Reyna was facing the likelihood of sworn testimony, in public, by other city officials and one of his family members regarding allegations he falsified residency documents. His resignation sets the stage for a potential shift in power at City Hall.
Roman Reyna is accused of being ineligible for the seat because he was living outside the ward during a city-required residency period and falsified his election paperwork, which Reyna disputes. The outcome could affect the balance of power on the council.
La respuesta al Presidente-Electo Donald Trump del consejo de Santa Ana es una declaracion del cuidad santuario. Tambien el consejo se enfrenta al syndicato de policias por sus tacticas durante las eleciones.
In response to President-elect Donald Trump’s vow for more deportations, council members declared Santa Ana a “sanctuary city.” And they harshly criticized the police union’s tactics during the election campaign.
The city’s police union spent heavily to gain control of the council and union-backed candidates won three seats. But it failed to oust Councilman Vincent Sarmiento, who is now seen as a swing vote on police issues.
With his own victory, and those by other police union-backed candidates in Santa Ana City Council races, Mayor Miguel Pulido appears to have regained much of the power he lost in the 2012 “Santa Ana Spring” election.
The longtime Santa Ana mayor has put together a law-and-order coalition in an effort to take back control of the City Council. To succeed, he and his police-union backers must unseat incumbent councilmen Vincent Sarmiento and Roman Reyna.
Some who attended an election forum Tuesday argued that money from the city’s police budget should be redirected toward expanding opportunities for youth. Others said there are already too few cops on the street.