Santa Ana police union in City Council recall effort — again

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“This is like an episode of ‘The Wire,’” says Gustavo Arellano, LA Times columnist, of recall tactics by Santa Ana’s police union. Photo by Shutterstock.

Recall elections are becoming more and more a part of California's political landscape. The latest one is in Orange County, where Santa Ana’s powerful police union is filing to oust a couple of progressive members of the City Council, something they've done in the past successfully. The targeted council members, Jessie Lopez and Thai Viet Phan, held a press conference today outside City Hall to denounce the recall effort. Lopez said of union head Jerry Serrano’s motives: “It is nothing short of coercion and blackmail to ensure he has someone on that dais who will do what he wants.”

“It's such a mess that the Mayor Valerie Amezcula, who's a conservative Democrat, has said there is a cancer in her police department on both sides of the equation, and she just does not want to have it,” shares Gustavo Arellano, LA Times columnist.