Online Petition to Save Paul Walters is a Bust

Miguel Pulido - Photo: Chris Prevatt/LiberalOC

Miguel Pulido – Photo: Chris Prevatt/LiberalOC

The Santa Ana City Council may fire City Manager at tonight’s meeting, undeterred by a poor campaign to save Walter’s job.

An online petition to save Walters job has garnered fewer than 50 signatures 40 hours after launching when the organizers sought 1,000 signatures.

The city council will likely have already made up its mind about Walters well before public comments. The city council also seldom pays attention to public comments as a group. Mayor Pulido frequently has side meetings with other council members, while council members Michele Martinez and Vince Sarmiento often get up and walk around during comments. Council member David Benavides typically gives speakers his full attention, but this council behaves very differently than other councils in other cities during public comments.

In the VOC editorial, Carolina Sarmiento of Centro Culturalde Mexico, wrote:

A national search to find the best person for the job of citymanager — and hopefully a new chief of police in the near future — is a good first step.

But let’s take this a step further. Let’s dream and think the impossible possible.

Imagine a Santa Ana where leaders would be chosen, not because he or she is or is not friends with certain politicians and investors, but rather because his or her leadership measures up to the needs of the people of Santa Ana.

A recent report on Orange County cities titled “Healthy Places, Healthy People” (2012) places Santa Ana as the city with the second highest unemployment rate (14.1%); the highest in poverty among adults (15%); the highest in poverty among children (25%); and the highest in crowded living conditions (34.1%).

At the same time, in education Santa Ana scored last in children attending preschool (32%) and last in percent of students graduating high school in four years. Only 85% of our students graduate in four years. We have the lowest percentage (51%) of residents with a high school diploma.

In regards to health, we have the lowest percentage of children and adults with health insurance and the lowest percentage of teens with proper body weight.

These are only some of the priorities our city leadership should be measured by.

  8 comments for “Online Petition to Save Paul Walters is a Bust

  1. Henry Gattis
    January 22, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Did you see the comment by Paul Walters’ brother in law that was exposed on Orange juice blog blaming illegal immigrants for what is going on? Why is Art Pedroza, Mr. Chicano hero, not condemning this. What a stupid hypocrite. My wife, Cynthia C. Gattis, is just angry a hell and may speak tonight.

  2. January 22, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Go back to San Clemente Henry

  3. January 23, 2013 at 10:18 am

    That’s not Henry. It’s one of you guys’ friends making fun of Henry.

  4. Dan Chmielewski
    January 23, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I have no idea who Henry is Vern; kinda hard to sock puppet a sock puppet

  5. Pat Bowman
    January 24, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I think his wifes name is Jenifer (as in the teacher).

    But, Dan knows that.

    Yet another LOC post about Pedroza. The gift that keeps on giving.

    • January 24, 2013 at 11:44 am

      actually, I don’t know that. I don’t know much about Henry at all and I frankly don’t care very much

  6. Henry Gattis
    January 24, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I attended a meeting in Floral Park and heard the most racist self loathing words come out of Miguel Pulido’s mouth. The Pulido of 1994 is back with a vengeance and is exploiting the Usual Suspect’s fears of a Brown Santa Ana like he did when he ran for mayor and during the Nativo recall.

  7. Pedro
    February 7, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Sanctuary city with council members hungry for power….

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