Southern California’s PBS TV station, KOCE , is airing a story this Friday night about the controversy regarding the pending completion of the bike trail in Santiago Creek. A group of residents in Santa Ana’s Fisher Park Neighborhood are trying to stop the bike trail and are advocating for having the area fenced off from the public. The KOCE feature will present both sides of this story.
The grass-roots neighborhood organization, Neighbors for the Santiago Creek Bike Trail, that was formed to further the goal of a bike path in the “missing link” along Santiago Creek, has launched a new website.
This “missing link” is the 1/4-mile gap located in the Santiago Creek, between the 5 Freeway underpass and Flower Street (see map on reverse.) The City of Santa Ana does not currently have a bike trail proposed in the missing link. With this link closed, our neighborhoods will have ready access to adjoining trails. We want open space and the ability to connect to these outlying bike trails, shopping centers and communities either by biking, jogging or hiking. Continue reading
The battle to finish the Santiago creek bike trail that currently ends under a bridge, just south of the Main Place Mall and Memory Lane, in north Santa Ana, took an interesting turn today as various letters and emails that were requested by the bike trail proponents were emailed by Santa Ana City Clerk Mary Huizar to an email list of media, bloggers and trail supporters. I loaded the documents into Google Documents and you can see them for yourself at this link.
What this all boils down to is a belief by the handful of residents who don’t want the bike trail that they would be better off by denying public access to the trail, with a fence. There demands are a bit tough to make out by pay special attention to the letter sent to the City of Santa Ana by their attorney, Mark Rosen. You remember him, he was an elected member of the Garden Grove City Council and he is Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido’s lawyer, which strikes me as a bit of a conflict of interest. But there he is now representing the NIMBY neighbors. Continue reading
Bikeway and Pedestrian Master Plan Update
Work efforts are underway for the City of Santa Ana Circulation Element Update. This project includes updating the existing Santa Ana Bikeway Master Plan and creating a Pedestrian Master Plan. Currently, the existing conditions of bicycle and pedestrian facilities are being inventoried and mapped. User needs assessment that requires community input will follow. A series of Open Houses and public meetings will be scheduled between February 2012 and July 2012. Continue reading
Wellness Corridor, from Council Member Michele Martinez’ Newsletter
Latino Health Access (LHA), one of Santa Ana’s most successful non-profits, mission is to assist in improving the quality of life and health of the most marginalized members of the community. Since 1993, LHA has provided quality preventive services and educational programs that enable such individuals to take responsibility and fully participate in decisions affecting their health. LHA has been highly effective in reducing health disparities among Orange County’s severely under-served, underinsured Latino community. Now, LHA is embarking in a new endeavor, promoting the creation of a Wellness Corridor in Central Santa Ana.
The Wellness Corridor is a project that Council Member Michele Martinez fully support as it addresses the health issues of Central Santa Ana’s residents by encouraging active lifestyles, healthy eating options, engages residents and businesses—adding resources for all while building community. The Wellness Corridor will promote active healthier living by using non-traditional open spaces to create urban fitness walking and biking routes with supporting amenities and exercise stations which will be located at the organization’s park currently under development and scheduled for completion summer of 2012. Continue reading
Former Santa Ana Councilman Ted Moreno is defending the Fisher Park residents’ right to a messy creek
Former Santa Ana Councilman Ted Moreno has returned at long last from a self-imposed exile from local community affairs and politics. Moreno was drawn back into the fray by an article posted on this blog on Dec. 18, regarding the efforts by a handful of Santa Ana’s wealthier residents, in the Fisher Park neighborhood, to stop the Santiago Creek bike trail from being completed.
Moreno, was convicted of extortion and money-laundering in an alleged scheme to take control of the Santa Ana City Council and sentenced in February of 2001 to almost five years in prison, according to the L.A. Times. Many residents then and now felt that Moreno was entrapped and my old friend Lou Lopez, who was the first Latino elected to the Anaheim City Council, told me that the same FBI informant who entrapped Moreno, also tried to ensnare him. But Lopez, a retired police officer, ran the other way, while Moreno got caught. Continue reading
A new website of people who are against finishing the Santiago Creek bike trail, called the “Save Santiago Creek Alliance,” is purporting to represent resident’s of Santa Ana’s Casa de Santiago, Fisher Park, Floral Park, Morrison Park, Riverview, and West Floral Park neighborhoods – but not one name appears anywhere on the website. It is completely anonymous.
I did get an email today from a fellow named Ronald E Salem. He claims to be the “interim director” of this mysterious anonymous organization, but his name is not to be found on their website. I did find his Facebook page. This guy is definitely part of the 1%. His profile picture (see above) shows him piloting a yacht. Nice. He appears to be a psychologist with a family counseling practice based in Glendora.
It is terribly dishonest for these people to use the word “Alliance” in their name, given that the major proponents of finishing the Santiago Creek bike trail are the Santiago Creek Greenway Alliance. Continue reading
The disaster that is Fisher Park’s stretch of Santiago Creek
UPDATE: Now YOU can vote to support the completion of the portion of the Santiago Creek bike trail that runs through Santa Ana’s Fisher Park neighborhood. Click here to vote!
Did the Fisher Park NIMBYs who are blocking the completion of the Santiago Creek bike trail ruin their own neighborhood? It is a fair question to ask.
If you visit the Santiago Creek bike train in Santiago Park – or over at the Santiago Park Nature Reserve, you won’t see the horrible graffiti that is sprayed all over the place in the Fisher Park Neighborhood. Sure, you will find isolated tagging, but nothing like the disaster at Fisher Park.
And now, according to my sources, the Fisher Park NIMBYs, led by Rancho Santiago Community College District Trustee Mark McLaughlin and Chapman University Professor Paul Apodaca, want to fence off their part of the creek altogether – as if that will be some sort of panacea! It will only make things worse. Continue reading
The Santiago Creek bike trail ends in the Fisher Park Neighborhood
A possible creekside bike trail proposed by some residents in north Santa Ana is generating controversy in an adjacent neighborhood, with neighbors arguing over whether the trail would create more crime and safety hazards in the area, according to the Voice of OC.
The irony is that the path is currently a major safety hazard – there are plenty of areas for miscreants to lie in wait. If it was a bike path it would be clear, clean and would attract decent people trying to get exercise – instead of the gang bangers who litter the area with trash and graffiti.
If you take the Santiago Creek bike trail from Santiago Park, under the tunnel that takes you below Main St., towards the Discovery Center, it winds first west then north, then it jogs west again, below the 5 Freeway. It ends right as the trail gets interesting – with a chain there to keep folks out and a foreboding trail ahead that is full of huge rocks. You can hike the trail, but it is impossible to bike through it – and on your left, there is eventually a sheer drop of at least 18 feet, to the rocky Santiago Creek bed below. On your right, as you walk through the trail, are homes of folks who don’t want you to be there. Continue reading
Thee Artistics is having their La Casa Garcia Car Show today, July 24, from 10 am to 3 pm, at 2232 S Harbor Blvd in Anaheim (the old Toys R’ Us parking lot). $15 cars, $10 bikes and motorcycles.
- $15 Car Registration Fee
- $10 For Bicycles/Montorcycles
- Major Sponsor – Battle of The Dance, La Casa Garcia, Nuno Bros, Old Style Car Club, Coast to Coast, SAMS Club, Guanajuato Screen Printing
- All vehicles entered will receive a plaque for every entry
- Food will be provided by La Casa Garcia – they are hosting a menudo and taco bar!
- Musical performance by the Rudy Roman Band
- Purchase one adult ticket to the Battle of the Dance and get a second ticket free
Memphis to Memphis is a running/walking/bicycling event for everyone!
Sunday, June 26 · 8:00am – 11:00am. Location: Memphis Cafe and Bar (Costa Mesa) to Memphis at the Santora (Santa Ana).
Two years ago 30+ neighbors and friends got together on a Sunday morning to run and bike from Memphis in Costa Mesa to Memphis in Santa Ana. We had a great time getting to know each other and our neighborhood WHILE EXERCISING! We want to do it again WITH YOU!
From Memphis in Costa Mesa we travel down Bristol Ave until we arrive at the Bike Path. The Bike Path takes us through neighborhoods in Santa Ana, ending at Chestnut Ave. Chestnut Ave takes us to Broadway and Broadway takes us to Memphis at the Santora!!! Water will be provided on the patio at Memphis when we arrive. We encourage everyone to join us for the Memphis Sunday Brunch (starts at 10:00am) following the event. At which time we will be conducting a raffle for all those that participate!
Walkers begin at 8:15am
Runners begin at 9:00am
Cyclists begin at 9:30am
THIS IS NOT A RACE. This is not an official 10k run/bike event. NO streets will be blocked off. But at least it’s FREE!
It will be HOT! Wear appropriate exercising apparal and bring WATER!
Please be mindful of other particpants and follow all street laws and regulations for your safety and the safety of others.
If you are interested in WALKING this event please contact me at this page or my personal facebook page. Walkers will need to start earlier than runners and cyclist.
PLEASE RSVP FOR THIS EVENT!
Hope to see you there!
On the last Saturday of every month from 11 am – 4 pm, they’ll be in the East End Promenade (formerly known as the Fiesta Marketplace) in front of the historic Yost Theater at 307 N. Spurgeon St. in downtown Santa Ana.
They will be there today, Saturday, June 25, from 11 am to 4 pm.
They provide the tools and as much help as you need, while you fix your own bike. $5 suggested donation per hour. No one turned away for lack of funds.
You don’t have to show up when they open – just give yourself the time you need to get stuff done before they finish up at 4:00.
They have a full assortment of tools available. However, they do not have much in the way of parts, tires, chains, etc. Please visit your favorite local bike shop and get what you need (Janet’s Bike Shop is a couple blocks away). They will be happy to help you with installations, adjustments, and repairs. They pretty much do it all – come true those wheels, adjust those derailleurs, fix them brakes, replace that chain, and overhaul your hubs, bottom bracket, and headset. They can also help you saw your bike in half if you want.
The idea is for you to learn while you do it yourself (even the vastly experienced learn a tiny bit each time they do something). They will not fix your bike for you, but they’re there for you and will often lend a hand.
They’re excited to be in this new location, and are thankful to those who have helped them get this spot.