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Council unanimously rejects needle-exchange proposal Post feature image

Council unanimously rejects needle-exchange proposal

In a rare sight, the Santa Ana City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to oppose the establishment of a needle-exchange program initiated and run by Harm Reduction Institute. The Council wasn’t alone in rejecting the proposal. Dozens of residents voiced their concerns during public comments and submitted a few petitions

City readying to tackle against needle-exchange program, again Post feature image

City readying to tackle against needle-exchange program, again

SAPD COMMUNITY ROOM — City officials are preparing to oppose the Harm Reduction Institute’s (HRI) plans to launch a needle-exchange program in Santa Ana, following the organization’s second attempt to secure approval from the California Department of Public Health (CPDH). Needle-exchange programs aren't new to Santa Ana,

Fear Not? SoCal 99 Cents Only Stores Could Be Saved Post feature image

Fear Not? SoCal 99 Cents Only Stores Could Be Saved

BRISTOL/WARNER VILLAGE — Mark J. Miller, the CEO of Pic ‘N Save Bargain and ex-President of Big Lots, is aiming to rescue 143 local 99 Cents Only Stores following the company's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing and the announcement of liquidation for all its stores on Thursday. In a

99 Cents Only Stores files bankruptcy; all locations to close Post feature image

99 Cents Only Stores files bankruptcy; all locations to close

99 Cents Only Stores operators have decided to file bankruptcy and liquidate all 371 locations starting Friday. The move comes after persistent challenges that remained well after the coronavirus pandemic. “This was an extremely difficult decision and is not the outcome we expected or hoped to achieve,” interim company CEO

Youth Commission faces uncertain future Post feature image

Youth Commission faces uncertain future

The youth commission is facing tough questions after its Council-picked appointees have failed to attend meetings at City Hall. According to city staff, not enough members have showed up to establish a quorum. The staff report laid out five options: Staff Report's Options 1. Keep Youth Commission as-is.

Newly Released Documents Show Santa Ana Police Union's Grip on Santa Ana Mayor Post feature image

Newly Released Documents Show Santa Ana Police Union's Grip on Santa Ana Mayor

City records allege Mayor Amezcua ousted two top officials as a favor for cops and violated state open meeting law 📰This article has been re-published from KnockLA with permission. In what appears to be a political favor to the Santa Ana Police Officers Association, Santa Ana Mayor Valerie Amezcua played

Council to consider prohibiting short-term rentals citywide Post feature image

Council to consider prohibiting short-term rentals citywide

SANTA ANA, Calif. — The Santa Ana City Council will consider adopting an urgency ordinance that would explicitly prohibit short-term rentals (STRs). This includes Airbnb’s and Vrbo’s. Besides the noise complaints reported by nextdoor neighbors of STRs, and added issues to parking and trash, the headfront of the proposed

Gov. Newsom extends deadline of FAFSA to May 2 Post feature image

Gov. Newsom extends deadline of FAFSA to May 2

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a bill that extends the deadline for California students to submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to May 2. AB 1887, introduced by Assemblywoman Cervantes (D-Riverside) quickly passed through the California Legislature last week and made its way to

City Council votes 4-1 to approve redlined ceasefire resolution Post feature image

City Council votes 4-1 to approve redlined ceasefire resolution

SANTA ANA, Calif. — The City Council voted 4-1 (with two absences by Councilmembers Bacerra and Penaloza) to adopt a redlined resolution by Councilmember Phan calling a bilateral ceasefire, releasing of all hostages, and to establish diplomacy on both sides. As Councilmember Vazquez began his final comments, a part of crowd

Child shot while sitting in car says SAPD Post feature image

Child shot while sitting in car says SAPD

17TH/SPURGEON — A female toddler was shot while sitting in her parents’ car according to Santa Ana Police. The child was rushed to nearby CHOC in critical condition. It is unclear as to how the shooting unfolded late Sunday. Santa Ana Police continues their investigation and has closed off blocks

Press calls City’s media rules unlawful

A comprehensive protest against Santa Ana's new media policy at public meetings has been launched by the First Amendment Coalition, with support from various journalistic entities, including El Santanero. In a detailed letter to Thomas R. Hatch, the interim city manager, the Coalition strongly criticized the city'

OCTA will add trip to 150 route during the morning rush Post feature image

OCTA will add trip to 150 route during the morning rush

This is an update to an opinion piece written by Daniel Diaz, a 150 bus route daily commuter (and El Santanero’s community reporter), published late last year. After numerous attempts by residents calling on OCTA to add a route to the morning rush of the 150, I reached out