She was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The woman and her unborn child are expected to survive. Continue reading
A 36-year-old man was shot and killed in Santa Ana this afternoon, according to the O.C. Register.
The shooting happened at about 1:30 p.m. at the 1900 block of West Myrtle Street, according to the SAPD. That is right by Santa Ana’s Kidworks, a non-profit that employs Santa Ana City Councilman David Benavides.
Police found the victim in an alley with a gunshot wound in his lower torso. Continue reading
Santa Ana Police Department
Victim: Alonso Ortiz (22) Santa Ana.
On Thursday, August 24, 2017 at approximately 10:01 PM, the Santa Ana Police Department responded to a report of a shooting at the 500 block of South Shelley Street in the city of Santa Ana. Upon arrival, Officers found an adult male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Orange County Fire Authority Paramedics responded. Medics transported the victim to a local trauma center where doctors declared him deceased at 1:37 AM. Continue reading
This explains a lot. Someone recently shared with us the Kidworks golf event publicity for Pelican Hill, and if you go to their website it shows all their big donors.
Apparently, the California Endowment which funds many of the community group activists in Santa Ana has also given Kidworks over $250,000 in recent years. No wonder Councilman Benavides votes with the activists all the time! He is the nonprofit’s executive director and his salary is paid from their “charity” donors…including the California Endowment.
Many other local donors on Kidworks supporter list! Click here to see list.
Do you recall that our Santa Ana City Council completely screwed up and forgot to get bids for our city trash contract, which is worth over $35 Million Dollars? Well guess what? Councilman David Benavides has accepted over $25K in donations to KidWorks – which hired Benavides to be their Executive Director.
While these donations are not technically illegal what really stinks is that Benavides is, according to our sources, planning to vote to extend the trash contract to Waste Management with NO competitive RFP (request for proposal). In other words they appear to have paid him to roll over and hand them back millions of city dollars. Continue reading
The shooting victim, a 19-year old Santa Ana man, was shot in his upper torso by a suspect who approached him and two other men as they were smoking marijuana in an alley. Continue reading
Last Tuesday during the Council meeting, Santa Ana City Councilman David Benavides had a meltdown. It was weird and over the top, Sean Mill tells us why in his Voice of OC comment:
“I wonder if the reason Councilman Benavides was upset is because the council majority had shot down city staffs recommendation to give KidsWorks, the non-profit headed by Benavides and where he draws his paychecks, $125,000, which was almost a quarter of the money. Continue reading
When Santa Ana City Councilman David Benavides returned to Kidworks I wondered what was up. Remember that Benavides used to work for Kidworks when he first came to Santa Ana, as a transplant from East Los Angeles with a new degree from Biola University. But then Benavides got elected to the Santa Ana City Council and he started working in real estate.
However after his real estate career faltered, Benavides did indeed return to Kidworks – and shortly thereafter they received $40K in community development block grants from the City of Santa Ana. They have now received about $100K from the City of Santa Ana. You have to wonder how much of that money ended up in Benavides’ paychecks. Continue reading
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Día del Niño Celebration in Santa Ana set for Saturday April 16th
A Day For The Children Includes Free Food and Resources
SANTA ANA, CA (April 8, 2016) – Healthy kids make for a healthy community. On Saturday April 16th, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., KidWorks will host a Día del Niño celebration in partnership with other local non-profits, community leaders and educators. The event will be located between the 1900 and 2200 blocks of Myrtle Street. That Saturday marks the culmination of the Week of the Young Child, which has been celebrated across the nation for over four decades.
“Since 1993, KidWorks of Santa Ana has known that when kids are healthy the community is healthy,” said David Benavides, KidWorks executive director and a Santa Ana city councilman. “Day in, day out, it is the mission of KidWorks to provide all of the tools necessary for at-risk children to grow up and prosper and find their own unique identity.” Continue reading
KidWorks Community Development Corporation
Contact: Sophia Brand, 310.469.8597
For Immediate Release: March 4, 2016
Annual Bishop Manor Intergenerational Health Fair to Provide Services, Medical Advice to Central Santa Ana Families
SANTA ANA, Calif. – Families in the Bishop Manor neighborhoods of Central Santa Ana will have the opportunity to take advantage of complimentary health screenings and medical guidance on Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m. to noon as part of a free Intergenerational Health Fair.
The fourth annual fair is hosted by The Bishop Manor task force, in coalition with community development organizations, including KidWorks, The Cambodian Family, The Office of State Senator Janet Nguyen, The Office of County Supervisor Andrew Do, The City of Santa Ana, and the Santa Ana Police Department. Continue reading
Santa Ana City Councilman David Benavides has married Erika Carranza, the girlfriend that he previously appointed to the Santa Ana Parks and Recreation Commission.
The wedding, which took place this Saturday, appeared to be a political affair as Santa Ana Planning Commissioner Phil Bacerra was featured prominently in the wedding pictures. Continue reading
One of our readers paid attention the other night when the Santa Ana City Council was deciding how to spend their Community Development Block Grant money. Kidworks, a non-profit organization that recently hired Santa Ana Councilman David Benavides, asked for $45,000 in CDBG grants and the City Council gave them $56,000!
While Kidworks, and presumably Benavides, scored the City Council rejected these requests: Continue reading
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Saturday April 11th Is A Day For The Children
Free Food and Resources at el “Día del Niño” Celebration in Santa Ana
Orange County, CA (April, 2015) – Healthy kids make for a healthy community. For the past 20 years KidWorks Santa Ana has known this axiom to be true. Day in, day out, it is the mission of KidWorks to provide all of the tools necessary for at-risk children to grow up and prosper and find their own unique identity.
On Saturday April 11th, from 10 am until 1 pm, between the 1900 and 2200 blocks of Myrtle Street, KidWorks will host a Día del Niño celebration, in partnership with other local non-profits, community leaders and educators. Saturday marks the culmination of the Week of the Young Child, which has been celebrated across the nation for over 4 decades. Continue reading
Santa Ana Councilman David Benavides has been named Executive Director of KidWorks, a Santa Ana-based nonprofit that now serves over 800 children, teens and parents through weekly programs and over 4,000 community members annually from three learning centers, according to OC Metro Magazine.
This is not Benavides’ first go-around at KidWorks. According to his official bio, “During his college years, he was introduced to KidWorks, a Santa Ana based non-profit organization which focuses on mentoring and empowering at-risk youth and families in some of the most under-resourced neighborhoods of Orange County. Initially moving to Santa Ana for an 8-week internship with KidWorks, David later became the Director of the non-profit for over six years. During his tenure, David prepared the organization for growth and later continued providing leadership as Board Chairman for over five years.” Continue reading