What effect will a Bustamante victory have on the Santa Ana City Council?

Most experts feel that Tom Umberg will win in the race for the 1st Supervisorial District. However, what if he were to lose to Santa Ana Councilman Carlos Bustamante? I realize that is likely impossible, but let’s suspend reality for a bit and examine the likely outcome of that event.

Bustamante would have to resign from the Santa Ana City Council. Then he would have to be replaced – either by appointing someone to the balance of his term or by holding a special election. In either case, there are several people that I think would be in the mix to replace Bustamante, as follows:

Former Santa Ana Councilman Brett Franklin – he was on the council before Bustamante. He was a lot better at it. He is a Republican but unfortunately he is an ally of Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido. However, he is a great guy and he also serves on the OC GOP Central Committee. He has young children and he is married to a Latina. Franklin works in real estate.

Franklin told me an interesting story once that when he was elected to his second term, Bustamante suddenly walked into his office and told him that in four years he was going to run for Franklin’s seat on the City Council. He did not congratulate Franklin on his victory. Ever since, Franklin has not been a fan of Bustamante’s. This is one reason that Franklin is now running for the 1st Supervisorial District against Bustamante.

Former Santa Ana Councilman John Acosta – I believe Acosta is also a Republican. He is a great guy and he is a mentor to current Council Member Michele Martinez. He used to be a masonry contractor and he is now a Construction Administrator for an architectural company. He serves on the Santa Ana College Board of Directors. I have heard rumors that he was drummed off the Santa Ana City Council years ago via some made up scandal. My guess is he PO’d the powers that be, which is probably why I like him.

School Board Member John Palacios – Maybe he is getting tired of being on the school board? He is very well-connected with the unions and would have to be considered an eventual candidate to take on Pulido for the Mayor’s office. He is very savvy and his enemies would do well not to underestimate him.

Santa Ana Unified School District Bond Oversight Committee Member/Santa Ana Library Board Commissioner Oscar Garza – An ally of Tim Whitacre, Garza was involved in the recall of Palacio’s former fellow trustee, Nativo Lopez. He is Whitacre’s new alternate on the OC GOP Central Committee and he was in the running to replace Sal Tinajero on the SAUSD Board of Trustees.

Ryan Gene Williams – He now lives in Ward 3 and he serves on a county commission on drugs and alcohol. He is young, but energetic and eager to serve. Williams currently has his hands full helping Janet Nguyen’s campaign for the 1st District. He also has two votes on the OC GOP Central Committee, and was also appointed to be the 69th Assembly District’s representative on the OC GOP Central Committee’s Executive Committee.

Shane Barrows – President of the Park Santiago Neighborhood Association. He recently threw his hat in the ring for the SAUSD school board.

I’m sure I missed a few others – but I will leave it to my readers to suggest those overlooked candidates. Again, I fully expect Bustamante to lose, but wouldn’t it be funny if he won and Palacios ended up replacing him on the City Council? The unions would complete their takeover of the city, and Whitacre and his allies would probably have a big fat cow. And of course we would have quite a bit to write about…

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