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Taft Elementary to unveil newly renovated library paid for by Target and the Heart of America Foundation

October 22, 2014
9:00 amto11:00 am
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Target Santa Ana Library Makeover

Contact: School Contact, Deidra Powell, (714) 558-5555

Target Media Hotline, (612) 696-3400

Taft Elementary / Taft Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Santa Ana, CA Celebrates the Unveiling of a Newly Renovated Library from Target and The Heart of America Foundation

Makeover includes 2,000 new books and technology upgrades

What: Target (NYSE:TGT) and The Heart of America Foundation will unveil a newly renovated library at Taft Elementary/Taft Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Several hundred volunteer hours were invested in the redesign and construction of the library space, which features 2,000 new books, furniture, carpet and shelves, and a complete technology upgrade, including new iPads interactive white boards and more. By reimagining school libraries and transforming outdated spaces into state-of-the-art learning centers, Target continues to foster a love of reading in students across the country.

This year, Taft Elementary/Taft Deaf and Hard of Hearing is one of 25 elementary schools across the country to receive a new library as part of the Target School Library Makeover program, which will culminate with the celebration of the 200th School Library Makeover on November 14, a major program milestone. Through programs like this one, Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015. Read more…

 
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Bacerra now facing ouster from the Planning Commission over refusal to fill out disclosure forms

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David Benavides and Phil Bacerra

The Santa Ana City Council’s Ethics Committee, which includes Mayor Pro Tem Sal Tinajero and Councilwoman Angie Amezcua, met tonight to discuss the fate of Santa Ana Planning Commissioner Phil Bacerra, who was appointed by Councilman David Benavides.

Bacerra has steadfastly refused to fill out the communications disclosure forms that all of the other Santa Ana Planning Commissioners filled out a long time ago.  He even told Tinajero, in a prior conversation, that he didn’t need to.

But the Santa Ana City Attorney says that Bacerra does have to – retroactively back to March of this year.  And he now has until Oct. 2 to turn in his forms.  If he doesn’t then the next step will be an 85A motion on the next City Council agenda that will call for his removal.  And believe me the votes are there to do that – Bacerra can only count on support from Benavides and Councilman Roman Reyna. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana’s first Ciclovia is set for Oct. 5

October 5, 2014
9:00 amto4:00 pm
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Santa Ana Ciclovia

City of Santa Ana

Community Alert: CITY OF SANTA ANA TO HOST THE COUNTY’S FIRST FREE CICLOVIA, SOMOS, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5 FROM 9AM TO 4PM

SANTA ANA, CA (September 25, 2014) – The City of Santa Ana is proud to host Orange County’s first ever Ciclovia – an open streets event where the streets will be closed to cars and opened to bikers, walkers and runners. SOMOS or “Sunday On Main Open Streets” is scheduled for Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 9 am to 4 pm.

The 3 mile route in Santa Ana includes Orange County’s hottest downtown, as named in Orange Coast magazine, the Historic Old City Hall just south of Third Street and the Historic South Main Business District. This route connects Historic south Main Street with the City’s vibrant downtown. The event is free and participants are encouraged to come out and run, bike or walk the route. Entertainment and activities such as 15 minute sessions of zumba, a karaoke stage and various children activities will also be featured throughout the route. Read more…

 
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The Food 4 Less robbery suspect has been arrested

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Antonio Delgado Juarez

Santa Ana Police Department

Advisory: SAPD Robbery Detectives Identify Suspect in Food 4 Less after community members sees suspect during TV News story.

Arrested: Antonio Delgado Juarez (35) Santa Ana

Details: On 9/25/14, SAPD Robbery Detectives requested the media and community’s assistance in identifying a suspect involved in the 9/18/14 robbery of a Food 4 Less grocery store. After the story aired on television (unknown which Station), detectives received a tip from a community member who advised that they had watched the story and believed they knew who the suspect was. Detectives were provided information that led them to suspect Antonio Delgado Juarez. The Detectives found that suspect Juarez was already in SAPD custody on an unrelated incident. On 9/22/2014, Juarez was taken into custody by SAPD for Burglary, Battery and Possession of Burglary Tools. Read more…

 
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OC Rescue Mission launches specialty coffee brand and shop to help the homeless

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Contact: Corynne Randel/Jenn Quader, Brower, Miller & Cole, (949) 955-7940

ORANGE COUNTY RESCUE MISSION LAUNCHES SPECIALTY COFFEE BRAND AND SHOP TO HELP HOMELESS

A special crowdfunding campaign has been established to raise the $100,000 needed to fund this endeavor, with more than $26,000 already raised over the past six days.

Orange County, Calif. (September 25, 2014) – The Orange County Rescue Mission in partnership with the Inland Empire Rescue Mission is taking the art of coffee to whole new level, launching its very own brand of specialty coffee with a cause, Restoration Roasters. Read more…

 
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Do two weird stripping incidents mean bath salts have arrived in Santa Ana?

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A woman stripped off her clothes inside a Santa Ana market yesterday and died shortly after she was subdued by store employees, according to the Fountain Valley Patch.

Shortly before 9 a.m., a woman in her 40s began yelling and screaming in the liquor section of the El Toro Market in the 1300 block of West First Street, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said, according to the O.C. Register.

Two store employees, a security guard and the store’s manager subdued her and called authorities, but the woman died while paramedics and police were en route to the scene. Read more…

 
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The SAPD needs help tracking down a man who robbed a Food 4 Less on S. Bristol

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Santa Ana Police Department

Advisory: SAPD Robbery Detectives Request Media and Public Assistance In Identifying Robbery Suspect

SYNOPSIS: On 09/18/14 at about 0957 hours, the above depicted suspect entered the Food 4 Less grocery store. After entering the store, the suspect used a handicap motorized scooter to ride around the store. The suspect dismounted the scooter, approached the store manager from behind and placed him in a headlock. The suspect forced the manager to the front office. Inside of the office, the suspect ordered the manager and bookkeeper to fill his backpack with cash. The manager and bookkeeper complied. The suspect also ordered the manager to handover his vehicle keys. The manager complied and gave the suspect his vehicle keys. The suspect then grabbed the manager by the arm and walked him to his vehicle.

After reaching the manager’s vehicle, the manager fled as the suspect entered the vehicle. As of 09/24/14, the manager’s vehicle is still outstanding. Read more…

 
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Man who is alleged to have knifed his wife and shot her with a pellet gun is arrested

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Juan Carlos Guadarrama

Santa Ana Police Department

Advisory: SAPD Homicide Detectives locate suspect wanted in Attempt Murder Case

Arrested: Juan Carlos Guadarrama (42) Santa Ana

Details: On 09/20/14, Juan Carlos Guadarrama arranged to meet his estranged wife at a location in the 1200 block of East Dyer Road in Santa Ana. During their encounter the suspect assaulted his estranged wife with a knife, stabbing her multiple times; the suspect also shot the victim with a pellet gun, causing great bodily injury. The victim was transported to a local trauma center in critical condition. Read more…

 
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Why were wealthy residents allowed to encroach on public land by the Santiago Creek?

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Santiago Creek Bike Trail Encroachment

I met with a Santiago Creek bike trail enthusiast the other day and she had some disturbing news for me.  When the City of Santa Ana recently plotted the land adjacent to the Santiago Creek’s unfinished bike trail they found out that a number of wealthy home owners had slowly encroached onto public property and no one at City Hall stopped them!

The property owners who have built onto public land include:

  • Barbara Russell, 410 W. Park Lane
  • Marsha Vandermolen, 414 W. Park Lane
  • Fernando Ospina, 502 W. Park Lane
  • Dale I. Cole, 506 W. Park Lane
  • Eugene Charles Andres III, 2467 N. Riverside Drive

These residents all live north of the creek except for Andres III. Read more…

 
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Have Council Members Martinez and Reyna really left their pasts behind?

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Roman Reyna and Michele Martinez

Roman Reyna and Michele Martinez may tell you that they have left their criminal pasts and gang lives behind but we don’t think this is true. Don’t be fooled for even a second by the self-proclaimed “reformed” drug dealer and tough guy.

Reyna allegedly verbally threatened Martinez’ top opponent, Mirna Velasquez, warning her that something may physically happen to her if she ran for the City Council against Martinez. Luckily, that did not deter Velasquez from running; she filed her papers in spite of these threats. Reyna even tried to talk Velasquez into moving and running against Mayor Pro Tem Sal Tinjero, telling her that he is the weakest link on the city council and that she could easily beat him. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana to start process of granting CDBG funds to non-profits on 10/6

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City of Santa Ana, Downtown Orange County

Community Alert: SANTA ANA TO START APPLICATION PROCESS FOR $340,000 AVAILABLE CDBG FUNDS ON OCT. 6 FOR EXPERIENCED NON-PROFITS

The City of Santa Ana will make available an estimated $340,000 of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to experienced nonprofit organizations for the provision of public services for fiscal year 2015-16 (July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016). The minimum funding amount per grant will be $30,000. The expected grant awards will range from $30,000 to $75,000. Funding will be provided through reimbursements for eligible CDBG expenses. Read more…

 
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Why isn’t Mayor Pro Tem Tinajero running much of a reelection campaign?

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Mayor Pro Tem Sal Tinajero

Santa Ana’s Mayor Pro Tem, Sal Tinajero, is up for reelection in Ward 6, in this November’s General Election, but you would hardly know that as he still doesn’t have a campaign website.  Tinajero has a personal Facebook page but hasn’t even bothered to launch a Campaign Facebook page.

What is up with Tinajero?  I know he is a busy guy but the message he is sending to the voters is that he isn’t interested in their vote.

This is the wrong year for Tinajero to take a vacation during campaign season as he has a challenger who is working hard and who is known in the community, in the form of Miguel “Mike” Gonzalez. Read more…

 
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Tustin Tiller Days set for Oct. 3 through 5

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Tustin Tiller Days

The 57th Annual Tustin Tiller Days will be held on: October 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 2014.  The hours the festival will be open are:

  • Friday, October 3rd: 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday, October 4th: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday, October 5th: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Note: Carnival will remain open until 10:00 PM on Sunday.
  • Parade: Saturday @ 10:00 AM.  The parade will start at the corner of Main and Pacific and end at Prospect and Beneta at the Festival Grounds.

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Garden Grove’s Broadwater and Beard endorse Solorio for the 34th State Senate District

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 22, 2014

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Maria Unzueta (657) 464-4742 (Cell)

GARDEN GROVE MAYOR BRUCE BROADWATER ENDORSES JOSE SOLORIO FOR STATE SENATE

Mayor Joins Garden Grove Councilman Kris Beard In Supporting Solorio’s Candidacy For 34th State Senate District

GARDEN GROVE – State Senate Candidate Jose Solorio announced today that Garden Grove Mayor Bruce Broadwater and Councilman Kris Beard have endorsed his campaign for Senate.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jose Solorio on a wide variety of important policy issues over the last 15 years,” said Garden Grove Mayor Bruce Broadwater.” I have found him to be an independent minded, commonsense and pragmatic leader who isn’t afraid to buck the political establishment and do the right thing. I enthusiastically support him for State Senate.” Read more…

 
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Estranged husband stabbed his wife and shot her with a pellet gun

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Santa Ana Crime Scene

Santa Ana police officers were called to the 1200 block of East Dyer Road about 9 p.m. Saturday after reports of a woman screaming and a man running from a parking lot, Santa Ana police Cmdr. Jason Viramontes said, according to the O.C. Register.

The police reported that the woman was stabbed multiple times and was also apparently shot with a pellet gun.  They found a knife and a pellet gun at the scene.   Read more…

 
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