Papi Pulido

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Orange County Fair Elephant Ride is Over

    ​The Orange County Fair Board, facing a crowd of more than 100 that included many animal advocates today, voted to end elephant rides.The news was cheered by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which has sought bans on performing pachyderms around the country, and disdained by Have ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    Santa Ana Zoo Ends Elephant Ride

    ​Today's city of Santa Ana announcement that it is ending elephant rides at Santa Ana Zoo was cheered by animal rights activists. "Following more than a year of pressure from PETA, the Animal Protection and Rescue League, Animal Defenders International (ADI), and celebrities including Charo and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Is Santa Ana Ready for Some Pro Football?

    ​Are the San Francisco 49ers moving to Santa Ana?An NFL Network reporter says the storied franchise is on the way.Sort of.

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    May 25, 2011

    Online Petition Drive Targets Santa Ana Zoo Elephant Rides

    Laura Goldman, who lives in Los Angeles, read an LA Times article last November about the Santa Ana Zoo's elephant rides, which have been blasted by animal-rights activists and defended by city officials."I thought it was bizarre that a zoo would offer elephant rides," Goldman tells me of her reacti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    Santa Ana Mayor-for-Life Miguel Pulido Now an Aztlanista?

    Pulido: The New Emiliano Zapata?​Is the world coming to an end? Oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico, volcanic ashes creating havoc--and now, SanTana Mayor Don Papi Pulido joining wabs in not only condemning Arizona's anti-illegals SB1070, but bringing forth a resolution to oppose it AND vote for its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    SanTana's Designated Choo-Choo Builder Cordoba As Controversy-Ridden as They Come

    Spurious GeorgeAs we predicted, Don Papi Pulido and his SanTana City Puppets rewarded Cordoba Corporation over more-qualified candidates with a contract to head a proposed streetcar project because of Cordoba head George Pla's many SanTana connections. Doug Irving of the Orange County Register had a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    Santa Ana Bores Forbes

    Santa Ana, boring? Our hopping county seat, where dudes kidnap boys, bullets rain from the sky, the Cham live free, municipal workers are laid off as trash fees rise, violent crime has dropped but still rules the county, air conditioners are cranked up to 11 in January, Lamborghini dealerships come ... More >>

  • News

    January 1, 2009
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    December 31, 2008

    Salty, Overpriced, Inattentive, Mild, Disappointing Lola Gaspar in Santa Ana

    *Moved up, 'cause I hear people are reading this and talking. Did you know that if you Google "Lola Gaspar," this is the first post that shows up? Another strike against Lola--if ustedes had a website, this phenomenon probably would've never happened...**Moved up YET AGAIN because people still keep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    Dems Bringing Sexy Back?

    *Update: They just announced Papi Pulido beat out Michelle Martinez for the SanTana mayoral seat. Not much cheering. Everyone's busy bumping and grinding. *Update 2: A mean trick played by accident on congressional candidate Steve Young led him and his campaign team to believe, for a brief, exulta ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 30, 2008

    Altared States

    Noche de Altares

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2008

    Busty Bustamante Losing Sense of Reality

    *Updated, with new info on the bottom... I will always be a fan of Art Pedroza, the county's original political blogger and the man behind Orange Juice!, because he's living proof that people's political philosophies can change—in Art's case, he went from a homo-hating, MEChA-bashing Republican t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2008
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    September 29, 2008

    This is Why the Democratic Party in Orange County is Largely a Joke

    Last year, I gave a speech for some section of the Democratic Party of Orange County--I can't remember if it was the Foundation, Young Dems, or something, but it was at the Hacienda in SanTana. It wasn't well-received if I remember correctly through the haze of Maker's, mostly because I urged the yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2008

    The Untold Story of Santa Ana's Fiestas Patrias

    While the Orange County Register and others published fawning dispatches on SanTana's annual Fiestas Patrias Mexican Independence Day festival and parade this past weekend, no one bothered to look into how it came to be that festival organizers moved the Fiestas from its traditional Fourth Street lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2008

    The Renaissance Reconquista Will Be Televised

    Strange rumblings are emanating from downtown SanTana, where the perpetually squabbling merchants of Fourth Street seem to be sobering up to the reality that a new wave of invading immigrants--hipsters, artists, and young professionals with disposable incomes--is nibbling away at their bit of the mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2008

    Why Anaheim Historians Rule, and Santa Ana Historians Drool

    People frequently assume I'm a SanTana native, but that's probably because I devote so many stories to the Banana Republic. Fact is (as I've said a billion times in this paper and blog), I'm a proud fourth-generation Anaheimer (pre-order my coming book on the subject) who will proclaim Anaheim's sup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    July 10, 2008

    Baboso Busty Bursts Bubbles of Boho Beaners!

    *Updated, with new info after the jump... Carlos Bustamante was supposed to be the Golden Boy, the Mexican who could deliver Latinos to the Republican Party in Orange County. He won a SanTana City Council seat in 2004 by defeating a Papi Pulido-backed candidate in the one OC city where Democrats ru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2008

    Some Words of Advice for Mike Harrah

    Was walking up Main Street in SanTana the other day, and who was driving a massive Cadillac Escalade without a care to gas prices? None other than Mike Harrah, the Weekly's former landlord, one of many sugar papis to councilmember Claudia Alvarez, and the man who wants to build a 37-story building n ... 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

    April 23, 2008

    Libreria Martinez--Closing :-( ?

    *Updated with new info on the bottom... You know we live in dark times when a Macarthur Genius-winning mensch like Rueben Martinez has to close his legendary Libreria Martinez, the country's premier Latino-themed bookstore visited by every author from the legendary (Carlos Fuentes) to the terrible ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2008

    Papi Pulido Reads Emails!

    For the past five years, we've come to expect no response from longtime SanTana mayor Papi Pulido whenever the Weekly is working on a story involving the city. So have other longtime activists who approach him in public for a word, a murmur of acknowledgment about their concerns but come away disapp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2008

    Jennifer Delson--Going :-(

    Papi Pulido and his amigos can breathe a bit easier: longtime Los Angeles Times SanTana reporter Jennifer Delson is leaving the paper, as reported by LA Observed and confirmed by Delson via phone call. Delson has written about Orange County's wackiest city since 1999, when she was known as Jennifer ... More >>

  • Food

    February 14, 2008
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    February 6, 2008

    The Stupidest Voters in Orange County... in SanTana. Measure D, the ballot measure funded by developers which claimed it would weaken their own grip on City Hall, passed by a 54-46 margin last night. No excuses, SanTaneros: the lot of your are pendejos* who don't mind living under Papi Pulido and his band of conflict-of-influenza- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2008

    The Most Disturbing Fliers in the World

    Supporters of SanTana Mayor Papi Pulido claim he's the last line of defense before one of the most-Latino cities in the United States (and the largest with an all-Latino city council) finally becomes Mexico. But if the fliers that reached SanTana voter mailboxes over the weekend are any indications, ... More >>

  • News

    January 31, 2008

    Jerry, Be Wary

    AG Brown: Investigate Santa Ana Renaissance Plan's conflict-of-influenza, por favor

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2008

    I Remember Claudia Alvarez

    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 ... 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 20, 2008

    Santa Ana Officials Redraw Renaissance Plan Boundaries Again

    Today, Los Angeles Times SanTana reporter Jennifer Delson delivers a bombshell of a story on the city's Renaissance Plan: not only did city officials redraw the Renaissance Plan boundaries to omit the family businesses of councilmember Vince Sarmiento and Mayor Papi Pulido (as we reported last month ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2008

    And the Winner is...Papi Pulido!

    Last week, we asked ustedes to pick a nickname for SanTana Mayor Miguel Pulido, who's increasingly taking on the airs of a Latin American dictator. And the winner is...Papi Pulido! Personally, we liked El Caudillo Pulido better 'cause that would've allowed us to commission a portrait of Papi Pulid ... More >>

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    December 24, 2007

    Register, Times Slam Santa Ana Good--And a Challenge

    If there's one thing that Orange County Register editorial writer Steven Greenhut hates more than Sheriff Mike Carona, it's city-controlled urban planning, and he ripped SanTana officials a new one and then some yesterday in a piece blasting the city's much-ballyhooed Renaissance Specific Plan. Prop ... More >>