LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Orange County): Santa Ana City Hall: "Report Reveals Toxic Atmosphere Inside Santa Ana City Hall" ....
* Voice of OC: "Report Reveals Toxic Atmosphere Inside Santa Ana City Hall" - From Voice of OC:
It all started when Santa Ana City Manager David Cavazos accused Councilwoman Michele Martinez of overtly sexual advances.
According to Cavazos’ side of the story, Martinez had at various times invited him to a hotel room, to “non-professional related happy hours” and, during a holiday party in 2013, invited herself to his apartment. Cavazos would have none of it and, when it became clear he had rejected her, she embarked on a campaign of revenge – questioning his housing pay and bonus, and challenging the glowing performance evaluation he received from other council members.
It’s a salacious story, if it were true. But an outside investigation found Cavazos’ story had no merit and that Martinez had no romantic interest in the city manager -- witnesses said she never even mentioned him being attractive.
That is one of several findings of an investigation that commenced after Martinez and Mayor Miguel Pulido wrote a Sept. 27 email to the city attorney outlining charges of possibly improper conduct and harassment levied against both themselves and Cavazos. Their email requested an independent probe of the allegations and to explore whether Cavazos’ conduct left the city liable.
The email included charges that Cavazos had ordered a staffer to. . . . . . . .
Following that email, City Attorney Sonia Carvalho’s office hired the Cerritos-based law firm Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo to look into the claims.
In a June 21 report obtained by Voice of OC, the firm wrote that . . . . . . . .
In addition to those findings, the report found that . . . . . . . .
Finally, the report found that . . . . . . . .
If nothing else, the report . . . . provides a window into the toxic politics that has developed between Cavazos and the two council members -- with the sexual harassment claim being the most bizarre example .......................