Our friends at the OJ blog are fond of branding their enemies “The Usual Suspects” and they are quick toÂ attack any Santa Ana city council member who associates with these Usual Suspects as someone out of touch with the direction they seek for the City.Â The Usual Suspects term was coined for the classic movie “Casablanca” and later were a terrific feature film earning Kevin Spacey an Oscar.Â I’ve never seen how it applies to those political enemies of the OJ, but it’s a term they clearly love.
In reviewing the campaign filings of competitive council races in Santa Ana (there’s one) and the Mayor’s race, it appears that Santa Ana Ward 6 Councilmember Sal TinajeroÂ has accepted a $249 contribution from Judy Ware, CEO of Ware Disposal, who’s been honored with her own “Usual Suspects” trading card on the OJ.Â See the copy of the page below.(Vern has asked us to take this copyrighted image down but you can see it here until Art deletes it; and Vern, could you remove all the copyrighted photos of me from your site when you get the chance 😉
Under normal circumstances, this news would surelyÂ cause the head of OJ bloger Sean H. MillÂ to explode. For months now, Sean H. Mill andÂ Art Pedroza have been screaming how the “Usual Suspects” are ruining Santa Ana; the OJ bloggers are quick to point out these Usual SuspectsÂ are racists,Â haters, or bullies and Pedroza has declared the Usual SuspectsÂ reign of terror is now over since Thomas Gordon failed to qualify for the ballot (even though Tinajero drew two others challengers).Â
Mill and Pedroza have attacked Santa Ana City Commissioners Tish Leon and Judy Stroud as racists and bullies.Â They haveÂ accused virtually anyone associated with Santa Ana Councilman David Benavides of being racists because Benavides recognized a committee that hosted a Fourth of July Celebration in Santa Ana, simply because Lupe Moreno happened to be a member of the committee.
â€œWe do know that Ware has connections to Orange Planning Commissioner, and Red County blogger, Matt Cunningham.Â Judy Ware contributed money towards the funding of a hit piece put together by Cunningham and others that attacked Santa Ana City Council candidate/Orange Juice blogger Art Pedroza.Â Judy doesnâ€™t give money without expecting something in return.â€
But this gets even more complicated because Councilman Benavides has also accepted money from Ware. She has also contributed money in the past to Mayor Pulido’s campaigns (though she hasn’t for this cycle) and she’s given money to a host of candidates in other cities including a number of Democrats.Â
Using Shawn Mill’s own â€œguilt by any degree of separationâ€ mantra,Â if Ware is a â€œUsual Suspectâ€ and she has given money to Benavides, then anyone who accepts money from Ware is a â€œRacist,â€ “aÂ Hater,”Â and â€œUsual Suspect.â€Â Doesn’t thisÂ mean that Sal Tinajero is a racist and “Usual Suspect”?
And what will Ware expect from Tinajero in return?