TheLiberalOC’s Managing Editor Dan Chmielewski was on Real Orange last facing off against conservatives Rick Reiff and Michael Capaldi. I got the feeling after watching the segment that Reiff and Capaldi weren’t expecting Dan to be prepared or as on target in his dismantling of their right-wing arguments.
Yesterday afternoon the Santa Ana City Clerk posted a notice of a Special Meeting of the Santa Ana City Council to discuss a proposed Charter Amendment to establish mayoral term limits. This is type of major initiative and would usually garner a great deal of public comment. Logic would suggest that such proposals would have a little more than 24 hours notice so that the public could comment.
Yesterday was a good day for the voters of Santa Ana. Superior Court Judge Charles Margines ruled against Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem/Councilwoman Claudia Alvarez and her front-man and Max Madrid in their attempt to subvert the will of the voters and allow her to seek two more terms on the Santa Ana City Council.
Santa Ana Council member Carlos Bustamante and Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez are expected to appear in separate Superior Court rooms today. Councilman Carlos Bustamante faces the continuation of his arraignment on sexual assault and false imprisonment charges in criminal court. Alvarez is joining the the suit by city commissioner Max Madrid to require the Santa Ana City Clerk to provide Alvarez with nomination paperwork to seek another term on the City Council.
The first Santa Ana City Council meeting following the arrest of Councilman Carlos Bustamante on sexual assault charges, could be a long one. Sources say that Bustamante is expected to attend and participate in the entire meeting. Even though the Council will not be discussing Bustamante’s arrest, it is expected that residents will express their disapproval of Bustamante, including calls for him to resign.
I spent some time last night reviewing the lawsuit filed yesterday by Max Madrid against Santa Ana City Clerk Maria Huizar. Madrid’s suit asks the court to force the clerk to issue nomination papers to Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez so that she can seek a fourth term on the city council. Santa Ana voters approved an…