Pick up the print edition of the Orange County Register or visit their website online and you will certainly come across article after article focusing on negative issues pertaining to Santa Ana. In what can only be described as biased reporting against our city and our city leaders, the Register and its staff appear to be treating Santa Ana like their personal punching bag. It has only worsened since we elected an all-Latino city council and the old guard led by Dave Ream left town.
I thought that perhaps things would improve when Andrew Galvin began writing his column entitled The Santa Ana Register but he too seems to like taking swipes at our city and our leadership team led by Chief Paul Walters and the great council majority. Sure Galvin has written some positive pieces like the one about Santa Ana Public Works Executive Director Raul Godinez IIbut those are few and far between.
Recently Santa Ana was ranked the fourth safest city in America by Forbes magazine a fact virtually ignored by the Register and completely ignored by Mr. Galvin. On top of that, the responses from council members went unreported as well. This begs the question, if Andrew Galvin could write 11 seperate posts/articles pertaining to the Claudia Alvarez and Irv Chase incident couldn’t he at least write one about the Forbes ranking?
I realize that it’s the holiday season and pehaps those that cover Santa Ana for the Register, like Mr. Galvin, might be on vacation. However if he was able to find time to write a column about an irrelevant lawsuit that only interested a handful of local bloggers, surely he had time to write about Santa Ana being named the fourth safest city in America.
I must commend the Register for changing its commenting policy and requiring folks to use their Facebook login’s to comment. This has indeed cut down on the vicious and hateful comments directed at Santa Ana, our leaders and our residents. However with 2012 just around the corner I hope the Register and its staff resolve to give Santa Ana some fair and balanced treatment in the new year.