Members of Santa Ana City Council will discuss Tuesday what action, if any, to take regarding Councilwoman Claudia Alvarez’s remarks in which she compared downtown property owner Irving Chase, who is Jewish, to Adolf Hitler.

Specifically, they will consider whether Alvarez violated the city’s code of ethics, which requires council members to treat members of the public respectfully.

The possible actions, according to an agenda item submitted by Councilmen David Benavides and Carlos Bustamante, range from condemning her comments to asking for her resignation.

Last week Alvarez blasted Irving Chase and Downtown Inc., the organization charged with promoting, securing and cleaning up the downtown core. In addition to comparing Chase to Hitler, she insinuated that he was using the special property tax that funds Downtown Inc. to bankrupt Latino merchants in the area, allowing Chase to acquire their buildings.

The Anti-Defamation League, a worldwide Jewish organization that fights anti-Semitism, condemned her comments as an “anti-Semitic tirade.” The organization then called for her resignation after she refused to apologize personally to the Chase family.


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