For many years, the 4th of July has not had a formal celebration in Santa Ana, and I believe this was a great idea for Mr. Bella to put together. Many of the organizers were set to be honored last night before the City Council, but that was put to a stop after two Councilmembers, Claudia Alvarez and Sal Tinajero threatened to walk out. Some people may say, WHAT!, how unpatriotic is that for those two Councilmembers to walk out of a presentation honoring those who were honoring our country. Well, there is another side of the story…
Sad that the city would just cast aside the will of the voters to allow tax payer dollars to be used to bail out Mike Harrah.
Unfortunately Chris Prevatt was unable to make it to the Santa Ana City Council meeting to give Claudia Alvarez a hard time. Fortunately I was able to step in and do one of my favorite pasttime activities, piss off Claudia Alvarez. It seems to have worked. To understand the events leading up to this, at the last Council meeting, Claudia Alvarez censored several speakers who tried to say her name claiming that interrupted the “decorum” of the meeting, but allowed two former Councilmembers to mention specific current Councilmembers by name. She clearly abused her power as acting Mayor and Chris Prevatt rightfully pointed it out on several posts here on The Liberal OC.
It is my hope to be at tonight’s meeting to comment on the failures of the Council to follow the intent of the Brown Act in their conduct of the public comment portion of their meetings. I hope to see you there. Feel free to EXPRESS YOURSELF to your elected officials. Just remember to be respectful, not use profanity, and they are going to have to at a minimum hear you out.
Earlier this month I wrote about my concerns related to Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez and her conduct of the public comments portion of the April 5th City Council meeitng. It looks like I was right when I pointed out that Alvarez was playing a bit fast and loose with the Brown Act.
At the April 5, 2010 meeting of the Santa Ana City Council, Mayor Miguel Pulido missed the meetingand the gavel fell to Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez. Not only did Alvarez fail to folllow the Brown Act as it relates to public testimony, she also applied her rules arbitrarily on some speakers and not others.
Lost in Translation? While commenting at the April 5, 2010 City Council meeting on Mexican Independence Day celebrations Santa Ana City Councilwoman Alvarez remarked that the tragedy that befell our nation on September 11, 2001 was a “horrible Accident.”