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Watch Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” for Free at DTSA’s Birch Park on July 30

July 30, 2015
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
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As You Like It in Santa Ana

City of Santa Ana, Downtown Orange County

Community: THEATRE IN THE PARK: SHAKESPEARE’S MOST FAMOUS COMEDIES IN DTSA FOR FREE

Pack a picnic basket, bring your lawn chairs, and invite friends to experience a free live performance of “As You Like It” by the Shakespeare by the Sea Theatre company on Thursday, July 30th at 7:00 pm in downtown’s Birch Park. One of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies, “As You Like It” is where the saying “too much of a good thing” comes from.

The play focuses on Rosalind, one of Shakespeare’s most recognized heroines. Testing the limits of love and loyalty, Rosalind is famous for her intelligence, quick wit, and beauty. This classic story entrains with twisted plots and surprises of mistaken identity. Read more…

 
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Rep. Sanchez to host the 12th Annual O.C. Veterans Fair on July 25, in Orange

July 25, 2015
9:00 amto1:00 pm

12th Annual O.C. Veterans Fair

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Representing California’s 46th Congressional District

MEDIA ADVISORY, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 24, 2015

REP. LORETTA SANCHEZ TO HOST ANNUAL VETERANS FAIR ON SATURDAY JULY 25, 2015

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) will attend and speak at her 12th Annual Orange County Veterans Fair, on Saturday, July 25, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  The event will continue to 1 pm.

The event will include free health screenings, employment and career workshops, housing resources, and many more services, including: Read more…

 
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Man who allegedly sexually abused an underage girl in Tustin arrested in Stanton

Published on July 24, 2015 by in Crime, Stanton, Tustin
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Carmen Simonetta

Carmen Simonetta

Arrest of Sexual Assault Suspect

Tustin Police Department

On July 21, 2015, a 24-year-old female came into the Tustin Police Department to report she had been sexually abused in the City of Tustin between the ages of 12 and 15.  Tustin Police Detectives investigated the incident and were able to quickly corroborate the victim’s statements.  The suspect was arrested the same day at his residence in the City of Stanton.

The suspect, Carmen Simonetta, 54-years old,  was booked at the Orange County Jail on charges of lewd acts on a child, sodomy, digital penetration and continual sexual abuse of a minor. Read more…

 
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The poor health record at the 4th Street Market is why we still need restaurant letter health grades

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Bloody burger at The Playground in DTSA

Bloody burger at The Playground in DTSA

Supervisors voted 4-1 this week against putting letter grades on restaurant windows, a method of alerting potential customers about the outcome of health inspections used in most of the Counties in Southern California, according to the O.C. Register.

Do we need letter health grades on our restaurants? Well just look at the recent health inspections of the hipster restaurants in Downtown Santa Ana, which just last night celebrated their latest “Savor” food tasting event (let’s hope no one got sick):

The Playground is supposed to be one of Orange County’s top restaurants. They have 4.5 stars on Yelp and charge $35 for a pork chop.  They are owned by former fast food truck operator Jason Quinn, who parlayed a TV appearance into a food empire. But look what happened when the Orange County Health Care Agency visited them on February 4, 2015: Read more…

 
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Church volunteer charged with sexually assaulting young boys

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Isai Beltran

Isai Beltran, Courtesy of the Orange County District Attorney’s office

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # 15WF1312

Date: July 23, 2015

OCDA AND GGPD SEEK PUBLIC’S HELP IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL VICTIMS OF YOUTH GROUP VOLUNTEER CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT AND SEXUAL BATTERY OF MULTIPLE YOUNG BOYS

WESTMINSTER, Calif.– The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) and the Garden Grove Police Department (GGPD) are seeking the public’s help identifying potential additional victims of a youth group volunteer charged with sexually assaulting two boys under the age of 18. Isai Beltran, 25, Long Beach, is charged with two felony counts of performing lewd acts on a child under the age of 14, one misdemeanor count of sexual battery, and one misdemeanor count of child annoyance. If convicted, Beltran faces a maximum of 10 years in state prison. Beltran is out of custody on $100,000 bail, and is scheduled for a continued arraignment, tomorrow, July 24, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in Department W-12, West Justice Center, Westminster.

Between January 2013 and December 2014, Beltran is accused of working as a youth group volunteer at several churches in Los Alamitos and Cypress. Read more…

 
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Costa Mesa cop accused of filing a fraudulent workers’ compensation claim

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ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # 15CF1637

Date: July 23, 2015

COSTA MESA POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICER CHARGED FOR COMMITTING INSURANCE FRAUD AGAINST CITY OF COSTA MESA

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A Costa Mesa Police Department (CMPD) officer was charged today for committing insurance fraud by presenting a false insurance claim and making false material statements related to the claim. Ryan Patrick Natividad, 30, Corona, is charged with one felony count of insurance fraud and one felony count of making a fraudulent statement. If convicted, Natividad faces a maximum sentence of six years in jail. He is expected to be arraigned tomorrow in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.

On Sept. 23, 2014, Natividad is accused of reporting a work-related injury to his employer CMPD. Natividad is accused of falsely claiming earlier in the day, he had struck his fist against a wall when attempting to prevent an arrestee from stumbling into the wall while escorting the arrestee from the patrol vehicle into jail. Natividad is accused of filing a fraudulent workers’ compensation claim. He was subsequently directed by CMPD to seek immediate medical attention. Read more…

 
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Rep. Sanchez slams the Republican bill regarding Sanctuary Cities

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Loretta Sanchez

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Representing California’s 46th Congressional District

PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 23, 2015 MEDIA

CONTACT: Emily Morris, 202-225-2965, Emily.Morris@mail.house.gov

REP. LORETTA SANCHEZ SLAMS REPUBLICAN ANTI-IMMIGRANT BILL

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) today called out House Republicans for continuing to demonize hard-working, law-abiding immigrant and Latino families and advancing, H.R. 3009 ‘Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act’. Also known as ‘The Donald Trump Act’, this legislation undermines the decisions of local law enforcement around our nation about how to best police, protect and engage with their communities.

“This bill doesn’t create any solutions— it’s another example of how Republicans continue to block comprehensive immigration reform and spread harmful myths that immigrants are threats to the public. Extensive research shows that immigrants are less likely to commit serious crimes than native born citizens. Read more…

 
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The SAPD identifies the 6-year-old skateboarder who died after being struck by a car

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Santa Ana Pedestrian Accident

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Advisory: SAPD Traffic Investigators Respond To Fatal Collision – Vehicle vs. Pedestrian/Skateboarder

Deceased Pedestrian – Steven Duarte-Beltran (6) Santa Ana

On Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 at 5:45 pm, patrol officers along with the Orange County Fire Authority responded to a report of a vehicle vs. pedestrian traffic collision in the parking area of the apartment complex at 811 S. Fairview Street.

A 6 year old boy was located lying on the parking lot surface and was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to critical injuries sustained in the collision. Read more…

 
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6-year-old boy on a skateboard struck by a car and killed at the Villa Del Sol apartments


Santa Ana pedestrian accidents

A 6-year-old boy, Steven Duarte Beltran, who was skateboarding with a friend inside the Villa Del Sol apartments was struck and killed by a vehicle Wednesday around 5:45 p.m., at the Santa Ana apartment complex where he lived, at the 800 block of South Fairview Street, according to the O.C. Register.

Beltran allegedly ran between two parked cars when he was hit by a vehicle, according to the SAPD.  The police reported that he was rushing to buy candy across the street from the apartments when he darted out in front of the car that was being driven by an unidentified 43-year-old woman.   Read more…

 
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Toxicology results show that Erica Alonso had a lethal dose of GHB and alcohol in her system

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NEWS, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts: Lt. Jeff Hallock, 714.904.7042, JHallock@ocsd.org; Emily Osterberg, 714.647.1840, EOsterberg@ocsd.org

Erica Alonso Death Investigation

UPDATE: Toxicology Results & Cause of Death

SANTA ANA, Calif. – (July 22, 2015) – On Tuesday, July 21, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators obtained results of toxicology tests performed on Erica Alonso, 28, Laguna Hills. The results indicate Ms. Alonso had varying levels of alcohol and Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) in her system at the time of her death.

Based on the Ms. Alonso’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .22 and the amount of GHB found in her system, the Coroner Division has determined the combination and amounts were lethal. The Coroner Division has determined the cause of death to be an overdose; however, the manner remains undetermined. Read more…

 
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Father to be charged with murdering infant and lewd acts on the 14-year-old mother

Published on July 21, 2015 by in Crime, OCDA, Santa Ana

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Jordan Mendez

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # 15CF1623

Date: July 21, 2015

FATHER TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR MURDERING INFANT BOY AND COMMITTING LEWD ACTS ON 14-YEAR-OLD GIRL

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A father is scheduled to be arraigned today for murdering his infant boy and committing lewd acts on a 14-year-old girl. Jordan Peter Mendez, 20, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count of murder and one felony count of committing lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14. If convicted, Mendez faces a maximum sentence of 33 years to life in state prison. Mendez is currently being held on $ 1 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.

Between June 1, 2014, and Aug. 31, 2014, Mendez is accused of committing lewd acts upon Jane Doe, who was under the age of 14. Read more…

 
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Watch the Beauty and the Beast musical for free at Santa Ana High School this week

July 22, 2015
10:00 amto12:00 pm
July 23, 2015
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
July 24, 2015
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
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Beauty and the Beast at Santa Ana High School

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 21, 2015

Contact: Deidra Powell, Chief Communications Officer, Deidra.powell@sausd.us, (714) 558-5555, (714) 673-4995

Santa Ana Unified School District to Present Disney’s Beauty and the Beast this week

Event: Students from nearly every high school within the Santa Ana Unified School District will stage a production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” as part of this year’s annual summer districtwide musical. The production will take place at Santa Ana High School in the Bill Medley Auditorium this week. Read more…

 
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Will Councilman Tinajero put rainbows on the Santa Ana police officers too?


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Santa Ana City Councilman Sal Tinajero will term out in 2018 but before he leaves he wants to put a rainbow flag next to the US and State flags at City Hall, as we posted about earlier this week.

We find it ridiculous that Tinajero is wasting civic time and resources on this when our city has so many other more serious problems – including a rise in crime and an out of control Santa Ana Police Department that is being sued for beating up a suspect and for breaking and entering into medical marijuana clinics, destroying their property and eating their marijuana edibles. Read more…

 
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Infant allegedly beaten by his father, in Santa Ana, has died

Published on July 20, 2015 by in Crime, Santa Ana
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Jordan Mendez

Santa Ana Police Department

Advisory: UPDATE: SAPD Detectives Investigate Child Homicide- Victim, 3 Month Old Child, Dies

Victim: Tristin Cota La Verne Mendez ( 3 months old) Male

The Orange County Coroner’s Office advised SAPD Homicide Detectives that while on life support the victim passed away this afternoon 7-20-2015. Detectives are now investigating this death as a Homicide. Autopsy is scheduled for 7-21-2015. Read more…

 
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Tinajero ignores increase in crime while aiming to place a rainbow flag at city hall

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The City of Santa Ana is awash with gang violence, graffiti and leads the County of Orange in fatal accidents between vehicles and both pedestrians and bicyclists.  So what is Santa Ana Councilman Sal Tinajero choosing to take a stand on?  He wants to “fly the gay pride flag outside city hall, next to the national flag and the California state flag,” according to the O.C. Register.

I am not terribly opposed to this idea but why this is Tinajero’s top priority when there are so many other problems in Santa Ana? Read more…

 
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