The shady dealings, that appear to be nothing more than pay-to-play, in the two largest cities in Orange County are turning out to be a lot worse than one could have imagined.
Adam Elmahrek of The Voice of OC has looked over the wall of silence erected around City Hall to reveal a frightening image of a city in the midst of financial disaster. It is beyond puzzling how the City of Santa Ana that in June supposedly closed a $13.6-million budget gap by “borrowing money from the liability and workers’ compensation reserves,” has found itself in such a dire position.
I guess the old saying “when it rains it pours” is appropriately applied to Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido. The Voice of OC reported yesterday on Anaheim’s Green Deal Gone Bad. In the story, reporter Adam Elmahrek pointed out that Mayor Miguel Pulido was involved with the project. Today he drills down deeper into the involvement of Mighel Pulido and the Success Fee, of somewhere between $10,001 and $100,000, that he received for bringing the parties together.
Because Santa Ana is a charter city they can pretty much do whatever they want when it comes to setting up an assessment district like the one that covers Santa Ana’s downtown core. The law in Santa Ana that makes it possible for the city to levy an assessment tax on downtown property owners is written almost entirely from a state law that allows for the creation of, and taxation within, property business improvement districts.