Apparently a large fight broke out at the Block Party, at 4th and French, in DTSA. While SAPD police officers were trying to break up the fight they came across a hand grenade in “close proximity.” Continue reading
Vanessa Elizabeth Rodriguez, a 25-year-old woman, was killed late Wednesday night in a gang-related shooting inside a residential garage behind a Catholic church the west alley of the 700 block of North Lacy Street, according to the O.C. Register.
The SAPD said that two suspects entered an alley, pulled open a garage door and began shooting at the three people inside, hitting all of them, according to ABC News.
The victim was shot inside a single-car garage that had been converted into a living space , at around 11:30 p.m. Continue reading
ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE
Case # 16CF0605
Date: March 8, 2016
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man is expected to be arraigned today for stabbing and murdering a concert attendee in Santa Ana during a live performance. Juan Angel Rivera, 21, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a knife. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in state prison. The People will request he be held on $1 million bail at his arraignment expected this afternoon in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.
On the evening of March 3, 2016, Rivera is accused of attending a performance at Underground DTSA in Santa Ana where a band was performing. At approximately 10:30 p.m. as a band was performing, the defendant is accused of getting into a confrontation with 23-year-old Nathan Alfaro. During the confrontation, Rivera is accused of pulling out a knife and stabbing Alfaro multiple times in the torso. Rivera is accused of leaving the venue with several other people. The victim was transported to University of California, Irvine Medical Center where he died as a result of the multiple stab wounds. Continue reading
What is Santa Ana coming to? The increase in violence reached a new low on Wednesday night as two teenagers pummeled a 73-year-old man in the face and robbed him at around 7:40 pm as the man was standing on a sidewalk at the 400 block of North Minter Street, near E. 4th Street, which is on the periphery of the hipster part of Santa Ana called the East End, according to the O.C. Register.
The creepy teens approached the elderly man and engaged him in conversation, according to the SAPD, before one of them punched him in the face and ripped a gold chain off his neck. Nothing else was taken except perhaps for the man’s dignity. Continue reading
Top Acid is supposedly a vintage clothing store, located on Downtown Santa Ana’s supposed “East End,” which used to be called the “Fiesta Marketplace” until developer/landlord Ryan Chase turned it into a hipster hangout. However my sources tell me they hardly have any clothes for sale.
So what exactly is going on at Top Acid? Well, judging from their Facebook Page and Blog, as well as their Instagram account, it sure looks like what they are really doing at Top Acid is hosting mini-concerts. Continue reading
Downtown Santa Ana merchants and community groups, including Building Healthy Communities, will be at this Tuesday’s Santa Ana City Council meeting, to propose that the city establish a Downtown Wellness District strategy to foster retail and services that are authentic to our city’s Latino character, according to the O.C. Register.
The idea is to serve the people of Santa Ana and further diversify the visitors coming to DTSA by rebranding the area as Calle Cuatro Marketplace.”
We have been saying for some time that the hipster gentrification of DTSA has not served the majority of our residents and has in fact been part of an ongoing effort to push Latinos out of DTSA and cater to people who don’t live here. Continue reading
Downtown Santa Ana’s East End is hosting their first annual Block Party on July 26, 2014, from 12 noon to 8 pm. The event will be hosted by Can U Not Vintage, the spot for rad vintage finds and unique contemporary clothing & accessories at 206 E Fourth St, in Santa Ana.
They will have an all vintage on sale for $5-$10. They will also have live bands, vendors and choppers. They’re also offering FREE motorcycle parking.
Music by Mystic Braves, Canyons, Cosmonauts, The Rooms, Creatures Choir, La Poli, Flying Hand, Sail Hatin, Dragon Soundz, and Deep Field. Vendors include R.X. by D.R., Vanner Babes, American Bones Vintage, JT Closet Sale and more.
The Frida Cinema has chosen to open their theater with one of the most celebrated Southern California foreign film festivals – the South East European Film Festival. Celebrating almost ten years of screening hundreds of films from countries often unrepresented by American distributors, SEEfest visits Orange County for the first time with a select group of films – many of them screening for the first time in the United States. Continue reading
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The festivities continue for Konsept as they celebrate their two year anniversary on December 7, 2013 in their first Art and Music Festival. The event will take place in the Plaza Santa Ana found on 305 E 4th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701 from 2pm-10pm.
With admission free of charge, curious wanderers of all ages may enter the festival to feel a sense of what Downtown Santa Ana Artist Village is all about and to see why Konsept was awarded the 2013 Best Art Collective in Orange County by OC Weekly. Although music is the main focus of this event, our artists, designers and even balloon makers will be sharing the plaza for an unforgettable celebration. Continue reading
The artist group Workshop for Community Arts organized eight artists to paint a Plaza Santa Ana mural at the intersection of 4th and French streets by Dec. 13, according to the O.C. Register.
We promoted the WCA’s call for artists in a post we published on Sep 4, 2013
But the mural isn’t going to happen after all – it was killed by the current Acting City Manager of Santa Ana, Carlos Rojas, who is also the City’s Police Chief.
The question is – who killed the mural? And was that maybe for the best? Continue reading
Those who are planning on going to the Downtown Santa Ana Art Walk tonight better be careful as the Santa Ana Police Department is going to be conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint tonight, east of the downtown area, at 7:30PM – it is scheduled to conclude at 1:30AM.
A lot of out of towners like to go to the Art Walk and get plastered. That might be a bad idea tonight. Be sure to use a designated driver. And if you have any immigrant friends who are not licensed to drive, don’t let them get behind the wheel! Continue reading
Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez apologized today, in a phone call to the L.A. Times, for making statements that could be construed to be anti-Semitic.
“What I said was inappropriate, and I let my emotions get the best of me,” Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez told the L.A. Times. Here are a few more excerpts from the L.A. Times article:
Alvarez said getting emotional did not justify her statements. She said the debate has affected her personally because her father owned a business downtown, and the incident is the culmination of escalating tensions surrounding the downtown area.
“The conversation is not over,” she said. “I obviously need to learn how to keep my cool.”
What the heck is all this about, you might be wondering?
I stopped by at about 9:30 pm and had a chance to speak with Dave Leon, one of their owners. Leon has been working on opening not only the Yost but also the Velvet Lounge. I thought he might be quite frazzled, having spent all Saturday trying to get everything done to the satisfaction of the City of Santa Ana’s Planning Department. But Leon was just relieved, more than anything else, and he had to be happy to see how many folks came to the Yosts’ grand opening. Continue reading
The East End promenade featured a musical celebration last night that succeeded in attracting those who were hanging out at the Santa Ana Artists Village Art Walk. You can see a few pictures of the Art Walk above and a few pictures of the East End event below.
This is the first time I can remember that the Art Walk has been successfully extended to the East End. Continue reading
Visit Santa Ana’s East End promenade this Saturday, August 6, from 6 pm to 10 pm, for a Latino Showcase, Music (+ More) Festival that not only celebrates the renovated Promenade, but also the grand opening of The Yost Theater, the new Friday Night Downtown Summer Concert Series, Posse on Broadway, the extended Downtown Artwalk, new Downtown businesses and neighbors, and the future of Downtown Santa Ana as it continues to grow and develop as the cultural epicenter of Orange County.
Come visit the 4th Street Mall & listen to some great music!!! Continue reading