A Santa Ana City Council candidates forum was held this week and surprise barely anyone in the City of Santa Ana attended or even knew about it. Check out who did show up, as pictured above. Does that look like Santa Ana?
The reality is that unless we televise these forums they will have very little impact on the voters. And the shame of it is that both the City of Santa Ana and the Santa Ana Unified School District have vast internal public relations operations that include their own TV channels on local Cable and AT&T U-Verse.
So why aren’t the City Council candidates forums televised and why aren’t there any SAUSD School Board candidates forums? It all comes down to incumbent protection and that is just wrong.
If you want this to change then you are going to have to make some noise!
If you want to contact the SAUSD School Board Members, good luck. Most of them no longer list any email addresses or phone numbers on their website! Only Cecilia Iglesias and Rob Richardson make their contact info available to the public. Fortunately I have some of their personal contact information available, as follows:
- Rob Richardson, firstname.lastname@example.org, (714) 558-5512
- Jose Alfredo Hernandez, JoseAlfredo@1JAHLaw.com, 714-568-4529
- Audrey Yamagata-Noji, email@example.com, 909-274-4505
- John Palacio, firstname.lastname@example.org, (714) 856-5214
- Cecilia Iglesias, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 714-485-6396.
Here are the SAUSD administrators you need to contact as well:
- Rick Miller, Ph.D.
Phone: (714) 558-5512
Fax: (714) 558-5610
- Antonette Roberto
to the Superintendent
Phone: (714) 558-5512
- Cynthia Gastelo
Board of Education
Phone: (714) 558-5515
- Rosie Rosales
Phone: (714) 558-5511
- Travis Tamasese
Sr. Executive Secretary
Phone: (714) 558-5513
And here is the contact info for our City Council:
- Santa Ana Councilwoman Michele Martinez, Ward 2. She is currently running for re-election. Email her here and here. Call her at (714) 887-9845.
- Santa Ana Councilman David Benavides, Ward 4. He is currently running for re-election. Email him here and here. Call him at (714) 475-1630.
- Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Sal Tinajero, Ward 6. He is currently running for re-election. Email him here and here. Call him at (714) 552-2800.
- Santa Ana Councilman Roman Reyna, Ward 5. He is currently running for Mayor of Santa Ana. Email him here. Call him at 714-647-6900.
- Santa Ana Councilman Vince Sarmiento, Ward 1. Email him here. Call him at 714-647-6900.
- Santa Ana Councilwoman Angie Amezcua, Ward 3. Email her here. Call her at 714-647-6900.
- Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido. Email him here. He is currently running for reelection. Call him at 714-647-6900.
- Santa Ana City Manager David Cavazos. Call him at (714) 647-5200.
Hold these people accountable! Either they care about the residents and voters of our city or they don’t. Demand televised candidates forums!