Santa Ana, California

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Santa Ana is a city in California. It is the county seat of Orange County.


The 2012-2013 budget totals $196 million in appropriations.[1]

Public Employees

Elected Officials

Miguel Pulido has been mayor of Santa Ana since 1994 and faces challengers for his 2012 election campaign. His opponents include: Santa Ana Councilman David Benavides, Miguel Angel Briseno, George Collins, and Lupe Moreno.[2]

Administrative Officials

The number have full time employees has dropped from 1785 in 2008-2009 to 1203 in 2012-2013.[3]

Year Number of Full Time Employees
2008-2009 1785
2009-2010 1635
2010-2011 1513
2011-2012 1510
2012-2013 1203


See also: California public employee salaries

According to the 2012-2013 budget, Santa Ana spends 72% of its budget on police and fire departments.[4]

Salary information for elected officials is available here (2010).


See also: California public pensions

According to the Orange County Register, Santa Ana has $626,705,044 in unfunded pension liabilities as of 2011.[5]


Main article: California government sector lobbying

For 2007 and 2008, Santa Ana spent $230,832 on lobbying.[6]

Transparency & public records

The city recently passed two ordinances aimed at increasing government transparency. The first, which passed 7-0, added more notice for city council meetings and required information on city contracts, officials' calendars, and certain financial statements to be posted online. The second ordinance, which passed 4-3, requires community meetings for large-scale developments.[7]

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Administrative Officials P
Permits, zoning
Contracts P
Lobbying N
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Transparency grading process

Last rated on October 13, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • Budgets are posted.[8]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting agendas, minutes, and videos are available.[9]
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with email addresses.[10]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Administrative officials are listed on department pages.
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Building permits and zoning information provided.[11][12]
  • Audits
    • Audits are posted.[13]
  • Contracts
    • Bid information is posted.[14]
  • Lobbying
    • Lobbying and ethics information is available.[15]
  • Public Records
    • Public records request form is available.[16]
  • Local Taxes
    • Tax revenue and information regarding fees is available in budget documents.[17]

The bad

  • Elected Officials
    • Individual phone numbers are not provided.
  • Administrative Officials
    • Contact information is not provided for many administrative officials.
  • Contracts
    • Current and past contracts are not available.
  • Lobbying
    • No information on government sector lobbying.
  • Local Taxes
    • Tax rates are not posted.

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