An SAUSD school police officer was hospitalized early Tuesday, Sept. 11, after his squad car was rear-ended by a driver who may have been under the influence, according to the O.C. Register.
Santa Ana’s local politicians on the Santa Ana City Council and the SAUSD School Board are trying to raise our taxes again with ballot measures in the upcoming November General Election. But their desire to raise our taxes will only hurt our residents and businesses at a time when the public is increasingly opposed to heavy taxation at all levels.
The largest age group in Santa Ana is the 25 to 44 group, making up over 31% of the population while those over 65 make up about 7% of the population. Over 30% are under the age of 18. The median household income in our city is $54,521, according to the City of Santa Ana. The median household income in Orange County is $78,145 according to the U.S. Census. Continue reading
If you see a meth addict begging for money outside a McDonald’s and you give him twenty bucks chances are that he will buy one item off the restaurant’s dollar menu and spend the rest of the money on drugs. Local governments act the very same way. No matter how much tax money they take from us they always find a way to blow most of it and then come back to us for more money.
That is precisely what is happening in Santa Ana right now. The Santa Ana Unified School District has already begged us for millions twice before with two previous bond measures. Now they are back with their hat in hand begging for millions more – even though other area school districts are finding ways to improve their facilities without passing bond measures. Continue reading
When I spoke with Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido earlier this week he was not yet sure if he was going to run for what will be his last two-year term. Since them Pulido has indeed pulled papers and he will be on the November 6 ballot. He will face off against termed-out Santa Ana City Councilman Sal Tinajero, who has been garnering a lot of media attention of late due to his leadership of the SAUSD Debate Team. The path for Tinajero was cleared when his colleague, Mayor Pro Tem Michele Martinez, opted to not run for Mayor after all. She too is terming out from the Santa Ana City Council.
No question about it – the Tinajero versus Pulido race will be the big contest in the General Election. But the race for Santa Ana’s Ward 2 will also be sure to garner a lot of attention as no less than six candidates have pulled papers. Here are the Ward 2 candidates: Continue reading
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Case # 18CF2213
Date: Aug. 7, 2018
SANTA ANA, Calif. – Law enforcement is seeking potential additional victims of a high school volleyball coach charged today with unlawful sexual intercourse with three minor students.
Defendant: Omar Rojas, 28, Santa Ana
Charged today with the following felony counts: Continue reading
Santa Ana Unified School District’s Statement on the Arrest of Omar Rojas
SANTA ANA, CA (August 7, 2018) – Santa Ana Unified School District was notified, August 3, 2018 that Omar Rojas, a volleyball coach at Century High School and District Safety Officer at Sierra Preparatory Academy was arrested and booked for allegations of sexual misconduct with a former student of Century. These allegations are being taken seriously and are in direct conflict of the District’s zero-tolerance policy relating to staff misconduct, in which all district employees are held at the highest ethical standards. This includes reporting any suspicious activity involving abuse or neglect of a child directly to authorities, as mandated by law. Failure to do so is a criminal violation of the law. Continue reading
Santa Ana Police Department
Arrestee: Omar Rojas (28) Santa Ana
Synopsis: A 28-year-old volleyball coach at Century High School was arrested for having sex with several minor students. Omar Rojas is also currently employed as a District Safety Officer for the Santa Ana Unified School District. Santa Ana Unified School District Police contacted the Santa Ana Police Department to report allegations that Rojas had sexual intercourse with several students.
Santa Ana Police Department Special Crimes Section Detectives commenced the investigation and concluded that the incidents occurred in 2015. Rojas was not a District Safety Officer when these crimes were committed. On numerous occasions, Rojas would have the victims excused from class in order to meet them for the purposes of engaging in sexual activity on campus. The victims were 17-years-old at the time and no longer students at Century High School. Continue reading
For Immediate Release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 3, 2018
ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Hon. Fred Whitaker, Chairman of the Republican Party of Orange County, releases the following statement in response to the proposed $479 million bond for the Santa Ana Unified School District:
“Recently, the Santa Ana School Board has proposed putting a bond on the ballot in the November election. In order to do so, a resolution to place the bond on the ballot will go before the Santa Ana School Board this month. This proposed bond would be for a staggering $479 million and would require only a simple majority to pass. This unnecessary bond represents nothing more than a tax increase on the citizens of Santa Ana. In the meantime, the school board is spending thousands of dollars of taxpayer money to get this ballot measure passed. Continue reading
Former SAUSD School Board Trustee Nadia Maria Davis Lockyer, who went on to marry former CA State Treasurer Bill Lockyer (who was old enough to be her grandfather) and got elected to a County Board of Supervisors in the Bay Area is in trouble yet again. She was apparently arrested last night in Huntington Beach, according to the Huntington Beach Police arrest log.
The HB Police arrest log indicates that Davis Lockyer allegedly “Obstructed/Resisted” an Executive Officer. A second charge of “cruelty to child with possible injury or death” is also noted in the arrest log. Continue reading
(June 12, 2018) – Hearing the voice of the community is key in the Santa Ana Unified School District, the largest K-12 school district in Orange County serving nearly 50,000 students. “It’s important for us to let our families and community members know that their voice matters, so we are creating more opportunities for those dialogues to happen,” said Valerie Amezcua, President of the Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education.
One of those new opportunities for the District to connect with the community is a “Meet and Greet” on Thursday, June 21, 2018, between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Valley High School Gymnasium, located at 1801 South Greenville Street, Santa Ana. Continue reading
SANTA ANA, CA – The Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) is modeling the adage “It takes a village to raise a child,” with the Grand Opening Celebration of the District’s Wellness Center that is designed to be a hub for community engagement for families, staff, and community members to collaborate and access resources that benefit students, the school, and the entire school community. Continue reading
Saturday, May 19 Car Giveaway
One High School Student with Perfect Attendance Will Win a 2018 Chevy Sonic!
Event: One lucky Santa Ana Unified School District high school student, who has had perfect attendance all year long, will be the winner of a brand new car as part of the Perfect Attendance Car Giveaway promotion courtesy of Bruce Hamlin, Owner of Guaranty Chevrolet, located at 711 East 17th Street in Santa Ana.
Every year, Hamlin hosts a celebration in the Guaranty Chevrolet showroom for nearly 816 eligible high school students. “The main reason we do this is to help the community. The more students that attend classes daily, the more educated the student becomes. Those are the people that become good citizens and therefore help the community. I feel it’s beholden on the businesses in each community to help keep our communities strong and safe.” said Hamlin. Continue reading
An unidentified man was arrested today on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after a brief pursuit in Santa Ana on Thursday morning, May 17, according to the O.C. Register.
SAPD police fficers responded to the intersection of Glenwood Place and Raitt Street about 6:30 a.m. for calls about a vehicle doing doughnuts and driving erratically in the area, according to KTLA. Continue reading
City of Santa Ana
Santa Ana Unified School District & City of Santa Ana are Partnering for a Youth Today, Leaders Tomorrow Summer Internship Program
The Youth Today, Leaders Tomorrow summer internship program is a partnership between the City of Santa Ana and the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD). It is a great opportunity for businesses to mentor and help build 21st century skills of Santa Ana youth. The City of Santa Ana is working with SAUSD to connecting students’ educational experience with workforce opportunities. Continue reading