The above title is a question asked by OC Weekly writer Gustavo Arellano in aÂ recent postÂ focusing on the City Council’s attempt to remove dissenting Commissioners in the City of Santa Ana. In another postÂ , 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? Â 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. Â 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 GustavoÂ asks, Â Who can save the Banana Republic? Who can bring change weÂ Santa Ana residents canÂ all believe in?