What is a sign of things to come is on the agenda for this Tuesday, which you can read HEREÂ and click on Council Agenda. On the Consent Calendar is an item to remove the Ward 2 Historic Resources Commissioner, who is Jeff Dickman. No reason is given and according to Mr. Dickman, he was not even given the option to resign. I have known Jeff for years and I can attest to the man’s character. He is a shining example of how Commissioner’s should behave. He is one who respects differences of opinion and is one of the few people in this city you can have a disagreement with and have a good discussion.
He is definitely not the type of person to send threatening text messages to Santa Ana residents threatening to send gang members to their house.
So what has he done. It’s hard to tell.
As usual, the Santa Ana City Council is demonstrating their contempt for the public they are supposed to serve by holding this vote at a “Study Session” meeting that will not be televised live. Remember people, they had promised not to vote on ANY items during these “Study Session” meetings. Next they are refusing to explain their reasoning for removingÂ Jeff. We simply want to know, what has Jeff done?
A possible explanationÂ is his involvement in a lawsuit to save several historical properties in the so-called Station District. You can read more about that victory over the city HERE. I think this explains it all. The Santa Ana City Council hates nothing more than city residents standing in the way of “their vision” for Santa Ana, which is pretty screwed up. Jeff is being punished for his disloyalty to the city and all commissioners who are not kissing Claudia Alvarez and Miguel Pulido’s rings are slowly being pushed out.
One has to wonder if the City CouncilÂ have taken lessons from the Latin American School of Government. Recently, a respected community activist, Joe Yanez, was railroaded from being appointed to the Housing and Redevelopment Commission because he would not sign a loyalty oath that he would not endorse Alfredo Amezcua for Mayor later this year. People like Joe Yanez and Jeff Dickman are the type of people we need in city government. But Councilmembers Alvarez and Martinez nearly blocked a resignation by a Planning Commissioner who sent threatening texts to a city resident that he would send gang members to his house. A Commissioner who was given chance after chance to clean up his act, while Jeff has not been given the courtesy of a phone call. What has happened here is political retribution of the worst kind.
It is a shame that Santa Ana has come down to this kind of blatant corruption. The least Michele Martinez could have done is to ask Jeff Dickman to resign instead of subjecting him to the kind of humiliation that a former Planning Commissioner deserved. This behavior only goes to show just how much in the wrong direction this city is going. Tomorrow night is the Council meeting at the Police Station off of Civic Center Blvd. I encourage all those who read this to attend and make your feelings heard about this outrage.