Thu. Sep 28th, 2023

There are no less than a half dozen candidates running for the Santa Ana City Council’s Ward 2 this November. But only one of them is openly gay – Paul Gonzales.

Just a few decades ago Santa Ana was a majority white city with City Councils full of Republicans. Today Republicans and white residents are the minority in this city. But is Santa Ana ready to embrace an openly gay City Councilman?

Gonzales is pretty open about his sexuality, on his campaign website, where he writes about his husband, and on Facebook, where he has touted the LGBT candidate training he undertook. But on the campaign trail Gonzales has shied away from talking about his homosexuality.

I was surprised when the current Ward 2 Council Member, Michele Martinez, endorsed Gonzales not because he is gay but rather because he is overwhelming liberal. In fact he is the only City Council candidate who has openly promoted the distribution of drug needles to drug addicts in our city. He also has advocated for rent control – a bad idea that usually ends up hurting housing and creating more homelessness.

The endorsement was particularly galling as we have so few women on our City Council currently and there are two women running for Ward 2 – Arts Commissioner Sandra “Pocha” Pena Sarmiento and community activist Irma Macias.

Sarmiento is also very pro gay herself. In fact she produced a hit LGBT feature film, “East Side Story,” a Romeo & Julio rom com set in East LA. You can stream it on Amazon or watch the trailer on YouTube:

While Santa Ana may perhaps be ready to elect an openly gay Councilman I don’t think the people of Santa Ana are ready to support a guy who is as overwhelmingly liberal as Paul Gonzales – not when there are better more moderate choices to pick from.

Gonzales by the way claims to be against the proposed Santa Ana Sales Tax increase, known as Measure X. However only one candidate has made this a focal point of his campaign – Mike Gonzalez, a self-made businessman.

By Editor

The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

4 thoughts on “Are Santa Ana’s voters ready to elect an openly gay City Council Member?”
  1. This salacious article is an embarrassment to journalism. The sexuality of candidates have no bearing on their performance as a council member. While Paul may not be discussing it on the campaign trail because it is irrelevant to the critical issues facing our city, he is certainly not shying away being open about his family. Any concerns about his sexuality are more indicative of your insecurities (including your racial insecurities as you were sure to point out your inclusion in the white minority).

    In regards to his endorsement of the needle exchange program, Paul Gonzales is very clear that it was not successful as it was implemented previously, but recognizes that a well-run needle exchange program provides significant benefit to the overall public health by reducing transmission of infectious disease in both the user community and the community at large. Nobody wants to see needles in our public spaces, it is a danger to our community, however that was more indicative of the mismanagement of the program rather than of the program itself.

    I suspect that Council Member Martinez evaluated the candidates and determined that he was the most qualified before endorsing him.

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