Update on Old Town

Update on Old Town: Bret Fairbanks’ hearing was held yesterday at the Tustin Library. After six hours of discussion , it was continued to September 9, 2011. Please support Bret and his family in this matter. We will keep you posted as soon as there is something to report. Here is a complete report from…

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What’s for Dinner?

My daughter is finally back from her Summer spent with her grandfather. That could mean only one thing: a trip to the grocery store. While my daughter has been away, my wife and I have happily subsisted on fast food and salads, mixed with an occasional pizza here and there. As a carnivore, items to…

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“It’s Old Town, Elizabeth”

“It’s Chinatown, Jake.” It’s a great punchline from a well known Jack Nicholson classic. And, just like that great movie, this tale encompasses dark individuals and shadowy connections in government. Most readers are familiar with the Fairbanks property, a private residence built circa 1929 in Old Town Tustin.  Bret Fairbanks has been trying to sell…

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Council Waives Fees

After perusing Mayor Pro Tem  John Nielsen’s latest newsletter and a few previous ones, I found some interesting information that deserves comment. As I want this blog to reflect the general political commentary of the city, it should include information from all sides when looking at issues that concern us. One significant issue I failed…

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Thanks, John Nielsen

Wow. I opened my email this afternoon and found my first newsletter from Mayor Pro Tem John Nielsen. Thanks, John.  Apparently, Nielsen has been distributing a newsletter via email since 2009. He and Deborah Gavello seem to be the only members of the city council that send newsletters or email updates with any regularity. I’m…

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More on the Holland Resignation

Hmmm. While working on another article for OTT, I came across this small bit of information on Deborah Gavello’s website: I continue to be deeply concerned with the control that the Mayor exerts on the city council, city staff, and our contract attorneys. It is my opinion that his overbearing appetite for control is contributing…

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