Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez has faced a withering attack this week, even though she has already apologized for her ill-chosen analogy, comparing developer and landlord Irv Chase, who it turns out is Jewish, to Adolf Hitler. She might have made it through this mini-storm if her colleagues had stuck by her but I don’t think any of them are willing to take a stand for her. It has as such become increasingly likely that she may step down as Mayor Pro Tem, although I suspect that she will remain on the Santa Ana City Council.
This could happen at the next Santa Ana City Council meeting on Sep. 6. Council Member David Benavides and his Republican amigo, Carlos Bustamante, have placed an 85A item on the Council Agenda, targeting Alvarez.
How soon they forget. Bustamante already had a whack at this and he was so awful that his peers took away the title and handed it back to the far more capable Alvarez. And the sad fact is that Alvarez totally supported Bustamante in 2006, when he ran for reelection. Now he has turned on her. You just cannot work with Santa Ana’s Republicans.
We learned that last year when Bustamante held a fundraiser at his home for Mexican-bashing Republican Van Tran, who was running against Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. That backfired on Bustamante when Sanchez trashed Van Tran.
I think Bustamante is using Alvarez as a scapegoat to distract us from the fact that he is being investigated for ripping off the O.C. taxpayers by accepting unmerited and possibly illegal raises, as an overpaid Orange County middle manager.
As for Benavides, this is payback for the Council going after him when he honored Lupe Moreno and her Minuteman pals last year, after they took over the Santa Ana 4th of July event, where one of them referred to Santa Ana residents as “wetbacks.”
We also caught Benavides partying with Al Amezcua on Election Night last November. That backfired when Mayor Miguel Pulido utterly trashed Amezcua on Election Night.
Bustamante and Benavides go way back. They flew together and roomed together a few years ago when President Bush invited them to a GOP Cinco de Mayo event. Benavides has more Republican friends than Democrats. He attended Biola University and is close with one of their Trustees, former SAUSD Trustee Rosie Avila – another immigrant bashing Republican.
I suspect that the next Mayor Pro Tem will be either Sal Tinajero, Michele Martinez or Vince Sarmiento. They are all very capable.
Will Alvarez step down as Mayor Pro Tem? If she does it will be a testament to her dedication to the people who voted for her. She realizes that this is all becoming a major distraction. By stepping down as Mayor Pro Tem she will ensure that the Council can get back to work – and she will renew her investigation of Chase and his dealings. That said, I hope she remains firm and continues to fight.
Alvarez has by the way tried to apologize to the Chase family. She asked Rusty Kennedy to facilitate a meeting. The Chase family won’t respond. They obviously are enjoying going after her.
Here is the 85A agenda item:
CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM
Pursuant to Santa Ana Charter Section 411, any member of the City Council may place items on the City Council Agenda to be considered by the City Council.
85A CONSIDER POTENTIAL VIOLATION OF THE SANTA ANA CODE OF ETHICS AND CONDUCT BY COUNCILMEMBER AND TAKE REMEDIAL ACTIONS RELATED THERETO (COUNCILMEMBERS BENAVIDES AND BUSTAMANTE)
The following actions may be considered on the floor and include:
1. Ask for resignation from the City Council.
2. Remove from the Mayor Pro Tem position.
3. Remove from the Public Safety Committee.
4. Remove from the Orange County Water Board.
5. Condemnation of comment made by Councilmember
We are stuck with Benavides for a few years but we can boot Bustamante off the Council next year…
66 thoughts on “Benavides and Bustamante to attack Alvarez at the 9/6 City Council meeting”
art lomeli says: “My point is that there is no violation by Claudia, just a public opinion issue. ‘
…….. Doc, the councilwoman believes there is a violation. The apology is the proof.
…Doc, when this PBID came for a vote by the property owners a couple years ago, did you vote YES or NO?
(The councilwoman as mayor pro tem and representing the city voted ??, the archive on the city web site doesn’t include 2008. The mayor and the ward #1 council member would have recluse themselves leaving the mayor pro tem in charge for the approving vote)
art lomeli says: “The council then has the right to look into this issue during council meetings to get facts for possible litigation by the city.”
I thought we had a city manager and a city attorney that the council would direct to take those actions. The councils direct actions are limited to voting on agenda items during the meeting.
Admin says: September 4, 2011 at 7:49 am
“Actually there is plenty of doubt about that – and ultimately the B Boys will need four votes – which they don’t have.”
The final vote could look like this:
With the pro tem going to the other woman on the board and all that water board cash going to a commission member who lives in ward 5, helping to make her next run for council successful.
Stanley Fiala says: “WRONG! Although you may be correct, they can’t do that during the item 85A as is written because it is connected to a violation of ethics where such violation is impassible during privileged speech as provided by Cal. Civil Code sec. 47.
…… If she is stripped of her perks and remains on the council and feels the action taken is wrong. She has twenty days to appeal to superior count for a hearing.
…… Stanley, you and I can banter back and forth on what law, rule, or code prevails, but only a judge can make the ruling, and the judge only gets involved if the city council actions next Tuesday night is appealed.
“the judge only gets involved if the city council actions next Tuesday night is appealed”…… Hmmm
That is correct!
So why having public comments?…. Huh?
To avoid judicial involvement!
FYI, I was incorrect about malice.
During the council comments privilege absolute regardless of malice, rudeness or ethics for both council member and public.
cook & Fiala – you guys crack me up! Abbott & Costello attorneys at law. Get a third and you could do the Three Stooges. Admin?
I am sure they would be happy to include you in their law firm.
“Doc, the councilwoman believes there is a violation. The apology is the proof.”
apology dictionary definition:
An apology is a formal written or spoken declaration of someone’s sorrow or regret over having harmed someone else. (noun)
An example of an apology is a child saying he is sorry for hitting another.
This is not admitting to a violation. it simply is a statement of regrets associated with a true or perceived harm.
“I thought we had a city manager and a city attorney that the council would direct to take those actions. The councils direct actions are limited to voting on agenda items during the meeting”
City council directs staff to assist them in performing their duties. Council duties include fact finding with the assistance of staff.
“The councils direct actions are limited to voting on agenda items during the meeting”
This comment is so ridiculous and representative of your agenda.
I did not vote for the PBID. I believe Claudia did. It is irrelevant in the matter of PBID dissolution.
State PBID code allows for dissolution at any time council is aware of management violation by the board and or violations associated with PBID formation.
Speaking of the Code of Ethics and Conduct – I understand that a Santa Ana resident has filed a complaint against Sean Mill. Do you suppose that the Council will take action on that complaint as well?
They did. They had a good laugh and moved on.
“They did. They had a good laugh and moved on.”
In that case I guess that they will need to be reminded about the complaint again.
Yes, I am sure they could use another good laugh.
“cook & Fiala – you guys crack me up! Abbott & Costello attorneys at law. Get a third and you could do the Three Stooges. Admin?”……. Hmmmmm
Show starts on Tuesday at 6:00 pm free admission.
I like to entertain moron mongoloids.
junior says: cook & Fiala – you guys crack me up! Abbott & Costello attorneys at law. Get a third and you could do the Three Stooges. Admin?
Stanley says: “Show starts on Tuesday at 6:00 pm free admission.
I like to entertain moron mongoloids.”
I (cook) says: I am glad you find our banter entertaining too.
Doc Art says: State PBID code allows for dissolution at any time council is aware of management violation by the board and or violations associated with PBID formation.
Good luck on your efforts to fix or dissolve the PBID. I saw it as a Frankenstein monster 2 years ago when I first saw it being put to a vote and the boundaries adjustments. But I am not within the boundaries so it did not effect me.
Does anyone else think the closed session will be skipped and the council meeting will start at 5pm? Or maybe it will take 5 minutes for the closed session, and those showing up at 6pm will lose their right to speak?