“I’m shocked and dumbfounded that Rojas would make such false accusations and continue to damage our city and community. The truth, that the Police Officers Association knows is he was incompetent and had lost the confidence of the rank and file; a vote of No Confidence was initiated, personnel matters were mismanaged and he was unable to implement an effective community oriented policing philosophy. Continue reading
Do you remember when former SAPD Police Chief Carlos Rojas quit the SAPD to go be the Chief at BART (the Bay Area Rapid Transit System in San Francisco and Oakland)? At the time Rojas said his new job was a “fun” challenge. “I’m excited and humbled to have been selected to lead such a progressive police department,” he said.
Well it did not take Rojas long to anger his new employers!
“Not long after Rojas started work in late May, he made the decision to stop issuing daily curated email reports on police calls at BART, which described in short paragraphs the reported crime and the department’s response, and instead, to send BART crime information to the free online tool, CrimeMapping.com,” according to the Mercury News. Continue reading
Have you noticed that violent crime in Santa Ana appears to have dropped since our last Police Chief, Carlos Rojas, left to become the new BART Police Chief, up in San Francisco/Oakland? Perhaps this is due to the fact that the SAPD has cracked down on any news about shootings – crimemapping.com no longer reports on ANY crimes committed in our city.
An inside source told me today that the home of Santa Ana Councilman David Benavides was shot at on Saturday night. But don’t look for this in the local newspaper. The SAPD has squelched the story. Continue reading
Deputy Chief Jim Schnabl has been selected as the new Acting Police Chief of the SAPD, according to a message sent to SAPD employees by outgoing Chief Carlos Rojas, who resigned when he was hired to serve as the new Chief of the BART Police in San Francisco.
Schnabl has been running the SAPD’s Administrative Bureau, which oversees Human Resources, Training, Information Services, and the Central Distribution Center (CDC). The Bureau is also responsible for the Communications Center which is often a point of first contact with the community in providing emergency and non-emergency services. Continue reading
Former SAPD Police Chief Carlos Rojas just resigned in Santa Ana but he has already landed a new job. Rojas is the new Police Chief for the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) subway system in the Bay Area, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Rojas is taking over from the former BART Police Chief, Kenton Rainey, who retired last December. Continue reading
Santa Ana Police Department, Office of the Chief of Police
Memo To: Gerardo Mouet, Acting City Manager
From: Carlos Rojas, Chief of Police
Date: April 19, 2017
For over 27 years, I have had the privilege and honor to serve the business owners, residents and all community members of this wonderful city. This memo will serve as my intent to resign as the Chief of Police for the City of Santa Ana. Continue reading
Remember when the previous Santa Ana City Council majority, SAPD Police Chief Carlos Rojas and our since-fired City Manager, David Cavazos, tried to convince us last year that crime was going down in Santa Ana?
It turns out they were all lying through their teeth! Homicides in Santa Ana nearly doubled last year as gang-related shootings pushed the number of killings in Santa Ana to 23 homicides – its highest point in six years, according to the O.C. Register. Continue reading
In a break from the norm the SAPD has arrested two gangbangers in connected with two homicides – and SAPD Chief Carlos Rojas, who may be barely clinging to his job at this point, announced reward money of up to $50K is being offered for information regarding this past week’s four homicides, according to the O.C. Register.
Chief Rojas announced at a press conference that “It’s pretty unusual to have as many as we have had in that period of time,” indicating that he has apparently forgotten that we had 27 shootings in the month of January, this year. Continue reading
Apparently current SAPD Police Chief Carlos Rojas, who was hired by the Santa Ana City Council despite the fact that he had zero experience running a police department, wants us to believe that he has come up with a solution to the tsunami of gang violence in our city. So tomorrow he is going to face the media, at last, and talk about his new reward program.
But hold the presses – it turns out the SAPD already has a reward program in place for those who give tips about gang-related homicides. That program was put in place by former SAPD Police Chief Paul Walters, who now serves as the Chief of Staff to Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett. Continue reading
Embattled and overwhelmed SAPD Police Chief Carlos Rojas has finally woken from his slumber as the year 2017 has started with a bloody bang in Santa Ana – with 27 shootings in the month of January. Rojas will hold a press conference tomorrow, Feb. 15, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., at the SAPD’s Community Room to talk about the four homicide cases that occurred over this past weekend.
Rojas will also be introducing his new idea to try to convince fearful local residents to talk to the police. The SAPD is going to be offering monetary rewards to witnesses of gang violence. Continue reading
On Friday morning, January 27 at about 1 a.m. SAPD police officers responded to the area of 100 South Mountain View after receiving calls about a shooting.
Witnesses reported an altercation between two males and minutes later a male checked into a local hospital for emergency care with a gunshot wound, according to SAPD Case # 17-02529. Continue reading
The same folks who have rioted on Bristol in the past are planning to do so again tomorrow, January 20, in protest against the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. While the promotions for this protest don’t mention a cross street we expect the rioting to take place around W. McFadden and S. Bristol.
An anonymous source tells us that Mater Dei may be closing their campus tomorrow in anticipation of the riot. What will the area SAUSD schools do? Continue reading
City Manager David Cavazos will be relieved of his duties but will receive a severance payout, council members decided Tuesday just a few weeks after he was placed on paid administrative leave by a new council majority, according to the O.C. Register.
The good news is that even though the City will have to pay Cavazos over $315K to take a hike they are replacing him with Gerardo Mouet, who has been running our City’s Parks and Recreation Agency for years. Mouet is already on the payroll so this won’t cost Santa Ana an extra dime. Continue reading
If you live in Santa Ana then it should come as no surprise violent crime increased in our city during the first half of 2016, according to a new FBI report.
Violent crime also increased in Orange, Costa Mesa, and Irvine, but it dropped in Anaheim, Huntington Beach and Garden Grove. Continue reading
An unidentified male in his 50’s was driving at about 2:30 p.m. today in the area of W. 17th & N. Ross Streets, in Santa Ana, when he heard multiple gunshots. The man’s vehicle was hit and he was shot to the upper torso, according to SAPD Case # 17-00336.
The unintended victim was taken to a local hospital and is stable. Continue reading