AD-69 candidate Francisco Barragan is one of those people you meet who simply redefines the term “class act.” He is honest, principled, of high moral and ethics. As much as a lack of funds, organization, party structure make him a long shot for the Assembly seat he seeks, Barragan’s voice is finally being heard in this race and it’s directed at Santa Ana council member and fellow AD-69 candidate Michele Martinez.
Barragan issued the following email to his extensive email list of recipients this morning and we wonder if the Santa Ana City Council will pay heed to his message tonight:
As reported in the objective and well written article by Chris Prevatt, at The Liberal OC, the Santa Ana council May Repeal Campaign Finance Ordinance this Monday night May 7th, even after several members like Michelle Martinez and Sal Tinajero have accepted $thousands of dollars in campaign contributions and then voted immediately to favors these donors in violation of state and local law.
(my disclosure – I running for State Assembly 69th AD, to bring solutions and improvements to higher education, job creation, public safety, access to healthcare, and pension reform)
1) How can supporters of Michelle Martinez attach their name and credibility to her Assembly campaign if Michele Martinez is violating the law, or proposing less citizen oversight and less citizen control over elected officials and their actions, and continued higher taxes on Santa Ana’s small businesses through the unconstitutional PBID. • What negative message does that send out to the larger community in Orange County about Latinos/Hispanics & Mexican-Americans accepting illegal and unethical behavior of elected officials, since Santa Ana is an All Latino city council? • What harmful message does that send to our youth in our community? • Are citizens and residents in Santa Ana apathetic because they are powerless, or are they powerless because they are apathetic? And how much does acceptance of this type of behavior contribute to this apathy and powerlessness? What is or should be our responsibility as community leaders to change this? • What is the responsibility of the Santa Ana City Council to bring greater transparency, disclosure and accountability? • We should all realize that nothing will change if we ourselves don’t change our acceptance of this type of behavior. 2) In a democracy, we may all disagree on policy decisions and must accept the outcome if constitutionally sound; however, we should never accept unethical or illegal behavior from an elected official or a body of elected officials.
LINKS: Pay-to-Play Returns: Santa Ana Council May Repeal Campaign Finance Ordinance May 4, 2012 http://www.theliberaloc.com/2012/05/04/pay-to-play-returns-santa-ana-council-may-repeal-campaign-finance-ordinance/
Should Voters Care About the Personal Finances of AD-69 Candidates Perez and Martinez? May 2, 2012 (SEE ME COMMENTS there) http://www.theliberaloc.com/2012/05/02/should-voters-care-about-the-personal-finances-of-ad-69-candidates-perez-and-martinez/comment-page-1/#comment-75505
“Santa Ana City Councilwoman Michele Martinez broke the city law governing campaign contributions when she took $500 from Naranjo Landscape shortly after voting to approve a city contract with the company, Shirley Grindle, Orange County campaign finance watchdog, said last week.” February 15, 2012 http://www.voiceofoc.org/countywide/this_just_in/article_5f62ecbc-56b0-11e1-93d3-001871e3ce6c.html
— Francisco J. Barragan – aka “Paco” For State Assembly 2012 – 69th AD Accountant, Businessman, Auditor Business, Veterans and Community leader creating opportunities for others and advocating and implementing solutions for education, job creation, and supporting victims of domestic violence and human trafficking OC Register Voter’s Guide – Francisco Barragan.
While Barragan may not emerge in the top two on primary night, this race will raise his name recognition and profile enough that perhaps he could be convinced to run for a seat on the Santa Ana city council. And if elected, even if he should fail to get a single item passed, count on Paco to voice his concerns from the dais in a manner that other council members might find dangerous to the status quo.