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Mayor Pulido comes through for resident whose house was damaged by a tree

Photo shot by Mary Jo Geczi of a tree that had fallen on her home in Santa Ana. Photo by Mary Jo Geczi.

Photo shot by Mary Jo Geczi of a tree that had fallen on her home in Santa Ana’s Washington Square neighborhood. (Photo by: Mary Jo Geczi)

When a Tree Falls on a Home, Does It Make a Sound at City Hall?

By ADAM ELMAHREK, Voice of OC

Santa Ana resident Mary Jo Geczi was in a panic a couple Saturdays ago after powerful winds caused a 100-foot Sequoia to topple onto her house in the city’s Washington Square neighborhood.

Worried that at any minute the tree would come crashing into the entry way of the 1933 lath and plaster house, she called the city to have someone come out to remove it. But the city official who showed up told her she’d have to wait until Monday — it wasn’t an emergency. Read more…

 
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Pension costs: Pushing cities to fiscal disaster

Pension costs: Pushing cities to fiscal disaster

By San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed & Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, The San Diego Union-Tribune 

The skyrocketing cost of public employee retirement benefits is one of the greatest challenges facing cities and other government agencies across California today. Annual taxpayer contributions to CalPERS, the state’s main retirement system, have jumped from about $2 billion to nearly $8 billion over the past decade. Many non-CalPERS agencies have seen similar retirement cost increases as well.

Despite these rising contributions, the state’s retirement systems are significantly underfunded, with their collective unfunded liabilities for pension and retiree health care benefits totaling hundreds of billions of dollars. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana Mayor Planning Gun Buyback: “None of Us Are Safe”

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Santa Ana Mayor Planning Gun Buyback: “None of Us Are Safe”

The city’s first-ever gun buyback was set for Saturday, officials announced

By Melissa Pamer and Ted Chen | Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 | Updated 8:10 PM PST

In the wake of a series of Orange County shootings that left three slain, Santa Ana officials on Wednesday announced the city’s first-ever gun buyback program. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana city manager’s future could be decided Tuesday

Santa Ana City Manager Paul Walters

Santa Ana city manager’s future could be decided Tuesday

The Santa Ana City Council on Tuesday will continue with its evaluation of City Manager Paul Walters, and could decide on his dismissal.

By RON GONZALES / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

SANTA ANA – The City Council in closed session on Tuesday will continue its performance evaluation of City Manager Paul M. Walters on Tuesday, as well as his potential dismissal. Read more…

 
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City manager’s job dominates Santa Ana council meeting

Published: Jan. 8, 2013 Updated: 3:42 p.m.

City manager’s job dominates Santa Ana council meeting

 

Rumors that Paul M. Walter could be fired brought a crowd to City Hall on Monday, even though neither he nor the position were on the agenda.

By RON GONZALES / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

SANTA ANA – An issue not on the Santa Ana City Council agenda dominated the first meeting of 2013 – the future of City Manager Paul M. Walters.

Spurred by phone calls, news stories and blog posts, some two dozen residents, as well as business and labor leaders, spoke to the council Monday to voice their support for Walters, the city’s former police chief who was appointed to the post of city manager seven months ago. At one point, about 75 to 100 stood up in the council chamber in a show of support. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana receives three public works awards

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In this December 2011 photo, officials prepare to break ground for water improvements in the Diamond Park area. From left are Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido; then-Assemblyman Jose Solorio; Raul Godínez II, executive director of the city Public Works Agency; and Councilman David Benavides. Photo: Laura Bucio, O.C. Register

Santa Ana receives three public works awards

By RON GONZALES / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

SANTA ANA – The city has received three 2012 Project of The Year Awards from the Southern California chapter of the American Public Works Association. The awards recognize outstanding capital improvement projects and public works programs.

The three projects were:

  • MacArthur Boulevard/55 interchange ramp widening. The $2.8 million project, completed in September, increased capacity to improve traffic flow. It included rehabilitation of streets and ramp pavement, and safety improvements like signage, guard railings and ramp meters. “The project was noted for its innovative design approaches for cost savings and water conserving landscape systems, construction management to minimize lane closures, and collaboration of government entities, public utility agencies and business owners to complete the environmental, design, and construction phases expeditiously,” city officials said in a release. Read more…
 
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Santa Ana sues state over redevelopment money

Santa Ana sues state over redevelopment money

 

Eileen Frere, ABC News 

SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) — The city of Santa Ana is suing the state over its demand to return millions in redevelopment money, officials said.

Work on a 41-unit low-income apartment housing for developmentally disabled people in Santa Ana is about 75 percent done.

“It’s very important,” said Tara Barauskas of A Community of Friends. “There’s very little affordable housing for people with disabilities in Orange County.”

The housing’s future is in question as the state demands $56 million from the city. The money previously earmarked for low and moderate income housing was due Friday. Read more…

 
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Mayor Pulido suggests a gun buyback program to make our city safer

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Gun Buyback Program Moved Up After Conn. Shooting

By: Bob DeCastro, Reporter, CNBS News

Santa Ana, CA – (CNS) Inspired by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s plan to move up the city’s gun buyback program to this month in light of the mass killing at a Connecticut school, Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido said today he wants to do the same thing in his city.

Appearing at a gathering of Santa Ana City Council members and Santa Ana Unified School District leaders in front of the Old Orange County Courthouse, Pulido discussed organizing a gun buyback program and support for gun-control legislation on the state and federal levels. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana council seats new members

PHOTO: ROSE PALMISANO, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

PHOTO: ROSE PALMISANO, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Santa Ana council seats new members

Claudia Alvarez, who had served for 12 years, and Carlos Bustamante, who had served eight, say farewell.

By RON GONZALES / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

SANTA ANA – Two new members joined the Santa Ana City Council on Tuesday, and by acclamation the body named Sal Tinajero mayor pro tem.

Taking the oath of office as newcomers were Angelica Amezcua, representing Ward 3, and Roman A. Reyna, representing Ward 5.

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Pulido Declares Opposition to Santa Ana’s Downtown Business Tax

Pulido Declares Opposition to Santa Ana’s Downtown Business Tax

The Voice of OC

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido said Monday he opposed allowing a controversial downtown property tax to continue, the mayor’s first declaration on the issue since he was given the OK by the city attorney to vote on the tax district.

City Attorney Sonia Carvalho deemed that Pulido, who has declined to vote on the tax district since it was formed in 2008 because of a possible financial conflict of interest, doesn’t have a conflict after all. The Pulido family’s auto care shop has existed within, but now adjacent to, the tax district. Read more…

 
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