I was at an SAUSD school board forum last week and was shocked when some of the boorish radicals in the audience booed when they heard that I got a contribution from the Santa Ana Police Officers Association. Most folks in Santa Ana don’t hate the police. But a small, very vocal minority does. And they are backing a slate of candidates that we need to steer clear of.
If you vote by absentee ballot you should be receiving your ballot in the mail this weekend or at the start of next week. We have developed this Voter Guide to help you sort through the many candidates and ballot measures.
There are three open seats this year on the Santa Ana City Council, thanks to term limits. Incumbents Sal Tinajero, Michele Martinez and David Benavides are out.
Tinajero is running for Mayor while Martinez and Benavides are retiring from the City Council. Continue reading
Santa Ana’s local politicians on the Santa Ana City Council and the SAUSD School Board are trying to raise our taxes again with ballot measures in the upcoming November General Election. But their desire to raise our taxes will only hurt our residents and businesses at a time when the public is increasingly opposed to heavy taxation at all levels.
The largest age group in Santa Ana is the 25 to 44 group, making up over 31% of the population while those over 65 make up about 7% of the population. Over 30% are under the age of 18. The median household income in our city is $54,521, according to the City of Santa Ana. The median household income in Orange County is $78,145 according to the U.S. Census. Continue reading
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 Tinajero 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: Continue reading
Art is a 30 year Santa Ana resident of experience in occupational safety and over 8 years of experience in risk control for both insurance brokers and carriers. Art has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Cerritos College for over 13 years. Continue reading
Do you remember the brouhaha that broke out more than a decade ago when a sign was erected on Santa Ana’s west side that welcomed drivers to the “Little Saigon Business District?” The Usual Suspects were upset about the sign – calling it divisive and worse. (Ironically these same people are now upset about the proposed DTSA Wellness District).
Well bad news for the Usual Suspects – the Santa Ana City Council has unanimously approved restoring the monument near First Street and Harbor Boulevard that was wrecked by a vehicle in 2008, according to the O.C. Register. Continue reading
UPDATE: My daughter filed a police report. I imagine that the suspects we named are going to have a rough time with the SAPD tomorrow…
I received a panicked phone call from my son Joey last night. He is at UCLA, where he lives in an off-campus apartment with other students. He was wondering if our dog Sparky was lost. This took me by surprise as Sparky was sitting next to me on the couch. So I asked Joey why he thought Sparky might be lost. And that is when this tale took a turn for the weird.
Someone apparently put up lost dog fliers all over Downtown Santa Ana and in my own neighborhood. The fliers include my name and cell phone number and a picture of my dog that was posted a long time ago on Facebook. A friend of Joey’s saw the flier on a pole, while he was at the Downtown Santa Ana Art Walk last night and he texted the picture to Joey. We later found a flier on our own street, also on a pole. That means whoever is behind this walked right by my home… Continue reading
There are quite a few key races coming up in the November 6, 2012 General Election, here in Santa Ana.
I have written dozens of posts in recent weeks about many of the candidates for the City Council, the SAUSD School Board, and the Rancho Santiago Community College District. After much deliberation, here are my endorsements:
Santa Ana City Council: Continue reading
The Orange County Register’s Editorial Board has decided to oppose Santa Ana’s latest unfair Term Limits initiative, Measure GG. You can read the ballot argument I wrote opposing Measure GG here. And here is their editorial:
Editorial: No on Santa Ana Measure GG
Tighter term limits on the mayor than on the council seems like a device aimed at the incumbent.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
We long have favored term limits. But they are not a panacea for political problems. Exhibit A: Proposition 140, which voters passed in 1990. It limited the governor to eight years in office, Assembly members to six years and state senators to eight years. It was modified this past June by Prop. 28, which limited legislative terms to 12 years total in either house. Continue reading
I have no other view than to promote the public good. – George Washington.
There is a time for everything and it struck me today that the time for me to run again for the SAUSD School Board is not this November. Now that was not a decision I came to rashly, but one that I arrived at after much thought.
We need change at the SAUSD School Board, now more than ever. There is only one open seat – and two incumbents are up for reelection. Right now we have several decent challengers, including: Probation Officer Valerie Amezcua, Social Worker Myriam Tinajero, Parent and Businesswoman Ceci Iglesias. If one or more of them are to win, and possibly take out incumbents Rob Richardson and/or Jose A. Hernandez, then I must exit this race – or risk splitting the Latino vote further, which would only benefit Richardson, who, in my opinion, really needs to go. Continue reading
Santa Ana code enforcement officer Sergio Verino has dropped out of the race for the SAUSD School Board. Remaining candidates include the two incumbents, Jose A. Hernandez and Rob Richardson, and challengers Valerie Amezcua, Cecilia Iglesias and new candidate Myriam Tinajero (sister of Council Member Sal Tinajero).
None of these candidates are teachers. Amezcua works in probation and Tinajero is a social workers. I am told that their campaigns will be run by SAUSD Trustee John Palacio. He supported Trustee Audrey Noji two years ago and was allied with recalled SAUSD Trustee Nativo Lopez. Continue reading
Rob Cook and I were able to file our argument against the latest flawed Santa Ana term limits measure today and were joined by Becky Valencia Verdin, who also signed the argument.
You may recall that our illustrious City Council gave us a horrible term limits measure a few years ago, Measure D, which actually extended term limits by four more years, for the City Council.
Cook and I agree that term limits are ridiculous. They are an abridgment of voter’s rights. Here is the argument we submitted today, with five minutes to spare: Continue reading
It was not a good night for Orange County’s liberals, who crashed and burned in California’s first Open Primary.
Labor spent hundreds of thousands on Julio Perez‘ campaign for the 69th Assembly District. The result? So far he is in third place – ahead of Santa Ana Council Member Michele Martinez, wjho had 3,316 votes, and wannabe candidate Francisco Barragan, who must have run so as to keep Perez out of last place. Perez has 3,554 votes. Tom Daly is leading that race with over 8,231 votes. A Republican who spent no money, Jose “Joe” Moreno, is in second place with 4,495 votes. Continue reading
There are people all over the world who cannot elect their political leaders. In some cases the elections in their countries are flat out rigged – and in others they are allowed to vote for one candidate. And some countries, like Cuba, simply don’t allow elections at all. But here in the United States we have the right to vote. It is dismaying that so many voters in this country simply choose not to vote.
Today is election day here in California and if you have not already voted, via absentee ballot, I urge you to please go do your civic duty and vote. If you don’t know where to go to place your vote, click here. Continue reading
The June 5 Open Primary Election is coming up quickly. As is my custom, I like to present my personal election picks – with my comments of course. We’ll start with the U.S. Congress:
U.S. Senate – I have never been a fan of Senator Dianne Feinsten, but the GOP has never been able to displace her. I suspect they will fail again this year, but I am going to endorse Elizabeth Emken and hope for the best. I like her focus on cutting government waste. And she is a parent of a child with autism – a subject she speaks about with authority. She is also a UCLA grad which I can appreciate as my oldest son is a freshman at UCLA this year. Continue reading