Santa Ana Councilman David Benavides is apparently pushing for a modification to the City of Santa Ana’s Proposed Alcohol and Entertainment Ordinance that I can at best call irresponsible and ridiculous. Click here to read what Benavides is proposing.
Benavides wants to allow after-hours alcohol sales up to 4 am. Currently bars in town have to close up at 2 am at the latest.
I was afraid that something like this would happen when Benavides appointed planning consultant Phil Bacerra to the Planning Commission. Bacerra was previously paid by Downtown Inc. to push for these types of modifications, which are modeled after the proposals of the San Francisco Late Night Coalition.
At at time when our police department can barely staff their shifts, increasing the amount of drunk drivers on our roads in the early mornings is a disaster waiting to happen. If you want to get drunk at 3 am you should be doing that at your home.
Well, at least now we know why the United Artists of Santa Ana gave Benavides an award this past Saturday night.
Benavides originally came to Santa Ana with his wife, a schoolteacher, when he was a youth minister. He now sells real estate and rides a Harley. He removed all references to his wife and family from all of his websites last year, when he was running, unsuccessfully, for Mayor. He lost badly to Mayor Pulido in the November, 2012, General Election.