Gustavo remembers Claudia Alvarez…

It turns out that Gustavo Arellano has known Santa Ana Councilwoman Claudia Alvarez for a long time. Be sure to check out his latest post at the OC Weekly Navel Gazing blog, “I remember Claudia.” Here are a few excerpts from that article:

I remember SanTana councilmember Claudia Alvarez. I remember back in early 2000, when a friend of mine asked if I could help stuff envelopes for a campaign he was working on for a deputy district attorney. I remember meeting her–young, energetic, sincere–and thinking I wanted more politicians like her in office.

I remember Claudia Alvarez. I remember the shock when SanTana activists told me she was accepting muchos donations from developers. I remember the disgust I felt when Alvarez’s response to my articles was to attack her opponents.

I remember Claudia Alvarez. I remember hearing that SanTana’s Measure D–which would extend term limits from two four-year gigs to three–was designed specifically for Alvarez, whose second term is up this year. I remember being skeptical that politics could be that craven–until actually bothering to investigate. And I remember the cynical laugh I uttered this morning, when Los Angeles Times SanTana reporter Jennifer Delson revealed the Yes on Measure D campaign is being run out of Alvarez’s house.

Be sure to read Gustavo’s entire article. It is a sad tale of a tragic end to a politician who was once promising. Vote No on Measure D!

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