Ware Disposal Case Referred To City Attorney’s Office

The case against Ware Disposal has been referred to Santa Ana City Attorney Joseph “Fletch” Fletcher’s office by city code enforcement officials.  As I reported while at the Orange Juice, properties owned by Judy Ware and Ware Disposal in the Logan Neighborhood of Santa Ana are fraught with code violations.  Ware has a record of safety violations for which they have been penalized by the O.C. District Attorney’s office and they have continually thumbed their collective noses at city regulations.

What is most amazing about the violations by Ware is that 13 of them were racked up in just over two months of ownership clearly demonstrating that they have no intention of playing by the rules set for the rest of us.  It will be interesting to see if “Fletch” takes the case against any further seeing as how Judy Ware and company have strong political connections thanks in part to the large number of campaign contributions she has made to local politicians. 

Ware has been terrorizing the Logan Neighborhood with its actions for years and as of yet nothing of consequence has ever happened to them.  Surprisingly when I publicly exposed the violations of Ware I received a phone call from Councilmember Michele Martinez chastising me for doing so. 

Why would Michele be angry that the illegal activities of Ware and the city’s documentation of it were made public knowledge?  Could it be that someone on the 8th Floor was angry that their ally Ware was outed to the public and Michele was doing their bidding?

This case is sure to be politically charged and pressure needs to be put on Fletcher and city officials to make sure that they go after Ware.  The people of the Logan Neighborhood should not be forced to lived under the conditions created by Ware Disposal.  I urge everyone to call City Attorney Fletcher at (714) 647-5201 and the City Council at (714) 647-6900 and let them know that you want Ware brought to justice and you will not stand for Judy Ware and company buying their way out of this with large campaign contributions.

  20 comments for “Ware Disposal Case Referred To City Attorney’s Office

  1. jose s.
    December 19, 2007 at 11:44 am

    my guess is fletcher will do nothing about this. how he is able to keep his job is beyond me. he is in my opinion one of the most corrupt and evil people we have working for the city of santa ana.

  2. Anonymous
    December 19, 2007 at 11:57 am

    There are six other councilmembers on the Santa Ana City Council that have turned a blind eye towards Ware’s violations. There were a few councilmembers at Ware’s table at the Democratic Party of Orange County’s Truman Awards this year.

  3. December 19, 2007 at 12:10 pm


    The thing is that none of the other 6 called me up screaming about my exposing Ware’s violations. If I had gotten that call from Pulido or Bustamante I would have expected as much. But for Michele to be so upset I was suprised.

    She just loves City Manager Dave Ream perhaps he put her up to it.

  4. Gustavo Arellano
    December 19, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    That the Ware matter was even REFERRED to Fletcher is because of your digging, Sean–good job, and keep at it!

  5. December 19, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    Thanks Gustavo. However if you ask me the majority of the credit needs to go to the folks from the Logan Neighborhood like Joe Andrade and Sam Romero. Not only have they lived the Ware nightmare they have tirelessly work to bring them to justice. All I did was report on the result of their efforts.

  6. Anonymous
    December 19, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    Has Sal Tinajero done anything to expedite the prosecution of Ware?

  7. December 19, 2007 at 3:37 pm


    None of the city councilmembers have been involved in this issue as far as I know. This is a matter being handled by code enforcement and the city attorney’s office and should remain above politics.

    Unfortunately somebody has enabled Ware to get a free pass for too long.

    The only councilmember who has said anything to me about this was Michele Martinez. As I previously stated she called me very upset about me blogging the information about Ware.

  8. Anonymous
    December 19, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    Thank you for letting us know where Michelle Martinez stands, but I hope that you will also inform Liberal OC readers where the rest of the City Council stands regarding Ware.

  9. December 19, 2007 at 4:09 pm


    I do know that Sal has met with the people in Logan and assured them that he would do anything that he can to help them alleviate the problems being created by Ware. I also know that Miguel, Carlos and David all received money from Ware. Sal has not received any money from them and in fact they contributed a rather large sum of money to attack Sal during the last campaign.

  10. Anonymous
    December 19, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    If Sal would do “anything that he can to help them alleviate the problems being created by Ware”, what did the residents of Logan ask Sal to do? Will Sal do what they asked of him?

  11. December 19, 2007 at 4:41 pm

    They asked him to listen to their concerns and to take them to his fellow councilmembers. He has done so and will continue to do so.

  12. Anonymous
    December 19, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    I watch the Santa Ana City Council meetings all of the time and I never have seen Sal say anything about Ware.

  13. December 19, 2007 at 8:06 pm

    Anonymous 5:34pm:

    The fact that you have missed the meetings could be due to the fact that only some meetings are televised… by “watch” do you mean “attend” or do you mean “look at the TV”?


  14. Anonymous
    December 19, 2007 at 10:22 pm

    James, has Sal said anything about Ware at a City Council meeting, televised or not?

  15. December 19, 2007 at 10:39 pm

    I doubt that anyone on the council has said anything publicly about the Ware situation. The matter is in the hands of the City Attorney and we will wait to see what “Fletch” does about this. Should nothing be done by “Fletch” and the problems are still existing then I would expect Sal to speak out. Until then I am sure that he is letting the case be handled in the proper manner.

  16. Anonymous
    December 20, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    How long will Sal wait before publicly going after Ware? I hope not too long.

  17. anon
    December 20, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    The residents of Logan Neighborhood deserve better than this poor treatment from the City. What is it going to take to get the Council’s attention to this deplorable condition?

    I am very concerned that a child crossing the street may be seriously injured by one of Ware’s many trash trucks driving through the neighborhood.

    The City Council can do something about this. They could change ordinances and or code to disallow this type of neighborhood unfreindly and unsafe business operation. The council and city could make things very uncomfortable for Ware Disposal.

    The good people of Logan need to show up in numbers, the more the better, to the next 5 or 6 council meetings. They need to talk to the council until council members become very uncomfortable about the dangers, noise and odors of this business.

    That is what this City Council understands – residents and citizens voicing their displeasure loud and clear.

  18. December 20, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    Ware is ignoring the ordinances and codes in place already. They need to be held accountable for the violations before anything else is done.

  19. Anonymous
    December 20, 2007 at 6:12 pm

    Sean, Sal is your friend. Why won’t he come out publicly and demand quicker action against Ware’s violations?

  20. anon
    December 21, 2007 at 11:39 am

    Sean – Turning Ware’s violations over to City staff will accomplish very little over a very long time period. Logan residents need to express their displeasure directly to the City Council – loud and clear with as many residents as possible. Over the next 5 or 6 council meetings should do it.

    Logan residents speak to your elected officials. Tell them you want action against Ware’s violations NOW !!

    Also, if you smell odors from their processing of trash call the AQMD complaint hot line 1-800-288-7664. Repeat calls as necessary.

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