the Orange County Voter Registrar’s office this afternoon when I ran into my good friend Tony Bushala, who helped to recall a trio of RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) after the murder of Kelly Thomas by several bad Fullerton cops. The OC Weekly later named him the “Best Gadfly.” I think he’s just a great human being! Bushala was at the Registrar’s office today with our mutual friend, Chris Thompson, to talk to the Registrar, Neal Kelley, about the Fullerton election results. Continue reading
Hack Republican Dick Ackerman has been caught red-handed working for labor. His fellow Republicans are aghast. OC Political blogger Chris Emami wrote that ” it is disappointing to see that former Senate Republican leader Dick Ackerman chose to work with the Fullerton Police Officers Association and do a robocall on their behalf encouraging residents to come out in support of Fullerton PD.”
Ackerman made the robo call in reaction to the push by some of the Fullerton Council Members – Bruce Whitaker and Travis Kiger, to consider how much the City of Fullerton might save by contracting their police department to the Orange County Sheriff.
The AP headline declared, “Wisconsin voters divided on governor, bargaining,” but that piece reviewing exit polls stood in stark contrast to reality. Voters always are divided to some degree, but Wisconsin voters overwhelmingly rebuked the public-sector unions that had sought to recall reform-minded Republican Scott Walker. As of 9 pm California time, the election was called in his favor as he held an astounding 18 percentage-point lead.
Furthermore, the Republican lieutenant governor was also cruising to victory, as were four Republicans in the state Senate seats targeted by the Democrats and their labor union allies. This is a big victory not just for Wisconsin residents, who will continue to see good-government reforms proceed, but for the rest of the nation, even those of us in California. Continue reading