Tag Archive for Claudia Alvarez

Cafe Blu To Close; Carlos Bustamante is Only Customer

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Cafe Blu, the Democratic-themed Vietnamese coffee shop that opened in Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez’s old Harbor Blvd headquarters has closed due to poor sales.  The coffee bar, which served strong coffee and smoothies, could not compete with the nearby Cafe Lu.  Santa Ana councilman Carlos Bustamante, a Republican, was the coffee bar’s biggest customer. The cafe…

FPPC Takes A Step Backwards On Ethics

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In a 3-2 vote, the Fair Political Practices Commission passed a rule that will exempt city council members from conflict-of interest regulations that prohibited them from voting on their own appointments to paid boards and commissions.

The Real Costs to Taxpayers of the Claudia Alvarez Community Forum

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After three months of repeated requests for public records and information we have narrowed down the costs of the “Agents of Change” community forum to the taxpayers to approximately $4,000. With no help from the city, we estimated the time spent by staff on the event, factored in their approximate hourly rates of pay and benefits, added in the costs of parking and the video broadcast of the event to arrive at our numbers.