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LAPD officer charged with lewd acts with a girl and exposing himself in Huntington Beach


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ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

November 5, 2014

Case # 14WF4144

LAW ENFORCEMENT SEEKS POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL VICTIMS OF LAPD OFFICER ARRESTED ON CHARGES FOR ATTEMPTED LEWD ACT WITH 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL AND INDECENT EXPOSURE TO FIVE FEMALE VICTIMS

SANTA ANA – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) and the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) are seeking potential additional victims of a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer arrested on charges for attempting to commit a lewd act with a 12-year-old girl and indecent exposure to five female victims in Huntington Beach. Ryan Eric Galliher, 33, Huntington Beach, is charged with one felony count of attempted lewd act upon a child under 14 years old, one felony count of contacting a minor with the intent to commit a lewd act, five misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure, and one misdemeanor count of engaging in lewd conduct. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration. Galliher is out of custody on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 5, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in Department W-2, West Justice Center, Westminster.

At the time of the crimes, Galliher was employed as an officer with the LAPD. Read more…

 
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Two elderly pedestrians struck by an OCTA bus in Downtown Santa Ana


Elderly man and a woman hit by an OCTA bus in Santa Ana

Photo courtesy of Anthony Bertagna, SAPD

Two elderly pedestrians were hospitalized after being hit by an OCTA bus in Santa Ana around 6:30 pm, on Wednesday, at the intersection of 4th and Ross streets, according to Anthony Bertagna with the Santa Ana Police Department, according to KABC.

One of the victims, described as a man in his 70s, was in critical condition with head trauma, and his female companion, a woman in her 60s was in serious condition but expected to survive, according to Bertagna, as reported by KTLA. Read more…

 
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Poll – who should replace Janet Nguyen in the First Supervisorial District?


Who should replace Janet Nguyen in the First Supervisorial District?

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Janet Nguyen’s victory this week in the race for the 34th State Senate District means that she is going to vacate her seat in the First District of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, in January.

What this means is that there will be a Special Election, probably in February, to replace Nguyen.

I ran into Lou Correa at Sal Tinajero’s Election Night Party and he said he was definitely running.  But there are going to be quite a few other candidates and as I understand it this will be a winner takes all election. Read more…

 
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The SAPD is seeking help in identifying man who robbed a Wells Fargo Bank

Published on November 5, 2014 by in Crime, Santa Ana

Wells Fargo Santa Ana robber

Santa Ana Police Department

Advisory: SAPD Robbery Detectives Request Public Assistance in Identifying Suspect in Bank Robbery

Location: Wells Fargo Bank 3925 South Bristol Street

Suspect Description: Male, Black, 25-31 years old, 5’7”, wearing a grey beanie and grey sweat pants

Details: On November 5, 2014 at 12:07pm the suspect entered the Wells Fargo Bank at 3925 South Bristol Street. Once inside the suspect handed a note to a teller demanding money from her cash drawer. The teller complied with the suspect’s demand and gave him an undetermined amount of US currency from her cash drawer. The suspect fled the bank on foot. Read more…

 
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Why Quirk-Silva and Solorio lost in the 2014 General Election


Greg Diamond and Sharon Quirk Silva

By the OC Politics Blog

Orange County Democrats were ecstatic when former Fullerton Mayor Sharon Quirk-Silva knocked off Chris Norby in 2012, in the 65th Assembly District.  They partied hard but the party is over now that former Ed Royce staffer Young Kim has trounced Quirk-Silva in the 2014 General Election.

This was not a casual loss for the Democrats.  It may well end up costing them their super majority in the State Assembly – an uncertain matter as several Assembly seats are still in close contention.

Make no doubt about it – retaining the 65th Assembly District was the major goal of the Democratic Party of Orange County in the 2014 General Election.  They failed – and there are several good reasons for that. Read more…

 
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A look at the final Santa Ana voting results in the 2014 General Election


Miguel Pulido and his daughter

Mayor Pulido’s daughter kept tabs on the election results on Election Night

I met with Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido last night at his Election Night Party.  He was relieved that he was winning but was worried he wouldn’t garner more than 50% of the vote.  His 11-year-old daughter was checking the election results on her IPad last night.  She has quite an interest in politics – and perhaps she will be running for office after she finishes college.

Pulido ended up with 50.7% of the vote while his challenger Roman Reyna only mustered 6,778 votes, or 33.6% of the vote.  The unknown third mayoral candidate, Mark I. Lopez, netted 15.8% of the vote – likely from those who couldn’t bear voting for the other two candidates.

The bad news for Pulido was that his team of City Council challengers – Alex Padilla, Mike Gonzalez and Mirna Velasquez, all lost.  If there is any good news it is that the incumbent who did the worst was David Benavides.  While his colleague Michele Martinez got less votes than Benavides she had three opponents while Benavides squared off against one challenger – Padilla.   Read more…

 
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Santa Ana’s incumbents leading in the 2014 General Election early returns


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The early returns are in with regard to today’s General Election.  So far the incumbents are leading in all of the Santa Ana City Council races.  It is early yet but in what should prove to be a low turnout election this first batch of votes can foreshadow the evening’s results.  These are the early absentee votes – representing the most frequent voters.

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido is thoroughly trouncing Councilman Roman Reyna, with over 52% of the vote versus only 32% of the vote for Reyna.  Clearly Reyna’s campaign was undone by his unwise decision to hang out with gang bangers.

In Ward 2 the incumbent, Michele Martinez, is leading with 53.8% of the vote in a crowded field.  Shockingly Gilad Salmon is in second place with 21.3 % of the vote.  Not surprisingly the sole Republican in the race, salsa dancer Rene Gomez, is in dead last with 9% of the vote. Read more…

 
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U.S. Rep. Sanchez to host an Election Night Watch Party in Anaheim


Mickey Loretta Sanchez

U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez is hosting an Election Night Watch Party on Nov. 4, 2014, starting after the polls close at 8 pm.

Join Team Sanchez as they watch election night returns come in.  They will have tacos made at the event.

Location: At Campaign Headquarters Read more…

 
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Halloween hit and run driver is facing only 17 years in prison

Published on November 4, 2014 by in Crime, OCDA, Santa Ana

Jaquinn Ramone Bell

Jaquinn Bell, 31, Orange, was charged today with three felony counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, one felony count of hit and run with permanent injury or death, one misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended license, with  sentencing enhancements for personally inflicting great bodily injury, and fleeing the scene of a crime after committing a vehicular manslaughter.

If convicted Bell faces a maximum sentence of only 17 years in prison.  The People will request today that he be held on $1 million dollars bail at his arraignment today. Read more…

 
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Memorial fund set up by the City for the families of the Halloween hit and run victims


Memorial for Lexi Perez and Lexandra Perez and their friend Andrea Gonzalez

City of Santa Ana

Community Alert: CITY OF SANTA ANA ESTABLISHES MEMORIAL FUND TO BENEFIT THE FAMILIES OF LEXI AND LEXANDRA PEREZ AND ANDREA GONZALEZ

SANTA ANA, CA (November 4, 2014) – Many concerned employees and residents have expressed interest in donating to the families of Lexi and Lexandra Perez and Andrea Gonzalez. In response to this, the City has set up a memorial fund to help the families of the three victims.

PAYROLL DEDUCTION: Employees have the option to donate directly from their paycheck with either a lump sum or extended donations for one month, two months or longer. To donate directly from your paycheck, please contact Payroll. Read more…

 
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Team Pulido to host an Election Night Party tonight at The Robbins Nest


Team Pulido Election Night Party

Team Pulido is hosting an Election Night Party on Nov. 4, 2014, starting at 8:30 pm, at The Robbins Nest, in Downtown Santa Ana, at 214 N. Sycamore St.

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido has provided considerable support to City Council challengers Mirna Velasquez, Alex Padilla and Mike Gonzalez.  All of them will be at the Election Night Party tonight. Read more…

 
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SAPD police officers chase a homicide suspect who ends up crashing in Anaheim


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Contacts: Lt. Jeff Hallock, 714.904.7042, JHallock@ocsd.org

Homicide Investigation Leads to Pursuit and Fiery Crash

TUSTIN, Calif. – (November 4, 2014) – On Monday, November 3, 2014 at approximately 7:00 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a residence in the 18400 block of Warren Avenue for a report of a shooting.  Deputies arrived and discovered a female adult, suffering from a gunshot wound.  The female victim was transported to a local hospital and later pronounced deceased.  Homicide investigators responded and initiated an investigation of the incident.

During the preliminary stages of the homicide investigation, information was learned involving a white SUV vehicle that may have been related to the shooting.  Information about the vehicle, license plate and connection to the homicide, was provided to neighboring law enforcement agencies.  The Santa Ana Police Department located and attempted a traffic stop of the vehicle.  The vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit ensued, terminating with a single vehicle collision with a wall on North Rio Vista Street at East Frontera Street in the city of Anaheim. The vehicle erupted into flames on impact with the wall, killing the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle.   Read more…

 
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SAUSD School Board candidate Andrews to host an Election Night Party


Shuntele Andrews Election Night Party

Former Valley High School Teacher Shuntele Andrews, a leading candidate for the SAUSD School Board, is hosting an Election Night Party on Nov. 4, 2014, starting at 7 pm.

The event is sponsored by the Santa Ana Educators’ Association and will be held at 2107 N. Broadway, Suite 305, in Santa Ana. Read more…

 
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Weedmaps.com tries to split the vote on Measure CC in Santa Ana


Orange county NORML and California Cannabis Coalition members stand with patients for Yes on CC

Orange County NORML and California Cannabis Coalition members stand with patients for Yes on CC

Weedmaps.com Tries to Split Vote on Measure CC in Santa Ana

By Craig Beresch, California Cannabis Coalition

Tomorrow, the voters of Santa Ana, CA will be faced with two choices: Vote for Measure CC, a citizen promoted initiative, or vote for Measure BB, a City Council initiative promoted and paid for by a murky organization named Ghost Management Group LLC.

Ghost Management Group LLC’s financial support and backing of the City Council’s measure can be seen in the Form 460 filed with election officials and shown here as a pdf file. You can see that Ghost Management Group LLC is listed as operating at 41 Discovery in Irvine, CA. Now, put the following URL in your browser http://justinhartfield.me/. At that link you can see Mr. Justin Ross Hartfield, the Chief Executive Officer of Weedmaps.com and General Partner at “Ghost Group, a holding company of various marijuana assets”. Note that he and his companies are located in Irvine, CA. Read more…

 
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The OC Register endorses Mayor Miguel Pulido


Pulido with the police

The Orange County Register finally endorsed a candidate for Mayor in Santa Ana.  We’re not sure why they took so long or why they haven’t endorsed in the City Council races.  The OC Register is based here in Santa Ana, although they recently sold their building and property in order to pay their bills.  As far as we know they intend to continue leasing their building from the new owner, developer Mike Harrah.

Here is their op-ed announcing their support for Pulido:

Editorial: Pulido for mayor in Santa Ana

Santa Ana, unfortunately, is not without its share of problems. But it is also a city, when comparing the problems of today to those of yesteryear, which has made great strides. The city now rests on the cusp of a potential renaissance, and it will need strong leadership to continue down the path of making Santa Ana the healthy and vibrant community it should be.

Mayor Miguel Pulido remembers the tough times. In an interview with the Register Editorial Board he recalled a story from his first electoral run, when a constituent invited him into his house so he could show the then-council candidate the bricks the homeowner lined his walls with to protect his family from stray bullets. Read more…

 
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