Adam Elmahrek over at Voice of OC last night wrote about the hiring of outside counsel to answer Claudia Alvarez’s questions about whether she can run for another two terms on the City Council. In February 2008 the City Council forced a special election to expand term limits for Council members so that Claudia could get another term on the Council. The transparent political favor was even run out of her home. The measure (D) extended the city’s existing term limits for the Council from two four-year terms to three.
Alvarez now wants to know if she can run again based on the theory that the extension of the limit was a new law rather than an extension of a current law. If it is new, then her term clock would have started over and she would be eligible three more four-year terms on the City Council. It looks to me that the City is shopping around for an opinion that supports her desire to run for another term on the Council. The Council has not discussed the hiring of outside counsel and from Adam’s report, it isn’t clear the Council knows for sure what’s going on.
From Adam’s story:
Council members Sal Tinajero and Michele Martinez said they had heard about outside counsel’s involvement but hadn’t confirmed it.
“It’s probably about her [Alvarez],” Martinez said. “She’s the only one that’s going on her 12th year. No one else is.”
You would think that a City on the verge of financial collapse would have a City Council more in touch with what is being spent. Then again, this is the Banana Peel Republic of Santa Ana, why would you expect that?