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Chromium compound found in air samples in the City of Newport Beach

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OC Health Care Agency Press Release

CHROMIUM COMPOUND FOUND IN AIR SAMPLES IN THE CITY OF NEWPORT BEACH

(Santa Ana) – Information from ambient air monitoring provided by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to the County Health Officer on February 28, 2014, indicates that Hixson Metal Finishing, located at 817-853 Production Place in the City of Newport Beach, has emitted elevated levels of the toxic air contaminant hexavalent chromium.

The Health Care Agency has reviewed response activities and has evaluated the information provided by SCAQMD, and determined that the release meets the requirements of public notification pursuant to California Health and Safety Code section 25180.7(d), as part of the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, or Proposition 65. The intent of Proposition 65 is to protect the public and its drinking water resources, and requires the County Health Officer to inform the public about potential exposures to chemicals that are reported by various state and local agencies. Read more…

 
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Windsor Fashions to join the Westminster Mall in time for this year’s Prom

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WINDSOR FASHIONS TO JOIN WESTMINSTER MALL IN TIME FOR PROM

New retailer specializes in dresses for every occasion, fashion apparel

WESTMINSTER, Calif. (April 1, 2014) – Stumped on what to wear on that special night on the town? Simon Property Group’s (NYSE: SPG) Westminster Mall is excited to announce that Windsor Fashions will open its doors this Friday, April 4, just in time for prom season.

Located on the upper level of Westminster Mall in a 5,771 square-foot shop by Sears, Windsor offers women’s and junior’s contemporary apparel and accessories, including everything from blazers to strappy sandals, and printed scarves to rompers. Read more…

 
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Garden Grove man suspected of stealing gas from several OC gas stations

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NEWS, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Lt. Jeff Hallock, (714) 904-7042, Gail Krause, (714) 647-1840

Suspect Arrested in Theft of Gasoline from Service Station

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. – (April 1, 2014) – On Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at approximately 10 a.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Zahir Shabazz, 49, Garden Grove after he stole approximately 120 gallons of gasoline from a 76 gas station.

Shabazz was taken into custody by deputies after the gas station employee confronted Shabazz and physically detained him until deputies arrived. Read more…

 
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Meet the Mayor, City Council and City Commissioners on April 10

April 10, 2014
5:30 pmto6:30 pm

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Santa Ana City Council

City of Santa Ana

Advisory:  SPECIAL EVENT: Community Invited to Attend Meet & Greet with Mayor & City Council as well as their appointees to city boards & commissions

On behalf of the Santa Ana Mayor & City Council, you are cordially invited to attend a “Meet & Greet.”

This is a great opportunity to meet council members & their Appointees to boards and commissions of the City. Participating appointees include: Read more…

 
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The Mayor and City Council will honor Rev. Louis V. Carlson Jr. tonight

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Rev. Louis Victor Carlson Jr

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Advisory:  Mayor and City Council Will Honor a Community Member as an Exceptional Citizen at Tonight’s City Council Meeting

SANTA ANA, CA (April 1, 2014) – The Santa Ana Mayor and City Council will recognize Rev. Louis Victor Carlson, Jr. at tonight’s city council meeting for his distinguished service and accomplishments within the Santa Ana community.

Rev. Louis Victor Carlson, Jr. moved to Southern California in 1985 and currently lives in Santa Ana. He began ministering at the Santa Ana First Assembly of God Church where he taught adult Bible classes for 28 years and continues to perform weddings, memorial services throughout Southern California. Read more…

 
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OC Sheriff’s Department to join crackdown on texting and driving

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts: Lt. Jeff Hallock (714) 904-7042, Gail Krause, (714) 647-1840

Orange County Sheriff’s Department Joins Crackdown on Texting and Handheld Cell Use Behind the Wheel

SANTA ANA, California (April 1, 2014) – As part of April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be joining with over 200 other local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol in a month long “zero tolerance” enforcement campaign to curb those texting or operating hand-held cell phones while driving. Deputies will be on alert throughout the month for those who break the cell phone laws and place themselves and others in danger. Special high visibility enforcement operations to cite cell phone violators will take place on April 3, 8, 17, and 22. Read more…

 
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Woman who ran a red light struck a child at 17th and Cabrillo Park Dr.

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Suray Leon

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Advisory: Traffic Division Investigators continue to investigate serious injury traffic collision

On 03/30/14 at approximately 1843 hours, a 10 year old child was walking with his adult brother in the crosswalk at 17th St. and Cabrillo Park Dr. As they crossed the street, a female driving a 2008, Ford, F150, pick-up failed to stop at a red light as she traveled westbound on 17th St. in the number one lane and struck the child in the crosswalk. The child was thrown approximately 100 feet and landed in the westbound traffic lanes of 17th St.

OCFA Paramedics responded to the scene and transported the child to the hospital where he remains with life threatening injuries. The female driver identified as Suray Leon (33), Santa Ana resident remained at the scene and was cooperative during the entire investigation. During the investigation it was determined that Leon the vehicles driver was under the influence of alcohol and she was arrested and booked at Santa Ana PD Jail for felony DUI. Read more…

 
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The OC GOP laughs at Karina Onofre, but should they be crying instead?

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Thomas Gordon, Member of the OC GOP Endorsement Committee

Thomas Gordon, Member of the OC GOP Endorsement Committee

The OC GOP’s Endorsement Committee met last night to consider a handful of candidates.  They ended up punting on two races where Republicans are facing off against each other, but then their true colors emerged when they reviewed the candidates for OC Auditor-Controller.

It was of course never in doubt that they would endorse good old boy Eric Woolery.  That is of course disturbing since it is highly unlikely that Woolery will actual audit the Republicans on the Board of Supervisors or their handpicked agency heads.  But the worst was yet to come – after they announced their endorsement.

“Thomas Gordon noted that Mike Dalati (a Democratic candidate for OC Auditor-Controller) is Karina Onofre’s fiancee, to the laughter of the entire room,” as reported by the OC Political blog, which is essentially the new Red County blog. Read more…

 
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Dogs will pack OCTA buses for day of training on April 5

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 31, 2014

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Joel Zlotnik (714) 560-5713, Eric Carpenter (714) 560-5697

NEWS ADVISORY: Dogs Will Pack OCTA Buses For Day of Training

WHAT: Dogs riding buses. More than 100 service animals and their handlers are expected to attend a unique training event on April 5 that will help them get accustomed to navigating the public bus system.

Handlers will work with their therapy and service animals – including Golden Retrievers, Labradors, poodles and more – continually boarding, riding and exiting an Orange County Transportation Authority bus so they can get familiar with large groups of people, loud noises and unfamiliar sights and sounds. Participants also will get access to the Knott’s Berry Farm theme park, where they will encounter the sounds of whizzing rollercoasters, children running toward their favorite rides and plenty of other activity. Read more…

 
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Driver who was on meth to face trial for killing a cyclist in a hit and run

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Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release, Case # 14CF1047: March 31, 2014

DRIVER UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF METHAMPHETAMINE TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR KILLING CYCLIST IN HIT-AND-RUN CRASH

SANTA ANA – Driver under the influence of methamphetamine is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow for killing a cyclist in a hit-and-run crash. Sommer Nicole Gonzales, 18, Tustin, is charged with one felony count each of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated, driving under the influence of drugs causing bodily injury, hit and run with death, possession of a controlled substance, one misdemeanor count of use and under the influence of a controlled substance, one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance paraphernalia, and sentencing enhancement allegations for inflicting great bodily injury, and fleeing the scene of a crime. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 15 years and eight months in state prison for the felonies and one year and six months in Orange County jail for the misdemeanors. The defendant is being held on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-57, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana. Read more…

 
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Distracted driver to face trial for car crash that killed a woman on the 405

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Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release, Case # 12WF0170: March 31, 2014

DISTRACTED FREEWAY DRIVER TO FACE TRIAL FOR KILLING MOTORIST BY CRASHING AT 80 MPH INTO CAR STOPPED IN TRAFFIC

SANTA ANA – An inattentive driver faces trial tomorrow for killing a motorist by crashing into the victim’s car at approximately 80 mph after failing to notice that traffic had come to a stop. Jorene Ypanto Nicolas, 31, San Diego, is charged with one felony count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and faces a maximum sentence of six years in state prison if convicted. Opening statements are scheduled to begin tomorrow, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in Department C-28, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

At approximately 11:00 a.m. on April 27, 2011, Nicolas is accused of speeding northbound on Interstate 405 near Edwards Street in a Toyota Prius. She is accused of being distracted and inattentive while driving and failing to notice that the traffic ahead had come to a complete stop. Read more…

 
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Get a sneak peek at a Santa Ana-inspired Play at Santa Ana College on 4/2

April 2, 2014
6:30 pmto8:30 pm

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Sneak Peek of Santa Ana Play

Dialogue/Diálogos Invites You to a Sneak Peak of Santa Ana-inspired Play at Santa Ana College Theatre Arts Department on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at 6:30 pm.

Residents of Santa Ana have shared their stories with South Coast Repertory playwright-in-residence José Cruz González to create a play. Join us for a staged reading of the FIRST draft, read by Santa Ana community members!  Participate to help shape the final product—a professional stage play presented in Santa Ana. Read more…

 
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Irvine man convicted of raping women in Irvine and in Newport Beach

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Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release, Case # 11HF1885: March 27, 2014

MAN CONVICTED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING TWO WOMEN IN IRVINE AND NEWPORT BEACH

SANTA ANA – A man was convicted today of sexually assaulting two women in Irvine and Newport Beach. Travis Dewayne Batten, Jr., 31, Irvine, was found guilty by a jury of two felony counts of forcible rape, one felony count each of assault with intent to commit a sexual offense, assault with intent to commit a sexual offense during the commission of first degree burglary, sodomy by force, sexual penetration by foreign object by force, and kidnapping to commit a sex offense. The sentencing enhancement allegations for committing sexual offenses during the commission of a burglary and tying up or binding a person were found true. Batten faces a maximum sentence of 120 years to life in state prison at his sentencing, May 23, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-27, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana. Read more…

 
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The 3rd Annual International Woman’s Day event is set for today in Santa Ana

March 29, 2014
4:00 pmto11:00 pm

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3rd Annual International Woman's Day in Santa Ana

The 3rd Annual International Woman’s Day in Santa Ana is set for today, Saturday, 3/29, from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm at El Centro Cultural de Mexico, located at 313 N. Birch Street, Suite C, in Santa Ana.

Santa Ana brings you an educational, social, community event, to recognize woman’s struggles and victories, by sharing information, skills, knowledge, love, music and more. Workshops,conversations, poetry and speakers.

Insurgencia Femenina- 90.7fm, Copwatch Santa Ana , Slam School for Girls- Poets.and more! Clothes exchange/ donation,bring three or more items of clothes, shoes, or accessories to donate to womans shelter. We will be accepting clothes from 4:00-7:00pm. Bring your 3 items for donation recieve a ticket, then from 7:30-10:00pm bring ticket back to exchange for 2 items. We will donate all items to a local woman’s shelter. Read more…

 
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2nd Annual Making the Cut Live Hair Show to name OC’s top stylist on 3/31

March 31, 2014
6:30 pmto8:30 pm

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Second Annual Making the Cut Live Hair Show Competition to Name Orange County’s Top Stylist

Created by Scott Fontana, in Association with Cristophe Salon Newport Beach, Hair Stylists to Compete Live On-Stage at The Observatory in Santa Ana on March 31

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – March 28, 2014 – Scott Fontana, celebrity stylist and owner of Cristophe Salon Newport Beach, has released the date of the second annual Making the Cut live hair show competition to name Orange County’s Top Stylist 2014. On March 31, 2014, six finalists will compete live on-stage at The Observatory in Santa Ana to showcase their talents in front of hundreds of local community members for the chance to win the title of OC’s Top Stylist 2014, as well as $2,500 cash and other prizes. Read more…

 
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