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Reception for OC Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen set for 9/4

September 4, 2014
5:30 pmto7:30 pm
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Hugh Nguyen, Orange County Clerk-Recorder

Hugh Nguyen, the Orange County Clerk Recorder, is hosting a private reception on September 4th, 2014, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

The event is sponsored by First American Financial Corporation and will be held at their offices, located at 1 First American Way, in Santa Ana.  Reception Location- Main Conference Room.

Please come and hear the innovative changes underway and Hugh’s plans for the future of the Orange County Clerk- Recorders Offices. Read more…

 
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SAPD looking for DTSA hit and run vehicle

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Santa Ana Hit and Run Accident

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Advisory: Investigation looking for information on hit and run vehicle

On 9/01/2014, officers responded to the scene of a traffic collision involving a sport utility vehicle and a passenger car at the intersection of North Broadway and West Santa Ana Boulevard.

At about 1852 hours, a 2000 Nissan Xterra driven by the registered owner was traveling north on Broadway with his wife riding as passenger. As the Nissan drove through the intersection at Santa Ana Boulevard, it was struck by a passenger car traveling west on Santa Ana Boulevard. Read more…

 
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Tokyo Bento now open at the CityPlace in north Santa Ana

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Tokyo Bento has arrived in Santa Ana.  They offer Japanese lunch boxes at affordable prices and are located at the CityPlace, at 2775 Main St., in Santa Ana.  You can like them on Facebook here.

Tokyo Bento is a fast casual restaurant chain, serving core Japanese flavors with unique dipping sauces featuring global influences. A Yelper described them as ” It’s basically Flame Broiler set up with the Chipotle assembly model.”  Another Yelper had a worse comparison –  “Yoshinoya meets Chipotle. Yoshinoya for the Americanized Japanese food, Chipotle.” Read more…

 
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2014 General Election voter guide for Santa Ana voters

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This voter guide addresses the Orange County local and legislative races as well as the State and Local ballot measures.

General Election, November, 2014:

Local Elections

Santa Ana City Council

Mayor:

Endorsed Candidate: Mayor Miguel Pulido

Other Candidates: Roman Reyna, Mark I. Lopez

Note: Even Reyna’s friends and allies admit that he is not a capable candidate for Mayor of Santa Ana.  This will be Pulido’s final term and in the next two years we need to recruit better candidates than the likes of Reyna, who has only served two years on the Santa Ana City Council. Read more…

 
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Ward 2 candidate Mirna Velasquez earns OC Labor Fed’s co-endorsement

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Mirna Velasquez

The Orange County Labor Federation’s granted their COPE (Committee on Political Education) General Election endorsements to the three incumbents running for the Santa Ana City Council – Michele Martinez (Ward 2), David Benavides (Ward 4) and Sal Tinajero (Ward 6) but they also endorsed Ward 2 challenger Mirna Velasquez.

All of these incumbent candidates are Democrats and OC Labor tends to stick to the blue party.  But Velasquez, the last time I heard, is a Decline to State voter.  That she received a co-endorsement is pretty astounding and a good sign that she is indeed an electable City Council candidate.

Mirna’s bio: Read more…

 
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Santa Ana’s poor schools result in low family friendly big city rating

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Family friendly CA cities

Santa Ana did not fare very well in a new study of the most family friendly big cities in California by the Estately Blog.

The report mentioned a few upsides: 5th lowest crime, 7th shortest commute, 9th most affordable housing market, 4th biggest children’s population.

But the downsides are significant: 5th lowest number of preschools, 4th lowest number of daycares, 5th highest cost of living.  And check out the low GreatSchools Score: 5 out of 10.

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Lunch with SAUSD School Board candidate Andrews set for 9/21

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Lunch with Shuntele Andrews

Supporters of SAUSD School Board candidate Shuntele Andrews are hosting a “Lunch with Ms. Andrews” on Sunday, Sep. 21, 2014, from 12 noon to 2 pm, at 3617 W. Woodland Place, in Santa Ana.

The event will be hosted by Estella Ruiz Matthews at the home of Joe and Isabel Ruiz, and will feature homemade Mexican food. Read more…

 
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La Raza to Gaza event set for Sep. 6 at El Centro Cultural de Mexico

September 6, 2014
4:00 pmto8:00 pm
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Colectivo Tonantzin will hosting a screening of the film “Roadmap to Apartheid” on Saturday, Sep. 6, 2014, from 4 to 8 pm.

There will be:

  • Messages from Palestinian Organizations
  • A post movie discussion
  • Food and Drinks
  • Palestinian products for purchase
  • Education material

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2014 Konsept Arts and Music Festival set for Sep. 6-7 in DTSA

September 6, 2014 2:00 pmtoSeptember 7, 2014 2:00 am
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Konsept Arts and Music Festival 2014

The Konsept Arts and Music Festival is coming to Downtown Santa Ana (DTSA) on Sep. 6 – 7, 2014, from 2 pm to 2 am.  Here are details from the event promoter:

Art, Music, Fashion, Photography, Culture all colliding for another day in the Historic Downtown Santa Ana, The last few years we’ve been putting together shows in this wonderful city to help push the arts. This year Konsept decided to do it even bigger, thanks to our sponsors we were able to put together 12 hours and 6 stages worth of music for you guys.

The team decided to do something different to give back to our community, so we teamed up with Locally Grown Collective to help a non profit by the name of Waste Not OC, an organization that works with low income families and homeless people start a new culinary program for troubled teens on probation. So with that said we’ve decided to donate all of the profits to this organization. Read more…

 
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Missing mountain biker found after 12 hour search in the Cleveland Natl. Forest

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Missing Mountain Biker found after 12 hour overnight search

NEWS, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Missing Mountain Biker Located After 12-Hour Overnight Search in Cleveland National Forest

CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. – (August 31, 2014) – On Sunday, August 31, 2014, Search & Rescue personnel from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Reserve Bureau located a missing mountain biker who was lost in the Cleveland National Forest off Ortega Highway, approximately ten (10) miles east of the San Juan Capistrano city limits. The missing mountain biker, a 49 year old male from Burbank, was located at 8:00 a.m. this morning after an overnight search by Search & Rescue personnel and Sheriff’s Department air support. The mountain biker was located uninjured with minor scrapes and cuts.

On Saturday, August 30, 2014 at approximately 12:00 p.m., the missing mountain biker became separated from his riding partner as they rode San Juan Trail from the Blue Jay Campground to the Ortega Fire Station. After searching for several hours, the missing mountain biker’s partner contacted the Sheriff’s Department and a search was immediately initiated. Approximately 10-15 Sheriff’s Department Search & Rescue personnel searched on foot throughout the night with support from Sheriff’s Air Support. Read more…

 
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DTSA can’t compete with the MainPlace Mall

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Santa Ana is a city of families – with more people under the age of 18 than any other city in Orange County.  The transition in Downtown Santa Ana to a hipster paradise of bars, high-end restaurants and nightclubs has predictably chased families out of the heart of the city.  Where have they gone?  To the Westfield MainPlace Mall.

You see the majority of Santa Ana’s residents don’t want to pay $20 for raw hamburgers at the Playground.  They don’t want to drink until 2 am.  They don’t have an interest in the arts.  They are just trying to raise their kids, get them educated and live a good life.  What DTSA has turned into has no appeal to most of us – although it does attract the insecure folks who want to feel like they are hip. Read more…

 
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Free Caribbean Family Festival at the Bowers Museum on Sep. 7

September 7, 2014
11:00 amto4:00 pm
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Caribbean Family Festival at the Bowers Museum

The Bowers Museum is hosting a free Caribbean Family Festival on Sunday, September 7, 2014, from 11 am – 4 pm, at the Margaret and Cleo Key Courtyard.  This event is sponsored by The Nicholas Endowment.

This event will include:

  • Face painting, Jelly Fish and Wood Fan art projects
  • Free frozen tropical fruit bars

The Caribbean Jems will wow the audience with their vibrant costumes and unique high energy dances. They will perform to popular Caribbean music played by Upstream. Read more…

 
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Back to school safety tips from the SAUSD School Police

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Santa Ana School Police

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 29, 2014

Contact: Sergeant Manuel Chavez, 714-558-5535; Deidra Powell, Chief Communications Officer , 714-673-4995

Back to School Safety Tips

School Begins September 2, 2014 in Santa Ana

The Santa Ana School Police Department would like to remind everyone that as summer draws to a close, back-to-school season is in full effect. It is important for parents to stay up-to-date on the proper safety precautions and share this information with their children to keep them safe throughout the school year.

Safety should be a priority for every family as 56,000 Santa Ana Unified School District students return to classrooms this fall. Whether children walk, ride their bicycle or take the bus to school, it is extremely important that they take proper safety precautions. Here are some tips to make sure your child safely travels to school.  Read more…

 
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Two men charged with murder of victim at a local bakery

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Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release: August 29, 2014

Case# 10CF3188

TWO MEN TO FACE TRIAL FOR SHOOTING-MURDER OF VICTIM IN BAKERY WHILE VICTIM WAS PREPARING COFFEE

SANTA ANA – Two men are scheduled to face trial Tuesday for the shooting-murder of a victim in a Santa Ana bakery while the victim was preparing a cup of coffee. Israel Pena Lopez, 38, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count each of murder, possession of a firearm by a felon, and sentencing enhancements for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death. If convicted, Lopez faces a maximum sentence of 75 years to life in state prison.

Co-defendant Frankie Esteban Giraldo, 32, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count of murder. If convicted, Giraldo faces a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in state prison. Opening statements are expected to begin Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. in Department C-30, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana. Read more…

 
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SAPD detectives need your help to find an armed robber

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Santa Ana Police Department

Advisory: SAPD Robbery Detectives request media and Public assistance identifying suspect in armed robbery

Location: Auto Zone, 810 S. Harbor Boulevard

Suspect: Male, Hispanic, 28-38 yrs. old, 5’6”-5’8” tall, 150-170 lbs., black mustache, tattoos on arms and legs; wearing black baseball hat with white logo, sunglasses, white/brown checkered shirt, black sleeve on left arm, beige shorts, white sneakers; and carrying small dark blue-colored bag

Suspect Vehicle: Silver 2002-2007 Mitsubishi SUV 4-door

Weapon: Black semi-automatic handgun Read more…

 
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