• Philmore

    I live elsewhere and have no horse in this race, and I can anticipate the S__tstorm of responses of perceived opposition to spending on police, but in using ONE TIME FUNDS (that’s what “surplus” is, right?) for what should be critical PERMANENT positions, aren’t you just (not only) sewing the seeds of NEXT YEAR’S “budget crisis”, but adding a heaping dollop of fertilizer as well ? (Cops are NEVER cheap !) Have the folks voting on this LOOKED at the financial consequences, have conditions there obliterated any thought on that subject, or don’t they generally look out that far ?

  • UnitedWeStand

    I understand the 4th of July firework situation has been a big problem for the police force. How about some prevention work to help alleviate problems rather than create more. Fireworks should have been banned long ago but the council continues take a wait and see attitude. Wait and see till someone really get hurts and sues the city, I guess.

  • Dave Brandt

    Finally our City Council is doing what the residents have been asking for for years, getting aggressive in the effort to increase the manpower on our Police Department. The sad part of this however is that this has been delayed so long that even if we are successful in adding 40 officers in this year time frame, we will still have a department that is smaller than it was 40 + years ago when our population was only about 160,000 or less. We can only hope that the City can come closer to the 80 number, then at least we will be showing some true improvement.

    The reality of the situation however is that no real progress will be realized for at the minimum 12 to 18 months if we are lucky and more likely closer to 24 months as the hiring and training of a new officer is long and laborious.

    Never the less, this is potential progress in the proper direction.

    As a former Member of the Council, I want to thank each of you who voted in the afirmative. You have taken a step that might well signal the beginning of a new, safer and better future for our City.

    For Roman who voted no, I can only say that I understand your reasoning but at this point in time, our Police Department has to be our main priority. 40 plus years ago when I left the Council, we had approximately 2.18 Police Officers per 1,000 residents, which at best was barely satisfactory. Today that number is far closer to .82 Officers per 1,000 residents which is woefully inadequate. In fact to even be close to reasonable, the number should be far closer to 3 Officers per 1,000 residents and even that isn’t ideal.

    Thanks again, Mayor Pulido and Council Members Sarmiento, Martinez, Amezcua, Benavides and Tinajero, a vote long over do.

    • David Zenger

      “Councilman Vincent Sarmiento argued that the department is vastly understaffed for this city of 335,000 residents, with less officers on the streets than decades ago when Santa Ana’s population was far smaller.”

      And how did that happen? The cop union used political pressure to ever increase their pay, benefits and pensions. More cost, especially in retroactive giveaways, fewer cops on the street. No rocket science involved.

      Somehow I doubt if your city is going to get any safer or better. Your problems are endemic and it has a lot to do with the caliber of your electeds, not lack of police.