I finally got the chance to review the video of last Monday’s Santa Ana City Council meeting. Unsurprisingly Claudia Alvarez was already back to her usual form; rewriting history and putting her foot in her mouth.
When the Council got around to hearing her 85A agenda item, the repeal of the PBID that funds Downtown Inc., she ranted on for more than fifteen minutes about how bad the downtown property tax assessment is for the downtown businesses. She sang the sorrowed song of the businesses who she voted to tax and whose cause she now champions. She railed against the injustice of the Board of Directors of Downtown Inc. which she called a “private club funded by public money.” The same club whose contract she has supported time and time again, most recently in May 0f 2009 without even a second thought.
Alvarez chastised her colleague Councilwoman Michele Martinez, for failing to fight for the needs of these businesses in her Ward. She lamented the loss of time to address this important issue because of the “distraction” regarding her censure for hate filled and anti-Semitic remarks she had made comparing a Jewish business owner’s actions ethnic cleansing and stating that Downtown Inc.’s renting office space from him was like renting from Hitler.
Her comments on the distraction of two weeks ago come at about the 2:43:50 time mark on the video of the 9/19/11 Council Meeting here. Alvarez says:
“Now a lot of issues have come down pertaining to Downtown Inc.—And no I’m not going to be intimidated into stopping the conversation. I know there’s been a distraction out there—We’re back.”
Doesn’t really seem that the Mayor Pro Tem saw the impact of her anti-Semitism and the resulting community discussion as anything more than a distraction for her, an annoyance if you will. Something that can simply be cleansed away. I think it’s called Contrition Cleansing.
Yeah Councilman Sarmiento, looks like Claudia Alvarez has learned a lot from the rebuke you found to be proportional to her actions. Lucky for Vince he had to miss this display as well, he had to recuse himself from the discussion due to a conflict of interest. I’m guessing Sarmiento will see her comments as proportional to her rebuke.
You can see how contrite she is when she lashes out at Councilwoman Michele Martinez at the end of her tirade, falsely accusing her of not taking any action to meet with, or support, the businesses in her Ward. Martinez voted against Councilman Sarmiento’s motion to just rebuke Alvarez for her anti-Semitic remarks. Hell hath no fury as Claudia scorned.
At the end of the discussion, seeing that her request for Public Hearing to disband the PBID would not pass, she continued the matter to the next meeting promising to bring it back again until she does. So while the rest of her colleagues want to discuss the pressing issue of a city on the verge of financial collapse, she wants to be allowed to torture us with more 15 minute or longer rants. And since she will always be chairing those discussions as Mayor Pro Tem, no one will be able to shut her up after the three minutes members are supposed to be allowed to talk on an issue. I’ll bet Councilman Tinajero now wishes he could go back to his happy place and recast his vote to only rebuke her.