We’ve spent the past few days reviewing the financial reports of various candidates for office throughout Orange County.Â And something on Michelle Martinez, an unopposed candidate for re-election for Santa Ana City Council, jumped out at us.Â Michelle paid $385 to Pedroza and Associates for “campaign consulting.”Â This is interesting because Pedroza and Associates, run…
One of the simplest things for a candidate or elected official to do is to file their campaign finance reports on time. The first pre-election statements were due to the Santa Ana City Clerk by 5 pm on Tuesday. As of 5 pm Wednesday, Tinajero had not filed his required report and according to the City Clerk, Tinajero had told her it would be filed some time today.
The City attorney (Joseph Fletcher) spread the Selective Conflict Disorder virus when he infected the city council by advising that it was okay to vote on projects benefiting developers who have given them money because, get this, the Supreme Court has ruled that campaign contributions are free speech. He also infected the council with the understanding that the only people and businesses directly effected by votes moving a development project forward such as the actual developer or applicant applies to the law.
For those who have been watching the ‘pay to play’ antics of the Santa Ana City Council may wish to show up at their meeting tonight at City Hall. Two items in particular have caught my eye. First is the rescission and re-vote on the reduction and suspension of fees charged to for-profit adult soccer leagues by the city. back in September the council reduced then suspended these fees, costing the city $127,488 in fees, targeted for use in developing additional artificial turf fields, over the next couple years.
It seems that Congressional candidate Cecilia Iglesias, and Santa Ana City Councilman Sal Tinajero have a few things in common. Both of them have endorsed Art Pedroza for Santa Ana Unified School District Trustee and both of them are parents of 7 to 8 year-old male children. Art Pedroza thinks that men having sex with young boys is funny. He finds the topic so humorous that he linked unsuspecting visitors to his Orange Juice Blog to the main page of the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA).
TheLiberalOC learned on Wednesday afternoon that Santa Ana City Attorney Joseph Fletcher has referred the matter of improper votes by Council members Sal Tinajero, Michele Martinez, and Claudia Alvarez to the Orange County District Attorney for review. The votes in question appear to violate Santa Ana Municipal Code section 2-107.
Mayor Miguel Pulido called a Special Meeting of the Santa Ana City Council for Monday evening at 5 pm. The meeting started late, a little after 5:30 pm. While Mayor Pulido was in the building (at least five of us shook his hand at around 5 pm), he was no where in the conference room. I did look under the table just to be sure he wasn’t hiding. Also missing were Councilmembers Martinez and Mayor Pro Tem Alvarez.