Last evenings city council installation ceremony was great success that had a very upbeat vibe about it. Mayor Miguel Pulido and Councilmembers Michele Martinez, David Benavides and Sal Tinajero all reaffirmed their oath’s of office and the 2010-2012 Santa Ana City Council was seated joining their colleagues Claudia Alvarez, Carlos Bustamante and Vince Sarmiento.
Despite a small gathering of protesters organized by the failed Amezcua campaign the evening went off without a hitch and each of the councilmembers and the mayor offered up encouraging words for our city’s future. It looks like all seven members of the council are committed to moving forward with an agenda that will help improve the quality of life for all of our residents and not let the naysayers and malcontents hold us back.
The highlights of the evening had to have been Councilmember Benavides daughter holding Benavides late father’s Bible during his swearing in and the moving tribute to Councilmember Martinez late mother. Benavides father passed away last year and Martinez mother died the day before the election this year.
It was great to see the families of all of our elected officials and many of our city staff. Sometimes in the brutal battles that take place in the political arena we lose sight of the fact that these folks are human like the rest of us and have families that love them very much. Last night allowed us all to see that very human side of our leaders. Mayor Pulido’s son Miguelito even helped entertain the crowd at the Bowers Museum reception by playing classical guitar along with his classmates from the Orange County High School of the Arts.
There was one matter of business before the council last night and that was the selection of Mayor Pro Tem. The council unanimously selected the current Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez to continue on in that position. The solid support from her colleagues is a testament to the leadership shown by Alvarez durin her tenure on the council.
Last night’s event left me feeling very good about the future of our city and I am excited to watch what our city leaders do to move our city forward over the next two years. Lets hope the malcontents and the naysayers will get on board and help make Santa Ana a better place.