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Rep. Sanchez questions the FBI’s aircraft surveillance program


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

PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 5, 2015

MEDIA CONTACT: Eduardo Lerma, 202-225-2965; eduardo.lerma@mail.house.gov

REP SANCHEZ QUESTIONS FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION ON AIRCRAFT SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee, wrote a letter to James B. Comey, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, requesting further information on their aircraft surveillance program revealed by the Associated Press:

“As a senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee, I was shocked to learn the FBI used fake companies for aerial surveillance throughout regions of the United States,” said Rep. Sanchez. “Even more troubling is the revelation that my home town of Anaheim, California was part of that aerial surveillance.” Read more…

 
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Delhi Center builds connections between police officers and residents


Delhi Center

Delhi Neighborhood Community Building Initiative builds community connections with Officers

By: Alicia Rodriguez, Delhi Center

(Santa Ana, CA)- Over 70 Santa Ana residents gathered at the Delhi Center on May 7, 2015 to engage in conversation with Santa Ana Police Officers about crime and safety in the Delhi Neighborhood. Amidst the civil unrest in Baltimore and nationwide protests, the SAPD police officers and local residents took active steps towards building and strengthening relationships.

The event went over background on the Delhi Neighborhood as it is one of the most densely populated residential developments in Santa Ana. The Delhi Center is located in the center of the Delhi Neighborhood, an area with 10,643 in total population and comprised 95.1% Hispanic/Latino. Read more…

 
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The SAUSD is seeking community enrichment providers for after school programs


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Deidra Powell (714) 558-5555

Press Release: SAUSD SEEKS COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT PROVIDERS FOR AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Founded in 1888, The Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) is the 6th largest school district in California, and the largest in Orange County, California. Santa Ana Unified educates approximately 54,000 students and is composed of sixty-one (61) schools: thirty-six (36) elementary schools, nine (9) intermediate schools, six (6) high schools, three (3) alternative high schools, five (5) charter schools, and one (1) special school. Approximately 60% of SAUSD students are English learners. Spanish, Vietnamese, and Khmer are the most common languages spoken at home. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana gang banger shot in the hand but he isn’t talking of course


Santa Ana Gang Shooting

Apparently a local gang banger tried to block a bullet with his hand!  Or perhaps he was not quick enough to dodge the bullets fired at him by an unknown assailant.

SAPD police officers drove to the 100 block of South Broadway Street, in Santa Ana’s Ward 2, which is represented by Council Member Michele Martinez, on Thursday night at around 10:30 p.m., after reports of shots fired, according to the O.C. Register.

The police arrested a man who was seen running east on East Walnut Street.  The man was shot in the right hand and the police also found a handgun under a nearby parked car. Read more…

 
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Help replace 1,500 pounds of food for needy children that was stolen

June 5, 2015
8:30 amto5:00 pm

Broken lock at Grandma's House of Hope

Grandma’s House of Hope , a Santa Ana-based nonprofit that provides basic needs and enrichment services to women, children, and families living in extreme poverty needs our help.  Their food shed at St. Anselm of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Garden Grove was broken into on Wednesday 1,500 pounds of food they use to provide meals to kids enrolled in school lunch programs who can’t afford to eat on weekends and after school was stolen.  They were hoping to pack the food into bags this Saturday.

If you would like to donate food to replace what was stolen you can drop off non-perishable items between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Grandma’s House of Hope, located at 1505 E. 17th St. in Santa Ana. Monetary donations can also be made online here. Read more…

 
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The Rancho Santiago Community College District’s leadership needs a reboot


RSCC District Chancellor Raul Rodriguez

RSCC District Chancellor Raul Rodriguez. Picture courtesy of El Don.

Opinion Editorial: The Rancho Santiago Community College District’s leadership needs a reboot By Ryan Ahari Saudi Arabia’s government is notorious for its horrendous track record on human rights. The Gulf nation severely punishes its LGBT community, prohibits women from driving, and refuses entry to anyone whose passport indicates previous entry into Israel. Keeping this in mind, why would any reasonable person, let alone a local community-based public entity, conduct business with such a repressive government? Two government-run technical schools in Saudi Arabia awarded the Rancho Santiago Community College District Foundation with a $105 million contract. The contract stipulates that the Foundation will improve and strengthen the schools’ infrastructures. Raúl Rodríguez, the District’s Chancellor, rationalized the contract by announcing the Foundation could receive up to an 8% return. An 8% return on a gross contract of $105 million is a pitiful profit margin and proves that Rodríguez is an educator and not a businessman. The contract further requires the Foundation to enter into a partnership with a corporation formed under Saudi Arabian laws. Read more…

 
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Three O.C. kids sickened by raw goat milk infected with bacteria


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For Immediate Release: June 4, 2015

Contact: Deanne Thompson, dthompson@ochca.com, 714-834-2178

CAMPYLOBACTER CASES ASSOCIATED WITH CONSUMPTION OF RAW GOAT MILK

Orange County has confirmed three cases of campylobacteriosis infection associated with consumption of raw goat milk distributed by Claravale Farm of San Benito County, California. All three patients are young children less than 5 years of age. One patient was hospitalized, and all of them are expected to recover.

The raw goat milk was distributed throughout the state, and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is leading an investigation to determine if there are additional cases. While the CDPH investigation is ongoing the Health Care Agency advises against consuming Claravale Farm raw goat milk. Read more…

 
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The SAPD is conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Friday, June 5

Published on June 4, 2015 by in Alcohol, Crime, Santa Ana

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Santa Ana Police Department

Advisory: SAPD conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint Fri, June 5th, 2015 9:00PM – 3:00AM in the area of 3300 W. 5th Street

The Santa Ana Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Friday, June 5th, 2015 It will begin at 9:00PM and is scheduled to conclude at 3:00AM. It will be conducted in the area of 3300 W. Fifth Street, in the City of Santa Ana.

The primary purpose of a DUI Checkpoint is to deter impaired driving, not to increase arrests. All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. This DUI/Drivers License checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as ensuring drivers have a valid driver’s license. The DMV reports that unlicensed drivers are 4.9 times more likely to cause a fatal crash than a licensed driver. Read more…

 
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Florida man charged with 1986 cold case murder of a Santa Ana dentist

Published on June 3, 2015 by in Crime, OCDA, Santa Ana

Steven Wyvern White

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

June 3, 2015

Case # 15CF1206

MAN CHARGED FOR 1986 COLD CASE SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES MURDER OF BUSINESS ASSOCIATE

*Defendant was previously convicted by a jury of murdering a second business associate in Florida in 1987

SANTA ANA – A man was charged today for the 1986 cold case special circumstances murder of a business associate in Orange County. Steven Wyvern White, 65, was charged today with one felony count of murder with special circumstances for a prior first degree murder conviction in Florida in 1987. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole. He is currently awaiting extradition to Orange County from a Florida prison facility. The date, time, and location of his arraignment are to be determined.

In 1986, White, then 29 years old, is accused of befriending 79-year-old Cedric Horn, a semi-retired dentist. White is accused of persuading Horn to enter into business dealings with him. White is accused of gaining access to the victim’s bank accounts and fraudulently transferring funds from the victim’s account into the defendant’s personal account. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana College continues to disrespect women


Trustees along with former Santa Ana College’s ASG president Raquel Manriquez. / Joanna Meza / el Don

Trustees along with former Santa Ana College’s ASG president Raquel Manriquez. / Joanna Meza / el Don

Enrique Perez, the Vice Chancellor at Santa Ana College inform​ed​ the ​Rancho Santiago Community College District’s (RSCCD) ​Foundation Board on April 9, 2013 that the Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) could no longer afford to carry their Women’s Business Center.

U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez sent a letter to Perez, advocating for the Center, but Perez apparently felt that it would cost more than $250,000 to keep it running.

On October 31, 2013, Foundation board member, Eddie Marquez moved, and RSCCD Trustee Nelida Mendoza Yanez seconded a motion that carried unanimously to authorize Perez to conclude the Women’s Business Center project. Read more…

 
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The Santa Ana Library will present a free screening of the movie “Spare Parts” on June 10

June 10, 2015
6:30 pmto8:30 pm

Spare Parts Movie

City of Santa Ana

Community Alert: JUNE 10th: FREE FILM SCREENING OF SPARE PARTS / PRESENTACIÓN GRATIS DE LA PELICULA: SPARE PARTS

When a group of four friends teams up with their school’s newest teacher and enters a robotics competition, they don’t realize that their intelligence and hard work will not only take them far, but help them form an everlasting bond as friends. This is the story of Spare Parts (2015), the critically acclaimed film based on the true story written by Joshua Davis about a group of friends from Phoenix, AZ who despite their disadvantages, battled MIT in a contest of resilience and came out victorious. The film stars an A-list cast including: George Lopez, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Lee Curtis, Isai Morales, Carlos Peñavega, and Alexa Peñavega. Read more…

 
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Mandatory water use restrictions now in effect in Santa Ana


California Drought

City of Santa Ana

Community Alert: Santa Ana Declares Phase II Water Supply Shortage Emergency City Adopts Mandatory Water Use Restrictions, Effective Immediately

The Santa Ana City Council approved amendments to the city’s existing water conservation program and adopted a Phase II Water Supply Shortage at last night’s City Council meeting, targeting a 12 percent citywide reduction in water usage through mandatory water use restrictions. The Phase II resolution imposes additional water use restrictions such as two-day watering and fixing leaks within 48 hours.

“Water conservation is critical to sustaining the city’s ongoing ability to meet customer water demand,” commented Mayor Miguel Pulido. “Every drop we save helps minimizing the hardship of potential water shortages in the future,” Pulido added. Read more…

 
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The SAPD seeks two men who robbed a Shell Gas station on Bristol

Published on June 3, 2015 by in Crime, Santa Ana

Santa Ana Shell Station robber

Santa Ana Police Department

Advisory: SAPD Robbery Detectives Request Media and Publics Assistance in Identifying Robbery Suspects

Crime Type: Robbery

Location: 2641 N. Bristol Street (Shell Gas)

Synopsis: On 05/27/2015 at about 11:12 PM, the photographed suspects entered the business (Shell Gas station). Suspect #1 demanded the money from the cash register while showing the clerk a handgun in his waistband. The second suspect enters the store and acts as a lookout, unknown if he was also armed. After the store clerk gave Suspect #1 all the money in the register, both suspects exited the business and were last seen running south on Bristol Street. Read more…

 
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SAPD focusing on stopping illegal fireworks in the month of June

Published on June 3, 2015 by in Crime, Santa Ana

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Santa Ana Police Department

Advisory: Santa Ana Police Step-Up Enforcement of Illegal Fireworks During the Month of June

Santa Ana Police Special Enforcement Team Officers focused enforcement on persons selling illegal fireworks with the goal of impacting the ready accessibility of dangerous fireworks in the City of Santa Ana. Read more…

 
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An SAUSD high school student with perfect attendance will win a Chevy Sonic on June 6

June 6, 2015
10:00 amto12:00 pm

SAUSD Free Car Contest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 2, 2015

Contact: Deidra Powell, Chief Communications Officer , (714) 558-5555, (714) 673-4995

Media Advisory: Saturday, June 6 Car Giveaway

One High School Student with Perfect Attendance Will Win a 2015 Chevy Sonic!

Event: One lucky Santa Ana Unified School District high school student, who has had perfect attendance all year long, will be the winner of a brand new car as part of the Perfect Attendance Car Giveaway promotion courtesy of Bruce Hamlin, Owner of Guaranty Chevrolet, located at 711 East 17th Street in Santa Ana. Every year, Hamlin hosts a celebration in the Guaranty Chevrolet showroom for nearly 630 eligible high school students. “The main reason we do this is to help the community. The more students that attend classes daily, the more educated the student becomes. Those are the people that become good citizens and therefore help the community. I feel it’s beholden on the businesses in each community to help keep our communities strong and safe.” said Hamlin. Read more…

 
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