Has Santa Ana become Oakland South?

KCAL9 News Report

A thirteen year old boy, who was walking with his sister nearby Santa Ana High School this afternoon, was shot today, according to the O.C. Register.  My sources tell me that the shooter was a gang banger.  And even worse, the young man has passed away.

I am at a loss for words.  What kind of city has Santa Ana become that children cannot walk home without being shot and killed?  My prayers go out to the family and friends of this young man who was brutally taken away from them.

My daughter just graduated this year from Santa Ana High School.  She was on the water polo team and I had a chance to get to know a lot of her fellow students.  There are a lot of great kids over at Santa Ana High School – and now they all have to wonder if they are even remotely safe?

The irony is that the shooting took place mere blocks from the Santa Ana Police Department headquarters.

Clearly we have a gang element in our city that is out of control.  An occassional police sweep just isn’t going to suffice.  We need a long term commitment to changing the underlying factors that have led us down this path.

I have said this before and it bears repeating – we have only one library in a city of almost 400,000 people.  We are woefully short on parks and sports fields.  We don’t have enough youth programs during the summer.  And our Mayor and City Council spend most of their time scheming to gentrify the city rather than coming to terms with our situation.

And to top it all off, the City Council gave a massive raise to Santa Ana City Manager Dave Ream this year – even though we are now in a $28 million budget deficit.  What has Ream done to deserve this raise?  Our city’s streets are literally running with blood – and in 20 years all he has mustered is a one-time police sweep?  Isn’t it time to fire Ream and bring new leadership and new ideas to City Hall?

Our crime situation is long past being an issue – it is a full-blown crisis!  Eleven people have been murdered this year in Santa Ana, compared to 18 all of last year.

I wonder if our Mayor will finally hold a press conference and announce a plan to take back our city from the criminals?  I truly doubt that Pulido will step up to the plate.  No, most likely he is keeping busy plotting to destroy his political opponents, while children pay the price for his ineptitude and disregard.


“The victim, whose name was not released, was crossing the street in a group at Walnut and Flower streets about 3:10 p.m. when someone in another group of teenagers approached him and demanded to know his gang affiliation, said Cpl. Jose Gonzalez,” according to the L.A. Times.


The SAPD announced today that they caught the shooter.  He is thought to be a juvenile between 15 and 16 years old.  Apparently Pulido finally held a press conference!  Que milagro…

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