Two days after the Santa Ana City Council directed City Attorney Sonia Carvalho to release the results of her investigation of the land swap between Miguel Pulido and a city auto parts supplier, Senior Assistant District Attorney Michael Lubinski sent a letter to Carvalho asking the Council to reverse its position. That’s only part of this story.
On Tuesday night the Santa Ana City Council voted in closed session to issue an ultimatum to the Orange County District Attorney, Tony Rackauckas, and the Fair Political Practices Commission demanding that they issue criminal charges against Mayor Miguel Pulido by September 30th or they will release the details of their investigation into Pulido’s property swap windfall. More than 10 months have passed since Voice of OC first reported on a property swap between Pulido and a city contractor that netted Pulido a $197,000 windfall and the contractor subsequently being awarded a $1.35 million no-bid contract to provide the city with auto parts for its city fleet.
Ending weeks of speculation, Senator Lou Correa has pulled papers to run for Mayor of Santa Ana. Earlier last month, City councilman Roman Renya entered the race, followed by Mayor Miguel Pulido. Rumours have been swirling in Santa Ana political circles the Pulido might retire after more tha 20 years as Mayor.
The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has opened its own investigation of Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido over a property swap that resulted in a 197,000 profit to the mayor. The FPPC is investigating possible violations by the mayor, according to a Feb. 18 letter from the agency. The possible violations include failing to report economic interests in the property, as well as the transaction itself, and Pulido’s vote on the $1.35 million contract awarded to the previous property owner.
The Santa Ana City Council has called for a resolution that would extend the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to, “all immigrant families not engaged in criminal activity.” A vote on the actual resolution, that will be drafted by the city attorney, will come at a later council meeting. The all-Latino council one-upped…
The Voice of OC’s Adam Elmahrek is probably the most despised reporters covering the Santa Ana political beat. Elmahrek has revealed that recent allegations of secret and unreported political contributions to the effort by former Councilwoman Claudia Alvarez to seek a fourth term on the Santa Ana City Council.