Liberal OC has learned that days after the November 2nd election victory of Miguel Pulido and Sal Tinajero, Art Pedroza and Sean H. Mill visited some downtown businesses in Santa Ana to promote Pedroza’s for-profit venture the Santa Ana Business Association.
The twist however was that Pedroza, along with Mill, allegedly proposed that they would be able to help smooth things over with the Mayor and City CouncilÂ in light of some of business owner’s support for Alfredo Amezcua in the recent election campaign. This was a classic shake-down attempt.
Sean Mill is listed as the Planning Consultant for the Santa Ana Business Association:
“If you are having trouble with planning, our planning consultant, Sean Mill, is here to help you. Mill is a former Santa Ana Planning Commissioner. He has a degree in political science from UCI and he is in contact daily with elected officials, commissioners and community leaders.”
Tuesday, Councilman Sal Tinajero is gifting Pedroza and Mill with a bonus by appointing Mill to the city’s powerful Planning Commission. With this appointment, Pedroza and Mill will enhance their ability to enrich themselves through Pedroza’s sham association.
The appointment of Mill, who is at his best when acting like a thug, will send a clear message to any business wanting planning approval in Santa Ana that they can get a leg up by spending $100 to become a member of Pedroza’s business association. Pedroza will have direct access to new member prospects through Mill’s access to information about businesses seeking planning approvals. With this inside information Pedroza can let them know that he is one of the people that must be paid to play.
We have devoted pages of text to Sean Mill’s lack of integrity, anger management issues, and thuggish ways. His actions were enough for Councilman Tinajero to request Mill’s prior resignation from the Planning Commission. It seems that now that the election is over, Tinajero wants to return his like-minded thug to the Planning Commission.
Here is a little more of what Pedroza promises his Santa Ana Business Association can do for its members.
As the President of the Santa Ana Business Association, I also bring many years of civic experience to the table. I have served on both the Santa Ana Public Library Advisory Board and the Santa Ana Redevelopment and Housing Commission. Mill and I have both run for the Santa Ana City Council and we enjoy good relationships with the current Council majority, as well as our Mayor, Miguel Pulido.
If you are not already a member I hope you will consider joining us. We are here to help you grow your business. Â Our city can only succeed if our businesses thrive and we’re here to make that happen! Join now, for only $50 as an individual, or $100 as a business.
Your membership includes:
- An article about you or your company, published on our New Santa Ana blog and here on this site.
- One free month of advertising on our New Santa Ana blog and great discounts on advertising thereafter.
- One hour of free consultation, in marketing, loss control, planning or web design.
- And we will promote one special or event for you per quarter or pay an additional $50 and we will promote up to one special or event for you each month, for your first year
- Free mixers! And we will hold them here, in Santa Ana, not in other cities in Orange County.
- And a membership certificate
- Discounts on corporate website or blog design.
The Santa Ana City Council has a convoluted history of both accepting and blocking member appointments to city commissions. This is one case where common sense should prevail. There is no circumstance where attempts to shake down city businesses citing influence with council members or the mayor should be rewarded. The appointment of Mill to the Santa Ana Planning Commission would be such a reward.
Even if the relationship between Mill and Pedroza’s “association” is supposedly severed for the sake of appearances, the relationship between the two will remain through the New Santa Ana blog.
For the sake of their own integrity, the members of the Santa Ana City Council should reject Councilman Sal Tinajero’s proposed appointment of Sean H. Mill to the Planning Commission.
But if the appointment goes through, business owners should remember that rather than paying Sal Tinajero directly they should Pay Art Pedroza and Sean H. Mill through their sham business association to Play in Santa Ana.