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Santa Ana Cinco de Mayo Festival set for May 1 through 3

May 1, 2015
5:00 pmto11:00 pm
May 3, 2015
12:00 pmto10:00 pm
May 28, 2015
12:00 pmto10:00 pm

2015 Santa Ana Cinco de Mayo

City of Santa Ana

Community: Cinco de Mayo Festival/Festival del Cinco de Mayo

The 16th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival opens Friday, May 1st with the carnival rides and continues thru Sunday, May 3rd on Fourth Street in our historic Downtown Santa Ana. This year’s Festival will feature “La Reyna del Pueblo” Graciela Beltran, Latin Grammy winner Conjunto Primavera, La Banda Movida, along with many other live performances on the main stage.

In addition, the street fair includes great food and vendors, games, arts, crafts, and much more! The event is free and open to the public. Read more…

 
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Erica Alonso’s body has been found in the Cleveland National Forest


Erica Alonso pic

NEWS, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts: Lt. Jeff Hallock, 714.904.7042, JHallock@ocsd.org; Emily Osterberg, 714.647.1840, EOsterberg@ocsd.org

Body Discovered Off Ortega Highway Identified as Missing Woman

CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. – (April 28, 2015) – The body discovered in a remote area off Ortega Highway in the Cleveland National Forest has been preliminarily identified as Erica Alonso, 28, Laguna Hills; however, confirmation is pending fingerprint and/or dental record comparison. Alonso was a reported missing person since February 15, 2015.

On Monday, April 27, 2015 at approximately 10 p.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Department was notified after a group of biologist working for Cal-Trans, discovered a decomposed body in a rugged area off Ortega Highway, approximately 12 miles east of Interstate 5. A crime scene was established overnight until homicide and coroner investigators could assemble and begin conducting an investigation. Read more…

 
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Avoid Harbor Blvd. and Adams Ave. for the next 2 hours due to a traffic collision


Santa Ana traffic alert

Costa Mesa Police Department

Advisory: AVOID Harbor Blvd. and Adams Ave. for the next 2 hours due to traffic collision

Costa Mesa Police Department advises you to AVOID Harbor Blvd. and Adams Ave. due to a major injury traffic collision.

A traffic collision near Harbor Blvd. and Village Way has closed northbound Harbor Blvd. at Adams Ave. and will require a detour of traffic for the next 2 hours. Read more…

 
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19-year-old man from Menifee to be charged with killing Javier Rodriguez Preciado

Published on April 28, 2015 by in Crime, Santa Ana

Miguel Angel Guerrero

Miguel Angel Guerrero

Santa Ana Police Department

Advisory: MAN TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR STABBING-MURDER IN FRIEND’S SANTA ANA HOME
MAN TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR STABBING-MURDER IN FRIEND’S SANTA ANA HOME

SANTA ANA – A man is scheduled to be arraigned today for stabbing and murdering a friend in the victim’s Santa Ana home. Miguel Angel Guerrero, 19, Menifee, is charged with one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a knife. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in state prison. The People will request he be held on $1 million bail at his arraignment scheduled today in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.

At the time of the crime, Guerrero was friends with 54-year-old Javier Rodriguez Preciado. Read more…

 
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Suspected car thief barricaded himself in a home near Madison Park for six hours


Santa Ana Crime Scene

The SAPD SWAT team took action when a suspected car thief locked himself up in a home near the 1800 block of South Cedar Street, in Santa Ana, today at noon, according to the O.C. Register.

The suspect stayed in the home, which is located just south of Madison Park, until 6 pm when a K-9 police dog was sent into the home.  The suspect was then arrested. Read more…

 
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Orange County Marathon road closures coming on May 3


OC Marathon and Half Marathon

Costa Mesa Police Department

Advisory: Orange County Marathon Road Closures in Costa Mesa

This Sunday, May 3, 2015, is the Orange County Marathon. This year’s race will end at the Orange County Fair and Event Center. There will be several road closures in effect on Sunday throughout Costa Mesa.

Some of the major street closures include: Read more…

 
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Three businessmen charged with ripping off their workers on public works projects


OCDA Seal

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # 15CF0737

Date: April 27, 2015

THREE BUSINESSMEN CHARGED FOR TAKING WORKERS’ WAGES ON PUBLIC WORKS PROJECT

SANTA ANA – Three businessmen have been charged for defrauding employees by taking their wages on a public works project. Saeed Kenari, 54, Tujunga, is charged with four felony counts of conspiring to take a portion of workers’ wages on a public works project, 34 felony counts of taking workers’ wages on a public works project, 20 felony counts of failure to pay taxes, four felony counts of conspiracy to commit a crime, and 10 felony counts of conspiring to file a false or forged document with a sentencing enhancement allegation for property loss over $200,000. If convicted, Kenari faces a maximum sentence of 56 years and three months in state prison. Kenari is being held on $340,000 bail and was arraigned today. He is scheduled for pre-trial on May 15, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Co-defendant Rina Arakelian, 62, Glendale, is charged with four felony counts of conspiring to take a portion of workers’ wages on a public works project, 34 felony counts of taking workers’ wages on a public works project, four felony counts of conspiracy to commit a crime, and 10 felony counts of conspiring to file a false or forged document with a sentencing enhancement allegation for property loss over $200,000. If convicted, Arakelian faces a maximum sentence of 27 years in state prison. Arakelian is being held on $340,000 bail and is scheduled for continued arraignment on May 15, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center. Read more…

 
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Free SAUSD student art exhibit at the Bowers Museum on April 30

April 30, 2015
5:00 pmto7:00 pm

Artspiration

News Release

Celebrating the Art of Students in Santa Ana

April 27, 2015 – The Santa Ana Public Schools Foundation (SAPSF) in partnership with the Santa Ana Unified School District is celebrating the success and creativity of the arts during the 3rd Annual Artspiration, an event benefiting the Santa Ana Unified School District Arts and Music Programs, to be held Thursday, April 30, 2015, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the beautiful Bowers Museum, located at 2002 N. Main Street, in Santa Ana.

“Artspiration offers an opportunity to showcase our great student artists and their art. Student art on display at the Bowers Museum allows our students, parents and teachers to celebrate the arts,” said Rob Richardson, President of SAPSF. Guests will have an opportunity to purchase exceptional prints of the award winning artwork by Santa Ana Unified School District’s budding, talented student artists. Guests will be entertained with musical selections by student groups and have an opportunity to meet some of the artists. There will be a limited number of autographed prints from the Best in Show Winner Adrian Romero. Read more…

 
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Another bloody Sunday in Santa Ana as a man is found slain by El Salvador Park


Santa Ana Crime Scene

It was another bloody Sunday in Santa Ana today as SAPD officers found a dead middle-aged man, who is thought to have been murdered, just before 2 p.m. in a home in Santa Ana, at the 600 block of North Daisy Avenue, according to the O.C. Register.

The incident happened just south of El Salvador Park, in the Artesia-Pilar Neighborhood Association, in Santa Ana’s Ward 5, which is represented on the City Council by Councilman Roman Reyna.  The SAPD headquarters is less than a mile away from where the dead man was found. Read more…

 
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2015 O.C. May Day March set for May 1 at Sasscer Park in Santa Ana

May 1, 2015
2:00 pmto5:00 pm

Santa Ana 2015 May Day March

The annual 2015 Santa Ana May Day march will take place on May 1, 2015, from 2 to 5 pm, at Sasscer Park, which is named after former SAPD police officer Nelson K. Sasscer, who was ambushed, shot and killed by a member of the Black Panthers way back in 1969.

Sasscer Park is located at Ross and 5th St., in Santa Ana.

The event is organized by the OC Mayday Coalition. Read more…

 
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What the politicians had to say at the 2015 O.C. Victims’ Rights March & Rally


2015 OC Victim's Rights March and Rally

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Remarks for Orange County Victims’ Rights March & Rally

April 24, 2015

Tony Rackauckas: 

Good Morning!

Every year we’ve had this event it’s been too hot. This year I prayed for cooler weather… I must have prayed just a little too hard.

Come rain or shine:

Remembering those we have lost, honoring those who have survived, and celebrating the tenacity and strength of the people who carry on the fight for justice – Welcome to the 7th Annual Orange County Victims’ Rights March & Rally. Read more…

 
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Family of missing woman offers $5K reward


Erica Alonso pic

NEWS, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts: Lt. Jeff Hallock, 714.904.7042, JHallock@ocsd.org; Emily Osterberg, 714.647.1840, EOsterberg@ocsd.org

Family of Missing Woman Offers $5K Reward

SANTA ANA, Calif. – (April 22, 2015) – The family of Erica Alonso, missing since February 15, 2015, has offered a $5K reward for information leading to her whereabouts. Alonso went missing early on the morning of Sunday, February 15, 2015, after leaving her boyfriend’s house in the city of Irvine. She is believed to have driven away in her 2014 Honda Civic, which has since been located in the city of Aliso Viejo, approximately one mile from her residence.

Alonso’s family has remained hopeful and active in support of investigators’ efforts to distribute information about the missing person case. Over the course of the last several weeks the family has raised funds to be able to offer a reward. After raising approximately $3K, an Orange County Sheriff’s Department reserve deputy donated the final $2K in order to reach the $5K goal. Read more…

 
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Bicyclists are invited to participate in the OCTA’s Bike Month events


OCTA 2015 Bike Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 22, 2015

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

Get Rolling for Bike Month

Bicyclists are invited to participate in OCTA’s Bike Month events

ORANGE – Bicyclists of all ages can improve their health, help the environment and cut the cost of driving by celebrating Bike Month with the Orange County Transportation Authority.

Bike Month was established nearly 60 years ago to showcase the benefits of bicycling and to encourage more people to try it. Those who pledge to participate in Bike Month in May at www.OCBikeMonth.com will be entered for a chance to win a free bike. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana healthy eating event set for April 29 in DTSA

April 29, 2015
5:00 pmto6:30 pm

Santa Ana Family Healthy Eating Event

Career College of California (CCC) is hosting a Family Healthy Eating Event in Santa Ana on Wednesday, April 29th, 2015, from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM.

Learn how to eat right, cook healthy, and get your whole family in shape! Read more…

 
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O.C. Clerk Recorder special Saturday hours planned for this Saturday


Old OC Courthouse

Clerk Recorder Special Saturday Hours Planned for April 25th

By OC Supervisor Lisa Bartlett

Plan now to take advantage of special Saturday hours available at the Orange County Clerk Recorder Department on Saturday, April 25th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana and the department’s branch offices in Fullerton and Laguna Hills. Appointments are filling fast.

The Old County Courthouse will be offering marriage licenses, civil wedding ceremonies and passport application services only. Copies of property records and birth, death and marriage certificates will be available at the Laguna Hills and Fullerton branch offices, as well as obtaining marriage licenses and civil wedding ceremonies. Please note that the department’s South County branch office in Laguna Hills is now offering passport services. Free parking will be available at all three locations. Read more…

 
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