Tuesday, Councilman Sal Tinajero is gifting Pedroza and Mill with a bonus by appointing Mill to the city’s powerful Planning Commission. The appointment of Mill will send a clear message to any business wanting planning approval in Santa Ana that they can get a leg up by spending $100 to become a member of Pedroza’s business association.
The purpose for this gathering is to be present at the Mayor’s inauguration, and to express concern about the Mayor’s effort to make $500,000 for himself from the sale of state property. The revelation was made public last week in 2 different newspaper articles. In one article the Mayor stated he had earned the finder’s fee for simply introducing people. The Mayor will also be deposed by attorneys opposing the sale, early this week, to determine his role in the transaction.
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.
The story, Santa Ana mayor would receive $500,000 ‘finders fee’ if sale of state buildings goes forward, was posted on Monday afternoon in the LA Times describes the revelations from a deposition by State Treasurer Bill Lockyer related to a lawsuit to stop the pending sale of State buildings. During questioning, Lockyer said he had received a phone call from an Orange County attorney who is a friend of his and Pulidoâ€™s.
This was the only contest for elected mayor in Orange County where the victor received less than 50% of the vote. The lowest majority vote was achieved by Tom Tait in Anaheim at 54.4%. Looking back over Mayor Pulido’s three previous elections Pulido has garnered a decreasing percentage of the vote. In 2004 Pulido was reelected with 80.6%, in 2006 68.8%, and 2008 55%.
On Saturday, U. S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis blazed a trail through the cities of Orange and Anaheim in support of organized labor candidates and Congresswoman Sanchez. Solis’ first stop was the Orange County Labor Federation’s lunch time rally at the IBEW Local 441 Union hall. Solis rallied the 475 volunteers on hand to continue their efforts for labor supportive candidates in Orange County.
As most of you know, we have been hammering the city council and executive staff of the City of Santa Ana pretty hard on the issue of transparency over the past few months. We have found conflicts of interest that have required the return of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions and violations of sunshine and open meetings laws. The result of our investigations has lead me to a simple conclusion. The City of Santa Ana operates with about as much transparency as a brick wall.