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Man convicted after raping women while pretending to cleanse their spirits

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Orange County District AttorneyPress Release

For Immediate Release, Case # 12CF1076: April 23, 2014

MAN CONVICTED OF FORCIBLE RAPE OF TWO WOMEN HE MET ONLINE UNDER PRETENSE OF PERFORMING SPIRITUAL CLEANSING

*Second victim came forward after seeing media coverage on the original case

SANTA ANA – A man was convicted yesterday of forcibly raping two women after luring them under the pretense of performing a spiritual cleansing. Alberto Flores Ramirez, 39, San Clemente, was found guilty by a jury yesterday, April 22, 2014, of two felony counts each of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, one felony count each of sexual penetration by foreign object by force, attempted forcible oral copulation, and a sentencing enhancement for sex crimes against multiple victims. He faces a maximum sentence of 75 years to life in state prison at his sentencing June 13, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-43, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana. Read more…

 
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OCTA seeks help planning for Orange County’s transportation future

May 7, 2014
5:00 pmto7:00 pm

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 23, 2014

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

OCTA Seeks Help Planning For Transportation Future

Draft Long Range Transportation Plan looks at mobility for the next 20 years in Orange County with public meeting planned for May 7

ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is seeking public input to help plan for the county’s transportation needs for the next 20 years.

A draft copy of the Long Range Transportation Plan, called Outlook 2035, was presented to the OCTA board at a recent meeting and is now up for public review and comment on the website at: www.octa.net/lrtpdraftplan.

A review period will follow with an open house to solicit more input on the plan scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. on May 7 at OCTA Headquarters, 550 S. Main Street in Orange. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana’s 2014 Cinco de Mayo Festival set for May 2-4

May 2, 2014
6:00 pmto9:00 pm
May 3, 2014
12:00 pmto9:00 pm
May 4, 2014
12:00 pmto8:00 pm

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Community Alert: 15th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival Features Big Name Talent In First City Produced Event

SANTA ANA, CA – The City of Santa Ana’s 15th Annual Downtown Cinco de Mayo Festival kicks off Friday, May 2 with carnival rides starting at 6 p.m. The street fair continues all weekend in Santa Ana’s beautiful historic downtown on Fourth Street on Saturday, May 3, from Noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday May 4, from Noon to 8 p.m. This year, the Festival will feature fifteen great performances on the main stage in addition to the great food, games, arts and crafts, and opportunities to shop and get information about art, activities, events and programs.

On Saturday, May 3, the highly popular Los Horoscopos de Durango will be performing on the main stage. A key treat for the community and the region is a special appearance by the Coach for the All Star Soccer team from Mexico that will be competing at the World Cup next month in Brazil. Coach Miguel Herrera, also known as “El Piojo,” will be taking questions from youth soccer players on the main stage on Sunday, May 4. Twenty youth soccer players will be selected to ask “El Piojo” a question in front of a huge audience of soccer loving fans. Read more…

 
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The SAUSD says their cop did nothing wrong in arresting a 14-year old tagger

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 23, 2014

Contacts: Deidra Powell, Chief Communications Officer, 714-558-5555

Press Release: Santa Ana Unified School District Releases Results of Investigation involving arrest of 14-Year Old

Santa Ana, CA – April 23, 2014 – The results of an investigation involving a Santa Ana Unified School District School Police Officer’s arrest of a 14 year old male was released at the April 22, 2014 regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting.

Police Chief Hector Rodriguez, ED.D, stated that 99% of the police department’s contact with students is positive and that this particular incident was an unfortunate, isolated incident. Read more…

 
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HireLive Sales, Retail & Management Hiring Career Fair set for May 6

May 6, 2014
9:00 amto12:30 pm

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HireLive Sales, Retail & Management Professional Hiring Career Fair set for May 6 in Santa Ana

HireLive, a national career service company specializing in sales, retail and management career fairs, will be hosting a Career Fair in Santa Ana on May 6, 2014, from 9 am to 12:30 pm at the Embassy Suites – OC Airport, located at 1325 East Dyer Road.

HireLive has more than a decade of experience in connecting job seekers with industry leading companies that are currently hiring, and is the largest sales specific career fair company on the west coast. Our process is a very professional one that offers job-seekers a unique opportunity to meet with over 15 of the nation’s leading companies in a private, professional setting. Read more…

 
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Fairhaven Memorial Park and Mortuary to host a Memorial Day service on 5/26

May 26, 2014
10:30 amto12:00 pm

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“The Story of Our Flag”: Fairhaven Memorial Park’s 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service Calendar Submission

Join Fairhaven Memorial Park & Mortuary as they share “The Story of Our Flag” at its 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 26 at 10:30 a.m.

More than 3,500 Orange County residents are expected to attend the event, which will feature vivid representations of our flag’s most moving moments in history, inspiring speeches by military veterans, a “Parade of Flags” by The Tustin Young Marines, the Boy Scouts of America and the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and an aerial fly-over of World War II-era planes. The event will kick off with a special performance of the National Anthem by the “Star Spangled Singer” contest winner and conclude with an extraordinary surprise together with the Tustin Community Choir and the Tustin High School Glee Club. Read more…

 
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Millions headed to streets and signals through Measure M

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 22, 2014

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

Millions Headed To Streets and Signals Through Measure M

OCTA board allocates more than $44 million for road improvements

ORANGE ­– Cities throughout the county will see an influx of more than $44 million for street and signal synchronization projects through the Measure M Comprehensive Transportation Funding Program.

Funding was awarded recently to 27 projects that will widen existing streets to alleviate congestion and synchronize traffic signals to ensure drivers hit the most green lights during peak traffic periods. Read more…

 
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Free used oil filter exchange in May and June for Santa Ana residents

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2014 Santa Ana oil filter exchange

City of Santa Ana, Downtown Orange County

Community Alert: FREE USED OIL FILTER EXCHANGE IN MAY & JUNE FOR SANTA ANA RESIDENTS

CITY Of SANTA ANA FREE USED OIL FILTER EXCHANGE DURING MAY & JUNE

Care for your car & the environment! Bring in your used oil filter in exchange for a new one!

Every resident that brings in a used oil filter for recycling will receive a new oil filter for free. Free oil filters will only be given away during this campaign in the months of May & June 2014.

Exchange your filter at the following locations: Read more…

 
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Man charged with human trafficking and pimping a minor he met on Facebook

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Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release, Case # 14NF1794: April 21, 2014

MAN CHARGED WITH HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND PIMPING “MINOR” HE CONTACTED ON FACEBOOK

*“Minor” was an undercover police officer

FULLERTON – A man faces charges of human trafficking and pimping a minor who was actually an undercover police officer on Facebook. Dwight Lamith Garris, 34, Palmdale, is charged with one felony count each of human trafficking of a minor, pandering, and pimping of a minor. If convicted, Garris faces a maximum sentence of 12 years in state prison. Garris is being held on $50,000 and must prove the money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond. He was charged and arraigned on Friday, April 18, 2014, and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing April 28, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. in Department N-12, North Justice Center, Fullerton.

Circumstances of the Case

Garris is accused of being a pimp/modern-day slave owner who exploits women and/or children for financial gain.

Between April 8, 2014, and April 16, 2014, Garris is accused of befriending an undercover officer on Facebook, whom he believed to be a 17-year-old girl. The defendant is accused of attempting to recruit her to work for him as a prostitute and instructing her to recruit other sex workers for Garris.

On April 16, 2014, Anaheim Police Department (APD) investigators traveled to Los Angeles County and arrested Garris. Read more…

 
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Chicanos Unidos to protest the school cops at the School Board Meeting on 4/22

April 22, 2014
5:30 pmto7:30 pm

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Next SAUSD Board Meeting: Protect Our Youth

Chican@s Unidos will be at the next SAUSD meeting, on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 5:30 pm, to demand action regarding the blatant abuse by school police on one of our Santa Ana youth. Please join us and speak out. Do not let this go and demand they drop charges on the youth.

How many time are these incidents not recorded? What are parents told? Why did his mother have to pick him up from juvenile hall and in an ankle bracelet? Read more…

 
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Santa Ana Community Beautification and Arbor Day set for April 26

April 26, 2014
9:00 amto12:00 pm

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City of Santa Ana, Downtown Orange County

Advisory: SAVE THE DATE: COMMUNITY BEAUTIFICATION and ARBOR DAY on Saturday, April 26, 2014 9:00 am to 12 noon

In promoting the City being named “Tree City USA” for the 15th consecutive year and to celebrate Earth Week, Santa Ana Public Works will host a Community Beautification and Arbor Day. Participants will plant trees, remove graffiti, learn about water conservation and keeping storm drains clear to the ocean. Free compost will also be provided by Waste Management along with a tree giveaway to the first 100 pre-registered participants. The Beautification and Arbor Day program will be held at Delhi Community Center and will proceed throughout the Delhi Park and surrounding neighborhoods. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana wins a 2014 Green California Leadership Award

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City of Santa Ana, Downtown Orange County

Community Alert: Santa Ana wins 2014 Green California Leadership Award for developing a plan that reduced the City’s carbon footprint

Santa Ana, CA (April 17, 2014) The City of Santa Ana is pleased to announce that the Facilities-Fleet-Central Stores (FFCS) Division is the 2014 Green California Leadership Award winner in the Transportation category. The award is given by Green Technology Magazine, the e-magazine arm of a California non-profit initiative designed to provide a forum for connecting public and private leaders and resources to promote the development and distribution of sustainable green technologies.

City Manager David Cavazos applauded the division’s efforts stating “this award is a direct reflection of the innovative thinking that is required to receive such an honor.” Read more…

 
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Santa Ana CopWatch is ready for tonight’s SAPD Easter Cruising crackdown

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The Battle for Bristol Street

By Santa Ana CopWatch

Every year on Easter Sunday SAPD puts our city on lockdown in an attempt to keep us in our homes and limit cruising. They block off all the major streets making it hard to move around Santa Ana. The irony is that they say it’s to prevent “grid-lock”. They also have extra police pulling over anyone they can for any reason they can come up with. Our Easter Sunday basically becomes Santa Ana Martial Law.

The real reason for these actions by the city and the police is rooted in racism and their need to suppress a popular gathering of the people. In other words, they don’t want brown people gathering in the streets. Read more…

 
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With all her baggage, should Janet Nguyen even be running for SD34?

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From the OC Political Blog

The heat’s still on.  First District County Supervisor Janet Nguyen, the Orange County GOP’s Local Elected Official of the Year, has been fingered AGAIN by the union-funded Voice of OC for conspiring with two CalOptima Board members to ignore a Federal audit critical of their leadership:  CalOptima Leaders Shelved Critical Audit.  Tracy Wood reports:

The move killed a chance to fix at least some potential problems as much as a year before federal auditors discovered one of CalOptima’s programs posed a “serious threat to the health and safety” of participants.  According to meeting records and emails, Nguyen and CalOptima board Vice Chairman Lee Penrose, who is president and CEO of St. Jude Hospital in Fullerton, put off making a decision on which firm to hire. County Health Care Agency Director Mark Refowitz, who became board chairman during the process, didn’t act to ensure that the work was done.

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Westminster man convicted for soliciting the murder of his wife

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Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release, Case # 13CF0340 & 13CF1025: April 18, 2014

HUSBAND CONVICTED OF 2004 SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES CONSPIRACY-MURDER BY SOLICITING MURDER OF WIFE

SANTA ANA – A husband was convicted yesterday of the 2004 solicitation-murder of his wife. Magdi Faiz Girgis, 61, Westminster, was found guilty by a jury April 17, 2014, of one felony count of special circumstances murder, one felony count of conspiracy to commit murder, and sentencing enhancements for murder for financial gain and murder to prevent testimony were found true. He faces a minimum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility at his sentencing on May 30, 2014, in Department C-41, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Co-defendant Anthony Edward Bridget, 40, is charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder, one felony count of conspiracy to commit murder, one felony count of aggravated assault, one felony count of false imprisonment by violence, and sentencing enhancements for murder for financial gain, murder by lying in wait, and murder during the commission of a burglary. If convicted, he faces a minimum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole. Bridget is scheduled for a preliminary hearing June 20, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-57, Central Justice Center. Read more…

 
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