Sat. Mar 2nd, 2024

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido was in complete control at tonight’s Santa Ana Mayoral candidate’s forum, which was held at Latino Health Access, in Downtown Santa Ana.

Oh sure, the other candidates spent all night sniping at him – David Benavides in particular was quite petulant.

The event was billed as a youth forum and it was sponsored by the Voice of OC. I found that ironic as a Voice of OC reporter recently stalked Pulido’s teenage son on Facebook.

I chewed out the Voice of OC’s editor, Norberto Santana, about that tonight.  He said they were reporting the news but interestingly both the O.C. Register and the L.A. Times passed on their bogus story.  How low Santana has sunk since he left real journalism to join the muckrakers at the Voice of OC.

Here are some of the evening’s highlights, or in some cases lowlights:

  • David Benavides – Said he wants to put produce trucks out of business because they sell chips and sodas to kids.  Never mind that they also sell fruit and vegetables…and that they service communities full of residents who aren’t allowed to drive and as such these trucks are a great convenience…  And the truck owners are small businessmen who scrimped and saved so they could have their own business.  Once again Benavides is a job killer!
  • Miguel Angel Briseno – absolutely ripped the fraudulent and unfair Measure GG, which is being championed by Benavides.  Briseno said that GG should have made the mayoral terms equal to the council terms but he pointed out how unfair it is in that it limits the Mayor to 8 years while allowing the Council Members to serve for 12 years.
  • Lupe Moreno – the notorious Minuteman lived up to her billing.  She told the young people at the forum that she is absolutely against the Dream Act and that she is for SB 1070.  I can’t believe that Benavides honored this hateful woman in 2010 after she and her Minutemen took over the Santa Ana 4th of July event!  In fact one of Moreno’s Minutemen called a Santa Ana resident a wetback at that event!
  • George Collins – was nuttier than usual.  When asked about Arizona’s racist SB 1070 law he said that immigrants are human traffickers.  Then he admitted that he imported his own wife from Peru!

Pulido spent all night talking about his many accomplishments and the projects he has worked on that have brought so much positive change to our city.  When Benavides complained about high density apartments, Pulido had to remind him that it was thanks to Pulido that the city stopped allowing such developments.  And it was Pulido, via his work on the OCTA’s Board of Directors, who played a major role in helping to expand our parks system and to improve our bike trails.

Time and again Pulido referenced the vast grants he has worked so hard to bring to our city, while all Benavides could do was use the same empty buzzwords over and over again.  The contrast was stunning.


By Editor

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

6 thoughts on “Pulido stood out among his weak opponents at the last mayoral forum”
  1. That picture of Franklin,
    in front of the Old County Court House
    is cute!
    Not half as cute as the O.S.A. Occupy Santa Ana Pic we took in front of the same Courthouse last weekend for our one year anniversary.
    Coming To Get You.
    Skeletons on Fire!
    Have a good weekend Pochos.

  2. George Collins “nuttier than usual”? That’s even possible?
    I though the height of his nuttiness was back in March, when he tried to steal my motorcycle by manipulating the previous owner into falsely claiming it was only borrowed to me, and then throwing a hissy fit when shown a copy of the contract from 10 years ago which gave me ownership of the bike (and yes, there’s a whole bunch of emails.)

  3. Santa Ana voters 113,424, expected turn out based on history 68,054
    (poll 23,818) (VBM etc 44,235)

    VBM ballots issued in Santa Ana 55,000
    (44,235/55,000= 20 percent lost, that sound about right)

    VBM ballots received to date 6,507
    Dem 31,470 / 3,243 (10 percent)
    Rep 12,799 / 2,164 (17 percent)
    NPP 9282 / 902 (10 percent)

  4. Admin.

    Bust out the historic votes (posted here in a comment section berating Lomeli) and compare them to Cooks data. I can’t find the post.

    Despite all the fuel. the numbers are the numbers. Interesting.

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