Do you remember when Santa Ana Council Member David Benavides called for a special City Council meeting back on Dec. 27, 2012, so he and his Council colleagues could fire our former City Manager, Paul Walters?
Apparently the editors at the Voice of OC have forgotten about that as they are now having a cow because Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido has called for a special City Council meeting for the middle of the workday Wednesday with a single agenda item that could lead to the ouster of City Manager David Cavazos.
Pulido now has control of the City Council via a new majority that includes new City Council Members Jose Solorio and Juan Villegas. The fourth vote is the only remaining woman on the City Council, Michele Martinez.
Our current City Manager, David Cavazos, has the support of Benavides, Vince Sarmiento and Sal Tinajero despite the fact that Cavazos falsely accused Martinez of sexual harassment and he also had an affair with a city employee. That may not be illegal but it is very bad form.
Cavazos makes over $450K a year in salary and benefits, according to Transparent California. That is about ten times the average Santa Ana household income. In 2014, Cavazos was the highest paid city manager in Orange County and the sixth-highest paid city manager in California, according to figures reported to the State Controller’s Office. Cavazos’ four-year contract expires in October 2017.
Incidentally, I am hearing that Cavazos and our inept and inexperienced Police Chief, Carlos Rojas, recently give permission to ICE officials to add over 40 detainees from Haiti into our city jail, in violation of the City Council’s policy directive on December 13th to keep the total number under 128. Reportedly the total number of ICD detainees at the Santa Ana jail is now up to 160.
No bueno…especially as the new City Council evaluates the City Manager’s performance.
I hope the City Council also fires Rojas. He makes over $400K a year in salary and benefits, according to Transparent California.
Violent crime has greatly increased since the hiring of Cavazos and Rojas, who have allowed the SAPD’s staffing level to sink to a new low. Now that Councilman Roman Reyna, who defended the gangbangers in our city, has been removed by the voters it is time for the new City Council to crack down on crime by first ousting Cavazos and Rojas.