Commissioner Removal Delayed

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. 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.

  5 comments for “Commissioner Removal Delayed

  1. Mike Tardif
    January 20, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    This episode exposes the childish nature of Councilmember Martinez and the cynical nature of those on the City Council who convinced her to attempt to summarily remove Jeff from the Historic Resources Commission.

    This was a moronic move by those who are behind this. Did they think people would not notice? Did they think no one would care?

    I haven’t talked to Jeff, but personally I think that it would be funny as hell if he did not resign and forced MM to go through her machinations again.

  2. January 20, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Michelle Martinez: Another case study in showing how the tentacles of Don Papi Pulido corrupts ALL.

  3. junior
    January 20, 2010 at 5:41 pm


    How about if you slap one of those clown faces on Michelle Martinez?

    She deserves that for her clownish behavior in her attempt and subsequent failure to remove a commissioner at the SA clowncil meeting last night.

  4. Why is Sean H Mill so ANGRY
    January 20, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Mr Arellano,

    Sean H Mill is another case study in showing how the tentacles of Don Papi Pulido corrupts ALL.Sean H Mill and his special pal Salvador Tinajero endorsed Don Papi Pulido and even had Salvador Tinajero’s high school students walking Santa Ana streets in support of Don Papi Pulido. Sean H Mill and his special pal Salvador Tinajero even got special invites to Don Papi Pulidos reelection night party! Sean H Mill is part of the problem.

  5. Robert Henson, Sr.
    January 21, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Really! Sean H. Mill has history enough that most of us know where his interests lie, and being an insider suites him well. The question that is to asked, is he electable as a future council member? What are his aspirations for Santa Ana, and how is he part of the problem?

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