For almost 16 months and after more than $25K spent on a no-bid contract with a management search consultant, we have been led to believe that there was an ongoing search for a new city attorney to join the ranks of Santa Ana city employees. Apparently, this was a ruse.
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…
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.
The 69th Assembly district contest has positioned democratic friends against friends, old guard versus next generation leaders, and unions against business interests. It’s a battle among frenemys in the Democratic Party. Adding fuel to the battle Julio Perez walked away on Saturday with the support of a majority of state party delegates supporting his endorsement.