On Saturday, hundreds of union members and their families gathered at the Santa Ana Zoo to celebrate Labor Day.
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Assemblyman Jose Solorio is working in the California Legislature to fill the $48 million funding hole created by the Orange County GOP delegations unwillingness to address the funding needs of California in a reasonable manner. His colleagues are of the opinion that any revenue enhancements are unacceptable to address the current short falls.
Santa Ana council member Michele Martinez has pre-announced that she will announce her candidacy for State Assembly in AD-69 later this week. The council member left a Facebook message to her friends about her plans. The Register’s Andrew Galvin has more here. Councilmember Vince Sarmiento had been considered the frontrunner of Santa Ana City Council…
On Friday the Citizens Redistricting Commission released their first round of district maps for Assembly, Senate, Congress, and Board of Equalization. From the looks of things, the voters are getting pretty much what they asked for when they approved the ballot initiatives that set up the process. We’re getting more competitive districts.
A tipster tells us that one member of the Santa Ana City Council is likely to challenge Janet Nguyen in 2012 for the First District supervisor’s race. With councilmember Vince Sarmiento being touted as the candidate likely to run for Rep. Jose Solorio’s Assembly seat, we’ve narrowed it down to Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez, Councilman Sal Tinajero or Councilwoman Michelle Martinez.
My phone rang several times over the weekend when residents of Santa Ana called to report that fire trucks were driving around the city with signs promoting the campaigns of Mayor Miguel Pulido, Councilman Sal Tinajero, and Assemblyman Jose Solorio. The callers were upset that while the fire truck has no decals to identify the fire agency and appears to be decommissioned and no longer in service; the intent is clear to those neighbors just getting a quick look that on duty Santa Ana firefighters and a working fire unit is driving their neighborhoods in support of three local candidates for public office.
Over the past several days it seems that every elected democrat is claiming that they, along with Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-47), are inviting people to attend a rally in Santa Ana. In some cases, they are making it look like they are hosting, or co-hosting, the event. The Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) sent out an email blast, announcing the rally, but they had the intellectual honesty not to claim it was their event.