Santa Ana City Councilman Carlos Bustamante continues to push for the city of Santa Ana to purchase a property in the French Park neighborhood at a cost to the taxpayers of $1,500,000 in an effort to appease one of his supporters.Ã‚Â
Bustamante, who was recently appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the CaliforniaÃ‚Â Fair Employment and Housing Commission, made a promiseÃ‚Â toÃ‚Â local bigot/activist Debbie McEwenÃ‚Â during his failed Supervisors campaign that the city would acquire the property at the corner of 10th and French and relocate its current residents in return for her support.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â
The proposal to purchase the property has come before the council on two other occasions and both times it failed.Ã‚Â According to my sources at city hall, City Manager Dave Ream isÃ‚Â floating the idea around again at the behest of Bustamante.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â My source tells me that there is little chance that this plan will go anywhere because only Bustamante, David Benevides and Mayor Miguel Pulido support it.Ã‚Â However Bustamante is desperate to appease McEwen,Ã‚Â who according to her friends is absolutely furious that the property has not been purchased by the city as Bustamante hadÃ‚Â promised.
So what is so special about this property that the city would spend one million five hundred thousand dollars to aquire it and relocate its current residents?Ã‚Â Well, as I previously wrote in December 2005 on the Orange Juice, Ms. McEwen wants to rid her neighborhood of “a property full of Mexicans who sit on the porch and drink beer”.Ã‚Â That’s right Councilman Bustamante wants to spend $1.5 million to help Debbie McEwen gentrify French Park.
This isn’t the first time McEwen has turned to city officials to use taxpayer funds to help her with her bigoted agenda.Ã‚Â McEwen and her allies at City Hall shut down streets in her French Park neighborhood with an un-Contitutional traffic plan that was thrown out by the federal courts and Judge Cormac Carney.Ã‚Â The plan and subsequent legal fees cost Santa Ana taxpayers dearly and now Bustamante wants to waste more just to appease Debbie McEwen.
This proposal is yetÃ‚Â anotherÃ‚Â indication that Carlos Bustamante should not be confirmed to the Fair Employment and Housing Commission by the State Senate.Ã‚Â I urge you all to call Senator Lou Correa at (714) 558-4400 and ask him to lobby his colleagues to oppose the Bustamante nomination.Ã‚Â Then call Santa Ana City Hall at (714) 647-6900 and let them know that you oppose the “$1,500,000 Bustamante/McEwen Gentrification Plan”.