Mon. Sep 26th, 2022

California’s Attorney General, Kamala Harris, wrote a legal brief regarding local municipal term limits that should have a considerable bearing on tomorrow’s hearing regarding Santa Ana Park and Rec Commissioner Max Madrid’s lawsuit to compel the Santa Ana City Clerk to issue nomination papers to Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez.



In the brief, which is dated July 17, 2012, Harris concludes that “a term served on a town council that was served prior to the effective date of a local initative term-limit ordinance may not be counted against that term limit by that ordinance.”

If the Judge makes a ruling based on Harris’ legal brief then Alvarez should be able to run yet again for Santa Ana’s Ward 5.

There is a separate issue that has been raised by local liberal bloggers who have it in for Alvarez, despite the fact that she too is a Democrat.  The argument is that Madrid does not have sufficient standing to bring this lawsuit to the court.  That seems ridiculous to me, as he is a resident and taxpayer.  However we will have to wait for the Judge to rule on that tomorrow, to be sure.

Should the Judge rule against Madrid tomorrow there are already two announced challengers for Ward 5, including SAUSD Trustee Roman Reyna, a Democrat, who has not yet pulled nomination papers; and Republican newcomer Karina Onofre, a local property manager.

If Alvarez cannot run for the City Council her options would include running for Mayor of Santa Ana, running for the Rancho Santiago Community College Board of Education, running for the SAUSD School Board, or simply leaving politics for awhile.

By Editor

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.

13 thoughts on “Legal brief by Attorney General implies that Alvarez can run again in Nov.”
  1. I will not be silenced! I am a taxpayer as well and my voice needs to be heard.

    Why does a person with a position in the state make decisions for a city that has nothing to do with that person? Makes no sense. I think we the people should start taking matters into our own hand and demanding that Alvarez be left off the ballot. This is getting out of hand over some cry-baby stupid stuff. We need to clean house with the SA city council.

    1. “I think we the people should start taking matters into our own hand and demanding that Alvarez be left off the ballot”…… Hmmmmmm

      You think wrong!

      In order to get Alvarez out she must stay on the ballot and you must vote her out.

      So support Karina Onofre!

      1. Stanley, you go a head and defer and hide. I’d rather fight to have the law be upheld. You keep dreaming of the Onofre support but you’re fooled into thinking that today’s democracy is fraud proof. She already has more supporters than remaining register voters. She won’t be voted out so I think keeping her off the ballot is the best option. Don’t be scared to stand up and demand lawful obiding public servants.

        1. “Stanley, you go a head and defer and hide”…… Hmmmmmm

          In what way am I hiding?

          Obviously you do not understand democratic process in which the people elect their government and not the term limits.

          The term limits are a form of the fascism.

          What is stopping the people to vote her out?

          Only their own retardation.

          Don’t read their propaganda, ignore the endorsements and do not believe their lies!….. Then not even money will help them.

          But, because you are moron mongoloid who can’t pick his leader you need someone else to do it for you.

          1. Well then good luck to you Stanley. At least we both want the same result, just different methods of acheiving it.

            “What’s stopping people to vote her out?” Again you’re not getting it……. There are more people that support her than people who don’t. Simple as that. And the people that support her don’t care about her performance or how she’s using her influence to overcome the law so she can be on the ballot. As long as she keeps pandering to them they’ll vote for her. You won’t be able to gather enough support against her so that’s where we differ. But like I said good luck to you on that, I hope you are correct (but highly doubt it!)

            Oh, here’s what a real moron mongoloid looks like…

            http://www.google.com/imgres?q=Stanley+Fiala&um=1&hl=en&sa=N&biw=1259&bih=553&tbm=isch&tbnid=MZ-n3mGmok9UqM:&imgrefurl=http://newsantaana.com/2011/09/06/live-blogging-alvarez-vs-bustamante-and-benavides-at-the-council-meeting/&docid=z0lm6NznmujurM&imgurl=http://newsantaana.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Stanley-Fiala.jpg&w=306&h=226&ei=xyUQUIPVAeXq6gGRz4CQDQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=535&vpy=202&dur=9578&hovh=180&hovw=244&tx=170&ty=64&sig=111127034611890460757&page=1&tbnh=99&tbnw=125&start=0&ndsp=24&ved=1t:429,r:20,s:0,i:137

            See you at the next council meeting and bring your gerital.

  2. Will be interesting to see how long it takes the current council to be kind to Ms Alvarez again (after trashing her the last few weeks) once they realize they will be serving 8 more years with her! Don’t forget how they treated you Claudia! Watch them line up to kiss her ring tomorrow after the ruling. Lot’s of: “We knew you were within your rights to run again Claudia” “We were helping you behind the scenes Mayor Pro Tem Alvarez” “That City Clerk was so WRONG and we knew it!”

    See you in 8 years Roman! Should give you time to pick up another mail order college degree!

    1. “Watch them line up to kiss her ring tomorrow after the ruling”…….. Hmmmmmmm

      Assuming that Queen Alvarez is approaching the menopause age fast, to vote for infertile Queen would be a sin.

      Watch them line up to kiss Onofre’s ring tomorrow after the ruling.

  3. Calm down Dan.

    The LOC does not have exclusivity on Santa Ana politics.

    I will say, I like the Chris’ coverage, but find it hard to swallow, given his conflict and the fact he lives in Long Beach. kinda bs, wouldn’t you agree?

  4. The judge demanded that the suits be rewritten last week. It seems that that both pro and con were too vague to be ruled on.

    So I don’t think a ruling will occur today.

  5. looked it up, all the answers and admendments came in the last 2 days and none are viewable (NV)

    29 SUMMONS ISSUED AND FILED FILED BY MADRID, MAX; ALVAREZ, CLAUDIA C ON 07/24/2012
    07/24/2012 NV

    28 AMENDED PETITION (FOR WRIT OF MANDATE) FILED BY MADRID, MAX; ALVAREZ, CLAUDIA C ON 07/24/2012
    07/24/2012 NV

    25 STATEMENT – OTHER (BRIEF) FILED BY MADRID, MAX ON 07/23/2012
    07/23/2012 NV

    24 REPLY TO OPPOSITION FILED BY MADRID, MAX ON 07/23/2012
    07/23/2012 NV

    23 SUPPLEMENTAL (BRIEF IN OPPOSITION TO PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDATE) FILED BY MARIA HUIZAR, IN HER OFFICIAL CAPACITY AS CITY CLERK OF THE CITY OF SANTA ANA ON 07/23/2012
    07/23/2012 NV

  6. Madrid vs. Maria Huizar

    In light of Petitioner’s representation that he will file an amended petition which will include Councilwoman Alvarez as a party to the action, the court declines to issue a tentative ruling.

    last case for the day?

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