David Benavides

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    Undocumented Caravan Stops in OC Today Along its Statewide Pro-TRUST Act Trip

    California families started their undocumented caravan journey on Monday urging the passage of the TRUST Act. As it makes its way from San Diego to Sacramento, one of the planned stops includes the cities of SanTana and Orange. "The TRUST act will limit collaboration between local law enforcement a ... More >>

  • News

    January 3, 2013

    Jeff LeTourneau's Grassroots Revival

    The legendary LGBT activist hopes to become chairman of the Democratic Party of Orange County

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    November 8, 2012

    'We Will Live to Fight Again'

    Election Day dispatches from around the county

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    November 7, 2012

    Meet the Three 2012 Election Candidates Who'll Hate OC Weekly Forever Because We Helped to Defeat Their Asses

    The nicest thing anyone ever wrote about your favorite infernal rag's news team was former Weekly writer Steve Lowery--oh, Lowery, how we miss you! Anyhoo, the occasion was the 2004 resignation of Huntington Beach Mayor Pam Houchen, after Nick Schou exposed her on a real-estate scheme that would lan ... More >>

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    October 9, 2012

    OC Weekly 2012 Election Guide: Santa Ana!

    One in an occasional series on the county's craziest political races...and while we don't endorse candidates, we can sure as hell tell you who's more pendejo than others!Good ol' SanTana, the city that proved having Latinos running the city doesn't improve corruption, the place where progress is hav ... More >>

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    April 28, 2012

    Newsong's Santa Ana Strategy: Save the Poor, Support the Arts, Fight the Gays and Drunks

    My first interaction with Newsong Church--which has all of the Artists Village in SanTana freaked out because they just bought the Santora Building--came years ago, in a building they currently own on 511 E. Santa Ana Boulevard. Back then, it was known as PrimeUrban, and the main tenant was SolArt G ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    Stop Stealing Our Cars, New Documentary, Shows Santa Ana's Fight Against Unjust Impound Policies

    ​Working-class immigrant residents of SanTana have been beneficiaries of new, fairer vehicle impound policies since October 1, 2011, when activists scored a solid grassroots victory. Stop Stealing Our Cars, set to premiere this Saturday at El Centro Cultural de Mexico in the city's downtown, is an ... More >>

  • News

    November 10, 2011

    The Occupy Movement's Urban Struggle

    While Irvine's is City Council-approved, Santa Ana's encounters resistance

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    March 21, 2011

    Santa Ana Councilmembers Michelle Martinez and Claudia Alvarez: Frenemies for Life?

    Martinez​I must admit, it was an absolutely jarring St. Patrick's Day for me, and not because of the special Jameson I imbibed at Memphis at the Santora in SanTana. Just before that, I went to the opening of Chapter One: the modern local, the pretentiously named new restaurant in downtown SanTana ... More >>

  • News

    September 16, 2010

    Vote-Splitting Plot In Santa Ana

    [Moxley Confidential] Sal Tinajero says he has proof his opponent and former opponent were in cahoots

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    UPDATED: Sal Tinajero Says He Has Proof of Vote-Splitting Plot in Santa Ana

    Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyCouncilman Sal Tinajero​Except for me and Sal Tinajero, the oversized, second-floor debate classroom at Fullerton Union High School was empty. Newspaper clips hailing Tinajero's success as a teacher (he was named National Teacher of the Year in 2005 by Hispanic magazi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    Art Pedroza: Santa Ana Looking To Dump Controversial Council Member

    Benavides in big trouble?​I didn't attend tonight's Santa Ana city council meeting, but influential political blogger Art Pedroza is reporting that he thinks the council majority "has had it with" member David Benavides and might be recruiting a candidate to replace him.Benavides' apparent sin? At ... More >>

  • News

    July 22, 2010

    Boss Mike Harrah

    [Moxley Confidential] Santa Ana sends a message to One Broadway Plaza's developer: Anything you say, sir

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Santa Ana Mayor-for-Life Miguel Pulido Uses Libreria Martinez Re-Opening to Babble about Himself

    Don Papi Pulido: A knight in his chessboard?​It's not uncommon for politicians to grandstand at any community event, but most of them make the token effort to relate their comments to the occasion at hand. That scenario happened again and again this Saturday, when secular saint Rueben Martinez re- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Racist OC Register Fustercluck of the Week: Bullets for Bangers!

    Nothing like a good old gang-related murder in Santa Ana to set off all the Register readers who would like nothing more than to see the city cordoned off by immigration cops and the entire non-English speaking population rolled into Tijuana-bound paddy wagons. The latest example? This story from We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    (UPDATED) Santa Ana's Grand Choo Choo Conspiracy Reaches End Game

    At least John Huston was a classy villain...​(*Updated, with new info on the bottom. Post originally published August 1...)At the end of the day yesterday--a Friday-- whoever's in charge of compiling the agenda for the SanTana City Council slipped the following item into the consent calendar: GO ... More >>

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    November 4, 2008
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    August 2, 2008

    Santa Ana Now Officially Run by Lazy Mexicans

    *Updated, with new information on the bottom... As the largest city in Orange County, SanTana needs a more-committed city council than, say, Laguna Niguel. Unfortunately, the county seat is cursed with buffoons, a veritable clowncil, to use the term of Orange Juice! bomb-thrower Art Pedroza. We've ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2008

    OC Fundie Funder Gives Money to Wacky Reeps, Homo-Haters--And Lou Correa?!

    The most influential Orange County man you've never heard of is undoubtedly Howard F. Ahmanson, Jr., heir to the Home Savings (remember that bank?) fortune. He rarely makes public appearances due to suffering from Tourette's Syndrome, but that hasn't stopped him from giving millions of dollars away ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2008

    Hispanic Bar Association Hijinks!

    With apologies to Orange County Register sports genius Randy Youngman, notes, quotes and observations from yesterday's Orange County Hispanic Bar Association annual fundraising dinner: *Greeting the well-dressed, well-coiffed crowd as they drove toward the Westin South Coast Plaza hotel were about ... More >>

  • News

    February 7, 2008

    Super Blogalicious

    Seen and Heard on Super Tuesday

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2008

    Obama OC Headquarters Wrapping Up With Hope, Uncertainty

    If you need any more proof that the Barack Obama campaign desperately sought the Latino vote, one needs no more proof than the Orange County headquarters of Barack Obama, situated on Broadway across the street from the Santora Arts Complex in SanTana. Plastered on the window are various Obama articl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2008

    None of His Bisno-iss

    Only in SanTana can an effort to impose term limits on Papi Pulido transform into a ballot measure to extend term limits for councilmembers. But that's exactly what happened with Measure D, which SanTana voters will decide on February 5 and is one of the most laughable pieces of crap to grace Orange ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2008

    Time to Give Santa Ana's Mayor a Nickname!

    Today, bad-ass Los Angeles Times reporter Jennifer Delson writes about the idiotic Measure D, the SanTana ballot measure that would extend city council term limits from eight years to 12 years. She reveals that Measure D originally started as an attempt by residents and councilmembers to install ter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2008

    Have Money, Will Vote: How Carlos Bustamante Pays Back Donors

    Part dos of 3... Every day, we drive by City Place, the unfinished development across the street from MainPlace Mall with cool live/work lofts and horrid restaurants (seriously: McCormick & Schmidt's and Corner Bakery as the anchor tenants??? Can't wait 'til Mother's Market opens to save us from th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2008

    Another Santa Ana Councilmember With Conflict - of - Influenza?

    *Updated, with new info on the bottom... Earlier, we discussed the developmental gerrymandering that seemingly allows SanTana mayor Miguel Pulido and councilmember Vince Sarmiento to vote on the city's Renaissance Specific Plan (RSP), the controversial project that seeks to "diversify" and "revital ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2007

    Orange Juice Makes Weekly Look Smart

    A couple of weeks ago, this paper named the SanTana-leaning Orange Juice the county's best blog because it represents the best qualities of the blogosphere: scoops, jocularity, personality, with a bit of libel and bad graphics thrown in. And some paranoid arrogance, we thought, after bloggers Sean M ... More >>