Does Michele Martinez really need to worry about what out of town bloggers are saying?
A ruckus has broken out on two Orange County political blogs that are staffed by bloggers who do not live in Santa Ana. They are all upset because Santa Ana Councilwoman Michele Martinez isn’t answering their questions about her campaign for the 69th Assembly District, but really – why should she?
One of the blogs is run by a pair of bloggers who live in Irvine and Long Beach. The Irvine blogger was questioned earlier this year by the Santa Ana Police Department after they caught him sending creepy anonymous packages to a Santa Ana appointed official. He and the Long Beach blogger also stalked Irvine Councilman Steven Choi when he was running for the State Assembly – creeping up to and taking pictures through the windows of his house!
The other blogger lives in Brea – and his editor lives in Huntington Beach. Both of them are openly supporting one of Martinez’ opponents, Julio Perez. I am told that they are now “occupying” a foreclosed home. Good grief! Isn’t that trespassing – or at least breaking and entering?
Why should Martinez talk to such people? They aren’t respectable journalists. They are just bloggers and nutty ones at that. None of them have anything to do with Santa Ana. She is right to ignore them.
Why is she running? Here is what she has to say on her website, “Our state is facing unprecedented challenges, and I believe that now, more than ever, Sacramento needs local leaders who have experience making tough decisions in diverse communities to help solve our current issues. I am confident that my experience building collaborations to address complex issues will be an asset in our State Capitol as leaders work together to address California’s most important issues. I believe job creation, education, public safety and fiscal responsibility should be our top priorities.”
What has she accomplished? Again, from her website, “I am proud that during my tenure as a City Councilwoman, Santa Ana has managed to make notable progress during these difficult times. We have seen a decrease in crime by 32%, created thousands of jobs through our enterprise and empowerment zones, invested $100 million in new street repairs and safety improvements, helped secure $320 million through Measure G bonds to modernize Santa Ana schools, and we made some strategic additions to our open-space and bikeway trails. These improvements have made our community a healthier, safer place for families and businesses to thrive.”
Why does she think she can be an effective state legislator? Again, from her website, “I believe my role in regional collaborations will make me an effective State Assemblymember. I have been fortunate to serve all Orange County residents as a board member on the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization, which encompasses our six southern counties. As part of that, I work to represent the interests of Orange County Council of Governments (OCCOG) in the consideration of SCAG plans, policies and legislative platforms. On a statewide level, I also represent the City of Santa Ana on the State Workforce Investment Board (WIB). The WIB develops new workforce development policies that support economic development throughout California, in collaboration with county and city WIBs.”
Who supports her? Click here to see for yourself. You will see that she has broad support from state legislators, local elected and appointed officials, and business owners.
You see the ridiculous yahoos on the out of town blogs could have just read what she had to say on her website, rather than harass and pester her. But maybe they just have an axe to grind with Martinez because if elected she is NOT going to answer to them. No, she will be answering to the residents of the 69th Assembly District – which do not include any of the crazed bloggers who are currently stalking her.
I surely didn’t have to call their boy Perez to find out what a left-wing whack job he is. I wrote this post just based on other articles about him and his website. It is all you need to know about who Julio Perez is.
And I certainly didn’t have to interview Tom Daly to find out who he is. I already knew he, like Perez, was the wrong choice for the 69th Assembly District.
For the record, I don’t call politicians – ever. I don’t demand they talk to me. I don’t harass them via email. Once in awhile I email my City Council regarding local issues that are of importance to me. And I leave it at that. I know my place. I am not a journalist. I am a citizen blogger. I get a lot done on this blog. But I know my limitations. Too bad the out of town bloggers have no such constraints. Kudos to Martinez for blowing them off!