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.
The biggest civic issue in Santa Ana, without a doubt, is the horrible rise in violent crime – ever since the current City Council majority took power. You might recall that they fired former SAPD Police Chief Paul Walters, after he saved our city from bankruptcy. That is when they hired the current overpaid City Manager, David Cavazos, who later got caught having an affair with a Santa Ana city employee in the Planning Department. And they hired inexperienced first-time Police Chief Carlos Rojas – who has been over his head ever since.
The current City Council majority also got rid of the SAPD’s anti-gang squad. And look at the results. Shootings and stabbings just about every day. Over 800 crimes a week reported by crimemapping.com. The people of our city are afraid – and justifiably so. Continue reading
Did you know that our Santa Ana City Council Members rarely show up for their own public Committee meetings? The Voice of OC published an expose about this here. In that post they revealed that the Santa Ana Public Safety and Neighborhood Improvement Committee meetings on March 22, May 24 and July 26 were all canceled. This in a city that is in the grips of an unprecedented rise in violent crime!
The members of that Committee, which includes Council Members Sal Tinajero and David Benavides, finally held a Public Safety and Neighborhood Improvement Committee meeting yesterday. Incredibly they had not held a meeting of this Committee since January of this year. Their excuse is that they don’t have time for these meetings because they are a part-time City Council. (Their solution is their Measure PP – which will give them a 700% pay raise). Continue reading
To: Mayor and City Council
From: SAPOA Board of Directors
This response is based on the overwhelming displeasure of the Santa Ana Police Officers Association (SAPOA) and the SAPOA Board of Directors regarding the memorandum released on August 30, 2016, by the City Manager and Chief of Police. The memo contained numerous misrepresentations and distorted the current crime picture and fact pattern during their tenure, beginning in 2013.
The truth must never be hidden from the community and the officials sworn to protect and represent the public.
I applaud the City Manager for recognizing the phenomenal job Chief Paul Walters did from 1987 to 2013 during his 25 plus years, reducing crime by 74%. However, why is the current crime picture distorted with statistics from 1987, utilizing three-year averages? Continue reading
Santa Ana’s Ward 5 City Councilman Roman Reyna voted against hiring more Santa Ana police officers this year – and when Reyna ran for Mayor a couple of years ago we caught him posing with a couple of members of the Mexican Mafia. Now the chickens have come home to roost for Reyna as Juan Villegas, an Orange County Law Enforcement Officer, has filed to run against him in Santa Ana’s Ward 5 this November.
Villegas openly addresses the alarming increase in crime here in Santa Ana during Reyna’s watch, on his campaign website. That is exactly the message that Santa Ana’s voters are looking for as folks are just fed up with the daily shootings and violence that have happened since Reyna joined with the others in the current City Council majority to dump our former Chief of Police, Paul Walters, and to get rid of the Santa Ana Police Department’s Gang Task Force. Continue reading
For Immediate Release: January 11, 2015
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348, Shallman Communications
SANTA ANA POLICE OFFICERS’ ASSN. LINES UP BEHIND LOU CORREA IN CA-46
Another Key Local Law Enforcement Organization Backs Correa for Congress
SANTA ANA, CA— Following news that the Santa Ana School Police Officers’ Association was backing his campaign last week, today former State Senator Lou Correa earned another sought after public safety endorsement, this coming from the Santa Ana Police Officers’ Association.
Expressing his gratitude for the endorsement, former Senator Correa released the following statement: Continue reading
SANTA ANA POA ENDORSEMENT BOLSTERS KAREN SCHATZLE’S CAMPAIGN FOR JUDGE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 15, 2015
Orange, CA – The Santa Ana Police Officers’ Association became the latest public safety organization to announce their enthusiastic endorsement of Karen Schatzle’s campaign for Superior Court Judge today.
In announcing their endorsement, Santa Ana POA President John Franks stated:
“Ethical, honest, and committed to justice, are just a few of the terms that can be used to describe Karen Schatzle. The Santa Ana Police Officers’ Association is proud to announce our enthusiastic endorsement of her campaign to restore integrity to this seat on the bench.” Continue reading
SANTA ANA POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION
PRESS RELEASE: December 23, 2014
On October 31, 2014, our City was stricken with grief and tragedy when three beautiful teenage girls, Andrea Gonzalez, Lexandra and Lexi Perez were struck and killed by a speeding motorist.
Our citizens and police personnel came together to help us deal with this tragedy and start the healing process. A monetary assistance fund was set up on behalf of the Santa Ana Police Officers Association Widows & Orphans Fund. The outpouring of support for both families was overwhelming. Continue reading
The OC Register and the Voice of OC continue to ignore the biggest story in the 2014 Santa Ana City Council races as the Santa Ana Police Officers Association (SAPOA) has asked Santa Ana Councilman Roman Reyna to explain why he was caught posing with hard core gang bangers in a picture that was circulated on Facebook.
Today SAPOA sent a second letter to Reyna, stating “In no way was this letter meant to be judge and jury of your active participation or association with known criminal enterprises however as supporters of your 2012 City Council campaign we felt strongly that a formal response was necessary.” Continue reading
Santa Ana Councilwoman Michele Martinez was not endorsed this year by either the Santa Ana Police Officers Association or the Orange County Deputy Sheriffs Association but that has not stopped her or her friends from pretending otherwise.
Martinez is using a picture of herself with police officers on her campaign website and a PAC that supports her just sent out a mailer this week using the same picture – and the same message.
This is fraud. Martinez was rejected by our leading law enforcement associations for a reason – she has been on the wrong side of crime fighting and our police officers just don’t trust her any more. Nor should we. Continue reading
Picture Courtesy of the Santa Ana Police Officers Association
October 14, 2014
COUNCILMAN ROMAN REYNA
SANTA ANA CITY COUNCIL
20 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA
P.O. BOX 1988, M31
SANTA ANA, CA 92701
Dear Councilman Reyna,
I write on behalf of the Santa Ana Police Officers’ Association, its Board of Directors and Political Action Committee.
It has come to our attention that you, along with two other men, recently posed for a photograph that was posted on Facebook. We find it very disturbing that you posed with these men. Both are known to Orange county law enforcement as being affiliated with Santa Ana criminal enterprises. Furthermore, the individual believed to have posted the photograph identified you in his post as the “the new Mayor of Santana old homie from the hood…”
We are aware many friends can be called a “homie” and people do identify themselves as living in or being from the “hood”. These words alone should not produce a negative opinion of another person. However, when coupled with a photograph of known members of a Santa Ana criminal enterprise, and posted on an Internet social media website, we feel that far exceeds mere poor judgment. As a city policymaker, this photograph and comments presents the appearance and perception of your lack of ability to be a trustworthy and effective community leader. Continue reading
The Santa Ana Police Officers Association has announced their endorsements with regard to the upcoming November City Council election. While it was not surprising to see them endorse incumbents David Benavides and Sal Tinajero, in Wards 4 and 6, it was refreshing to see them back a challenger, Mirna Velasquez, in Ward 2.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 10, 2012
CONTACT: Carlos Valenzuela, PHONE: (858) 220-2090, EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Santa Ana Police Officers Association Support Alderete with Powerful Endorsement
Santa Ana, California – Eric M. Alderete’s campaign for Santa Ana City Council (Ward 3) received another powerful endorsement. Alderete announced today that the Santa Ana Police Officers Association (SAPOA) endorsed his candidacy for Ward 3. The SAPOA joins other recent endorsements by the Orange County Labor Federation and the Democratic Party of Orange County. Continue reading
Santa Ana Council Member Michele Martinez, the leading Hispanic candidate for the 69th Assembly District, is hosting a huge fundraiser this Wednesday night, at Original Mike’s. Here are the details: