Failed Santa Ana mayoral candidate Alfredo Amezcua spent a lot of time last year crying about the money the Santa Ana City Council makes. Today the O.C. Register set the record straight – it is the Irvine City Council that makes the most money of all the other City Councils in Orange County. Santa Ana is in the middle of the pack! Continue reading
Santa Ana Council Member Michele Martinez is hosting a workshop for those who are interested in running for local office in Santa Ana, on Saturday, July 9 , from 10:00am – 12:00pm, at the Corner Bakery, located at the City Place, across from the MainPlace Mall.
An inside source at Santa Ana’s City Hall reported tonight that Santa Ana Chief of Police Paul Walters was selected to serve as interim Santa Ana City Manager, at a special session of the City Council. He will continue to serve as Chief of Police while the search for a new City Manager continues.
Walters was one of several candidates for interim city manager, including Parks and Recreation Director Gerardo Mouet.
Walters has done a great job over the years managing an increasingly tight police budget. Some years ago he managed the building of the Santa Ana police headquarters and jail. He has consistently kept the jail full by renting extra space out to the feds.
The City Council was initially split but they rallied at the end and got behind Walters.
There is however concern in some quarters as to whether or not Walters will be able to be objective. The SAPD uses up half of the city’s budget. Will he be able to cut the SAPD’s budget, if he has to?
And what will Walters do with regard to stopping the unjust seizure of immigrants’ cars at the SAPD’s DUI checkpoints?
PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jay Trevino, Executive Director, Planning & Building Agency, City of Santa Ana, 714‐667‐2706
SANTA ANA TAKING STEPS TO ENCOURAGE CONSTRUCTION, HOUSING, JOBS
SANTA ANA, CA – The Santa Ana City Council voted unanimously at its February 7 th meeting to defer collection of development impact fees to foster continued development and jobs in the community. The program applies to both residential and non‐residential development, and allows developers to defer the payment of several fees.
Deferring these development impact fees reduces the amount of up‐front costs developers must finance through debt or equity, and reduces the amount of interest paid over the construction period. These fees can represent a sizable up‐front cost and may be a deciding factor in the financial feasibility of a project. “The Building Industry Association of Orange County (BIA/OC) applauds the leadership of the Santa Ana City Council for their proposal to assist the building industry by supporting a development fee deferral program, says Bryan Starr, Deputy Executive Officer, External Affairs. “The BIA/OC is proud to partner with progressive city leaders who find common sense solutions to some of the pressures that our industry has been facing.”
The impact fee deferral program will last for one year beginning March 9, 2011 and ending March 7, 2012. It allows these costs to be paid at occupancy, rather than at the beginning of construction.
The City of Santa Ana now offers a video archive of Council Meetings, a service which started in January, 2011. This is a free and on-demand accessibility of the Council’s meetings. The videos will be available for a 12-month period on our website at this link.
How’s that for transparency?
The same web page also includes archives of past City Council meeting agendas and minutes.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office of the Clerk of the Council during regular business hours at (714) 647-6520.
Also, new on the Clerk of the Council web page is information on the annual list of board and commission terms that expire in 2011, as well as a comprehensive report with current vacancies and expired terms – the report is updated on an on-going basis. This information is made available to the public in addition to the legally required postings, i.e. Clerk’s office, outside of the Council Chamber, and at the Library.
In the wake of the horrific shooting in Tucson, that took six lives and left Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords terribly wounded, shouldn’t the Santa Ana City Council adopt additional security measures, with regard to those who attend our City Council meetings?
Many of those who attend our City Council meetings are given to making regular, slanderous attacks against our City Council – and to be honest more than a few of them appear to be rather unhinged. Why wait for one of these people to show up with a gun and start shooting? Our police department should be using hand-scanners to check each and every one of those who choose to attend a City Council meeting, before they are allowed into the Council chambers.
I would except all city staffers; elected officials; city commissioners and members of the media – actual credentialed media, not bloggers or folks who write for online publications that are not offered in print.
Look at the picture above. I took that at a City Council meeting, right here in Santa Ana. The guy in the background, in the blue shirt, is Charles Hart – a fellow who ran for Mayor last year. The lady giving the angry one finger salute is actually on the board of directors of a Santa Ana Neighborhood Association! Imagine what someone that angry might do in the future?
And check out the picture above. This guy ran Alfredo Amezcua’s mayoral campaign – and he actually showed up to the same Council meeting that the angry lady above was at, and affixed duct tape to his mouth – to make some crazy point. Imagine if he had brought along a Glock as well?
Show up to any Santa Ana City Council meeting and you will see these angry people sitting in the back row, or standing with their backs to the rear wall, muttering, hollering, hooting and just acting like insane people. And many of them don’t even live in Santa Ana! Quite frankly, I don’t feel safe around any of them.
And take a look at the comments offered up about our City Council on any of the local blogs, or media sites. These people don’t offer any solutions – just angry rants. It is scary to think about what these angry people might be plotting to do if left to their own devices.
In fact, click here to see an example of what I am talking about. A veteran is just foaming at the mouth about the Santa Ana City Council – and he is claiming to have several other military veterans in his coalition. Guess what? That is a non-sequitur, isn’t it? Why does it matter that this guy is a veteran? He could be a lawyer and his slanderous attacks on our City Council would still be worrisome. What worries me the most is that many of the past incidents of domestic terrorism here in the U.S. have been committed by, you guessed it, disturbed veterans.
Would scanning folks for weapons discourage anyone from attending a City Council meeting? Maybe – but that might be a good thing.
One more thing – the scanning should be offered as part of the televised portion of the City Council meetings. If one of these unhinged characters is dumb enough to try to slip a gun or a knife into the meeting, I want to make sure they do so on T.V. so we can all see them get caught, tased and dragged off in handcuffs.
As the year 2011 draws to a close it is time to ponder the top ten issues facing the people of the City of Santa Ana, going into the New Year.
You can vote on your top ten issues here (my top ten follow the poll) – and remember that you can vote for up to three issues: Continue reading
My colleague, Sean Mill, recently extended an invitation to the editor of a local news and entertainment publication to go on a ride-along with Mayor Miguel Pulido, to see some of the great positive things that are happening in Santa Ana. The editor’s response? No, he said, because Mayor Pulido has not yet visited the editor’s girlfriend’s local store. How petty can you get?
Orange Juice blogger Gabriel San Roman topped that yesterday in a truly ridiculous post wherein he slammed the entire Santa Ana City Council because they did not attend a fundraiser for the Breath of Fire theater ensemble. According to San Roman, the Council was invited, in person, to attend the event, but they did not.
Is this guy serious? The City of Santa Ana provides a community calendar, where such events receive free publicity. Events are also featured on the front page of the City’s website. The City of Santa Ana also sends out a regular email newsletter, called Celebrate Santa Ana, that touts such events.
The reality is that our Council Members and our Mayor are busy people. Most of them have kids. All of them have jobs to do and many of them already serve on numerous charitable boards and civic commissions. Must they attend every event that San Roman wants them to attend, or risk getting ripped?
Expecting our local elected officials to spend all of their free time attending meetings and events is unreasonable. These folks serve our City on a part-time basis. They should be allowed to spend their free time doing whatever they want to.
Latino activists used to complain because the Santa Ana City Council was full of non-Latinos. Now we have an all-Latino City Council and their critics are still unhappy. Nothing will ever please them…