Martinez says Gordon ouster was a "plot to get rid of the bloggers"

The L.A. Times, O.C. Edition, has published an article about Thomas Gordon’s removal from the EPIC/Gang Commission in Santa Ana.

Here are a few excerpts from Jennifer Delson’s article:

Gordon said he was surprised by his firing. “They didn’t even discuss this. How did they even know why they were voting?” said Gordon, a one-time mayoral candidate who was appointed to the panel in January. “What happened leads you to believe there was a backroom discussion.”

Only Councilwoman Michele Martinez voted against ousting Gordon.

In a city with few regular City Hall gadflies, Gordon has stood out. He has been critical about what he considers a lack of city response to graffiti, crime and the lack of parks and libraries. He has also complained about the conditions of city streets and the local school district.

In the fall of 2006, Gordon alerted authorities about illegal asbestos removal at One Broadway Plaza, the city’s largest commercial development.

Martinez, Gordon’s lone supporter on the council, said the vote shows “a disregard for the community.” “He has a done a good job on this commission. This is his government. He should be critical,” she said. “Why are we censuring people?”

Other council members could not be reached for comment.

Martinez, who opposed Thomas’ removal, said she reviewed a tape of the meeting where Gordon was alleged to have criticized Tinajero: “It never happened,” Martinez said. “This is a plot to get rid of the bloggers. They are going to do it one way or another.”

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