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.
- You can email Mendoza about this at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You can email Pulido about this at email@example.com.
- You can email Solorio about this at JSolorio@santa-ana.org.
- You can email Penaloza about this at DPenaloza@santa-ana.org.
- You can also file a comment with the city online here.
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