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Morale at the understaffed Santa Ana Police Department at an all time low


SAPD Police Chief Carlos Rojas

SAPD Police Chief Carlos Rojas

There has been a drop in police officers on the streets in Santa Ana since the last city budget was adopted. Reports from the department are that there are only a handful officers on the street at any given time. If you go to the page 2-78 of the budget, and look under field operations, which are the patrol officers, they have dropped thirty police officer positions – this is the most important division in the department!

On page 2-78 of the adopted budget you can see that there are thirty less officers in patrol now. There were 231 total officers in all ranks the previous and only 198 this year. If you look on page 2-62 you can see the number of authorized officers last year and the number under the new budget.

In 1985, almost 30 years ago, there were 385 authorized police officers (all ranks Chief on down).  Today there are only 316 police officers (add the total of officers, sergeants, lieutenants, captains and the chief) accounted for in the general fund. The population was about 100,000 people less back then.  It has grown tremendously since 1985. Read more…

 
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Free Wizard of Oz musical set for July 24 and 25 at Santa Ana High School

July 24, 2014
10:00 amto12:00 pm
July 25, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

SAUSD Wizard of Oz

SAUSD Presents Our First Summer Musical: The Wizard of Oz.  Only 2 shows: July 24 at 10:00 a.m. & July 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are free so be sure to bring the whole family! Read more…

 
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Three local high school grads near completion of their 4K mile bike trek for charity


Healthnuts & Handlebars

THREE YOUNG ADULTS FROM ORANGE COUNTY NEAR COMPLETION OF 4,000 MILE BICYCLE TREK CROSS-COUNTRY FOR CHARITY

THEIR JOURNEY ENDS IN YORKTOWN, VIRGINIA THIS WEDNESDAY

SURPRISE PARTY PLANNED IN ORANGE COUNTY SATURDAY

WHO: Healthnuts & Handlebars bicycle trekking team

Anthony Bui, Aileen Bui, and Hannah Pham, all recent college graduates with plans to enroll in medical and pharmacy school.

WHAT: After bike riding more than 4,000 miles across America, the trio will return home to Orange County to a surprise gathering of their friends, families and sponsors across 11 states raising awareness and more than $12,000 for the Kevin Armstrong MD Memorial Sports Foundation which benefits students in the Santa Ana Unified School District. Read more…

 
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2014 OC Fair’s 2nd week features The Go-Go’s and free family activities


2014 OC Fair

2014 OC Fair’s Second Week Features Performances by The Go-Go’s, ASA Action Sports World Tour and No Duh Plus Free Activities and Family Fun July 23-27

Plus the OC Fair will salute Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Los Alamitos, Orange, Santa Ana and Seal Beach on select days July 23-25 with a community flag salute and discounts

Costa Mesa, Calif. (July 21, 2014) – The 2014 OC Fair (July 11-August 10) continues onto its second week of summer fun featuring world-class entertainment, deep-fried munchies, Texas-sized donuts, daily exhibits and thrilling rides and games. The Fair is closed Monday and Tuesday.

Here is a quick look of the events going on this week (July 23-27) at the 2014 OC Fair: Read more…

 
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Santa Ana man charged with human trafficking, pimping and selling pot


OCDA Seal

Ronald Preston Spurlock, 36, of Santa Ana was charged today and is expected to be arraigned this afternoon on one felony count of human trafficking, five felony counts of pimping, five felony counts of pandering a victim over 18, two felony counts of sale or transportation of marijuana, one felony count of possession of marijuana for sale, and one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon for a 2008 prior conviction in San Bernardino, according to the Orange County District Attorney. Read more…

 
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The June Primary Election’s turnout data bodes ill for Solorio and Quirk-Silva


Lou Correa and Sharon Quirk-Silva

The O.C. Register asked four experts to analyze the results of this year’s June Primary election, to sort out who did and didn’t vote. The experts included our friend Scott Lay, the publisher of aroundthecapital.com.

What they concluded was:

  1. Rich, educated people vote more.
  2. Independent voters are less likely to vote in primaries.
  3. Seniors vote more.
  4. Ethnicity can influence turnout. (ie. Latinos don’t vote but Asians do)

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Gustavo Arellano married Delilah Snell in Downtown Santa Ana on July 19


Gustavo Arellano dancing with Delilah Snell

Gustavo Arellano and Delilah Snell dancing to “La Marcha de Zacatecas” at their wedding. Picture from Facebook.

The OC Weekly’s Editor, Gustavo Arellano, got married to local business owner Delilah Snell yesterday in Downtown Santa Ana.

As one might imagine Gustavo’s friends were there for him and Delilah including culinary all-stars Roland Rubalcava, who provided tortas ahogadas/fideo seco, Carlos Salgado, who served aguachile, and Bricia Lopez and Fernando Marcos Lopez who brought a Michelada VW bus to the wedding.  And famous DJ Richard Blade was their spinning New Wave music along with DJ Yellow Blackbird who played cumbias.

Snell owns the Road Less Traveled store located at 125 North Broadway in DTSA. Read more…

 
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Correa and the Sanchez sisters get back half the money stolen from them


Kinde Durkee

Kinde Durkee

Prominent California politicians swindled of $8 million by Democratic campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee will get back about half that money under a settlement reached this week with Durkee’s bank, according to the O.C. Register.

Politicians who will get some of the $4 million dollar settlement from First California Bank include United States Senator Dianne Feinstein, Reps. Loretta Sanchez, Linda Sanchez and Susan Davis, as well as state Sen. Lou Correa. Read more…

 
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OC Pride’s inaugural Closet Ball is set for July 31 at Diego’s Downtown SA

July 31, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

OC Pride's Inaugural Closet Ball

OC Pride’s Inaugural Closet Ball is set for Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 7 pm, at Diego’s Downtown located at 224 E. 3rd St., in Downtown Santa Ana.  Tickets are $10 at the door.

This event will be an entertaining mash-up of Dancing with the Stars and RuPaul’s Drag Race. Watch as contestants come out of the “drag closet,” transforming right before your eyes and performing in drag for the very first time. Read more…

 
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DTSA East End Block Party and Vintage Sample Sale set for July 26

July 26, 2014
12:00 pmto8:00 pm

East End Sample Sale

Downtown Santa Ana’s East End is hosting their first annual Block Party  on July 26, 2014, from 12 noon to 8 pm.  The event will be hosted by Can U Not Vintage, the spot for rad vintage finds and unique contemporary clothing & accessories at 206 E Fourth St, in Santa Ana.

They will have an all vintage on sale for $5-$10. They will also have live bands, vendors and choppers. They’re also offering FREE motorcycle parking.

Music by Mystic Braves, Canyons, Cosmonauts, The Rooms, Creatures Choir, La Poli, Flying Hand, Sail Hatin, Dragon Soundz, and Deep Field.  Vendors include R.X. by D.R., Vanner Babes, American Bones Vintage, JT Closet Sale and more.

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Santa Ana Winds to face off against the Tustin Legends in the UPSL final today

July 20, 2014
12:00 pmto4:00 pm

SA Winds FC vs. Tustin Legends

 

The United Premier Soccer League Final between the Santa Ana Winds FC and the Tustin Legends will kickoff today, Sunday, July 20, 2014, at 2 pm at Santa Ana College, located at 1530 W. 17th St., in Santa Ana.  There will be a preliminary match between the OC Crew [Irvine,Ca] & Pomona United at 12 noon.

Kids under 12 years old get in free. For more information call (714) 631-5431.  Tickets will be available at the door for only $3 each! Read more…

 
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SAPD Police Chief Rojas to speak at a meeting of the Lacy Neighborhood Assn. on 7/25

July 25, 2014
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

SAPD Police Chief Carlos Rojas and OC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens

SAPD Police Chief Carlos Rojas and OC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens

Santa Ana Police Chief Carlos Rojas and Commander Ruben Ibarra will be speaking at a special meeting of the Lacy Neighborhood on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 6:00 pm.  They will be making a presentation about Santa Ana crime statistics in the Lacy Neighborhood.

The meeting will be hosted by Latino Health Access at the Park and Community Center located at 602 E. Fourth Street, in Santa Ana. Read more…

 
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Man who sexually assaulted a boy at the Tustin Library is sentenced


Robert Howard Claudio

Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release: July 18, 2014

Case # 12CF0738

MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS TO LIFE FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING 13-YEAR-OLD BOY AFTER LURING HIM INSIDE LIBRARY BATHROOM

SANTA ANA – A man was sentenced today to 15 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy after he lured him inside a library bathroom. Robert Howard Claudio, 25, Anaheim Hills, was found guilty by a jury Sept. 5, 2013, of one felony count of kidnapping for child molesting, four felony counts of lewd acts with a minor under 14, and sentencing enhancement allegations for substantial sexual conduct with a child and increasing the risk of harm by kidnapping.

On the afternoon of March 9, 2012, Claudio approached 13-year-old John Doe in the Teen Room of the public library in Tustin while the victim was waiting for his mother to pick him up. Claudio convinced the victim that he was studying to be a social worker and was used to talking to younger boys. Claudio lured John Doe into a library bathroom and molested the victim by engaging in substantial sexual conduct. Read more…

 
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New smart parking meters being rolled out in Downtown Santa Ana


Photo by Alex Flores

Photo by Alex Flores

City of Santa Ana, Downtown Orange County

Community: NEW SOLAR POWERED SMART PARKING METERS IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA PROVIDES ADDED CONVENIENCE & MULTIPLE PAYMENT OPTIONS

SANTA ANA, CA (July 17, 2014) – The City of Santa Ana announced the rollout of new solar-powered smart meters in the downtown area. The new parking meters will improve the experience for visitors in the downtown and provide multiple payment options including payment by credit and debit card.

“This is great for businesses and residents in the downtown. Having multiple payment options is an added convenience for our visitors and the meters themselves use smart technology to improve our parking meter efficiency,” said Councilwoman Michele Martinez. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana residents are using an average of 107 gallons of water a day per person


California-drought-MGN

City of Santa Ana

Community: CITY HAS ONE OF THE LOWEST PER PERSON WATER USE LEVELS IN STATE & SEEKS CORRECTION FROM ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORT

A July 16, 2014 Associated Press report erroneously stated that the City of Santa Ana increased its water consumption by 65% from May 2013 to May 2014. The report claimed that data received from the State showed a major increase in consumption by the City’s water consumers and appeared wasteful given the current drought conditions. The City’s water resources manager, Nabil Saba has spoken with the Associated Press reporter and has corrected that claim.

The fact is that the City’s water consumption increased by only 7% during that time frame. The City’s Public Works Agency attributes that minor increase primarily to the improved economic conditions within the city, the reduction of housing vacancies and a general increase in population. The amount of water consumed in the City for May 2014 is very close to our 10 year average for May. Read more…

 
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Updated: Martinez now facing two opponents in Ward 2 this November


Michele Martinez whining

Santa Ana Councilwoman Michele Martinez has drawn another competitor for her Council seat, in Ward 2.  A fellow named Gilad Salmon has pulled papers to run for her seat.  You can check out his Facebook page here.

Salmon contacted me with additional information about him and his campaign.  He says he lives south of First St. but he values Downtown Santa Ana and considers it a great asset as he feels it helps to bring more revenue to the city’s coffers.  He also said that he is not a friend of Martinez and that he is not running in order to dilute the opposition vote.  As such I would expect him to pull away male votes and votes from disaffected residents of the Artists Village who aren’t overly happy with her leadership. Read more…

 
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