Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez
I finally got an update about last night’s Santa Ana City Council meeting, specifically about the 85a item that Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez put on the agenda regarding the proposed Metropolitan Water District pension spike. It turns out she led the charge AGAINST the pension spike!
Apparently Mayor Pro Tem Alvarez felt the same way that I do – that now is the wrong time to give more pension benefits to MWD employees. This could result in higher water rates and our residents already pay the highest water rates in Orange County.
Kudos to Mayor Pro Tem Alvarez for her leadership! All of the City Council Members voted with her. Now that vote will be forwarded to Dan Griset, the former Santa Ana Councilman who represents the residents of our city on the MWD Board of Directors.
Click here to send a “thank you” email to Mayor Pro Tem Alvarez. She really stuck her neck out on this issue.
Santa Ana’s MWD board representative Dan Griset
The bad news is that Griset could still end up voting for the pension spike.
Griset’s record isn’t exactly spotless. He was fined in 1975 for voter fraud, after serving as a campaign manager for the Jerry Patterson congressional campaign. You can read about that by clicking here. And click here to learn more about this scandal.
I would hope that Grsiset would vote in the manner that he has been directed to by the Santa Ana City Council. If he doesn’t, I would think it would be time to find someone else to represent us on the MWD board.
Click here to contact Griset and let him know how you feel about the proposed MWD pension spike.