It looks like 2010 is going to be the year the residents of Santa Ana begin to rise up and speak out and demand accountability from their city leaders. I have long wondered when they would have enough, it turns out having six schools to be declared failures, a non-responsive City Council, a lack of places for their children to play and gang violence have finally driven them over the edge.
First, a Santa Ana Valley High School alumni named Leo Villarreal has started a blog site called Valley High 180, although this person is not using it to pontficate and get on a soapbox, they are using it to organize people via the internet to take action. They are planning to canvass the area around Valley High and survey the residents to find out their thoughts on how they can improve the school. WOW! WHAT A CONCEPT! I wonder why none of the school board members orÂ most of the Â City Council members have never done that. They are so disconnected from this community, to the point that only ONE, YES ONE, Councilmember has regular meetings with the public that do not require you to call the 8th Floor and schedule a meeting. That person is David Benavides.
If you are interested in helping with the canvass onÂ May 1st, please e-mail Leo atÂ Â ValleyHigh180@gmail.com so he can get an accurate head count.
Next, I have been informed that SACRED has scheduled tonight as a night of turnout for the Santa Ana City Council meeting. The idea is to give the Santa Ana City Counciln a visual of the people they are screwing over by trying to shove thousands of more residents in high density developments while providing NO parks. Several residents will speak about the Community Pride Event, and the 5 points that SACRED is pushing for.
If real change is to come to Santa Ana, it needs to come through the average residents like Mr. Villarreal and Lacy residents. I never had any illusion that us bloggers were going to be the straw the broke the camel’s back. People like Madero and Zapata were nothing without their rag tag band of rebels who fought to bring change to Mexico. They could not do it alone, but needed the support of the people.
It is the people speaking out now who will bring change! Change we all can believe in!