The Banana Peel Republic of Santa Ana

In the continuing saga of mistakes ans missteps, the City Council of Santa Ana has made Keystone Cops look coordinated. The latest questions regarding the search for a new City Manager is a solid example of what happens when people don’t follow the rules.

It was revealed last week by Adam Elmahrek of the Voice of OC that the consultant hired to coordinate the search for a new City Manager was instructed to cease work on that project until the beginning of the year. This was an apparent surprise to at least three members of the City Council.

When asked about the situation on Thursday night at a community forum regarding the City Manager search, Council members Benavides and Martinez, could not explain how the search was cancelled without official Council action. “We will have to wait till the closed session on Monday to figure it out,” said Councilman David Benevides. He and Michele Martinez did confirm that the search was “on hold.”

Former mayoral candidate Thomas Gordon wrote in an email to City Clerk Maria Huizar “I’m told that there was a vote taken at yesterdays closed session council meeting with regards to suspending the City Manager search. Would you please disclose the vote count and breakdown by council member.” In response Huizar worte, “It was reported as such, but no formal vote was taken either in closed or open session,”

So what is it? Did they vote or not? Who called the search consultant to stop the search?

  7 comments for “The Banana Peel Republic of Santa Ana

  1. Al Simmons
    August 1, 2011 at 8:13 am

    How were they able to discuss, direct staff, or vote on an item that doesn’t even appear on the agenda for any of the recent closed session meetings?

  2. August 1, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Wow. Do these guys hear themselves? Do they have a clue as to how this sounds? Assuming they did take a vote, then they are again in violation of the Brown Act. If they didn’t take a vote… well, I guess Pulido can fix it.

  3. Art Pendeo
    August 1, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Jeff and Al!

    You have no right to have an opinion on this, you are not Latino! Only Latinos have a riught to have an opinion in this city, not white racists.

    Miguel and Jill Arthur are back in control of the city. They called me themselves to remind me, after a day of bashing them again, that I am their bitch and I need to fall back in line.

  4. Art's broke
    August 1, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about Sean’s testicular cancer which is limiting his ability to serve on planning. Maybe Jon Fleischman can help hold his hand through chemo

  5. August 1, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Oh, sorry Art. I’d say mia culpa, but isn’t that Spanish?… hey, I know a half-dozen Spanglish cusswords and I can ask for change and count to twenty with an Alabama accent. Will that suffice?

  6. Marcus
    August 1, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Well, longer is better. For Santa Ana Police Chief City Manager Paul Walters, taking more time is simply better to get all past wrong doings covered up forever. He owes alot to his good friend, David Ream, you know. Mr. Ream wants to enjoy his retirement on Spyglass Hill in Newport Beach. Federal prisons just don’t compare and the food sucks. It also helps to protect Mayor Miguel Pulido who needs a polite exit (when he finds it, if it’s possible). So, there you have it. All bases are covered. Santa Ana is good to go.

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