At last night’s Santa Ana City Council meeting, the Council voted to continue the issue of removing Jeff Dickman from the Historic Resources Commission for two weeks in order to request a resignation from him. Myself, Thomas Gordon and Mike Tardif spoke on the issue. I stressed that an explanation should be given and he should have been given the courtesy of being offered to resign. Apparently the Council listened for once.
After the speakers, it was Mayor Pulido who asked Michele Martinez, the appointing Councilmember, to explain the situation. She did not explain WHY she wanted to remove and replace Jeff, only THAT she wanted to remove and replace Jeff. She said she spoke to the City Attorney who told her this was the best course of action. Really? Then why did Sal Tinajero use the option of offering resignation to his Planning Commissioner in lieu of being forcibly removed, a much more diplomatic approach.
I still think an explanation is owed though. Why, with less than a year left in Jeff’s term, with three meetings at most, would she want to remove him? Why not wait until December, when his term is expired and she can simply exercise her option not to re-appoint him? True she has a right to take this action now, but we want to know why the change of heart? What has he done? Is it really what we suspect, retribution for him standing up for historic preservation? Did Michele wake up one morning and simply decide she wanted a new Historic Resources Commissioner? What is it?
There does seem to be a pattern in the wake of what happened to Joe Yanez, whose appointment by David Benavides was stonewalled by the Mayor due to Yanez’ refusal to sign a loyalty oath. Apparently they want commissioners to promise not to endorse Afredo Amezcua when he runs for Mayor later this year. These actions definitely do not make me want to support the current Mayor. We must watch the latest actions, and a message to historic preservationists, you want to save the historic charm of Santa Ana, don’t look to the current Council to do it.Â Who can save Santa Ana is a question asked by Gustavo Arellano in my previous post. Is Al Amezcua the person for the job? I am eager to hear thoughts. Please post your thoughts on his potential run for Mayor against Pulido. The discussion needs to begin.