• Elhorizonte

    This hit piece fails to generate any actual conflict involving Pulido. It raises the issue of Pulido appearing in a few photos and attempts to persuade the reader into assuming guilt by association but fails terribly at doing so. To begin with, Mariscos Hector is a successful restaurant that attracts many patrons. If Pulido is seen at that establishment at all it would merely be an indication that he is aware that a certain base of potential voters are attracted to the establishment and just like any other Mayor, he is interacting with his constituents. The article fails to state that within the same video clip where he is seen with Olivares, he is also beside Roberto Tapia, a leading regional mexican singer who was a guest judge on the Spanish-language version of American Idol. So yes…. very alarming!!! Pulido standing beside a famous singer.

    The article than points to the purported relationship between Pulido and Olivares. If Olivares was in fact a previously convicted drug offender than the article attempts to taint Pulido’s reputation by interacting with Olivares. This is the same tactic the Republicans used when they attempted to smear Obama for being on the same board with Bill Ayers of the radical left group Weather Underground while he was in Chicago many years after being tried in court. The article then raises the possibility of Olivares being a DEA informant. If at one point he was a convicted drug offender-turned informant, then wouldn’t his actions be counter intuitive to drug dealing? If anything, he would be taking on tremendous personal risk to be a drug informant for law enforcement and should be applauded for his efforts as opposed to the insinuations suggested by this article. The article then suggests that the photos of the weed plants or the gold plated guns all suggest illicit activity that includes Pulido. How is this any different than rappers posing with stacks of cash, driving in nice vehicles, and rolling large marijuana blunts. Social media attempts to draw likes and fans by projecting a certain image. The conclusion of this article is that if you are Mexican and hang out at a certain establishment and post certain things on social media then you are criminal. How is this not racial profiling and an attempt to link Pulido to nefarious drug cartel activity. The evidence, up until now suggests, otherwise. The one clear example where any attempt was made to actually tie Pulido to a criminal act was when Pulido recused himself. If he received a donation from a co-owner of Mariscos Hector then he might be correct to recuse himself from the vote out of an abundance of caution. So sorry not sorry, Voice of OC, but so far your rag-tag attempt at amateur journalism fails to yield any concrete criminal offense. Had you otherwise done so, the district attorney would have been involved and then, and only then, your article would have yielded substance worth reporting on.

    • Rivett

      The shill squad is out in force today.

      • Elhorizonte

        Actually you’re part of the shill squad. Without raising an an actual objection to my response you make yourself look stupid.

    • RITCHIE VALENS

      Eres parte de esa misma inche bola de ojetes. Hector Marisco es una Mierda. Tu nomas le estas mamando los….a los dos. Who cares about this clown, he’s a rat. Let him be, el que anda en malos pasos ya sabes. You totally sound like you are writing on their behalf. Ya te descubristes TUHORIZONTE OJETE

  • SAnative

    Is anyone questioning any of the business of the white gentrifiers that have swept up downtown SA and displaced the many Latin@-owned businesses? Or can the white man do no wrong/harm? (Other than colonize and kill) This is worse than the vomit that exits Trump’s mouth!

    • Rivett

      Oh poor you and your identity politics. Pulido is a corrupt crook, Janet Nguyen is corrupt, Tony Rackauckas is corrupt, Dave Garofalo was/is corrupt, and about a thousand others of every shade or tint. Now shut it.

      • Elhorizonte

        Wow, how articulate? Is that your evidence, just typing in “_______________” is corrupt. How about you support your arguments or is that beyond comprehension? This is not identity politics, its called “reason.” Sorry you don’t seem to respect the constitution or any of the content contained within it.

  • Philmore

    So, how much did Olivares contribute to the Clinton Foundation ?

    • Elhorizonte

      Huh? This was never even mentioned in the article.

      • Philmore

        My deep apologies to your caretaker(s) for causing them the unpleasant task of collecting the fragments of your exploded brain and completely cleaning the room, when an article comment containing more than one frame of reference escapes their otherwise diligent censorship.

  • chubbers

    Turning a blind eye to excesses, and yes by patronizing the restaurants you are indirectly involved, people know from workers, chisme, what is the underlying business and it is not food, it is control and power.

    • Elhorizonte

      What workers are you referring to? Sorry, chisme does not meet the ethical standards of journalism. What does control and power have to do with anything beyond being interesting slogans in your vacuous comment.

  • Jose Joe Moreno

    Might as well implicate Hillary Clinton in this sensational headline too. Wasn’t Hillary “partying” with the proprietor of Hectors too?

    Shame on Hillary’s secret service people for not doing background checks and polygraphing everybody who attends one of her events, gives her a campaign contribution or takes a selfie with her

    Obviously, the Mayor of Santa Ana should have known because he has more resources at his disposable than the next President of the United States. D-OH!

    In fact, every person who “liked” Hector’s Facebook posts or parties with one of its owners is guilty of association; all the residents of Santa Ana who patronage the restaurant, the city council-members, college board members, the local Democratic Party officials, and latino business groups are guilty, everybody who listens to the Narco music(because if you listen to it you support it) the medicinal marijuana community, and anybody who flashes cash money, wears a Rolex and drives a expensive car are all bad people.

    This story is far reaching, imposes a different standard on latinos, and is against felons from getting a second chance,

    Lame!

    • chubbers

      It is acceptance of this Cartel lovestyle

      • Jose Joe Moreno

        Like watching the God father series and good Fellas makes one in acceptance of the mafia lifestyle.

        Really!

      • Elhorizonte

        How is this acceptance of a “cartel” lifestyle? The article fails to raise any connection with any cartel, there is no proof or cartel related activity. A cartel is not an ambiguous loaded term in the way you use it, it actually is an organized group from a specific region with a specific shared goal. Taking a photo with someone is not an endorsement.

  • Jen Woelm

    Has the same familiar tone as the Garden Grove City Hall employees and their antics!

  • Paul Lucas

    This is the stuff of a Hollywood Movie.