No Ace with Taxes: Santa Ana Mayor Don Papi Pulido and His Family Muffler Shop
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But the business--technically owned by the Pulido Family Trust, of which Don Papi is invested in per his statement of economic interest filed with the California Fair Political Practices Commission last month--has recently proven to be a burden. We previously wrote about how Ace Muffler was hit with over $14,000 in tax liens in 2003; those were settled, along with a $8,639 lien in 2007 and $13,838 in personal California state taxes that Pulido and his wife were dinged for in 2005 but paid off a year later.
Those ignominies pale to the embarrassment that currently afflicts Ace Muffler: Not only does the Pulido negocio currently face a tax lien of $10,789, but its business license has been suspended since September 2 of last year. Read that again: California Secretary of State records show Ace Muffler is operating without a business license. Ain't that against the law?
This isn't the first time Ace Muffler had its business license revoked; it previously happened in 2004, but was reinstated within a year. And it very well could be that the Pulidos have rectified this situation, although Secretary of State records are current as of last week. We'd love to hear Don Papi Pulido's side of the story, but he hasn't returned our calls since...well, ever. Feel free to leave a comment here, Miguel!
By the way, tax records show that Anaheim mayor Curt Pringle and Irvine councilmember Larry Agran, the two men whom along with Don Papi Pulido form "The Tres Caballeros" of local political infamy, have never been dinged for tax liens. Not once. Ever.