For some reason the O.C. Register has not published an article about the shooting. Could it be that their new landlord, developer Mike Harrah, who founded Original Mike’s, put the kibosh on any reporting about this latest criminal incident at Original Mike’s? Continue reading
Beatriz Mendoza is hosting a fundraiser for her SAUSD School Board campaign on August 4, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the home of Joe Casas, at 1102 W. Riviera Drive in Santa Ana.
RSVP at 714-213-3873. This campaign event is free to students and alumni of Madison, Lathrop, and Century High School. Continue reading
Apparently somebody stole a BMW drove it into the front of the entrance to Santa Ana’s Walmart and then fled from his car on foot and hid inside the store last night.
The police ordered everyone to stay put and to not move so they could do a search in the store. There had to have been at least 30 policemen with dogs and tasers, according to a Facebook poster named David Vargas. Continue reading
Downtown Inc. presents: Savor Santa Ana on Friday, September 16, 2016 from 5:00 pm-9:00 pm. Savor Santa Ana is a fun night of friends and food. $10 gets you five tastings at your choice of nearly 50 distinctive restaurants and artisanal food producers across Downtown Santa Ana!
Savor Santa Ana is a walkable food festival that gets you into downtown’s restaurants: your tastings will occur at downtown restaurants that you will walk around to. Stroll the sidewalks and enjoy live music along the way, or hop on to our free historic trolley for a ride to your next destination. Continue reading
By: O.C. Supervisor Todd Spitzer, Portions courtesy of Lauren Averill
After years of discussion with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) has finally agreed on a solution to the present issue of highway congestion on State Route 55. Orange County voters approved a measure in 2006 to add new highway lanes in each direction within the existing right-of-way. One of the measure’s newest projects specifically deals with the addition of lanes on SR-55, between the I-405 and I-5. Caltrans and OCTA have discussed several possibilities to decrease the ongoing congestion for this portion of the highway. After extensive collaboration, both entities settled on the addition of new traffic and HOV lanes. Continue reading
ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE
Case # 16CF1970
Date: July 29, 2016
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was charged today with kidnapping a 4-year-old boy who was reported missing and found after Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) located the victim thanks to the assistance of Good Samaritans. Armando Torreblanca Nunez, 28, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count of kidnapping to commit a sexual offense. If convicted, Nunez faces a maximum sentence of seven years to life in state prison and lifetime sex offender registration. The defendant is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned sometime today, July 29, 2016, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. Continue reading
Santa Ana Police Department
Arrested: Ryan Anthony Morris (26), Santa Ana
Booking Charges: Vehicular Manslaughter and DUI Causing Great Bodily Injury and or Death.
Deceased/Victim: Shane Spear (23), Santa Ana
On 07/29/2016 at approximately 8:37 AM, officers responded to a report of a solo vehicle collision at Bristol St. and MacArthur Blvd. Several calling parties indicated the vehicle collided with a pole, overturned and there were passengers trapped inside the vehicle. Continue reading
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2016
Contact: Jason Mills (714) 576-4303
Santa Ana Teachers and School Employees Announce Jointly Endorsed Candidates for School Board Election
Santa Ana, CA — For the first time ever, the Santa Ana Educators Association (SAEA) and the California School Employees Association (CSEA) Chapter 41, are jointly endorsing three Santa Ana community leaders for the Santa Ana School Board.
SAEA President Barbara Pearson declared “SAEA and CSEA are endorsing the same candidates for the three openings on the Santa Ana School Board for the November Election. We came together to support three superb candidates because the Santa Ana School Board needs experienced and knowledgeable individuals who can provide steady leadership to improve educational opportunities for all of our students.” Continue reading
Beatriz Mendoza, a Field Representative for U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez, and a candidate for the SAUSD School Board, has been nominated by Santa Ana City Councilman Sal Tinajero to replace Sean Mill on the Planning Commission.
Mendoza’s nomination will be voted on at the upcoming Santa Ana City Council meeting on 8/2/16. Continue reading
When Santa Ana City Councilman David Benavides returned to Kidworks I wondered what was up. Remember that Benavides used to work for Kidworks when he first came to Santa Ana, as a transplant from East Los Angeles with a new degree from Biola University. But then Benavides got elected to the Santa Ana City Council and he started working in real estate.
However after his real estate career faltered, Benavides did indeed return to Kidworks – and shortly thereafter they received $40K in community development block grants from the City of Santa Ana. They have now received about $100K from the City of Santa Ana. You have to wonder how much of that money ended up in Benavides’ paychecks. Continue reading
A possible cold case murder has come back to haunt a Santa Ana home’s owner after the SAPD received a tip on Thursday afternoon that a body might be buried in the backyard of that home, according to the O.C. Register.
Santa Ana Police Department
On July 27, 2016, the 4-year-old victim and several family members were celebrating a birthday at Jerome Park in Santa Ana. At about 8:15 PM, the 4-year-old playing on the playground with other children. A few minutes later, the child’s mother lost sight of her son and began searching for him. After failing to locate her son, the child’s mother called the Santa Ana Police Department, who immediately responded to the area to continue the search.
Santa Ana Police Officers utilized the OCSD Air Support Unit helicopter to broadcast the description of the lost 4-year-old child to the nearby community. Two concerned citizens saw a child matching the description of the lost child in a nearby market. The child was being accompanied by Armando Torreblanca Núñez, 28, of Santa Ana. The citizens confronted Nunez, who released the child and tried to flee the scene. The citizens detained Nunez and called police officers who responded to the scene immediately. The child was unharmed and returned to the mother. Continue reading
An unknown suspect fired a projectile at a Honda vehicle as it was being driven on the westbound 22 Freeway, near the Harbor Blvd. off-ramp, just before midnight on Wednesday, according to the O.C. Register.
The projectile caused minor injuries to the Honda’s female driver and a male passenger when it shattered the driver’s side window, according to the CHP. Continue reading
ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE
Date: July 28, 2016
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A parole agent was arrested yesterday on charges of exchanging embezzled California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) funds for narcotics prescribed to a parolee. Scott Patric Keblis, 49, Chino, is charged with one felony count of embezzlement by a public employee and one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance. If convicted on all counts, Keblis faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison and one year in county jail, and would be ineligible to ever hold any office of honor, trust, or profit in California. Keblis was released from custody today after posting $20,000 bond. The defendant’s court date is to be determined. Continue reading
Dr. Stefanie Phillips Appointed Superintendent of Schools to Lead 7th Largest School District in California
SANTA ANA, CA (July 26, 2016) – After conducting a nationwide search, the Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education has appointed Stefanie Phillips, Ed.D., as its new Superintendent. Dr. Phillips brings 16 years of experience in educational leadership including three years as the District’s Deputy Superintendent of Business & Operations and Chief Business Official. Continue reading