I know that sometimes it is better to ignore the crazy B.S. that comes out of Art Pedroza (failed City Council Candidate)Â and Sean Mill (Santa Ana Planning Commissioner) over on the OrangeJuiceBlog but Sometimes it isn’t.
I have been trying,Â now unsuccessfully,Â toÂ ignore their anticsÂ for the last week since Mill reposted a photo of Aloha holding up a sign saying “Will Kick Carlos Bustamante’s Ass for Food” that was originally posted on TheLiberalOC.com in August. Aloha happens to be homeless and Pedroza and Mill thought that it was a good time to dredge the photo back up in order to promote their own feud with former Orange Juice blogger Thomas Gordon.
In their zeal to pump up a non-story these malicious opportunists haveÂ gone too far. Those who have watched the Orange Juice blog decline in credibility over the past year or so are probably not surprised. They most likely recall the following headline from a post that Pedroza penned on October 19th leading up to the Santa Ana City Council election for Ward 3 (Pedroza was challenging Carlos Bustamante for his seat on the Council).
While the story had nothing to do with Carlos Bustamante, Pedroza had no problem postingÂ the misleading headline under the banner of his campaign ad for City Council. 48 comments later, Pedroza closed the comments on the story stating:
UPDATE: You may have noticed that I have closed this post to new comments.Â I think the horse has been beaten to death.Â Move on folks.
Well, it seems that someone has stolen Aloha’s shopping cart in Santa Ana during a brief period she left it unattended last week. This is unfortunate for Aloha, and I know of a number of people who plan to do what they can to assist her in getting a new cart as well as possibly replacing some of the belongings she lost.
But in yet another classic example of the never-ending litany of Orange Juice hypes overÂ bullÂ crapÂ this is howÂ Pedroza is spinning the theft of Aloha’s cart:
November 21, 2008
Did Carlos Bustamante tell the City of Santa Ana to go after Aloha?
Posted by: Art PedrozaÂ
The homeless lady made famous by a picture that showed her holding up a sign saying she would kick Santa Ana Councilman Carlos Bustamanteâ€™s ass for food needs our help.Â The City of Santa Ana seized her personal cart today…
It really doesn’t matter to Pedroza that there is ZERO evidence connecting the City of Santa Ana to the removal/theft of Aloha’s cart. It really doesn’t matter to Pedroza that there is ZERO evidence that Carlos Bustamante had anything to do with the removal/theft of Aloha’s cart. He just shoots from the hip and fires off what the voices in his head tell him regardless of the truth.
From Art Pedroza’s own commentary on the matter of Aloha’s missing cart:
I wonder if Bustamante tried to get revenge on this poor lady by having her cart seized?Â That is WRONG.Â So it is time to act.
Art Pedroza Says:
November 22nd, 2008 at 5:48 pm
I have no doubt that Busty was behind the seizure of Alohaâ€™s cart and belongings. It is just like him to go after a defenseless, homeless abuelita.
Art Pedroza Says:
November 22nd, 2008 at 8:39 pm
Again you are assigning blame to everyone EXCEPT the parties who ordered the seizure and who conducted the seizure. I realize that conservatives like to blame the media for everything, but in this instance the blame falls squarely on whoever ordered the hit on Alohaâ€™s belongings. I believe this trail of crumbs will lead directly to Carlos Bustamante.Â The bad guy in THIS story is whoever decided to take Alohaâ€™s belongings, period!
Art Pedroza Says:
November 22nd, 2008 at 7:45 pm
The blame falls squarely on four parties: those that seized the cart, those who ordered the seizure, those who took the picture, and those who posted it on the Liberal OC. The primary blame falls on the party that ordered the seizure.
It is libelous to knowingly state something as fact that is not fact. It is defamatory and patently falseÂ to insinuate that the posting ofÂ Aloha’s photo onÂ TheLiberalOC led to the theft of her shopping cart knowing thatÂ there is no relationship between the two events. It is irresponsible to accuse a City Councilman or city staff of “ordering a hit” on Aloha’s belongings when no evidence exists to support that allegation.
Art Pedroza and Sean Mill have been crowing how posting a photo, that Aloha willingly posed for, is somehow taking advantage of her because she is a homeless person. So I have to wonder, what do they call it when they take advantage of Aloha’s misfortune, and twist it to their advantage in a personal vendetta against a former colleague, a City Councilmember, City staff, and the publisher of a competing blog?
Well I spent some time talking with Aloha this afternoon. As far as she can tell the city and poilce had nothing to do with her cart being taken. She left it unattended and when she returned it was gone. She has another cart and plenty of blankets. The wheels on her cart are in need of replacement, so if any of our readers have an idea how to replace the wheels on he cart please let me know. She loves to read political mystery novels. She said she could probably use a few pairs of slacks (size 18, W-22 is the info from what she is wearing now.
Aloha made it clear that she is not some “stupid homeless person” who was taken advantage of by having her picture taken. “i’ve had my picturet aken alot of times. The young man who took it was very nice.” Aloha said the only person who has treated her poorly has been that “jerk Planning Commissioner” (Mill) who made a big deal out of nothing. “Doesn’t he have anything better to do?” she asked.
Aloha said that she knows nothing about the fundraising campaign on her behalf being promoted by the folks over at OrangeJuiceBlog. “I never asked for their help and they haven’t told me anything about it,” Aloha said.
So, to add insult to Aloha’s injury, Pedroza and Mill are trying to raise moneyÂ on her behalf andÂ absent her request or consent,Â in order to make themselves out to be hero’s when in fact they are simply malicious opportunists. But such is the way of Pedroza and Mill as the shovel their Orange Sludge.
It is fortunate that the people of Santa Ana rejected Art Pedroza as a candidate for Santa Ana City Council. It is unfortunate that the people of Santa Ana do not have the same choice regarding Sean Mill’sÂ appointment as a member of the Planning Commission. That decision lies with Councilman Sal Tinajero, who appointed Mill, and the current members of the Council.