Carlos Bustamante   REPUBLICAN

Councilmember, City of Santa Ana

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Bustamante is a councilmember representing Council Ward 3 in the City of Santa Ana.

July 2012: Bustamante was charged with 12 felony counts in connection with allegations of sexual assault from at least seven women over eight years. Source: Los Angeles Times

Sept. 2011: Bustamante was put on administrative leave from his Orange County job after the county received an anonymous letter detailing allegations of a sexual nature against Bustamante. The City of Santa Ana is not investigating the allegations. Sources: and

Feb. 2011: Bustamante was promoted to executive manager overseeing Public Works Facilities and Fleet Services divisions in the County of Orange. His position is an at-will employee and he earned $178,277 in 2010, according to county pay data. Source: Orange County Register and

July 1, 2008: Bustamante resigned from two state panels after he was reported to have made a remark about breast implants following the appointment of a woman as Orange County sheriff. Bustamante denies making the remark. He was appointed this year by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to the Fair Employment and Housing Commission and the California Council on Criminal Justice. Bustamante sent a resignation letter dated July 1 to John Cruz, Schwarzenegger's appointments secretary. The controversy stems from remarks he reportedly made on June 10 after the Orange County Board of Supervisors appointed Sandra Hutchens as sheriff. Santa Ana Police Chief Paul Walters had been in the running for the post. An Orange County blogger, Matt Cunningham, said Bustamante told him: "I kept telling the chief: 'Maybe we should get you some implants. Or a water bra.'" The Los Angeles Times also reported that one of its reporters clearly overheard the remark during the board meeting. The state Senate had not yet confirmed Bustamante to the employment and housing commission. The governor's office sent the Senate Rules Committee a letter Monday saying it was withdrawing Bustamante's nomination.

Jan. 2, 2008 Bustamante was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to the Fair Employment and Housing Commission. From the Governor's release: "Carlos Bustamante, 42, of Santa Ana, has been appointed to the Fair Employment and Housing Commission. He has worked for the county of Orange since 2000 and currently holds the position of assistant director of planning and development services. Bustamante previously served as senior project manager for the county executive office from 2003 to 2005 and a human resources manager from 2000 to 2003. Additionally, he has served on the Santa Ana City Council since 2004. In this position, Bustamante previously served on the Redevelopment and Housing Commission for Santa Ana. He was a territory marketing sales manager for Forest Pharmaceuticals Incorporated in 2000 and a Southern California marketing manager for National Starch and Chemical from 1998 to 2000. Prior to that, Bustamante worked in California State government from 1993 to 1998 and held the positions of investigator II in the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control; deputy registrar of contractors for the Contractors State Licensing Board; and business taxes representative for the Board of Equalization. Bustamante is a founder of the Santa Ana Business Bank and also serves as director. He is a member of the Board for the Santa Ana Western Medical Center. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Bustamante is a Republican."

2006: Bustamante served on Gov. Schwarzenegger's re-election team.

2004: Bustamante was elected to the Santa Ana City Council and is up for re-election in November 2008. Website:

Last edited by Scott Flodin on July 5, 2012

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