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OCTA Fair Express continues to set ridership records

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OCTA Fair Express

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 19, 2014

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

OC Fair Express Continues to Set Ridership Records

More than 76,000 fairgoers hopped aboard OCTA’s special bus service this year

ORANGE – This summer, more than 76,000 people made their way to the Orange County Fair via the OC Fair Express, which set a ridership record for the second year in a row.

The special bus service offered by the Orange County Transportation Authority reported 76,952 total boardings during the five-week fair season. This year’s numbers are a 31 percent increase compared to last year’s total ridership of 58,706. Read more…

 
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Watch the Lego Movie outdoors at the Santiago Park Nature Reserve on 8/29

August 29, 2014
7:30 pmto9:30 pm
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Santiago Creek Lego Movie Night

The Santiago Creek Wildlife & Watershed Center is hosting a free outdoor Movie Night on Friday, August 29, 2014, from 7:30-9:30 pm at the Santiago Park Nature Reserve, located at 600 E Memory Ln., in Santa Ana.

Watch the movie while you gather around the campfire for a at the Santiago Park Nature Reserve ‘s outdoor amphitheater.

FREE popcorn and punch will be provided.  Optional supplies to bring: hot dogs, marshmallows, skewers, blankets, warm clothing, hot beverages. Read more…

 
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Theatre Out revives controversial play “Beirut”

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THEATRE OUT REVIVES CONTROVERSIAL BEIRUT

SANTA ANA, CA (August 18, 2014)— Theatre Out is set to open their revival of the controversial drama, Beirut by Alan Bowne as it’s 5th 2014 main stage production on August 29, 2014.

Beirut was originally produced by the Manhattan Class Company in New York in 1987 at the height of the AIDS epidemic and presented a dystopian future where panic and isolation become the rule of law. The show received rave reviews for its brave and honest look at the “what if” of the AIDS crisis. Since its premiere, the play has been produced around the world, praised for its rich character study and lyrical dialogue. Beirut was later turned into a 1993 film, Daybreak featuring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Moira Kelly.

Set in a quarantined district of New York that has been dubbed Beirut in the somewhat near future, the play introduces the audience to Torch, a young man who has tested positive, without symptoms, for a nameless and incurable disease. Instead of reacting with science and medicine, the government of the United States has made a choice to respond to the disease with force and authoritarian control over the sex lives of its citizens, physically branding those who test positive to the disease. Torch’s girlfriend, Blue, is able to sneak past the guards, cameras and sex detectors in an attempt to be reunited with her lover. Blue must choose between a life of freedom or an unknown life of ever-evolving symptoms and eventually death. Read more…

 
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Ward 6 City Council candidate Gonzalez to kick off his campaign on August 23

August 23, 2014
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
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Mike Gonzalez Council Fundraiser

Mike Gonzalez, a candidate for Ward 6 on the Santa Ana City Council, is hosting his Campaign Kick-Off on August 23, 2014, at 6 pm, at the nightclub/restaurant he owns, Mexicanisimo, located at 2323 W 1st St, Santa Ana.

The MC for the event is “Sammy” and various musical artists will be there including Regulo Car, Hugo Armando, and Grupo Folklorico Desafio.

Gonzalez owns a security guard company as well.  He is a licensed security guard instructor as well.  Click here to see his Facebook page.

Gonzalez’ Bio: Read more…

 
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SAUSD School Board candidate Andrews endorsed by SAUSD Trustee Richardson

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Shuntele Andrews for SAUSD School Board

SAUSD School Board candidate Shuntele Andrews, a retired teacher, has been endorsed by SAUSD School Board Trustee Rob Richardson, according to her Facebook page.

In February 2003, Richardson was elected to the Board of Education following a recall election and receiving 65% of the votes cast. He was re-elected in 2004 and 2008 to full four year terms. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana man to be charged with faking that he could not work

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Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release: August 21, 2014

Case# 14CF2661

EMPLOYEE TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR CASHING DISABILITY CHECKS UNDER FALSE PRETENSE OF BEING UNABLE TO WORK

*Defendant was continuing to work and lied under oath

SANTA ANA – An employee for a building remodeling company is scheduled to be arraigned today for cashing in disability checks under the false pretense of being unable to work. Angel Monzon, 51, Santa Ana, is charged with 24 felony counts of insurance fraud, seven felony counts of perjury under oath, and four felony counts of making fraudulent statements. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in state prison. He is being held on $39,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned today in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.

On April 19, 2010, Monzon worked as a granite installer for Fermol Inc. in Huntington Beach. While working, Monzon lost his balance and fell while carrying a large piece of granite, which broke and landed on the defendant’s right thigh and knee. Monzon was placed on temporary total disability (TTD). Read more…

 
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SAPD DUI checkpoint set for Aug. 23

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Santa Ana Police Department Advisory: Police Department conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Saturday, August 23rd

The Santa Ana Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014. It will begin at 9:00PM and is scheduled to conclude at 3:00AM. It will be conducted in the area of 2000 W. First Street, in the City of Santa Ana. Read more…

 
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Eight suspects with outstanding DUI warrants caught in DUI Task Force sweep

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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

Eight Suspects with Outstanding DUI Warrants Caught in ‘AVOID the 38’ DUI Task Force Sweep

SANTA ANA, Calif. (August 20, 2014) – On Monday, August 18th, deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department dispersed into neighborhoods with dozens of outstanding arrest warrants in search of high risk DUI offenders. Deputies served the warrants and arrested eight offenders who either failed to show up for a court date or violated terms of their probation in an outstanding DUI case.

“The best bet for anyone with a missed DUI court date is to go to court on their own,” said Deputy Shane Stewart of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Bureau. “If you don’t, that warrant isn’t going away. We’re going to come find you and take you to jail.” Those caught often face additional jail time for failing to appear in court or for violating probation. Read more…

 
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Man charged with home invasions while posing as a deliveryman

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Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release: August 19, 2014

Case# 14WF3126

MAN TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR HOME INVASION ROBBERY AT GUNPOINT WHILE POSING AS DELIVERYMAN IN TWO NEIGHBORHOODS

*Two other men involved in this case remain unidentified and at large

WESTMINSTER – A man is scheduled to be arraigned today for posing as a deliveryman and committing home invasion robberies of occupants at gunpoint in Garden Grove. Jerry Cleveland Coleman, 34, Garden Grove, is charged with seven felony counts of first degree robbery in concert, seven felony counts of imprisonment by violence or deceit, seven felony counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, two felony counts of dissuading a witness by force or threat, two felony count of criminal threats, and sentencing enhancements for the personal use of a firearm and committing a crime against a vulnerable victim. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 100 years in state prison. The People will be requesting he be held on $1 million bail at his arraignment today in Department W-2, West Justice Center, Westminster. The time is to be determined.

At approximately 3:45 p.m. on Aug. 11, 2014, Coleman is accused of posing as a deliveryman by carrying a bouquet of flowers and a clipboard and knocking on the door of a Garden Grove home occupied at the time by two teenagers and a 23-year-old woman. When one of the victims opened the door, Coleman and another man are accused of forcing their way inside the home using a handgun along with a third accomplice. The defendants are accused of threatening the victims and taking the victims’ property. Coleman is accused of being seen on home surveillance before fleeing the scene. Read more…

 
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Ward 2 Council candidate Velasquez sets a salsa fundraiser for August 22

August 22, 2014
6:30 pmto8:30 pm
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Mirna Velasquez Salsa Fundraiser

Santa Ana Ward 2 City Council candidate is hosting a special fundraiser event with Salsa Music, a complimentary salsa lesson and Hor d’oeuvres on Friday, August 22, at 6:30 pm.

The event will be hosted by Tony Rodriguez of Spoons Family Restaurant, at 2601 Hotel Terrace Drive, in Santa Ana. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana Plaza Wellness event and 5K run set for Sep. 6

September 6, 2014
9:00 amto1:00 pm
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Santa Ana Plaza Wellness celebration

City of Santa Ana, Downtown Orange County

Community Alert: ACCLAIMED DOWNTOWN SANTA ANA’S FREE 5K RUN IS THE CITY’S FIRST AND A HIGHLIGHT OF SEPT. 6TH PLAZA WELLNESS EVENT

SANTA ANA, CA (August 20, 2014) – The public is invited to attend the City of Santa Ana’s free Plaza Wellness celebration on September 6, 2014 in Downtown Santa Ana at French and Fourth Street from 8am – 1pm.

Plaza Wellness has something for everyone including a Health Fair, VIP Basketball game and Zumba competitions. Booths for the Health Fair are still available. Read more…

 
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John Wayne Airport marks Orange County’s 125th birthday

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OC 125th Anniversary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 19, 2014

Contact: Jenny Wedge, (949) 252-5182 (office), jwedge@ocair.com

JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT COMMEMORATES ORANGE COUNTY’S
125TH ANNIVERSARY WITH SPECIAL EXHIBIT “OC 125: EXPLORING ORANGE COUNTY’S STORY”

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Visitors and residents can explore Orange County’s rich 125-year history through OC 125: Exploring Orange County’s Story, a curated exhibition of sites and experiences, now on display at John Wayne Airport. Through February 2015, viewers can take a historical journey through Orange County in the ORANGE COUNTY: Destination Art & Culture exhibition space located in the pre-security pedestrian walkway between Riley Terminals B and C. Read more…

 
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Uptick in violent hate crimes last year

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Orange County Human Relations Commission

Contact: Rusty Kennedy at  (714) 567-7465 or rusty@ochumanrelations.org, James Armendaris at (714) 567-5117 or james@ochumanrelations.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 21, 2014

Uptick in Violent Hate Crimes in 2013

OC Human Relations Releases the 2013 Hate Crime Report at 10am, Thursday, August 21st

The 2013 Orange County Hate Crime Report shows an increase in violent hate crimes, most notably simple and aggravated assaults.  “We cannot stand for violence of any kind and violence motivated by hate is no exception.  The Commission believes that a crime against one of us, is a crime against all of us, this report tells us that we must remain vigilant in our work to eliminate prejudice and discrimination in Orange County,”  said Commission Chair Ken Inouye. Read more…

 
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Time for back-to-school immunizations!

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Orange County Health Care Agency

Release: August 18, 2014
 
Contact: Nicole Stanfield, nstanfield@ochca.com, 714-834-2178

Back-to-School Immunizations

(Santa Ana) – With the new school year starting, vaccinations should be included in every back-to-school list.  Parents are reminded to have their children up-to-date on required vaccinations before school starts.  “Immunizations are a safe and effective way to help children stay healthy in school and protect them, and the people around them, from vaccine preventable illnesses that can be very serious,” said Dr. Eric Handler, Orange County Health Officer.  Read more…

 
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Summer/Labor Day Avoid DUI Campaign update

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Orange County Sheriff’s Department

NEWS, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           

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

Summer/Labor Day AVOID DUI Campaign Update

DUI Arrests Up & No DUI Fatalities

SANTA ANA, Calif. (August 18, 2014) – The first weekend of the end of summer DUI Mobilization has resulted in a number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special ‘Avoid the 38’ DUI deployments in Orange County.

From 12:01 AM Friday, August 15, 2014 through Midnight Sunday, August 17, 2014 officers countywide arrested 169 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.  In 2013, 149 DUI arrests occurred during the same three day time frame.  There were no DUI related deaths over the weekend (NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report).
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