February 14

  • 3,000 Expected for Mardi Gras for Autism

    To support autism charities and special education, Bourbon Street Bar and Grill’s sixth annual FREE family carnival benefit, ‘Mardi Gras for Autism’ will be held outside Bourbon Street Bar & Grill in the adjacent Fullerton Train Depot parking lot located at 110 E.

Donations Sought

  • YWCA Prom Project Boutique March 28

    The Prom Project is looking for donations of new or gently used prom gowns, shoes and accessories for high school girls with financial hardships.

Interview with Mayor Greg Sebourn, Pt. II

Sebourn Part II

Schools

  • Read Across America Comes to Fisler March 4

    We are excited to be planning our annual Read Across America Celebration in honor of Dr. Seuss. The event will be held on Wednesday, March 4th from 8:30 to 11:30AM (with times varying by grade). The students look forward to our Guest Reader visits every year, so we hope you can spend time with us again this year.

Interview with Mayor Greg Sebourn

Greg Sebourn Jan 16

Fullerton Mayor Greg Sebourn discusses his goals for Fullerton in 2015, his relationship with the Police Department and how becoming Mayor compares to his expectations of the job. First of two parts.

Ceremony Debuts Flag and Mosaic at Orangethorpe Elementary

Third-grade student and Cub Scout Hunter Bonney helps raise a new flag at Orangethorpe Elementary School the during a ceremony Tuesday. The school also debuted a student-created mosaic of an orca, overseen by artist Katherine England.  Several dignitaries were on hand for an official ribbon cutting. Photography by Davis Barber/FullertonStories.com.

What’s News at Fullerton Stories

Jeff Levine during the rally following the verdicts acquitting two former Fullerton police officers in the death of Kelly Thomas.Jeff Levine during the rally following the verdicts acquitting two former Fullerton police officers in the death of Kelly Thomas.
Happy New Year, everyone!  As we close out 2014 and welcome 2015, we want to tell you our plans for the coming year. 

Starting January 1, 2015, Fullerton Stories begins a partnership with the Fullerton News Academy, a combined education and business program built by Fullerton College Journalism Professor Jay Seidel and journalism instructor Jeff Rowe. The News Academy has already worked with the Orange County Register, Irvine World News, KDOC broadcasting and other media outlets, providing real-world experience to advanced journalism students and increased coverage to their readership.

This partnership brings to Fullerton Stories a broader range of stories, many of which we cannot do on our own. We are delighted to welcome these student efforts.

We are going to rest for a year Fullerton Stories magazine. Response to our first five issues was overwhelmingly positive, but they were produced at a cost much deeper than finances only. We plan to reintroduce it in 2016, earlier if possible, so that we can become more efficient with our physical, mental and emotional resources. 

We also want to congratulate Jeff Levine as our Person of the Year. Since 2009, Levine has been public about his homelessness, his successes and setbacks. At Fullerton Stories, we’ve watched him go from a disheveled unkempt person flying under the radar, into a respected public advocate for our homeless population. He got his teeth fixed, got new clothes to job-seek with, he stood up for others who were less fortunate than himself. 

Jeff is still homeless, but he still seeks out the best in people and himself.  If we could wave a magic wand and help him get further on his feet, we would.  If you have the means to lift him up, please do.  For now, we will simply remind everyone of the example he sets. Things could always be worse, no matter how down you are, others may have it worse, and never, ever, give up. 

Finally, we want to share with you our wishes for 2015:

• Limit the City Council presentations and public comments period to no more than one hour.  If there are more people wanting to speak, have them do so at the end of the agenda
• Ban speakers if they use the phrase “big girl panties.”  We can do better.
• Use full and complete sentences that make sense, and don’t interrupt people.
• Make the city website usable and understandable.
• Figure out how each of the school districts can make their information and activities known outside the few parents that pay attention.
• Install more public toilets downtown.

That’s it for now, see you next year.


Davis Barber
Publisher
davis@fullertonstories.com

This Week in Fullerton, January 26 - Feb. 1

January 26

Cristal Drake, Realtor

Ask Dr. G, updated January 7, 2015

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