Councilman Sal Tinajero Endorses Julio Perez in 69th Assembly Race

Julio Perez

SANTA ANA — Calling him the best candidate, Santa Ana City Councilmember Sal Tinajero today announced his full endorsement of Julio Perez for the 69th Assembly District seat. Tinajero, who also serves as a public school teacher, has represented the communities that are in the newly drawn 69th District for the past 11 years.

In the release from the Perez campaign Tinajero commented on the reason for his support.

“Julio’s deep ties and understanding of our community and its educational needs drives him to serve and to give back. His skill in crafting common sense solutions and bringing people together is what makes him the best candidate for the job,” said Tinajero. “I’m supporting Julio because we share the same vision -for better schools, safer streets, and more opportunities for our children.”

Councilman Sal Tinajero (Ward 6) - Photo: Chris Prevatt/LiberalOC

Tinajero was first elected to the Santa Ana Unified Board of Trustees in 2000 and in 2006 he was elected to the Santa Ana City Council, making public safety and education his top priorities. Dedicated to education, Sal was named the 2006 National Hispanic Teacher of the Year. In 2009 he was awarded the California Golden Bell Award by the California School Board Association for his exceptional achievements as a history, speech and debate teacher at Fullerton Joint Union High School.

“I am honored to have Sal’s support,” said Perez. “He has been a great leader for over a decade in the city of Santa Ana as a teacher, school board member and city councilman and I look forward to working with him to keep our communities growing and thriving.”

Julio has earned an unprecedented amount of support from organizations representing teachers and education leaders, public safety and working families, including support from the California Teachers Association and the Orange County Labor Federation. In recent electoral history, the early backing of both teachers and labor has been crucial to the victory of Democratic Legislative and Congressional candidates in Central Orange County. 

“I am honored to stand with the California Teachers Association and others in support of Julio,” added Tinajero.

Tinajero had previously been listed by Councilwoman Michele Martinez as having endorsed her campaign. With his endorsement of Perez, that relationship appears to have changed. We paid a visit to Martinez’s website to check her endorsement page this morning and the entire page had been removed. We have a Google cache copy of the old page and can confirm that Tinajero is listed on it. They must be updating the page.

I’d contact the Martinez campaign to ask what’s up, or down (such as the number of endorsements they have), but they aren’t answering questions from us because we won’t write puff pieces about her campaign.

  9 comments for “Councilman Sal Tinajero Endorses Julio Perez in 69th Assembly Race

  1. SAGirl
    February 15, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Michele must be crying…It’s a joke that she even thought she had a chance. Not a fan of Sal’s, he’s not the smartest of men…however he isn’t stupid either. He has his agenda by joining Julio’s race for Assembly, now what could that be??
    Michele is losing the little bit of creditability she had…now we just need to get her out of office for good, along with the other clowncil members.

    Julio for Assembly!!

  2. jose s.
    February 15, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Hey prevatt didn’t tinajero threaten you?

    • February 15, 2012 at 8:25 am

      Yes, That was about a year and a half ago.

  3. February 15, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Sal’s threats were a clear violation of the city’s ethics policy not that it has any teeth or any punitive measures.

    Now we know why Tinajero didn’t give any money to Michele on her last report. Pulido hasn’t either. Benavides and Sarmiento did. Bustamante hasn’t and Alvarez is not down as a supporter nor as a contributor.

  4. ocTruth
    February 15, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Ouch, Ms. Martinez! That is a trifecta of hurt:

    (1) 3 of 25 delegates at the endorsement caucus with a desparate plea for “Don’t Endorse Anyone”
    ( );

    (2) Statewide California Young Democrats endorsement to Perez;
    ( ); and

    (3) Sal Tinajero endorses Perez after months of your claiming on your website that he was endorsing you!

    What happened to your endorsement list? Will it be re-posted? Other than the Santa Ana City Council Mafia, and Jose “Vote for Tom Daly if you are Anglo, Michele Martinez if you are Latino, Just not Julio Perez” Solorio, whi is going to be left on the endorsement list from the District?

  5. Steve
    February 15, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Most people with two eyes to see and two ears to hear know that Martinez is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Having her on Council is one thing…it can be tolerated. But having her in the State Assembly…well, ya gotta have some more game than she has. She’s well-intentioned, and I believe she cares, but that ain’t enough to overcome her obvious weaknesses.

  6. Francisco Barragan
    February 15, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    JUST REPORTED By the Voice of OC today:

    “Grindle Questions Contribution to Martinez Assembly Campaign”

    Another fresh example of the repeated pattern of campaign contributions abuse, and improper votes by Michele Martinez.

    Ahhh, “the Gift that Keeps on TAKING!!!”
    And which Sean M. wishes we would ignore and would just go way.

    Francisco “Paco” Barragan
    For State Assembly 2012 – 69th AD (website under construction)
    A business, veterans, and community leader

  7. Francisco Barragan
    February 15, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    At Dan & Chris:

    You guys have done some solid reporting in the past about BOTH SAL TINAJERO’s & MICHELE MARTINEZ’s REPEATED conflicts of Interest, and their improper votes.

    I think Sal Tinajero’s past misdeeds are relevant to his endorsement of Julio . . .and citizens should be reminded of this to weigh the credibility and value/or lack of value of his endorsement of Julio.

    (Of course, I may be biased given that I am also a candidate.)

  8. Sean's a Joke
    February 16, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Did you guys see Sean Mill’s rebuttal on OJ? He likes the Clippers and Sal likes the Lakers. He likes chocolate and Sal likes Vanilla. Sal is successful and Sean isn’t. Sal has a wife. Sean has his mother.

    Violations by the “great council majority” are all resolved and we should move on, but if Mike Tardiff comes on, Sean will bring up centaurs.

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