Glen Stroud, patriarch of Santa Ana’s angry couple, has sent a letter to Mayor Miguel Pulido and members of the Santa Ana City Council demanding my removal from the city’s Planning Commission. The centerpiece of Stroud’s demand is my January 16th post here on the Liberal OC in regards to the $1.5 million gentrification plan being put forth by French Park resident Debbie McEwen. McEwen’s plan calls for taxpayers to purchase the property at the corner of 10th and French in order to rid her neighborhood of Ã¢â‚¬Å“a property full of Mexicans who sit on the porch and drink beerÃ¢â‚¬Â.
According to Stroud the post demonstrates a concerted effort by myself and Councilman Sal Tinajero to divide Santa Ana residents along racial lines. Nothing could be more absurd. Councilmember Tinajero and myself both want to see a Santa Ana where all residents are treated equally and have an equal say in what happens in our community. For far too long a small handful of residents have been ceded power in the city’s policy making decisions. Stroud and his wife were among those residents.
The fact that Stroud is behind an effort to have me removed from the Planning Commission should come as no surprise to anyone. He along with his wife Julie, Debbie McEwen, convicted felon Tim Rush and some of their friends lobbied hard to keep me from being appointed in the first place and have continued to lobby for my removal ever since. They are angry that someone who is willing to openly challenge “their vision” for “their community” is allowed to sit on a decision making body such as the Planning Commission.
Stroud did not bother letting facts get in his way while composing the letter. According to Stroud my January 16th post personally attacked not only McEwen, but he and his wife, former Councilwoman Patricia McGuigan, her son Steve McGuigan, Tish Leon, Oscar Garza and Thomas Gordon, just to name a few. As you can see in my post, other than McEwen, none of those folks were even mentioned.
I spoke to Ms. McGuigan yesterday and informed her of the allegations being put forth by Stroud. She was shocked that her name was being dragged into Stroud’s vengeful efforts and stated that she has never known me to attack her on this blog, the Orange Juice or in any other arena. Though I once ran against her for city council, she and I have always had a cordial relationship which also included her appointing me to the Santa Ana Parks and Recreation Commission. It is simply shameful for Stroud to try and use her name as part of his attack upon Councilman Tinajero and myself.
As I previously stated, Stroud claims that Tinajero and myself are attempting to divide this city among racial lines. He states my comments are “attacks” aimed at those who are simply trying to “improve the community”. Let me remind everyone that Stroud and his wife Julie were instrumental in keeping the Tiger Woods Learning Center out of Santa Ana because they did not like the type of children that it might attract to “their” neighborhood. I don’t know about you, but I think the Tiger Woods Learning Center would have helped improve our community.
However it doesn’t stop at the Tiger Woods Learning Center, they view improvement as the un-Constitutional closing of streets, ridding the city of vendor trucks and gentrification. I find these attempts at “improvement” to be apalling and divisive. Stroud calling Tinajero and myself devisive is a clear cut case of the pot calling the kettle black.
Stroud saying that I am the one using “race” to divide the community is equally as laughable. He must have forgotten Rush’s diatribes againt Latino’s, McEwen’s statements such the one she made at Lou Correa’s office in which she referred to a large segment of our community as “undesirables”, Thomas Gordon’s support of the Minuteman Project, or his wife Julie’s many comments, including posts on the Yahoo Santa Ana Citizens site in which she made anti-Vietnamese remarks.
The timing of this new attack is not a surprise either. The angry couple is now alligned with Councilwoman Michele Martinez and others in the “No on D” cabal who have routinely attacked Tinajero and myself. This could likely be just the latest salvo fired in retaliation to Tinajero’s removal of Gordon from E.P.I.C.
I will not allow these type of attacks to intimidate me. Stroud wants to turn back the clock here in Santa Ana and return it to the days where he and his friends were the shot callers in the community. They believe my removal will be the first example of their return to power. Don’t allow this to happen. Don’t allow the “old guard” to turn back the clock.