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Candidates for Fullerton Elective Offices in November ’18

In preparation for the NUFF Candidates’ Forum on October 1st, each of the declared candidates for each office was contacted and offered the opportunity to complete a questionnaire provided by NUFF designed to give our members a good feel for the philosophy and plans of candidates hoping to serve Fullerton as an elected official.

Below are the candidates who filed to run in each of the three elections being held for Fullerton local elective office: for Fullerton City Council, Fullerton Joint Union High School District, and Fullerton School District, sorted by district.  To see their answers to the questionnaire provided by NUFF, click on the link below the photos (not all of the candidates returned the questionnaire, as indicated).

Fullerton City Council

     District 3

Click for Greg Sebourn’s NUFF Questionnaire

Click for Jesus Silva’s NUFF Questionnaire

Click for Nickolas Wildstar’s NUFF Questionnaire

     District 5

Click for Vicki Calhoun’s NUFF Questionnaire

Click for Sabrina Narain’s NUFF Questionnaire

Click for John Ybarra’s NUFF Questionnaire

Click for Ahmad Zahra’s NUFF Questionnaire

Fullerton Joint Union High School District

     Trustee Area 1

Click for Regina Cuadra’s NUFF Questionnaire

     Trustee Area 4

Click for Lauren Klatzker’s NUFF Questionnaire

     Trustee Area 5

Click for Marilyn Buchi’s NUFF Questionnaire

Click for Bridget Donoghue Vornholt’s NUFF Questionnaire

Fullerton School District (Elementary)

     Trustee Area 3

Click for Bev Berryman’s NUFF Questionnaire

Click for Jennifer Harris’s NUFF Questionnaire

     Trustee Area 4

Click for Janny Meyer’s NUFF Questionnaire

Click for Shana Charles’s NUFF Questionnaire

For the list of candidates who secured NUFF’s endorsement in each race, click here.

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“Meet the Candidates” Forum on Monday, October 1st

On Monday, October 1st, NUFF hosted its traditional “Meet & Greet” at the Fullerton Public Library.  On hand were 18 of the 20 candidates running for elective office in Fullerton in the November elections.

Fullerton City Council: in the upcoming November election, two of the five council seats are up for election under Fullerton’s new system of elections by district.  As part of the program, Fullerton City Clerk provided an overview on the new district elections system and how it works.

Fullerton School Board Trustees: As of 2016, Fullerton’s School Board elections are also organized  by districts.  In November, there are a number of seats on both the high school and elementary school districts, and candidates for each of the seat will be on hand to discuss their plans and  goals for their respective districts.

The NUFF Candidate “Meet & Greet” was an ideal opportunity for NUFF members and other members of the Fullerton community to speak directly with the candidates, face-to-face, no long speeches, up close and personal, to make their own decisions on whom to support in November for these important positions.

For more information on the candidates, click here

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January NUFF Forum: “College Town – What? Where? Why?”

Information about a significant new plan for Fullerton’s east side was shared at the recent NUFF forum on Monday, January 25th, at the Library in our regular location, the Osborne Memorial Room.

Change and design are never easy; some things are lost while others are gained. As Fullerton grows and gradually changes, the City guides development through plans designed to promote orderly growth, adherence to laws and regulations, and respect for the city’s heritage as well as the interests and needs of the residents. Changes to parts of the City are guided by the General Plan and by Specific Plans, all of which are created over time and with consideration of many inputs.

Due to needs for increased enrollments, traffic mitigation, and housing issues, the City and the universities have been reviewing ways to enhance the area south of these colleges; the area is roughly bordered by Nutwood, Chapman, State College and the 57 Freeway.

At the NUFF forum on January 25th, Karen Haluza, Director of Community Development, Planning Project Manager Heather Allen and representatives from the universities explained the details of the proposed CollegeTown Specific Plan and took questions from the audience following their presentation.

In the original “College Town” plan, City staff had developed a Specific Plan for the area, which was subsequently formally taken up and reviewed by the City of Fullerton Planning Commission in February. If it had been implemented as proposed, the “Collegetown” plan would have a substantial impact on the area around the CSUF campus.  However, based in part on community input at that meeteing, the Collegetown Specific Plan was ultimately not approved as drafted.  Planning staff and the Commission plan to revisit the matter at a later date.

 

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NUFF Board Members

The following are the members of NUFF’s Board of Directors as elected in accordance with NUFF’s bylaws:

Chair: Josh Newman

Vice Chair: Jeanette Vazquez

Secretary: Joyce Mason

Treasurer: Gene Hiegel

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Homelessness: Next Steps for Fullerton?

The topic of the September 21st NUFF Forum was “Homelessness: Next Steps for Fullerton?”

Like virtually every city in California, Fullerton continues to wrestle with how best to address the issue of homelessness. Those in positions of responsibility confront the challenge of how to balance their statutory obligations to promote the safety and prosperity of Fullerton’s residents and businesses against our shared moral obligation to the least fortunate among us. On such a complex issue, there are a range of perspectives and, quite often, high levels of passion. And while even close friends may disagree on the subject, all would agree there are no easy answers.

The September 21st NUFF Forum featured a panel of local leaders who have dealt directly with the issue of homelessness and its many facets: County Supervisor Shawn Nelson, former Assemblywoman and Fullerton Mayor Sharon Quirk-Silva, Officer Mike McCaskill of the Fullerton Police Department, and Maria Mazzenga Avellaneda, Executive Director for Pathways of Hope, a community-based non-profit based in Fullerton.

An informative, spirited moderated panel discussion was followed by questions from the audience.  Of particular interest at the time was the pending vote on a proposed year-round multi-service center for the homeless to be located in Anaheim, which was subsequently approved by the County Board of Supervisors.

Thank you to the panelists for making the time to participate, those who attended who made this NUFF forum a success, and to the Fullerton Library staff who supported the event with their usual mix of resourcefulness and good humor.

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NUFF’s Bylaws

Following are the bylaws for Neighbors United For Fullerton. The most recent version of NUFF’s bylaws were drafted by the Executive Board and approved by the members at NUFF’s Annual Membership Meeting on July 12th, 2015.

A PDF of the NUFF Bylaws can also be downloaded by clicking on this link:

NUFF Bylaws_Updated 7-12-15

Neighbors United For Fullerton

A Political Action Committee

Registered with the City of Fullerton and the State of California

 Bylaws UPDATED JULY 12, 2015

Article I: Name and Purpose

Section 1: Name

The name of this organization shall be Neighbors United For Fullerton (hereafter “NUFF”).

Section 2: Mission Statement

NUFF is a non-partisan group committed to maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in Fullerton through political action.

Section 3: Goals

A. Support local candidates for public office who are thoughtful, informed and dedicated to the enhancement of Fullerton.

B. Create political strength through association as a group.

C. Monitor local political decision-making.

D. Encourage more citizens to become politically active.

E. Foster diversity and involve young people in the political process.

F. Raise funds to support these efforts.

Article II: Membership

Section 1: Eligibility

Membership is open to any and all individuals without regard to political party affiliation.

Section 2: Standing

A member in good standing is one who has paid his/her dues for the current year.

Section 3: Dues

The annual dues are payable in July of each year.

Section 4: Privacy

To protect our members’ privacy, NUFF does not share the membership list.

Section 5: Removal of Member

Membership may be revoked for a violation of the NUFF Bylaws, principles, or purposes according to the following procedure:

A. The Board shall hold a special closed hearing at which the member and supporting witnesses may be present. There shall be a quorum of the Board present at the special closed hearing.

B. The question shall be decided by a majority vote of the Board present at the special closed hearing.The member shall be informed of the proposed action thirty (30) days before the special closed hearing.

C. The question shall be decided by a majority vote of the Board present at the special closed hearing.

Article III: Executive Board

Section 1: Number of Board Members

NUFF shall have an Executive Board (hereinafter “Board”) consisting of four elected officers and three to eight at-large members. Board members shall be members in good standing.

Section 2: Officers and Duties

The officers of NUFF shall be:

A. Chairperson

i.  Presides over the meetings of the general membership and the Board.

ii.  Represents NUFF with other groups and organizations.

iii.  Carries out the official activities and purposes of NUFF.

iv.  Signs correspondence.

v.  May be an ex-officio member of all committees.

B. Vice Chairperson

i.  Assists the Chair.

ii.  Presides in the Chair’s absence.

C. Recording Secretary

i. Keeps minutes of Board and general membership meetings and provides the minutes to the Board and to the general membership upon request.

ii.  Keeps copies of all reports filed.

D. Treasurer

i.  Receives and disburses all funds as appropriate and files financial reports as required by the State of California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC); submits copies to the Recording Secretary at the time of filing.

ii.  Submits a Treasurer’s report at each Board meeting and provides report to general membership upon request.

iii.  Maintains the list of members in good standing as well as guests and potential members and provides this to Board members whenever it change

iv.  Reports to the Board the status of NUFF membership.

Section 3: Terms of Office

The officers shall be elected at the annual membership meeting of odd-numbered years, and shall serve for two years. No term limits shall be imposed such that a member willingly and capably completes his/her duties.

Section 4: Board Members At Large

Elected officers shall appoint additional members to the Board who shall serve until the next election of officers and may be reappointed.

Section 5: Vacancies

In the case that a vacancy should arise on the Board, the position shall be filled by appointment of the Board.

Section 6: Removal of Board Member

A Board member may be removed for not attending three (3) consecutive Board meetings or a total of five (5) Board meetings in the course of one (1) year, or for not performing his/her duties.

A.  The Board member shall be informed of the proposed action thirty (30) days before a special closed hearing of the Board, at which a quorum of the Board shall be present.

B.  The Board member may be present at the special closed hearing.

C.  The question shall be decided by a majority vote of the Board present at the special closed hearing.

Section 7: Committees

The Board may establish any committees deemed necessary to promote the goals of the organization. The Board may appoint members in good standing to chair or participate in such committees.

Article IV: Meetings

Section 1: Board Meetings

A.  Regular Board meetings shall be held monthly or bimonthly on days established by the Board.

B.  Voting at Board meetings is only open to Board members in good standing.

C.  A quorum shall consist of a simple majority of sitting Board members.

D.  Board meetings shall be open to the general membership unless a special closed session has been called ten (10) days prior to such meeting.

Section 2: General Meetings

A.  NUFF shall hold a general membership meeting at least once a year.

B.  Twenty-five percent (25%) of the general membership shall constitute a quorum.

Section 3: Special Meetings

Special meetings may be called by the Board or by request of one-third of the membership. The purpose of the special meeting shall be stated in the call and, except in cases of emergency, ten (10) days’ notice shall be given.

Section 4: Action by Written Consent without Meeting

A.  Any action required or permitted to be taken by the Board may be taken without a meeting, if a majority of members of the Board shall consent in writing to such action. Such written consent or consents shall be filed as the minutes of the proceedings. Such action shall have the same force and effect as the majority vote of the Board.

B.  Any action required or permitted to be taken by the general membership may be taken without a meeting if a majority of the members shall consent in writing to such action. Such written consent or consents shall be filed as the minutes of the proceedings. Such action by written consent shall have the same force and effect as the majority vote of the general membership.

Section 5: Membership Override

Any action taken by the Board may be rescinded by a two-thirds vote of the membership.

Section 6: Quorum

A.  Twenty-five percent (25%) of the total membership shall constitute a quorum for articles and issues requiring general membership participation.

B.  A simple majority of the Board will constitute a quorum for articles and issues requiring Board participation.

C.  If a quorum is present at a general meeting the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members present is required unless otherwise stated.

Article V: Elections

Section 1: Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee shall consist of three (3) persons selected no later than April during odd-numbered years.

A.  The Board shall select the Nominating Committee Chairperson.

B.  A second member of the Nominating Committee shall be selected from the general membership.

C.  A third member of the Nominating Committee shall be selected by the two (2) members specified above.

Section 2: Officer Eligibility

A nominee for elected office must have been a member for three (3) months leading up to the election.

Section 3: Preliminary Notification

The Nominating Committee Chairperson shall make a preliminary report on nominations to the Board and the general membership. This includes a list of members who have agreed to serve as Board officers if elected. Nominations shall also be open from the floor.

Section 4: Election Notification

A notice of election and a list of all nominees shall be published (email blast, website) one (1) month prior to the general membership meeting at which the election shall be held in odd-numbered years.

Section 5: Election

The election shall be held at the annual membership meeting in odd-numbered years.

Section 6: Voting

Voting shall be by members only and proxy voting shall not be valid. Voting shall be by open ballot for contested offices. If only one candidate is nominated for an office, the election may be accomplished by a motion for election by acclamation. Oversight of ballot counting is open to any and all members.

Section 7: Installation

At the completion and verification of the election process, the names of the successful candidates for each office shall be announced by the Nominating Committee Chairperson. The elected officers shall assume their duties at the conclusion of the annual membership meeting.

Article VI: Finance

Section 1: Expenditures

A.  The Board shall approve any and all expenditures of the organization.

B.  The Board must present any recommended expenditure of more than $1000 to the general membership for their approval.

C.  Appropriations and bills shall be presented to the Treasurer for payment. The Treasurer and Chair shall sign all checks.

Section 2: Collection and Disbursements

A.  Funds may be collected and expended by NUFF only as approved by the Board or general membership.

B.  The amount of annual dues shall be established by the Board.

Section 3: Compliance

All funds collected or disbursed must comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

Article VII: Endorsements

Section 1: Candidates

NUFF may support candidates in non-partisan primary, general, or special elections who represent the goals and objectives of NUFF.  Support for such candidates may be formal endorsement, monetary support, and/or physical support.

Section 2: Single Issues

NUFF may support or oppose nonpartisan local issues upon recommendation of the Board and approval of a majority of members present at a special meeting.

Section 3: Endorsement Process

NUFF endorsements shall be voted on by the general membership at the Candidate Open House. Voting shall be by open ballot, with oversight from the Board.

Article VIII: Governance

Section 1: Amendments

A two-thirds majority of the Board may propose amendments to the Bylaws, and members may propose Bylaws amendments to the Board. Proposed amendments shall be submitted in writing to the membership no less than one (1) month prior to the general membership meeting. The Bylaws shall be amended by a majority of members present at a general meeting.

Section 2: Provisions

Whenever questions of procedure arise that are not specifically covered by the Bylaws, Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern. Where there is no provision stated herein, or provided by Robert’s Rules, the discretion of the Board shall be the prevailing authority.

 

 

 

 

 

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Free Greywater Workshops for the Fullerton Community in September

Greywater, or recycled water that is safe for recycling that comes from baths, sinks, washing machines, and other kitchen appliances, will be the topic of two free workshops sponsored by the City of Fullerton and held at the Fullerton Arboretum as part of a 2-part series beginning on Thursday, September 3rd:

  • Part 1, held on Thursday, September 3rd from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. will cover the ins-and-outs of greywater
  • Part II, on Saturday, September 5th, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. will be a hands-on session where participants will learn how to build and install their own “Laundry-to-Landscape” system.

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Karen Haluza, the Community Development Director for the City of Fullerton, explained, “Fullerton residents are committed to water conservation and we’ve had numerous requests asking for ways to reuse the greywater in our homes. By coming to these two workshops, not only will they learn how to reuse the greywater in their homes but they’ll also get to have ‘hands-on’ experience building an inexpensive home system that is within our city codes and regulations.”

Led by instructors, Stephanie Shermoen, a landscape architect and owner of Terrain Integration and Ty Teissere, a member of Greywater Action, these workshops will cover topics including:

  • Overview of water supply system:
    • Ways to reuse greywater
    • Common types of systems
    • General costs and water saving potential
    • Design consideration
    • Greywater sources
    • How a “laundry-to-landscape (L2L)” system works
    • Estimating greywater flow
    • Installing the plumbing and irrigation for the L2L system
    • Estimating the number of plants to irrigate and more

The free workshops will be held at the Fullerton Arboretum at 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton.

Due to limited space, interested attendees will need to RSVP via email at mimacias@fullerton.edu  with a subject title of “Fullerton Greywater Workshop” or by calling (657) 278-3407. The same email and phone number can also be used for more information about the two workshops.

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Water Wise Gardening

What can be done about our water-thirsty lawns and gardens?

Dennis Quinlivan, Fullerton’s landscape superintendent, shared some of his ideas for creating a beautiful garden while cutting back on your water use. Dennis created the stunning landscape in front of the Fullerton Police Department at the corner of Commonwealth and Highland.  With a series of slides that took us through the various phases of the project, Dennis explained site consideration, plant selection, topography design, garden access and many other steps involved in creating more water-wise gardens. Dennis also highlighted other sites he has designed and discussed how best to use drought tolerant plant material and water saving irrigation methods.

Preceding Dennis’s remarks, Dave Schickling, City of Fullerton’s Water Systems Manager, gabe a brief update on how the city is conserving water and what we can do to cut back on water use in our homes.

Door prizes were handed out to a few lucky attendees.