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Morale at the understaffed Santa Ana Police Department at an all time low


SAPD Police Chief Carlos Rojas

SAPD Police Chief Carlos Rojas

There has been a drop in police officers on the streets in Santa Ana since the last city budget was adopted. Reports from the department are that there are only a handful officers on the street at any given time. If you go to the page 2-78 of the budget, and look under field operations, which are the patrol officers, they have dropped thirty police officer positions – this is the most important division in the department!

On page 2-78 of the adopted budget you can see that there are thirty less officers in patrol now. There were 231 total officers in all ranks the previous and only 198 this year. If you look on page 2-62 you can see the number of authorized officers last year and the number under the new budget.

In 1985, almost 30 years ago, there were 385 authorized police officers (all ranks Chief on down).  Today there are only 316 police officers (add the total of officers, sergeants, lieutenants, captains and the chief) accounted for in the general fund. The population was about 100,000 people less back then.  It has grown tremendously since 1985. Read more…

 
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Simon Kidgits Club bounce house event set for 7/19 at the Westminster Mall


Simon Kidgits Club

BOUNCE INTO FUN AT WITH THE KIDGITS CLUB AT WESTMINSTER MALL

Event to feature bounce house, crafts and giveaways

WESTMINSTER, Calif., July 14, 2014 – Get ready to jump up and down in excitement! Westminster Mall is hosting a Simon Kidgits Club bounce house event on Saturday, July 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Target Court to celebrate its members with a bounce house and crafts.

The bounce house party offers fun for the whole family. The first 75 members in attendance will receive a special prize.

The Simon Kidgits Club is a fun and informative program that focuses on health, wellness, education, safety and entertainment for children ages 3 to 8. Since 2003, the Simon Kidgits Club has kept children and parents alike amused with various events and activities while providing incentives for club members, such as special offers, rewards and games. Simon Kidgits Club programs have engaged more than 1.8 million parents and kids since its inception. Read more…

 
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Entertainment schedule for the 2014 OC Fair’s first full week, from July 16-20


2014 OC Fair

2014 OC Fair First Full Week Features Performances by Karmin, Monster X Tour and Bad Religion Plus Free Activities and Family Fun July 16-20

Plus the OC Fair will salute Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente on select days July 16-18 with a community flag salute and discounts.

Costa Mesa, Calif. (July 14, 2014) – The 2014 OC Fair (July 11-August 10) continues onto its first full week of summer fun featuring world-class entertainment, deep-fried munchies, Texas-sized donuts, daily exhibits and thrilling rides and games. The Fair is closed Monday and Tuesday.

Here is a quick look of the events going on this week (July 16-20) at the 2014 OC Fair: Read more…

 
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Upgrades headed to Orange County’s busiest bus stops


2014 Project W Recommendations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 14, 2014

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

Upgrades Headed to Busiest Bus Stops in Orange County
OCTA Board approves funding to improve passenger experience and provide real-time bus scheduling information

ORANGE – More than $1.2 million is headed to upgrades at 51 of the busiest bus stops in the county, after the Orange County Transportation Authority voted Monday to award funding through Measure M.

The upgrades are part of the Measure M Safe Transit Stops program. The program provides funding for passenger amenities at the 100 busiest bus stops in Orange County, which is determined by average daily weekday passenger boardings. Read more…

 
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Mayor and City Council to honor Mike Harrah at Tuesday’s Council meeting


Mike Harrah

Mike Harrah

City of Santa Ana

Community: The Mayor and City Council will honor Mike Harrah, an exemplary citizen, at Tuesday’s City Council meeting

SANTA ANA, CA (June 16, 2014) – The Mayor and City Council will recognize Mike Harrah for being an exemplary citizen and pioneer in the City of Santa Ana.

Mike Harrah is a developer, restaurateur, entertainer, historical preservationist and visionary who strives to “look beyond the ordinary and transform the impossible into reality”.

Since 1989, Mike has been the president of Caribou Industries, a company that has restored and operated more than 4 million square feet of commercial office space and historical homes in Santa Ana. Read more…

 
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How much does the Santa Ana City Council really earn?


Santa Ana Council Pay

The Santa Ana City Clerk has re-posted the Council Members’ total compensation and benefits today however a key piece of the puzzle is missing.  The Santa Ana Open Government website does not include how much the City Council Members are paid to serve on various County Commissions.

I emailed the City Clerk, Maria Huizar, about this discrepancy and she pointed me to a different page – the Mayor and City Council page, where this information is found when you click on “Form 806.”  Who in the public would know what the heck that is?  The good news is that Huizar said she will look into my recommendation to put this information with the Council’s pay, on the Open Government page.  We need to make it easier, not harder, for the voters to find out how much the City Council members really are earning.

As we posted this weekend, the Santa Ana Council Members are going to try to place a measure on the November General Election ballot that will result in a huge increase in their pay.  But shouldn’t the City of Santa Ana be more transparent about how much the Council Members really earn when you factor in the pay and benefits that stem from their service on various County Boards?

Here is what the Council Members make by serving on various Boards: Read more…

 
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Correa to host an Autism awareness Town Hall meeting on 7/17

July 17, 2014
5:30 pmto7:30 pm

Correa Autism Town Hall

Senator Lou Correa to Discuss Services on Autism

(Santa Ana, CA) –Senator Lou Correa in collaboration with The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders and the Regional Center of Orange County invite you to attend an Autism Town Hall on July 17th at the Westminster Civic Center. This Town Hall will include topics around identifying autism and where to get support as a parent, including a public forum in an effort to provides services to parents of/and people with Autism and related disorders.

Further detail about this event below:

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Santa Ana man who teaches in Newport Beach convicted of hoarding snakes


William Frederick Buchman

William Frederick Buchman

Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release: July 10, 2014

Case # 14CF0670

SCHOOL TEACHER SENTENCED FOR ANIMAL ABUSE AFTER HOARDING AND IMPROPERLY HOUSING OVER 400 SNAKES

SANTA ANA – A Newport Beach elementary school teacher was convicted and sentenced today for animal abuse after hoarding and improperly housing over 400 snakes. William Frederick Buchman, 53, Santa Ana, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of animal abuse by a caretaker. The defendant was sentenced to three years of formal probation, 100 hours of volunteer community service, is required to undergo a 16-week animal neglect prevention program, and is barred from owning, possessing, caring for, or living with any animal for five years. Buchman has also paid $17,000 in restitution for veterinary treatment and animal care and donated $25,000 worth of reptile cages from his collection to a snake rescue organization.

At approximately 6:45 a.m. on Jan. 29, 2014, Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) Animal Services Section responded to complaints made by several of Buchman’s neighbors concerning a foul smell coming from the house. Read more…

 
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Free entertainment permit info session set for July 17 at Sasscer Park

July 17, 2014
9:00 amto12:00 pm

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City of Santa Ana

Community: Free Entertainment Permit Info Session This Thursday from 9am – 12pm at Sasscer Park

Join the City of Santa Ana’s Planning Division this Thursday, July 17 between 9 am – 12 pm at Sasscer Park for a free Entertainment Permit information session. Sasscer Park is located north of Everest College at 500 West Santa Ana Boulevard.

Obtain applications, information and get your questions answered! Applications and information are also available at the Planning counter at City Hall or can be downloaded from the City’s website. Read more…

 
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The City Council wants you to give them a gigantic raise!


The Santa Ana City Council wants a huge raise

The Santa Ana City Council has cobbled together a real Frankenstein’s Monster of a ballot measure that has one main goal – to give the City Council Members a huge raise!  They are going to be considering this measure at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, this week.

What the City Council Members are proposing comes from California Government Code Section 36516, which states in part:

A city council may enact an ordinance providing that each member of the city council shall receive a salary based on the population of the city as set forth in paragraph (2).
   (2) The salaries approved by ordinance under paragraph (1) shall be as follows:
   (F) In cities over 250,000 population, up to and including one thousand dollars ($1,000) per month.

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Three Council Members seek to ban medical marijuana collectives


Ban Marijuana Dispensaries in Santa Ana

Three Santa Ana City Council Members, including Michele Martinez, David Benavides and Angie Amezcua have placed an 85A item on the agenda for this Tuesday’s City Council meeting, regarding medical marijuana.

These Council Members would like to place a measure on the November General Election ballot that would allow voters to vote against the sale of medical marijuana by collectives/dispensaries.  Read more…

 
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Five year strategic plan now available online in Spanish and Vietnamese


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City of Santa Ana

Community: FIVE YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE IN SPANISH & VIETNAMESE

SANTA ANA, CA (July 10, 2014) – The City of Santa Ana’s Five Year Strategic Plan is now available in English, Spanish & Vietnamese.

The Strategic Plan was adopted in May 2014 and the adoption of this plan marked a major milestone for both the City and the community which began in 2012 with the adoption of the Sunshine Ordinance.

The Strategic Plan provides a clear statement of where the City is going and how it intends to get there. It includes a vision, the mission of the organization, guiding principles, a set of multi-year goals that guide decisions, objectives and strategies for each goal, and a plan for implementation and accountability. Read more…

 
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Kids ride free on the Angels Express in July


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Kids Ride Free on Angels Express

(Courtesy of Orange County Transportation Authority)

July is a great time to head out to the ballgame. In July, all kids 18 and under get to ride for free on the Angels Express to games that start at 7:05 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Normally, roundtrip adult tickets on the Angels Express are $7, $6 for seniors and the disabled and tickets for kids between the ages of 6-18 are $4. Up to three younger children can ride free with a fare-paying adult. Not bad for a rolling Angels’ party train that delivers game attendees straight to the Angel Stadium parking lot – no parking fee required. Read more…

 
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Coyote Night set for 7/18 at the Santiago Creek and Wildlife and Watershed Center

July 18, 2014
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Orange County Coyotes

A Coyote Night presentation will be held at the Santiago Creek and Wildlife and Watershed Center, located at the Santiago Park Nature Reserve, on Friday 7/18/14 at 6:00 pm, at 600 E. Memory Lane., in Santa Ana.

Have questions and or Concerns about coyotes? Watch a FREE educational presentation by Jim Wimmer (from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife).  Click here for more info about coyotes from the CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. Read more…

 
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State of the City presentation set for July 17 at the OC Register

July 17, 2014
9:45 amto11:30 am

Santa Ana State of our City

A “State of the City” presentation for Realtors, local business owners and residents is set for July 17, 2014, at 9:45am at the Orange County Register, located at 625 N. Grand Ave., in Santa Ana.

Speakers include Santa Ana City Manager, David Cavazos, Shelly Landry-Bayle, the Santa Ana Housing & Neighborhood Development Manager and Ruben Mata of Mindset and Community Thinking.

Realtors can get in for free with a business card.  The cost for others is only $5.  All money collected at the door will be donated to the Santa Ana Boys and Girls Club. Read more…

 
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