Major: Supervisor Andrew Do and Mayor Miguel Pulido Have Created Their Own Village

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Have you been telling all your friends and family to visit the newest attraction in Orange County?

No, it’s not Disneyland, or California Adventure, or Knott’s Berry Farm, it’s “Do-Pulidoville.”

People from all over the State and County are coming to “Do-Pulidoville” to call it home.

This new attraction is actually free camping areas throughout Orange County.

The largest camp is, of course, right in the center of government, the Civic Center in Santa Ana, where the City, County, State and Federal Government carry out their important business to serve and protect the citizens of this great County/Country.

This free camping and often free food comes with a price to the campers; no bathrooms, no showers, no heating, no relief from the heat or rain, no dignity, no stability and no home things, which most of us take for granted. “Do-Pulidoville” might look appealing to many people in third world countries, but here in Orange County it is just appalling.

It is clear to me that the “heart” of Orange County needs to be found, if one still exists, and ask it “to do unto others as we would have them do to us.”

It is clear that we the people and the government we elect only serve some people. Our elected leaders should organize the resources, and knowledge to solve this inhumane abomination. We lack the will and the leadership to see our way to compassion for these humble lost people.

“Do-Pulidoville” is named after the two local leaders (Miguel Pulido, Mayor of Santa Ana and Andrew Do, Supervisor of the 1st District) who should be leading the charge to organize compassionate solutions for this disgrace that has grown under their blind watch. Real leadership would include all stakeholders in this great County, not just government, but also the faith community, the business community, nonprofit organizations, volunteers, and most importantly the people who are most directly in need of help. One size does not fit all.

Who do these two serve?

Certainly they are not serving the poor souls that have found their last resort home in “Do-Pulidoville”. They are not serving the thousands of workers who work in the Civic Center during the day and go home to their nice neighborhoods at night. They certainly are not helping the young people who are investing in new homes and business in and around downtown. They surely aren’t serving the older residents whose property values are being impacted by this continuing and growing basin of despair in the center of Santa Ana. They are not serving the fine first responders who deal with issues caused by the shire number of homeless folks need for; support, jobs, food, shelter, basic hygiene, health care and hope.

We need leaders that will lead with their hearts, not with their heads and pocketbooks, and a community that follows their own hearts to see that our fellow citizens leave “Do-Pulidoville” to a better life. It is time for “Do-Pulidoville” to be resolved towards a compassionate end for these hundreds of homeless people and for its namesakes to be held accountable if they have no will to lead the way.

History note: The Hundreds of migrant/homeless camps that popped up in river beds, under bridges, and near train tracks, all around the U.S. during the Great Depression were called “Hoovervilles”. Named after our 31 President (1929-1933) Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964) who was considered responsible for the horrible conditions of the makeshift camps! He was not reelected for a second term as the people held him accountable.

Pete Major is a resident of Santa Ana.

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  • John Claxton

    Do is relatively new compared to Pulido’s 20+ years as mayor and another 5 as a council member. Senior Pulido has done nothing but line his own pockets with tax payers money. supervisor Nelson also had two years as chairman and he did zip, nada, nothing but complain. Spitzer at least probably made a few citizen arrests because they looked at him funny or something. Everyone gets a big fat “F”. Open up the bus terminal, get some storage set up, add some portable showers, bathrooms, get social workers and eligibility technicians set up down there. Give some hotel vouchers for those that participate in programming and job searches. Get something rolling!

  • LFOldTimer

    Blaming all this on Do and Pulido is very myopic. Oh, and I’m not a fan of either, btw.

    You have an army of city and county leaders and managers making beau-coup bucks on the backs of the homeless population who accomplish next to nothing. They blow hot air. That’s their specialty.

    Like any crisis (name it: war on drugs, war on homeless, war on poverty, war on terrorism, etc…) it almost always results in the creation of make-shift highly paid government jobs that are as worthless as the paper their job descriptions are written on.

    Where the heck is that homeless czar that the county hired? Overwhelmed. Just a bigger spoke in the wheel looking for a meal ticket.

    This is a systemic problem. Top to bottom. And there is no solution. It’s self-perpetuating. The bureaucracy grows and grows and grows and grows. Even at a faster rate than the homeless population itself. ha.

    The purpose of any bureaucrat is to create a bigger kingdom.

    At least understand the bigger problem even though you can’t do anything about it.