Fri. Dec 2nd, 2022
We're paying for Martinez to have fun at this Florida resort
The Florida resort that Martinez will be visting

We posted an article yesterday about a trip that Santa Ana Councilwoman Michele Martinez is taking to the Disney Yacht Resort in Orlando, Florida, to attend a conference of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO).  In that post we stated that the taxyapers are paying for her expenses – we later corrected that to reflect that special interests are paying for them.

Martinez sent us a letter today accusing us of libel.  Click here to read it.  She stated that “As Board Member for National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) all travel is paid for by the association. As a Board Member it is my responsibility to participate in all conferences and events that help to enhance the effectiveness of Latino elected officials and their ability to advance successful policies, investments and effect change in their communities. Please be advised that the City of Santa Ana will not expend any funds for anything related to my participation at the NALEO conference referenced in your article.

We retract our original statement that the taxpayers are paying for Martinez’ trip to a posh resort in Florida, but the question remains – how is NALEO paying for her expenses?

The rooms at this expensive resort start at $400! How is NALEO paying for this?  The event’s sponsors include State Farm Insurance, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Southwest Airlines, according to NALEO’s website.  Of course these are special interests!

NALEO also has a “Corporate Partnership Council” that includes more special interests:

  • AT&T
  • Advance America
  • Univision Communications, Inc.
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
  • The Walt Disney Company

It is ironic that Wal-Mart is on this list when the Santa Ana City Council has banned more “big box” stores from coming to our city, as a favor to the labor unions.

We continue to maintain that it is unseemly for Martinez to participate in these junkets regardless of who pays for them but especially if money from these special interests is underwriting her expenses.  We are however relieved that the City of Santa Ana’s taxpayers are not on the hook this time.

We did however pay for her lodging and meals last time she went to a NALEO Conference, in Chicago during the summer.  Click here to see the proof.

A reader will be asking the City of Santa Ana to provide evidence that we the taxpayers won’t be paying for any of Martinez’ expenses this time, as she travels to Orlando, FL.

By Editor

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

6 thoughts on “Martinez says that NALEO is paying for her trip to a Disney resort in Orlando”
  1. I can’t wait for the day when you start writing articles about Michelle Martinez being from outer space. You will have a better chance for your cries-for-wolf being taken seriously, but until then I guess this will have to fill my precious time of searching-through-internet-crap-to-kill-some-time hour of the day.

  2. I find it incredible that Ms. Martinez who is by all accounts unemployed is taking this Junket.

    I recently uncovered documentation on another OC based blog that pretty much paints the picture of a scammer. It accuses Martinez of creating several non-profit organizations to launder money.

    Aside from the fact that she is grossly overweight and then preaching to the poorest of the poor about good eating habits, I find her evasiveness regarding her employment to be dishonest at best, perhaps illeagal.

    And you know there must be something to it when the VOC published comments supporting this before removing them today at the behest of a resident of Orange and Martinez supporter.

  3. Please don’t shop at Walmart America. the U.S government subsidizes them to important everything from China. No SH$t. Our government is that unpatriotic.

  4. Who was the guy who spoke out about her at the councilmeeting?

    Can you post the video of her response? The Voice of OC took down any mention of this.

    BTW – Does this mean Michele will skip the union hall meeting Saturday?

  5. Michele’s gratuitous FACEBOOK page features several pictures of the luxury digs.

    One has to wonder how many residents of the central Santa Ana ward she represents could EVER afford this kind junket. Moreover, how does Ms. Martinez afford it. Perhaps we should follow the Liberal OC ‘s lead and further examine the OCHCA non profit.

    They have done great research questioning Councilmember Martinez’ employment and the sketchy financing behind it. Gay activist and vocal neighborhood blowhard Jeff Dickman (not to be be confused with the Phil Hendrie character) Tar and Feathered Michele for being a loser.

    Now that they are part of the cabal, they seemingly don’t care. But, then again the trough feeders stick together.

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