Well it looks like the revolution in Santa Ana is on hold.Ã‚Â Voters approved Measure D with just under 54% of the vote extending city council terms from 8 to 12 years.Ã‚Â Measure D’s and Mayor Miguel Pulido’s demise were greatly exaggerated by many in the “No on D” camp, but once again Pulido proved himself to be a master politician.Ã‚Â Councilwoman Michele Martinez led the opposition to Measure D, which essentially pitted her against Pulido and Pulido won.Ã‚Â That should put an end to any thoughts she may have had about challenging Pulido for Mayor in November.
Yes on D took an early 2000 vote lead when the absentee and mail-in results were announced and it never relinquished the 2000 vote margin.Ã‚Â The fact that the “Yes” side did so well with absentee voters comes as a big suprise considering they did nothing whatsoever to target those voters.Ã‚Â All the sour grapes about the “No” side being outspent 10-to1 are irrelevent.Ã‚Â The election was won on the absentee ballots and none of the money raised went towards targeting those voters.
The “Yes” victory is also a repudiation of the nasty, hateful and dishonest personal attacks leveled at Councilmembers Sal Tinajero, Vince Sarmiento and especially Claudia Alvarez.Ã‚Â Some in the blogosphere with an axe to grindÃ‚Â used the “No on D” campaign as their personal firing range to level slanderous attacks on those Councilmembers.Ã‚Â Even in defeat many of those folksÃ‚Â refuse to show any humility and continue to fire away with angry potshots.
“If D passes, Irene Ibarra will take out Claudia in November…. And Sal wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t survive past his first term anyway. He has already succeeded in pissing off the entire city. I think he would be hard pressed to round up six fans at this pointÃ¢â‚¬Â¦”, said Orange Juice political prognosticator Art Pedroza.
When is Pedroza going to stop making political predictions?Ã‚Â This guy is dead wrong everytime he tries.Ã‚Â He has been telling us for months that “D” was dead and that its defeat was going to catapult Michele Martinez into the Mayor’s office and it would sweep Alvarez, Tinajero and Sarmiento from office.Ã‚Â He was wrong last night and he will continue to be wrong in the future.
The election is over and it is time to move on.Ã‚Â There is a lot of work that needs to be done and we need to refocus on improving our community.Ã‚Â We must continue to put pressure on the city in regards to Ware Disposal and their illegal activities in Logan.Ã‚Â We need to keep scrutinizing the Renaissance Specific Plan to make sure that everyone gets the best deal possible.Ã‚Â We need to push for a higher standard and a higher number of affordable housing units in our community.Ã‚Â We need to insure that all residents of Santa Ana are given an equal voice in our city.
We will not be able to accomplish any of this if folks insist upon continuing the personal and vicious attacks on City Councilmembers.Ã‚Â We must make sure that they are accountable but that does not mean that we should do so in an immature and juvenile way, using name calling as the main line of attack.Ã‚Â It is time to raise the bar and bring theÃ‚Â political discourse in Santa Ana to a level that we can all be proud of.