The Return of Thomas Gordon?
Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Sal Tinajero thought he was being rather clever when he moved community activist Thomas Gordon out of his ward, when the City Council changed the Council ward map before the general election in November. But now I am hearing that Gordon has moved back into Ward 6 – and he will be ready to take on Tinajero in 2014.
Gordon tried to run against Tinajero in 2010, when a Vietnamese American and a Latina also filed to run against Tinajero. There was evidence that appeared to indicate that Gordon was involved in their campaigns, which made sense as this would have been the ultimate vote split. But the Santa Ana City Clerk tossed out Gordon’s signatures, including his own, and he waited too long to turn in his signatures, so there wasn’t time to get more.
But now Gordon has another chance. And you can bet that he is very happy to see Tinajero blowing his political capital with his ill-advised witch-hunt against Santa Ana City Manager Paul Walters. Tinajero was freaked out enough by Gordon that he moved him out of his ward. Imagine what Tinajero is thinking now?
Is Downtown Inc’s Paid Planning Consultant Organizing Protesters against City Manager Paul Walters?
Apparently the Santa Ana Council majority is planning to strike back at City Manager Paul Walters in two weeks, at their next Council meeting. I received a tip tonight that Council Member Michele Martinez, whose actions have resulted in a recall campaign against her, is reportedly working with Phil Bacerra, the planning consultant hired by Downtown Inc, and paid with PBID dollars, to try to organize a group of protesters to show up to support Martinez’ efforts to fire Walters.
There has been a concerted effort by Council Member David Benavides to appoint Bacerra to the Santa Ana Planning Commission, despite the obvious conflict of interest. I guess Bacerra is working overtime to get that appointment.
But will the PBID hipsters show up when the PBID is so obviously dead?
Julio Perez on the ballot in the 69th Assembly District again?
Failed Assembly candidate Julio Perez and bitter, washed up former Santa Ana City Commissioner Tish Leon have found their way onto a ballot again. They are candidates in the 69th Assembly District to be electing delegates for the Democratic Party, according to the OC Weekly.
I cannot imagine why anyone would want to vote for Perez or Leon. But there is good news – you do have other choices. I would suggest you consider: Xochitl Cecilia Aguinaga, a past candidate for the SAUSD School Board; Frank Barbaro – the current DPOC Chairman; Jeanne Tran, who is both Vietnamese and Mexican American; Maria Claudia Breña, a young immigrant and noted activist; and Al Jabbar, a great activist in Anaheim.
You can vote for the 69th A.D. Democratic Electing Delegates this Sunday, from 12:30 pm-2:30 pm, at the Delhi Center, located at 505 E. Central Ave., in Santa Ana.
Will the lame City Council ever fight back against the useless DUI checkpoints?
So where is the change? The Santa Ana City Council majority likes to talk tough, but they sold out to the police union, which backed Benavides last year against Mayor Pulido. So don’t expect these sell out Council Members to actually oppose the police DUI checkpoints, which hardly ever result in the arrest of any drunks and are instead used to harass immigrants and take away their cars.
Ángel Juárez, of CopWatch Santa Ana, isn’t waiting for the Council to actually do anything about this. He organized his friends to show up at tonight’s DUI checkpoint to alert residents and hopefully save a few immigrants from being harassed. Good job!
The reality is that the DUI checkpoints result in massive overtime pay for the cops. Deploying more motorcycle cops in Downtown Santa Ana, is more effective if you really want to catch drunks.