This is a heavily edited video of Santa Ana City Council member comments made at their September 7th meeting. It was this meeting where members Martinez and Tinajero voted improperly on a resolution to lower, and suspend for a year, soccer permit fees paid by adult leagues. Martinez and Tinajero each accepted $500 from a for-profit league that benefits from that reduction creating a conflict of interest making them unable to vote on the matter.
We have reported over the past several days about several votes where members have violated city law by voting on matters they were conflicted on because of campaign contributions. Martinez and Tinajero placed the Station District Redevelopment project in jeopardy by voting on the plan on June 7, 2010 having received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions before and after their votes.
Mayor Pro Tem Alvarez and Councilman Tinajero, as reported earlier today, will force the Council to vote again on revisions to the One Broadway Plaza development revisions passed improperly with their votes on July 7, 2010.
Their statements at this meeting, in the context of what we have learned this week, do not make them look very good.Â And throwing city staff under the bus as scapegoats for their own errors in judgment isn’t helping them either.