Eye on Santa Ana

This new column will focus on news from the city of Santa Ana and will reference newspaper and online sources. The name of the column hearkens back to a local newspaper that used to report on community news years ago. It was eventually replaced by the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce’s propaganda paper, CityLine.

Today’s OC Register reported yet another shooting. Here’s what the paper reported, “At 8 p.m., the boy was walking with four companions in front of an apartment complex in the 1600 block of King Street when two males approached the group and started firing a handgun, Santa Ana police Cpl. Jose Gonzalez said.”

How many shootings have we had now in Santa Ana this year? I’ve lost track, but I know the numbers are mounting. It might be time for a troop surge in Santa Ana!

I’m told that there are less than a dozen gang enforcement officers in the city. Imagine that, these cops are outnumbered 10-1 by Dave Ream’s middle managers.

In related news, the L.A. Times is reporting that Latino Health Access has proposed limiting the number of liquor licenses in the city’s poorest neighborhoods. So what do our council members have to say about this?

As one would expect, Councilman David Benavides doesn’t think that’d be a good idea. He told the Times that, “he questioned whether a moratorium was necessary.”

On the other hand, “Councilman Sal Tinajero said he hoped the council would be able to approve the moratorium.”

I agree with Sal. Liquor is way too easy to get in Santa Ana – and it does make violent people even more violent. It figures that Benavides would not understand such a simple equation.

The next few items come from various press releases I have received via email:

The Graffiti Task Force in collaboration with the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) invites all students grades 4th through 12th to get geared up and participate in the design of a new anti-graffiti logo and branding line (logo and slogan). The Artwork Logo Contest began April the 23rd and will end this Friday, May the 18th.

The SAUSD students

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