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Another retired teacher is running for the SAUSD School Board

Everlena Oliver, a retired SAUSD teacher, has pulled papers to run for the SAUSD School Board in November.  According to her Linkedin profile she graduated from Santa Ana College and CSUF, with degrees in nursing, and was a Mild Moderate Specialist Educator at the SAUSD for over 16 years.  She retired with pay and benefits [...]

 
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Why would two Planning Commissioners vote against transparency?

Santa Ana Planning Commissioner Phil Bacerra
Why would two Santa Ana Planning Commissioners vote against transparency?  That is what happened at tonight’s Santa Ana Planning Commission meeting when Planning Commissioners Phil Bacerra and Bruce Bauer voted against disclosure of communications by Planning Commissioners regarding agendized projects with third parties such as business owners and residents
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Candidates for the SAUSD School Board beginning to emerge

Valerie Amezcua
Rumor has it that longtime SAUSD School Board Member Audrey Yamagata-Noji is finally going to retire this year.  That means her seat will open up this November.  The other incumbent who is up for re-election is John Palacio.
Cecilia Aguinaga has already started campaigning. I heard today that Valerie Amezcua, who like Aguinaga has run [...]

 
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The Benavides Council Cabal doesn’t have a mandate to fire Paul Walters

What is up with the Santa Ana City Council?  In their quest to fire popular and successful City Manager Paul Walters, they are talking like tough guys – as if they have some sort of mandate.  But do they? 
Here’s what Mayor Pro Tem Sal Tinajero told the O.C. Register after this week’s last minute closed-door [...]

 
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Angelica Amezcua will pick the next Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem

Angelica Amezcua – or Angie Oliver, courtesy of the OC Register
Can you believe it?  Newly elected Council Member Angelica Amezcua is now in a position to be the key vote that will determine who our next Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem will be.  How this happened is an interesting tale.
The “Santa Ana Spring” failed miserably [...]

 
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Who is Santa Ana’s most powerful politician?

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Who is Santa Ana’s most powerful politician?  U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez certainly made her case this year by helping to elect Anaheim Council Candidate Jordan Brandman and Assembly Candidate Sharon Quirk-Silva.  But Assemblyman Jose Solorio also was a key factor in the successful re-election of Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido and the victory [...]

 
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Planning Commission approves ordinance to keep alcohol away from youth

UPDATE: The Santa Ana Planning Commision voted 4-2 to approve the ordinance discussed below.  Eric Alderete and Patrick Yrarrazaval were opposed.  Sean Mill and Frank Acosta made and seconded the successful motion.
Santa Ana’s Planning Commission will be considering a proposed ordinance tonight, No. 2012-03, which will establish an Entertainment Permit that will be issued by [...]

 
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The new Santa Ana Council leader is incoming Mayor Pro Tem Tinajero

Santa Ana Council Member Sal Tinajero got out of the way when his colleague, Council Member Michele Martinez, wanted to run for the 69th Assembly District.  And he stepped aside when his colleague, Council Member David Benavides, wanted to run for Mayor this year.
Well, Martinez and Benavides were at the helm of the so-called “Santa [...]

 
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Meet Angie Oliver – Santa Ana’s new Ward 3 Council Member

Angelica Amezcua – or Angie Oliver, courtesy of the OC Register
Surprise!  It turns out that Angelica Amezcua, the mystery candidate who somehow got elected to Ward 3 on the Santa Ana City Council this Tuesday, doesn’t go by that name.  She probably did years ago but she has been living in the Morrison Park neighborhood [...]

 
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The Santa Ana City Clerk announces the 2012 Nov. 6 election results

City of Santa Ana, Downtown Orange County
Community Alert: 2012 UNOFFICIAL LOCAL SANTA ANA ELECTION RESULTS
SANTA ANA, CA (November 7, 2012) – In an effort to keep Santa Ana residents informed about the local election, the following information is provided. As of 11/07/2012 at 8 am, the Orange County Registrar of Voters Office has released the [...]

 
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How is it that Angelica Amezcua won in Ward 3?

Did anyone see this coming?  Somehow Angelica Amezcua, an unknown schoolteacher who did not file a candidate’s statement, did not buy signs or mailers and did not campaign, won in Santa Ana’s Ward 3, over well-funded East L.A. lawyer Eric Alderete, a Santa Ana Planning Commissioner.
How did she do this?  Well, for starters, she was [...]

 
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Santa Ana Election results – Pulido far ahead and Amezcua winning in Ward 3!

Two winners – Mayor Miguel Pulido and President Barack Obama
As expected, Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido is winning handily tonight.  The O.C. Voter Registrar has posted the early returns, which are absentee ballots. Here are some of the evening’s highlights:

Mayor Miguel Pulido has a whopping 7,454 votes – David Benavides only has 3,676 votes.  George [...]

 
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Who will win in Santa Ana’s elections on Tuesday?

Santa Ana Mayoral challenger David Benavides wasn’t on the ballot two years ago, as he had no opponent for his City Council seat.  The last time he appeared on the ballot was six years ago, back when he still mentioned his wife and family on his fliers and websites.
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Santa Ana’s voters should reject East L.A. style candidates

As the stumbling “Santa Ana Spring” movement continues to unimpress, it is becoming obvious that David Benavides, the bogus revolution’s candidate for Mayor of Santa Ana, is going to lose on Nov. 6.  He is barely campaigning.  He is using recycled signs and he has yet to send out any campaign mailers.  His campaign appears to [...]

 
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U.S. Rep. Sanchez endorses Alderete in Ward 3 race

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 11, 2012
CONTACT:   Carlos Valenzuela, PHONE:         (858) 220-2090, EMAIL:          714valenzuela@gmail.com 
CONGRESSWOMAN LORETTA SANCHEZ ENDORSES ERIC M. ALDERETE AS THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR THE SANTA ANA CITY COUNCIL – WARD 3 
SANTA ANA– Chairman of the Santa Ana Planning Commission, Eric M. Alderete, announced today that Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez endorsed his campaign for [...]

 
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