Santa Ana City Council candidate Eric Alderete, who was endorsed yesterday by the Democratic Party of Orange County, is hosting a fundraiser this Wednesday, August 29, from 6 to 8 pm, in Santa Ana, at the Benton House, located at 2311 N. Benton Way. Continue reading
Apparently the Orange County Democratic Party Central Committee endorsed the following Santa Ana candidates yesterday:
- Loretta Sanchez for United States Congress (Re-Elect)
- Councilman David Benavides for Mayor
- Eric Alderete for City Council
- Valerie Amezcua and Myriam Tinajero for the Santa Ana Unified School Board
- Jose Solorio, Nelida Yanez and Mark McLoughlin for the Rancho Santiago Community College District’s Board of Education Continue reading
Santa Ana Ward 3 candidate Eric Alderete’s campaign held a fundraiser tonight at Chapter One: the Modern Local, in Downtown Santa Ana. There were at least 80 attendees including quite a few elected and appointed officials. These included:
- State Senator Lou Correa
- Santa Ana Council Members Sal Tinajero, Vince Sarmiento, Michele Martinez and David Benavides (who came to the event by himself)
- Rancho Santiago Community College District Trustees Mark McLoughlin, Larry Labrado and John Hanna
- Santa Ana Planning Commissioners Sean Mill, Sandy Nalle, Patrick Yrarrazaval and Mario Turner Continue reading
Estela and Angelica Amezcua pulled papers today to run for the Santa Ana City Council, in Wards 1 and 3. It initially appeared that they were running for each other’s wards, based on addresses I found online, however the Santa Ana City Clerk emailed me today to advise that someone on her staff had inadvertently transposed their names on the candidate status report that was posted yesterday. That report has since been corrected.
Angelica is running for the Ward 3 seat that is currently held by and Estela is running for Ward 1. Angelica is challenging disgraced Council Member Carlos Bustamante, who is facing serious sex crime and public theft charges, and Estela is running for the ward represented by Council Member Vince Sarmiento. Continue reading
Leading Santa Ana Ward 3 Council candidate Eric M. Alderete and his campaign team are hosting a fundraiser this Thursday, August 9, 2012, from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm, at Chapter One: The Modern Local, located at 227 N Broadway , in Downtown Santa Ana.
Alderete is currently a Santa Ana Planning Commissioner. He works professinally as an attorney. His challengers for Ward 3 include: Continue reading
I am hearing from multiple sources today that SAUSD Trustee John Palacio is inexplicably considering running for our City Council’s Ward 3. There are already several candidates including Planning Commissioner Eric Alderete, who has the support of almost the entire City Council (Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez has not endorsed anyone yet); O.C. middle manager Charles Hart, a Republican; former Santa Ana City Council Member Brett Franklin, who has Mayor Miguel Pulido’s endorsement; Park Santiago resident Shane Ramon Barrows, a cop in Irvine; former Orange School Board Member Steve Rocco, and Ana Rebecca Valencia-Verdin, a friend of current Ward 3 Councilman Carlos Bustamante, who lives in Floral Park.
Palacio was first elected to the SAUSD School Board in 1998 and re-elected in 2002, 2006 and 2010. He was appointed Board President in 1998, re-appointed in 1999 and served again in 2001. He is involved in the Hispanic Education Endowment Fund, but I am not sure in what capacity as his name does not show up on their financial reports. Continue reading
UPDATE: Council Member Sal Tinajero has pulled papers to run against Mayor Pulido this November. Chisme has it that Benavides will be pressured to get out of the race ASAP.
Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido’s detractors are befuddled about how exactly he keeps on winning, every two years. What they don’t understand is that their views don’t reflect the views of the residents at large in our city.
Santa Ana is a huge city. The “inside baseball” and chismoso/gadfly set is fairly small, perhaps a hundred people at most. In 2010, mayoral challenger Alfredo Amezcua lined up a lot of these folks – and combined them with the dwindling “Usual Suspects.” Amezcua spent a quarter million dollars and he thought he had victory in the bag. But you see what he was listening to was an echo chamber – and he failed to reach the majority of voters in Santa Ana. Continue reading
It looks like Steve Rocco is back. According to Santa Ana neighborhood leader Connie Hamilton, Rocco has pulled papers to run for Ward 3 on the Santa Ana City Council. He previously ran for Ward 3 back in 2008.
Here is a rundown of the many races Rocco has been involved in over the years:
- Nov 7, 2000 – Ran against Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido. Got 5,733 votes according to Smart Voter.
- Nov. 5, 2002 – Ran against Rancho Santiago Community College District Trustee John Hanna. Got 19,247 votes according to Smart Voter.
- Nov. 2, 2004 – Ran against Phil Martinez for the Orange Unified School District’s Board of Education. Rocco won this race with 33,503 votes according to Smart Voter. Red County blogger Matt Cunningham admitted afterwards that he voted for Rocco rather than vote for his Latino Democrat opponent. Continue reading
Are you ready for yet another candidate for Santa Ana’s Ward 3? Park Santiago resident Shane Ramon Barrows has pulled papers for the City Council, but he says he won’t be accepting political contributions. I never do either when I run for office, so I can appreciate that.
Barrows is joining an already crowded race that features Orange County middle manager Charles Hart, who lost badly in his run for Mayor two years ago; former Council Member Brett Franklin; and Planning Commissioner Eric Alderete, who has to be considered the early favorite as the only Latino in the race. Most folks believe that the Ward 3 incumbent, Carlos Bustamante, will not stand for reelection, as he is facing serious felony charges of sex crimes and public theft. Continue reading
Sources at City Hall are telling me that Mayor Miguel Pulido is working overtime to stop an attempt by the Santa Ana City Council to draft a term limit measure that will eventually end his career as Mayor of Santa Ana.
The City Council appointed an Ad Hoc committee to consider term limits. The term limit committee includes Council Members Michele Martinez, David Benavides and Vince Sarmiento. That committee will present their findings to their colleagues at the next Santa Ana City Council meeting. It is thought that the committee will show up with a prepared ballot measure that the voters will be able to consider in the November general election. Continue reading
Play time is over – the Santa Ana City Council appears to be rebelling against Mayor Pulido
“The Santa Ana City Council is scheduled July 16 to consider a ballot measure that for the first time could place a term limit on longtime Mayor Miguel Pulido and change term limits for other council members,” according to the Voice of OC.
Both Martinez and her colleague, Council Member David Benavides, ripped Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez this week, on Facebook, when Alvarez’ ally, Santa Ana Parks and Rec Commissioner Max Madrid, filed a lawsuit to compel the Santa Ana City Clerk to issue nomination papers to Alvarez. She is seeking to run again in November, for reelection, although she appears to be termed out. Continue reading
A married San Fernando councilman who publicly revealed that he was having an affair with a colleague last year has resigned, according to he L.A. Times, which also stated that “Councilman Mario Hernandez’s resignation came just days after the City Council unexpectedly fired the city’s police chief.”
Hernandez had an affair with a fellow Council Member, and he did the right thing and resigned. What about Santa Ana Council Member Carlos Bustamante? He has been charged with a plethora of felony sex crimes and public theft, and Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas basically called him a predator. Why hasn’t Bustamante done the right thing and resign from the Santa Ana City Council? Continue reading
Santa Ana Ward 3 candidate Eric Alderete has posted an article on his campaign Facebook page outlining the issues he is running on. Alderete is the only announced candidate for Ward 3 on the Santa Ana City Council. The incumbent, Council Member Carlos Bustamante, was arrested on Monday and charged with numerous felony sex crimes and public theft.
Here is Alderete’s article:
The Issues I’m Building My Campaign Around
by Eric M. Alderete Continue reading
Santa Ana Planning Commissioner Eric Alderete has announced that he will campaign for Ward 3 on the Santa Ana City Council, which is currently held by Council Member Carlos Bustamante, who was arrested last week on a plethora of sex crime and public theft charges. Ward 3 opens up in November, although Bustamante could still run for reelection.
Alderete has already racked up a number of powerful endorsements including those of: Continue reading