Who Can Save the Banana Republic?

The above title is a question asked by OC Weekly writer Gustavo Arellano in a  recent post focusing on the City Council’s attempt to remove dissenting Commissioners in the City of Santa Ana. In another post , Gustavo laments the loss of Michele Martinez as the sole maverick on Papi Pulido’s City Council. Where once she was quite the rebel who fought for honest, open governance, it seems the City Sith have lured Michele to the dark side. When she initially appointed people like Jeff Dickman, she wanted to her commissioner’s to buck the establishment. Now she is apparently punishing Dickman for doing precisely what he was appointed to do.

In a recent issue of CityLine that I received, it proudly touts the re-appointment of the three stooges to the President, Vice President and Clerk of the SAUSD board, once again leaving John Palacio and Roman Reyna out in the cold for having the nerve to do what is best for the students and this city. Instead Noji got the President position in order to tout if for her re-election in 2010 so they can continue their mission of screwing the students of Santa Ana.

So who can save Santa Ana. Who are some people who can make this a better city? We already know Alfredo Amezcua is running for Mayor and he seems to have some good ideas, but we all know one person cannot bring change alone. We need some real reformers on that City Council and School Board, ones who cannot be corrupted by developers, ones who will not be afraid to stand up to Claudia Alvarez, ones who will not cave into gifts offered by the Mayor so they can join his “vision.” I encourage people to comment and give suggestions.

Who do I think would make some good leaders in this town to run for Council or School Board?  I for one would like to see Valerie Amezcua run again for school board. Or maybe Nelida Yanez, who, with husband Joe raised three children in the inner city of Santa Ana and sent ALL THREE to University, with their youngest currently going to Stanford. If they had this much success in the inner city, imagine the ideas Nelida or Joe could bring to the school board.  One person I have always wanted to see run for something, either COuncil or School Board is Ruben Martinez. Or who would like the idea of the return of Armando de la Libertad to run for Council, where I believe he should have run for to begin with. What are everyone’s thoughts? As Gustavo asks,  Who can save the Banana Republic? Who can bring change we Santa Ana residents can all believe in?

  10 comments for “Who Can Save the Banana Republic?

  1. Robert Henson, Sr.
    January 21, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    How do you expect to elect anyone to city council of school board, unless you have Ward specific elections? The mayor had s stronghold on the unions and enough resources to back his puppet.

    You have some good ideas, but you are bucking a well oiled machine.

  2. January 21, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Dear Reader

    As the Political Director for the Orange County Labor Federation I can assure you that there is no elected official (or candidate) in Orange County that has a stronghold on us!!!

  3. junior
    January 22, 2010 at 6:17 am

    Who Can Save the Banana Republic?


    Santa Ana’s Hero Team to the rescue!

  4. Anonymous
    January 22, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Not that they’d do it, but… Joe Dunn for Mayor, America Bracho for Ward 3, Alejandro Moreno for wherever he lives, Michele for re-election w/the new crowd, Rigo Rodriguez who chairs the Delhi Board, and Gustavo Arellano so that he can put his words to action.

  5. Lucy Solorzano
    January 22, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    I nominate Rafael Solorzano, for Ward 5, he’s not scared of Claudia Alvarez.

  6. January 22, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Anon: I wouldn’t run for public office if you paid me.

  7. cook
    January 23, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    The voters do not want to blow up the boxes, they do not want a change.

    If they did, Stanly would have won.

  8. Sean Sucks
    January 26, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Sean Mill writes for a blog that promoted sex between men and boys on websites they own.

    Sean Mill threatens to break people’s necks at political events.

    Sean Mill is 43 years old and lives at home with his mommy.

    Sean Mill claims to be the greatest Democrat ever and supports a Republican over Democratic majority leader Harry Reid just because the Republican’s dad made Sean Mill a waterboy.

    What a pathetic loser Sean Mill is.

  9. January 29, 2010 at 12:06 pm


    Is NAMBLA promoting perv Art Pedroza endorsing Sal Tinajero for Mayor of Santana?


    Does school teacher Sal Tinajero want to be associated with sleazy Art Pedroza and his pederasty pushing political wackjob site?

    Will Sal Tinajero’s association with NAMBLA advocate Art Pedroza hurt him down the road?

    Stay Tuned……

  10. Mike Tardif
    January 31, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Another episode of “Who Can Save The Banana Republic?” is scheduled to air live on the SA City cable channel Monday Feb 1st – at 5:30-ish pm.

    The council agenda once again calls for a vote on the removal of Jeff Dickman as Ward 1 representative to the SA Historic Resources Commission.

    This move is in retribution for Jeff’s principled stand against further demolition of charming homes in Santa Ana’s historic Lacy neighborhood.

    You may recall that the last episode featured clowncilwoman Michelle Martinez’ withdrawal of her motion to remove Jeff. This in light of the fact that she did not offer him the courtesy of his resignation.

    The plot thickens as Jeff has indicated that he does not intend to resign his commission.

    So tune in, or better yet show up at the council meeting to let the Council know how you feel about their plot to remove Jeff from the commission and their scheme to bulldoze the history, character and charm of Lacy neighborhood.

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