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Water main break at 17th and Alona

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Santa Ana Water Main Break

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Santa Ana Advisory: TRAFFIC ADVISORY: CREWS REPAIRING EMERGENCY WATER LINE BREAK ON 17TH STREET NEAR ALONA. ALT. ROUTES SUGGESTED

SANTA ANA (October 8, 2014) – Crews have been working throughout the night to repair two emergency water line breaks on 17th Street near Alona. Repairs have been made to one leak and crews are working to repair the second. Read more…

 
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Young man’s rude protest results in the shut down of tonight’s City Council meeting

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Bijan and his ridiculous hat

Mayor Miguel Pulido canceled Tuesday night’s Santa Ana City Council meeting after a man refused to remove a cap with an anti-police expletive on it, according to the OC Register.

The young man in question, identified as “Bijan” is affiliated with Santa Ana CopWatch. They posted this message on their Facebook page after the City Council meeting was shut down, “The city council meeting got shut down. The mayor and the cops tried a bluff saying that if we didn’t leave that we would get arrested. Over a hat. The cops were even showing off their cuffs. We stayed and it got shut down. Media was there so expect it in the news. In solidarity with all survivors and victims of police violence. From Santa Ana to Ferguson to Palestine: F*ck the Police.”

These actions were clearly premeditated.  The ruckus actually began over a month ago at a previous Council meeting when Mayor Miguel Pulido was upset that while he was trying to give service awards to two Santa Ana police officers there were protestors seated in the Council Chambers holding “f*ck the police” signs.  No one on the City Council said or did anything about that and in fact they all ignored the police too.  Pulido was the only one who congratulated them on their awards.  The meeting left a very negative impression on the members of the Santa Ana Police Officers Association and their President, John Franks, later sent a stern letter to the City Council announcing that unless they could control what happened at their meetings he would not allow his officers to receive awards in Chambers but instead they would be given out at the SAPD headquarters. Read more…

 
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Patient Town Hall Meeting on the State of Medical Marijuana in Santa Ana set for 10/7

October 7, 2014
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Medical marijuana Santa Ana town hall meeting

A Patient Town Hall Meeting on the State of Medical Marijuana in Santa Ana has been set for Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, from 6 to 7 pm at the headquarters of the Yes on Measure CC ballot initiative campaign.

The discussion will include information about the recent raids on medical marijuana dispensaries by the Santa Ana Police Department, court cases and the upcoming election.

Refreshments will be served.  A patient raffle raffle will follow the meeting and will include volunteer rewards. Read more…

 
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Solorio receives several major law enforcement endorsements

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 7, 2014

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Maria Unzueta, 657-464-4742

CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF HIGHWAY PATROLMEN AND FOUR OTHER MAJOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ORGANIZATIONS ENDORSE JOSE SOLORIO FOR STATE SENATE

The Five State & Local Organizations Represent Rank And File Public Safety Officers Throughout Both Orange and Los Angeles Counties

SANTA ANA – Jose Solorio announced today that the California Association of Highway Patrolmen (CAHP) has endorsed his campaign for the 34th State Senate District. The group, which represents California Highway Patrol Officers, is one of the largest law enforcement organizations in the state with over 14,000 active and retired members.

Solorio also announced endorsements from the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC), the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS), the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL), and the Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers Association (PPOA). Read more…

 
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Was Santa Ana’s sad Ciclovia an attempt to promote Reyna and Benavides at public expense?

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Benavides and Reyna Ciclovia

Did Santa Ana’s taxpayers pay for Team Santa Ana’s jerseys too?

Isn’t it interesting that the City of Santa Ana scheduled their Ciclovia event a month before the General Election?  And sure enough Councilman David Benavides and his pal Roman Reyna, who is running for Mayor, were there in full force, promoting themselves at the City’s expense.

A friend of mine figures the City had to have spent a small fortune on City employees including perhaps 30 police officers and public safety personnel.  And who knows how much they spent on marketing the event?  I hear that the turnout was not great.  A reader estimated total turnout at under a thousand with perhaps half of them comprised of staff and volunteers. Read more…

 
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Charter Schools Association endorses Dr. Rodriguez for the SAUSD School Board

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PRESS RELEASE: October 6, 2014
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CCSA Advocates Endorses Dr. Rigo Rodriguez for Santa Ana Unified School Board

The teacher and community advocate will fight for students

Los Angeles – CCSA Advocates is pleased to announce its endorsement of Dr. Rigoberto (Rigo) Rodriguez for the Santa Ana Unified School District Governing Board. An experienced teacher, small business owner and respected community advocate, Dr. Rodriguez will work to ensure that every Santa Ana student receives a high-quality education.

“We enthusiastically endorse Dr. Rodriguez for the Santa Ana Unified school board,” said Gary Borden, Executive Director of CCSA Advocates. “Dr. Rodriguez has proven himself to be a visionary and collaborative community leader. He understands the complex challenges facing Santa Ana schools. As a school board member, he will put students first and work tirelessly for access to high-quality educational options for all families.” Read more…

 
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ODCA fundraising online to end modern day slavery

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Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release: October 3, 2014

THE ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, ORANGE COUNTY HUMAN TRAFFICKING TASK FORCE, AND CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY LAUNCH ONLINE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TO END MODERN DAY SLAVERY

*Please consider contributing on Indiegogo

SANTA ANA – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA), the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF), and Chapman University are pleased to announce the launch of their online fundraising campaign with the world’s most established crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo, for the 2nd Annual “Keep Calm and Beat H.E.A.T. Rocking & Rally” on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at Chapman University.

The event will increase community awareness of human exploitation and trafficking, the second largest criminal enterprise in the nation, behind narcotics trafficking, that nets approximately $32 billion a year. A free rock concert will immediately follow with Stan Frazier and Murphy Karges of Sugar Ray. Elected officials, law enforcement, non-profits, private law firms, businesses, and private citizens have all donated to this cause and support is growing. To make a donation of any amount and to join the cause, please visit http://igg.me/at/beatheat. Read more…

 
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Pulido endorsed by the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs’ PAC

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AOCDS endorsement of Pulido

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido has been endorsed by the Political Action Committee of the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs (AOCDS) – his latest key public safety endorsement.  The Santa Ana Police Officers Association (SAPOA) has also endorsed Mayor Pulido as has the Orange County Professional Firefighters Association.

The AOCDS PAC wrote in their endorsement letter that Pulido’s re-election will “make our community safer.” Read more…

 
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State Senator Lou Correa to be honored by the City Council on Tuesday night

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Advisory: MAYOR & COUNCIL TO HONOR SEN. LOU CORREA, SOUTHWEST LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM & WATER IS LIFE CONTEST AWARD WINNER TUES.

SANTA ANA, CA (October 7, 2014) – The public is invited to attend the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 as members of the City Council will recognize community members for their outstanding service to the City of Santa Ana.

Mayor Pro Tem Sal Tinajero will honor the Southwest Little League Team, the Baseball Pirates, for winning the City Tournament for the City of Santa Ana. Councilmember Michele Martinez will honor Senator Lou Correa for his service to the community and for his years of service in the California State Legislature. Councilmember Vincent Sarmiento will honor Zayra Garcia for winning the “Water is Life” art contest held by the Metropolitan Water District and her teacher, Arica Dowd, for submitting the student drawings. Read more…

 
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The OC Vector Control District will be promoting spraying at Tuesday’s City Council meeting

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Just when you thought the threat of the Orange County Vector Control District spraying chemicals on our homes here in Santa Ana was over, the OCVCD is scheduled to make a presentation to the Santa Ana City Council at tomorrow night’s City Council meeting, set for Oct. 7, 2014, at 7 pm, at the Council’s Chambers.

The OCVCD recently made headlines again when they proposed spending a million dollars on an exhibit about mosquitoes at the Discovery Center in Santa Ana.

However as we have disclosed in recent articles the West Nile Virus problem in Santa Ana is almost entirely focused on the homeless population.  The homeless sleep outside and as such are more exposed to mosquitoes than the rest of us.  As such spraying our homes is senseless and most likely is just engineered to scare us into allowing the OCVCD to raise our property taxes again.  It is a tax heist. Read more…

 
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Opponents of the proposed Santa Ana homeless shelter to speak out at Tuesday’s City Council meeting

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1217 Normandy Place, Santa Ana

It looks like Santa Ana Councilman Vince Sarmiento finally is doing something about the homeless shelter the County of Orange is trying to locate at 1217 Normandy Place, in Santa Ana, as we reported earlier.  Sarmiento placed an item on the agenda for this week’s City Council meeting regarding the shelter:

DISCUSSION OF PROPOSED HOMELESS SHELTER, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO AMENDMENTS TO THE CITY’S EMERGENCY SHELTER ORDINANCE, MORATORIUM, AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO RESEARCH ALTERNATIVE SHELTER SITES {Strategic Plan No. 3, 3} – Councilmember Sarmiento)

The site of the homeless shelter is less than 1,000 feet from a public school, Kennedy Elementary School, and Madison Park.  The nearest homes to the shelter site are the densely populated Cornerstone Village apartments at Minnie Street and McFadden, which are home to many immigrant families, according to the OC Weekly. Read more…

 
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Is the City of Santa Ana extorting Measure BB campaign contributions from marijuana dispensaries?

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Measure BB sucks

Apparently someone has been soliciting campaign contributions from certain Santa Ana medial marijuana collectives for the City of Santa Ana’s flawed and fraudulent Measure BB, and implying that this will help them to get a conditional use permit in Santa Ana – but only if the City’s badly written Measure BB is wins on Nov. 4, according to OC NORML.

There are several reasons why this is not a good idea:

  1. The City’s Measure BB is badly written and will be litigated immediately.
  2. Any medical marijuana that rolls over for the City of Santa Ana’s blatant extortion campaign will be scrutinized by the media as this arrangement with the City of Santa Ana is blatantly corrupt.
  3. You simply cannot trust the City of Santa Ana!  How many times have they burned local businesses and residents!  Even now they are trying to pass a Utility Tax Increase, Measure AA, that is masquerading as a tax decrease!

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Are real police detectives getting punked by SAPD Police Chief Rojas?

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Chief Rojas in the Fiestas Patrias Parade

The Santa Ana Police Department has for decades leased cars for use by detectives for undercover assignments like the gang detail, narcotics and vice.

The detective staff relies on the use of the lease vehicles for their own safety and as necessary tools to be able to conduct investigations. This is the norm in almost every major department and state and federal police agency across the country that uses undercover police cars.

SAPD Police Chief Carlos Rojas’ detectives are really upset because Chief Rojas has taken the leased vehicles away from the undercover assignments and assigned them to his handpicked top staff – the Commanders and two Deputy Chiefs. This group is represented by the police management association. A labor group just like the Santa Ana Police Officers Association only it represents just the Commanders and Deputy Chiefs. Read more…

 
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Team Santa Ana falls apart as Benavides declares war on Tinajero

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Team Santa Ana Broken

Team Santa Ana appears to be finished as Santa Ana Councilman David Benavides posted a snarky picture of the Team Santa Ana walk piece with Mayor Pro Tem Sal Tinajero’s face covered up.  The picture was posted on Benavides’ Facebook page, Twitter account and Instragam account before he came to his senses and deleted the entries.   The damage however was already done.  The Santa Ana Spring is over.

What happened?  This all goes back to the ongoing ruckus on the Santa Ana Planning Commission where Commissioner Phil Bacerra has dug in his heels and steadfastly refused to turn in his communication disclosure forms.  All of the other Planning Commissioners have done so but Bacerra had to be threatened by the Santa Ana City Council’s Ethics Committee, which consists of Tinajero and Councilwoman Angie Amezcua, before he finally turned in what I am told are heavily redacted disclosure forms that may not in fact be all that accurate.

Why do these forms matter?  It all comes down to transparency.  The public deserves to know who the Planning Commissioners are talking to about city business.  Why did Bacerra drag his feet for so long before finally turning in the forms, after being threatened with removal from the Planning Commission?  That is the crux of the matter.  Has Bacerra been shaking down those who have business with the Planning Commission for donations to the Benavides reelection campaign?  Is this why Benavides has been running interference for Bacerra? Read more…

 
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The City’s Measure AA is a huge Utility Users Tax increase!

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Measure AA is a tax increase

City administrators don’t lie all the time – they are sneaky and will lure you with half-truths and then lie to seal the deal. That is what the City of Santa Ana did this week when they issued a community advisory about their Utility Users Tax, which appears on our November ballot as Measure AA.

They started with the truth – The Utility Users Tax (known as the “UUT”) is a tax the City first adopted in 1975 on the usage of certain utility services (including electricity, gas, water, & telephone) within the City of Santa Ana. It is a general tax & used for general City services, such as police, fire, parks, library, planning and business inspection services & general administrative services. 

Then came the half-truth – “The California Constitution (Proposition 218) requires an election to approve any change in local taxes. A rate decrease from the current 6% rate to a reduced 5.5% is being proposed. Pending legislation may inhibit local voters’ rights to maintain their ability to vote for a tax. The ballot measure would protect the City’s 3rd highest revenue source from future threats & preserve the City’s ability to deliver city services.” Read more…

 
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