The Mellowing Effect of Elections in Santa Ana

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You can tell we’ve hit election season in Santa Ana just by showing up at a city council meeting and seeing how council members spend their time.

On Tuesday they spent more than two hours on proclamations and other feel-good measures, but only minutes on city business. It was a Kumbaya fest by a group that has been known for being at each other’s throats.

Beginning at 6 p.m. there were plaques for commissioners and awards for veterans and school kids — all of which provided plenty of photo opportunities for those members of council running for re-election this year. That group includes Councilwoman Michele Martinez, Councilman David Beavides, Councilman Sal Tinajero and Mayor Miguel Pulido.

Finally, after about two-and-a-half hours, the council actually got down to city business. And that was handled in minutes with a flurry of unanimous voice votes.

When it came down to concluding council comments, the diet was lite as well.

  • Councilwoman Michele Martinez was excited about the governor’s fitness challenge and a competition with Fountain Valley officials.
  • Councilman David Benavides reminded residents to visit the city website.
  • Councilman Vince Sarmiento reminded everyone the city zoo has a new Anteater exhibit.
  • Councilman Carlos Bustamante wanted residents to remember that there’s a garden tour in the Floral Park neighborhood.


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