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Santa Ana Candidates Forum Tonight; Pulido is Late, Rocco a No-Show

Candidates for Santa Ana Mayor and the City Council assembled at the Rancho Santiago Board conference room for a forum tonight that began at 7PM; we were there long enough to take some photos but had to leave.

Republican Mayoral candidate George Collins is recording the event and will post it on the Web later tonight.

The room was still pretty empty with 10 minutes to spare and filled up quickly.  Mayor Pulido was nowhere to be seen but sources tell us and arrived just before 8PM as the city council candidates portion of the night was wrapping up.  Council candidate Steve Rocco appeared to be the only no-show of the night.

For those who attended, the comments are open to you.  Who did well?  Who didn’t?  And why?


  1. Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | September 12, 2012

    Last time I get to one of these 45 minutes early….

  2. cook cook September 12, 2012

    I was suprised, the ones I thought might not do well, did just fine.

  3. Pedroza for City Council Pedroza for City Council September 13, 2012

    No coverage from the leading pocho Spanish blogger or his only friend on the planning commission. WTF?

  4. Juan Salazar Juan Salazar September 13, 2012

    I was completely underwhelmed by the performance of nearly all the canidates.

    Perhaps they were nervous, but nobody offered any details on anything, really disapointing.

    There were some kids outside passing out Benavides “cards” or something. he’s going to need a lot more teenagers if he wants to play at this level.

    Who was the guy taking video?

    • Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | September 13, 2012

      From what I heard Brett Franklin did well, Karina Onofre and Vince Sarmiento did fine. Charles Hart did not do well, Roman Reyna wasn’t great. I’m told Eric Adlerete came off the worst and appeared to be arrogant to those in the crowd. I’ll watch George Collins video and ascertain for myself.

  5. SAGirl SAGirl September 14, 2012

    Biased opinions…Roman was the best, Vince & Karina did well. Brett kept repeating how it was when he was in council, back in the day. The rest did just ok.. I did not see the arrogance in Eric those claim they saw. Over all nothing worth writing about.

    As for Mayor: George was arrogant, the Mayor in denial, the others just sad….DAVID was the only candidate that did well…

    Over all, it was boring, it was more like a forum, then a debate…I would’ve had a better time going to a Tupperware party.

    BTW: there was a good turn-out for this. Hopefully next time it will be a real debate!

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