At last night’s Santa Ana City Council meeting, speaker after speaker addressed the council on the proposal to weaken campaign finance restrictions. The proposal would have removed the provision designed to limit the ability of members to raise money for three months after their council votes.
All of the speakers expressed concern over the proposal. In addition to recommending the proposal be shelved, one speaker, Robin Cook, suggested the council modify the proposal to extend the time period barring contributions to twelve months instead of three.
The staff report accompanying the proposal did not indicate which council member requested the proposal be considered. That question was cleared up when the matter came up for discussion. Mayor Miguel Pulido deferred to Councilwoman Michel Martinez who moved to continue the proposal for 30 days. Coincidentally the matter will not come up again until after the June primary election.
Martinez had come under fire since the posting of the council agenda last Friday because the proposal was clearly aimed at benefiting her campaign for State Assembly. The staff report stated:
“by approving the proposed ordinance the City of Santa Ana is removing a restriction, not required under state law that unfairly affects Santa Ana Council candidates running for state or other elected office.”
The continuance of the matter takes a bit of the heat away from Martinez over her poorly timed, and blatantly self-serving, proposal leading up to the primary election.