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Hatch (New Mexico) Chile Festival set for today at the 4th St. Market in DTSA

August 30, 2015
12:00 pmto3:00 pm

4th St. Market Hatch Chile Festival

4th Street Market in Santa Ana, CA is having their very own Hatch Chile Festival today, August 30, 2015, from 12 noon to 3 pm, at 201 E 4th St, in Downtown Santa Ana.

So what the heck are Hatch Chiles?  Here is their story, courtesy of iHatch Chile:

Developed in the late-60′s and early 70′s by Dr. Nakayama, as a result of a breeding program at the New Mexico State University, a chile was being developed with the intent to supply the need for fresh chiles in the canned and processing industry.  But, this unnamed chile was too “beefy.”  There was simply too much chile, which in turn, created more waste than the processing facilities would want to deal with.  Thus, it was left to die …or so they thought. Read more…

 
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L.A. realtor turns a home in West Floral Park into a rental party house

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A realtor named Sarah Greenberg has inflamed her neighbors in the West Floral Park neighborhood by buying a home and turning it into a party house.

The home, at 2239 N. Rosewood Ave. was purchased by Greenberg in May.  At the time she told her neighbors she was going to live there with her daughter.  But that story changed quickly.  The home is now listed online as a vacation rental!

Her next door neighbor, Diego Matzkin told a friend of mine that his family’s life has been turned upside down because of the noise and disruptions caused by the people who have been renting this home. Matzkin’s wife and young son now sleep on the opposite side of their house because of the problems.  They have even purchase white-noise machines to try to reduce the noise coming from the party house. Read more…

 
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Men sentenced for money laundering and conspiring to sell counterfeit merchandise


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ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # 14WF4259

Date: August 28, 2015

TWO MEN SENTENCED FOR MONEY LAUNDERING AND CONSPIRING TO SELL COUNTERFEIT ELECTRONIC MERCHANDISE VALUED AT NEARLY $3 MILLION

*Items included Apple iPhones, iPads, smartphones, and cameras. Third co-defendant in this case is a fugitive

WESTMINSTER, Calif. – Two men were sentenced today formoney laundering and conspiring to sell counterfeit electronic goods valued at nearly $3 million, including counterfeit iPhones and iPads, following an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) and the Fountain Valley Police Department (FVPD).

RatebSaid Najjar, 60, and his son, Eyad Rateb Najjar, 36, both of Westminster, pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to commit trademark counterfeiting, one felony count of trademark counterfeiting, one felony count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, one felony count of money laundering, and sentencing enhancements for the value of the counterfeit merchandise seized over $1.3 million and money laundering over $2.5 million. Both defendants were each sentenced to eight years and four months in jail stayed pending the completion of three years formal probation, ordered to serve one year in jail and ordered to forfeit over $500,000 in cash assets to the County of Orange General Fund. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana residents charged with pimping and pandering women at massage parlors


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Case # 15NF2343

Date: August 28, 2015

TWO MEN AND TWO WOMEN CHARGED WITH PIMPING AND PANDERING SEVEN WOMEN OUT OF THREE DIFFERENT BROTHELS DISGUISED AS MASSAGE PARLORS

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Two men and two women were charged today with pimping and pandering seven women out of three different brothels disguised as massage parlors in Orange County. Ion Bivol, 27, Huntington Beach, Hien Thi Nguyen, 26, Huntington Beach, Ngoc Bao Nguyen, 25, Santa Ana, Quynh Thuy Nguyen, 30, Santa Ana, are each charged with seven felony counts of pimping, and seven felony count of pandering. If convicted, the defendants each face a maximum sentence of 14 years in state prison. The defendants are being held on $500,000 bail and must prove the money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond. Bivol, Quynh Nguyen, and Hien Nguyen were arraigned today and are scheduled for pre-trial on Sept. 3, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in Department N-3, North Justice Center, Fullerton. Ngoc Nguyen is scheduled to be arraigned at a later date. Read more…

 
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O.C.’s Social Services Agency now has a No Wrong Door policy


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Social Services Agency’s No Wrong Door Policy

By O.C. Supervisor Lisa Bartlett

Orange County’s Social Services Agency (SSA) has developed the “No Wrong Door Service Delivery Model,” which aims to connect the community with the services and resources that they need. Any individual or family that enters a county facility to seek help will be served regardless of which door they entered. To ensure that those seeking help have a supportive and quality experience, SSA utilizes the 3Cs of the customer service delivery model: Collaboration; Coordination; and Communication. Read more…

 
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Two O.C. men sentenced to life in prison after molesting three young boys


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ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # 11CF2327

Date: August 28, 2015

TWO MEN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING THREE YOUNG BOYS

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Two men were sentenced today to life in state prison sexually assaulting three young boys. Jimmy Ernest Hutton, 27, Ooltewah, Tennessee, was found guilty by a jury on April 27, 2015, of five felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14, one felony count of attempted lewd act upon a child under 14, and sentencing enhancement allegations for committing lewd acts upon multiple victims and substantial sexual conduct with a child. Hutton was sentenced today to 30 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration.

Dustin James Elwood, 24, Tustin, was found guilty by a jury on April 27, 2015, of 15 felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14, one felony count of using a minor for sex acts, one felony count of possession and control of child pornography, and sentencing enhancement allegations for committing lewd acts upon multiple victims and substantial sexual conduct with a child. Elwood was sentenced today to 45 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration. Read more…

 
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Homeless people are harassed by the SAPD for sitting on blankets in public spaces


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Apparently it is illegal to sit in a blanket in a public space in Santa Ana, according to homeless activist Igmar Rodas.  He says that he several homeless people he knows have been told this by SAPD police officers.

Our local ordinances are passed by our City Council.  Past City Councils have used such laws to harass the homeless for many years.  Sadly our current Council appears to be asleep at the while on this and many other issues. Read more…

 
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Supporters of Erica Alonso rallied in Downtown Santa Ana today

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Justice for Erica

Photo by Igmar Rodas

Erica Alonso’s body was discovered off Ortega Highway, approximately 12 miles east of Interstate 5, on April 28.  The Orange County Sheriff’s Department ruled that her death was an overdose and it was not a homicide even though no one can explain why her vehicle was located in a residential complex in the city of Aliso Viejo, approximately 1-2 miles from her home in the city of Laguna Hills while her body was found elsewhere.

Today there was a rally in her memor in front of the Santa Ana Library at Ross and Civic Center, according to photographer Igmar Rodas.  Supporters are asking that anyone who might know more about Erica’s death call 714-647-7055. Read more…

 
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Man in a sports cap suspected of robbing banks in Orange and in Santa Ana

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Santa Ana robbery suspect

A man who likes to wear sports team caps has robbed two local banks in the Cities of Orange and Santa Ana in the past week, according to the O.C. Register.

The man robbed a Farmers and Merchants bank at 1220 E. Katella Ave. this Tuesday at around 4 p.m.  The Orange Police responded to that crime scene.

The man is reported to be between 25 and 30 years old.  He stands about 5′ 11″ and weighs about 150 pounds.  He walked into the bank wearing black sweater, blue jeans and a black Miami Heat sports cap with an orange bill, according to the Orange Police. Read more…

 
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Mayor Pulido to honor the founder of the Achievement Institute of Scientific Studies

September 1, 2015
5:45 pmto6:45 pm

Paul Riordan

City of Santa Ana

Community Alert: MAYOR PULIDO HONORS PAUL RIORDAN, FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF THE ACHIEVEMENT INSTITUTE OF SCIENTIFIC STUDIES

Mayor Miguel Pulido will present Paul Riordan, Founder and President of the Achievement Institute of Scientific Studies (AISS), with the Exceptional Citizen Award for his outstanding service to the City of Santa Ana at Tuesday’s City Council Meeting

A retired Santa Ana Unified School District educator and administrator, Paul Riordan taught chemistry and math at Santa Ana High School for 38 years. With a strong dedication to education and our community’s youth, he founded the AISS program in 2001. AISS provides academically gifted high school students who are economically disadvantaged an opportunity and incentive to intensify their studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The first AISS pilot program consisted of six sophomore girls from Santa Ana High School. These students participated in 120 academic seminar hours in industry workshops involving digital imaging, laser medicine, computer-aided design, optics manufacturing and engineering research. At the completion of the program, the students were accepted into universities such as UC Los Angeles, UC Irvine, Columbia, Chapman and Yale. Read more…

 
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U.S. Rep. Sanchez to host a water drought briefing & recognition event on 9/3

September 3, 2015
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
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Water Drought Briefing & Recognition Event

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez

As you are aware, the state of California continues to face one of the most severe water droughts on record.

In fact, the 2014 water year was the third driest year on record in terms of precipitation in California. Unfortunately, our state is now entering its fourth consecutive year of drought. I applaud the commitment of California residents by reducing their June water use by more than 27 percent – but more work remains to be done.

As your representative, I am working diligently with my colleagues in Congress to find solutions to the drought. Last month I co-sponsored H.R. 2983, the Drought Recovery and Resilience Act of 2015 which would address innovative water financing, improving infrastructure and water management, planning for future droughts, and other important factors. Read more…

 
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2200 lbs. of e-waste and clothing collected at the Eco Challenge at the Discovery Cube

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2200 lbs. Collected During Eco Challenge Event to ‘Keep Orange County Clean & Green’

Local Community Donates E-waste, Household Goods and Gently Used Clothing for Priority Access to Meet Angels Alumni Chuck Finley

Santa Ana, Calif., August 26, 2015 – Discovery Cube Orange County and OC Waste & Recycling teamed up with Goodwill of Orange County and Angels Baseball for the final Eco Challenge Day collection event of the year on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Discovery Cube Orange County in Santa Ana. An estimated 2200 lbs. were collected from the event. Past events have collected over 10 tons of e-waste and gently-used clothing. This year there free certified paper shredding was available, in addition to disposal services for e-waste, gently used clothing, and household goods.

The Orange County community was encouraged to participate and donate e-waste, gently used clothing, and household goods. Every participant had priority access to meet Angels’ alumni Chuck Finley and the first 150 cars to bring their items to recycle received four free general admission tickets to the newly renovated Discovery Cube Orange County. Read more…

 
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Car flipped on its side this morning in a crash by the Federal Appeals Court

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Accident at Ross and Fifth

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A car accident involving two vehicles occurred this morning at about 9:30 a.m. in Downtown Santa Ana where Fifth and Santa Ana Blvd. merge at Ross St., by the Federal Appellate Court.  The impact was so severe that one of the vehicles was flipped on its side, according to freelance photographer Igmar Rodas.

Emergency crew had to use the jaws of life to free the injured female driver in the flipped vehicle. There was a large presence of Santa Ana police doing traffic control and investigating the accident. Read more…

 
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Vista Heritage Charter Middle School’s grand opening set for Aug. 28

August 28, 2015
10:00 amto11:00 am
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Vista Heritage Charter Middle School Is the First Charter Middle School to Open in Santa Ana

SANTA ANA, Calif. – August 28, 2015 – Vista Charter Public Schools, the operator of a high- performing school in Los Angeles, will host a Grand Opening for Vista Heritage Charter Middle School on Friday, August 28, 2015 at 10 a.m. at 2609 West 5th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92703.

The event will mark the opening of the new middle school in Santa Ana and the first charter middle school in the history of Santa Ana. The ceremony will feature remarks by Orange County Board of Education President Robert Hammond, Vista Charter Public Schools staff—Vahe Markarian, Lauri Martin and Eduardo Rodriguez, and other guest speakers. Join us for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Tours of the school will follow the ceremony at 10:30 am. Read more…

 
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Groundbreaking for highly anticipated SAUSD Sports Complex set for 8/28

August 28, 2015
4:00 pmto9:00 pm

Groundbreaking for Highly Anticipated SAUSD Sports Complex

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 26, 2015

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

Media Advisory: Groundbreaking for Highly Anticipated SAUSD Sports Complex

What: Celebrate the ribbon cutting of the highly anticipated Santa Ana Public Schools Sports Complex. With an anticipated cost of approximately $15 million, students of the Santa Ana Unified School District will have a sports complex to call home. Although the Sports Complex is located behind Santa Ana Valley High School, located at 1801 South Greenville Street in Santa Ana, it will be jointly used by Santa Ana schools. During the celebration, there will be 27 individuals inducted into the inaugural SAUSD Wall of Fame. All honorees were selected because of the significant contributions that they made in the area of sports in the Santa Ana Unified School District. A list of the honorees is included below.

Who: Members of the SAUSD Board of Education, staff, students, athletes, coaches, parents, and community members, and honorees inducted into the Wall of Fame. Read more…

 
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