“We need to put the people first, not the bureaucrats, special interests and developers.”
from the candidate’s statementÂ prepared by Art Pedroza, City Council candidate in Santa Ana’s Ward 3.
Matt Cunningham has a detailed post over at RedCounty.com about the three candidates for Santa Ana Ward 3 city council and provided PDF links to the filing statements (and we thank Matt for this public service).Â Â
Of Art’s contributions is a $1,000 donation from Bushala Brothers, Inc., who are developers in downtown Fullerton.Â Perhaps they have designs on Santa Ana, but Art pledged not to accept a dime from developers repeatedly on his blog.Â Local contributions usually translate to local support.Â Of Art’s 12 contributions, only five were from Santa Ana.Â
Art’s raised just over $4500 himself and his wife loaned him another $3250.Â Take away the $1,000 check from Bushala, $3,500 in donations?Â Really?Â I didn’t notice any expenditure for advertising on the Orange Juice blog which probably should be reported as an in-kind contribution.
So while Art keeps talking up all those voters he’s getting walking the streets on a platform of more libraries, more massage parlors, Santa Ana voters are not coming through with the contributions.Â
Matt also provides documentation for Carlos Bustamante and Becky Valencia-Verdin.Â There was no report from Steve Rocco.Â Bustamante has considerable cash on hand for the campaign, though you’d think he could afford to update his 2004 website with a new list of 2008 endorsements.