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If someone tells you democracy lives in Downtown Santa Ana, they’re lying

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Because Santa Ana is a charter city they can pretty much do whatever they want when it comes to setting up an assessment district like the one that covers Santa Ana’s downtown core. The law in Santa Ana that makes it possible for the city to levy an assessment tax on downtown property owners is written almost entirely from a state law that allows for the creation of, and taxation within, property business improvement districts.

Santa Ana Council: Brown Act doesn’t apply to us. We have side meetings all the time.

I think I’ve figured out the problem that the Santa Ana City Council has with following simple rules of transparent and ethical government, They don’t really give a crap what the rules are. They have figured out that they can ignore those rules, as well as city laws regarding ethics, campaign contributions and voting, and get away with it. I have written extensively about this problem over the past year and coverage of Monday’s Santa Ana City Council meeting by Adam Elmahrek of the Voice of OC made this truth even more apparent.

In The News 11-22-10

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Here are some of the news stories on the radar screen that you may want to be aware of. Voice of OC Receives California Endowment Grant; Costa Mesa police chief, captain placed on leave; Nelson Pushes Lobby Reform II.

Political Hit Sites Thrive: Shawn Nelson Takes a Turn

A new political hit site has debuted against 4th district supervisor Shawn Nelson and as political hit sites go, it’s a little lame.  The site www.nowaynelson.com has a photo of Shawn Nelson sitting on bricks of gold and the defintion of hypocrite below the photo and three links to stories about Nelson’s pension enrollment in…