OC 2020 NEWS: Santa Ana Police Pushing Solorio for Mayor


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The corrupting big-spending interests want to see an avaricious Jose Solorio as Mayor, with Mark McLoughlin of Ward 3 behind him.  Check out http://latinotrump.com/ for more pertinent recent history!

Thanks to the Santa Ana Clerk of Council’s Independent Expenditure Report we’re learning a few things.

On Thursday October 1, the Santa Ana Police Officers Association Independent Expenditure Committee (i.e., their PAC) spent $7,087.42 on an independent expenditure: a mailer for Mark McLouglin in Ward 3.  He’s running against four other candidates, including activist’s choice Jessie Lopez and Supervisor Doug Chaffee’s assistant Janelle Welker.

On Tuesday October 6, the other boot on the neck dropped: SAPOA’s PAC spent $5,540.19 for an independent expentiture for their chosen Mayoral candidate, who you just had to know would be crooked, cynical, and repulsive Jose Solorio. who has been awaiting this moment for a long time.

Janelle Welker attracted two IE expenditures and Claudia Alvarez one both including their names, and Jessie Lopez had two from the OC’s Civic Engagement Table Action (also a PAC). (Amounts for all these to be filled in here later — any volunteers?)  Of greater interest are the heavy hitters: Dishonest Dave Gilliard’s OC Homeowners PAC and the latest Corporate + Conservative Unions iteration of a JOBS PAC.

So here it is: On Oct. 6, the Alliance for Jobs and the Economy reported spending $24,919 to OPPOSE (!) Mayoral candidate Cecilia Iglesias.  That same day, they announced spending $19,082 to oppose Mayoral candidate Vince Sarmiento.  This is likely coming from Solorio proponents, though I haven’t yet looked at their contributors.  I suppose this means I’m going to have to endorse.

As for Cunningham’s patron Dishonest Dave, his first filing is contributing two $1000 slate mailer listings to Cynthia Contreras, who’s running in Ward 1 against Thai Viet Phan, Thomas Anthony Gordon, and someone named Adame.  It’s labeled as supporting her, but I suspect that he’s actually working to boost Gordon, and wants Contreras to siphon off “ethnic solidarity” votes that might otherwise go to Phan.

His second filing does the same $2000 favor for Mark McLoughlin in Ward 3, at that one seems likely to be in earnest.  His third filing gives $7000 total for two slate mailers for Jose Solorio for Mayor.  And his fourth filing gives $1500 for two slate mailers for Juan Villegas in Ward 5.

So, Santa Ana activists — get the word out that Solorio, Villegas, McLoughlin, and Contreras (although it might not be her fault) are getting those slate mailer listings from one of the most vicious and unscrupulous right-wing conduits of dark money in the state of California.  Hopefully they’ll ignore those mailers, if they’re warned!

And yes. I give in — I hereby endorse Sarmiento for Mayor, because I don’t want Solorio making these sorts of appointments.


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 (in violation of Roberts Rules) when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Expelled from DPOC in October 2018 (in violation of Roberts Rules) for having endorsed Spitzer over Rackauckas -- which needed to be done. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. One of his daughters co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)