SARMIENTO WANTS TO CREATE A COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS DISSOLVING OTHER COMMITTEES
“The City Council has taken another step toward reducing the mayor’s authority by voting to give the council, rather than the mayor alone, the power to appoint members to council committees,” according to the O.C. Register.
I have no problem with that – in fact the Council Members hate serving on most of these committees and often run away from these assignments. Now they have no excuse.
But here is the funny part:
As part of the motion, Martinez suggested that an ad hoc committee be created to find out which committees council members want to serve on. Sarmiento recommended that the ad hoc committee recommend how to condense the committee structure. The development and neighborhood improvement and code enforcement committees last met in 2008.
Let me get this straight – Councilman Vince Sarmiento wants to create ANOTHER COMMITTEE to determine how to get rid of the other Council committees. LOL! You can’t make this stuff up.
THE VOICE OF OC MOCKS THE SUDDENLY UN-TRANSPARENT SANTA ANA SPRING
But wait, there’s more. Remember that $56 million dollars that the State of California is demanding that the City of Santa Ana return to Sacramento’s coffers? Well, even the “Santa Ana Spring” fans at the Voice of OC have had enough of these yahoos:
State finance officials say that it’s not too late for the city to produce the contracts and would drop the demand once they see them. The contracts would qualify for funding if they are between the former redevelopment agency and a developer and were signed before the deadline.
Yet if the solution is that simple, why all the confusion, last-minute council meetings and rhetoric at City Hall?
Despite all the talk of a “Santa Ana Spring,” by several council members elected in November on a platform of expanded transparency at City Hall, they aren’t talking.
After privately negotiating with the state for weeks, city officials made the dispute public only on Dec. 21, the day of the payment deadline. After that brief public meeting to declare opposition to the demand, officials closed City Hall for two weeks.
Council members are also staying quiet…
THE RETURN OF THE PBID TAX?
And now, just when you think these poor dolts cannot possibly screw up more word comes down that they have the votes to restore the unethical PBID tax which robs downtown Santa Ana businesses/landlords so that a select few of them, primarily bars and restaurants, can spend their ill gotten goods on whatever they want, including this.
Maybe the PBID should be spent teaching the downtown bars and restaurants about food safety?
And what will the number one Benavides defender, Dr. Art Lomeli, do when his pal stabs him in the back?
BENAVIDES WANTS TO APPOINT A PAID PLANNING CONSULTANT TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION
And yes, it is true. Councilman David Benavides is still trying to get enough votes to put Phil Bacerra, the consultant that the PBID administrator, Downtown, Inc., hired, and paid with PBID dollars, to the Santa Ana Planning Commission. That’s right. He wants to put a paid planning consultant on our public Planning Commission. Good grief!
ASSEMBLYMAN DALY GETS PUNKED AND SO DO ALL OF US
Well, the State Legislature committee appointments were announced today and our new state legislator, Assemblyman Tom Daly, got punked. He won’t be chairing any committees nor did he draw any vice chair appointments. But he did get on to these committees:
- Aging and Long-Term Care
- Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration
- Budget Subcommittee No. 6 on Budget Process, Oversight and Program Evaluation
- Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy
You have to wonder if any of Daly’s Latino opponents would have drawn better committee assignments…had they been able to beat him. But they didn’t. We’re stuck with Daly and as you can see the man has zero pull in Sacramento. The 2014 election cannot come soon enough!