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Recap of tonight’s Santa Ana City Council meeting – mosquitoes, homeless and Lou Correa

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The OC Vector Control District tries to explain themselves

Jared Dever, the Director of Communications for the OC Vector Control District, showed up at tonight’s Santa Ana City Council meeting to explain why his agency tried to spray an insecticide on homes in Santa Ana’s inner city neighborhoods a few weeks ago.

Santa Ana Council Members Michele Martinez and David Benavides spoke up and asked that Dever and the OCVCD learn from this episode.  That is because this mosquito spraying decision blew up in everyone’s face.

When we posted about the mosquito spraying, which was announced on a Friday and was supposed to happen the following Monday, the post went viral on Facebook and because I posted the email addresses of the City Council members they each received hundreds of emails from angry residents.

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Solorio to give keynote address at Career College of California graduation

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State Senate Candidate and Harvard Graduate Jose Solorio to Give Keynote Address At Career College of California Graduation

Education advocate to speak on the power of education to transform lives

Santa Ana, CA – October 20, 2014

Jose Solorio, State Senate candidate and Rancho Santiago Community College Trustee, will be the keynote speaker for the Career College of California graduation ceremony at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana on Friday, October 24th at 7:00 PM.

Solorio, who was a member of the California State Assembly for six years and is supported by California Governor Jerry Brown, said, “I am pleased to address Career College of California’s graduates, who should be very proud of their accomplishments. Most of these graduates have already found jobs in their chosen fields, going to work in our community to make it a better place.” Read more…

 
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Senator Correa and Little League team to be honored at City Council meeting on 10/21

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City of Santa Ana, Downtown Orange County

Community: MAYOR & COUNCIL TO HONOR SEN. LOU CORREA, SOUTHWEST LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM & WATER IS LIFE CONTEST AWARD WINNER TUES.

SANTA ANA, CA (October 20, 2014) – The City of Santa Ana is expecting higher attendance to the Tuesday, October 21, 2014 City Council Meeting. As a result the public is encouraged to arrive early. Doors to the Council Chambers will open at 4:30pm and the meeting is expected to begin at approximately 5:45pm.

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. Read more…

 
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The voter registration deadline is today for the Nov. General Election

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Community Alert: VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS TODAY, OCTOBER 20

SANTA ANA, CA (October 20, 2014) – The City of Santa Ana along with numerous organizations encourage you to exercise your right to vote. The deadline to register to vote for the November 2014 Election is today – Monday, October 20, 2014.

You may register to vote in California, if:

  • You are a United States citizen
  • You are a resident of California
  • You are at least 18 years of age (or will be by the date of the Election)
  • You are not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction
  • You have not been judged by a court to be mentally incompetent

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Santa Ana Tea Party meeting set for 10/21 at the Green Parrot Villa

October 21, 2014
5:30 pmto8:15 pm
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The Santa Ana Tea Party is hosting a free meeting on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, from 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm, featuring OC Tea Party political blogger Kelly Hubbard, who will be presenting an Election Overview.  This meeting was previously Scheduled for the 14th and has Since Been Rescheduled for the 21st.

When: Tuesday Oct. 21st, 5:30-6:30p (Social hour – drinks and meal), program begins at 6:30p to 8:15p)

Where: Green Parrot Villa – 2035 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, Ca. (Across from Bowers Museum) Read more…

 
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Tustin man arrested for lewd acts with several children

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE,  PRESS RELEASE #10/18/2014

Subject: Man Arrested for Lewd Acts on a Child

Contact : Julia Engen, Commander 949-724-7112, jengen@cityofirvine.org

IRVINE, CA (October 18, 2014): On October 17, Irvine Police Detectives arrested Sherwin Ngo (1-16-80) of Tustin for lewd acts on a child.
Ngo is believed to be responsible for luring or attempting to lure at least two under aged male victims by posting personal ads on Craig’s List. Ngo initially led those responding to the ad to believe he was a female offering sexual contact.

The first victim, a 15-year-old Irvine male, was identified after his mother found explicit emails on his tablet computer. A second victim, a 16-year-old male, from Mission Viejo has also been identified. Detectives believe there may be additional victims, based on a large number of emails discovered during the execution of a search warrant of Ngo’s email accounts. Detectives will be continuing the investigation in an attempt to identify and locate any additional victims. Read more…

 
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SAUSD School Board candidates forum to be hosted by the PTA on 10/20

October 20, 2014
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
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The Santa Ana Council of the PTA is hosting a Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education Candidate Forum on Monday, October 20, 2014, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

This forum will be held in the Training Room of the Santa Ana Unified School District, located at 1601 E. Chestnut Avenue, in Santa Ana. Read more…

 
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Michele Martinez owes the Santa Ana Police Officers Association an apology

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Michele Martinez fraud

Santa Ana Councilwoman Michele Martinez was not endorsed this year by either the Santa Ana Police Officers Association or the Orange County Deputy Sheriffs Association but that has not stopped her or her friends from pretending otherwise.

Martinez is using a picture of herself with police officers on her campaign website and a PAC that supports her just sent out a mailer this week using the same picture – and the same message.

This is fraud.  Martinez was rejected by our leading law enforcement associations for a reason – she has been on the wrong side of crime fighting and our police officers just don’t trust her any more.  Nor should we. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana scumbag who molested little girls he met at church is going to prison

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Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release

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October 17, 2014

MAN SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING TWO GIRLS BETWEEN AGES 9 AND 12 AFTER MEETING THEM AT CHURCH AND BEFRIENDING THEIR FAMILIES

SANTA ANA – A man was sentenced today to 30 years to life in state prison for sexually assaulting two girls between ages 9 and 12 after meeting them through church and befriending their families. David Elifar Verduzco, 35, Santa Ana, was found guilty by a jury Oct. 1, 2014, of three felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14, one felony count of sexual penetration with a child 10 years or younger, one misdemeanor count each of child annoyance and disorderly conduct. The sentencing enhancement allegations for substantial sexual conduct with a child and lewd acts on multiple children were found true.

At the time of the crime, Verduzco was a parishioner of Agape House of Prayer in Anaheim, where he was a worship team leader and gave electronic keyboard lessons. The defendant met both of the victims and their families at the church and befriended them. Read more…

 
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Solorio didn’t turn his back on them – they’re GOP hacks and Jannies!

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Marroquin gang

Have you seen the Solorio Turned his Back on Us billboard?  You know the one with that fellow with a heavy beard?  Well it turns out the entire campaign is a complete fraud.  The people featured on the Solorio Turned his Back on Us campaign are all part of an extended family – of a young lady named Maribel Marroquin.  And she is the Latino Engagement Coordinator at the Lincoln Club of Orange County, a conservative business organization that generally supports Republicans, not Democrats.

Pictured on the website are: Read more…

 
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The SAUSD will provide free subsidized meals to all kids in 2014/15

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 17, 2014

Contact: Mark Chavez, Nutrition Services Director, 714-431-1900/Deidra Powell, Chief Communications Officer, 714-673-4995

SAUSD to Participate in Either Provision 2 or the Community Eligibility Provision

Santa Ana Unified School District today announced that all school sites will be participating in either Provision 2 or the Community Eligibility Provision under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs during the 2014-15 school year.

Under these provisions, all students will be served lunch and breakfast at no charge at the following sites: Read more…

 
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Janet Nguyen campaign donors are under investigation by the FPPC

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Janet Nguyen picks up bags of money in LIttle Saigon

 

Folks in Little Saigon know they have to bribe Janet Nguyen with bags of money

The state’s Fair Political Practices Commission is investigating nearly a dozen people for political money laundering in connection to campaign contributions to county Supervisor and state Senate candidate Janet Nguyen according to Thy Vo and Nick Gerda at the Voice of OC.

The FPPC has issued 11 subpoenas to donors who made contributions to the political committee Friends of Supervisor Janet Nguyen between 2011 and 2012, as part of an investigation involving political contributions made in the name of persons other than the true contributor, according to court records, according to the Voice of OC. Read more…

 
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SAPD DUI check set for 10/17 at 900 E. 1st. ST.

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SAPD DUI Checkpoint

SANTA ANA POLICE ADVISORY:

The SAPD will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on October 17, 2014, at 900 E. First Street, from 9:00PM to 3:00AM.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving. Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.
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Orange County anti-gang curfew sweep results in arrest of 31 juveniles

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Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release: October 17, 2014

LAW ENFORCEMENT NET 31 JUVENILES IN 6TH ANNUAL OC GRIP CURFEW SWEEP

ORANGE COUNTY – Over 180 law enforcement officers from 19 agencies netted 31 juveniles in violation of city curfew laws last night in the 6th annual curfew sweeps by the Orange County Gang Reduction and Intervention Partnership (OC GRIP). OC GRIP aims to prevent juveniles from being victims of or participants in gang crimes by identifying at-risk youth, increasing school attendance, and decreasing gang activity.

Last night and early this morning, officers patrolled Orange County cities and unincorporated areas for children ages 17 and under out in public past curfew, in violation of city laws. Curfews in Orange County begin at 10:00 p.m. or 11:00 p.m., depending on the city, and last until 5:00 a.m. the following day. Minors are prohibited from being in public during these hours unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian or are subject to circumstantial exceptions made for minors participating in employment, educational, or emergency activities. Read more…

 
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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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