Tonight at 6:30 p.m.
Every year since 2007, neighbors in cities across America unite the first week of May to walk in honor of Jane Jacobs’ contributions to walkable, people-centric cities. Continue reading
Tonight at 6:30 p.m.
Every year since 2007, neighbors in cities across America unite the first week of May to walk in honor of Jane Jacobs’ contributions to walkable, people-centric cities. Continue reading→
The city of Santa Ana decided to adopt the state of California’s new Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance effective January 1st, which will allow a detached building up to 1,200 sq ft. to be built on an existing residential property or even an existing garage to be converted into a living space.
For the last year, Santa Ana residents have voiced their concerns that the state ordinance does not require the property owner to provide parking for the tenants of these new ADU’s and will just make the existing street parking problem in our city even worse. Continue reading→
General Meeting – Thursday, January 26, 2017
Community Room @ Santa Ana Police Station, at 60 Civic Center Plaza, in Santa Ana
The State of California and the City of Santa Ana have determined that they want to increase the supply of “affordable housing” on the backs of single family residential neighborhoods, according to several neighborhood leaders.
In the City’s proposed ordinance (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 2016-05) there are two components. The State mandates are law and would be very difficult, expensive and time-consuming to revise or get relief from. The City recommended component is their “wish list” and can be defeated by Santa Ana residents. Continue reading→
Salvation Army to Celebrate the Grand Opening of their Hospitality House
Mayor Miguel Pulido is pleased to join The Salvation Army in celebrating the grand opening of the newly remodeled emergency men’s homeless shelter, Hospitality House, on Monday, November 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
Located at 818 East Third Street in Santa Ana, the shelter has been expanded to hold 75 beds and will include updated amenities, meeting rooms and new administration space for social service programs. The Hospitality House is the only year-round men’s homeless shelter in Orange County. Last year, 224 Hospitality House clients entered the Salvation Army’s assistance programs and averaged an 80 percent achievement rate on their goals including vocational training and finding stable housing. Continue reading→
LATERRA DEVELOPMENT BREAKS GROUND ON TWO INFILL APARTMENT PROJECTS IN SANTA ANA AND CHULA VISTA
LOS ANGELES – LaTerra Development, a Los Angeles based real estate developer, has started construction on two infill apartment projects totaling 325 units in Santa Ana and Chula Vista. Each project was capitalized with institutional joint venture equity and construction financing.
LaTerra started construction this week at The Line at Santa Ana, a 3.9-acre, TOD mixed-use development containing 228 apartment units and 4,000 square feet of ground floor retail, located at 3630 W. Westminster Avenue in Santa Ana, the county seat of Orange County. “The Line is in a prime location at Harbor Boulevard and the 22 Freeway in the award winning Garden Grove school district and is directly adjacent to a future light rail line stop,” explained Charles Tourtellotte, President and CEO of LaTerra. Continue reading→
City of Santa Ana
C&C Development and Orange Housing Development Corporation broke ground on their new affordable housing project in Santa Ana last week. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on August 4th for the Depot at Santiago, a 70-unit, workforce housing project.
Partners from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the County of Orange, the Kennedy Commission, and the City of Santa Ana, including Council Members Michele Martinez and David Benavides, participated in the groundbreaking ceremony. 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→
Did you know that the Santa Ana City Council, like the City Councils in Anaheim and in Garden Grove, has committed to giving thousands of taxpayer dollars to luxury hotel developers as an incentive for them to build four or five star hotels here in Santa Ana
The Santa Ana City Council approved this scheme unanimously this Tuesday night. The proposal offers “high-rated hotel developer 50 percent of the new incremental hotel visitors’ tax the property generates, for up to 15 years.”
Santa Ana currently imposes an 11 percent hotel visitors’ tax on hotel and motel guests, which is projected to yield $9 million by the end of fiscal year 2015-16. Continue reading→
Supervisors Will Discuss Potential for New 20-Year Orange County Civic Center Master Plan
An ambitious 20-year master plan that proposes to revamp and reorganize County government services within the Orange County Civic Center in Santa Ana will be presented for review on Tuesday, February 23, during a special study session before the Board of Supervisors.
The proposal was developed by a working group that includes Supervisor Andrew Do, First District, and Supervisor Shawn Nelson, Fourth District, as well as County Executive Officer Frank Kim and members of his executive team. Representatives from consultant Griffin Structures (Griffin) also participated. Continue reading→
The Santa Ana City Council on Tuesday unanimously directed staff to update the city’s Second Dwelling Unit Ordinance, which only allows modest-sized granny flats – between 300 square feet and 750 square feet or 30 percent of the size of the primary dwelling on the parcel, whichever is less, according to the O.C. Register.
What this means is that zoning regulations will be revised and residents may be allowed to build much larger add-ons that might include amenities like bathrooms and kitchens.
But is this a good idea? Dramatically increasing housing density at a time that crie is out of control doesn’t make much sense to us. Continue reading→
Can you believe it? The O.C. Register is filing for bankruptcy again – after losing a huge court case and having to pay past due invoices to the tune of over $600K to a printer, according to the OC Weekly.
But there is far more to this story – developer Mike Harrah, who has been scrambling to find tenants for his proposed One Broadway Plaza office tower, is joining Rich Mirman, the CEO and Publisher of the O.C. Register and the Riverside Press-Enterprise in a bid to by the company’s assets. Here are a few excerpts from the Freedom Communications press release about Mirman and Harrah’s gambit: Continue reading→
City of Santa Ana
The City of Santa Ana will be hosting three community forums in November to garner feedback on a new Economic Development Strategic Plan. Local residents and businesses are invited to share their thoughts on the City’s plan for economic development and to learn about how economic development affects jobs, public safety, roads, business growth, educational opportunities and shopping choices.
The firm helping to create the Economic Development Plan, RSG, will be presenting data gathered on different metrics such as employment, education, real estate lease/sales rates, property turnover and business performance during the forums. RSG will field questions, ask questions and invite feedback. Additionally, there will be interactive stations at the events for input, and a survey that can be taken onsite or online. Continue reading→
Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Vincent Sarmiento was selected today as one of the fourteen politicians to join something called the NewDEAL, which is “a national network that is committed to highlighting innovative ideas from state and local elected leaders who are progrowth progressives.”
Governor Jack Markell of Delaware and U.S. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, Honorary Chairs of the NewDEAL, recognized City Councilor Sarmiento’s efforts to expand opportunity by providing affordable housing options in areas where it can have the most impact.
That is pretty ironic given that the Santa Ana City Council recently “amended a housing ordinance to no longer require developers to set aside a percentage of converted residential units for affordable housing, which is sold or rented below the market rate,” according to KPCC. Continue reading→