The area of the homicide is just south of the Edward B. Cole Sr. Academy.
The SAPD asks that we please stay away from the area while they conduct their investigation.
The SAPD has announced on Twitter that they are currently investigating a homicide in the 500 block of E. Pine Street. The area of the homicide is just south of the Edward B. Cole Sr. Academy. The SAPD asks that we please stay away from the area while they conduct their investigation.
Beginning on Friday, march 5, the SAUSD will be expanding their distribution of free meals to local children to include extra breakfasts, lunches, snacks and “a super snack,” which covers dinners, for Saturday and Sunday. The SAUSD has already been distributing free meals at their schools from Monday through Friday. All local children are eligible…
On 02/25/2021 at 12:37 p.m., Santa Ana Police responded to the Sunflower Gardens Senior Living Facility after receiving a call that a caretaker at the facility sexually assaulted one of the residents earlier that morning. The victim is an 87-year-old woman with dementia. The suspect is Juan Sandoval, a 33-year-old caretaker at the facility. Sandoval…
Santa Ana, Calif. (February 25, 2021) — Based on updated guidance for youth and recreational adult sports issued February 19, 2021 by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), outdoor sports competitions may resume in Orange County (OC) with modifications starting Feb. 26, 2021. “Orange County has lowered its COVID-19 case rate of less than…
Beginning on Friday, march 5, the SAUSD will be expanding their distribution of free meals to local children to include extra breakfasts, lunches, snacks and “a super snack,” which covers dinners, for Saturday and Sunday.
The SAUSD has already been distributing free meals at their schools from Monday through Friday. All local children are eligible for these free meals, regardless of whether or not they attend a district school.
While some school districts in Orange County only provide free or discounted meals to some students, the SAUSD provides these meals to all students.
The SAUSD is currently serving 7,000 to 8,000 children with 28,000 to 32,000 free meals a day.
The meals are available at 56 SAUSD campuses and can be picked up packaged cold or frozen. The Friday packages will now include weekend meals, as of March 5.
The SAUSD is also busing the meals to about 200 children at an apartment complex on Lyon Street that is not serviced by a nearby school.
Today’s SAUSD meals include items such as pork or chicken tamales, burritos, pizza and fruit cups.
For more information, click here. The meals are usually offered at local schools between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
On 02/25/2021 at 12:37 p.m., Santa Ana Police responded to the Sunflower Gardens Senior Living Facility after receiving a call that a caretaker at the facility sexually assaulted one of the residents earlier that morning. The victim is an 87-year-old woman with dementia.
The suspect is Juan Sandoval, a 33-year-old caretaker at the facility. Sandoval took the victim as she walked down a hallway into a bedroom where he sexually assaulted her. Another caretaker at the facility walked by the room, which had the door open, and interrupted the sexual assault. Sandoval got dressed and left the room. The witness immediately reported the incident to a supervisor.
Sandoval was still working at the facility when police arrived and arrested him. Sandoval worked at the facility for the past three years.
Santa Ana Police Special Crimes Detectives responded to the facility and interviewed over 40 residents but did not locate any additional victims. All of the residents at this facility have some form of Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Detectives booked Sandoval for Rape, Elder Abuse, and Kidnapping with intent to commit Rape. He is being held at the Orange County Jail and his bail was set at $1,000,000.00.
The investigation is still ongoing and detectives believe there could be additional victims. Detectives are asking for anyone with information to contact Detective Corona at (714) 245-8343, GCorona@santa-ana.org or Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS.
Santa Ana, Calif. (February 25, 2021) — Based on updated guidance for youth and recreational adult sports issued February 19, 2021 by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), outdoor sports competitions may resume in Orange County (OC) with modifications starting Feb. 26, 2021.
“Orange County has lowered its COVID-19 case rate of less than 14 per 100,000 thanks to our communities’ diligence in helping slow the spread and the County’s vaccination efforts,” said Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors Andrew Do, who represents the First District. “Per the State’s guidance, this means certain outdoor sport competitions can resume once again. Something that many families have been looking forward to for months now.”
The State’s guidance applies to all organized youth and adult sports, including school and community-sponsored programs, and privately organized clubs and leagues. Outdoor sport competitions may resume in Purple Tier counties including OC with modifications that include testing requirements for certain outdoor high-contact sports. Outdoor moderate-contact sports, such as baseball, cheerleading and softball, can be played in OC without the testing requirement.
“As a strong supporter of youth sports, I’m very happy to see that students can compete in sports again,” said Vice Chairman Doug Chaffee, Fourth District. “Our children deserve to return to a sense of normalcy and allowing youth sports to resume is an important step in achieving that goal.”
Youth and adult sports include varied activities that have different levels of risk for transmission of COVID-19 depending on the physical contact between players. Outdoor activities that allow for consistent wearing of face coverings and physical distancing are lower risk than indoor activities that involve close contact between participants and high exertion that increases spread of exhaled particles.
“I applaud this move; it’s a small and overdue step. Society will be healthier if children can engage in outdoor activities. Competition for our kids is critical to them developing and testing their skills fully, both physical and emotional,” said Supervisor Don Wagner, Third District. “I continue to fight for my constituents getting back to normal. We’ve seen how mental health has taken a hit due to the lockdowns. California is the only state to have such restrictions, and it’s past time to let them play.”
“I am very excited that our youth, who have been anxiously waiting for months to get back to competitive sports, now have the opportunity to compete,” said Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District. “I have always been a strong supporter of exploring all options that would allow our youth to safely resume outdoor sporting activities.”
For more information on examples of sports with different levels of contact and risk by tier, please click here.
SANTA ANA, Calif. – Santa Ana Mayor Vicente Sarmiento today announced his support for the Citizenship for Essential Workers Act being introduced by California Sen. Alex Padilla and other members of Congress.
The Citizenship for Essential Workers Act would provide undocumented essential workers with a fast, accessible, and secure path to citizenship, beginning with immediate adjustment of status to legal permanent resident. This legislation is a critical part of a just and inclusive COVID-19 recovery.
“Throughout this difficult and deadly pandemic, undocumented workers have risked their lives to help keep our economy moving, to put groceries on the shelves, to cook our meals, to manufacture and distribute goods, and so much more,” Mayor Sarmiento said. “I applaud Sen. Padilla for recognizing the contributions of these essential workers by providing them a well-earned path to citizenship. The Citizenship for Essential Workers Act will not only strengthen our country, but also is simply the right thing to do.”
There are 5.2 million undocumented immigrants working in jobs that have been designated as essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. This accounts for almost 3 out of 4 undocumented workers in the United States.
About Santa Ana
Santa Ana is downtown for the world famous Orange County, California. It is the County Seat, the second-most populous city in Orange County, and is home to a vibrant evening scene and arts community. About three-quarters of the City’s residents are Latino. Over 1,200 City employees work hard every day to deliver efficient public services in partnership with our community to ensure public safety, a prosperous economic environment, opportunities for our youth, and a high quality of life for residents. Learn more at www.santa-ana.org.
Four SAPD vehicles responded to the scene as well as a department helicopter.
Two victims, allegedly age 18-25, were injured in the shooting and apparently made their way to a local hospital after getting shot.
The shooters were reportedly two Hispanic males. One of them was sitting on the corner with an “OC” tattoo on his lower right leg and the other was standing on the south side of Joana. The tattooed suspect shot once at two Hispanic males in a black Nissan 4-door coupe, apparently aiming at the driver. The passenger in the black Nissan leaned out and and apparently was able to fire one shot back.
The driver of the Nissan then drove his car from Joana, turned right, heading north, into Larchmont, where the passenger shot at the first shooter.
A neighbor said she heard a total of three shots. She saw two men hop into a gold-colored car that came into the area through Grovemont, from Lincoln.
Neighbors were shocked by the shooting as this type of crime is rare in the Park Santiago area. There are questions now as to whether or not any of the victims or suspects actually live in the area or were just passing through.
The SAPD did not issue a press release about the incident.
Many of the residents of the Park Santiago neighborhood opposed a proposed luxury apartment development at 2525 N. Main last year. The City Council flipped on that project and it was derailed. The dilapidated office building at that site is now a focal point of nefarious activities by drug users and transients who hang out at Santiago Park.
Steven Lopez, 28, of Chino, s Santa Ana police officer, admitted on Wednesday, Feb. 24, to accepting $128,000 in bribes in exchange for shielding an an illegal business from law enforcement.
Steven Lopez, 28, of Chino pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge as part of a plea deal in which he acknowledged using his law enforcement status to both accept and solicit money from an unnamed business operator.
Steven Lopez, 28, of Chino, was charged with bribery in a single-count information filed on Dec. 14, 2020, in United States District Court. In a plea agreement, Lopez agreed to plead guilty to this felony offense.
According to his plea agreement, Lopez served as a police officer with the Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) from April 2016 to November 2020. From August 2019 until November 2020, Lopez received approximately $128,000 in bribes from an individual – named in court documents as “Co-Schemer 1” – seeking to influence Lopez in the performance of his official duties as a police officer, the plea agreement states. Lopez admitted that he agreed to prevent or stop law enforcement compliance checks at businesses illegally operating under Co-Schemer 1’s control, law enforcement efforts to shut down those businesses, and law enforcement searches and seizures at those illegally operated businesses.
In August 2020, Lopez accepted $16,000 in bribes from Co-Schemer 1, the plea agreement states. Lopez further admitted that in September 2020 he solicited a bribe payment of at least $5,000 from Co-Schemer 1, who met Lopez – who was on duty and wearing his police uniform – during the late evening of September 14, on the top floor of a parking structure located directly across the street from SAPD headquarters. During this meeting, Lopez accepted Co-Schemer 1’s bribe payment, according to the plea agreement.
On the evening of November 2, Lopez – once again on duty, wearing his police uniform and driving an SAPD-marked vehicle – met Co-Schemer 1 at the corner of First and Fairview streets in Santa Ana, and accepted a $2,500 bribe payment.
Upon entering his guilty plea, Lopez will face a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison.
This matter was investigated by the FBI, IRS Criminal Investigation, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the California Department of Justice, and the Santa Ana Police Department.
On 12/31/2020, Rachel Bell was seen in the 1800 block of W. 18th Street, where it is believed she was a victim of an assault. Rachel has not been seen or heard from since that day.
Missing Person: Rachel Toby Bell (24) Palm Desert, CA
Description: Female, Caucasian, 5’07” tall, 145 lbs., brown hair, green eyes and tattoos on her nose and chin.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Rachel Bell is asked to contact Detective Corporal Padron at (714) 245-8545.
On 12/25/2020, during a verbal argument with his girlfriend, suspect Jose Antonio Villalobos Avalos put a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her. Avalos also threatened to shoot her.
Wanted Suspect: Jose Antonio Villalobos Avalos (23)
Suspect Description: Male, Hispanic, 5’08”, 180 lbs., brown hair and green eyes
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Avalos is asked to please contact Investigator Ruvalcaba at (714) 245-8348.
The City’s Community Development Commission will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at 4 p.m. via teleconference to receive public testimony and input on funding priorities and community needs for the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 HUD Annual Action Plan.
The estimated amount of funding the City anticipates it will receive for FY 2021-2022 is as follows:
The City of Santa Ana encourages the public to participate in the decision-making process. The following notice is being provided so that you can ask questions, make comments and stay informed about projects that might be important to you. We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions.
The Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Annual Action Plan details the housing, community and economic development needs for the City of Santa Ana, and the priorities, strategies, and projects that will be undertaken by the City to address those needs with funds the City receives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The meeting agenda will be available at least 72 hours in advance.
In an effort to protect public health and prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), there will be no in-person public meeting location. The public can participate virtually via Zoom.
Learn more about the funds and how to participate in the hearing at: https://bit.ly/3bvSyrf.
Questions?: Please contact David Flores, Community Development Analyst, at (714) 647-6561 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
This weekend, Feb. 27 and 28, is the Official Grand Opening of Open Market OC at the Mainplace Mall. This Saturday and Sunday you are invited to shop the best of Orange County’s local + small businesses, makers, and curators all on display under one roof.
Open Market OC is located inside the old Nordstrom building, so there is plenty of room for social distancing.
Open Market OC – Mainplace Mall, 2820 N Main St., Santa Ana
Hours: Saturday: 10am-7pmSunday: 11am-6pm
The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art is hosting CAR CULTURE, through March 20, 2021. CAR CULTURE is a juried exhibition that pays homage to the hot-rodders, the low-riders, pin-stripers, skate-boarders, devisers and designers of trick bicycles and fabricators of custom motorcycles.
CAR CULTURE celebrates tail fins, roadside attractions, smog-choked freeways — the good, the bad and the beautiful. Everyone has a car story. Start your engines. Pedal to the metal. You’ll be in fast company.
Private gallery visits available by appointment only: firstname.lastname@example.org. All COVID-19 Protocols in place – you must wear a mask and social distance during your visit.
Featured Artists: Hugo Almanza, Marea Atkinson, Marla Barrett, Pej Behdarvand, Richard Bohn, Nikita Budkov, Bob Conge, Scott Nelson Foster, Luis Garcia, Dave Hanson, Peter Hassen, Peter Hiers, Tom Lamb, Gregory Martin, John Oleinik, Levon Parian, Mila Reynaud, Rick Rietveld, Gigi Salij, Earl Shepherd, Rhiannon Valenti, Maura Valentine, Vanessa Viruet, Todd Wallace, Michael Ward, Lisa D. Watson, Carolyn Yarnell, Carol Zou.
The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art is located at 117 North Sycamore, in the Downtown Santa Ana Artists Village.
SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a comprehensive package of immediate actions that will speed needed relief to individuals, families and businesses suffering the most significant economic hardship due to COVID-19.
The package, passed by the Legislature this week, builds on the initiatives in the Governor’s January state budget proposal to provide cash relief to lower-income Californians, increase aid to small businesses and provide license renewal fee waivers to businesses impacted by the pandemic. In addition to these measures, today’s action will commit additional resources for critical child care services and fund emergency financial aid for community college students.
“As millions of Californians are struggling to make ends meet amid the devastating impacts of this pandemic, we are taking immediate action in partnership with our legislative leadership to provide families and businesses the relief they need,” said Governor Newsom. “This critical assistance – including child care, relief for small business owners, direct cash support to individuals and households, financial aid for community college students and more – will help keep our communities afloat as the state continues to confront the immense challenges of this moment.”
“These bills help Californians pay their bills, and provide bread-and-butter relief to the small businesses that make our communities great, and who in turn, are the cornerstone of our economy. Stores we rely upon, restaurants we love, and services our families have turned to for years,” said Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins. “This is what we can do right now to help them, but it isn’t the end of our efforts. Not by a long shot.”
“Californians are hurting. This plan represents a way of softening the human and economic blows of COVID. More than that, it builds an economic foundation for recovery. This is the people of California saying that we will not leave behind those who are hurting most, whether they are individuals or small businesses. This is California strong,” said Speaker Anthony Rendon.
Below are key provisions of the bills signed into law:
Direct Relief to Individuals and Families
Incorporates the Governor’s Golden State Stimulus plan to assist California households that have borne the disproportionate economic burden of the COVID-19 Recession – those with incomes below $30,000, as well as those unfairly excluded from previous federal stimulus payments.
Provides $600 in one-time relief to households receiving the California EITC for 2020. In addition, the agreement provides a $600 one-time payment to taxpayers with Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITINs) who were precluded from receiving the $1,200 per person federal payments issued last spring and the more recent $600 federal payments. Today’s action also provides $600 payments to households with ITINs and income below $75,000. ITIN taxpayers who also qualify for the California EITC would receive a total of $1,200. The payments will be provided to these households shortly after they file their 2020 tax returns.
Provides direct relief to additional lower-income Californians through a $600 one-time grant to households enrolled in the CalWORKS program and recipients of SSI/SSP and Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI). Grant payments for CalWORKS households are expected by mid-April; timing for the delivery of SSI/SSP and CAPI grants is currently under discussion with federal officials.
Combined, the package represents a total of 5.7 million payments to low-income Californians.
Immediate Relief for Small Businesses
Provides $2.1 billion – a four-fold increase over the $500 million currently being distributed – for grants up to $25,000 for small businesses impacted by the pandemic, and allocates $50 million of this total for non-profit cultural institutions.
Fee Waivers for Heavily Impacted Licensees
Two years of fee relief for roughly 59,000 restaurants and bars licensed through the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control that can range annually from $455 to $1,235. The action also reflects fee relief for more than 600,000 barbering and cosmetology individuals and businesses licensed through the Department of Consumer Affairs.
More Resources for Critical Child Care
Addition of just over $400 million in new federal funds to provide stipends of $525 per enrolled child for all state-subsidized child care and preschool providers serving approximately 400,000 children in subsidized care statewide. The new federal resources will extend care for children of essential workers through June of 2022, and funds increased access to subsidized child care for more than 8,000 children of essential workers and at-risk children – who are not currently served in the system – through June of 2022.
Additional Aid for Individuals and Families
Provides an additional $24 million for financial assistance and services through Housing for the Harvest – a program providing support for agricultural workers who have to quarantine due to COVID-19. The effort also provides a combined $35 million for food banks and diapers.
Emergency Financial Relief to Support Community College Students
Provides an additional $100 million in emergency financial aid for qualifying low-income students carrying six or more units, with award amounts to be determined locally and made available by early April. In addition, the agreement provides $20 million to reengage students who have either left their community college studies because of the pandemic or to engage students at risk of leaving.
CalFresh Student Outreach and Application Assistance
Provides roughly $6 million to support outreach and application assistance to University of California, California State University and California Community College students made newly eligible for CalFresh – the state-administered federal program for supplemental food assistance. The agreement also provides $12 million in state funds to support associated county administrative workload.
In addition, the following provision is included in today’s action:
Restoration of Reductions
Restoration of the previously enacted reductions, effective July 1st, for the University of California, California State University, the Judicial Branch, Child Support Services and for moderate-income housing.
The Governor signed the following bills into law today:
For full text of the bills, visit: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov
The Santa Ana Literary Association will be presenting a new poem by a local poet every week this year. This week’s poem is The First Drum (Black Love is…) In memoriam of Lucille Clifton, by Marcus Omari.
The First Drum (Black Love is…)
In memoriam of Lucille Clifton
from the first drum
struck in shame and sin (or so they say)
and so we sneak up on it like thieves in the night
the fight of flightless cygnets baptized out by the bullet
and lash we were taught we ought’ know better
if nothing else and some still fear the holy water
and some can’t swim to save they lives
come celebrate with me
an amalgamation of legacy
an appreciation of tribal currency
salvation’s riptide beneath the skin
lift imperfect starshine to the heavens
that a red clay sound found damned at our feet
might fall afresh upon the earth
a love levee breach barreling down wall street
drowning out a cacophony of colonial brass
in faith we hold hands and hold class
in percussive rhythm blood melodies
made in sun filled darker times – to guide our way
and we shall not lose sight or sound of ourselves in 2/4
4/4 – 808’s or otherwise known as soul
it’s a spiritual thing for non-believers it’s a rapture
for those willing to suspend belief and call it home
in the doorway we stand – a happily nappily
harmony of hues unashamed of tenor and tone
with neither model nor metronome it’s hard
to measure across time what it means
to be what it truly means to just be unafraid
come celebrate with me
a reclamation of intimacy
a people born romantically inclined
to overcome death on the daily and beyond all
moonlight we learn to love ourselves as ourselves
our gaze our own, we are known for this – freedom
children of the chosen behold
the only thing greater than yourself
within yourself – show and tell
the skin – the rope – the shell
refresh unabashedly at the well
as we gather once again
Kemet invocation begins
in the dark roar of a drum
Copyright © 2021 by Marcus Omari & the Poetic Reform Party
Marcus Omari is a dedicated poet, writer and performer. Marcus has been a featured poet on VERSES & FLOW on TV One, has authored several poetry chapbooks and contributed poetic vocals for various multi-genre music albums. A graduate of California State University, Fullerton, Marcus Omari continues to teach, coordinate, and promote creative arts programming throughout Southern California.
On Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 at 11:54 AM, the Santa Ana Police Department received several calls of a female down in the roadway at the intersection of Sullivan Street and Willits Street, near Lincoln Elementary School.
Officers responded to the area and found an elderly female down in the roadway suffering major injuries. Orange County Fire Authority personnel responded and began to treat the female at the scene. The female was transported to an area hospital for further treatment where she was subsequently pronounced deceased by hospital personnel.
The preliminary investigation has revealed the female pedestrian was crossing Willits Street at Sullivan Street when she was struck by the vehicle which was headed south making an eastbound turn. The motorist who was operating the vehicle left the scene. He was later contacted at his residence a few blocks away and is cooperating with the investigation. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the collision.
The Santa Ana Police Department’s Collision Investigations Unit (CIU) is handling the investigation. Anyone possibly having information about this collision is asked to contact Cpl. W. Hadley at (714) 245-8216 or the Santa Ana Police Department’s Traffic Division at (714) 245-8200.