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$151M in tax credits available to Santa Ana businesses


Santa Ana Tax Credit

City of Santa Ana, Downtown Orange County

Community Alert: Santa Ana Businesses – $151 Million In Tax Credits Available Through State Program

Santa Ana, CA (January 8, 2015) – On Monday, January 5th, The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) opened the California Competes program and began accepting applications for businesses that want to add jobs in California. The state will provide $151 million in tax credits this fiscal year to small, medium and large companies across the state.

Last fiscal year, GO-Biz awarded $28.9 million to 29 companies that are planning to create 6,000 jobs and invest more than $2 billion in the state. Read more…

 
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U.S. Rep. Sanchez’ statement on the retirement of Senator Boxer


Loretta Sanchez at the Fiestas Patrias Parade

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Representing California’s 46th Congressional District
STATEMENT, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 8, 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Barb Solish, Barb.Solish@mail.house.gov

REP. LORETTA SANCHEZ STATEMENT ON SENATOR BOXER RETIREMENT

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) today released the following statement after California Senator Barbara Boxer announced that she would not seek re-election in 2016.

“Senator Barbara Boxer has made history more times than I can count. As a champion of environmental protection, quality public education and women’s rights, Senator Boxer has played a pivotal role in Washington. Above all, Senator Boxer put Californians first and for that our state will be forever grateful. Read more…

 
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Unless Lou Correa starts attacking Andrew Do, he is going to lose big on 1/27


Andrew Do is ready to serve white people

Do is kissing up to those old, white voters…

I hate to say this but after seeing two of Lou Correa’s First District campaign mailers I am convinced that he is going to lose.  He is running the same tepid campaign that helped Jose Solorio get his butt kicked in the November General Election, by Janet Nguyen, over in the race for the 34th State Senate District.

Why isn’t Correa attacking Andrew Do – Nguyen’s former Chief of Staff?  While Correa is blowing hundreds of thousands sending “nice” mailers replete with pictures of him painting over graffiti, Do is busy working the Viet community – and Do’s mailers are clearly geared to the old, white Republican voters who still matter in the First District.

Correa’s campaign seems to be entirely focused on Latino voters – just like Solorio’s was.  They didn’t vote last year in either the Primary or the General Election. Why would they vote in a Special Election in January?  They are not going to!  And no amount of pandering by Correa to the Viet voters is going to convince any of them not to vote for Do!  They vote for their own, period! Read more…

 
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People sickened after eating Rosca de Reyes Bread from Cholula’s Bakery


Nasty Rosca de Reyes Bread

For Immediate Release: January 7, 2014

Contact: Nicole Stanfield nstanfield@ochca.com, 714-834-2178

Illness Associated with Rosca de Reyes Bread

(Santa Ana) – Over 30 people from multiple unrelated groups became ill with symptoms including dizziness, palpitations, and numbness after eating Rosca de Reyes Bread distributed by Cholula’s Bakery in Santa Ana. The Health Care Agency is investigating the cause of the illnesses, and the bakery is closed pending the outcome of the investigation.

The bread was distributed on January 5 and 6, 2015 to a number of retail outlets in Orange County and Long Beach. Health officials have advised retailers to remove any unsold product from their shelves and consumers who purchased the bread are advised to discard any uneaten product. Anyone who consumed the bread who experiences symptoms similar to those reported should contact their personal physician.

The product was sold at the following locations: Read more…

 
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Andrew Do blew off the First District Candidates Forum in Santa Ana


Andrew Do MIA

Predictably Andrew Do blew off the First District candidates forum that was held in Santa Ana yesterday.  Why would he want to put himself in a position to have to explain why he quit the Garden Grove City Council in 2011 or answer the questions about whether or not he actually lived in Garden Grove at that time?

The rest of the candidates showed up including Lou Correa, Chuyen Van Nguyen, Chris Phan, Lupe Moreno and a write-in candidate, Mark I. Lopez.

Here are a few highlights from the forum courtesy of the OC Political Blog: Read more…

 
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Disturbed woman keeps attacking a Buddhist Temple in Santa Ana


Woman in Santa Ana who throws glass bottles at Buddha

Santa Ana Police Department

Advisory: Detectives Request Public’s Assistance in Identifying a Woman Who Vandalized Buddhist Temple

The Santa Ana Police Department was contacted by the Hong Tich Buddhist Temple after they located surveillance video of an unknown woman throwing glass bottles at statues of Buddha located at the front of their temple. Since 12/16/14 the temple has experienced a total of eight incidents of glass bottles being smashed at the front of the temple causing damage to the statues.

The female depicted in the photos was observed throwing bottles at the statues on three separate occasions during various hours of the day. It is believed she may be involved in the additional incidents.

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The SAUSD’s new afterschool program, Engage 360°, has launched


SAUSD’s Engage 360

SAUSD Extended Learning Program – Engage 360° Begins January 5, 2015

We are excited to launch our new Extended Learning Program, Engage 360°, beginning January 5, 2015, to SAUSD K-8 students. Engage 360° will provide students with a safe environment that is a true extension of the academic school day. Students will engage in meaningful academic support, varied enrichment, nutrition and physical activities that will accelerate student outcomes linked to LCAP goals.  This program will replace the existing afterschool programs currently operated by Think Together and the Boys and Girls Club in grades K-8.

SAUSD’s Engage 360° includes: Read more…

 
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The City Council considering water and sewage rate increases


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City of Santa Ana, Downtown Orange County

Community Alert: CITY OF SANTA ANA CONSIDERS WATER AND SEWER RATE ADJUSTMENT

SANTA ANA, CA (January 5, 2015) – On December 2, 2014, the City Council unanimously approved a water and sewer system study and provided direction to staff to proceed with notification of proposed water and sewer rate adjustments in compliance with proposition 218 requirements.

The City estimates the five-year average water rate increase will be 2.2% per year and the five-year average sewer rate increase will be 9.3% per year for a combined average of about 3% per year. For details on the study, please refer to the study online at www.santa-ana.org/wateradjustment. Read more…

 
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Rev. Emilio Galindo, of the Hispanic Baptist Church of Santa Ana, passes away


Rev. Emilio Galindo

The Rev. Emilio Galindo, who was pastor of the Hispanic Baptist Church of Los Angeles and the Hispanic Baptist Church of Santa Ana, passed away on Tuesday December 30th at 9:35 pm.

Galindo is survived by his wife, Miriam Galindo and their three children.

Funeral Service: Read more…

 
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First District candidates are looking for volunteers to help their campaigns


There are several local candidates running for the First District of the Orange County Board of Supervisors – and several of them are looking for volunteers to help them as the special election is coming up very quickly, on Jan. 27, 2015.

  • If you would like to help former State Senator Lou Correa, a Democrat who lives in Santa Ana, contact Alex Flores at 714-474-8768 aflores18@gmail.com.
  • If you are interested in helping Garden Grove Councilman Chris Phan, a Republican, contact George Brietigam at gbrietigam@gmail.com.
  • If you want to help Andrew Do, a Republican who quit the Garden Grove City Council a few years ago, click here.

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Mandatory wood-burning ban in effect today for residents of the South Coast Air Basin


SCAQMD Air Alerts

NO-BURN ALERT:  MANDATORY WOOD-BURNING BAN IN EFFECT TODAY FOR RESIDENTS OF THE SOUTH COAST AIR BASIN

All Indoor and Outdoor Residential Wood Burning Prohibited Due to High Air Pollution Predicted for Today, Saturday January 3

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has issued a residential no-burn alert effective Saturday, January 3, 2015, for all those living in the South Coast Air Basin, which includes the greater Los Angeles area, Orange County and the Inland Empire.  SCAQMD reminds residents in these areas that burning wood in their fireplaces is prohibited from midnight tonight through midnight on Saturday night.  No-burn alerts are mandatory in order to protect public health due to a high concentration of fine particle air pollution forecast for the area.  The no-burn prohibition also applies to manufactured fire logs, such as those made from wax or paper. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana resident on leave from the Marines killed in head on crash in Whittier


Matthew George Tapia

 Photo Credit: Facebook, used with permission granted by the Tapia family

Two motorists, identified as Matthew George Tapia, 24, of Santa Ana, and Corina Villareal, 54, of Azusa, were killed Thursday at about 1:30 a.m.  in a head-on crash near Whittier at First Avenue, near Candlelight Drive, in the unincorporated county area, California Highway Patrol officials said in a written statement, according to the Whittier Daily News.

Tapia was the son of George and Anita Tapia, who are members of the Tustin Calvary Chapel Church.  He was home on leave from the U.S. Marines when the accident occurred. Read more…

 
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Has First District candidate Andrew Do hooked up with Brian Probolsky?


Brian Probolsky and Andrew Do

 

By the OC Politics Blog

I am hearing that Orange County administrator Brian Probolsky has taken a one month leave of absence from his job at the O.C. Community Resources (after being on loan for awhile to Pat Bates, who like Janet Nguyen has left the O.C. Board of Supervisors) to help the campaign of Andrew Do, the former Chief of Staff to Nguyen.  I am told that Do will retain Probolsky as his Chief of Staff if the First District Special Election goes his way.

Probolsky, moved to a position that was created for him, as Business Practices Manager at OC Community Resources, after working as a Bates staffer, in February of 2013. His new job came with an 81 percent raise, from $31 an hour to $56 an hour, according to the O.C. Register. Read more…

 
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O.C. Auditor-Controller releases the CAFR and OC Citizens’ Report


Orange County new seal

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: December 30, 2014

For further information contact: Jan Grimes, 714.834.2457

Orange County Auditor-Controller Jan Grimes Releases the CAFR and OC Citizens’ Report

(Santa Ana, CA) Dec. 30, 2014 – The Orange County Auditor-Controller Department released the Annual OC Citizens’ Report today, also called the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR). This report presents financial highlights for the County of Orange, California for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014 and provides the general public a summary of the information contained in the County’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

“The OC Citizens’ Report is designed to be easily understood by non-accountants and helps provide the transparency in government that the public deserves,” says Auditor-Controller Jan Grimes. Read more…

 
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O.C. Sheriff’s DUI sweep nets 25 suspects with outstanding warrants


OC Sheriff Badge

NEWS, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lt. Jeff Hallock, 714.904.7042, JHallock@ocsd.org

25 Suspects with Outstanding DUI Warrants Caught in Orange County Sheriff’s Department Sweep

SANTA ANA, Calif. – (December 30, 2014) – On December 15,, 2014, Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputies fanned out into neighborhoods in search of high risk driving under the influence (DUI) offenders with outstanding arrest warrants. Deputies served warrants and arrested 12 offenders who either failed to show up for a court date or violated terms of their probation in an outstanding DUI case. An additional 13 offenders turned themselves in to court during the two weeks following the warrant event.

“The best bet for anyone with a missed DUI court date is to go to court on their own now,” said Lieutenant Jim England of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Bureau. “If you don’t, that warrant isn’t going away. We’re going to come find you and take you to jail.” Those caught often face additional jail time for failing to appear in court or for violating probation. Read more…

 
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