Eye on Santa Ana

It looks like the old Claudia Alvarez is back. The Santa Ana Councilwoman was honored by Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido at Monday night’s City Council meeting for her work in helping to identify funding for more gang enforcement police officers.

When she made her comments, she said that this had nothing to do with the current City Council, but was due to the efforts of the last City Council. That was an obvious slight at the current Council newcomers – Michele Martinez, Sal Tinajero, David Benavides and Vince Sarmiento. Smooth move Claudia – great way to make friends on the Council.

She also said, after Martinez referred to Generation Y and the great things that the young people of this city are doing, that it is really about Generation X, or something to that effect. This too was a clear swipe at Michele Martinez. I wonder if Alvarez knows that Santa Ana has more young people under the age of 18 than any other city in the O.C.?

My sources tell me that Pulido is encouraging Alvarez to run against Janet Nguyen for the O.C. Board of Supervisors. Of course! He will support her all the way as doing so prevents her from running against him for Mayor.

That explains why Alvarez is turning on Martinez, who has befriended Nguyen. How petty.

Of course this will all backfire on Alvarez now as she will fewer and fewer supporters by the time the Supervisorial election rolls around.

I am so disappointed. Alvarez showed last year that she was starting to mature and get things done, but now she has regressed to her old curmudgeonly self. What a shame.

Alvarez should by the way be applauded for her work with the police department, but Martinez tried to read the names of those hurt or killed this year in our city by the eruption of gang violence, during her closing comments at the Council meeting. The other Council members prevented her from doing so – including Alvarez.

City staffers and the Council members, sans Sal Tinajero who left early due to a death in the family, piled on Martinez, saying that by reading the names of the victims she was inadvertently honoring gang members. Are we to believe that the three year old shot this weekend was a gang member?

Kudos to Martinez for standing up against violence and for the victims of it. We know where she stands, and now we also know that Alvarez and the others on the Council, including Pulido, have no clue.

The O.C. Register covered the latest Santa Ana Relay for Life. They reported that, “the Santa Ana relay raised more than $32,000.” Congratulations to all who were involved in this effort to raise money to fight cancer.

Firefighter Appreciation Day. Santa Ana Neighborhood Communication Linkage Forum invites you to participate in Firefighter Appreciation Day. A special ceremony will take place at Fire Station #5 – 120 W. Walnut Street from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Santa Ana fire stations will also be open to visitors on May 23rd from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please use this time to stop by the stations to show your appreciation for our local fire fighters with homemade goodies and cards of appreciation. Please refer to the attached flyer for additional details or contact Mary Gozman at (714) 953-4191 guzmar@peoplepc.com.

General meeting of Communication Linkage Forum (Com-Link) at the SAPD Community Room. Social and networking starts at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 24. Program for the evening begins at 7:00 p.m. For additional details contact the Neighborhood Improvement Office at 714.667.2260.

Summer Youth Resource Bash for Santa Ana Youth and Parents. The BASH will provide a forum fo ryouth and their parents to address summer youth services and programs. The event will be staged from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Santa Ana City Hall Council Chambers. Parking will be validated. Refer to the attached flyer or call 714.647.6900.

Councilwoman Michele Martinez is hosting the First Co-Ed Softball Tournament at Memorial Park in Santa Ana on Sunday July 1, 2007. This event was established to raise money for the Pio Pico Elementary School Summer Program.

SAUSD has gone to a traditional school schedule and it will put many kids without a place to go during the summer. The Pio Pico Summer Program will offer kids a safe place to learn and have recreational opportunities while their parents are working. Without the necessary funding, this program can not provide arts and crafts, sports activities or field trips.

We are soliciting sponsorships for the softball event with monies going to the program. Sponsorships cost $250 and the name of your business will be identified on each of the t-shirts we will be giving to each participant of the tournament.

Checks for sponsorship can be made payable to OCCF (Orange County Community foundation) Tax ID#330378778

Send to City of Santa Ana C/O Councilwoman Michelle Martinez

P.O. Box 1988 M-30
20 Civic Center Plaza
8th Floor
Santa Ana , Ca 92701

We are also collecting donations of food/drinks for the BBQ we will be hosting during the tournament. We are having a traditional menu of hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, nachos, and drinks. If you are interested in donating any items we can use in our food booth, please contact Lynnette Verino @ (714)878-1047 or e-mail lverino@sbcglobal.net

Thank you again for your interest in our fundraiser. The event will run 8am until the championship team is identified. Feel free to stop by and enjoy the fun and watch a game or two and have some delicious food. This is all in the name of giving to our youth in Santa Ana.

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