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.
by Chris Prevatt • • 3 Comments
The story of the “Pay to Play” scandal on the Santa Ana City Council is getting more and more tangled as we pull at its threads. Our review of campaign finance reports for Santa Ana City Council members and projects…
by Chris Prevatt • • 20 Comments
Councilman Tinajero approached OC Weekly investigative reporter R. Scott Moxley with his story of a conspiracy to split the Latino vote in his race. Like any great investigative reporter, Moxley took up the challenge and reported Tuesday evening on what he had found. One key thing that I noticed from Moxley’s story is that he allowed Tinajero to present his case, and the witnesses and documentation to support his case. What was missing from the piece was a clear indication of how any laws were allegedly broken. Moxley was careful to not draw any conclusions on his own and let the reader decide.
by Chris Prevatt • • 5 Comments
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.
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So I’m browsing through the SmartVoter profile for the pedophilia promoting Santa Ana Unifed School District Trustee candidate Art Pedroza and I see that he has been endorsed by three high ranking Santa Ana elected officials. According to the profile…
by Dan Chmielewski • • 1 Comment
The Orange County Young Democrats yesterday voted to endorse local Democrats who are running for local office. At last night’s endorsement meeting in Orange, dozens of young Democrats and guests from around Orange County gathered to listen to local candidates…
by Chris Prevatt • • 25 Comments
It has been a while since a candidate for Orange County elected office threatened a LiberalOC blogger, four years to be exact. Then it was Tan Nguyen, who was challenging Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez in 2006. Nguyen believed that our founder Mike Lawson had been defacing his campaign signs and told Mike that he has a lot of supporters that are â€œpassionateâ€ and he would â€œhate to see anyone get hurt.â€This weekend however, this experience was kicked up a notch by Santa Ana Councilman Sal Tinajero.