New Santa Ana published a post on July 4th and then pulled the post today in which blogger Art Pedorza wrote that Santa Ana City Council member Michele Martinez told Pedroza that Council member Carlos Bustamante had “hit on her.” Pedroza has since pulled his post entitled, “Martinez is Wrong. Bustamante should resign — after all he hit on her.” The post featured Martinez standing in front of Bustamante in semi-formal attire and the photo above was published from that post.
Since Bustamante has been instructed to stay away from women identified as victims in this case, just what does this mean regarding interactions with Martinez should he try to resume city business as a member of the city council? Will the D.A.’s office question Martinez as a material witness? How will the two be able to work together in light of this revelation if Bustamante doesn’t resign? And why did Pedroza, known for not being the most accurate of bloggers, pull his post?
Since the arrest of Bustamante, many political observers have been waiting to see if the case would spill over into the Santa Ana City Council chambers in some way. Bustamante, a Republican, did endorse Martinez’s run for office for AD-69 in which she finished fourth in a five candidate race – losing every ward in Santa Ana in the process. garnering under 20 percent of the vote.
In light of Pedroza’s post, Martinez may be called on by the DA to make a statement about any alleged romantic advances made by her City Council colleague. As the cat’s out of the bag via Pedroza’s post, Martinez should issue a statement either verifying what Pedroza posted or calling him a liar.