One of the other elections we watched closely was the race for Santa Ana city council, in particularly Ward 3 where none of the choices were good ones.
Its notable that in spite of “unofficial” and “unscientific” polls showing otherwise, Art Pedroza lost to Carlos Bustamante by a significant chunk of votes.Â What made it worse is he barely eeked out a 354-vote margin over (adjectives escape me) Steve Rocco, who spent no money, made no candidate forums, and issued no public statements other than running for the seat.Â
Art seems to think we have it out for him and the reasons he cites on his blog about why we have it out for him are completely wrong.Â Frankly, it comes down to realizing this is a guy who deliberately swings below the belt to win a fight while bitching and moaning if he gets hit in the jewels back.Â In the end, it’s just not worth it.Â When Art posted the divorce documents of Chief Walters on his blog, that was frankly the straw that broke the camel’s back.Â
So when Matt Cunningham of Red County contacted me about contributing to an IE for an anti-Pedroza flyer, my checkbook was out before Matt was finished making his pitch.Â I wish I could have contributed more, but I’m no Mike Schroeder.Â I was amused at all the speculationÂ that Carlos Bustamantre was behind it; I don’t think he even knew.
In spite of multiple predictions on Art’s blog (the #1 Political blog in Orange County as long as you don’t go to www.quantcast.com) that the Santa Ana incumbents would go down in flames, they all won.Â By a lot.Â It’s just yet another example of how out of touch Art is with the voters of Santa Ana on issues and on candidates.Â And its proven again and again at the polls every election cycle.Â But its undeniable that voters narrowly preferred Art over an alledged condiment thief.Â And that speaks volumes.
Glad you’re back to blogging Art.Â And please thank your wife for her Yes on 8 vote for me.