On Tuesday, March 28 at about 5 p.m., SAPD police officers responded to the area of 700 South Center regarding a shooting. The investigation revealed the shooting occurred in front of Jerome Center. Witnesses said the victim was shot in his upper torso, according to SAPD Case # 17-08295.
A male was parked near the corner of W. Richland and S. Raitt Streets, in Santa Ana, early this morning, just past midnight, when two male suspects walked up to him and a confrontation occurred where the suspects asked about gang affiliation and then proceed to assault the victim, according to SAPD Case number 17-5725.
The suspects fled in a vehicle and the victim followed. One of the suspects exited their car and shot at the victim striking the car only. Continue reading
Benavides told the police that he heard three shots fired and a vehicle leaving the area. SAPD police officers responded to the area and conducted an area check through Townsend St. from Monte Vista to McFadden and the surrounding alleys. The officers were unable to locate a crime scene, victims or any suspects at this time. Continue reading
Members of two opposing gangs opened fire on each other on Tuesday at around 2:43 p.m., at South Raitt Street and West Monte Vista Avenue, in Santa Ana, where kids were playing at the time, according to the O.C. Register.
Two SAPD motorcycle officers showed up at the scene after they received reports of shots fired at the 1900 block of West McFadden Avenue. The police officers arrested two of the juvenile suspects – one of them had a firearm.
Two other suspects took off on a bicycle, headed toward South Townsend St. Continue reading
The SAPD is finally acknowledging the increase in shootings, mostly gang-related, in Santa Ana since New Year’s Day. There have been 16 shootings since Jan. 1, according to the O.C. Register. Fortunately only one shooting has proved fatal.
There were two new shootings in the past day. One took place at around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday as two men were arguing outside a home at the 1300 block of West 3rd, near Lydia Romero-Cruz Elementary School, according to a witness who spoke to the police. Continue reading
In case you were wondering why the SAPD closed the eastbound lanes of West McFadden Ave., from South Fairview to South Sullivan Streets, late this afternoon, it was because of yet another gang-related shooting.
SAPD police officers were called to the 2600 block of West McFadden Ave., just west of Jerome Park, at 4:35 p.m., where they came across a man who had a gunshot wound in his upper body, according to the O.C. Register.
The victim ended up at a local hospital where he was said to be alert and in serious but stable condition. Continue reading
Orange County District Attorney Press Release
For Immediate Release: December 13, 2013
SANTA ANA – Children from 42 families will celebrate the holidays this weekend at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) 15th Annual Adopt-A-Family event. The event will be held tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Monte Vista Elementary School in Santa Ana.
OCDA staff, affiliates, friends, and family have adopted 149 children from 42 families, who were identified as needing assistance during this holiday season by school principals from Diamond Elementary School, Monte Vista Elementary School, and staff from the Santa Ana Corbin Family Center. Each child will receive donated gifts and toys and their families will be provided with grocery gift certificates for a holiday dinner. Continue reading
For Immediate Release: February 17, 2011
Contact: Lina Hamilton (916) 651-4034
Budget Cuts Could Eliminate Funding for Local Schools’ Emergency Repairs
PHOTO: Emergency Repair Program unfunded approved project: Roof and low voltage infrastructure at Monte Vista Elementary School in Santa Ana
SACRAMENTO, CA— State Senator Lou Correa is fighting to protect funds for deteriorating local schools. In a letter to the members of two Senate Budget and Fiscal Review subcommittees, the Orange County senator urged them not to deny the Governor’s 2011-12 proposed Budget allocation to fund the Emergency Repair Program with $54 million.
“It is beyond comprehension that the Legislature would want to “save” money by tearing down the ERP funding, which was created precisely for a targeted group of schools, the ones with greater needs, at the expense of the health and safety of students and teachers who already have to put up with deteriorating facilities every day,” Senator Correa stated.
Just a few years ago, the Williams Settlement Legislation led to the establishment of the Emergency Repair Program (ERP) to allow school districts to make critical repairs that are deemed a threat to the health and safety of pupils; particularly at schools that serve disadvantaged students. The targeted schools are in the lowest three tiers in test scores which typically are attended by economically disadvantaged children.
Governor Brown’s 2011-2012 Budget includes funding of ERP for three years. There are 25 projects in the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) totaling an estimated $22,461,772 for FY 2011-12 and 11 projects estimated at $13,061,004 for FY 2012-13, that would be funded if the administration’s budget proposal for ERP is approved by the Legislature this year.
Regulations require that ERP projects are completed within 18 months of funding (21 months if Division of State Architect approval is required), thus improving the state economy quickly. In addition to providing equitable school facilities for disadvantaged children, the ERP program would provide high paying jobs and stimulate the economy.
“The Santa Ana Unified School District is committed to providing facilities that are conducive to learning,” said Jane Russo, SAUSD Superintendent.” Critical repairs are necessary at several of our schools and receiving Emergency Repair Program funding will help ensure that every child in our schools has a safe, healthy, and effective environment in which to learn”.
Among schools districts waiting for ERP funding this fiscal year are Pasadena Unified (with nine projects affecting eight schools), Long Beach Unified, San Diego Unified, Sacramento City Unified, Fresno Unified and Oakland Unified.
In closing on his letter to the committees, Senator Correa stated: “I urge you to consider the health and safety risks to the thousands of Californians, including children, who will be impacted if the ERP funding is not adopted by the Legislature in its Budget revision.”
State Senator Lou Correa represents the 34th District, which includes: Anaheim, Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Westminster, Stanton, Buena Park, and Fullerton.