Santa Ana’s City Council Members are supposed to nominate City Commissioners who represent their Wards – and hopefully these are Commissioners who can actually contribute something to our city’s well being.
However questions are being raised about how Santa Ana Councilman David Benavides is going about making his appointments. We have already written extensively about his support for Santa Ana Planning Commissioner Phil Bacerra, who was a paid consultant to Downtown Santa Ana’s bars and restaurants when Benavides tabbed him for the Planning Commission.
But get this – apparently Benavides appointed his alleged girlfriend, Erika Carranza, to the Santa Ana Parks and Recreation Commission, which you can read about here. Can you say “conflict of interest?”
Benavides also appointed his own daughter, Anais, to the Santa Ana Youth Commission, at that same City Council meeting. Santa Ana is the County’s youngest city but Benavides could not find a young person he wasn’t related to, to fill this post?
Perhaps Benavides doesn’t get out much? Or he doesn’t know anyone in his own Ward?