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Santa Ana to Seat New Council Tonight; Renya Faces a Court Challenge Over His Eligibility

Tonight, the Santa Ana City Council is holding a Special Meeting to install new council members elected on November 6, 2018. David Penaloza and Cecilia Iglesias will take their seats rightfully and without controversy. TheLiberalOC has learned that Ward 4 victor Roman Reyna faces a legal challenge over his qualifications of Roman Reyna to as a Ward 4 candidate. Phil Bacerra, former Planning Commissioner and Ward 4 candidate, has filed a lawsuit against Reyna asserting that Reyna committed fraud in lying about living in Ward 4 so that he could run from that Ward against Bacerra.

The Santa Ana Charter says that to be qualified to run as a candidate for council for a Santa Ana ward, said candidate must be a resident of that ward for 30 days before the clerk issues candidacy papers. Reyna lived in Ward 5, then moved to Ward 6, and he didn’t register to vote in Ward 4 until 17 days before he was issued candidacy papers.  Emails and text messages between Reyna and city officials are evidence that Reyna was not a legal resident of Ward 4 and probably should have been denied a spot on the ballot to begin with.

Reyna must decide to proceed with being sworn in or possible risk being barred from running for elective office if courts rule he did not meet residency requirements to run in the first place.  DA-elect Todd Spitzer has vowed to prosecute political crime as it relates to residency issues.  Will Spitzer get involved here?

When running for official and filing candidacy papers, candidates sign depositions under penalty of perjury.  If Bacerra’s lawsuit prevails, the city council must decide on how to fill the seat — either via an appointment or via a special election. Just when you thought the November 2-018 election results were final everywhere, they aren’t.


  1. MoveAlong MoveAlong December 11, 2018

    Phil didn’t just lose. Roman beat him badly. He ought to dust himself off, move on and decide if he wants to run again.

    Bacerra’s misguided lawsuit will also cost the city $150k to defend, in addition to the POA’s payment of Bacerra’s attorney fees. That’s a horrible legacy

    • Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | December 11, 2018

      Well, if Roman wasn’t eligible to run the lawsuit is just. Otherwise Santa Ana doesn’t follow the rule of law

    • Sorry Solorio Sorry Solorio December 18, 2018

      Wrong lawsuit buddy! It cost the city thousands and thousands of dollars in attorneys fees to litigate all of the ward boundary schemes created by Jose “Latino Trump” Solorio.
      If you were worried about the city’s finances, maybe you should tell your pal Roman to resign before he brings more legal problems to Santa Ana.

  2. BAboso BAboso December 12, 2018

    Does this Renya fella know this Correra dude?

  3. Unindicted Covfefe Unindicted Covfefe December 16, 2018

    Does Traitor Trump know he’s done, son?!

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