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So Cal Gas helps launch the new 2-1-1 info service for Veterans and their families


Chairman Todd Spitzer, 2-1-1 Chair Alan Roeder, OC Veterans Advisory Council Chairman Bobby McDonald, SoCalGas Public Affairs Manager Paul Simonds

Chairman Todd Spitzer, 2-1-1 Chair Alan Roeder, OC Veterans Advisory Council Chairman Bobby McDonald, SoCalGas Public Affairs Manager Paul Simonds and Supervisor Lisa Bartlett

Orange County Works with SoCalGas and 2-1-1 to Launch Internet Site to Help Veterans and their Families Gain Greater Access to Services

By: OC Supervisor Todd Spitzer

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has supplied a $30,000 grant to help 2-1-1 Orange County develop and launch an internet site that will help Orange County veterans and their families gain greater access to services, it was announced this week at the Orange County Supervisors meeting.

The new portal is connected to 2-1-1 Orange County’s extensive database of regional services that include housing, legal assistance, counseling, child care and other services. The portal will serve as a central location for the most current information and relevant services for veterans and their families. 2-1-1 Orange County is also working with the Orange County Veterans and Military Families Collaborative to make sure that area agencies are trained to work specifically with service men and women as they transition back from deployment. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana mother sentenced for murder after drowning her baby

Published on March 28, 2015 by in Crime, OCDA, Santa Ana

Lucero Diaz Carrera

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # 12CF1980

Date: March 27, 2015

MOTHER SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR MURDERING 2-MONTH-OLD BABY GIRL BY DROWNING HER IN BATHTUB

SANTA ANA – A mother was sentenced today to 25 years to life in state prison for murdering her 2-month-old baby girl by drowning her in a bathtub. Lucero Carrera, 30, Santa Ana, was found guilty by a jury on Jan. 26, 2015, of one felony count each of first degree murder and assault on a child under 8 years old with force likely to produce great bodily injury resulting in death. On Feb. 9, 2015, the same jury found that Carrera, who had entered pleas of “not guilty” and “not guilty by reason of insanity,” was legally sane at the time of the murder.

In June 2012, Carrera lived in a trailer in Santa Ana with her mother and her 2-month-old baby daughter Kimberly Gutierrez. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana man gets life in prison for stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death in an alley

Published on March 28, 2015 by in Crime, Santa Ana

Luis Antonio Garcia Morales

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # 12CF3351

Date: March 27, 2015

MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE FOR SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES STABBING-MURDER OF FORMER GIRLFRIEND IN SANTA ANA ALLEYWAY

SANTA ANA – A man was sentenced today to life in state prison without the possibility of parole for stabbing and murdering his former girlfriend in a Santa Ana alleyway. Luis Antonio Garcia Morales, 26, Santa Ana, was found guilty by a jury Nov. 24, 2014, of one felony count of special circumstance murder by lying in wait. The sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon was also found true.

On the evening of Nov. 13, 2012, Morales arranged to meet with 21-year-old Maria Isabel Cerrillo, with whom he had a previous romantic relationship, by pretending to be someone else. The defendant met his ex-girlfriend in an alleyway in Santa Ana, murdered her by stabbing her repeatedly, and then fled the scene. The victim died from the multiple stab wounds. Read more…

 
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Grant will help the OCTA to search for O.C. sidewalk gaps


OCTA Logo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 24, 2015

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

Grant Will Help Search for O.C. Sidewalk Gaps

The $163,333 state grant will allow OCTA to establish a countywide inventory of sidewalks

ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority has been awarded $163,333 in Active Transportation Program grant funds to complete the Orange County Sidewalk Inventory Project.

The grant is from the Southern California Association of Governments, in partnership with the California Department of Transportation. It allows OCTA to establish a countywide inventory of sidewalks that will identify the gaps, obstructions and amenities that may block pedestrian activity and access. Read more…

 
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What Supervisor Do is paying Probolsky over $60 an hour to do will shock you


Brian Probolsky goes fishing

Orange County First District Supervisor Andrew Do immediately disappointed us when he hired his Chief of Staff – the odious and overpaid Brian Probolsky.  Probolsky is being paid over $60 an hour – and now we know what we, the taxpayers, are getting for our money.

Do recently dispatched Probolsky to the “Annual Kids’ Fishing Derby,” at the North Lake of Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley. OC Parks hosted the event with the California Department of Fish and Game and United Anglers of Southern California. Read more…

 
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Rapper “Immortal Technique” and one of his homies arrested for robbery

Published on March 27, 2015 by in Crime, music, Santa Ana

Felipe Andres Coronel

Santa Ana Police Department

Advisory: Santa Ana Police Arrest Rap Artist “Immortal Technique” And One Other For Robbery

Arrested:

Felipe Andres Coronel (37) New York City, New York
Steven Alexander McDaniel (40) Mission Viejo

Summary: Thursday, 3/26/15, at approximately 7:45 P.M., officers responded to 3600 South Susan reference an assault and robbery which had just occurred. Officers located two victims who advised they were selling T-shirts with the headliner rap artist “Immortal Technique” trademarked logo at The Observatory when they were confronted by 10 to 12 members of the group’s entourage. The victims stated they were beaten and had their T-shirts, cash and cell phones forcibly taken from them by the group. Read more…

 
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Two men stabbed, one in the face, in separate attacks in Santa Ana


Santa Ana Stabbing

What a bloody year it has been in Santa Ana so far in 2015.   Last night, on Thursday, two more men were stabbed in separate incidents, according to the O.C. Register.

In the first incident the SAPD showed up at an attempted robber, at around 11:40 pm, in the 700 block of South Van Ness Avenue, which is in Santa Ana’s Ward 2, which is represented by Councilwoman Michele Martinez.

Apparently a suspect who was wearing a ski mask and gloves ran up to a man and proceeded to stab him in the face! Read more…

 
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Supervisors Do and Steel to conduct a joint Open House on April 6

April 6, 2015
2:00 pmto4:00 pm

Open House with Andrew Do and Michelle Steel

Orange County Supervisors Andrew Do and Michelle Steel are conducting a joint Open House on Monday, April 6, 2015, from 2 to 4 pm, at their offices at 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd., 5th floor, in Santa Ana.

Do represents the First District, which includes most of Santa Ana and the West O.C. area known as Little Saigon.  Steel represents the 2nd District, a gerrymandered district that stretches form Buena Park in the north to Newport Beach. Read more…

 
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Man suspected of kidnapping and assaulting his girlfriend arrested

Published on March 27, 2015 by in Crime, Santa Ana

Sergio Joaquin Mendoza

Santa Ana Police Department

Advisory: SAPD Detectives and US Marshals Arrest Suspect in Kidnapping, Domestic Violence, and Criminal Threats Case

On March 26, 2015, at approximately 8:45 PM, Santa Ana Police Detectives working in partnership with the U.S. Marshal’s Pacific Southwest Fugitive Task Force, arrested Sergio Joaquin Mendoza, age 25, for kidnapping, domestic violence abuse, and making criminal threats. Mendoza is currently being held at the Orange County Jail. Bail has been set at $100,000.

On March 21, 2015, Mendoza and his girlfriend were living together in a rented room in his grandmother’s house in Santa Ana. That day, Mendoza and the victim had an argument. Mendoza allegedly began assaulting the victim and prevented her from leaving the residence. He continued assaulting her throughout the day and carved his name on the victim’s chest with a razor blade. Read more…

 
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Buddhist monk suspected of fraud dies of apparent suicide

Published on March 27, 2015 by in Crime, Santa Ana

 

Dao Nguyen

Santa Ana Police Department

Advisory: SAPD Detectives Conduct Fraud Investigation

Person Of Interest Buddhist Monk Dies Of Apparent Suicide

On March 1, 2015, at about 1115 hours, officers responded to the Tu Nghiem Temple at 5418 W. 4th street reference a group of approximately 30 people who were at the temple demanding money back from the head monk, Dao Nguyen, age 44. The members of the group alleged that Nguyen had defrauded them of thousands of dollars after he collected monies for a congregational trip to Vietnam that never occurred. Read more…

 
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Taxi stolen in in Santa Ana tonight chased by the CHP all the way to Lancaster

Published on March 26, 2015 by in Crime, Santa Ana

Santa Ana Police Pursuit

The California Highway Patrol was in a slow pursuit of a stolen taxi on the northbound 5 and 605 Freeways late Thursday night.  The chase began in Santa Ana, and continued after an unsuccessful attempt to use a PIT maneuver to stop the taxi in Anaheim, according to CBS News.

NBC is reporting that the taxi was stolen when the taxi driver stopped at a 7-11 on First and Flower.  The cab driver left the taxi unattended with the keys in the ignition.  When he left the 7-11 he saw the taxi being driven away by the suspect, who was eventually identified as Hugo Francisco Gonzalez, 25, of Santa Ana.

The chase continued north on the 5 Freeway into the Cities of Buena Park and Norwalk at about 30 miles per hour until the driver decided to turn north on the 605 Freeway.  He later passed through Santa Fe Springs and Whittier before taking the 60 Freeway West, towards Los Angeles. Read more…

 
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Art by China’s most important painter on display at the Bowers starting on 4/11


Qi Baishi, China’s Modern Master

B O W E R S M U S E U M

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BOWERS MUSEUM HOSTS EXCLUSIVE EXHIBITION OF THE ARTWORK OF QI BAISHI, CHINA’S MOST IMPORTANT MODERN MASTER PAINTER

April 11 – July 11, 2015

Santa Ana, CA (March 16, 2015)—Bowers Museum is honored to host an exhibition of scroll paintings by China’s most renowned modernist painter, Qi Baishi (1864-1957). The exhibition, Qi Baishi: China’s Modern Master, is on display from April 11 to July 11, 2015, and on loan from the Hunan Provincial Museum located in Changsha, China. Qi Baishi was born in Hunan Province, and the exhibition is significant as it marks the first occasion that this collection has been exhibited in the United States. The forty-seven paintings on display document the artist’s early career as a figure and landscape painter to the paintings from the zenith of his career that favored quick, expressionistic images of animals, flowers and food; subjects relatable to all people and especially significant to Qi Baishi as they reminded him of his humble beginnings. Read more…

 
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Victims denounce the OCDA’s lame response to the Dekraai case


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 26, 2015

Victims Denounce District Attorney’s Response to Dekraai Case

Victims Applaud Spitzer for his Support

In honor of the victims: Victoria Buzzo, David Caouette, Laura Elody, Randy Fannin, Michele Fast, Michelle Fournier, Lucia Kondas, Hattie Stretz and Christy Wilson.

(Orange County, CA) — In response to the recent statement made by District Attorney’s Chief of Staff Susan Krang Schroeder that, “Spitzer is running for D.A. on the graves of eight murdered people,” (A Fight They Won’t Take On, Supervisors Hesitant to Act Against D.A. Over Dekraai Case Orange County Register, March 2015) families of Dekraai’s victims stepped forward to denounce the callous and insensitive remarks made on behalf of the District Attorney. Read more…

 
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Get together at the DTSA Farmers’ Market set for tonight

March 26, 2015
5:00 pmto8:00 pm

Downtown Santa Ana Get Together

A Downtown Santa Ana Get Together is set for tonight, March 26, 2015, from 5-8pm at 307 N. Spurgeon St., in DTSA.

This will be an opportunity to meet and share the good news and cheer with your fellow downtown artists, businesses, residents and friends. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana pastor charged with molesting girls under the age of 14


Ahmad Henry Osman

Santa Ana Police Department

Advisory: SAPD SEEKS ASSISTANCE IDENTIFYING ADDITIONAL VICTIMS OF FORMER CHURCH PASTOR CHARGED WITH MOLESTING TWO GIRLS UNDER AGE 14

SANTA ANA – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office and Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) are seeking the public’s help in identifying potential additional victims of a former church pastor charged with molesting two girls under the age of 14. Ahmad Henry Osman, 52, Tustin, is charged with two felony counts of performing lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14 with a sentencing enhancement allegation for multiple victims. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in state prison as well as mandatory lifetime sex offender registration. He is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing tomorrow, March 27, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Osman is accused of violating his position of trust as a pastor at The Indo Chinese Islamic Center (IIC) in Santa Ana. The defendant is accused of teaching bible classes at IIC and befriending the victims and their family members. Read more…

 
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