On February 1, 2012, the FPPC released their investigation findings regarding a complaint filed against Councilman Sarmiento. Their investigation confirmed that Mr. Sarmiento did violate a provision the Political Reform Act.
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I think I’ve figured out the problem that the Santa Ana City Council has with following simple rules of transparent and ethical government, They don’t really give a crap what the rules are. They have figured out that they can ignore those rules, as well as city laws regarding ethics, campaign contributions and voting, and get away with it. I have written extensively about this problem over the past year and coverage of Monday’s Santa Ana City Council meeting by Adam Elmahrek of the Voice of OC made this truth even more apparent.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVkMoA8kVSY&feature=youtu.be[/youtube] Toll road Jerry Amante in Tustin muts be taking notes from Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez.Â Amante berated a citizen for bringing a campaign mailer featuring comments from outgoing Council member Doug Davert that a citizen found offensive.Â And Amante, who is supposed to sit back and listen to what the public…
The City Council of Santa Ana (Baby Bell) has called a special meeting for this evening to discuss the problems that have developed from the revelation of improper campaign contributions and improper votes taken by Council members Michele Martinez and Sal Tinajero related to the Station District project. Well the swamp is getting deeper for these two as more improper votes do large contributions are revealed.
The Orange County Rally in Sasscer Park in the shadow of the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse drew a respectable crowd, about 200 people, of LGBT community members and their supporters. They all seemed to recognize that this decision is merely another step, on the long road, to marriage equality for LGBT Americans.
What are everyone’s thoughts? As Gustavo asks, Who can save the Banana Republic? Who can bring change we Santa Ana residents can all believe in?
What is a sign of things to come is on the agenda for this Tuesday, which you can read HERE and click on Council Agenda. On the Consent Calendar is an item to remove the Ward 2 Historic Resources Commissioner, who is Jeff Dickman. No reason is given and according to Mr. Dickman, he was not even given the option to resign.