Monthly Archives: December 2012

Goodbye 2012

As we stand on the edge of the fiscal cliff, waiting to see if the Republicans in Congress choose to walk back from the edge with Democrats or jump—pulling us all over into an economic abyss, I want to recall with you some of the highlights of 2012.

Santa Ana Poised to Make a Management Change?

After two hours of discussion in a closed session meeting the Santa Ana City Council took no reportable action related to the performance reviews of City Manager Paul Walters and City Attorney Sonia Carvalho. Apparently, two hours wasn’t enough time, and additional discussions are scheduled for early next year.

Santa Ana Special Meeting for Performance Reviews – What’s Up With That?

At about 1:20 pm Wednesday afternoon the Santa Ana City Clerk released a notice of a special meeting of the Santa Ana City Council, scheduled for 1:15 pm on Thursday, December 27th. The “Special Meeting” has only two closed session items on the agenda; Performance Evaluations for the City Manager and City Attorney. From what we can tell, there are no scheduled evaluations for either position…

What did you Give this Christmas?

Christmas is over and despite what Fox News says, there is no “war” on Christmas (if there was, it would be against retail stores putting out Christmas decorations before Halloween is over. I’ve found I take far more joy from giving gifts than receiving them.  This year, we gave gifts of basic necessities to a…

The Christmas Truce

In 1914, trench warfare of World War I was a brutal and unforgiving affair.  But on Christmas Eve, Allied soldiers and the German army put down their weapons and celebrated Christmas together.  It’s an act that continues to inspire and give hope during this special season. Please learn more about the Christmas Truce at this…

Santa Ana Tells State: No Christmas Money From Us!

In a 4-0 vote on Friday afternoon, the City of Santa Ana officially responded to the state Department of Finance’s demand for $56 million in housing funds. Council members Michele Martinez, Sal Tinajero and Angie Amezcua were unable to attend the special emergency meeting called when the state issued its demand earlier last week. The…