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Santa Ana councilwoman keeps job despite Hitler comment

Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez was under fire for a statement she made comparing a Jewish businessman to Adolf Hitler.

September 7, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez will get to keep her job despite a controversial remark caught on video during last month.

There was a call for Alvarez to resign after she compared local Jewish businessman Irv Chase to Adolf Hitler during a special meeting dealing with a downtown Santa Ana tax.

"I specifically told them, 'Hey, if Hitler rents you a place, is giving us a great deal, so who cares what he stands for?'" Alvarez said at a city council meeting on Aug. 24.

Alvarez has since apologized, but residents jammed city council chambers on Tuesday night, demanding she step down.

The council voted 4-3 to condemn Alvarez's comments, but stopped short of taking away her title. Alvarez cast the deciding vote.

The council also agreed to hold a town hall meeting on race and civility to be facilitated by the Orange County Human Relations Commission.