SANTA ANA, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Santa Ana City Councilwoman Michele Martinez received the endorsement of the Santa Ana Police Management Association (SAPMA) today. The endorsement was announced by Jim Schnabl (Police Commander and Secretary/Treasurer of the SAPMA), on behalf of the association that represents the Command Staff of the Santa Ana Police Department.

“We are very pleased to endorse Councilwoman Martinez for the 69th Assembly District. We are confident she will continue to do a great job in supporting public safety officers and programs to help us do our job,” said Commander Schnabl.

“While on the Santa Ana City Council, Michele Martinez has not only been a strong advocate for public safety, she has also worked to find resources needed by our department to help make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. She deserves the support of everyone who lives or works in Santa Ana because she is a leader who cares about the community and supports the Police Department,” added Schnabl.

“I am extremely proud to receive the endorsement of the Santa Ana PMA, especially because it comes from the men and women who command and lead our police department and have helped Santa Ana become one of the safest cities in America,” said Martinez.

Recently, Forbes Magazine ranked Santa Ana as the fourth safest city in America and the FBI reports an overall downward trend in crime based on data from 11 years with violent crime and property crime decreasing.

The 69th Assembly district encompasses the city of Santa Ana and most of Garden Grove, Orange and Anaheim. Councilwoman Martinez was first elected to the Santa Ana City Council in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. A strong advocate for public safety, economic development and education on the council, she chairs the Parks, Recreation, Education and Youth Committee and is a member of the Neighborhood Improvement/Code Enforcement Committee. Michele also represents the city of Santa Ana on several regional and state boards. A graduate of California State University, Fullerton where she earned a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice, she is a graduate of Santa Ana High School and Santa Ana College. She is currently the Director of Orange County Nutrition and Physical Activity Collaborative Obesity Prevention Plan.