This is a heavily edited video of Santa Ana City Council member comments made at their September 7th meeting. It was this meeting where members Martinez and Tinajero voted improperly on a resolution to lower, and suspend for a year, soccer permit fees paid by adult leagues. Martinez and Tinajero each accepted $500 from a for-profit league that benefits from that reduction creating a conflict of interest making them unable to vote on the matter.
What I had not realized until I reviewed the video of the September 7th meeting is that not only did the Council reduce the fees, they suspended them for one year. While the revised motion was driven by Councilman Sarmiento, he stated in the beginning of his commments on the matter that he was aware that other Councilmembers had been contacted about the fees. It is clear from the video that staff had made clear, and the Council was fully aware, of what they were voting on and what leagues were impacted. Below is the video, watch it yourself and see what you think.
Last night the Santa Ana City Council did it again by giving the middle finger to historic preservation. First, they removed Jeff Dickman from the Historic Resources Commission. What it amounted to was political retribution for Jeff and other historic preservationists suing the city in order to save some historic structures from destruction.
Santa Ana- I want to make it clear that I will not tolerate gang violence regardless of who is involved.Â The city has been complacent and lethargic in responding to gang activity.Â I am driven to break this counterproductive culture.Â I have advocated significant investment in community policing to help curtail gang violence.Â By developing…