El Centro Cultural de Mexico, a long standing non-profit in the city
of Santa Ana, faces eviction by mid-July. The award-winning organization
has been housed for the past five years at the Knights of Pythias
building on the corner of West Fifth Street and Broadway. The location had
been one o ... More >>
Courtesy of the New Santa Ana blogA curious ad appeared this week in the pages of the Viet Herald, the Little Saigon daily. SanTana City Council candidate Nam Pham, running against incumbent Sal Tinajero and possibly fake candidate Helen Martinez, asked for the support of the Herald's Vietnamese ... More >>
Hispanic Heritage Month is nearly upon us, so what better time than to examine a very-OC* phenomenon: the Mexican who isn't Mexican! The person with un nopal en la frente who nevertheless trashes wabs, the brown version of Uncle Ruckus on the brilliant The Boondocks. La naranja has spawned some o ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Busty: More liberal than Loretta?Only in the Bizarro world that is Orange County Latino politics can you have a brownie Republican be more Aztlanista than a brownie Dem, yet that's what happened last week. In a symbolic resolution, the SanTana City Council expressed their support for the DREAM Ac ... More >>
*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 >>
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 >>
Over the weekend, the Orange County Register reported that SanTana City bureaucrats have put their much-vaunted Renaissance Plan on hold after public outcry over its Big Hermano approach to redevelopment. But that's not the biggest news: reporter Doug Irving also revealed that councilmember Vince Sa ... More >>
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 >>
A couple of weeks ago, we discussed the Renaissance Blob, the strange cutout in SanTana's Renaissance Specific Plan that conveniently excluded the family businesses of Mayor Miguel "What's my Nickname?" Pulido and councilmember Vince Sarmiento from its boundaries. SanTana planning commissioner Sean ... More >>
Final post in our Carlos Bustamante conflict-of-influenza series--for now...
All this week we've focused on Carlos Bustamante, the SanTana councilmember who gladly takes money from people seeking something from the city, then votes favorably for his donors. Some readers have wondered about my focus ... More >>
*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 >>
Today, a chingo of SanTana residents met at State Senator Lou Correa's office to discuss the Renaissance Specific Plan, which seeks to transform the city's downtown in a good (according to proponents) or gentrifying-Mexicans-outta-there (says opponents) way. I'm sure the other SanTana blogs--specif ... More >>
Earlier today, we wrote about the Renaissance Blob, the strange drawing of boundaries in SanTana's Renaissance redevelopment plan that weaved around properties operated by the families of Mayor Miguel Pulido and councilmember Vince Sarmiento. In a comment, Liberal OC blogger/SanTana planning commiss ... More >>