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Estranged husband stabbed his wife and shot her with a pellet gun

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Santa Ana Crime Scene

Santa Ana police officers were called to the 1200 block of East Dyer Road about 9 p.m. Saturday after reports of a woman screaming and a man running from a parking lot, Santa Ana police Cmdr. Jason Viramontes said, according to the O.C. Register.

The police reported that the woman was stabbed multiple times and was also apparently shot with a pellet gun.  They found a knife and a pellet gun at the scene.   Read more…

 
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The SAUSD will take over their after school program on January 5, 2015

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SAUSD Maintains and Improves its Commitment to After School Programs

Since 2008, the Santa Ana Unified School District has utilized outside companies (Think Together) to manage its after school programs. Due to changing conditions, there will be a District-run after school program staffed by employees of the Santa Ana Unified School District. This program will begin after the winter break on Monday, January 5, 2015. The current after school program companies will continue to provide services through December 19, 2014.There will be a seamless transition for students.

The new after school program called “Engage 360°”, will provide increased opportunities in such areas as physical activity, academic support, visual and performing arts, science, technology, mathematics, engineering, specialized movement, and leadership. All students currently enrolled in the after school program will automatically be placed in the new after school program Engage 360°. Parents do not need to submit any additional paperwork. The program will continue to be offered at no charge to parents.

The Engage 360° after school program will include the following components: Read more…

 
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Patient Town Hall Meeting on the State of Medical Marijuana in Santa Ana set for 10/7

October 7, 2014
6:00 pmto7:00 pm
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Medical marijuana Santa Ana town hall meeting

A Patient Town Hall Meeting on the State of Medical Marijuana in Santa Ana has been set for Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, from 6 to 7 pm at the headquarters of the Yes on Measure CC ballot initiative campaign.

The discussion will include information about the recent raids on medical marijuana dispensaries by the Santa Ana Police Department, court cases and the upcoming election.

Refreshments will be served.  A patient raffle raffle will follow the meeting and will include volunteer rewards. Read more…

 
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Mayor Miguel Pulido to host a State of the City reception on 9/30

September 30, 2014
7:30 amto9:30 am
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Pulido breakfast

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido is hosting a campaign breakfast reception that will include a “State of the City” update on September 30, 2014, from 7:30 am to 9:30 am at the Bowers Museum, in the John Lee Court, at 2002 N. Main St., in Santa Ana.

Tables are available for $2,000 and individual tickets are available for $200.  Please RSVP to Alisha Mendoza at (213) 891-2965 or via email here.

About Mayor Pulido

Since he was first elected to the Santa Ana City Council in 1986, Mayor Miguel Pulido has been a major force in the renaissance and economic revitalization of the City.  He is currently serving his sixth term as Mayor and has proven to be a leader, not only within the community, but regionally and nationally.  Mayor Pulido has focused his efforts on improving the quality of life for all Santa Ana residents.   During his tenure the City has experienced a 58 percent reduction in crime, an increase in home values, a rise in the number of business licenses, an enhancement of the economic opportunities for the private sector, an overall revitalization of the City’s infrastructure and an expansion in social and culture venues. Read more…

 
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Check out DTSA’s restaurants at Savor Santa Ana on 10/16

October 16, 2014
5:30 pmto9:00 pm
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Savor Santa Ana

You’ve been reading about Downtown Santa Ana or maybe even checked out one or two new award-winning restaurants and venues. Coming this October, Savor Santa Ana lets you sample a rainbow of DTSA restaurants all in one glorious epicurean evening.

At Savor Santa Ana on Thursday, October 16 from 5:30 PM to 9 PM, pick up a booklet of 12 tasting tickets for $10. With your booklet and a route map in hand, you will be free to walk DTSA’s tree-lined brick sidewalks on a lovely autumn evening to exchange your tickets for your most-wanted food tastings at local eateries. Exchange tickets for local art and other goodies, too!

Start your Savor Santa Ana experience at the Ticket & Info Booth on Spurgeon Promenade (located on Spurgeon between 3rd and 4th Streets). There you can buy ticket booklets and pick up a route map. The Ticket booth opens at 5 PM on Thursday, October 16. Explore Downtown Santa Ana’s culinary and arts district on a night of tasting and experiences! Read more…

 
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Rep. Sanchez endorses Solorio for the 34th State Senate District

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For Immediate Release: September 19, 2014

For More Information Contact: Maria Unzueta – mobile: (657) 464-4742

CONGRESSWOMAN LORETTA SANCHEZ ISSUES ENDORSEMENT STATEMENT FOR JOSE SOLORIO IN STATE SENATE RACE

Congresswoman Sanchez Says She and Solorio Agree on Making College Access and Affordability a Priority

Santa Ana, CA – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez issued a formal endorsement for Jose Solorio as her choice in the 34th State Senate District. Sanchez’s endorsement is key in the district which includes a large portion of Congresswoman Sanchez’s district. Congresswoman Sanchez’s district includes all or parts of Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Anaheim and Orange.

“I’m supporting Jose Solorio because we both believe in fighting to protect everyone’s right to a good education. Jose and I believe that higher education should be a real option for all students. As a State Assemblyman, he wrote laws to help eliminate price-gouging on school textbooks. He also fought to protect $35 million for local schools and championed efforts to cut college tuition up to 40% for middle-class families,” says Congresswoman Sanchez. “I recently introduced the ‘Middle Class Chance Act’ to combat increasing college costs by helping students pay for college with a strengthened Pell Grant.” Read more…

 
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Why is SAUSD Trustee John Palacio hiding his contact info from the public?

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SAUSD Trustee John Palacio

Only two of the elected members of the Santa Ana Unified School District’s Board of Education, Cecilia Iglesias and Rob Richardson, post their contact information on the district’s website.

Why is it that the rest of the Trustees, including longtime incumbent John Palacio, who is running this year for reelection, are hiding their contact information from the voters and residents of this city? Read more…

 
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Santa Ana to participate in a County wide emergency alert test on 9/23

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City of Santa Ana, Downtown Orange County

Community Alert: CITY OF SANTA ANA JOINS 23 CITIES IN COUNTY WIDE ALERT OC REGIONAL TEST

Santa Ana, CA (September 19, 2014) – City of Santa Ana residents and over two million other Orange County residents will receive a call, email or push notification on Tuesday, September 23 for a Countywide regional test of Alert OC – the County’s regional mass notification system. This is the fifth annual regional test of the system and will include 23 participating cities and the County’s unincorporated areas.

The AlertOC drill will be held in conjunction with national Preparedness Month and will replicate a large scale, multi-jurisdictional emergency requiring thousands of numbers to be called simultaneously across Orange County’s entire region. The phone message will notify residents that it is a test and urge all residents to prepare for real-life emergencies by registering their cell numbers, text numbers and e-mail addresses at AlertOC.com for the best chance to receive vital, timely information when away from home. Read more…

 
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Executive sentenced for not paying taxes on $180M in fraudulent income

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For Immediate Release: September 19, 2014

Case # 03HF1207

FORMER EXECUTIVE SENTENCED TO SEVEN YEARS IN PRISON AND RESTITUTION FOR FAILING TO PAY TAXES ON OVER $180 MILLION IN UNREPORTED INCOME FROM POWER PLANT REFURBISHING BUSINESS

*Co-defendant ex-wife has been convicted and sentenced in this case

SANTA ANA – A former executive was sentenced today to seven years in state prison for failing to pay taxes on over $180 million in unreported income from their power plant refurbishing business. Richard Engel, 70, pleaded guilty Dec. 16, 2011, to three felony counts of filing false personal tax returns and five felony counts failing to file tax returns for himself and his company. The defendant also admitted to sentencing enhancements for fraud in excess of $500,000 causing a loss in excess of $1 million. Engel will also be required to pay restitution in an amount to be determined by the Court.

Richard Engel’s ex-wife Jolene Engel, 63, pleaded guilty Dec. 16, 2011, to one felony count of failure to file tax returns for her corporation and one felony count of failing to provide material information in a tax return. She was sentenced today to three years of informal probation and will also be subject to restitution in an amount to be determined. Read more…

 
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Free admission to the Autumn Moon Festival at the Bowers Museum this weekend

September 20, 2014
11:00 amto3:30 pm
September 21, 2014
11:00 amto3:30 pm
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Bowers Autumn Moon Event

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHAT:     Free Admission to Autumn Moon Festival at Bowers Museum This Weekend

WHEN:     Sat., Sept. 20 and Sun., Sept. 21 from 11am – 3:30 pm

WHERE:   Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92706

COST:      Free For All

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Our City Council and School Board candidates forums should be televised!

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Santa Ana Council Candidates Forum

A Santa Ana City Council candidates forum was held this week and surprise barely anyone in the City of Santa Ana attended or even knew about it.  Check out who did show up, as pictured above.  Does that look like Santa Ana?

The reality is that unless we televise these forums they will have very little impact on the voters.  And the shame of it is that both the City of Santa Ana and the Santa Ana Unified School District have vast internal public relations operations that include their own TV channels on local Cable and AT&T U-Verse.

So why aren’t the City Council candidates forums televised and why aren’t there any SAUSD School Board candidates forums?  It all comes down to incumbent protection and that is just wrong.

If you want this to change then you are going to have to make some noise! Read more…

 
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OC Human Relations Commission calls for humane treatment of immigrant children

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 18, 2014

CONTACT: Ken Inouye, Chair, 949-586-6640/Becky Esparza, Vice-Chair, 714-893-9834/Rusty Kennedy, CEO, 714-480-6585

Commission Calls for Humane Treatment and Protection of Central American Children

Concerns about the increasing number of Central American children detained and held by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) came to a head this year with raucous demonstrations in Murrieta where ICE buses bringing these children from the border were blocked by demonstrators.  ICE has for some time contracted with Orange County and other non-profit organizations to provide shelter for some of these unaccompanied minors seized at the border.

Commission Concerned About These Children Read more…

 
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Fountain Valley man convicted of shooting and killing a rival 17-year-old

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Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release: September 18, 2014

Case # 12WF2176

MAN CONVICTED OF SHOOTING-MURDER OF RIVAL 17-YEAR-OLD

SANTA ANA – A man was convicted today of shooting and murdering a 17-year-old rival. Reda Hassan Safieddine, 20, Fountain Valley, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count of second degree murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death and one misdemeanor count of brandishing a firearm. He faces a maximum sentence of 40 years to life in state prison at his sentencing Nov. 7, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-40, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

At the time of the crime, Safieddine, then 18 years old, and the victim had an ongoing rivalry. A few hours before the shooting on Aug. 13, 2012, the defendant encountered the victim and argued with him in a residential neighborhood in Santa Ana. After the verbal confrontation, the two went separate ways. Read more…

 
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The OC Vector Control District wants to raise property taxes to pay for a museum exhibit

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The OC Vector Control District’s Trustees never tire of raising your property taxes!

From the OC Politics Blog

Today, the Orange County Vector Control District’s Board of Trustees “will consider contracting with the Discovery Science Center for a decade of exhibit space costing $1 million – averaging out to $100,000 a year,” according to the O.C. Register’s Watchdog.

Naturally, the OVCD’s staff is recommending a hike of about $1 a parcel that would bring in some $500,000 annually to pay for this exhibit.  They want to raise our property taxes even though the OCVCD is awash in cash – they have a cushion of almost 70 percent of what it spends in a year.

As we suggested in a recent post, this is the epitome of a bloated County agency that really should be absorbed into the OC Health Care Agency – and all of their field spraying and extermination activities should be outsourced to contractors.  This agency owes millions of dollars in unfunded pension and health benefit liabilities that we could avoid further via outsourcing! Read more…

 
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City seeks public input to make walking and biking safer and easier in DTSA

September 25, 2014
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
September 26, 2014
1:00 pmto7:00 pm
September 27, 2014
9:00 amto12:00 pm
October 6, 2014
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
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Santa Ana DTSA and Transit Zone Complete Streets Plan

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Community Alert: City of Santa Ana Seeks Public Input with Plans to Make Walking and Bicycling Safer and Easier in Downtown Santa Ana

Public invited to attend 3-day design workshop on September 25-27

SANTA ANA, CA – Imagine downtown Santa Ana as a bicycle and pedestrian-friendly environment that encourages visitors and residents to park their cars and enjoy the city up close! That is the goal for Santa Ana city planners and a team of consultants who are embarking on development of the Downtown/Transit Zone Complete Streets Plan.

Complete Streets provide opportunities for increased physical activity by incorporating features that promote regular walking, bicycling and transit use into just about every street. A benefit that results from this approach would include improvements that make it easier and safer to travel between the Transportation Center and Downtown Santa Ana on foot, by bicycle or public transit. Read more…

 
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