It looks like 2010 is going to be the year the residents of Santa Ana begin to rise up and speak out and demand accountability from their city leaders. I have long wondered when they would have enough, it turns out having six schools to be declared failures, a non-responsive City Council, a lack of places for their children to play and gang violence have finally driven them over the edge.
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What it seems to me is a back door way to get most of the original Renaissance Plan adopted with as little attention to the redevelopment components as possible, by making it look like the City is only adopting a simple “Transit Zoning Code.” This reminds me of a quote in L.A. Confidential where Guy Pearce’s character says “A hooker cut to look like Lana Turner is still a hooker.” And the Rennaisance Plan cut to look like only a Transit Zoning Code is still the Rennaisance Plan.
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.
First Bob Dornan, then Mike Carona, now it seems R. Scott Moxley has done it again by exposing Santa Ana Mayor-For-Life Miguel Pulido and his connections to the vending truck industry in Santa Ana. Apparently the Mayor forgot to disclose lot’s of details about his connection to Abel Foods, which is the main provider to vending trucks in Santa Ana.
A reliable source with extensive knowledge of the workings of the City of Santa Ana as informed me that the Planning Department is moving forward with plans to demolish the remaining properties owned by the city that have not already been demolished. This, despite the fact that there is NO plan in place as of…
In reaction to the OC Register’s investigative reporting on the redevelopment debacle east of Downtown Santa Ana, the City Council has come back with a supposed plan to develop the blight they created. You can read the article HERE. The powers that be at the Santa Ana City Hall went in and bought up several…