Wed. Sep 28th, 2022

Santa Ana City Councilwoman Nelida Mendoza is going after the Santa Ana City Attorney, Sonia R. Carvalho, in an 85A agenda item that the City Council will consider at their next meeting, on Nov. 17.



In the agenda item Mendoza is asking the City to explore transitioning from a contracted City Attorney to a directly hired City Attorney. Guess what? That means our City would then be on the hook for more pension and health benefits and probably a higher salary too.

Why would Mendoza do this?

My sources tell me Mendoza is doing the bidding of her handlers at the Santa Ana Police Officers Association (POA), the powerful union that represents our police. The POA paid for the recall of former City Councilwoman Ceci Iglesias after she opposed their irresponsible raise a a couple years ago. That paved the way for Mendoza to replace Iglesias. Now the POA apparently want Carvalho out of the way so she can be replaced with a City Attorney who will do their bidding.

Who on the City Council might go along with this scheme? Well, for starters, probably Mayor Miguel Pulido. But perhaps he should reconsider? Every candidate Pulido backed in the November election lost even after Pulido helped to raise over $200K to help his slate.

You can probably expect Councilman Jose Solorio to go along with Mendoza as well. If Solorio and Pulido side with Mendoza then she only needs one more vote to pass her 85A measure. That vote could come from Councilman David Penaloza, but I doubt it as he appears to have more integrity than that.

Here is how you can submit a public comment that will be included in the next City Council meeting:

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Art Pedroza started Orange County's first political blog, the Orange Juice, back in 2003. He now publishes the top civic blog in Orange County - New Santa Ana, plus other blogs including New Anaheim, New Fullerton and the Irvine News Blog, as well as the OC Politics Blog.

3 thoughts on “Councilwoman Mendoza is going after the Santa Ana City Attorney”
  1. Police & Miguel want a stooge attorney like Claudia Alvarez. Cops are running scared because they know Sarmiento has the votes to make police accountable for once.

  2. Sarmiento will not make the police the accountable. I am well versed in the strategy of political warfare. Pulido will continue to ‘call the shots ‘ from home. Money has been paid, and favors must be returned for those who took major donations from those seeking to cash in on Santa Ana. You see Sarmiento is merely the pawn in the ‘game. He did as quick 180 degree turn on changing his image as one of Pulido’s cronies. Over 8 years on the council and he towed the “Miguel machine ” line dutifully. He benefited financially. And now with Mendoza taking her marching like good little crony, attempts to this disgracefully, shameless act.

    1. It’s rare when someone leaves such a good comment on this site. Your comment definitely got me excited. In front of everyone’s face they do this and everyone smiles.

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