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OC Grand Jury applications are now being accepted

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OC Grand Jury applications are now being accepted

By OC Supervisor Todd Spitzer

(Portions courtesy of the Orange County Superior Court)

The Orange County Superior Court is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Orange County Grand Jury. A new 19-member Grand Jury will be empaneled for a one-year term that begins July 1.

As mandated by the California Constitution, the Grand Jury has three basic functions: weighing criminal charges and determining whether indictments should be returned; weighing any allegations of misconduct against public officials to determine whether to present formal accusations requesting their removal from office; and acting as the public’s “watchdog” by investigating and reporting on the affairs of local government. Most of the Grand Jury panel’s time is spent performing civil oversight of local government by reviewing and evaluating county and city agencies, schools, and special districts within the county. Read more…

 
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Recap of the SAUSD School Board candidates forum

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Valerie Amezcua and Rigo Rodriguez

A friend of mine who is a teacher was at the SAUSD School Board candidates meeting tonight.  She said that Valerie Amezcua (pictured above) was one dimensional.  She also felt that Mike Dalati was out of his league and apparently he ducked out before the question and answer session.

Amezcua has already lost in two previous SAUSD School Board elections.  She lost by 75 votes to high school dropout Roman Reyna in 2008 and she lost again in 2012 by 537 votes to Jose Alfredo Hernandez.  Read more…

 
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International Educators’ Hall of Fame Awards set for 11/14 at Chapman University

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 16, 2014

Twenty-first International Educators’ Hall of Fame Awards: First in Orange County

Orange – For the first time in Orange County, Youth-on-the-Move International Educators’ Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony will take place at Chapman University on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Paul and Daranne Folino Theater, Marion Knott Studios, 283 N. Cypress Street, Orange, California 92866. There will be over 20 humanitarian educators honored for their impact in education. Several inductees are from Orange County and include Dr. Lawrence B. deGraaf, CSUFullerton; Barbara Hill, Santa Ana Unified School District; Dr. Kogee Thomas, UC Irvine; Mr. Sal Tinajero,Fullerton Schools; Mr. Johnny L. Williams, Santa Ana Unified School District; and among others are Dr. Erlinda Martinez, President Santa Ana College; Huell Howser, California’s Gold (posthumously); The Leon Owens Foundation; Executive Chief, Ugo Allesina of Prego’s Restaurant, Irvine and Dr. Bede Ssensalo, from Uganda teaching at both CSULong Beach and Cypress College.

The event is open to the public. Additional information and tickets are available at educatorshalloffame.org, at eventbrite.com or by calling 714-628-9844. Read more…

 
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Victim shot near Sepulveda Elementary School

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Advisory: SAPD Investigate Non-Fatal Shooting In The Area Of Doreen Way & Edinger Avenue

Santa Ana Police are investigating a non-fatal shooting which occurred at approximately 1:30 PM in the area of Doreen Way & Edinger Avenue. The lone victim sustained a gunshot wound and has been transported to a local hospital for treatment. Read more…

 
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The SAPD is now hiring part time and full time officers

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SAPD hiring

The City of Santa Ana is currently hiring Correctional Services Officers on a Part-Time basis (Bilingual and Non-Bilingual).  Click here to apply.  This job pays $20.01 – $24.32 Hourly.

This a part-time position. The incumbent(s) will work up to 20 hours per week. Work schedule is to be determined and open for discussion. This recruitment is open until further notice. Therefore, it can close at any given time and without notice. You are encouraged to apply immediately!

Bilingual fluency is not required at this time. Applicants interested in receiving bilingual pay, which is an additional $0.73/hour, must be fluent in both English and any one of the following languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, Samoan, Hmong, Korean, or Cambodian. Read more…

 
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The founding of Santa Ana to be celebrated on Oct. 25

October 15, 2014
4:00 pmto7:30 pm
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Plaza Founders

Members of the Tongva and Juaneño/Luiseño nations long inhabited the area we now know as Santa Ana. In 1810, year of the commencement of the war of Mexican Independence (1810–1821), Jose Antonio Yorba, a sergeant of the Spanish army, was granted land that he called Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana. Yorba’s rancho included the lands where the cities of Olive, Orange, Irvine, Yorba Linda, Villa Park, Santa Ana, Tustin, Costa Mesa and unincorporated El Modena, and Santa Ana Heights, are today. This rancho was the only land grant in Orange County granted under Spanish Rule.

After the Mexican-American war ended in 1848, Alta California became part of the United States and American settlers arrived in this area. Claimed in 1869 by Kentuckian William H. Spurgeon on land obtained from the descendents of Jose Antonio Yorba, Santa Ana was incorporated as a city in 1886 with a population of 2000 and in 1889 became the seat of the newly formed Orange County. (Source – Wikipedia)

Now for some reason the founding of Santa Ana is being celebrated with an event called “Plaza Founders” on Saturday, October 25, 2014, from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm, at the northwest corner of French St. and Fourth St. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana Community Budget Outreach meeting set for Oct. 29

October 29, 2014
6:00 pmto7:30 pm

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Community Alert: Public Invited to the City’s Community Budget Outreach & Strategic Plan Update on October 29 from 6 – 7:30 pm

SANTA ANA, CA (October 15, 2014) – The future looks bright in the City of Santa Ana! From a financial turnaround to decreased unemployment, the City of Santa Ana has made tremendous progress over the last year. Home to eight of the 100 fastest growing companies in Orange County and a decreasing crime rate, the City has steadily moved closer to achieving the goals set after extensive community outreach in the City’s Five-Year Strategic Plan.

The public is encouraged to attend the City of Santa Ana’s Community Budget Outreach and Strategic Plan Update on Wednesday, October 29 from 6-7:30 pm at the City Council Chambers to learn more about the City’s progress. Read more…

 
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Armed men rob the OC Recording Company recording studio in Santa Ana

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Advisory: SAPD ROBBERY DETECTIVES REQUEST ASSISTANCE IN IDENTIFYING VEHICLE USED IN ARMED ROBBERY

SYNOPSIS: On 10/07/14, at about 2218 hrs., three male blacks entered The OC Recording Company recording studio under the pretense of recording an album. The owner/victim told the male black suspects he was not aware of an appointment at that time, but requested they wait outside. The suspects then entered the business and produced handguns.

The suspects tied up the owner/victim and a second employee/victim of the recording studio. As both victims were tied up, the suspects questioned the victims about the value of their studio equipment and location of a safe. The victims cooperated with the suspect requests. During the robbery, the suspects stole several pieces of high- end studio equipment, which included microphones, guitars, and miscellaneous computer equipment. Read more…

 
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Investigators looking for armed man who robbed La Pico Market

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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

Investigators Seeking Public’s Assistance Identifying Armed Robbery Suspect

STANTON, Calif. – (October 15, 2014) – On Tuesday, September 14, 2014 at approximately 11:35 p.m., an armed robbery occurred at the La Pico Market located at 10480 Beach Boulevard in the city of Stanton. The suspect brandished a knife and threatened both the store employee and customers. The loss was an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and a bottle of alcohol. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana police officers want to know why Reyna is hanging out with gang bangers

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October 14, 2014

COUNCILMAN ROMAN REYNA
SANTA ANA CITY COUNCIL
20 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA
P.O. BOX 1988, M31
SANTA ANA, CA 92701

Dear Councilman Reyna,

I write on behalf of the Santa Ana Police Officers’ Association, its Board of Directors and Political Action Committee.

It has come to our attention that you, along with two other men, recently posed for a photograph that was posted on Facebook. We find it very disturbing that you posed with these men. Both are known to Orange county law enforcement as being affiliated with Santa Ana criminal enterprises. Furthermore, the individual believed to have posted the photograph identified you in his post as the “the new Mayor of Santana old homie from the hood…”

We are aware many friends can be called a “homie” and people do identify themselves as living in or being from the “hood”. These words alone should not produce a negative opinion of another person. However, when coupled with a photograph of known members of a Santa Ana criminal enterprise, and posted on an Internet social media website, we feel that far exceeds mere poor judgment. As a city policymaker, this photograph and comments presents the appearance and perception of your lack of ability to be a trustworthy and effective community leader. Read more…

 
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2014 General Election voter guide for Santa Ana voters

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This voter guide addresses the Orange County local and legislative races as well as the State and Local ballot measures.

General Election, November, 2014:

Local Elections

Santa Ana City Council

Mayor:

Endorsed Candidate: Mayor Miguel Pulido

Other Candidates: Roman Reyna, Mark I. Lopez

Note: Even Reyna’s friends and allies admit that he is not a capable candidate for Mayor of Santa Ana.  This will be Pulido’s final term and in the next two years we need to recruit better candidates than the likes of Reyna, who has only served two years on the Santa Ana City Council. Read more…

 
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Who is really corrupt – Janet Nguyen or Jose Solorio?

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Janet Nguyen and her good friend, the disgraced former Santa Ana Councilman Carlos Bustamante

Janet Nguyen and Jose Solorio, the candidates for the 34th State Senate District, are accusing each other of being corrupt. But is this true? Are they both corrupt?

I feel like Nguyen’s GOP hacktivists have forgotten the meaning of the word “corrupt,” which is defined as “having or showing a willingness to act dishonestly in return for money or personal gain.”

Has Solorio ever been dishonest or acted for his own personal gain? I have known him since he started his career in politics on the Santa Ana City Council. We have not always agreed but I have never known him to be dishonest or to be a selfish politician. Does he at times vote for bills I disagree with? Yes he does but as far as Democrats go Solorio is a moderate and he is fairly pro-business.

Nguyen on the other hand recently voted twice against an Orange County Ethics Committee intended to root out corruption and ethics violations at the County of Orange, even though the two separate OC Grand Juries recommended the Ethics Committee. Her career in politics does in fact show a lot of corruption including: Read more…

 
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The DPOC helped create Janet Nguyen and now they’re paying for it

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In 2008 there were three Vietnamese candidates running for the First Supervisorial District but only one of them was a Democrat – a nice fellow named Hoa Van Tran.  The other two candidates were Republicans – Janet Nguyen and Dina Nguyen (no relation to each other).  Click here for a recap of that election courtesy of the L.A. Times.

Van Tran should have had a great shot at the seat but many Democrats turned on him – believing outright lies that he was somehow affiliated with former Republican Assemblyman Van Tran.

Janet’s main adviser at the time was a Democrat named Phil Bacerra.  He in fact introduced me to Janet one night at the Azteca Restaurant in Garden Grove.  I asked her what she stood for and the only issue she could come up with was “Small Business.”  I should have realized then that she was an empty suit. Read more…

 
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Benavides fundraiser now to be held at the cochinero that is the Yost Theatre

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Poor Santa Ana Councilman David Benavides had to switch the location of his upcoming fundraising reception from Ketri Cafe to the Yost Theatre after we let the people of Santa Ana know about Ketri’s unfortunate record of health violations.  However perhaps Benavides should have checked out the Yost Theatre’s health record before he selected them as the new location of his fundraiser, which is set for Oct 16, 2014, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  It turns out the Yost is a real cochinero!

On July 10, 2014, the Yost received these health violations after a health inspection by the OC Health Care Agency:

  • Uncleanliness of Premises/Trash Storage
  • Facility not Fully Enclosed/Open Door/Air Curtain
  • Inoperable/Lack of Food Thermometer
  • Water Temp (100F-119F)/Wash Temp <100F/Cross Con
  • Unsanitary Equipment/Utensil/Linen/Plumbing
  • Lack of/Unsanitary/Condition Walls/Floors/Ceilings
  • Improper Food Storage/Receiving
  • Change Room Improper Use/Lack of

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Tinajero decries leaked release of the Miguel Pulido City Investigation Report

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Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Sal Tinajero Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 14, 2014

Contact: Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Sal Tinajero, 714-­913-­3515

Sal Tinajero Distances Himself From The Release Of The Miguel Pulido City Investigation Report

Santa Ana ­ Mayor Pro­Tem Sal Tinajero was surprised and disappointed when he found that the investigation report on Mayor Miguel Pulido had been leaked to the media. Tinajero stated, “I have always respected the opinion of the Orange County District Attorney’s office. From the very beginning I informed the public that I would not release the report if I found that doing so could potentially damage the ongoing investigation.”

It was made public that the office of the Orange County District Attorney urged the city of Santa Ana not to release the report. Read more…

 
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