I noticed this morning when I reviewed the agenda for the Santa Ana City Council meeting on April 15th that my friend Phil Bacerra has been nominated by Councilman David Benavides to fill the vacancy in his appointed representative on the Planning Commission.
On Monday the Santa Ana City Council named Kevin O’Rourke as it’s Interim City Manager, replacing Paul Walters until a national search for a replacement is completed. O’Rourke has extensive city management experience as the former manager of the cities of Buena Park and Stanton in the 80’s and 90’s.
On Tuesday evening, after a four-hour long closed session meeting, the Santa Ana City Council decided to fire City manager Paul Walters. The decision puts to rest the weeks of speculation. The final vote was 6-1, with Mayor Pulido in the minority.
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.
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…
For all the talk of the “Fiscal Cliff” in Washington, D.C. Orange County, and 19 O.C. cities and the are facing their own version of a fiscal cliff that could cripple their general funds. The state Department of Finance has demanded payment of $268 million in unspent redevelopment agency funds targeted for low- and moderate-income housing.