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Public Information Meetings for the I-5 Irvine Tustin Project set for 1/26 and 1/28


I-5 Irvine Tustin Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 22, 2015

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

Public Invited to Open Houses on I-5 Project in Irvine, Tustin

Measure M project is in the initial phase of exploring the addition of a general-purpose lane between I-405 and SR-55

ORANGE – The public is invited to two open houses next week to learn about proposed improvements to the Santa Ana (I-5) Freeway in Irvine and Tustin.

The Orange County Transportation Authority and Caltrans are holding the meetings, Jan 26 and Jan. 28, as part of the project approval and environmental document phase for the I-5 Irvine Tustin Freeway Improvement Project. Read more…

 
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Pulido and the City Council to host a fundraiser for Correa tonight

January 22, 2015
6:00 pmto7:00 pm

The Santa Ana City Council honors Lou Correa

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido and Mayor Pro Tem Vincent Sarmiento as well as Santa Ana Council Members Michele Martinez, Sal Tinajero and Angie Amezcua are hosting a campaign fundraiser for Lou Correa, the only Democrat running for the First District of the Orange County Board of Supervisors in a Special Election.

The fundraiser is set for tonight, Jan. 22, 2015, at 6 pm, at Diego’s Downtown, which is located at 224 E. 3rd St., in Downtown Santa Ana.  (Sarmiento owns this bar/restaurant). Read more…

 
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Cholula’s Bakery has reopened


Inside of Cholula's Bakery

Cholula’s Bakery was expected to open Wednesday, after enduring a debacle over holiday sweet bread laced with a synthetic drug that sickened more than 40 people and that shut its doors for nearly two weeks, according to the O.C. Register.

What this means is that the Orange County Health Department has cleared Cholula’s – and they are now in compliance with all of the O.C. Health Codes. Read more…

 
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There are now 20 confirmed measles cases in Orange County


OC Health Press Release

For Immediate Release: January 21, 2015

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

Ongoing Measles Transmission in Orange County

(Santa Ana) – There are now twenty (20) confirmed measles cases in Orange County, signaling ongoing measles transmission in Orange County and at Disneyland Parks. Measles is in the community and additional cases are expected to be identified. The best way to prevent the spread of measles is by getting vaccinated. Those who are vaccinated and become ill usually experience mild illness and do not typically spread the disease to others.

Eight of the confirmed cases acquired the disease in the community. Twelve of the confirmed cases spent time at Disneyland Parks since December 17, 2014. The Health Care Agency continues to coordinate with Disneyland Parks and other known exposure locations to help protect visitors, employees, and the community from the continued spread of measles. Read more…

 
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OCDA Rackauckas’ swearing in remarks about crime in the O.C.


Tony Rackauckas speaking

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Remarks by District Attorney Tony Rackauckas:

State of Public Safety in Orange County

January 20, 2015

Thank you, Supervisors Bartlett, Nelson, and Steel for allowing us to have this event at the Hall of Administration. We appreciate your hospitality.

Thank you, judges and elected officials who are here with us today. Read more…

 
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Mandatory wood-burning ban in effect through Wed., Jan. 21


SCAQMD Air Alerts

NO-BURN ALERT: MANDATORY WOOD-BURNING BAN IN EFFECT TODAY AND TOMORROW FOR RESIDENTS OF THE SOUTH COAST AIR BASIN

All Indoor and Outdoor Residential Wood Burning Prohibited Due to High Air Pollution Predicted for Tuesday, January 20 and Wednesday, January 21

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has issued a residential no-burn alert effective Tuesday, January 20 and Wednesday, January 21, 2015, for all those living in the South Coast Air Basin, which includes the greater Los Angeles area, Orange County and the Inland Empire. SCAQMD reminds residents in these areas that burning wood in their fireplaces is prohibited today and tomorrow, through midnight on Wednesday. No-burn alerts are mandatory in order to protect public health due to a high concentration of fine particle air pollution forecast for the area. The no-burn prohibition also applies to manufactured fire logs, such as those made from wax or paper. Read more…

 
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Pedestrian struck and killed by a stake-bed truck at 500 E. Edinger


Santa Ana pedestrian accidents

Santa Ana Police Department

Advisory: SAPD Traffic Investigations Unit – Investigates fatal Vehicle vs. Pedestrian collision

Deceased: Ricardo Rivas (60) Santa Ana

On 1/20/2015, officers responded to the scene of a traffic collision involving a commercial stake-bed truck and a pedestrian in the area of 500 E. Edinger Avenue.

At about 0606 hours, a 2004 Ford F-550 stake bed truck driven by a male adult was traveling west on Edinger Avenue. The Ford proceeded through a signal controlled crosswalk at the pedestrian / bike trail in the area of 500 E. Edinger and struck a male adult pedestrian walking north within the crosswalk. Read more…

 
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Another gang shooting in Ward 1, in South Santa Ana


South Main Street Sign

Gang shootings are on the rise again in Santa Ana!  The latest shooting occurred today when a gunman approached a group of up to five men outside a business on the 1700 block of South Main Street at around 1 am before opening fire, Santa Ana Police Department said, according to NBC News.

Officials said a light-colored compact car drove up to the group and a man got out of the passenger side to ask the men about their gang affiliation.  He then pulled out a shotgun and fired a single round, which injured three of the men and damaged the business behind them, police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said, according to the O.C. Register. Read more…

 
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Councilwoman Martinez speaks out about the KKK attack on MLK Day


Michele Martinez speaking

City of Santa Ana

Community Alert: STATEMENT BY CITY COUNCILWOMAN MICHELE MARTINEZ

SANTA ANA (January 20, 2015) – “The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday has long been a symbol of peace for the civil rights movement and equality. As a Council Member of one of Orange County’s largest and most diverse cities, I was deeply disturbed to learn that early yesterday morning, on the day this holiday is observed, small bags filled with racist paraphernalia were distributed to around 40 homes in the City of Santa Ana.” Read more…

 
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Consul of Mexico to be honored by the Santa Ana City Council tonight

January 20, 2015
5:00 pmto8:00 pm

Alejandra Garcia Williams, Consul of Mexico in Santa Ana

City of Santa Ana

Community Alert: MAYOR & COUNCIL TO HONOR CITIZENS FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY AT TONIGHT’S CITY COUNCIL MEETING

SANTA ANA, CA (January 20, 2015) – The public is invited to attend the City Council Meeting as members of the City Council will recognize community members for their outstanding service to the City of Santa Ana.

The Mayor will recognize Alejandra Garcia-Williams, Consul of Mexico, with the Exceptional Service Award for her outstanding service to the Santa Ana community. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana College to offer an Occupational Therapy four year degree


California Community Colleges

PRESS RELEASE: January 20, 2015
Contact: Paige Marlatt Dorr, 916.327.5356, Cell: 916.601.8005, Office email: pdorr@cccco.edu

First California Community College Bachelor’s Degree Programs Receive Initial Approval from Board of Governors

Pilot program is historic leap forward for college system; final approval in March

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Community Colleges Board of Governors, in a landmark move for public higher education, today gave initial approval to 15 colleges to develop bachelor’s degree programs in fields such as respiratory therapy, dental hygiene, automotive technology and aerospace manufacturing technology as part of a pilot program approved by the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown.

“These colleges are embarking on a new mission for the California Community Colleges that will expand opportunities in public higher education,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris. “Students will have a range of programs from which to choose to earn high quality, affordable and in-demand degrees. California employers win too, as they will have improved access to highly qualified candidates in these fields.” Read more…

 
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Santa Ana police investigate KKK propaganda left in neighborhood


Santa Ana KKK

Santa Ana Police Department

Advisory: Police investigate KKK propaganda left in neighborhood

Santa Ana police officers respond to a resident who reported he found a small zip-loc baggy containing a rock, a candy, a flyer, and a KKK business card on his driveway this morning in the 2600 block of N Linwood St in Santa Ana.

The flyer contains anti-MLK propaganda. Approximately 40 similar bags were distributed sometime during the evening to various residences within a four block radius. No specific threat was noted on the business card and no crime can be established at this point. Read more…

 
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Charges against Carlos Bustamante reduced again by a second Judge


Forlorn Carlos Bustamante

Judge John D. Conley on Friday dismissed several sex-related felony charges against Carlos Bustamante, a former Santa Ana City Councilman and Orange County Public Works administrator, who still faces felony counts of false imprisonment, stalking, attempted sexual battery and grand theft, plus four misdemeanors, according to the O.C. Register.

Conley’s ruling mirrors a previous ruling from Judge Kazuharu Makino, who oversaw Bustamante’s preliminary hearing in May 2014. Makino tossed out multiple felony charges for lack of evidence. Read more…

 
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OC Parks introduces new parking passes


Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park

Exploring Orange County: OC Parks Introduces New Parking Passes

OC Parks is pleased to introduce new parking passes that will allow visitors to use a single card to park at all County regional and wilderness parks and/or beaches.

The new “smart cards” replace the entry cards and stickers that were previously used for annual parking. Unlike the previous OC Parks passes, which were fixed to a calendar year (January through December), these smart cards are valid for 12 months from issue date and can be renewed annually. Moreover, for wilderness and beach locations which previously required a sticker affixed to a visitor’s windshield, these passes can be used with any vehicle. The price for the new cards remains the same as 2014. Read more…

 
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Deadline to apply for Grand Jury service extended to January 30


Orange County Grand Jury

Orange County Grand Jury

Deadline to Apply for Grand Jury Service Extended to January 30, 2015

By OC Supervisor Todd Spitzer, Portions courtesy of Superior Court of California

Assistant Presiding Judge Charles Margines of the Superior Court of Orange County and chair of Grand Jury Recruitment/Selection Committee has extended the deadline to apply for Grand Jury service to January 30, 2015.

The Grand Jury performs civil oversight of local government by reviewing and evaluating county and city agencies, jails, schools, and special districts within Orange County and writes a final report with its findings and recommendations. The Grand Jury also considers evidence for possible indictment of individuals in felony cases and reviews complaints submitted by citizens. Read more…

 
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