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Why would two Planning Commissioners vote against transparency?


Santa Ana Planning Commissioner Phil Bacerra

Santa Ana Planning Commissioner Phil Bacerra

Why would two Santa Ana Planning Commissioners vote against transparency?  That is what happened at tonight’s Santa Ana Planning Commission meeting when Planning Commissioners Phil Bacerra and Bruce Bauer voted against disclosure of communications by Planning Commissioners regarding agendized projects with third parties such as business owners and residents

Now why in the world would Bacerra and Bauer opt to hide in the shadows?  This is particularly disturbing when you consider that Bacerra was appointed to the Santa Ana Planning Commission by Santa Ana Councilman David Benavides.  You may recall that when Benavides ran for Mayor in 2012 he made transparency the cornerstone of his campaign.  What happened? Read more…

 
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2014 OC Fair’s 3rd week features Lifehouse, KIDZ BOP, OC Fair 5k Fun Run & a Celebrity Chef


2014 OC Fair

2014 OC Fair’s Third Week Features Lifehouse, KIDZ BOP, OC Fair 5k Fun Run & Celebrity Chef Kelsey Nixon Plus Free Activities and Family Fun July 30-August 3

Plus, the OC Fair will salute Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley and Newport Beach on July 30 and Garden Grove, Westminster and Stanton on July 31 with a community flag salute and ticket discount

Costa Mesa, Calif. (July 28, 2014) – The 2014 OC Fair (July 11-August 10) continues onto its third week of summer fun and festivities featuring world-class entertainment in the Toyota Summer Concert Series at the Pacific Amphitheatre and hit tribute bands in The Hangar. The OC Fair also welcomes the Oasis Camel Dairy with daily demonstrations and all-day exhibit that’s free with Fair admission. The Fair is closed Monday and Tuesday.

Here is a quick look of the events going on this week (July 30- August 3) at the 2014 OC Fair: Read more…

 
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Santa Ana based woman owned company hires a comic book artist to redo their logo


New Transit Air Cargo Logo

For Immediate Release

Contact: Janet Amaya 714-380-5614 (pictures available upon request)

Local, woman-owned tradeshow shipping company commissions Marvel comic book artist for their 25th anniversary logo and commemorative comic book page

Just in time for Comic-Con San Diego, Transit Air Cargo partners with non-profit organization Hero Initiative, which supports comic book creators in need

Transit Air Cargo ships trade show freight all over the world, and the San Diego Comic-Con was no exception. 73,803 pounds of freight was delivered by Transit Air Cargo to this popular event. With their 25th anniversary around the corner the shipping experts (and major comic book fanatics) decided that a souped-up logo and comic page depicting Transit Air Cargo’s mission, along with the real life employees cartooned into the comic page would be a unique gift for their hard work. It would boost employee spirit and morale, since the owner’s passing five years ago. His wife has taken over since then and the company still maintains their commitment to first class trade show shipping services. Read more…

 
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2014 HireLive Orange County Career Fair set for 8/19 in Santa Ana

August 19, 2014
9:00 amto12:30 pm

Hire Live Santa Ana Career Fair

HireLive is hosting a career fair in Santa Ana on August 19, 2014, from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm. They have also teamed up with Lyft to provide a free $25 credit ride for first time users to and from the event – Register for the career fair here to receive a promo code!

HireLive will be working with multiple Fortune 500 Companies, Industry Leaders and Local Businesses bringing candidates and companies together for a one day hiring event.

Many of the companies we work with offer some of the following: Read more…

 
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OCDA and SAPD to talk about their latest gang injunction today

July 29, 2014
9:30 amto10:00 am

SAPD

Santa Ana Police Department

Advisory: (07/29/2014) Morning press conference on the OCDA’s lawsuit against a dangerous, criminal, turf-oriented street gang.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and Santa Ana Police Department Chief Carlos Rojas will hold a press conference today immediately following the 9:30 a.m. hearing in Department C-14. Read more…

 
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Why is the SAPD ticketing bicycle riders?


Michele Martinez and her bike

Is Council Member Michele Martinez’ bike registered?

Igmar Rodas, an outspoken activist on homeless and police issues, was cited by Santa Ana Police Officer S. Lopez on May 20 for riding an unlicensed bicycle and cycling on a sidewalk in the city’s Civic Center, according to the Voice of OC.

Rodas runs the SAPD – Stop Abusing People’s Derechos Facebook page.  He is going to go to court this week on Wednesday to fight the bike ticket he received from the SAPD.

The city of Long Beach, which many biking advocates consider a regional leader on bike-friendliness, eliminated its bike license requirement in 2011. Los Angeles suspended its licensing program in 2009. Read more…

 
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Charter schools linked to weird Turkish sect face closure


Map of Gulen Schools

Map of Gulen Schools

A fiscal audit of two Los Angeles charter schools for fiscal mismanagement has led to concerns about the two charter schools’ parent organization. The audit led to the closing of Magnolia Science Academy-6 and Magnolia Science Academy-7 for reasons, according to L.A. Unified district, that included “a number of irregularities.” However, the audit also apparently revealed that the charters’ parent, Magnolia Public Schools, may itself be insolvent, according to Non-Profit Quarterly.

The news about the two Magnolia schools in Los Angeles has been noticed by other localities that host Magnolia charters. The Santa Clara County Office of Education last year renewed a charter petition for a Magnolia school outside of Cupertino, but is now concerned. “We will pay attention to this—we wouldn’t want to find out that our [Magnolia charter] school would have to close because other [Magnolia] schools are in trouble,” said Don Bolce, Santa Clara’s director of special projects. “We recognize that with a charter school that is part of a charter management organization, a problem at one school could impact other schools – if there is a problem, it endangers the system.” Read more…

 
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Teen calls 911 while hiding from burglars in her home


NEWS, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts: Lt. Jeff Hallock, 714.904.7042
JHallock@ocsd.org

Emily Osterberg, 714.647.1840
EOsterberg@ocsd.org

Deputies Arrest Two Suspects in Residential Burglary Following 911 Call

ROSSMOOR, Calif. – (July 28, 2014) – On Monday, July 21, 2014, Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a residential burglary in-progress in the Rossmoor community. As deputies arrived, two male subjects fled on foot from the rear of the residence, jumping over fences onto the property of adjacent homes in the neighborhood. After coordination of responding deputies, two male juveniles were detained and taken into custody for residential burglary.

The informant to the Sheriff’s Department was a 14 year-old female who was inside the residence when the two male juveniles attempted to make entry through several doors and windows. The 14 year-old hid inside a bedroom closet and called 911, providing dispatchers with information about what was occurring, ultimately leading to arrests of the two suspects. The quick actions and calm demeanor demonstrated by the young informant led to an immediate response and arrest of the suspects. Read more…

 
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Playground design day at Willard Park set for July 31

July 31, 2014
4:00 pmto8:00 pm

Kaboom Design Day at Willard Park

 

KaBoom! and The Illumination Foundation are co-hosting an event from 4-8 pm at Willard Park this Thursday, July 31, 2014. Willard Park community (parents and kids alike) are invited to drop by and give their input on a new park they are planning.

The goal of this event is to give local residents a voice in the design and to be able to express their community’s needs. Read more…

 
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Free Shakespear play at Santa Ana’s Birch Park set for July 31

July 31, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

A Midsummer Night's Dream at Birch Park

Join the City of Santa Ana in partnership with Shakespeare by the Sea for the 3rd Annual, Shakespeare in the Park event.  They will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at  7 p.m., at Birch Park, located at  210 N. Birch in Santa Ana.

Admission is FREE and for the whole family!

Bring your picnics, blankets and beach chairs along with your friends and family to settle in under the stars for a night of classic entertainment in the City of Santa Ana.. Read more…

 
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Fundraiser for SAUSD School Board candidate Aguinaga set for August 15

August 15, 2014
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Cecilia Iglesias campaign event

Cecilia Aguinaga is hosting a fundraiser and silent auction to benefit her campaign for the SAUSD School Board on August 15, 2014, at Las Palomas Restaurant, located at 400 South Euclid St., in Anaheim, from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Cecilia was born in Jalisco, México and immigrated to the United States in 1978. She has lived more than 35 years in Santa Ana. Cecilia and her husband Armando have two sons (Ramsey and Allan) and a daughter (Sylvia). Ramsey was a police officer for the Santa Ana and Los Angeles Police Department, Allan graduated from the Culinary School of the Arts, and Sylvia graduated from University of California, Berkeley, is teaching for the Los Angeles Unified School District and is currently working towards her masters degree. Cecilia and her husband own a business in Santa Ana. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana artist arrested after he tried to beautify our downtown


Tony Pedraza Utility Art Box work

Local Santa Ana artist Tony Pedraza was arrested and charged with a felony for merely painting a utility box mural that he felt would enrich and beautify the city, according to an online petition page that is asking that all charges against him be dropped.

The OC Weekly reported the details of what happened to Tony:

Tony Pedraza, a young muralist and painter from SanTana, painted the gunmetal gray caja after noticing other utility boxes in the city’s downtown were being decorated through a city-commissioned art beautification program. Three days into his own project, a police officer approached Pedraza and asked if he had a permit; Pedraza answered no. Read more…

 
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The OCTA now says they have to include HOV toll lanes on the 405 Freeway


Great LA Times photo: SR-91's Lexus Lanes

Great LA Times photo: SR-91′s Lexus Lanes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 25, 2014

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Joel Zlotnik (714) 560-5713; Eric Carpenter (714) 560-5697

I-405 Project to Deliver Measure M Promise, Caltrans Intends to Phase in HOV Lanes

OCTA to add one regular lane in each direction between Costa Mesa and Seal Beach

ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority was informed today by Caltrans that the I-405 Improvement Project should include the Measure M commitment of one regular lane in each direction and add high-occupancy toll lanes at a later date.

With Caltrans selection of the project alternative, OCTA can now begin delivering the board-approved Measure M improvements as promised to voters. Caltrans intends to pursue funding for the high-occupancy toll lanes that will be added to help speed up commutes in one of the most heavily traveled stretches of freeway in the nation. Read more…

 
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Surveillance video catches several Santa Ana cops beating up a suspect


They say that police often reflect who their leaders are and if that is true then we need to start pondering what is going on at the Santa Ana Police Department. Surveillance video caught three Santa Ana police officers beating the heck out of a meth addict and suspected burglar, who according to witnesses was on the ground and not resisting at the time.

Olivia Arzate, the suspect’s mother, said her son’s face was all scratched and full of bruises, as were his hands, legs and back as a result of the beating, according to KTLA. Read more…

 
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Assemblywoman Grove to speak at the Santa Ana Republican Women Federated meeting tonight

July 25, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Santa Ana Republican women

The Santa Ana Republican Women Federated are hosting a celebration of their 60th anniversary tonight, July 25, 2014, at 7 pm, at the Ebell Club of Santa Ana, located at 625 French St. in Santa Ana.

The speaker will be Assemblywoman Shannon Grove. Read more…

 
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