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Orange County awarded $19.5 million in grant funding for homeless services


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County Awarded $19.5 Million in Grant Funding for Homeless Services

(Santa Ana, CA) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $19.5 million to the County of Orange and its community partners for homeless housing assistance and other programs under the 2014 Continuum of Care grant competition.

“This much-needed funding will assist the County in our regional approach to helping move families and individuals out of homelessness and into self-sufficiency,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Todd Spitzer said.

OC Community Services applies annually for grant funding to continue a host of critical homeless assistance programs, including the Shelter Plus Program administered by the Orange County Housing Authority and OC Health Care Agency. Shelter Plus provides rental assistance and supportive care to a targeted population that is both homeless and disabled, suffering from serious mental illness, chronic addictions or HIV/AIDS. Read more…

 
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Mother is going to prison for stabbing her kids while they slept


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ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # 09WF1952

Date: January 26, 2015

MOTHER SENTENCED TO 11 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR ATTEMPTING TO MURDER HER TWO CHILDREN BY STABBING THEM WHILE THEY WERE ASLEEP

SANTA ANA – A mother was sentenced Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, to 11 years to life in state prison for attempting to murder her two young children by stabbing them while they were asleep. Thuy Thi Le, 43, Westminster, was found guilty by a jury Feb. 4, 2014, of two felony counts each of attempted murder, and child abuse and endangerment with sentencing enhancements for the personal use of a deadly weapon and committing great bodily injury. On Oct. 27, 2014, a unanimous jury found the sentencing enhancement for premeditation and deliberation for the attempted murder charge to be true following a retrial of the sentencing enhancement as a former jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict, finding 11 to one for the sentencing enhancement to be true. The defendant, who entered pleas of “not guilty” and “not guilty by reason of insanity,” was found to be legally sane at the time of the murder by the jury on Oct. 31, 2014. Read more…

 
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2015 Graffiti Paint out and Beautification Day set for 2/7 at Windsor Park

February 7, 2015
9:00 amto12:00 pm

Santa Ana 2015 Graffiti Paint Out Day
City of Santa Ana

Community Alert: Join the City of Santa Ana’s Public Works Agency for their Community Graffiti Paint-out and Beautification Day

This is a combined effort by City-contracted graffiti removal crews and volunteers from the community. Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 9 am to noon. Water and healthy snacks will be provided. We’ll provide the tools, gloves, paint and training. All you need to do is join us to help beautify our community.

The graffiti clean-up day will begin at Windsor Park, located at 2915 W. La Verne Ave., and will proceed throughout the park and the surrounding neighborhood. Read more…

 
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Man shot in Santa Ana’s Ward 1 on Sunday


Santa Ana Gang Shooting

A man in his 20’s was shot on Sunday, in Santa Ana, at a residential apartment complex located at the 1800 block of Evergreen Street, at 3:24 p.m., according to the O.C. Register.

Police officers were called and when they arrived they found an approximately 25-year-old unconscious man with a gunshot wound to the upper toro, according to the SAPD. Read more…

 
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Mayor Pulido and the OCTA to host a Pedestrian Safety Workshop tonight


OCTA Pedestrian Safety Workshop

City of Santa Ana

Community Alert: Mayor Miguel Pulido and OCTA to host a Pedestrian Safety Workshop tonight at 5pm

SANTA ANA, CA (January 26, 2015) – City of Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido and OCTA will host a Pedestrian Safety Workshop tonight at 5:00pm at 550 South Main Street, Orange, CA in Room 154/155.

Hear thoughts and ideas about pedestrian safety and explore ways to make travel on Orange County streets safer. Read more…

 
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Will Andrew Do and Janet Nguyen succeed in fooling GOP voters on 1/27?


Will First District candidate Andrew Do and his former boss Janet Nguyen succeed in fooling Republican voters in the Jan. 27 Special Election?

They already got busted when two Orange County employees were recently fired for politicking on Do’s behalf while working at the Westminster County office that Nguyen opened so she could pander to the Little Saigon community. Read more…

 
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Fundraiser for local family that lost their home in a fire set for today

January 25, 2015
8:00 amto2:00 pm

Camile Street fire

Picture Courtesy of the SAPD

 

A Fundraising Fair is being held today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., to benefit the Availa-Espinoza family who lost their home and a car January 7th on Camile Street due to a fire.

Mexican food and snacks are now being sold until 2 p.m,, today at Russell Elementary School, 600 South Jackson Street, Santa Ana, CA, 92704.  For more information please call Erika 1714.788.1737 or Adalid 1714.273.0563. Read more…

 
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Is the Dough Exchange’s failure a sign of things to come in DTSA?


Dough Exchange

“In late 2014, Jason Quinn, the chef-owner of The Playground, opened Dough Exchange next door to his critically acclaimed restaurant in downtown Santa Ana. But the Fourth Street bakery has struggled to generate foot traffic and sales, forcing Quinn to toss out freshly baked goods and breads every night,” according to the OC Register.

In attempt to resuscitate the storefront, Quinn told the Register on Thursday that he’s going to offer baked goods for free starting Friday. Dine-in customers will be limited to two items such as doughnuts, pastries, and meat pies. In exchange for the free food, Quinn is asking customers to fill out a form that provides him feedback on what they like and dislike about the food and prices.

This is pretty hilarious considering that Quinn famously has rejected all input from his customers!  His philosophy has been that he is the Chef and you will eat what he cooks the way he cooks it – your opinion be damned. Read more…

 
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Asian Lunar New Year Free Family Festival at Bowers Museum on Feb. 1

February 1, 2015
11:00 amto4:00 pm

Bowers Family Festivals

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHAT: Asian Lunar New Year Free Family Festival at Bowers Museum Sunday, Feb. 1

WHEN: Sunday, February 1, 11am-4pm

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

COST: Free For All

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Read more…

 
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Man gets 40-year prison sentence for shooting-murder of his father

Published on January 23, 2015 by in Crime, irvine, OCDA

Steven Joseph Bruno

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

January 23, 2015

Case # 12ZF0147

MAN SENTENCED TO 40 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR SHOOTING-MURDER OF HIS FATHER IN IRVINE HOME

SANTA ANA – A man was sentenced today to 40 years to life in state prison for murdering his father by shooting him in their Irvine home. Steven Joseph Bruno, 23, Irvine, was found guilty by a jury Oct. 29, 2014, of one felony count of second degree murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death.

At approximately 9:00 p.m. on Aug. 30, 2012, Steven Bruno murdered his 60-year-old father Ernest Bruno in the victim’s home by shooting him in order to take the victim’s car and money to visit a girlfriend in another state. The defendant locked his father’s body in a bedroom and fled the scene in the victim’s car. Steven Bruno drove his father’s car to Colorado. Read more…

 
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OCDA seeks additional victims of CEO turned suspected child molester

Published on January 23, 2015 by in Crime, irvine, OCDA

Qayed Murtaza Shareef

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

January 23, 2015

Case # 15HF0093

LAW ENFORCEMENT SEEKS PUBLIC’S HELP IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL VICTIMS OF CEO CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT OF MINORS AND POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

SANTA ANA – Law enforcement is seeking the public’s help identifying potential additional victims of a chief executive officer of a publicly traded company located in Irvine charged with sexually assaulting minors and possessing child pornography. Qayed Murtaza Shareef, 39, Aliso Viejo, the founder and CEO of Adaptive Media, was charged today with 30 felony counts of lewd acts with a child under 14, one felony count of using a minor for sex acts, one felony count of distributing pornography to a minor, one felony count of possession or control of child pornography, with a sentencing enhancement for substantial sexual conduct with a child under 14 years old and committing lewd acts upon multiple victims. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 752 years to life in state prison. He is being held on $2 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon, Jan. 23, 2015, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.

On multiple occasions between Dec. 25, 2013, and Dec. 29, 2013, Shareef is accused of contacting 10-year-old John Doe #1 and 9-year-old John Doe #2 using an online application called Tango. The defendant is accused of connecting to the program using a fake name of Jeremy Stevens. Read more…

 
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Clerk-Recorder to offer expanded wedding Saturday hours for Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2015
8:00 amto3:00 pm

Old OC Courthouse

Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen to Offer Expanded Wedding Saturday Hours for Upcoming Valentine’s Day

By: OC Supervisor Todd Spitzer, Portions courtesy of OC Clerk-Recorder

Orange County Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen is making it easier for couples to get married this Valentine’s Day. The Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana and the department’s branch offices in Fullerton and Laguna Hills will be open to the public from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, February 14, 2015.

Appointments are filling up fast for couples wishing to be married on Valentine’s Day at the Clerk-Recorder’s offices. Couples are encouraged to make an appointment for a civil wedding ceremony due to the popularity of this day. Appointments can be made by visiting our website at www.ocrecorder.com and using the online appointment system. Walk-ins will be accommodated based on availability of ceremony rooms. Read more…

 
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An SAPD police dog helps to capture a suspected car thief in Ward 1


Police attack dog

A 33-year-old man, identified as Richard Molina, was suspected of driving a stolen 1997 gray, four-door Honda Civic ran when a Santa Ana police officer became suspicious of a parked vehicle at around 7:40 pm, on Thursday night, in a parking lot near South Main Street and East Dyer Road, according to the O.C. Register.

Molina noticed that an SAPD police car was watching him and he attempted to flee, according to officials.  He drove drove a half-mile north on South Main Street where he crashed into a car near West Warner Avenue. Molina then fled on foot. Read more…

 
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Man with shotgun threatens women at the 1200 block of N. Harbor Bl.


Santa Ana Crime Scene

A man was reportedly running around at around 7 pm, with a shotgun in the 1200 block of North Harbor Boulevard, in Santa Ana, on Thursday, threatening at least two women, police said, according to the O.C. Register.

One woman told the police that she was approached by a man who pointed a shotgun at her, in the 1300 block of North Bewley Street – he ran away after she screamed loudly.

Later a man who was at the 1200 block of North Harbor Boulevard told the SAPD that he saw a fellow with a shotgun pursuing another woman into a business parking lot. Read more…

 
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City Council approves the environmental impact report for the proposed streetcar


Simulation of Santa Ana streetcar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 23, 2015

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

Streetcar Project in Santa Ana and Garden Grove Keeps Rolling with City Council’s OK

OCTA will take over leading the implementation of the new transportation alternative

ORANGE – A proposed streetcar in the cities of Santa Ana and Garden Grove took a step forward this week when the Santa Ana City Council approved the project environmental impact report, which now sets the stage for the Orange County Transportation Authority to take the lead on project implementation.

From the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center, through Downtown Santa Ana and the Civic Center, the streetcar would operate along 4th Street and Santa Ana Boulevard. The route would continue along the Pacific Electric right-of-way and connect to a new multimodal transit hub at Harbor Boulevard and Westminster Avenue in Garden Grove. Read more…

 
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