Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas will be clearing Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido of any criminal wrongdoing related to a property swap between the mayor and a city contractor, according to sources with knowledge of the decision, according to the Voice of OC.
Of course the Voice of OC does not explain why Pulido won’t be charged. Instead they used their latest article to attack our Mayor yet again.
I spoke to Mayor Pulido yesterday. He said that the OCDA twice had the parking lot that his father traded for a home in Westminster assessed. It turned out that the parking lot, located in Downtown Santa Ana next to a Napa Auto Parts store that was desperate for more space, is worth more than the house that the Pulido family received in return for the lot.
The Voice of OC has NEVER reported the truth about what happened when Pulido voted to approve a city contract with the auto parts store in question. The fact is that the matter was part of that meeting’s Consent Calendar. And the Council voted unanimously for the Consent Calendar. The auto parts store contract was never debated.
And as it turns out it was the City’s purchasing department that brought the auto parts store to the table. Moreover there is ZERO evidence that Pulido EVER asked any of his Council colleagues to vote for the contract. That’s because he didn’t! Pulido never, ever pushed for this deal. It was staff-driven from the start and the trade of the parking lot to the auto parts store was always a separate issue.
That is why the OCDA is not going to file any charges against Pulido. Now Pulido did err by not reporting the real estate transaction. He will be fined by the FPPC for that. Several of his Council colleagues have also been fined by the FPPC over the years.
Click here and read all about allegations of corruption involving Santa Ana Council Members Michele Martinez, Roman Reyna and David Benavides.
The Voice of OC’s ongoing witch-hunt against Pulido is due to the fact that the retired head of the OC Employer’s Association, the surly Nick Berardino, who funded the Voice of OC and served on their Board of Directors, got mad when Pulido endorsed former Santa Ana Councilman Carlos Bustamante for a seat on the OC Board of Supervisors. Berardino was backing a fellow named Tom Umberg. Ironically Umberg’s campaign fell apart when he got caught cheating on his long-suffering wife. And Bustamante later was charged with workplace sexual harassment. It was former Garden Grove Councilman Janet Nguyen who won that Supervisorial race – and she is also under investigation by the OCDA for her own campaign finance shenanigans.
Pulido is also hated by influential Voice of OC Board Member Joe Dunn, a former State Senator. Pulido blocked Dunn from facilitating the move of the Federal Court of Appeals from Santa Ana to Irvine. Pulido saved quite a few jobs by using redevelopment money to keep the Court of Appeals here, after the City helped them buils a new courthouse and parking structure. Dunn never forgave Pulido as Dunn wanted to move the Court of Appeals near the UCI School of Law.
Plenty of lame candidates have had a chance to defeat Pulido. The losers have included Council Members Reyna and Benavides. Now that these BS charges are off the table you have to figure that Pulido will beat whichever lame candidate takes him on next time too.