State Senate and Santa Ana City Candidates to Debate

Candidates for the 34th state Senate district and Santa Ana City Council plan to debate at a forum Thursday.

The debate, hosted by the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce, is focused on the candidates’ views on business issues.

The Senate candidates, Supervisor Janet Nguyen and community college trustee Jose Solorio, clashed recently in their first debate of the election season. Both played up their commitment to supporting businesses and jobs.

And at their most recent debate, City Council candidates sparred over questions about a proposed homeless shelter, mobile marijuana vendors and Santa Ana’s image problem, among others.

Santa Ana’s mayoral race took a new twist this past week when a video of Laura Perez, a Santa Anita neighborhood resident, ignited a massive response among local residents.

Perez was shown calling out Mayor Miguel Pulido for apparently looking down at his phone during public comments.

The video has been viewed more than 32,000 times and has about 600 comments, according to Facebook.

After several commenters called on Perez to run for mayor, she announced plans to run as a write-in candidate for the November election.

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It’s unclear if she’ll be participating in Thursday’s debate.

The debate runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santiago Community College District headquarters 2323 N. Broadway, Santa Ana.

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