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SAPD DUI checkpoint set for Friday night, August 8, at 800 E. First St.

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SAPD DUI Checkpoint

The Santa Ana Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Friday, August 8th, 2014. It will begin at 9:00PM and is scheduled to conclude at 3:00AM. It will be conducted in the area of 800 E First Street, Santa Ana, CA.

For some unknown reason the SAPD did not release notice of this DUI Checkpoint via the City of Santa Ana’s Nixle service.  Instead the press release was announced on the SAPD’s Facebook Page.

The SAPD barely catches any drunks at these checkpoints.  The truth is that select police officers are chosen to work the checkpoints where they earn a huge overtime bonus.  The money for this comes from the State of California.  Think of this as a gift to the police unions.  It is not however effective policing. Read more…

 
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Early Solorio radio campaign ads highlight Nguyen’s questionable spending

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SOLORIO FOR SENATE CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF EARLY WITH RADIO ADS HIGHLIGHTING OPPONENT’S SPENDING HABITS

Two Different Radio Commercials Discuss Supervisor Janet Nguyen’s Use Of Taxpayer Dollars To Benefit Her Office and Inner Circle

SANTA ANA – The Solorio for State Senate Campaign kicked off their fall election effort this week with two different campaign commercials that are running in heavy rotation on local radio criticizing opponent Janet Nguyen for using her Orange County Supervisor county office budget to benefit herself and inner circle.

The radio commercials point out that Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen: Read more…

 
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SAUSD Board President Yamagata-Noji endorses Rodríguez

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Audrey Yamagata-Noji

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 7, 2014
Contact: Eric Hogensen, 323-761-9514

Santa Ana School Board President Yamagata-Noji Endorses Dr. Rigo Rodríguez for School Board

(Santa Ana) – Current Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education President, Dr. Audrey Yamagata-Noji announced today that she is endorsing Dr. Rigo Rodríguez for the school board in the upcoming November election.

Dr. Yamagata-Noji stated, “Through my many years of service to the Santa Ana Unified School District, I am keenly aware of the need to have well-educated, community-based individuals to serve on the school board. We have a hard-working and responsive Board but there is still more that needs to be done. As the sixth-largest district in the state, we serve over 57,000 students, so we need Board Members who will be able to understand and address the needs of our students and teachers in the short and long-term.” Read more…

 
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The Santa Ana Streetcar will travel along Santa Ana Blvd. and 4th St.

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Simulation of Streetcar in Santa Ana

Santa Ana City Council Tuesday night decided on Fourth Street as their preferred route for a streetcar system envisioned to begin transforming the transit landscape in Orange County, despite a signed letter of opposition from businesses along the iconic Latino shopping corridor, according to the Voice of OC.

In a unanimous 4-0 vote, the City Council approved a $238 million streetcar option that would travel along Santa Ana Boulevard and Fourth Street. Mayor Pro Tem Sal Tinajero and council members Vincent Sarmiento and Roman Reyna were absent, according to the O.C. Register. Read more…

 
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Husband and wife convicted of locking up two starving girls in a mobile home

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Lester Louis Huffmire and his wife Petra Huffmire

Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release: August 6, 2014

Case # 13NF1694

MAN AND WOMAN CONVICTED OF KEEPING TWO YOUNG FEMALE RELATIVES MALNOURISHED AND LOCKED INSIDE UNSANITARY MOBILE HOME

FULLERTON – A man and woman were convicted yesterday of keeping two young female relatives malnourished and locked inside an unsanitary mobile home without letting them go outside. Lester Louis Huffmire and his wife Petra Huffmire, both 41 from Anaheim, pleaded guilty yesterday, Aug. 5, 2014, to two felony counts of child abuse, two misdemeanor counts of false imprisonment, one misdemeanor count of contributing to delinquency of a minor, and sentencing enhancements for great bodily injury. Lester Huffmire was sentenced to five years in state prison. Petra Huffmire was sentenced to three years and four months in state prison.

Lester Huffmire and Petra Huffmire were living in an unsanitary mobile park home with the victims, 10-year-old Jane Doe #1 and 5-year-old Jane Doe #2. The defendants had a duty of care to the victims. Read more…

 
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Arizona man to be charged with attempted murder after shooting on 91 Fwy.

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Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release: August 6, 2014

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MAN TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER AFTER DRIVE-BY SHOOTING ON 91 FREEWAY

SANTA ANA – A man is scheduled to be arraigned today for attempted murder after a drive-by shooting on the 91 Freeway. Jerry Valentin, 32, Scottsdale, Ariz., was charged today with one felony count each of attempted murder, shooting at an occupied vehicle, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of an unregistered firearm inside a vehicle, with sentencing enhancements for personal discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury, personal use of a firearm, and great bodily injury. If convicted, Valentin faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison. The People will be requesting he be held on $1 million bail at his arraignment today in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.

At approximately 4:20 p.m. on Aug. 4, 2014, Valentin is accused of driving eastbound on the 91 Freeway near the Interstate 5 interchange in Fullerton. The defendant is accused of swerving his vehicle toward a sports utility vehicle (SUV) being driven by Kenneth Baker. Read more…

 
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Build your own fancy pizzas at Santa Ana’s Pizza Rev starting on 8/14

August 14, 2014
11:00 amto10:00 pm
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PIzza Rev Grand Opening in Santa Ana

Looks like Santa Ana’s going to be the next city in Orange County to get a fancy build-your-own pizza joint. PizzaRev, a Blaze Pizza/Pieology-style pizzeria will be opening the doors of its corner store on Bristol Street and MacArthur next Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, according to the OC Weekly.

PizzaRev is a “build-your-own” fast-casual pizza concept that has reinvented the way America eats its favorite food. Guests are empowered to fully customize a personal-sized 11” pizza for under $8. Homemade dough options, flavorful sauces, delicious cheeses, and over 30+ fresh toppings, everything is on display at PizzaRev and assembled right before your eyes. The pizzas are then fired in a four-ton, 900 degree, stone-hearth oven producing a thin and crispy “Roman-style” pizza in just three minutes, according to their Facebook page. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana Library Book Club features book about Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts

September 6, 2014
2:00 pmto4:00 pm
September 27, 2014
2:00 pmto4:00 pm
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The Blue Cascade

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Community Alert: SANTA ANA PUBLIC LIBRARY BEGINS SERIES OF PROGRAMS WAR COMES HOME: FINDING PEACE AT THE HOME FRONT

SANTA ANA, CA – The Santa Ana Public Library will begin a series of free programs under the War Comes Home: Finding Peace at the Home Front CA Reads funded project. The first program is a discussion of the book Blue Cascade and viewing of the film Severe Clear.

First Lt. Mike Scotti, a Marine who participated in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) wrote The Blue Cascade. This is a well-written, hard-hitting memoir of a veteran of both Afghanistan and Iraq during the early years of 2000. The language and emotions are raw, but real, as the author shared how living through the war, seeing and experiencing what he did affected him and his fellow marines. Read more…

 
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Willard Fitness Day and Health Fair set for August 16

August 16, 2014
9:00 amto1:00 pm
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SANTA ANA WILLARD FITNESS DAY -July 23, 2014

Santa Ana, CA) – Senator Lou Correa and The Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers are hosting the 2014 Coalition Health Center Fair on August 16, 2014.

This health fair, titled “Keep Your Health on Track”, in conjunction with the celebrations for National Health Center Week, will highlight the vital role that community health centers play in providing quality health services to the medially vulnerable and undeserved communities. Our goal is to provide a fun, safe, healthy event for the entire community during the summer season. Read more…

 
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Dr. Rigo Rodríguez announces his campaign for the SAUSD School Board

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 6, 2014

Contact: Eric Hogensen, 323-761-9514

Dr. Rigo Rodríguez Announces Candidacy for Santa Ana Unified School Board

(Santa Ana) – Cal State University Long Beach professor and Santa Ana small business owner, Dr. Rigo Rodríguez announced his candidacy today for the Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education. Dr. Rodríguez is an inspiring educator, an active community builder, and a proud Santa Ana parent and resident for almost 20 years.

“As the youngest child of 13 in an immigrant family, I experienced the many challenges that low-wage, hard-working families in Santa Ana face. With the support of my family and others, I was able to obtain university degrees enabling me to balance my personal experience with the knowledge needed to bring necessary change to our educational system here in Santa Ana. As an involved parent, I strongly believe that all families deserve to have their children receive a high quality education for the 21st century in Santa Ana schools to prepare them for college and a career,” said Dr. Rodríguez. Read more…

 
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Why did Lou Correa pull out of the Santa Ana Mayor’s race?

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Lou Correa on the State Senate Floor

State Senator Lou Correa has opted not to run for Mayor of Santa Ana.  Why did he get cold feet?

“After a review of various factors, I have decided not to run for Mayor at this time,” Correa (D-Santa Ana) stated in an email to a Voice of OC reporter. “I was deeply touched by all of the calls of encouragement that I received from folks from all walks of life, and all across party lines. I thank you all,” according to the Voice of OC.

Well that statement tells us nothing at all.  What I heard from several inside sources was that Correa didn’t think he could beat the longtime incumbent, Mayor Miguel Pulido.  Correa has enough money in his vast campaign war chest that I would be willing to wager that he conducted a poll and the results were no bueno.  Pulido, apparently, is still the man in Santa Ana. Read more…

 
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Two gang members arrested for attempted murder by the SAPD

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Joel Aguilar

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Homicide and Gang Detectives arrest two Gang Members for Attempt Murder and Conspiracy to Commit Murder Arrested:

• Joel Aguilar (26), Santa Ana
• Alberto Santana (22) Santa Ana

Charges: Attempt Murder and Conspiracy to Commit Murder

Summary: On Wednesday, 7/23/14 at 1130 PM Officers responded to a shooting call in the 1900 block of West Myrtle Street and found a 19 year old male who had been shot four times in the upper torso. The Victim is an identified gang member who was uncooperative and told officers he was shot as he was walking westbound on the north sidewalk of 1900 block of West Myrtle Street. The victim was transported to UCI Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries.

SAPD Homicide detectives were assigned the case. Based on information obtained during their investigations detectives identified two suspects, both identified gang members believed to be involved in the 7/23/14 shooting. Detectives secured search warrants for two separate residences in the 800 block of South Townsend Street. Read more…

 
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2014 OC Fair’s closing week features the return of the Budweiser Clydesdales

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2014 OC Fair’s Closing Week Features Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Brand New Wild Turkey Stampede, Return of the Budweiser Clydesdales and 5 Nights of Demolition Derby August 6-10

The OC Fair will salute Brea, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, Irvine, La Habra, Lake Forest, Tustin, Villa Park and Yorba Linda on select days August 6-8 with a community flag salute and admission discount

Costa Mesa, Calif. (August 4, 2014) – The 2014 OC Fair (July 11-August 10) continues into its last week of summer fun and festivities featuring world-class entertainment in the Toyota Summer Concert Series at the Pacific Amphitheatre and hit tribute band concerts in The Hangar. The OC Fair also welcomes the new Wild Turkey Stampede event and the return of the Budweiser Clydesdales exhibit and parade. Both events are held daily for the rest of the 2014 Fair and are free with Fair admission. The Fair is closed Monday and Tuesday.

Here is a quick look of the events going on this week (August 6-10) at the 2014 OC Fair: Read more…

 
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Victims of SAPD attack on marijuana colectives to speak out at the City Council meeting tonight

August 5, 2014
5:45 pmto8:00 pm
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Protest against arrest of medical marijuana collective staff

OC NORML is asking their supporters to attend tonight’s Santa Ana City Council meeting so that they may speak out against the “outrageous treatment that the medicinal marijuana collective operators, volunteers and patients endured during the most recent series of raids.”

Over 75 people associated with local medicinal marijuana collectives were arrested by the SAPD on July 31, as we previously reported.

Those arrested were locked up in a paddy wagon for hours and were not allowed to use the restroom, get anything to drink, and one patient was even denied the right to take his heart medication.  All of them were eventually booked and released with a code enforcement ticket for $500 each. Read more…

 
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Another retired teacher is running for the SAUSD School Board

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Everlena Oliver, a retired SAUSD teacher, has pulled papers to run for the SAUSD School Board in November.  According to her Linkedin profile she graduated from Santa Ana College and CSUF, with degrees in nursing, and was a Mild Moderate Specialist Educator at the SAUSD for over 16 years.  She retired with pay and benefits of $98K a year according to Transparent California.

Oliver’s experience could serve the district well as the SAUSD has repeatedly been caught screwing up on Special Education.  Ironically one of the other candidates, longtime incumbent John Palacio, has a son who grew up in Special Education at the SAUSD.

Other SAUSD candidates thus far include: Read more…

 
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