Just before 5:30 tonight OCFA firefighting crews in Santa Ana extinguished a fence fire before it could catch a detached classroom at a school on fire.
Why do you suppose a fence would catch fire?
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Santa Ana, Calif. (August 30,2021) – Today, the County of Orange has launched the APRA and CARES Act Transparency website for constituents.
The website includes expenditure information related to both Acts, an overview of the ARPA funding and the 2021 Performance Plan and links to the US Treasury. The ARPA information will be updated periodically as new information becomes available. The website also includes the final reporting on the County’s use of CARES Act funds.
In addition, the County kicked off its annual strategic financial planning process on August 16, 2021. The 2021 Strategic Financial Plan will be presented to the Board of Supervisors on December 14, 2021. This year’s strategic financial planning process will include the County’s plan and CEO recommendations on the use of the remaining and still be to be received ARPA funds. The County of Orange received 50 percent of its $617 million federal allocation on May 21, 2021 and will receive the remaining funds no earlier than 12 months from May 21, 2021. To view the County’s past Strategic Financial Plans, click here.
The County’s Budget Office will hold a public workshop at 1:30 pm on Thursday, September 30, 2021 in the Board of Supervisors Hearing and Planning Commission Rooms to educate the public on the County’s strategic financial planning and budget development processes and use of the ARPA funds. The public may submit comments on use of the ARPA funds as part of the County’s planning process by completing the form below by October 22, 2021. Members of the public may submit comments on use of the ARPA funds as part of the County’s planning process by going to the comment form found here.
On Sunday, Costa Mesa police officers stopped two suspects in a vehicle for expired tags and for littering as they left a parking lot on Bristol St.
The male driver gave false identifications, and multiple counterfeit ID’s and checks were found in the car. The driver was arrested and while they searched him, officers found he had a loaded gun in his underwear.
The driver was identified as a convicted felon from New York who had attempted to murder a police officer. The driver and female passenger, from Baltimore, were also in possession of over $10k in cash.
They were both arrested for fraud with an additional booking charge of felon in possession of a firearm for the driver.
On Monday, August 30, 2021 at 8:21 PM, the Santa Ana Police Department received a call of a female down in the roadway at 800 S. Harbor Blvd. Officers responded to the area and found an adult female down in the roadway suffering major injuries. Orange County Fire Authority personnel responded and began to treat the female before pronouncing her deceased at the scene.
The preliminary investigation has revealed the female pedestrian was in the roadway at 800 S. Harbor Blvd. Vehicle #1 was traveling south on Harbor Blvd. and struck the female. The vehicle involved in this collision remained at the scene and the driver was cooperative. Alcohol is not believed to have played a role in this collision. The cause of the collision remains under investigation.
The Santa Ana Police Department’s Collision Investigations Unit (CIU) is handling the investigation. Anyone possibly having information about this collision is asked to contact Inv. N. Guijarro at (714) 245-8219 or the Santa Ana Police Department’s Traffic Division at (714) 245-8200.
This month marks one year since the SAPD debuted their first “For The Record: A Homicide Spotlight” episode.
To commemorate this achievement, they have compiled a montage of Season One episodes.
The SAPD is committed to solving these homicides and bringing justice to the victims’ families.
SAPD Homicide Detectives encourage anyone with information regarding these cases to come forward and help bring closure to family/friends of all these victim’s.
Please call (714) 245-8390 with any information.
Stay tuned for Season 2.
The City of Santa Ana Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Sept. 13, 2021, to discuss and receive comments from the community about the Draft General Plan Update and Recirculated Environmental Impact Report.
The City’s Planning and Building Agency led public outreach including community forums and surveys to assess what issues were most important to residents, such as what kind of housing and development should be encouraged; what type of road improvements and transportation options we need; and how important parks are.
The City’s General Plan is the blueprint for future policy changes, meaning that it sets long-range planning policies that reflect the aspirations and values of residents, landowners, businesses, and organizations within the community. Now it is time to complete the General Plan update process, and the City of Santa Ana is once again seeking your input and participation.
On Sept. 13, 2021, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Comprehensive General Plan Update. It will also have a study session on the Draft General Plan elements.
By State law, the General Plan must address seven topic areas, called “elements.” The mandatory draft elements are land use, transportation, open space, conservation, housing, safety, and noise. The City prepared additional “optional” elements, which reflect local issues. Although the City did not prepare an environmental justice element, policies and programs have been incorporated throughout the elements.
Additional information related to the project can be found at www.santa-ana.org/general-plan.
Meeting Details: Monday, September 13, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, located at 22 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, CA 92701. Members of the public may attend this meeting in-person or join via Zoom. For the most up-to-date information on how to participate virtually in this meeting, please visit www.santa-ana.org/pb/meeting-particpation.
Written Comments: If you are unable to participate in the virtual meeting, you may send written comments by e-mail to PBAeComments@santa-ana.org (reference the Agenda Item # in the subject line) or mail to Sarah Bernal, Recording Secretary, City of Santa Ana, 20 Civic Center Plaza – M20, Santa Ana, CA 92701. Deadline to submit written comments is 4:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting. Comments received after the deadline may not be distributed to the Commission but will be made part of the record.
If you require translation services to participate in this meeting, please contact Sarah Bernal at email@example.com no later than 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting.
If you cannot attend this hearing, join us at one of the following upcoming scheduled public hearings:
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(ORANGE COUNTY, CA) – Criminal attorney Pete Hardin was charged with adultery by the Marines, among other charges, and was eventually allowed to resign in lieu of a court martial according to military corruption whistleblowers.
The claims about Hardin first appeared in a military corruption news site on May 6, 2021. At that time, the author explicitly gave Hardin the opportunity to respond to the claims and offered to correct the record if any of the information was inaccurate.
Since then, Hardin has failed to respond to those allegations or deny any of the other specific claims.
In addition to charges Hardin faced in the Marines, numerous other seriously troubling claims about Hardin appear in the news site. Orange County voters deserve to know the truth about who Pete Hardin is, and what he has done.
“It appears the same individual who is trying to parachute into Orange County and turn us into Los Angeles may also have some serious moral character flaws, or worse,” said Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer.
“The whistleblower allegations are consistent with what has been shared with me directly by individuals who worked with Pete Hardin while he was on probation at the DA’s office,” Spitzer continued. “Hardin resigned from his position in 2014, shortly after admitting some of these allegations to his colleagues.”
“Hardin doesn’t belong within 1,000 feet of a school, let alone the District Attorney’s office, if these allegations are true. I am calling on Pete Hardin to come clean and tell us the truth about his past and these very serious claims,” Spitzer concluded.
Todd Spitzer has dedicated his life to keeping families safe and was inspired to dedicate his career to public service as an Orange County Supervisor, former California State Assembly Member, and now as the Orange County District Attorney. A champion for public safety, District Attorney Spitzer is recognized as an expert on security issues, whose reputation as an advocate for victims’ rights is respected nationally. Spitzer chaired the ground-breaking campaign for Proposition 9, Marsy’s Law, the nation’s most comprehensive Victim’s Bill of Rights, and served as State Co-Chair for Proposition 83, the nation’s toughest sex offender punishment and control law as well as Proposition 69, which requires the collection of DNA samples from all felons.
Fighting to protect our community, he joint-authored Megan’s Law on the Internet, the landmark legislation requiring the release of public information related to sex offenders and as a former deputy and assistant district attorney he handled complex criminal matters while managing line prosecutors. As Third District Supervisor, he secured Orange County’s first year-round, supportive housing shelter for the homeless, established an Ethics Commission, gained passage of pension reform measures, and strengthened public safety oversight by expanding the Office of Independent Review.
Spitzer earned his bachelor’s degree from UCLA (1982), a master’s degree in Public Policy from UC Berkeley (1989), and a Law Degree from UC Hastings School of Law (1989). While at Hastings, Spitzer was awarded the George Moscone Fellowship, for the law student dedicating his career to public service. Spitzer is a former high school teacher and reserve police officer assigned to DUI enforcement and patrol duties. He is a doting father of a son and daughter and a dedicated husband to Judge Jamie Spitzer, Associate Chief Judge for the South, Division of Workers’ Compensation.
As part of an effort to maintain a safe learning and working environment for everyone, SAUSD will begin to roll out testing on a weekly basis in September.
August 27, 2021 – The Santa Ana Unified School District will provide free weekly COVID-19 testing for all students and staff at every school site and district offices as part of an effort to maintain a safe learning and working environment for everyone.
Testing will be conducted directly at each site to minimize any disruption during the instruction day and regular work schedules. Testing will be offered through three age-appropriate options: nasal swab, oral swab, or saliva kit. This weekly testing will be required for all students attending in-person instruction and staff working at any district site. The District plans to launch the testing process in early September, with a start date to be determined.
“Weekly testing of all of our students and staff, in addition to mask wearing and the other ongoing health and safety protocols, will allow our schools to remain among the safest places for children in the community,” said SAUSD Superintendent of Schools Jerry Almendarez.
All testing services will be provided at no cost to the District by trained professionals from Diagnostic Laboratory Science (DLS), an industry leader in COVID-19 testing, with clients that include Angels Baseball, Knott’s Berry Farm, the City of Anaheim, and Honda Center.
Parents and guardians will have to provide consent in order for their children to participate in testing. Parents and guardians can also offer weekly COVID-19 negative test results from their child’s health care provider as an alternative to weekly testing at their school.
Testing will be rolled out in weekly phases starting in September. In week one, the District plans to launch testing for all staff at District offices. Week two will include students and staff at the high school level. Week three will include intermediate students and staff. Week four will include elementary school students and staff. After week four, all students and staff would be tested weekly.
Dedicated testing teams at schools and office sites will conduct testing Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, targeting different groups of students and staff each day. The District will create a confidential online portal for all testing results and notifications. Parents, students and staff will have ongoing access in several languages to physicians and other health care providers to help answer questions regarding their results.#
OAKLAND – California Attorney General Rob Bonta today announced the sentencing of Quality Care Pharmacy owner Divina Catalasan for defrauding the Medi-Cal and Medicare programs. An audit by the California Department of Justice (DOJ) found that the amount of drugs the owner of the Santa Ana-based pharmacy claimed to have purchased and billed the programs for was not supported by her actual inventory, and that her fraudulent over-billing totaled more than $1.8 million. Catalasan pleaded guilty on May 14, 2021, to three felony counts of fraudulent healthcare claims and grand theft, with a sentencing enhancement for aggravated white-collar crime. She was sentenced today in Orange County Superior Court to three years in state prison.
“Medi-Cal and Medicare bring healthcare to seniors and people in need, including underserved children and people with disabilities. People who defraud these publicly-funded programs cheat all of us,” said Attorney General Bonta. “Through our Division of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse, the California Department of Justice works to protect Californians from healthcare fraud. People who try to pull a fast one on these programs will be held accountable.”
In 2015, an audit of Quality Care Pharmacy by the California Department of Health Care Services revealed that from 2011 through 2015, Catalasan billed Medi-Cal more than $540,000 over what her purchase inventory showed. The department then referred the case to DOJ’s Division of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse (DMFEA), which expanded the audit and the time frame under review. DMFEA also expanded its audit beyond Medi-Cal to Medicare and Orange County’s Medi-Cal managed care plan, CalOptima. The expanded audit found that Catalasan fraudulently overbilled Medi-Cal and CalOptima for $1,168,585.06, and Medicare for $687,940.52, for a total of $1,856,525.58. She was arrested on June 11, 2019.
Through the DMFEA, DOJ works to protect Californians by investigating and prosecuting those who perpetrate fraud on the Medi-Cal program. DMFEA also investigates and prosecutes those responsible for abuse, neglect, and fraud committed against elderly and dependent adults. The division regularly works with whistleblowers and law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute crimes.
The DMFEA receives 75% of its funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under a grant award totaling $41,264,032 for federal fiscal year 2020-2021. The remaining 25%, totaling $13,754,675 for fiscal year 2020-2021, is funded by the State of California. The federal fiscal year is defined as through September 30, 2021.
A copy of the complaint is available here.
Mark Lee Morgan of Santa Ana, California, was sentenced in federal court Friday (Aug. 6) to 14 days in custody and ordered to pay a fine of $10,000 plus restitution of $1,360 for the cost of disposal of the pesticides, and to perform 120 hours of community service.
In pleading guilty, Morgan admitted that on November 19, 2020, he entered the United States from Mexico with 34 bottles of undeclared Mexican pesticides in his truck (DDVP 500U, containing the active ingredient of dichlorvos).
Morgan owns a feed store in Compton, California, and admitted to agents that he intended to take the products to his store to sell them. Morgan further admitted that he was aware that the pesticide he was smuggling was illegal to import and use in the United States, and that he had smuggled it in on previous occasions.
The pesticide in the formulation smuggled by the defendant is illegal in the United States. Dichlorvos is lethal if ingested, absorbed through the skin, or inhaled. It is highly toxic to bees and birds, acutely toxic to fish and aquatic invertebrates, and can have chronic and long-lasting effects.
According to sentencing documents, DDVP 500U, the chemical smuggled by the defendant, is commonly found at locations where marijuana is illegally cultivated. Exposure to these pesticides during eradication efforts has caused law enforcement officers to be hospitalized and has polluted soils and streams and killed wildlife. Cannabis users are also at risk. In one study, the pesticide transfer rate into the blood stream of a cannabis smoker using a glass pipe was as high at 70 percent.
“The defendant was willing to risk the health of others and the environment for his own commercial profit,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to keeping these dangerous chemicals out of the wrong hands.”
“These pesticides seized at our border are highly toxic and anyone attempting to smuggle them into the United States is not only committing a very serious crime, but also jeopardizing the health of those who are exposed to it,” said Cardell T. Morant, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) San Diego. “HSI and our law enforcement partners will continue to work together to prevent smugglers from illegally importing dangerous substances into this country.”
“The defendant’s efforts to deceive law enforcement by smuggling these pesticides into the United States put people at risk” said Scot Adair, Special Agent in Charge of the EPA’s criminal enforcement program in California. “U.S. EPA and its partner agencies will continue to fight against illegal imports of pesticides that pose a threat to human health and the environment.”
At 9:23 a.m. today, Orange Police Department officers responded to the area of Maple and Glassell after receiving reports of gunshots heard in the area.
On their area search, they located empty bullet casings.
This is an active scene and the public should avoid the area. No suspects or victims have been located. Updates will follow when available.
The shooting took place between the Orange Circle and Chapman University.
A search of the area appeared to lead police to a home on the east side of N. Glassell, as reported by Chapman university officials said on Twitter.
By 10 a.m., police had the area cordoned off and were beckoning the possible shooter out of the home, according to the O.C. Register.
The Santa Ana City Council is seeking Santa Ana residents interested in serving on the following Boards and Commissions that have vacancies and expired terms.
Please visit our website at santa-ana.primegov.com/public/committees to apply and for more information.
The City of Santa Ana encourages residents to become involved in your community. One way to do so is to serve in an advisory capacity on one of the City’s various boards and commissions. The City accepts applications on an on-going basis and keeps them active for a two-year period.
Members may serve for a term of four (4) years, with a maximum of three (3) full terms and until their respective successors are appointed and qualified. The terms run concurrent with the duration of the appointing City Council member. The Mayoral representatives serve for two (2) years, up to four (4) consecutive terms.
Please visit our website at santa-ana.primegov.com/public/committees to apply and view specific qualifications, membership and/or vacancy information for the various boards and commissions. For any questions please contact the Clerk of the Council by email at email@example.com or by calling (714) 647-6520.
Santa Ana PD 01/06/2021 Most Wanted Wednesday suspect Manuel Nava (24), a transient and registered sex offender, has been taken into custody.
Wanted Suspect: Manuel Nava (24) Transient
Suspect Description: Male, Hispanic, 6’3”, 141 lbs., Black Hair and Brown Eyes
Santa Ana Police Special Crimes Detectives are currently looking for assistance in locating Manuel Nava for failing to register as a sex offender. Additionally, Nava has a no bail warrant for failing to report to State parole.
Anyone with information on Nava’s whereabouts is asked to please contact Detective Lopez at (714) 245-8386 or ELopez@santa-ana.org