Was the SAPD partying on New Year’s Eve?

I was thinking about the lack of a big, civic celebration in “Downtown Orange County” to ring in 2008, when I got a strange phone call from a friend who was at Bistro 400, on New Year’s Eve.

My friend was out on the patio of Bistro 400 when he saw half a dozen S.A.P.D. squad cars speed into the adjacent parking structure at Birch and Third, at a quarter to midnight. Had the Santa Ana City Council decided to throw an underground New Year’s Eve party? Can you only imagine Councilman Tinajero eyeballing the cop’s donut table? AYE DIOS MIO!

No one else showed up to the party, not even the City Council’s biggest SAPD fan, “Crazy” Claudia Alvarez. The cops stayed until just before midnight. Then they left. Why did they meet at the parking structure when their HQ is only a few blocks away? Did Debbie McEwen and Tim Rush call them to investigate a food truck in the parking structure? They sure responded with a lot of force, sans the usual sirens and lights.

Perhaps they needed to unwind from their last call, “At 10:54 p.m., police responded to a call of shots fired at 1001 E. Camille St., which is west of the railroad tracks near South Standard Avenue and East First Street.” According to the OC Register, “A Santa Ana man was fatally shot late Monday in the alley of an apartment complex.”

What a way to end the year in Santa Ana. Bottoms up policias!

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