Santa Ana Coalition Calls For Transparency Where the Sun Don't Shine

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SACReD, a broad coalition of diverse organizations, is hosting a community forum this evening as a first step towards developing what it calls a landmark transparency policy for the city of Santa Ana. The umbrella group had previously attempted to push for a community benefits agreement to promote responsible development in the city's downtown core.

This time around, "Let the Sunshine In" will be held at the office of Latino Health Access on 450 W. 4th Street from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. as an opportunity for residents and leaders to discuss how to make SanTana one of the most open and participatory cities in the country.

Councilmember Sal Tinajero
will be on hand as will representatives from organizations such as OCCORD, the Kennedy Commission, the Orange County Labor Federation, El Centro Cultural de Mexico and others to explore collaborative efforts to have the future proposed legislation passed by the city council.

Proponents for increasing transparency feel that a new policy is direly needed to streamline the planning process allowing for impacted residents to actually address concerns prior to a project being submitted to the city, as opposed to continually playing defense after the fact. This would come in the approach of holding meetings months before, at the onset of and after a development project is turned over to city staff.

Other reforms would include, in part, areas of notification, lobbying, and oversight commissions. Member organizations with SACReD have numerous examples to cite of how transparency policies work in other cities and counties across the country from Connecticut to California.

Will SanTana, the shadowy domain of Mayor Don Papi Pulido, let the sunshine in? Or will the rays of transparency summon vampire-like aversions, cape covers and hisses? God bless SACReD, but our bets are on the latter...

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NG Coot
NG Coot

Councilman Sal Tinajero, the only member of Santa Ana City Council to show up to the meeting, said he supported the ordinance – at least in concept. He also said the current council was less conservative than those of the past and that an all-Latino council wouldn’t let special interests like developers get everything they want.“From here on out we’re going to fight,” Tinajero said. “The decisions are going to start from the bottom – the neighborhoods.”

Tinajero opposed the community benefits agreement SACReD had been fighting for at the Station District. But he said that’s because, back then, the coalition included a home preservation group – Friends of the Lacy Historic Neighborhood – whose real intention was to derail the project. SACReD is no longer affiliated with the Lacy neighborhood group.Nice racist comments by Tinajero.

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medical alarm

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NG Coot
NG Coot

The problem SACReD has is that their core constituency does not and cannot vote - the council just laughs at them.

Eloy
Eloy

who cares? its the city of santa ana. little mexico, lets go in and send ICE there to clean it up. bunch of law breakers!!!

mitch young
mitch young

Transparancy ? You meanTransparency

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

If they were not reporting on it it would not be true? Is this not a correct assumption or should I not assume anything.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Does all this pissing and moaning have to do with One Broadway Plaza? 

S.A. Artist
S.A. Artist

 What do you have to do with One Broadway Plaza?

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