Other cats stop by and eat our cats food, and sometimes stray dogs.
We have caught a few opossums.
This is the first time we come up close and personal with a Raccoon.
Maybe the SA Zoo would want this wild animal?
Tan Nguyen and Van Tran used to be homies!
Well, businessman and former U.S. Marine Quang Pham decided not to run this year for the 47th Congressional District, but guess who did turn in his papers today and qualified for the ballot? None other than Tan Nguyen, the Republican who got him a world of hurt back in 2006, when he sent a letter to Latino voters asking them not to vote. Nguyen lost to Loretta Sanchez, the incumbent, by a landslide.
When Nguyen first announced his interest in running again this year, few local pundits figured he was serious. Many of us assumed that Van Tran put him up to this, in order to scare Pham out of the race.
My pajaritos report that Tran and his acolytes, the Trannies, were completely shocked this afternoon when Nguyen showed up to the Voter Registrar’s office, in Santa Ana, and turned in his papers. Continue reading→
Santa Ana Parks and Recreation Commissioner Tish Leon didn’t run for the DPOC Central Commitee this year
It is hard to believe, but no Latinos filed to run for the Democratic Party of Orange County’s (DPOC) Central Committee, in the 69th Assembly District, which includes Santa Ana and Anaheim, according to the Orange County Voter Registrar’s website.
None of the incumbents filed to run this year. Several Latino incumbents walked away from the Central Committee, including Zeke Hernandez, Tish Leon, and Lynette Verino. Other incumbents that did not pull papers included Stephen Bolinger, Eliah Gear, and Elaine Hoffman.
The only candidate who qualified to run this year was Art Hoffman. He came in last place in 2008, when he ran previously for the DPOC Central Committee. Continue reading→
Senator Lou Correa and the United Mexican-American Veterans Association are celebrating the 2010 Women’s History Month with a “Women Making A Difference Awards and Tea Reception” on Thursday, March 18, from 4:00 – 6:00 PM at the Rancho Santiago Community College District headquarters, located at 2323 N. Broadway, in Santa Ana.
Maria T. Solis-Martinez is being recognized as the Woman of the Year, by Senator Correa.
The following outstanding women are getting recognized by CA State Senator Lou Correa as “Women Making a Difference” alongside other outstanding women of Orange County: Continue reading→
The O.C. Register has had a tough time over the past few years. They remain one of Santa Ana’s largest employers, but we are told that their employees had to take a 5% pay cut.
Now their executive editor, Ken Brusic, has promised a bonus of “$1,377 for every full time associate, and half that for part time workers,” according to the L.A. Observed blog.
Brusic claims the money is “courtesy of the company’s Pay for Performance program. It is the 4th quarter payout, recognizing the company’s strong efforts in achieving its 2009 financial goals.”
So what is wrong with that? Apparently many O.C. Register employees haven’t a clue about the supposed bonuses! And those that have heard about it are wondering why the O.C. Register won’t just restore their pay to what it used to be. Continue reading→
This is the guy the OC GOP recruited to run against Assemblyman Jose Solorio this year
The Republican Party of Orange County finally found a candidate to run against popular incumbent Assemblyman Jose Solorio, in the 69th Assembly District, which includes the Cities of Santa Ana and Anaheim. The GOP candidate is a fellow named Robert M. Hammond.
The 69th Assembly District has a population that is 74% Latino. Over 50% of the registered voters are Democrats. Only 28% are Republicans. And 18% are registered as Decline to State voters.
So of course the OC GOP recruited an Anglo candidate to run against Solorio. That didn’t work out too well in 2006, when Ryan Gene Williams, who now calls himself Ryan Trabuco, got only 34% of the vote. Nor did it work out in 2008, when Cam Mangels got even less votes than his predecessor. Mangels ended up with just under 29% of the votes. Continue reading→
I met a week or so ago with Paul Walters, the Chief at the Santa Ana Police Department, and two of his top police officers. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the DUI checkpoints that the SAPD conducts, as it turns out, twice a month. You can see all of the checkpoints mapped out in the graphic above.
I was upset when the SAPD recently conducted a DUI checkpoint at Rosita Park, a sleepy immigrant neighborhood on the west side. It seemed like terrible timing given the effort, currently underway, to conduct the 2010 U.S. Census.
The SAPD uses grants from the State of California to conduct the DUI checkpoints. As you might imagine, the police officers like doing this as they get paid massive overtime. Continue reading→
Free Tax Preparation for people earning less than $50,000, on March 13, at the Boys and Girls Club in Santa Ana.
Do you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)? The City of Santa Ana encourages you to find out! The EITC can provide a refund of up to $5,657 and is one of the largest federal credits available to low and moderate income workers. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provides a temporary increase in the EITC for taxpayers with three or more qualifying children this year. In addition, it also increases the beginning point for the credit for all married couples filing a joint return, regardless of the number of children.
To take advantage of free tax preparation assistance, please call (888) 434-8248 (English) or (866) 921-3890 (Spanish) to schedule an appointment for free tax preparation assistance. In addition, the I-CAN! ™ E-File computer module at www.icanefile.org will help you do your taxes for free in English, Spanish, or Vietnamese and is available to residents from any computer with internet access. Visit www.santa-ana.org/eitc to learn more about how easy it is to file your taxes and claim your eligible tax credits today! Refer to the attached flier for additional information. Continue reading→
The Violence Prevention Coalition of Orange County is soliciting nominations for outstanding individuals who are actively engaged in the prevention of violence in our Orange County community. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, March 12, 2010.
Nominees may be adults or youth, and work in any field, including education, public service, social work, community volunteer, business, media, etc. You may also nominate a national leader in the field of violence prevention.
The recipients will be honored at the Violence Prevention Coalition’s annual Ambassador of Peace Awards Recognition. Each awardee will be recognized at the luncheon and given an opportunity to speak. Continue reading→
Don’t miss the “Historic Santa Ana Tour” Presented by Assistance League Santa Ana, this Saturday, March 13, from 10 am to 4 pm, to benefit community programs. Click here for additional information.
Come for a guided tour some of the Oldest buildings in Orange County… Madame Modjeska Building, First Presbyterian Church, Episcopal Church of the Messiah, Old Orange County Court House, Dr. Howe-Waffle House, and Santa Ana High School.
Tour price: $20 (if purchased before March 5th) $25 (after March 5th and day of the event) Student & Educator discount available for SAUSD educators and students line tickets available at www.assistkids.org. Continue reading→
This two-day FREE training may be of interest to those involved in building a healthier school system and community.
New Spring Training, March 11 and 12, at the County of Orange Health Care -1729 E Training Trailer, located at 1725 W. 17th St., in Santa Ana. Click here for a map.
Part II of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: A Centerpiece for a Healthy School Environment
This free two-day training is designed for school personnel and community partners. It provides tools to support an increase of fresh fruits and vegetables on school campuses through fun, interactive, and skill-building activities. Register now! Continue reading→
The FDIC in partnership with Orange County United Way and the Bank on Santa Ana Pilot will be hosting a free Money Smart Train-the-Trainer Seminar onThursday, March 11, from 8 am to 12 noon, and from 1 pm to 5 pm, at 505 E. Central Ave., in Santa Ana.
This seminar is designed for key program staff members who provide financial literacy to low-income families and individuals.
Two four-hour sessions will be offered on Thursday, March 11, to accommodate schedules of partners wanting to attend.
Students at Santiago Creek School received a $500 grant to investigate why their community has the second highest childhood obesity rate in California. The students will be trained as “nutrition advocates,” setting up food and fitness fairs for local youth groups. The grant is from UnitedHealth Group.
UnitedHealth Group awarded $5,000 in grants to eight Southern California organizations seeking to develop programs to help prevent childhood obesity in their communities. The grants will help create community-based programs that encourage healthful habits among Southern California residents.
“This is a fantastic program and I commend United Healthcare for this wonderful service for California parents and children,” said California State Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles. “Study after study has confirmed that healthy and fit children are healthy and fit learners. The rates of childhood obesity are skyrocketing in California, and I applaud any efforts to keep children active. ” Continue reading→
For Immediate Release, March 9, 2010
For More Information Contact: Carol Chamberlain – Office: (916) 319-2069, Cell: (916) 804-5355
Governor Signs Bill to Clear the Way for OCTA Shovel-Ready Projects
Solorio-Backed Bill Creates 6,000 New Orange County Transportation Jobs
SACRAMENTO, CA – Yesterday, Governor Schwarzenegger signed Solorio-sponsored legislation (AB 11 X8) allowing the California Transportation Commission to sign agreements with local transportation agencies to advance projects using local funds.
“The Governor understands that nothing should delay funding for transportation projects ready and waiting to get started,” Assemblyman Solorio says. “We appreciate the Governor’s swift action to fast-track this legislation.” Continue reading→
A former blogger reported that a principle in an independent expenditure committee called the “Good Government of Orange County Committee”, Alex Vega, told him that, “Councilman Sarmiento is very involved in their project and is trying hard to get a powerful law firm involved”. Continue reading→