Pulido gets City Manager to claim “The dog ate my paperwork” defense for his medical double-dip

Miguel Pulido in City Hall Office

Tracy Wood over at the Voice of OC has found out from the City of Santa Ana the “supposed” reasonwhy Santa ana Mayor Miguel Pulido was collecting city paid health care benefits while he was also getting the same from the Orange County Transportation Authority.

It was the city of Santa Ana’s fault that, for more than three years, Mayor Miguel Pulido received health benefits from both the city and the Orange County Transportation Authority, according to a letter from City Manager David Ream released Wednesday.

In the letter to OCTA Chief Executive Will Kempton, Ream said the city “continued [Pulido’s] insurance coverage on an annual basis without his knowledge, participation and/or consent.” Ream’s letter included a copy of a Pulido letter, written this week, asking Santa Ana to drop his city health insurance.

Yet how Pulido could be unaware that he was receiving health and dental coverage from the city since 2007 is still unknown. The mayor didn’t respond to a request to discuss the issue, and Ream, according to an assistant, left on vacation shortly before a reporter called for an interview.

In his letter to Kempton, Ream enclosed a 2007 form, signed by Pulido, that OCTA directors were required to fill out. Pulido’s form, signed and dated Jan. 8, 2007, said he wanted to continue receiving benefits through OCTA and opt out of Santa Ana’s program. That form is on file with OCTA, an agency spokesperson confirmed.

But it’s not clear how or when Pulido notified Santa Ana that he wanted to drop the city’s health coverage. Ream’s letter to Kempton simply says Pulido “never authorized reenrollment” in the city plan. Read Tracy’s full story here.

Most employee health plans roll over existing members in to the same plan every year. The only time a form gets filled out is when there is a change. Maybe Santa Ana’s system is different than most and you have to reenroll every year. Of course, if that were the case, then why was Pulido reenrolled multiple times without “reenrollling?” What also seems strange is that this explanation is so completely different from the one Pulido gave previously. Orange County Register’s Tony Saavedra reported on August 26th;

Pulido said he knew he was getting double medical benefits, which meant he could use one plan when the other didn’t offer the coverage he needed. “I didn’t understand any other ramifications,” he said.

So I’ve got to wonder why we should believe that the city staff [Ream] dropped the ball and Pulido didn’t know? He did after all, sign the form in 2007 indicating that he knew he had to cancel his city benefits to collect the OCTA benefits. He did tell the OC Register that he knew he had two separate plans in case one plan didn’t offer the coverage he needed.

So what do you believe?

Pulido told the city to cancel benefits and he didn’t know he was still getting them? Or do you believe the excuse “The dog ate my paperwork?”

  3 comments for “Pulido gets City Manager to claim “The dog ate my paperwork” defense for his medical double-dip

  1. Steve
    September 2, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Well those are some pretty dramatically different stories coming from Pulido. Surprise, surprise. Isn’t there a way to find out if the city benefits were ever used?

  2. jose s.
    September 2, 2010 at 9:35 am

    what a pack of lies. what is it about the tiny dark lord that makes people lie for him? and ream has always been a joke. i remember this guy that used to show up to the council meetings i dont remember his name but he was a disabled vietnam veteran who reffred to little saigon as ho chi minh city,once told pat mcguigan and another councilperson i cant remember the “bevis and butthead” of the santa ana city council (i disagree i thought mcguigan was great), once told solorio he was so femme that if he shaved his moustache off he would marry him. the guy was entertaining as hell and many times he was right on the money when he would pop off with his angry comments. does anybody remember that guy? anyway, once he went up there and told dave ream that “ream is the perfect name for you because all you do is ream us!” he also said that ream and fletcher should pay a tax for the privelege to even work for the city of santa ana. he made some great points. points i’m sure that claudia “i’m one of you” alvarez would have tried to silence.

  3. Santa Ana Voter
    September 2, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Maybe Tinajeros Terrorist and their yellow journalism blog can spin another pack of lies for the taxpaying public about why “Triple Dip Tinajero” takes more than $6500 from the taxpayers every year in leiu of medical benefits when we know full well that he has a government job teaching kids in Fullerton. Tell us Tinajero, do you take the cash value there and use Jennifer Tinajeros benefits for your family?

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