Yesterday the preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence for former OC Public Works executive Carlos Bustamante began in the courtroom of OC Superior Court Judge Kazuharu Makino. The former rising star in the Orange County Republican party and former Santa Ana City Councilman is charged with 12 felony and four misdemeanor counts of sexual battery, false imprisonment, stalking, and grand theft.
The Voice of OC’s Adam Elmahrek is probably the most despised reporters covering the Santa Ana political beat. Elmahrek has revealed that recent allegations of secret and unreported political contributions to the effort by former Councilwoman Claudia Alvarez to seek a fourth term on the Santa Ana City Council.
The Voice of OC broke two stories yesterday that the County of Orange officially fired Alisa Drakodaidis, Orange County deputy CEO, yesterday and Jill Arthur, an assistant city manager for the City of Santa Ana , has been placed on leave pending an investigation into her alleged behavior following an automobile accident.
Santa Ana Council member Sal Tinajero is the city’s new Mayor Pro Tem by a unanimous vote of the City Council at last night’s meeting. This is the result of a deal hammered out last summer after both Tinajero and Council member David Benavides pulled papers to run for Mayor and Tinajero withdrew to join…