The Santa Ana Sentinel

Continuity is the Order of the Day

Posted in Civics, Progress Report, The Santa Ana Sentinel by Omar Ian Ávalos on November 3, 2010

Miguel Pulido was re-elected mayor with a large margin of votes. A segment of the city clamored for change but the least vocal, and visible, residents came out and explained through actions what the city needs at this time. Continuity. Voters were not convinced that the city needed a change in leadership because they’ve seen the positive changes that have come over time especially if those voters have been here a long time.

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido and Victor Delgado on election night downtown.

It’s ideal to be fair and objective in critiquing a leadership role, and to view and weigh the positives with the negatives. Santa Ana has its work cut out for it. The reason for it having the largest crime, dropout, and foreclosure rates, is because it’s the largest city in Orange County. It’s relative. Of course the numbers will be larger when compared to other cities.

Loretta Sánchez speaks with Univision on election night in Santa Ana

The re-election of David Benavides, Michelle Martínez and Sal Tinajero also indicates that Santa Ana voters want continued progress at this time.


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  1. junior said, on November 5, 2010 at 6:24 am

    “The reason for it having the largest crime, dropout, and foreclosure rates, is because it’s the largest city in Orange County.”

    Simplistic – illogical and just plain wrong. You are talking rates vs. total numbers – apples and oranges dude. It is the rates of those bad things that are holding Santa Ana down.

    • O. Ian Ávalos - Santa Ana, CA said, on November 5, 2010 at 3:06 pm

      And to what do you attribute those high rates? This is a tired old question with a tired old explanation. Santa Ana’s problems aren’t unique to it, they are related to problems on a larger, a regional scale. I suggest that you study crime patterns in other ethnic enclaves like Frisco’s Chinatown during the last century.

      What are these rates related to? Immigration? Language barriers? Necessity? What?

      How about the exploitation of a mass of people on top of purposely putting them in one place and out of sight of the rest “the OC,” you know like the cooks at your favorite fancy restaurant, then accusing them of being ignorant, as if to suggest that ignorance is a trait of that exploited group. It’s not solely exploitation but also an insatiable demand for illegal substances from the U.S. side of the border that also factors in.

      Let’s not be blind to the bigger picture. There are external factors that contribute to the problems that Santa Ana, and other cities, have.

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