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August 7, 1990 | LILY ENG and GREG HERNANDEZ
After a testy debate, the City Council passed a controversial ordinance Monday night that would subject council members to $1,000 fines or six-month jail terms if they disclose any matter discussed in closed sessions. The council voted 4 to 3 to approve Councilman Daniel E. Griset's proposal that prohibits council members from disclosing any issue discussed in closed session without authority from the rest of the council.
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October 28, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
At a Santa Ana City Council meeting in August, Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez compared a Jewish business developer to Adolf Hitler and talked of ethnic cleansing in the downtown area, where some Latino retailers feel they have been marginalized. The reaction was swift. The Anti-Defamation League called for her resignation. The City Council censured her and sought ways to defuse the racial and religious tensions Alvarez's remark revealed. By the next day, she had apologized, but the fury did not subside.
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November 9, 2006 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
Santa Ana has already been anointed the most Spanish-speaking city in the United States. Now, it is the largest U.S. city with an all-Latino city council. On Tuesday, three Latino candidates won seats on the city's seven-member council, joining four other Latino incumbents. According to the National Assn. of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, no other city with a population over 300,000 holds that distinction.
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June 9, 2008 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
It takes only a glance at the Santa Ana City Council to understand the demographics of the city, the ninth largest in the state. With Latinos accounting for 76% of the population, it is no surprise that the mayor and every person on the City Council is Latino. Although the council reflects the makeup of this central Orange County city, Santa Ana has never had a Latino police chief. But that could soon change.
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December 15, 1985 | ANDY ROSE, Times Staff Writer
A coalition of citizens groups, all protesting different actions of the Santa Ana City Council, announced Saturday that it will mount a recall effort against all seven council members. The groups, calling themselves SAMSON (Santa Ana Merged Society of Neighbors), said they will file the action Monday and serve each council member with notices of intent to recall at the council meeting later that day.
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June 9, 1990 | LILY ENG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even though the next election in Santa Ana is five months away, the mudslinging has already begun in this city known for its heated political races. Planning Commissioner Don Sizemore has filed a complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission and the county district attorney's office against school board member Robert L. Richardson, alleging that Richardson failed to file a financial disclosure statement in January.
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September 26, 1990 | LILY ENG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
City Councilman Miguel A. Pulido lashed out at a political opponent Tuesday, accusing her campaign of hiring a detective to investigate whether he lives in the city and qualifies as a resident. "This is disgusting," Pulido said in an interview. "This shows the true colors of what's going on in this campaign."
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October 22, 1992 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 13 City Council candidates in the Nov. 3 election answered questions Wednesday on issues ranging from controlling homelessness to improving neighborhoods, but the two mayoral candidates were not asked about gangs, one of the city's most pressing problems. In a forum that allowed candidates to be given the questions nine days in advance, the two neighborhood associations sponsoring the event determined that the mayoral candidates would not be questioned about their plans to reduce gangs.
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October 27, 1994 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Crime, overcrowding and the pinch of steep business-license fees and taxation are the battle cries of the coming election here, which includes the largest field of candidates in city history. "Crime. Crime. Crime. Mostly crime," Reuben Martinez, a downtown small-business owner, said of residents' concerns and the content of much of this year's campaigning. With longtime Mayor Daniel H. Young stepping out of Santa Ana politics, eight candidates--including Mayor Pro Tem Miguel Pulido Jr.
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December 7, 1993 | ALICIA DI RADO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Limited by the courts from shutting down existing topless and nude bars, the Santa Ana City Council tentatively approved an ordinance Monday night to make opening an adult-oriented business in the city more difficult. "We as neighborhoods are organizing to come out against these businesses," said Alberta Christy, a resident of the Valley High neighborhood. "We have rights; the rights of the residents overshadow the rights of a business that may hurt the residents."
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February 2, 2008 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
Recorded phone calls to voters that falsely imply the Santa Ana teachers union supports a ballot measure extending City Council term limits are "dirty tricks," the union president said Friday. In addition, the recording does not identify who is paying for the call, a violation of state law. Measure D, heavily funded by developers and businesses, would extend City Council members' terms from eight to 12 years.
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December 24, 2007 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
In an age when new technology has provided access to increasing amounts of information, the Santa Ana City Council has decided that certain things are not fit for viewing -- some of its own meetings Mayor Miguel Pulido will allow only one of the two monthly meetings to be broadcast, making Santa Ana the largest city in the state that doesn't televise all its meetings. At the Dec.
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August 2, 2007 | Gustavo Arellano, Gustavo Arellano is a contributing editor to Opinion and a staff writer for the OC Weekly, where he writes the ¡Ask a Mexican! column.
Teens killing teens. Corrupt school officials. Graffiti that blooms every night. Streets withering into dust. Not enough parks. Two libraries to serve a city of 400,000. A huge, unassimilated and poor immigrant population. Segregated neighborhoods. Overcrowding. Santa Ana, Calif., has all the problems of a metropolis but little of the compensating urban charm. (Although the overpriced downtown lofts amid the quinceañera shops and fruit ladies are trying to change that pronto.
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January 18, 2007 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Hoping to protect its small-business owners from more competition, Santa Ana is poised to become the first Orange County city to prevent Wal-Mart Supercenters from opening. Twenty-one Supercenters, which combine a regular Wal-Mart with a discount supermarket, have opened statewide. But Santa Ana appears to be part of a groundswell of opposition in Southern California to "big-box" retailers. In the last three months, San Diego and Long Beach passed ordinances prohibiting Supercenters.
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January 4, 2007 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
Deciding to forgo a special election, Santa Ana City Council members voted 4 to 2 late Tuesday to appoint attorney Vincent Sarmiento to serve the 21 months remaining in the term of Jose Solorio, who recently was elected to the Assembly. Sarmiento, who served on the city's Community Housing and Redevelopment Commission, said he hoped to advance the city's redevelopment plans, which include land between the city's downtown and train station along Santa Ana Boulevard.
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December 31, 2006 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
She is all of 27, the daughter of a heroin addict, a product of a gang-infested community and the first person in her family to graduate from high school. Michele Martinez is also -- quite suddenly -- one of the more powerful people in Santa Ana, and she is not embarrassed to admit that she has assembled a 20-person kitchen cabinet to help her make decisions.
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November 9, 2006 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
Santa Ana has already been anointed the most Spanish-speaking city in the United States. Now, it is the largest U.S. city with an all-Latino city council. On Tuesday, three Latino candidates won seats on the city's seven-member council, joining four other Latino incumbents. According to the National Assn. of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, no other city with a population over 300,000 holds that distinction.
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September 30, 2006 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
Hours after Monroe Elementary School students have gone home in this immigrant Santa Ana neighborhood, there's commotion in a portable classroom on the playground. "Down with soda. Down with sweetbread," cries Francesca Leal as she leads 40 overweight parents and children in leg lifts, abdominal exercises and light aerobics. "Si, se puede. Vamos. (Yes, we can. Come on.) Uno, dos, tres," she continues in Spanish. The trailer shakes as they all move to Latin music.
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