The City of Santa Ana sent out the following release on behalf of Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez.
At the council meeting, in the midst of built up frustration in the chamber, I inadvertently drew an egregious analogy to Mr. Chase and his son. I now understand how hurtful and egregious this must have felt to them whose family suffered in the Holocaust. To the Chase family I want to say how sincerely sorry I am for having caused you pain.
I also did not in any way, shape, or form intend to trivialize the atrocities of the Holocaust and now clearly understand the magnitude of the offense my words created. My apologies go out to anyone who was offended by my comments, especially to the Chase family and the Jewish community as a whole. I sincerely regret having let my emotions get the best of me and I’m working on making amends and to rectify the situation.
I have personally and through others reached out to the Chase family and to the ADL requesting to meet so I can apologize to them in person and have a constructive dialogue.
Our respective communities have strived together to address injustices and I’m working to make sure that continues.
Mayor Pro Tem
Ms. Alvarez is sticking to her heat of the moment defense. Anyone who views the video of her remarks will clearly grasp the absurdity of her defense. Her remarks were calm, ordered, and planned. Her training as a prosecutor makes it unimaginable that someone with her years of experience would say anything “inadvertently.” Her failure to respond with her “excuses” until today, demonstrates an apparent insensitivity and stubbornness that is incompatible with her public leadership position.
Had her statement come the day after she made her comments, her apology might have appeared sincere. Coming more than a week later, after her colleagues placed the matter of her conduct on the Council agenda for consideration of official action, and on a dead drop Friday before the Labor Day holiday, paints a picture of insincere damage control.