Thu. May 30th, 2024

Santa Ana City Councilman David Benavides has married Erika Carranza, the girlfriend that he previously appointed to the Santa Ana Parks and Recreation Commission.

The wedding, which took place this Saturday, appeared to be a political affair as Santa Ana Planning Commissioner Phil Bacerra was featured prominently in the wedding pictures.

Benavides was previously married to Emily Benavides, who he left during his ill-fated run for Mayor of Santa Ana in 2012.  We noticed that year that he has scrubbed all mention of Emily from his websites and Facebook pages.

Ironically Benavides ended up in Santa Ana because his former wife, Emily, got a great deal on a home loan as part of a program that was designed to convince teachers to live in our community.  Taxpayers got their money’s worth as Emily has won several Teacher of the Year awards while teaching at the SAUSD. She still teaches at Carr Intermediate.

David Benavides marries Erika Carranza

Benavides’ new wife, Erika, works at Templo Calvario, in Santa Ana, where she helps to organize missions. She appears to have a couple of sons from a previous relationship.

Benavides, who grew up in East Los Angeles, was once a youth minister. He eventually got into real estate but now works at Kidworks, a non-profit organization in Santa Ana. He previously worked for Kidworks some years ago when he was first settling in Santa Ana.

Benavides also appointed his own daughter, Anais, to the Santa Ana Youth Commission back when he first appointed Erika to the Santa Ana Parks and Rec. Commission. He and Emily also had a son together.

Now that Benavides is married to his Parks Commissioner we hope that she will do the right thing and resign from the Parks and Rec. Commission due to the inherent conflict of interest.

By Editor

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

9 thoughts on “David Benavides has married his Parks and Rec Commissioner, Erika Carranza”
  1. Did it ever occur to you that Erika is more than qualified for her appointed job? She has more than exceeded her duties as a missions coordinator at TC and her love for her community is just overwhelming! I understand you need to get readers somehow but this is all your opinion not fact. So next time before trying to imply that someone just inherited their position you should personally get to know that person and where they stand.

    1. None of that matters. The issue here is an inherent conflict of interest.

      Why can’t David find ANYONE else in his ward to appoint to the Parks and Rec Commission?

      1. Dear editor you are absolutely right, one of them should be removed from their position, i think it should be Benavides since according to the comment above she’s more committed to her community than he is.

          1. I’ve heard about a nepotism ordinance that Garden Grove has proposed. How would this circumstance be addressed through that ordinance?

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