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Rep. Sanchez to host a town hall meeting with the U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam on 7/12

July 12, 2015
1:30 pmto3:30 pm

Loretta Sanchez at the Tet Parade

Reps. Loretta Sanchez and Alan Lowenthal

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 10, 2015

MEDIA CONTACT: Emily Morris, Emily.Morris@mail.house.gov, 202-225-2965

REP. LORETTA SANCHEZ TO CO-HOST COMMUNITY TOWN HALL IN WESTMINSTER WITH U.S. AMBASSADOR TO VIETNAM

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Vietnam, will co-host a community town hall, featuring United States Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius, this Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. PST. The town hall will focus on Vietnam’s deteriorating human rights record and development of democracy as well as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations. Read more…

 
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OC Clerk-Recorder celebrates 2nd year of award-winning special Saturday hours

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Hugh Nguyen presiding over marriages at the Old OC Courthouse

For Immediate Release: July 09, 2015

Contact: David Cabrera, (714) 834-2083, david.cabrera@rec.ocgov.com

Clerk-Recorder Celebrates Second Year of Award Winning Special Saturday Hours to the Public

This past June 27 represented the end of the second year in which Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen has opened his offices to the public one Saturday per month. The pilot program was implemented shortly after Hugh Nguyen became the Clerk-Recorder back in April 2013. The Saturday openings have turned out to be very popular with wedding parties and other customers.

Since implementing the special Saturday openings, the department has issued 3,633 marriage licenses, performed 2,299 marriage ceremonies, and issued 1,320 vital records. The department has also accepted 438 passports applications. In addition, more than 29,582 customers and guests visited the offices to obtain services or to witness their family members or friends tie the knot at the department’s marriage facilities. Read more…

 
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Growing Up Weston documentary to screen at the Bowers on July 18

July 18, 2015
1:30 pmto3:00 pm
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Growing up Weston

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 9, 2015

MEDIA CONTACT: Victor Payan, Latino Audience Engagement Specialist, Vpayan@bowers.org, 714.567.3645

“Growing Up Weston” Documentary Screens at Bowers July 18

Film provides rare glimpse into famed photographer Edward Weston’s Studio and Family Life

Santa Ana, CA (July 9, 2015)— Join award-winning writer/director Isaac Artenstein for a documentary journey to famed photographer Edward Weston’s home studio on Wildcat Hill, in Northern California, as he screens his latest film, Growing Up Weston, at the Bowers Museum on Saturday, July 18 at 1:30pm.

Growing Up Weston delves into the intimate life and work of one of California’s most celebrated photographers, and is a perfect companion to the Bowers’ current Adams, Curtis and Weston: Photographers of the American West exhibit. Read more…

 
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Two men charged with pimping and pandering a teenager in Santa Ana

Published on July 9, 2015 by in Crime, OCDA, Santa Ana
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ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Date: July 7, 2015

Case # 15CF1469

TWO MEN CHARGED WITH TRAFFICKING, PIMPING, AND PANDERING TEENAGE WOMAN IN SANTA ANA

SANTA ANA – Two men have been charged with trafficking, pimping, and pandering a teenage woman in Santa Ana. Caine Alexander Herrera, 18, and Emari Litrell Johnson, 18, both of Fresno, are each charged with one felony count of human trafficking, one felony count of pimping, and one felony count of pandering. If convicted, they each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in state prison. Both defendants are being held on $250,000 and must prove the money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond. The defendants were both arraigned yesterday and are scheduled for pre-trial on July 14, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana. Read more…

 
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Watch Grease 2 at Fairhaven Memorial Park for free on July 18

July 18, 2015
8:15 pmto10:15 pm
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Grease 2 at Fairhaven Memorial Park

Gentleman, slick back your hair; ladies, dust of your poodles skirts; and head over to Fairhaven Memorial Park on Saturday, July 18 at 8:15 p.m. for a movies-in-the-park screening of “Grease 2.”

Bring a picnic, grab a blanket and enjoy this classic movie under the stars. The event arena will open at 7:30 p.m.

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Santa Ana sculpture honoring Japanese-American farmers to be unveiled on July 11

July 11, 2015
10:00 amto11:00 am

Santa Ana Japanese American Farmer Sculpture

City of Santa Ana, Downtown Orange County

Community Alert: PUBLIC ART SCULPTURE UNVEILING PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE JAPANESE-AMERICAN FARMING LEGACY AT THE NEW SANTA ANA BICYCLETRAILHEAD

A public art sculpture will be unveiled at the new Flower Street bike and walking trail. The sculpture marks the trail entry into the City of Santa Ana from the City of Costa Mesa trail on the northeast corner of Flower and Sunflower Streets. The new trail takes bikers, runners, and walkers one-mile north on Flower Street to Alton Street, which will connect to the Santa Ana River Trail system.

On Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 10 AM, a sculpture designed by artist Richard Turner will be unveiled at the trailhead. The sculpture will be unveiled and shown to the public for the first time. The art was chosen through a competitive art selection process managed for the City by Arts Orange County. Mr. Turner’s concept was commissioned by the City of Santa Ana because it creatively shows the contributions of the Japanese American farmers in the region and adds to the richness of our common diverse cultural heritage. Mr. Turner’s vision showcases a signature crop that was commonly grown in this area by Japanese-American farmers. The design also symbolizes the beauty and simple legacy style of Japanese gardens. Read more…

 
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Traffic accident shuts down Northbound Harbor Blvd. at Baker St.

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Costa Mesa Police Department

Advisory: *UPDATE* – Harbor Blvd. has now reopened. Northbound Harbor Boulevard Closed Due to Major Injury Traffic Collision

*UPDATE* – Harbor Blvd. has now reopened.

Northbound Harbor Blvd. is currently closed at Baker St. due to a major injury traffic collision. Southbound traffic on Harbor Blvd. is also impacted due to heavy traffic. Read more…

 
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Domestic argument results in hit and run crashes in Santa Ana and Costa Mesa

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Ricardo Navarro Tolento

A man and woman were in in a domestic argument in the South Coast Plaza parking lot at around 8:30 p.m. yesterday when the man got into a vehicle and drove northbound on Bristol Street, where he struck three vehicles near MacArthur Boulevard, said Sgt. Carol Salvatierra of the Santa Ana Police Department, according to the O.C. Register.

The suspect was later identified, by the SAPD, as 19-year-old Ricardo Navarro Tolento, of Santa Ana.

The suspect then drove south on Bristol Street and he hit more vehicles in Costa Mesa, according to Costa Mesa Police Lt. Ed Everett. Read more…

 
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L.A.’s famous Scoops ice cream to open a new shop in Santa Ana on July 10

July 10, 2015
1:00 pmto9:00 pm
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Scoops Brown Bread Ice Cream

Scoops, a popular Los Angeles-based ice cream shop, will have its grand opening in Santa Ana from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.,  on Friday, July 10, 2015, according to the O.C. Register.

Scoops’ hours will be from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. They’re located about four blocks from the East End, on the same block as St. Joe’s, at 605 E. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana, according to the OC Weekly.

Apparently the owners of Scoops, husband and wife team Peter and Valerie Ji, are opening their new location in Santa Ana because they feel the city is “up and coming.” Read more…

 
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The Santa Ana City Council approves a $476M budget for fiscal year 2015-2016


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Community Alert: SANTA ANA’S CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES FISCAL YEAR 2015 – 2016 BUDGET

Budget Adds Services and Begins Fiscal Year With a $10 Million Surplus

Santa Ana, CA – The City of Santa Ana City Council unanimously approved a structurally balanced 2015 -2016 fiscal year budget of $476,515,630 at last night’s City Council meeting. The approved budget includes a $225.8 million General Fund budget and a Capital Improvement Program budget of $68 million. “After years of prudent decision making and tough budget actions, I am pleased that the economy has rebounded and Santa Ana is now in a favorable position to move forward,” stated Mayor Miguel Pulido. The Fiscal Year 2015-2016 (FY 15-16) Budget reflects a $45 million reserve and kicks-off with a projected $10 million minimum surplus to fund critical projects and plans. Read more…

 
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Gas station at 17th and Broadway was robbed at gunpoint on the 4th of July

Published on July 8, 2015 by in Crime, Santa Ana

Santa Ana Police Department

Advisory: SAPD Robbery Detectives Request Media and Public’s Assistance in Identifying Robbery Suspect

Crime Type: Robbery
Location: 1702 North Broadway (World Oil)

Synopsis: On Saturday 7/4/15 at about 1:00 PM, the photographed suspect entered the business (World Oil). Suspect demanded money from the cash register while showing the clerk a handgun. The suspect removed U.S. currency from the cash register and fled the location on foot. Read more…

 
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Rep. Sanchez speaks out against President Obama hosting the leader of Vietnam


Loretta Sanchez doing business abroad

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

PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 8, 2015

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

REP. LORETTA SANCHEZ SPEAKS OUT AGAINST WHITE HOUSE HOSTING VIETNAM LEADER

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Vietnam, today released a statement criticizing the White House for hosting General Secretary of the Vietnamese Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong, who does not hold an official government position, despite Vietnam’s well documented human rights abuses that continue under his regime:

“I am disappointed that the administration has chosen to host Nguyen Phu Trong, the General Secretary of the Vietnamese Communist Party. There continue to be egregious and systemic human rights abuses in Vietnam, including religious and political persecutions. As an advocate for human rights in Vietnam I cannot ignore the dismal state of freedom of the press and freedom of speech.
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Kevin Jacobo identified as victim in fatal drive by shooting at the 2300 block of West Harvard

Published on July 7, 2015 by in Crime, Santa Ana

Kevin Jacobo

Santa Ana Police Department

UPDATE: Victim In 7-5-2015 Shooting Dies From His Injuries – Homicide Investigation

Victim: Kevin Jacobo (20) Santa Ana

On 7-6-2014 shortly after 9:00 am victim Kevin Jacobo died from injuries. This is now a homicide investigation. Detectives ask that anyone with information about this case please call SAPD Homicide detectives at (714) 245-8390 or Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS. Read more…

 
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Learn about O.C.’s past, from dinosaurs to Natives, on 7/19 at the Heritage Museum

July 19, 2015
11:00 amto4:00 pm

From Dinosaurs to People, Reliving Orange County’s Past

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From Dinosaurs to People: Reliving Orange County’s Past

The Heritage Museum of Orange County in partnership with Dr. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center will host a free event – From Dinosaurs to People: Reliving Orange County’s Past on Sunday, July 19, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Heritage Museum of Orange County in Santa Ana, CA. Dinosaurs to People will present Orange County’s rich heritage of cultural history, natural history, prehistoric animals and plants, natural habitat, and local Native American history to the community.

Dinosaurs to People will be fun for both young and old, with a number of activities including archaeological and paleontological demonstrations and exhibits, a Junior Scientist Camp featuring educational crafts and hands-on activities. Members of the Gabrielino/Tongva tribe and the Juaneno/Acjachemen tribe will be present to share their culture with visitors. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana based company announces the launch of their sweat-reducing dress shirts

Published on July 6, 2015 by in Business, Santa Ana
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Kuul Threads

Your Dress Shirts Just Got Reinvented

30+% less perspiration when wearing the Kuul Thread Shirt, compared to a regular dress shirt

Santa Ana, CA – Kuul Thread, a Santa Ana, CA company announces the launch of its line of performance dress shirts. These dress shirts are not your typical dress shirts. Made from high performance fabric, their performance dress shirts are a sophisticated addition to the business wardrobe. They are utilizing fabric that absorbs, stores and releases heat for optimal thermal comfort. This technology gives the ability to continually regulate skin’s micro climate. As the skin gets hot, the heat is absorbed, and as it cools, that heat is released. Their dress shirts will proactively manage heat while controlling the production of moisture (sweat) before it begins. Details include semi-spread collar, mother of pearl buttons and standard cuffs. Read more…

 
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