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.