Monthly Archives: September 2011

Santa Ana in the Red and Cooking the Books?

In the process of poking around to find out how the City engaged in a recruitment process for City Manager without any formal direction from the City Council I think I may have stumbled on to a systematic and possibly much bigger problem for the City as it tries to stop the hemorrhaging of its budget.

Sounds Like Someone is Drinking Too Much Chivas

Hat tip to Andrew Galvin at the OC Register for this story about the ongoing Chivas saga.  Last week, the City of Santa Ana put out a press release announcing it was formally entering into a six month negotiating windows to lure Chivas USA of MSL to Santa Ana.  I noted at the time, that…

FPPC will be investigating complaint against Alvarez and Sarmiento

This morning I received confirmation that the FPPC will be investigating the complaints filed last week alleging that Santa Ana Council members Claudia Alvarez and Vince Sarmiento violated state conflict of interest rules when they voted on their appointments to outside boards which receive compensation. As I reported previously, Alvarez’s appointment to the Orange County…

GOP Bake Sale Fail

The college Republicans at Cal-Berkeley have launched a bake sale to protest considerations for admission to minority students; prices for bake goods are based on race and the point they are trying to make is being lost on the point they don’t get; their protest is racially insensitive. From SFGate: A bake sale flyer posted…

Is SJC Councilman a Plagiarist?

San Juan Capistrano’s conservative councilman Derek Reeve, a “pinhead” for naming one of his dogs “Mohammad” according to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, may be a plagiarist.  HT to the SJC Patch for this story, which compares and constrasts Reeve’s conservative writings with passages lifted nearly verbatum from other publications. Reeve told Patch.com that he may…

Solorio Offers Dual Endorsement in AD-69

State Rep. Jose Solorio was the lead endorsement on fliers distributed to promote Santa Ana Council member Michele Martinez’s campaign fundraiser as she announced her intention to replace him in the State Assembly. And while we have been hearing for some time that OC Clerk Record Tom Daly is going to run for the seat…