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The OC Professional Firefighters Association is backing Mayor Pulido

Mayor Pulido, Fire Truck

From the New Santa Ana Blog

The Orange County Professional Firefighters Association has announced that they are endorsing Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido in this year’s November General Election.

This is the second major public safety endorsement that Pulido has picked up this week. He was endorsed yesterday by the Santa Ana Police Officers Association, as we reported. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana awarded $1.2M to hire ten police officers

Pulido with the police

City of Santa Ana, Downtown Orange County

Community Alert: CITY OF SANTA ANA AWARDED $1.2 MILLION TO HIRE ADDITIONAL POLICE OFFICERS – COPS GRANT FUNDING ANNOUNCED

SANTA ANA, CA (September 30, 2014) – The City of Santa Ana was awarded with over $1.2 Million for the hiring of ten additional police officers by the federal Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program. The award represents the largest allocation in Southern California and will be used to meet the City’s public safety hiring goals.

“This is great news for the City of Santa Ana,” said Mayor Miguel Pulido. “Public safety is the community’s number one priority and with our new strengthened financial position we will be able to take advantage of this grant and hire much needed police officers. Having recently gone on a ride along with our officers I know first-hand how this funding will make an impact.” Read more…

 
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Mayor Miguel Pulido to host a State of the City reception on 9/30

Miguel Pulido Reception

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido is hosting a campaign breakfast reception that will include a “State of the City” update on September 30, 2014, from 7:30 am to 9:30 am at the Bowers Museum, in the John Lee Court, at 2002 N. Main St., in Santa Ana.

Tables are available for $2,000 and individual tickets are available for $200.  Please RSVP to Alisha Mendoza at (213) 891-2965 or via email here.

About Mayor Pulido

Since he was first elected to the Santa Ana City Council in 1986, Mayor Miguel Pulido has been a major force in the renaissance and economic revitalization of the City.  He is currently serving his sixth term as Mayor and has proven to be a leader, not only within the community, but regionally and nationally.  Mayor Pulido has focused his efforts on improving the quality of life for all Santa Ana residents.   During his tenure the City has experienced a 58 percent reduction in crime, an increase in home values, a rise in the number of business licenses, an enhancement of the economic opportunities for the private sector, an overall revitalization of the City’s infrastructure and an expansion in social and culture venues. Read more…

 
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Ward 4 City Council candidate Padilla to host a campaign reception on Sep. 18

Alex Padilla for City Council

Alex Padilla, our endorsed candidate for Ward 4 on the Santa Ana City Council, is hosting a campaign reception on Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014, from 6 to 8 pm, at his family’s home, at 2542 S. Rene Dr., in Santa Ana.  Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido will be speaking at this event.

Tacos and refreshments will be provided courtesy of Mexicanisimo Restaurant, which his owned by another of our endorsed Council candidates, Mike Gonzalez, who is running for Ward 6.  RSVP here or call 714-724-6114.

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Mayor Pulido to discuss mosquito spraying plans with city officials and Vector Control

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Mayor Pulido to meet with city officials to discuss the OC Vector Control District’s spraying plan

SANTA ANA – Mayor Miguel Pulido will be meeting on Monday morning with Santa Ana city officials, including the City Manager, David Cavazos, to discuss the proposed spraying of an insecticide in Santa Ana’s neighborhoods by the Orange County Vector Control District.  The intent of the spraying program is to kill mosquitoes so as to reduce the risk of West Nile Virus transmission in Orange County.

Mayor Pulido is concerned about the short public notice about the spraying as the press release announcing the spraying was distributed last Friday and the Vector Control District was planning to start spraying as early as this Monday, September 8, 2014.

The spraying has since been called off temporarily due to unfavorable weather, as disclosed in an updated press release. Read more…

 
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Mayor Pulido comes through for resident whose house was damaged by a tree

Photo shot by Mary Jo Geczi of a tree that had fallen on her home in Santa Ana. Photo by Mary Jo Geczi.

Photo shot by Mary Jo Geczi of a tree that had fallen on her home in Santa Ana’s Washington Square neighborhood. (Photo by: Mary Jo Geczi)

When a Tree Falls on a Home, Does It Make a Sound at City Hall?

By ADAM ELMAHREK, Voice of OC

Santa Ana resident Mary Jo Geczi was in a panic a couple Saturdays ago after powerful winds caused a 100-foot Sequoia to topple onto her house in the city’s Washington Square neighborhood.

Worried that at any minute the tree would come crashing into the entry way of the 1933 lath and plaster house, she called the city to have someone come out to remove it. But the city official who showed up told her she’d have to wait until Monday — it wasn’t an emergency. Read more…

 
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Pension costs: Pushing cities to fiscal disaster

Pension costs: Pushing cities to fiscal disaster

By San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed & Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, The San Diego Union-Tribune 

The skyrocketing cost of public employee retirement benefits is one of the greatest challenges facing cities and other government agencies across California today. Annual taxpayer contributions to CalPERS, the state’s main retirement system, have jumped from about $2 billion to nearly $8 billion over the past decade. Many non-CalPERS agencies have seen similar retirement cost increases as well.

Despite these rising contributions, the state’s retirement systems are significantly underfunded, with their collective unfunded liabilities for pension and retiree health care benefits totaling hundreds of billions of dollars. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana Mayor Planning Gun Buyback: “None of Us Are Safe”

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Santa Ana Mayor Planning Gun Buyback: “None of Us Are Safe”

The city’s first-ever gun buyback was set for Saturday, officials announced

By Melissa Pamer and Ted Chen | Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 | Updated 8:10 PM PST

In the wake of a series of Orange County shootings that left three slain, Santa Ana officials on Wednesday announced the city’s first-ever gun buyback program. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana city manager’s future could be decided Tuesday

Santa Ana City Manager Paul Walters

Santa Ana city manager’s future could be decided Tuesday

The Santa Ana City Council on Tuesday will continue with its evaluation of City Manager Paul Walters, and could decide on his dismissal.

By RON GONZALES / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

SANTA ANA – The City Council in closed session on Tuesday will continue its performance evaluation of City Manager Paul M. Walters on Tuesday, as well as his potential dismissal. Read more…

 
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City manager’s job dominates Santa Ana council meeting

Published: Jan. 8, 2013 Updated: 3:42 p.m.

City manager’s job dominates Santa Ana council meeting

 

Rumors that Paul M. Walter could be fired brought a crowd to City Hall on Monday, even though neither he nor the position were on the agenda.

By RON GONZALES / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

SANTA ANA – An issue not on the Santa Ana City Council agenda dominated the first meeting of 2013 – the future of City Manager Paul M. Walters.

Spurred by phone calls, news stories and blog posts, some two dozen residents, as well as business and labor leaders, spoke to the council Monday to voice their support for Walters, the city’s former police chief who was appointed to the post of city manager seven months ago. At one point, about 75 to 100 stood up in the council chamber in a show of support. Read more…

 
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