When I spoke with Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido earlier this week he was not yet sure if he was going to run for what will be his last two-year term. Since them Pulido has indeed pulled papers and he will be on the November 6 ballot. He will face off against termed-out Santa Ana City Councilman Sal Tinajero, who has been garnering a lot of media attention of late due to his leadership of the SAUSD Debate Team. The path for Tinajer was cleared when his colleague, Mayor Pro Tem Michele Martinez, opted to not run for Mayor after all. She too is terming out from the Santa Ana City Council.
No question about it – the Tinajero versus Pulido race will be the big contest in the General Election. But the race for Santa Ana’s Ward 2 will also be sure to garner a lot of attention as no less than six candidates have pulled papers. Here are the Ward 2 candidates:
- Alfonso Ceja-Villa – an Affordable Housing Coordinator (County Verifying)
- Paul Gonzalez – A Financial Services Manager (Qualified)
- Miguel “Mike” Gonzalez – Public Safety Consultant (County Verifying) Note – I wonder if this is the same Mike Gonzalez who owns a night club (Mexicanisimo) and a security guard company?)
- Irma Macias – Community Volunteer (Qualified)
- Sandra Pena Sarmiento (AKA Pocha Pena) – Teacher/Arts Commissioner (Qualified) Note – she is Santa Ana City Councilman Vince Sarmiento’s cousin
- David Penaloza – Engineer/Educator (Qualified)
While six candidates are in the mix for Ward 2 only two candidates filed for Ward 4:
- Roman Reyna – Santa Ana Planning Commissioner – (County Verifying) Note – apparently Reyna filed new voter registrations at as many as four addresses before he finally found one in Ward 4. He is a former Santa Ana City Councilman who used to represent Ward 5.
- Phil Bacerra – Small Business Owner (Qualified) Note – Bacerra was tossed from the Santa Ana Planning Commission by Councilman David Benavides after Bacerra refused to run for Ward 2 instead of 4. He was replaced on that Commission by Reyna.
Over in Ward 6 there are three ladies running, including two school board members, but no male candidates:
- Cecilia “Ceci” Iglesias – Governing Board Member, Santa Ana Unified School District
- Nelida Mendoza – College Board Member/Teacher
- Mirna Velasquez – Businesswoman/Educator
Remember – all of these folks are running for the Santa Ana City Council event though the City of Santa Ana is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy! They are brave souls indeed.
There are four candidates running for the Santa Ana School Board, including your New Santa Ana editor:
- John Palacio – incumbent (Qualified) Note: Palacio has been on the SAUSD School Board for 20 years – there are no term limits on the SAUSD School Board. Palacio has zero presence on Social Media, to our knowledge. He is a political consultant.
- Valerie Amecua – incumbent (Qualifed) – Amezcua retired from the Orange County Probation Department last year
- Cecilia Aguinaga – Realtor/Businessowner/Parent (Qualified)
- Angie Cano – Santa Ana Businesswoman/Economist (Qualified)
- Art Pedroza – Educator/Parent (Qualified) – Pedroza has 15 years experience teaching at Cerritos College. He also is a Sr. Risk Control Consultant for a global insurance carrier. And Pedroza is the editor of the New Santa Ana Blog. Pedroza and his wife of 31 years, Camille, raised four kids who all attended Santa Ana public schools.
We will also be voting for two ballot measures:
- Sal Tinajero wrote a ballot measure that will raise our city sales taxes – if voters approve this.
- John Palacio and Valerie Amezcua teamed up for the SAUSD’s third bond measure – which will increase our property taxes yet again (keep in mind the fact that we are also paying for two Rancho Santiago Community College District bond measures)