Carolyn Torres and Manny Escamilla, Chispa’s Choice for SanTana

Chispa is excited to endorse Carolyn Torres for Santa Ana School Board and Manny Escamilla for Santa Ana City Council Ward 4.

Report: SanTana Not Getting Its Money’s Worth for Police Spending

If showering the department and its police officers with money is supposed to improve safety, the desired outcome has failed to materialize.

Lawsuit: Former SanTana Cop Union Boss Alleges Retaliation for Opposing Union’s “Illegal” “Election Scheme” in 2016

Excerpt: Lawsuit by former SAPOA boss, John Franks and Laura Franks, alleges he was forced to resign as union president for refusing to participate in the union’s successful election scheme that supported city council candidates in exchange for their pledged to vote for the removals of then-City Manager David Cavazos and then-Chief of Police Carlos Rojas.

We Challenged Councilman David Penaloza to Defend his Vote for the $25M Police Contract

We challenged Councilmember David Penaloza to defend his vote for the $25M Police Contract. See the letter we sent him to learn why. Photo Credit: City of Santa Ana.

Police Union President Lashes Out at Villegas for Vote Against Police Pay Hikes

On February 5th,the Santa Ana City Council wrote a $25.6 million blank check to the Santa Ana Police Officers Association (SAPOA) in the form of a new contract, despite having no money in their pockets to approve the largest police pay raise in decades with a vote of 4 to 2. However, the POA failed […]

Police Union Monopoly on Electoral Spending Threatens Santa Ana’s Democracy

In 2016, the Santa Ana Police Officers Association (SAPOA) spent over $400,000 that allowed them to place two of their three favored candidates on the Santa Ana City Council, alongside the mayor. This year, they’re already set to outspend themselves; they ended June with $462,000 in the bank, and inched closer to get a council […]

Jennicet Gutierrez: 3 Years After Interrupting Obama at the White House

David Carbajal talks with Jennicet Gutierrez about the day she interrupted President Obama at the White House Pride Celebration in order to call for an end to the detention and deportation of Transgender immigrants. The interview was first streamed live on Chispa’s Facebook account on June 21, 2018. We would like to thank Abigail Marin […]

Liberal Cities Must Respond to Attacks Against Sanctuary by Defending and Strengthening It

Last week, the City of Los Alamitos in Orange County took the first step in passing an ordinance to exempt itself from the California Values Act, the state’s sanctuary law. The council also lent its support to Jeff Sessions’ lawsuit against California with an amicus brief, a legal document designed to offer additional information for […]

Los Alamitos Puts Itself on the Wrong Side of History With Attempt to Undermine Sanctuary Law

Tonight, the Los Alamitos City Council is set to consider an ordinance designed with the intention of opting the city out of the California Values Act, our state’s Sanctuary law. This ordinance is missguided, based on a bad interpretation of immigration law, and must be rejected.   Under the Tenth Amendment, California has the right […]

The More Congress Fails Immigrants, the More We Must Embrace Risk, Creativity, and Idealism

Donald Trump really wants to convince the public that Democrats don’t care for DACA, but conveniently fails to mention he started the fire when he moved to end the program last summer.   While Democrats seem to not care about DACA, the DREAM Act, or immigrant youth once the politics get tough, the fact of […]