Ware Update: Lawyer Has Ties To Santa Ana Chamber

Judy Ware’s attorney Patrick Munoz serves as a director for the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce and according to a source inside the Chamber itself, Munoz was introduced to the other directors as “the Chamber’s legal council”.  As most of you are aware, Munoz recently referred to the Logan Neighborhood as “crummy little houses” and the when confronted about it responded with a middle finger and “FU*K YOU”.  Is this how the Chamber promotes Santa Ana?  

Each year the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce and its Executive Director Michael Metzler make a pilgramage to Santa Ana City Hall and ask that the taxpayers of Santa Ana continue to subsidize the Chamber’s operations.  Metzler usually pontificates about what a great job he and the Chamber do promoting our city.  Maybe Mr. Metzler would be so kind as to explain how a director of the Chamber’s calling the oldest neighborhood in Santa Ana “crummy little houses” is a positive promotion of our city.

I would like to point out to Mr. Metzler and Mr. Munoz that some of the tax dollars that continue subsidize the Chamber come from those very folks that live in those “crummy little houses”.  According to the Chambers website, “The Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce takes the lead in promoting the community…. and advocating our community as a great place for people to live, work and play.”  Hey fellas, does that include the Logan Neighborhood too?

Munoz, besides serving as a director for the Chamber, legal counsel to Judy Ware and city attorney for Dana Point and Twentynine Palms, is a partner at the prestigious Orange County law firm of Rutan and Tucker.  On January 28th of this year the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce honored Rutan and Tucker for their service to Santa Ana and for the financial contributions “to help underwrite Chamber-based initiatives like job development, education and housing”.  I am very appreciative of any help Rutan and Tucker has given to our community, however there is one contribution that I’d like to see returned to them.  Patrick Munoz.

I believe that in light of Mr. Munoz comments about the Logan Neighborhood and his subsequent profane words and action he should step down from his position with the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce.  His actions reflect poorly upon the Chamber and cannot be tolerated from someone in a leadership position within an organization whose stated goals are to promote our city in a positive manner.  If Mr. Munoz refuses to step down I call upon members of the Chamber who care about our community to demand his resignation.  Folks can call the Chamber of Commerce at (714) 541-5353 and voice their displeasure over Munoz behavior.

The Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1889.  Well Mr. Munoz, the Logan Neighborhood and its “crummy little houses” was founded in 1886.  That is three years before the Chamber.  Learn to show some respect to those that were here before you. 

  4 comments for “Ware Update: Lawyer Has Ties To Santa Ana Chamber

  1. js
    February 22, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    hi. i think the crummy little houses thing, on further thought, is not the big deal in the remark. we’re emphasizing the wrong part. the big deal is the argument that the neighborhood should be bulldozed. the “crummy” thing seems petty as a complaint and the point of calling logan crummy was to express his desire to bulldoze the place.

  2. js
    February 22, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    also, in recommending bulldozing the neighborhood, he is implying the use of eminent domain against these people.

  3. Schwarzeneggar Centrist Republican
    February 23, 2008 at 10:05 am

    You need to read Gustavo Arellanos initial piece on Munoz. His involvement with the Santa Ana Chamber was noted in Gustavo’s piece sometime ago. I know because I passed the information on to Gustavo to complement his own research that was reflected in his article.
    Sorry to burst your bubble-his involvment is old news, Shawn

  4. Anonymous
    February 25, 2008 at 7:57 am

    Thank you for continuing to share this information with Liberal OC readers.

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