Santa Ana Mayoral candidate Alfredo Amezcua finally offered a glimpse at one of his campaign ideas, with this comment that was posted today on Facebook ( I am posting it verbatim):
We are exchanging ideas wit voters concerned that the current mayor isn’t working with the school district to create greater opportunity for our youth.
What the heck is he talking about? Why is Amezcua attacking Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido on education of all things?
Don’t forget that Amezcua QUIT the Rancho Santiago Community College District’s Board of Education. And, as we exposed here, it is likely that he quit because he broke the law by running for the RSCCD’s Area 1 even though he really lived in Area 3.
Our city is struggling to find ways to close our massive budget hole, and Amezcua now wants Pulido to expand his duties to include education?
And what does Amezcua mean by “greater opportunity for youth?”
The reality is that even though our city is broke, good things have indeed been happening that have had a positive impact on our youth.
Let’s take a walk through our city’s website and annotate some of these accomplishments:
- The City has invested heavily in our community centers. Click here to see a list of them. Our community centers are currently hosting dozens of summer programs that you can read about by clicking here. The Jerome Center was recently renovated. You can read about the renovation by clicking here. Our Parks and Rec Agency Director, Gerardo Mouet, took over control of our soccer fields and now youth have even more access to them. Click here to read about that. The Santa Ana Parks and Recreation Department is also offering a pretty amazing array of “leisure classes.” Click here to learn more about those. And Mouet followed my advice and changed the Santa Ana Zoo’s free day to the third Sunday of the month. Hundreds of Santa Ana’s kids got to see the Zoo for free today! Click here to read about that.
- How about our Public Libraries? Mouet has acted swiftly to expand our library services since he took over management of our libraries. Click here to see their new website. Note that American History ebooks are now available for FREE to our residents. Mouet also added an extensive online selection of books about animals. And he added a virtual reference library! Services also now include online book clubs! And Mouet is offering a slew of summer programs that you can read about by clicking here. Our libraries are also offering free computer workshops for kids, starting in August. Click here to read about that.
- And while the City has cut back on some City Commissions, the Youth Commission is still active. Click here to read about that.
- Did you know that the Santa Ana Police Department offers dozens of FREE programs, many of them youth-oriented? Click here to read about them. The Santa Ana Police Athletic League also has a vast summer activity program that you can read about by clicking here.
- Our City also promotes events all over town on their Community Calendar, that you can access by clicking here.
- And here is the clincher – our City even offers a “Youth Page” on their website – with dozens of links to all sorts of programs going on in our city. Click here to access the Youth Page.
- Our City also offers help to those looking for work. Click here to see the City’s Work Center Page.
So is Pulido guilty of not offering enough “opportunities for youth?” Not that I can tell. If anything, Amezcua is guilty of slinging empty political B.S. That is becoming the hallmark of his campaign. It is most disturbing.