THE big story in SanTana this summer has been the hiring of a new city manager: David Cavazos, who's coming from Phoenix, where he has done a bang-up job of helping to make the city cool. There's burgeoning arts districts, light rail, good restaurants, and a community that has largely accepted such gentrifying changes--all features that the SanTana City Council want. Of course, the public has largely, rightfully concentrated on the trash bags of cash said council is giving Cavazos--over half a million dollars per year when you factor his benefits, salary, and retirement package, making him the second-highest-paid city manager in California--but the council doesn't care: they want to be COOL, YOLO!
That was the topic of my KCRW-FM 89.9 "Orange County Line" commentary yesterday.
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Two additional points: I was able to work in the pronunciation of "Santa Ana" as SanTana--just like the natives pronounce it, much to the annoyance of hipsters-come-lately--AND I was able to make my all-time favorite simile of the city: SanTana as Norma Desmond. Enjoy!