• Paul Lucas

    So, correct me if Im wrong but it seems that someone has gotten their hooks into Martinez.

  • LFOldTimer

    Apparently they don’t want to upset the delicate racial balance that currently exists on their council.

    Isn’t it strange how no one screams about it in SA like they did in Anaheim?

    Hmmm?

    • David Zenger

      True, but I assure you the root motivation of PulidoCorp® is identical to Pringle’s Puppets® in Anaheim – and it has nada to do with ethnicity. The motivation is to keep it as hard as possible to win a council seat. This is so only the union and corporate-backed candidates can win.

      And when you forget the rhetoric and look at the voting records as a “body of work” you’ll see that there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between Pulido’s Junto and the Anaheim council when it was run by PringleCorp®.

      • LFOldTimer

        I’m not an expert in Anaheim politics. I don’t know specifics about the personalities that sit on the council. But the district election controversy was marketed by the media and the activists in Anaheim as being a racial issue due to lack of Hispanic representation on the council. Even the ACLU got involved. I don’t blame the Hispanic residents for wanting a Hispanic council member. I supported their district elections. And I understand a Hispanic activist was elected to the council. Good for them!

        But if we’re going to play racial politics in OC then it should apply across the board, including in Santa Ana where the minority racial groups should also have better opportunities to elect members of their ethnic groups to the council. But I don’t hear the media or the activists complaining or raising a ruckus.

        People tend to shout “discrimination” only when it affects their particular ethnic group. If their neighbor with a different skin color is discriminated against – tough luck.

        • David Zenger

          It was a “racial” issue to the ACLU et al., but to some of us it was really a neighborhood issue.

          But the klepto crowd couldn’t have cared less about anglo domination or of suppressing Latinos. It was all about keeping power by making it impossible for anybody but candidates put up by Pringle from winning. In a city of $300,000 running a campaign costs a fortune. With districts an outsider not beholden to Disney, the cops, and SOAR at least has a fighting chance.

          In Santa Ana I think the same thing applies. I doubt if Pulido cares anything about ethnicity one way or another – just so long as winners can be controlled through the monied support of the cops and and a few high rollers.

          • LFOldTimer

            “It was a “racial” issue to the ACLU et al., but to some of us it was really a neighborhood issue.”

            Yes. But I think you’ll agree that you were a part of a small minority group of knowledgeable observers who truly understood the mechanics of Anaheim’s city government and the inside corruption that happens between city government and the business interests that control government.

            The large majority looked at the district election controversy as a racial issue. This is the way it was addressed in the media and by the Anaheim Hispanic activists.

  • Paul Lucas

    What a shame.

  • David Zenger

    “Pulido opposed the effort altogether, saying the city has been “fortunate to not have” district elections. Allowing people to move around 30 days before running for a seat gives people more choices and “freedom,” he added.”

    How funny. Somewhere George Orwell is smiling.