Not only was Santa Ana Council Member Michele Martinez the driving force behind the ouster of Santa Ana City Manager Paul Walters – my sources are now telling me that she has apparently turned on the Santa Ana Police Department.
I am hearing that Martinez is trying to get rid of the SAPD Strike Force – the heroic police officers who helped stem the tide against gang violence and drug dealing in our city. She blames them, I am told, for the arrest of her half brother, a few years ago, during her failed campaign for Mayor. She blames Walters for that arrest too, I am told.
I am also hearing that Martinez has openly accused Walters of having her followed. That is laughable! If she was guilty it would be the Feds following her! And given what appears to be her wanton disregard for the Brown Act it can only be a matter of time before she does get busted.
Speaking of the Feds, my sources tell me Martinez is also trying to outsource the 100 union jobs at our Santa Ana jail. However this won’t save the city any money as they make money by leasing space to the Feds. By contract if the city lowers their operational costs they will also have to lower their lease fees to the Feds.
Will the rest of the City Council continue to allow Martinez to speak for them? And to destroy our police department?
By the way – many thanks to our readers who have been sending in pictures and videos of Martinez and her City Council colleague David Benavides. Please keep them coming!