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Family and friends trying to raise money to send Modesto Tapia-Clara’s body back to Mexico


Modesto Tapia-Clara and his wife and son

Modesto Tapia-Clara, the gardener whose body was found in Santa Ana’s Centennial Park this week, was from Mexico. He was here in the U.S. working to send money back home to his wife Erica and his 1-year old son, Modesto Tadeo.  Sadly his passing has left his family in a bad way.

The news got worse today as the baby that his wife Erica delivered prematurely the same day that Modesto died, has passed away, according to an update posted on the GoFundMe site that was set up this week to help this family to pay for the funeral costs involved in sending Modesto’s body back to Mexico.  The family needs to raise about $5K to send Modesto’s body back to Mexico.  So far they have raised over $400. Read more…

 
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Man shot in the leg near Saddleback High School


Santa Ana Gang Shooting

A man was shot at several times today at round 3:05 pm, near the intersection of Central and Rosewood avenues, in Santa Ana.  One of the bullets struck him in one of his legs, according to the SAPD, as reported by the O.C. Register.

Witnesses were not sure if the man who shot the victim was on foot or if he fled in a vehicle. Read more…

 
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Rep. Sanchez applauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage


Loretta Sanchez at the Tet Parade

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

PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26, 2015

MEDIA CONTACT: Emily Morris, 202-226-2965, Emily.Morris@mail.house.gov

REP. LORETTA SANCHEZ APPLAUDS SUPREME COURT RULING ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) today released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage:

“The Supreme Court ruling today, guaranteeing an individual’s right to marry who they love, regardless of sex, is an important step forward for our country and a victory for American families. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana free public fireworks show set for July 4 at Centennial Park

July 4, 2015
4:00 pmto9:30 pm

2015 Santa Ana 4th of July event

City of Santa Ana, Downtown Orange County

Community Alert: Nation’s Birthday Party Celebrated with a Bang! / Celebración del Día de la Independencia con Fuegos Pirotécnicos

Join the Mayor & City Council for family style fun and a spectacular fireworks show at the City of Santa Ana’s 2015 Independence Day Celebration at Centennial Park on Saturday, July 4, 2015 from 4:00 pm to 9:30 pm. “Santa Ana’s annual tradition on 4th of July is to have fun, show your patriotism, picnic at the park, enjoy great music, learn about history, and watch a spectacular fireworks show over the Centennial Park lakes,” said Santa Ana Council Member David Benavides.

The Independence Day celebration will feature live performances by the Full Spectrum Band and Santa Ana High School. The celebration will also feature a History Walk with costumed characters from our nation’s history educating children, a kid’s zone play area with three bounce houses and games, civil war cannons, and recognition of our Armed Forces. The fireworks show will begin at 9:00 pm. Bring a picnic basket or enjoy the various food vendors throughout the park. Admission is free and guests are encouraged to arrive early to find a spot in the park. Read more…

 
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National HIV Testing Day set for June 27


National HIV Testing Day

Healthcare Advisory: National HIV Testing Day

By: OC Supervisor Lisa Bartlett

June 27 marks National HIV Testing Day, which helps promote testing and early diagnosis of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. There are 5,760 individuals living with HIV disease in Orange County with over 250 people being diagnosed with HIV each year. There are an additional estimated 938 people living in Orange County who have HIV and don’t know it – many of whom will develop AIDS before realizing they are HIV infected.

Of the 115 newly diagnosed with AIDS in 2014, 46.9% (54) were concurrently diagnosed with AIDS, indicating that the individual was living with HIV for many years before the diagnosis. Many of these people had been to a medical setting like an emergency room, a community health center, or their doctor, but were not tested for HIV. Because so many individuals are estimated to have HIV and are unaware of it, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that every adult between 13 and 64 be tested for HIV at least once in their lifetime and those at high risk of infection be tested at least annually as part of routine care. Making HIV testing a routine part of medical care will help people learn their HIV status before they get sick make it possible for them to seek treatment for HIV so that they don’t become sick. An additional benefit to early detection of HIV is that people who know their HIV statusare more likely to take steps to prevent spreading HIV to others. If you have never been tested for HIV, ask your medical provider for an HIV test. In addition to medical providers throughout Orange County, the following agencies offer year-round confidential and anonymous free or low-cost testing in Orange County: Read more…

 
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Job Fair at Calvary Church of Santa Ana set for July 7

July 7, 2015
10:00 amto2:00 pm

Calvary Church of Santa Ana

FREE JOB FAIR with 30+ Orange County Companies

Calvary Church of Santa Ana is hosting a free job fair on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at their Fellowship Hall, located at 1010 N. Tustin Ave, in Santa Ana. Register for free here.  Read the FAQ regarding Church Job Fair events.

Between 30 and 50 companies will be at this job fair.  Applicants should dress to impress and wear comfortable shoes.  They should also bring plenty of copies of their resume.

Some of the companies that participate in these job fairs include: Read more…

 
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The SAPD has seized over 3,000 pounds of illegal fireworks

Published on June 26, 2015 by in Crime, Santa Ana

SAPD illegal fireworks bust

Santa Ana Police Department

Advisory: SAPD Special Enforcement Team conducted several investigations regarding illegal fireworks sales – 3,000+ lbs. seized

On Thursday June 25, 2015 the SAPD Special Enforcement Team-conducted several follow-up investigations regarding illegal fireworks sales throughout the city. The investigations discovered the storage of in excess of 3,000+lbs of illegal fireworks at three different locations. The fireworks were seized and will be transported to the OCSD Bomb Detectives for proper disposal at a later time. There were three suspects arrested, issued citations and released at the scenes. The suspects were charged with violating SAMC 14-53 Dangerous Fireworks Prohibited. Read more…

 
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Man found dead in the lake at Centennial Park identified as Modesto Tapia-Clara

Published on June 26, 2015 by in Crime, Santa Ana

Modesto Tapia-Clara

Picture c/o Isabel Quiroz

The dead man whose body was found floating in the lake at Santa Ana’s Centennial Park has been identified as 31-year-old Modesto Tapia-Clara of Huntington Beach, according to the O.C. Register.

Tapia-Clara’s body was found floating in the lake on Wednesday morning, by a city worker.  SAPD detectives still don’t know how he met his end or why his body was in the water.  Apparently there are no signs of foul play or trauma on the body.

The Orange County Coroner’s office will be performing an autopsy on the body this Friday to try to determine the official cause of death. Read more…

 
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Five pro immigrant LGBT protestors to be charged for blocking DTSA streets


Tran Detention in Santa Ana

Photo Courtesy of the Not1More Facebook Page

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # 15CM07231

Date: June 25, 2015

FIVE PROTESTORS TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR DELAYING POLICE OFFICERS AND OBSTRUCTING SANTA ANA STREET BY CHAINING THEMSELVES TOGETHER

SANTA ANA – Five protesters are scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow for delaying police officers and obstructing a Santa Ana street by chaining themselves together. Mariela Martinez, 23, Los Angeles, Jorge Hernandez, 25, Oakland, Sandra Paola Jara Riveros, 33, Pasadena, Isaia Celestino Noyola, 36, Vellejo, and Jeffrey Christopher Neel, 43, Anaheim, are charged with one misdemeanor count each of obstructing or delaying a peace officer, obstructing passage on a public street, and unlawfully loitering or sitting on a public street. If convicted, each of the defendants face a maximum sentence of one year in jail and $1,000 fine. The defendants are scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow, Friday, June 26, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-54, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

At approximately 8:30 a.m. on May 28, 2015, the five defendants were part of a group of approximately 50 individuals participating in a protest regarding the detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants who are part of the LGBT community. The protestors gathered at the intersection of Civic Center Drive and Flower Street in Santa Ana, near the Central Justice Center to begin their demonstration. The protest was not pre-planned with the City of Santa Ana, and no permits had been issued allowing blockage of the intersection as required by law. Read more…

 
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Public Law Center raises a record $725K at 2015 Volunteers for Justice Dinner


Photo: (L to R) Jerry Flannery of Hyundai Motor America, Anna Davis of UC Irvine School of Law,  PLC Executive Director and General Counsel Ken Babcock, Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, and Jeff Reeves of Gibson Dunn.

Photo: (L to R) Jerry Flannery of Hyundai Motor America, Anna Davis of UC Irvine School of Law, PLC Executive Director and General Counsel Ken Babcock, Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, and Jeff Reeves of Gibson Dunn.

PRESS RELEASE

June 25, 2015

CONTACT: George C. Wu, gwu@veng-group.com, (202) 306-0898

PLC Raises Record Total at 2015 Volunteers for Justice Dinner

Orange County legal community raises $725,000 for civil legal aid

Santa Ana, CA – Joined by 900 leaders of the Orange County legal community, the Public Law Center highlighted the transformative impact of its pro bono programs on the county’s poorest and most vulnerable residents at the Hotel Irvine Monday night. Guests at the 2015 Volunteers for Justice Dinner helped to raise a record $725,000 and were treated to a keynote address by California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, a special musical prelude by Mariachi for All (a PLC non-profit organization client), and the premier silent auction in Orange County.

“Once again, our generous sponsors, committed pro bono attorneys, and silent auction winners raised the bar on supporting PLC and our clients,” said PLC Executive Director and General Counsel Ken Babcock. “For every dollar raised at the Volunteers for Justice Dinner, PLC and our pro bono attorneys will provide eight dollars worth of free legal services to Orange County’s low-income veterans, seniors, domestic violence survivors, children and their families,” added Babcock. Read more…

 
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Owner of a Santa Ana payment processing company charged with multi-million dollar fraud


US Department of Justice

Department of Justice

Office of Public Affairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, June 25, 2015

Owner of California Payment Processing Company Charged with Fraud

The Justice Department announced today that the owner and operator of a payment processing company that was involved in the unauthorized withdrawal of millions of dollars from consumers’ bank accounts was charged with fraud.

The criminal information, filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, charged Neil Godfrey, 76, of Santa Ana, California, with one count of wire fraud. Godfrey owned and operated Check Site Inc., based in Santa Ana, which from 2006 to 2010 enabled fraudulent merchants to withdraw money from consumers’ bank accounts without the consumers’ knowledge or consent. If convicted, Godfrey faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana woman arrested as an accessory to the murder of a Costa Mesa man


Costa Mesa Police Dept.

Maricella Raye Gomez-Lee, 50, a resident of Santa Ana, was arrested on Wednesday this week on suspicion of being an accesory to murder in the May 30 stabbing death of Floriberto Villasenor Cortes, a resident of Costa Mesa, who was found bleeding at the 2900 block of Peppertree Lane in Costa Mesa, at around 4:30 p.m. according to the O.C. Register.

Gomez-Lee was arrested at a home in Lake Elsinore. Read more…

 
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John Wayne Airport provides Fourth of July holiday travel tips


John Wayne Airport

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 24, 2015
Contact: Jenny Wedge, (949) 252-5182, jwedge@ocair.com

JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT PROVIDES FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY TRAVEL TIPS

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Summer travel is underway at John Wayne Airport (JWA) and with the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, JWA anticipates a busy travel period from Friday, June 26 through Sunday, July 5. Passengers and visitors are encouraged to check construction alerts at ocair.com and plan ahead if visiting JWA during this time. Passengers are also reminded that fireworks are prohibited in or around the Airport.

“Independence Day is a time to celebrate our country’s independence and many travelers take to the skies during this holiday weekend,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Todd Spitzer. “Our goal is to ensure you have a safe, secure and enjoyable holiday travel experience.” Read more…

 
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The Discovery Cube’s Inventors Week will feature 3D printers by Purple Platypus


Purple Platypus at Discovery Cube Inventors Week

Purple Platypus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Zody Huynh, zody.huynh@purpleplatypus.com, (949) 474-9222 x 106

Purple Platypus Gears Up For Inventors Week at Discovery Cube

IRVINE, California (June 22, 2015) – Purple Platypus, Inc., the only certified Stratasys 3D printer reseller servicing the entire Southwest region (Arizona, Nevada and Southern California), will be participating in Discovery Cube’s Inventors Week from June 27, 2015 to July 12, 2015.

This is Discovery Cube’s 3rd annual Inventors Week celebrating tinkerers, builders, and explorers of all ages. These future business leaders and engineers will be showcasing their inventions while learning about various electronic and robotic principles that are fundamental for every future engineer to know. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana resident charged with importing and transporting illegal ferrets


Sebastian Alexander-Bly Swisher and his ferret

From Sebastian Alexander-Bly Swisher’s Instagram account

Santa Ana Police Department police officers arrested Santa Ana resident Sebastian Alexander Swisher (23) today and charged him with CCR 671K (Importation and transportation of live restricted animals).  He was reportedly buying the Ferrets in the State of Nevada and transporting them to California where it is illegal, according to an SAPD press release.

Swisher was raising the ferrets and then selling them for up to $400 on Craigslist, according to Santa Ana Animal Services supervisor Sondra Berg, as reported by the O.C. Register.  If he didn’t report that income then Swisher might be guilty of tax evasion too.

Santa Ana Police Department Animal Control Officers received information that the suspect was in possession of illegal Ferrets.

He really did not hide his hobby as there are many pictures of Swisher on his Instagram page. Read more…

 
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