State fines Santa Ana mayor $13,000 for real estate deal

Mayor Pulido
Mayor Miguel Pulido, at a Santa Ana City Council meeting last year, agreed to pay $13,000 in fines over ethics violations. (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

By Emily Foxhall

A State commission unanimously agreed to fine the mayor of Santa Ana $13,000 in connection with accusations that he profited from a real estate deal with an auto parts dealer and then voted to make the business owner the city’s exclusive contractor.

Mayor Miguel Pulido agreed to pay the fine for six violations of the Political Reform Act, according to stipulations of the agreement released last week.

Pulido’s violations stem from a 2010 transaction in which the longtime mayor agreed to exchange a downtown parking lot his family owned for a home in nearby Westminster that belonged to auto parts dealer Rupen James Akoubian, according to FPPC ducements.

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