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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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NEWS, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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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Jaquinn Ramone Bell arrested for the death of three girls in a hit and run accident

Published on November 3, 2014 by in Crime, Santa Ana

Jaquinn Bell

Jaquinn Ramone Bell was arrested at a motel in Stanton, where he was taken into custody with two other adults and two teenage children, 17 and 14 years old, Santa Ana Police Chief Carlos Rojas said at a news conference Monday morning, according to KPCC.

The two unidentified adults were later released and the children were handed over to a legal guardian., according to CBS News.

The chief said the Orange County district attorney’s office was reviewing the case, according to ABC News. Read more…

 
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Memorial funds set up for the three little girls killed in a Halloween hit and run


Lexi Perez Huerta and Lexandra Perez

The family of twins Alexandra and Lexi Perez Huerta, who died tragically this Halloween when they were struck by a hit and run driver in north Santa Ana, has set up a Memorial Fund to help pay for the girls’ funeral and to raise awareness.

Over $22,000 had been donated to the Perez Huerta family as of Sunday afternoon. The stated goal was $10,000.

Dr. Jim D’Agostino, the principal of Santiago Charter Middle School, where the other victim, Andrea Gonzalez, was an eighth grader, established a separate GoFundMe account for the young girl’s family. Over $12,000 has been donated, of the $15,000 goal, as of Sunday evening. Read more…

 
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Arrests made in connection to hit and run death of three girls on Halloween

Published on November 2, 2014 by in Crime, Santa Ana

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

As of today at 11:30 am, there have been multiple arrests made in connection to the hit and run deaths of three 13 year old girls that occurred in the 1400 block of E. Fairhaven on Friday October 31, 2014 at 6:45 pm, according to the Santa Ana Police Department.

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido later said five people had been arrested, according to KTLA.

There will be a press conference tomorrow, Monday November 3, 2014 at 11:00 am at Santa Ana Police Department in the Community Room. There will be NO further information released until the press conference tomorrow. Read more…

 
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Dia de Los Muertos event being hosted by Fairhaven Memorial Park this afternoon


Dia de los muertos at Fairhaven

Fairhaven Memorial Park to Host Third Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration 

Hundreds gather at free event on Sunday, Nov. 2 to remember friends and family members

Orange County residents will gather at Fairhaven Memorial Park & Mortuary for its annual Dia de los Muertos celebration, a family-friendly event to honor the lives of those who have passed. A vibrant memorial service, featuring a traditional offertory, music and art, will be held to pray for and remember the lives of friends and family members. Attendees are encouraged to bring a photo of their loved ones to place at the colorful altars. Complimentary pan de muerto and chocolate will be provided by El Indio Tortilleria, Inc.

Believed to be one of the few days a year when loved ones who have passed return to visit, Dia de los Muertos – also known as Day of the Dead – is celebrated annually on Nov. 2. Traditionally, loved ones create altars that include food, flowers, photos and articles that belonged to, or had special meaning, to the deceased. Read more…

 
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Benefit concert for Santa Ana High and Willard Intermediate set for Nov. 2

November 2, 2014
5:00 pmto7:30 pm

SAUSD Benefit

For the past 5 years, New Hope Presbyterian Church, in Orange, has sponsored a benefit concert to keep music alive for Santa Ana High School and Willard Intermediate. This year the benefit concert will be held on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 at Santa Ana High School, in the Bill Medley Auditorium, at 520 W. Walnut St., in Santa Ana.

This year’s benefit concert is entitled “Return to Motown” and will feature: Read more…

 
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Noche de Altares, marking the Day of the Dead, set for today in DTSA through 10 pm

November 1, 2014
1:00 pmto10:00 pm

Noche de Altares

Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, according to Wikipedia.

The Day of the Dead will be celebrated in Santa Ana with the annual Noche de Altares (Night of Altars) hosted by El Centro Cultural de Mexico, at 4th and Birch Streets, in Downtown Santa Ana, on November 1st, from 1- 10 pm. Read more…

 
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The OC Registrar of Voters is open this weekend for early voting


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Registrar of Voters Open Weekend Hours for Early Voting

Office to be open Saturday and Sunday prior to election

SANTA ANA, CA – October 31, 2014 – In order to allow greater flexibility in voting for the November 4, 2014 General Election the Orange County Registrar of Voters will be open Saturday, November 1, 2014 and Sunday, November 2, 2014. The Registrar will also accept voted vote-by-mail ballots for voters that wish to drop them off that day.

WHEN: Saturday, November 1, 2014 and Sunday, November 2, 2014, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Read more…

 
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How does Janet Nguyen really feel about Latinos?


Janet Nguyen

When Supervisor Janet Nguyen was first elected to represent the First District I advised her to be non-partisan and to reach out to her Latino constituents.  She started a Hispanic Committee to advise her but I was shocked to find out that all of the committee’s members were Hispanic Republicans – and none of them lived in the First District.

A couple years ago Nguyen gerrymandered the First District to include more Vietnamese voters – and less Latino voters.

This year Nguyen not only voted to put a homeless shelter right in the middle of one of Santa Ana’s poorest neighborhoods, on Normandy Street (over on the east side of the city), she also refused to meet with the residents when they wanted to talk to her about the shelter, which they feel is too close to schools, parks and hundreds of apartments and homes.

Will Nguyen work with Latinos?  Sure.  But only if they are Republicans.  This stands in stark contrast to the record of the man she is trying to replace in the 34th State Senate District – Lou Correa.  His record shows that he will work with anyone in his district.  He has been a true moderate.  That is not what Nguyen is going to be. Read more…

 
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Three trick or treaters killed by hit and run driver in north Santa Ana

Published on October 31, 2014 by in Crime, Santa Ana

Authorities say three teenage girls have died after being struck in a suspected hit-and-run crash in Orange County, according to CBS.  Two of the girls were twins and the third was a friend of theirs.   The vehicle was traveling at a “high rate of speed” when the crash occurred, according to NBC.

The accident happened about 6:45 p.m. 1400 block of East Fairhaven, near the intersection of North Jacaranda Street and Fairhaven Avenue, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said, according to the OC Register.

The children were hit by Fairhaven Elementary School not far from Fairhaven Apartment Homes.

This sort of thing never used to happen in North Santa Ana. But already this year we have reported to drive by shootings in the area – and now this. Read more…

 
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