A city council member elected with the support and endorsement of the Fullerton Police Officer’s Association, Councilman Bankhead has supported policy and contracts which placed the special interests of the police union over the interests and safety of the community. This leadership failure culminated in the beating death of an unarmed, mentally ill homeless man, Kelly Thomas, and permanent damage to the reputation of Fullerton. Currently, the City of Fullerton is the object of worldwide ridicule.
For many years Councilman Bankhead has supported an illegal tax disguised as a “franchise fee” on the water bills of Fullerton residents. This illegal tax collected millions of dollars that has in part, paid to support Bankhead’s pension as a former Fullerton policeman.
Councilman Bankhead supported the illegal expansion of the Fullerton Redevelopment Agency which would have resulted in reductions of revenues to the General Fund including police, fire, schools and infrastructure maintenance. For many years Bankhead’s support of redevelopment abuses has led to the enrichment of individual donor/developers who exploit Fullerton taxpayers.
In 2008, Councilman Bankhead attempted to secretly push through a multi-million dollar pension spike to the benefit of the Fullerton public employees who comprise his core political support.