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2014 General Election voter guide for Santa Ana voters

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This voter guide addresses the Orange County local and legislative races as well as the State and Local ballot measures.

General Election, November, 2014:

Local Elections

Santa Ana City Council

Mayor:

Endorsed Candidate: Mayor Miguel Pulido

Other Candidates: Roman Reyna, Mark I. Lopez

Note: Even Reyna’s friends and allies admit that he is not a capable candidate for Mayor of Santa Ana.  This will be Pulido’s final term and in the next two years we need to recruit better candidates than the likes of Reyna, who has only served two years on the Santa Ana City Council. Read more…

 
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Vietnamese community blasts Janet Nguyen for poverty wages

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MEDIA ADVISORY: October 28, 2014

Contact: Lynn Nguyen, 714-488-6506

Vietnamese community blasts Janet Nguyen for poverty wages

Caregivers who make just $9.30/hour will hold street demonstration in Westminster on Thursday

On October 30th, the Vietnamese community along with other members of the homecare community, are coming together to demand that Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen help local caregivers, seniors, and people with disabilities. Nearly 200 Vietnamese community members will gather to protest poverty wages for caregivers and demand better from our elected leaders.

In Orange County there are as many as 18,000 caregivers through the state’s In-Home Supportive Service program (IHSS), 4,000 of whom are Asian women, many are Vietnamese. Homecare workers provide care to our county’s most vulnerable residents, yet they are only paid $9.30/hour and haven’t seen a raise in over five years. Caregivers are asking the county for a seventy-five cent raise, which would be reimbursed by the state of California. Read more…

 
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Team Pulido is in a dead heat with the faltering Team Santa Ana

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Team Pulido for Education and Safety

The election is almost upon us and the latest news is not good for the splintered Team Santa Ana.  A major labor association has conducted secret polling that shows that Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido’s team of City Council Candidates are in a dead heat with the splintered Team Santa Ana.

This is huge news as the Team Pulido slate, which includes Ward 2 candidate Mirna Velasquez, Ward 4 candidate Alex Padilla and Ward 6 candidate Miguel Gonzalez, has much less political experience than the longtime Council incumbents they are facing off against – Councilman David Benavides, Councilwoman Michele Martinez and Mayor Pro Tem Sal Tinajero. Read more…

 
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Teacher/soccer coach goes to prison for having sex with a 14-year old girl

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ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE: October 27, 2014

TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney

Case # 12HF0258

FORMER TEACHER SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS AND FOUR MONTHS IN PRISON FOR UNLAWFUL SEX ACTS WITH 14-YEAR-OLD FEMALE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT AFTER SNEAKING HER PAST HIS ROOMMATES

SANTA ANA – A former JSerra Catholic High School (JSerra) teacher was sentenced Friday to three years and four months in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration for engaging in unlawful sex acts with a 14-year-old girl he met at the school. Ricardo Aldana, 40, was found guilty by a jury on May 29, 2014, of three felony counts of lewd acts upon a child.

At the time of the crime, Aldana was a Spanish teacher and boys’ soccer coach at JSerra in San Juan Capistrano. He met 13-year-old Jane Doe while she was a student at the school. He befriended the victim and gained her trust. Read more…

 
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Should we recall Reyna and bring Alvarez back to the City Council?

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This year’s General Election is coming up very quickly, on Nov. 4.  Time is running out for Santa Ana Mayoral challenger Roman Reyna, who has been under fire for weeks over a picture that emerged on Facebook depicting Reyna with two of his “homies” who were identified by the Santa Ana Police as dangerous members of a criminal enterprise.

It is by now a forgone conclusion that Reyna is going to lose and lose big – unless his bizarre coalition of gang bangers and high density apartment developers can somehow steal the election.

The question now is when should those who want to restore order at Santa Ana’s City Hall start planning to recall Reyna from the City Council?  And is former Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez eligible to return to Reyna’s Ward 5?  Read more…

 
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Herbert Calderon arrested for fatal DUI collision on Bristol and Central

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Advisory: SAPD Traffic Investigation- fatal collision Bristol/Central driver arrested DUI

ARRESTED: Herbert Granados Calderon (23) Santa Ana

On 10/25/14 at approximately 2121 hours, officers responded to a traffic collision at Bristol St. and Central Av. Officers arrived on scene and located three vehicles that were involved in the collision. Each vehicle had multiple passengers and there were several injuries. Paramedics further determined that an 18 year old male passenger in a Honda had been killed in the collision.

A Lexus traveled southbound on Bristol St. and failed to stop at the red light at Central Av. The Lexus broadsided a Honda and the force of that collision caused the Honda to collide with a Chevrolet pick-up truck. Read more…

 
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Anaheim Police arrest two suspects in Murder of 9-year old Ximena Meza

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PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 25, 2014

Subject: Anaheim Police Arrest Two Suspects in Murder of Ximena Meza – Press Conference Scheduled to Discuss the Investigation

Incident Overview

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014 around 7:15 P.M. Anaheim Police Officers were called to the 2300 block of W. Greenacre Ave. to investigate the shooting of 9 year-old Anaheim resident Ximena Meza. Meza had been to the front of her apartment complex playing with her sisters when gunshots rang out. Meza was struck once in her chest by an assailant’s bullet. She was rushed to a local hospital and succumbed to her injuries around 8:00 P.M. Read more…

 
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Did the City violate their Sunshine Act with regard to their new water regs?

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Level 1 Water Shortage in Santa Ana

The City of Santa Ana announced this week that “under their approved emergency water regulations, they have declared a Level 1 Water Shortage. This means every municipal water user must reduce their consumption by 3 percent compared to their usage during the same time period last year. Failure to achieve the 3 percent conservation reduction the first time will result in a warning to increase your conservation efforts. Continuous failure to conserve may result in a 15 percent penalty on your water bill.

The City has made the information about their water regulations readily available online.  However according to the City’s Water Conservation Ordinance No. NS-2781, which was passed by the City on April, 20, 2009, the City was also supposed to:

When a water shortage appears imminent, the City Manager notifies the City Council and recommends holding a public hearing for the purpose of determining whether a water shortage emergency exists. If the City Council determines that a water shortage exists, it then makes the decision as to the appropriate phase of the Ordinance to implement.” Read more…

 
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Female teacher arrested for lewd acts with an 8th-grade boy

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NEWS, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Lt. Jeff Hallock, 714.904.7042, JHallock@ocsd.org/Emily Osterberg, 714.647.1840, EOsterberg@ocsd.org

Teacher Arrested for Lewd and Lascivious Acts with Child Student

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. – (October 24, 2014) – On Friday, October 24, 2014, Orange County Sheriff’s investigators arrested Kristen Roush, 34, Aliso Viejo, following a several month long investigation involving an inappropriate relationship she had with a male juvenile student. Roush, an eighth grade teacher at La Paz Intermediate School (Mission Viejo), was arrested at her residence in the city of Aliso Viejo. Read more…

 
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OC Coroner seeks public help in identifying man who died in Newport Beach

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Deceased male found in Newport Beach

NEWS, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts: Lt. Jeff Hallock, 714.904.7042, JHallock@ocsd.org/Emily Osterberg, 714.647.1840, EOsterberg@ocsd.org

Orange County Coroner Division Seeks Public’s Assistance Locating Next of Kin

SANTA ANA, Calif. – (October 24, 2014) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Coroner Division seeks the public’s assistance identifying a deceased male found in the early morning hours of October 11, 2014 along the shoreline near 32nd Street and Oceanfront in the city of Newport Beach. He appears to be of Caucasian, Asian, or middle-eastern descent, 15-25 years old, 5’9” tall, 130 pounds, with long black hair and brown eyes. He has a small healed surgical scar on the right side of his neck. He was wearing orange and white Hawaiian print swim trunks and a black button up dress shirt with faint vertical lines. Read more…

 
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Brea Mall purse robber caught at his halfway home in Santa Ana

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Police pursued a fleeing vehicle on surface streets to a home in Santa Ana in connection with a purse robbery by a suspected named Charles Dorsey, 49, that occurred on Thursday, at about 1:40 p.m., at the Macy’s at the Brea Mall, according to a Lt. Derrin Deveroux with the Brea Police Department, as reported by KTLA.

Dorsey is reported to have stolen three purses valued at $700 around 1:38 p.m. from the Macy’s women’s department at the Brea Mall before getting into an altercation with loss-prevention officers, according to the O.C. Register. Read more…

 
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Ceremony to honor fallen law enforcement officers and their families set for 10/28

October 28, 2014
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Donate Life California, which encourages people to register as organ donors, and the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation will hold a special Donate Life Rose Dedication Ceremony on Tuesday, October 28 at 10 a.m. honoring fallen law enforcement officers and their families. A beautiful rose in honor of the officers will be included in the Dedication Garden on the Donate Life Float in the 2015 Rose Parade, held in Pasadena on New Year’s Day. The officers’ families are invited to personalize the tribute.

Tuesday’s ceremony will be held at the Orange County Sheriff’s Training Academy, located at 15991 Armstrong Avenue, in Tustin, from 10 to 11 am.

The speakers at this event will include Santa Ana Police Cpl. Steve Ahearn (pictured above), who is in dire need of a new kidney.  Click here to read more about Ahearn’s condition and his service to our community.

Other speakers at the event will include: Read more…

 
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Janet Nguyen donors admit to laundering political contributions

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Orange County media’s two best investigative news sources are R. Scott Moxley at the OC Weekly, and the Voice of OC website.

Late this afternoon, Thy Vo at the Voice nailed SD1 County Supervisor Janet Nguyen, who is running for the 34th State Senate District against Democrat Jose Solorio, with this news about her campaign funders: Six Nguyen Donors Admit to Political Money Laundering. Their lead:

Six donors to County Supervisor Janet Nguyen have admitted to illegally receiving reimbursements for campaign contributions, according to newly obtained documents from the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission by Voice of OC.

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American Legion Post 131 to honor US Veterans with monthly flag raising

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Community Alert: PUBLIC INVITED AS AMERICAN LEGION POST 131 HONOR US VETERANS WITH MONTHLY FLAG RAISING BEGINNING TOMORROW

SANTA ANA, CA (October 22, 2014) – In honor of the remarkable contributions that veterans have made to our country, the American Legion Post 131 will be hosting a monthly flag raising ceremony that will allow community members to show admiration, respect, and appreciation to our troops. Similar ceremonies take place every Wednesday afternoon at the Orange Circle in the City of Orange and have become extremely successful over the years, gathering more than 100 community members every week. Read more…

 
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Public update on Orange County ebola preparedness

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 22, 2014

Contact: Deanne Thompson, Orange County Health Care Agency, (714) 834 7649, dthompson@ochca.com

Public Update on Ebola Preparedness

(Santa Ana, CA) — Emergency planning is well underway in Orange County in response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The risk of contracting Ebola in the United States and in Orange County is very low; there are currently no cases of Ebola in California and no suspect cases. County officials are reviewing communicable disease response plans and conducting drills to exercise those plans.

County officials have developed extensive preparedness procedures in coordination with other local, state and national partners, including the Orange County Health Care Agency, Orange County Sheriff’s Department and its Emergency Management Division, John Wayne Airport,the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Los Angeles County Public Health Lab, which is a CDC-designated site with the capability to test for Ebola. Read more…

 
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Reyna blows off the Santa Ana Police Officers Association and loses their support

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The OC Register and the Voice of OC continue to ignore the biggest story in the 2014 Santa Ana City Council races as the Santa Ana Police Officers Association (SAPOA) has asked Santa Ana Councilman Roman Reyna to explain why he was caught posing with hard core gang bangers in a picture that was circulated on Facebook.

Today SAPOA sent a second letter to Reyna, stating “In no way was this letter meant to be judge and jury of your active participation or association with known criminal enterprises however as supporters of your 2012 City Council campaign we felt strongly that a formal response was necessary.”   Read more…

 
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