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Garden Grove man gets 12 years in prison for shooting up Fashion Island

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Mark Sariana Gurrola

Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release, Case # 12HF3657: April 18, 2014

MAN SENTENCED TO 12 YEARS IN PRISON FOR FIRING SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPON AT FASHION ISLAND

SANTA ANA – A man was convicted today and sentenced to 12 years in state prison for discharging his gun at Fashion Island. Mark Sariana Gurrola, 42, Garden Grove, pleaded guilty to a court offer to 54 felony counts of shooting at an occupied building and two felony counts of aggravated assault with sentencing enhancements for the use of a firearm. The People objected to the sentence, advocating for a lengthier state prison term.

At approximately 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 15, 2012, Gurrola drove his white Honda Civic and parked in the Macy’s parking lot at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. He exited his vehicle armed with a Glock .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun and six magazines. He raised his firearm and discharged 54 rounds of ammunition in the direction of the Macy’s building. As a result of the shooting, Gurrola caused a mother and her 4-year-old daughter to suffer injuries from being pushed by panicked shoppers, who were running for cover. None of the bullets struck the building. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana Harbor Corridor Environmental Impact Report now available for review

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SANTA ANA RELEASES HARBOR CORRIDOR DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (DEIR) & SPECIFIC PLAN FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS

SANTA ANA, CA (April 16, 2014) – On Friday, April 18, 2014 the City of Santa Ana will release for public comments the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) and specific plan for the proposed Harbor Corridor Specific Plan. The draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) and specific plan will be available for review and comment from April 18, 2014 through June 2, 2014. The documents can be accessed for review online at http://www.santa-ana.org/harborplan/default.asp or at City Hall. Read more…

 
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The Santa Ana Public Library celebrates Children’s Day/Book Day on 4/26

April 26, 2014
10:30 amto3:00 pm

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Santa Ana Children's Day 2014

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1,500 children expected to attend Santa Ana Public Library’s Dia de los ninos/Dia de los libros

The Santa Ana Public Library celebrates Children’s Day/Book Day

SANTA ANA, CA – An estimated 1,500 children from across Orange County will descend upon Santa Ana, as the Santa Ana Public Library will join hundreds of libraries across the country in celebration of Día de los niños/Día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). The celebration will take place at the Main Library on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event will include a variety of fun-filled activities and services for children and their families. Read more…

 
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Plan to improve the health of Orange County available for public comment

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For Immediate Release: April 18, 2014

Contact: Nicole Stanfield nstanfield@ochca.com, 714-834-2178

Plan to Improve the Health of Orange County Available for Public Comment

(Santa Ana) – The Orange County Health Care Agency and its partners announce a plan to help improve the health of everyone who lives, works and plays in Orange County. Orange County’s overall health fares well compared to other counties in California; the County Health Rankings ranked Orange County the 6th healthiest county in California. Despite that, issues such as obesity and diabetes and increasing rates of Alzheimer’s disease in our aging population are of great concern. Such concerns led to a new community-wide collaborative initiative “Orange County’s Healthier Together” and the development of the Community Health Improvement Plan. Read more…

 
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OCTA dedicates BikeShare Program to celebrate Earth Day

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 18, 2014

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Joel Zlotnik (714) 560-5713, Eric Carpenter (714) 560-5697

NEWS ADVISORY: OCTA Dedicates BikeShare Program to Celebrate Earth Day

WHAT: The Orange County Transportation Authority is hosting a BikeShare Dedication and Earth Day event to celebrate a greener way to travel.

The BikeShare launch is part of OCTA’s continued efforts to improve mobility by offering quick, point-to-point trips as an alternative to traveling by car. OCTA hopes residents will use the bike sharing program to link with transit services, closing the gap between commuters’ starting points and their final destinations, often called the last-mile connection. Read more…

 
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Failed Democratic candidate stalking woman candidates on Facebook

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Tom Daly and Francisco Barragan

Tom Daly and Francisco Barragan

When SAUSD School Board Member Cecilia Iglesias ran for Congress back in 2010, she gathered over 10,000 signatures so that she could qualify for the ballot as an independent candidate. While she did not prevail in the election she showed us all that she was a viable candidate in Santa Ana, in a race that featured the powerhouse that is Democratic U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez and a former State Assemblyman, Van Tran, who was at the time still a dominant player in central Orange County.

Iglesias confirmed this when she ran for the SAUSD School Board in 2012, this time as Republican. While at the time I was unsure that she would do well in our city as a member of the GOP, she proved me wrong by becoming the top vote-getter in that election – she garnered more votes than two incumbents, Rob Richardson and Jose Alfredo Hernandez. That surely was a wake-up call for them as well.

Now Iglesias is challenging a Democrat, Tom Daly, who was elected to the 69th Assembly District in 2012 when three Latino Democrats split the Hispanic vote in that year’s Open Primary. Those candidates included Santa Ana Councilwoman Michele Martinez; labor organizer Julio Perez and an accountant named Francisco Barragan. While Martinez is still in power and Perez recently got appointed to a top labor post, Barragan has resorted to stalking candidates he doesn’t like, on their Facebook pages. Read more…

 
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Turn in your old medicines on 4/26 at the SAPD’s Westend Substation

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Santa Ana Police Department – National Take Back Day

On Saturday, April 26, 2014, the Santa Ana Police Department in collaboration with the Los Angeles Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is hosting a NATIONAL TAKE BACK DAY.

NATIONAL TAKE BACK DAY will provide a unified opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction. Read more…

 
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Man to face trail for raping women while cleansing their spirits with raw eggs

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Alberto Flores Ramirez

Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release, Case # 12CF1076: April 15, 2014

MAN TO FACE TRIAL FOR THE FORCIBLE RAPE OF TWO WOMEN HE MET ONLINE UNDER PRETENSE OF PERFORMING SPIRITUAL CLEANSING

*Second victim came forward after seeing media coverage on the original case

SANTA ANA – A man will face a jury trial tomorrow for forcibly raping two women after luring them under the pretense of performing a spiritual cleansing. Alberto Flores Ramirez, 39, San Clemente, was charged in April 2012 for Jane Doe #1 with one felony count each of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, and sexual penetration by foreign object by force. In May 2012, he was charged for Jane Doe #2 with one felony count each of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, and attempted forcible oral copulation. He faces a sentencing enhancement for sex crimes against multiple victims. If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum sentence of 75 years to life in state prison. Opening statements are expected to begin tomorrow, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-43, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana. Read more…

 
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Woman convicted for kidnapping a baby girl from a Garden Grove hospital

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Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release, Case # 12WF2112: April 17, 2014

SANTA ANA – A woman was convicted and sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in state prison for kidnapping a newborn baby from Garden Grove Medical Center after searching multiple hospital rooms in two different hospitals for a baby to steal. Grisel Ramirez, 50, Garden Grove, pleaded guilty April 15, 2014, to one felony count of kidnapping of a child under 14 years old and five felony counts of first degree burglary with a sentencing enhancement for the kidnapping of a child to deprive the parent of custody. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana school cops will give away backpacks to needy kids on 4/18

April 18, 2014
10:00 amto11:00 am

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 17, 2014

Contact: Deidra Powell, Chief Communications, Officer, (714) 558-5555 Office, (714) 673-4995 Mobile

Media Advisory: Santa Ana School Police Officers Partner with Safe School United States of America to Help Students Succeed in School with backpack donations

What: Helping students succeed one pencil at a time, a successful partnership has prospered between the Santa Ana School Police Department and Friends of Safe School United States of America (FOSSUSA) for their annual backpack donation to needy students in low income areas. Read more…

 
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19 men convicted for trying to hook up with prostitutes in Orange County

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Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release: April 16, 2014

19 MEN CONVICTED OF LOITERING, SOLICITING, ENGAGING, AND/OR AGREEING TO ENGAGE IN PROSTITUTION

SANTA ANA – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) convicted 19 men of loitering, soliciting, engaging, and/or agreeing to engage in prostitution. The men were convicted in March 2014. The defendants in these cases approached a woman, whom they believed to be a prostitute, in areas known for prostitution and human trafficking in Orange County. They agreed to engage in commercial sex, engaged in prostitution, loitered with intent to commit prostitution, and/or solicited another to engage in prostitution with a woman or an undercover officer and were subsequently arrested by law enforcement.

The Buena Park Police Department, Garden Grove Police Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and Santa Ana Police Department investigated these cases. Deputy District Attorney Michael Bardeen of the HEAT Unit prosecuted these cases. Read more…

 
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The intersection of Broadway and Santa Clara will remain closed tonight

Published on April 16, 2014 by in Santa Ana

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City of Santa Ana

Advisory: INTERSECTION OF BROADWAY & SANTA CLARA WILL REMAIN CLOSED THIS EVENING; MOTORISTS ADVISED TO TAKE ALTERNATE ROUTES

SANTA ANA, CA (March 26, 2014) – Due to unforeseen water line construction in the area, the intersection of Broadway & Santa Clara will remain closed through the evening until 10 pm. Adjacent neighborhood associations have been notified of the extended closure, and advanced detour signage indicating the closure will continue to be posted. Motorists are advised to take alternate routes. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana grads give back to the community by bike riding across America

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Anthony Bui, his sister Aileen, and girlfriend Hannah Pham

Santa Ana Grads Give Back to SAUSD Community by Riding Across America

HEALTHNUTS AND HANDLEBARS TEAM COMPETES IN TOUR DE CALIFORNIA RACE TRAINING FOR CROSS-COUNTRY TREK

Anthony Bui, his sister Aileen, and girlfriend Hannah Pham, otherwise known as Healthnuts and Handlebars, have been on a serious training regimen to prepare themselves for their upcoming three-month bicycle trek on the TransAmerica Trail from Oregon to Virginia.

Both Bui siblings are graduates of Saddleback High School, while Pham is a graduate of Fountain Valley High School. All three are college graduates who wanted to make the trip before attending professional post-graduate schools in healthcare fields. The Buis are headed to medical schools and Pham to pharmacy school. Read more…

 
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UCI Symphony adopts Santa Ana H.S. Orchestra for year-long collaboration

April 17, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

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Media Contact: Megan MacDonald, Outreach Director

(949)824-8976, artsoutreach@uci.edu

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AT UC IRVINE’S CLAIRE TREVOR SCHOOL OF THE ARTS ADOPTS SANTA ANA HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA FOR SCHOOL-YEAR-LONG COLLABORATION

IRVINE, Calif., (April 1, 2014) – “We are going to adopt you all,” UC Irvine Symphony Maestro Stephen Tucker said matter-of-factly to Santa Ana High School (SAHS) Band and Orchestra teachers Victor de los Santos and Joseph Kaye last November. On the heels of a small collaboration between the two orchestras during the 2012-13 school year, Maestro Tucker sought to deepen the relationship between the symphonies at the two schools. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana summer youth job fair set for April 26

April 26, 2014
9:30 amto12:00 pm

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Santa Ana Job Fair

City of Santa Ana,  Downtown Orange County

Community Alert: UPCOMING SUMMER JOB FAIR FEATURES FORTY EMPLOYERS & IS AIMED AT HELPING SANTA ANA’S YOUTH GET JOBS

Santa Ana, CA (April 10, 2014) – With the national jobless rate for workers ages 16 to 19 above 20 percent since October 2008, the Santa Ana WORK Center is committed to helping Santa Ana’s youth get jobs . On Saturday, April 26 from 9:30 am to 12 noon, the Center will hold its annual Summer Youth Job Fair, giving people of all ages the opportunity to meet and interview with over forty employers in a single location.

The event will be held at the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center (SARTC) and will feature sought out employers such as the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, Knott’s Berry Farm and local employers including Von’s/Safeway, the Santa Ana Public Library, LA Fitness and Taller San Jose. Read more…

 
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