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Santa Ana Graffiti Paint Out and Beautification Day set for 10/18

October 18, 2014
9:00 amto12:00 pm

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Santa Ana Graffiti Paint Out Day

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Community Alert: PUBLIC INVITED TO GRAFFITI PAINT OUT AND BEAUTIFICATION DAY ON SATURDAY, OCT. 18

Join the City of Santa Ana, Public Works Agency for their Community Graffiti Paint-out and Beautification Day. This is a combined effort by City-contracted graffiti removal crews and volunteers from the community. Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 9am to noon. Water and a healthy snack will be provided along with T-Shirts for the first 50 volunteers to pre-register. We’ll provide the tools, gloves, paint and training. All you need to do is join us to help beautify our community.

The graffiti clean-up day will begin at Sasscer Park and will proceed throughout the park and various surrounding neighborhoods. Parking will be provided at the 3rd and Birch Parking Structure (310 N. Birch). Read more…

 
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Free Italian & Mediterranean Family Festival set for 10/5 at the Bowers Museum

October 5, 2014
11:00 amto4:00 pm
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The Bowers Museum is hosting a free Italian & Mediterranean Family Festival at this Sunday, Oct. 5 from 11 am – 4 pm, at 2002 N. Main St., in Santa Ana.

This is a free event sponsored by The Nicholas Endowment and presented by the Bowers Italian Cultural Arts Council.

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Tinajero caught at the Angels game while blowing off the Chamber of Commerce’s Candidates Forum

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Sal Tinajero at the Angels Game

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It was a rough night for Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Sal Tinajero.  He blew off the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce’s candidates forum – but then he got caught playing hooky when he showed up on tonight’s telecast of the Angel’s playoff game in Anaheim.  In fact Tinajero showed up at least twice!

Now I know that Tinajero is a huge Angels fan, and it has been awhile since the boys in red made the playoffs but tonight’s no show at the Chamber’s candidates forum comes at a bad time for Tinajero.  He is not running much of a reelection campaign – he has no campaign website and I have seen no evidence of any precinct walking or any other campaign activities.  It just seems like he is going through the motions this year – even though he has a challenger in the form of businessman Mike Gonzalez, who is campaigning very hard for Ward 6. Read more…

 
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Red Ribbon Week means free parking at 8 OC Parks and free admission to the OC Zoo

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OC Parks Red Ribbon Week

By: OC Supervisor Todd Spitzer

(Portions courtesy of OC Parks & OC Sheriff’s Department)

OC Parks is proud to partner with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) in the countywide Red Ribbon Week for the fourth year. OCSD will distribute 1,000,000 Red Ribbon wristbands to every school-aged child in public and private schools, as well as many businesses and government agencies throughout Orange County.

Since 1988, Orange County has been celebrating Red Ribbon Week, which is a national drug prevention effort. Red Ribbon Week is celebrated during the last week of October each year in schools and communities to increase awareness about alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention, as well as to kick-off a year of prevention that promotes drug-free lifestyles. Read more…

 
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School bus driver sentenced for molesting a minor girl in his apartment

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Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release: October 2, 2014

SCHOOL BUS DRIVER SENTENCED TO EIGHT YEARS IN PRISON FOR MOLESTING MINOR GIRL UNDER THE AGE OF 14 IN HIS APARTMENT

SANTA ANA – A school bus driver was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration for molesting a minor girl under the age of 14 in his Laguna Hills home. Shane Norman Crawford, 39, Laguna Hills, pleaded guilty Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, to two felony counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14.

Crawford gained access to the children by befriending their parents. Read more…

 
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Two Anaheim men charged with murder, kidnapping and rape of four women

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Advisory: TWO MEN TO BE ARRAIGNED ON INDICTMENT FOR SPECIAL-CIRCUMSTANCES MURDER IN COMMISSION OF KIDNAPPING AND RAPE OF FOUR WOMEN

SANTA ANA – Two men are scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow on an indictment for the special-circumstances murder in the commission of a kidnapping and rape of four women. Steven Dean Gordon, 45, and Franc Cano, 28, both of Anaheim, were indicted by the grand jury today Oct. 2, 2014.

They are each charged with four felony counts of special circumstances murder during the commission of rape, kidnapping, lying in wait, and multiple murders. They are also each charged with four felony counts of forcible rape. If convicted, they face a minimum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole and are eligible for the death penalty. The defendants are both scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment tomorrow, Oct. 3, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-5, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

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Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce to host a local candidates forum tonight

October 2, 2014
5:30 pmto7:30 pm
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2014 Candidates Forum

The Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Santa Ana Candidates Forum this evening, Oct. 2, 2014, at the Rancho Santiago Community College District, in their Board Room, locatd at 2323 N. Broadway, Ste. 410, in Santa Ana, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  Call 714-541-5353 if you have any questions.

Meet the candidates for local elected offices and hear their views on important business issues.  Read more…

 
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Downtown Santa Ana traffic on 10/5 will be a mess due to the Ciclovia

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Advisory: SOMOS EVENT ADVSORY – TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT

On Sunday, October 5th, between 6 AM and 5 PM, the Santa Ana Police Department’s Traffic Section will be working the City sponsored SOMOS event. This event includes a complete closure of Main St. between 3rd Street and Warner for the entire day.

The streets for this event will be posted “No parking” starting at 6 AM until 5 PM to help facilitate the event. Violations in the designated “No Parking” areas will be enforced and vehicles are subject to being towed. Read more…

 
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The SAUSD’s Walk to School Day is set for October 8

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Walk to School Day

Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Deidra Powell, Chief Communications Officer October 1, 2014

(714) 558-5555 Office/(714) 673-4995 Mobile

Media Advisory: Fitness and Safety Promoted at Walk-to-School Day – October 8, 2014

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Event: Join the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD), the Orange County Health Care Agency, the Santa Ana School Police and Santa Ana Police Department as they participate in the Annual International Walk to School Day. Students, parents, and community members will take part in this global event to bring awareness to the importance of practicing safe walking, biking, and traffic skills. In addition, participants will review ways to maintain secure routes before, during and after school hours throughout the city of Santa Ana, while promoting physical activity. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana man convicted of sex crimes against girls he met at church

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Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release: October 1, 2014

Case # 11CF3067

MAN CONVICTED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING TWO GIRLS BETWEEN AGES 9 AND 12 AFTER MEETING THEM AT CHURCH AND BEFRIENDING THEIR FAMILIES

SANTA ANA – A man was convicted today of sexually assaulting two girls between ages 9 and 12 after meeting them through church and befriending their families. David Elifar Verduzco, 35, Santa Ana, was found guilty by a jury of three felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14, one felony count of sexual penetration with a child 10 years or younger, one misdemeanor count each of child annoyance and disorderly conduct. The sentencing enhancement allegations for substantial sexual conduct with a child and lewd acts on multiple children were found true. He faces a maximum sentence of 30 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration at his sentencing on Oct. 17, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-43, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

At the time of the crime, Verduzco was a parishioner of Agape House of Prayer in Anaheim, where he was a worship team leader and gave electronic keyboard lessons. The defendant met both of the victims and their families at the church and befriended them. Read more…

 
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The OC Professional Firefighters Association is backing Mayor Pulido

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The Orange County Professional Firefighters Association has announced that they are endorsing Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido in this year’s November General Election.

This is the second major public safety endorsement that Pulido has picked up this week.  He was endorsed yesterday by the Santa Ana Police Officers Association, as we reported. Read more…

 
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Solorio Super Saturday set for Oct. 4

October 4, 2014
9:00 amto2:00 pm

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34th State Senate District candidate Jose Solorio is inviting his friends and supporters to work on his campaign on “Super Saturday,” Oct. 4, 2014, from 9 am to 2 pm, at1325 W. Warner Ave., in Santa Ana & 4714 Los Coyotes Diagonal, in Long Beach.

Activities will include precinct walks, phone banking, lawn sign pickups & deliveries.  Breakfast snacks and lunch will be provided.

Regular Phone Banking Schedule: Read more…

 
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Precinct walk for SAUSD School Board candidate Cano set for this weekend

October 4, 2014
7:00 amto7:00 pm
October 5, 2014
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SAUSD School Board candidate Angie Cano has planned a precinct walk for this weekend as follows:

Saturday: 7:00 am-11:00 am and/or 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sunday: 7:00 am-11:00 am and/or 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Read more…

 
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Santa Ana soap making workshop set for Oct. 12

October 12, 2014
1:30 pmto4:00 pm
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The People’s Soap Company presents: Soap Making Workshop

DATE/TIME: Sunday, October 12, 1:30 pm-4:00 pm

LOCATION: The People’s Soap Company at 177 E City Place Dr., Santa Ana, CA, 92705

COST/REGISTRATION: $12.

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Guatemalan dignitaries to hear about strategies to help at-risk youth, on 10/1

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Advisory: OC GRIP TO HOST PRESENTATION TO DIGNITARIES FROM GUATEMALA TO OFFER STRATEGIES TO HELP AT-RISK YOUTH

SANTA ANA – The Orange County Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership (OC GRIP), local law enforcement, and community organizations will host a presentation tomorrow to dignitaries from Guatemala offering strategies and prevention techniques to help at-risk youth. The presentation will cover components of the OC GRIP program, OC GRIP’S partnership with small businesses and corporations, community involvement through mentorship, and incentive outreach programs to award at-risk teens who stay away from gang activity and do well in school. The presentation will take place tomorrow, Oct. 1, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Ana Police Department.

Since 2012, the City of Santa Ana has participated in a series of exchanges and trainings with municipalities in Guatemala, under the International City/County Management Association, to help develop innovative violence and prevention programs. Part of its goal is to provide training and technical assistance to local governments and community groups in coordination with police and other local-level programs. Read more…

 
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