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The Santa Ana Public Library welcomes author Gustavo Arellano on 12/6

City of Santa Ana, Downtown Orange County Community Alert:

Santa Ana Public Library Welcomes Author: Gustavo Arellano

SANTA ANA, CA (November 29, 2012) – The Santa Ana Public Library is pleased to present award winning columnist and author, Gustavo Arellano who will discuss his new book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America.

Arellano is the editor of the OC Weekly and writes the nationally syndicated column ¡Ask a Mexican!, which has a circulation of more than two million in thirty-eight markets (and counting). He has received the President’s Award from the Los Angeles Press Club, an Impact Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and a 2008 Latino Spirit Award from the California State legislature. Arellano has appeared on the Today show, Nightline, NPR’s Talk of the Nation and The Colbert Report. Arellano is the author of two previous national bestseller books, ¡Ask a Mexican! and Orange County: A Personal History. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana City Council Installation and Reception set for 12/11

Mayor Miguel Pulido invites you to the Santa Ana City Council Installation and Reception, that has been set for Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at 6 pm, at the City of Santa Ana’s Council Chambers, located at 22 Civic Center Plaza, in downtown Santa Ana.

Immediately following the installation will be a reception hosted by the Bowers Museum’s Board of Directors, at the Bowers Museum, located at 2002 North Main Street, in Santa Ana.

 
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How the O.C. High School of the Arts ended up in Santa Ana

Arts School Survives Early Setbacks

From: Musings on the Coast, the Laguna Beach Independent

By: Michael Ray

A high school music teacher named Ralph Opacic founded the Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA) in 1987. By the late 1990s, it had some 400 students and was at an excess school site in Los Alamitos. When the local school district needed the site and kicked out OCHSA, Opacic was desperate. Where could OCHSA go?

He and his board turned to my brother Walkie, who had just come off founding another cultural institution called the Taco Bell Discovery Science Center. Would he serve as the board chair and find a new home for OCHSA? He gulped and said he would try. Read more…

 
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The Birth of the Discovery Science Center, Part Two

Graceful Endings and Transitions

From: Musings on the Coast, the Laguna Beach Independent

By: Michael Ray

In my last column, I wrote about the founding of the Taco Bell Discovery Science Center (DSC) in Santa Ana. Its founders were my brother Walkie and his wife Janet. A week before the official opening, City Manager Dave Ream called for advice about naming the tiny road leading into the DSC. They wanted to name it after Walkie.

The problem was the name “Walkie” is a nickname. Walkie’s given name is James Walker Ray. Our mother’s maiden name was Walker, but as a kid Walkie talked a lot, so we called him Walkie Talkie, and the name Walkie stuck. Read more…

 
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The Birth of the Discovery Science Center

The Birth of the Discovery Science Center

From: Musings on the Coast, the Laguna Beach Independent

By: Michael Ray

Earlier, I described the non-profit Art Spaces Irvine (ASI) and its program to put public art in Irvine, a program eventually killed by then Irvine City Councilwoman Christina Shea. Nevertheless, out of ASI came two seminal ideas: creating a huge park in Irvine and a hands-on science and technology experiential museum.

Even though ASI ceased to exist, my brother Walkie seized the idea of creating an experiential museum and became obsessed. Read more…

 
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Nicolas Academic Centers host inner city students at a Thanksgiving dinner

For Immediate Release

Media Contact, Nicholas Academic Centers: Robert Magnuso, rgm@magnusonandcompany.com; 949-290-9382

Nicholas Academic Centers Celebrate Record Successes at Fourth Annual Thanksgiving Dinner For Inner-City Students

Henry T. Nicholas, III, Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido Praise the “NAC Model”

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez Sends Her Support, Plans to Visit the Centers on Dec. 10

SANTA ANA, CA.—NOV. 20—The Nicholas Academic Centers (NACs) celebrated record student achievement last weekend at their fourth annual Thanksgiving Dinner event for more than 300 inner-city high school students and their families. Broadcom (NASDAQ:BRCM) Co-Founder and former CEO Henry T. Nicholas, III, Ph.D. and Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido praised the “NAC Model”—a nurturing educational “family” that combines personal tutoring, cultural enrichment and social and family support for underserved high school students. Read more…

 
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Mayor Pulido re-appointed to the OCTA’s Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 16, 2012
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Joel Zlotnik (714) 560-5713 , Laura Scheper (714) 560-5697

10 New Directors Chosen For OCTA Board

Members are appointed by the Orange County City Selection Committee and will serve one- and two-year terms

ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority will welcome 10 new members to the board of directors following appointments made by the City Selection Committee of Orange County.

The new directors will be sworn in next month and in January as the current board members terms of office expire. OCTA’s 17-member board is comprised of the five county supervisors, two representatives from cities in each of the five supervisorial districts and two public members appointed by the board. In addition, the Caltrans director from Orange County serves as the 18th member in an ex-officio capacity. Read more…

 
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Mayor Miguel Pulido to speak at tonight’s Com Link meeting

 
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Victory reception for Mayor Pulido’s supporters set for this Friday evening

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido is hosting a reception this Friday, November 16, 2012, at 6 pm, at 412 W. 4th St., across from the Federal Court House in Downtown Santa Ana, for his campaign supporters, volunteers, friends and family.  You are invited to attend and meet Mayor Pulido as we celebrate his overwhelming victory in the Nov. 6 General Election.

Mayor Pulido currently has 22,667 votes, or 47.6% of the total votes, leading his closest challenger by almost ten thousand votes.  There are still about 9,000 votes left to count, according to the O.C. Voter Registrar, however over 7,000 of those votes are provisional ballots that are often dismissed for various technical reasons, and Mayor Pulido’s lead has held up since the election. Read more…

 
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Pulido Easily Wins His 10th Term

Published on November 8, 2012 by in News

Pulido Easily Wins His 10th Term

DAVID WASHBURN Voice of OC | 5 comments

Beating back what had been dubbed the “Santa Ana Spring,” Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido cruised to his 10th term, trouncing Councilman David Benavides by a nearly 2-1 margin in Tuesday’s election.

Pulido won despite an uprising among fellow council members and a challenger in Benavides, who with support from developers nearly matched the mayor in fundraising. Read more…

 
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