Santa Ana residents got a late Christmas present today as our overpaid and oversexed City Manager, David Cavazos, was placed on paid administrative leave after a 4-0 City Council vote Wednesday afternoon, according to the O.C. Register.
As one might expect Cavazos’ allies on the City Council – Sal Tinajero, David Benavides and Vince Sarmiento, complained about this because they were not at today’s special meeting. Apparently they are all on vacation. Oh well! Even if they were here they could not have stopped this as Mayor Miguel Pulido had four votes on his side. Continue reading
An unidentified man of unknown age was stabbed and robbed of his bicycle in a gang-related attack in Santa Ana on Saturday, according to the O.C. Register.
The victim was in the Santa Ana Zoo parking lot at Prentice Park, 1801 Chestnut Ave., around 8:30 p.m. when two men approached him and asked him about his gang affiliation, according to the SAPD. Continue reading
An angry crowd of more than 650 anti-Donald Trump protesters took over several Santa Ana intersections Wednesday night and into early Thursday morning, pelting police with rocks, bottles and illegal fireworks, according to the O.C. Register.
So how did our City Council react to this mayhem? Continue reading
While the Democrats are completely stunned this morning by the loss of the White House to Donald Trump here in Santa Ana another big upset has occurred as our embattled Mayor, Miguel Pulido, has not only won his reelection campaign – he now has regained control of the Santa Ana City Council.
The election last night of Jose Solorio in Ward 3 and Juan Villegas in Ward 5 has given Pulido a firm City Council majority as he can now count on Mayor Pro Tem Vince Sarmiento in Ward 1 as well. Sarmiento owes Pulido a huge debt as there is no doubt that Sarmiento only survived his battle against Jessica Cha because of Pulido’s support. Continue reading
You are probably as sick of this year’s general election as I am. The last few weeks have given us all plenty to dislike about the top two presidential nominees – Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. And here in Santa Ana several candidates aligned with the Democratic Party have tried to use Trump against Republicans running for non-partisan offices, in one of the most underhanded schemes I have ever seen in my over 20 years of covering Orange County politics.
These candidates, including Rancho Santiago Community College District Trustee Claudia Alvarez and the slate of SAUSD School Board candidates sponsored by the Santa Ana Educators’ Association (the teachers’ union) – including Rigo Rodriguez, Mark McLoughlin and Alfonso Alvarez, have forgotten that Santa Ana is not quite as Democratic as they think it is. Continue reading
Has the Sarmiento family opened an illegal marijuana dispensary in Santa Ana on South Main St?
As we reported a few weeks ago, the 2531 S. Main St. property was owned by Daisy Sarmiento, sister of city councilmember Vincent Sarmiento, under the name Daisyland Corp. who operated the now closed Bobkin Sports Bar at this location until the state’s Alcohol Beverage Control closed it down over 2 years ago. Continue reading
At about 11:30 PM on Friday October 14th an adult male suspect exited his vehicle and shot at an occupied parked vehicle multiple times, at at 200 N. Lacy, in Santa Ana.
The vehicle was struck multiple times and the female and male passengers were not struck, according to SAPD Case Number 16-27216. Continue reading
I received a call this week from a man who lives in Santa Ana, who said he has known Council Member Vince Sarmiento for many years. The man said his girlfriend used to work at Sarmiento’s nightclub, Festival Hall. And the fellow had quite a tale to tell.
Sarmiento would like us to believe that he is a family man who walks on water, but according to my insider that is a complete falsehood. Continue reading
A new campaign mailer was delivered to Santa Ana voters this week that absolutely slammed City Council incumbents Roman Reyna and Vince Sarmiento for wasting $479,615 of taxpayer money by overpaying our City Manager, David Cavazos, and handing out needless raises and bonuses to Cavazos and his fellow city executive cronies. Continue reading
The homeless problem in Santa Ana is beginning to impact our local schools. In the latest incident, which occurred last Monday at around 6 a.m. in the morning, a female student at the CSUF Grand Central Arts Center was leaving the building, which is in DTSA at the 2nd Street Plaza, when a female homeless person immediately confront the student in an aggressive manner.
The victim asked that the individual leave her alone, but the individual got more aggressive to the point of hitting the student. The student then fled to the parking structure area, in hopes that security at the structure might assist, with the attacking individual still in pursuit. As police were called, the suspect fled before police could arrive and was of course not found once they did finally show up on the scene. Continue reading
The elections are upon us and the Santa Ana City Council incumbents who are up for re-election – Vince Sarmiento and Roman Reyna, want you to believe that crime is going down in our city. However even though the SAPD does not report their crime log (unlike many other cities including Anaheim, Irvine and Fountain Valley), we can take a look at the crimes occurring in our city on Crimemapping.com.
We have written quite a bit this year about the massive increase in violent crime in Santa Ana – and how shorthanded our police department is. What we don’t often talk about is how much our SAUSD School Police do to keep our community safe.
Today, for example, there was an outrageous episode that started just before 3 p.m., when the SAUSD School Police Dispatch got a call from SAUSD employees who were accosted by a male suspect while they were in a parked vehicle in the parking lot between one of our local elementary schools and one of our city parks. I am withholding their identity to protect my source – but I can tell you that this happened in Councilman Roman Reyna’s Ward. Continue reading
Jessica B. Cha, our endorsed candidate for the Santa Ana City Council’s Ward 1, is hosting a campaign meet and greet and fundraiser on Wed., September 23, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., at Robbins Nest Wine Bar & Bistro, located at 207 W 2nd Street, in Santa Ana. RSVP to (626) 422-0183 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contribute online here.
Cha is a successful family law attorney with a law practice located in Santa Ana. Her father Walter owns a number of properties in our city. I had a chance to hear her in action at this week’s Com Link candidates’ forum. She knows the issues and is a good communicator. Continue reading
The students were not injured, and SAUSD School Police responded quickly to apprehend the suspect. The homeless male was from Pomona and had a warrant out for his arrest. Continue reading