Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez may not run for a fourth term according to Santa Ana city clerk Maria Huizar, reports the Voice of OC. Under the terms of Measure D, passed in 2008 which gave council members a third term, the clock did not reset for Alavrez who had already served two terms on the Santa Ana City Council. Alavrez has been searching for a loophole that would allow her to run and the only apparent ways to do so is to file suit in Superior Court or challenge long term Mayor Miguel Pulido this fall.
From the VOC story:
However, Huizar cautioned, the opinion could be overturned by a Superior Court order. But at this point city officials have no reason to believe that anyone will challenge the issue in court, Huizar said.
“As of right now,” Alvarez can’t run, “but that could change between now and the nomination period,” Huizar said. The nomination period begins July 16 and ends Aug. 10, she said.
Meanwhile, Alvarez remains coy about her intentions. When asked whether she would attempt another run, Alvarez would only say it’s the “$64 million question.”
The LiberalOC has asked Santa Ana Council members and the city’s PIO office for months why taxpayers had to foot a bill for more than $8,000 to determine eligibility when it seemed pretty clear cut. Council members deferred to the city’s lawyers and the PIO. The LiberalOC last spoke about this issue with the PIO’s office on April 3 requesting a statement on why determining Alvarez’s eligibility to run was an obligation of the taxpayers — we asked for comments within two weeks and none has been provided.
It is our opinion that Alvarez should be paying the legal fees from her campaign coffers for this expense which does not benefit city residents or taxpayers. The city of Santa Ana has already paid for significant costs associated with a “private” cultural community forum between Latino residents and Jewish residents in the wake of anti-Semitic statements made by Alvarez against city property owners Irv and Ryan Chase.