By: Theo Hirsch
Orange County District Attorney Press Release
For Immediate Release, Case # 13HF3771: December 31, 2013
*The defendant is believed to possibly have fled to Nicaragua
SANTA ANA – Law enforcement is seeking the public’s locating a fugitive, who is believed to possibly be in Nicaragua, who is charged with strangling and murdering his roommate/co-worker. Henry Nunez-Godinez, 22, is charged with one felony count of murder and faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison if convicted. A $1 million warrant has been issued for his arrest.
At the time of the murder, 39-year-old victim Chang-Ho Jung was a sushi chef and the defendant was a restaurant attendant in the same restaurant in Lake Forest. The defendant and the victim were also roommates. Continue reading
On October 15th , 2013, a traffic collision involving a vehicle and a woman pushing a shopping cart occurred at the intersection of 4th Street and Lacy Street in Santa Ana.
The pedestrian was rushed off to the Western Medical Center in Santa Ana in extremely critical condition. For the duration of the investigation, officers were unable to determine the woman’s identity. Her fingerprints were compared in all local, state, and federal identification databases, which did not return with any matches. The woman did not match the description of any outstanding missing persons in Santa Ana. Continue reading
When Newport Beach resident Jack Jakosky bought the Santora building, in October of this year, he told the Voice of OC that “I want to increase the number of art-related tenants,” Jakosky said. “It needs to go back to its roots, frankly, and that’s my objective.”
“I think Jack is genuinely interested in using the Santora to support the arts in Santa Ana,” said Mike McGee, director of the Cal State Fullerton Begovich Gallery and a founder of the Grand Central Art Center. “I think he sees the Santora as an opportunity to use his knowledge about commercial properties and give back to the community at the same time,” according to the O.C. Register.
But tonight I found out that Jakosky has painted over a mural in the Santora basement that was painted by several artists including Matt Southgate and Alicia Rojas. He also painted over the storefront of the Studio del Sotano, which is run by Southgate. Continue reading
We are almost to the New Year and it is time to take a look back at what happened in Santa Ana in the year 2013.
The year started with a lurch as our City Council seemingly lost their minds and dismissed our City Manager, Paul Walters, who in the previous year had only saved the Council from itself in part by outsourcing the Santa Ana Fire Department to the OC Fire Authority.
Orange County Sheriff’s Department
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Lt. Jeff Hallock, (714) 904-7042/Gail Krause, (714) 647-1840
Winter Holiday DUI Campaign – Update #4
DUI Arrests Down & No DUI Fatalities
SANTA ANA, California (December 27, 2013) – The Winter Holiday Anti-DUI crackdown has resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and ‘Avoid the 38’ DUI deployments during the past several days in Orange County.
From 12:01 a.m. on Friday, December 13 through midnight on Thursday December 26, officers representing 38 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 597 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In 2012, 694 DUI arrests occurred during the same fourteen (14) day time period. There have been no DUI related deaths reported. (NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report). Continue reading
CONTACT: Nina Tran, President, Mobile: 714-494-6999, Email: Nina.Tran@uvsa.org
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Garden Grove, CA (December 26, 2013) – For over thirty (30) years, the UVSA Tết Festival otherwise known as “Hội Tết Sinh Viên” or “Lunar New Year Festival” has become an annual tradition for the Vietnamese community in Southern California. Over time, the event has attracted thousands of visitors from all around the world and has provided an opportunity for people to come together and celebrate new beginnings. The Union of the Vietnamese Student Associations Southern California proudly announces that the Tết Festival 2014 will be hosted at the OC Fair and Event Center (88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA) from Friday, February 7th to Sunday, February 9th. Continue reading
Marc Payan wakes up just about every day well before the sun comes up, and drives to Downtown Santa Ana from his home in Irvine. He heads to a parking structure where he leads Santa Ana residents in free workouts that start at 5 am.
It is a nice story, that the L.A. Times touted in a recent article, where they opined that “in one of the nation’s densest cities, there are no beaches and hardly any parks. And, for many, paying $100 or more per month for a fitness group just isn’t an option”
That is of course complete B.S. Santa Ana has 35 parks, four joint use sites shared with the SAUSD, and 19 recreation facilities, according to the Santa Ana Parks and Recreation Agency – and we are not that far from the beach. And there is in fact a downside to the workouts, dubbed Payan X. They have been waking up residents of Downtown Santa Ana for quite a long time. Continue reading
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 26, 2013
Contact: Jenny Wedge, Office: (949) 252-5182, firstname.lastname@example.org
PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY OF ORANGE COUNTY FEATURED AT JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT
SANTA ANA, Calif. – An exhibition celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County is now on display at John Wayne Airport (JWA) in the Orange County: Destination Art & Culture exhibition space, located along the pedestrian walkway connecting the Terminal B and C ticketing lobbies. The exhibition is open to the general public, passengers and visitors to the Airport through April 2014. Continue reading
Are you looking for something fun to do on New Year’s Eve, in and about Santa Ana? Look no further – here is our comprehensive look at what will be shaking here in Orange County’s Downtown on New Year’s Eve:
- COUNTDOWN TO NEW YEAR’S EVE (with balloon drop!) – at the Bowers Kidseum. New Year’s Eve isn’t just for adults – kids can celebrate too at the Bowers Kidseum! Ring in 2014 at a daytime celebration with family, friends, and fun for everyone. Wear party hats, make noise with craft-festive noisemakers, and join in the fun with our drumming circle! Write down your New Year’s resolution, then get ready for an exciting countdown to a colorful balloon drop at 1:30 PM, complete with sparkling cider and fresh, gooey cookies. Happy New Year to all! For more information, please visit Kidseum or contact email@example.com.
- Discovery Science Center Presents: NoonYears Eve, December 30 & 31, 2013. Ring in 2014 like a Hollywood superhero! Dress as your favorite superhero and celebrate the New Year with us at noon with Hollywood themed activities for the whole family. LOCATION: Discovery Science Center, at 2500 N. Main St., in Santa Ana. INFORMATION: 714-542-2823.
- KROQ & Observatory presents New Year’s Eve Capital Cities. Tuesday, Dec 31, 2013, 8:00 pm. Open to all ages. $50 Early Bird General Admission, $85 VIP Section & Buffet, $150 Open Bar & VIP Ticket (for 21+ only). Buy tickets. Continue reading
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Contact – Michael Ziobrowski (Curator/Artist)
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JANUARY 4, 2014 (SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA) – X Is The Weapon & StoopDown Ltd. present “WE ONLY HAVE TONIGHT” Art, Music & Film Exhibit
This one night only exhibition showcases Progressive Art, Film and Music. The evening includes New and original Works of Art from Artemis Nolasco, Michael Ziobrowski, Federico Medina, Meex One, Jonas Lynch, Jouvon Michael Kingsby, Jesus Valle and Tesia Ziobrowski. Continue reading
If you are looking for a Christmas Eve church service in Santa Ana, here is a rundown of the events we were able to come up with:
- The historic First Baptist Church of Santa Ana is celebrating Christmas Eve on Tuesday night, Dec. 24, with their annual Christmas Eve candlelight program, which includes a service featuring Rev. Andy Quient, and Christmas Carols by candlelight, starting at 6 pm, in the patio and the Fireside Room. First Baptist Church of Santa Ana is located at 1010 West 17th St., near Flower St.
- The Santa Ana Salvation Army’s Temple’s Christmas Eve Service. Date: 09:00 AM, 24 December 2013. All are invited to attend the Santa Ana Temple Corps’ Christmas Eve Service. There is no better way to prepare for Christmas Day than by sharing in a holiday themed service for the whole family. Location: The Salvation Army Santa Ana Temple-1710 W. Edinger Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92704 Time: TBD. Contact: Major Antonio Horta-(714) 545-2937. Continue reading
If you are looking for something different to do on Christmas Eve check out the Open Mic Night at the Blue Lot, which will be followed by a holiday movie (Scrooged), at 10 pm. The Blue Lot is located at 119 N Bush St. in Santa Ana. This will take place on Tuesday night, Dec. 24, from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm.
This is true, unadulterated, to the heart, uncensored, what open mic was meant to be! Bring a chair and a blanket. Also, vegetables and meats, whatever you would like to grill. Continue reading
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Contact: Todd Spitzer, 714-552-0877 (mobile)
Christmas Eve Clothes and Blanket Donations to Civic Center Homeless
(Santa Ana, CA) – Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer is teaming up with OC Community Services/Homeless Prevention and the Orange County Health Care Agency to distribute 120 sets of clothing and blankets donated by a generous 3rd District anonymous constituent to homeless individuals on Christmas Eve.
The distribution will take place at the Orange Civic Center Plaza on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until 10:30 am until all clothing has been distributed. Continue reading
Downtown Santa Ana has been invaded over the past few years by eateries that cater to hipsters and yuppies – not to the local populace. These establishments are pricey but we have found that their food safety and hygiene record is not always what you would hope for.
Unfortunately our Board of Supervisors voted a few years ago to not allow letter grade ratings of our local eateries. So we are supposed to go online and look for ourselves, but hardly anyone ever does that.
Here are our latest findings for the year 2013, as reported by the Orange County Health Agency, into what is going on in Downtown Santa Ana’s hip restaurants and bars. Major Violations (in red) pose the highest risk of causing food poisoning (or foodborne illness. Major violations are sometimes resolved during the inspection or a reinspection may be scheduled to verify compliance. Minor Violations (in blue) pose less risk of causing food poisoning (or foodborne illness), and do not warrant immediate verification of compliance.