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Fiestas Patrias Downtown Festival and Parade set for this weekend

Mayor Pulido and his father at the Fiestas Patrias Festival

Santa Ana Police Department Citizen Alert:

Traffic Advisory Sept 15 and 16 Fiestas Patrias Parade and Festival

The City will be hosting the Fiestas Patrias Downtown Festival and Parade on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16th. Please be advised of the following street closures which will substantially impact travel times in the Civic Center and Downtown areas of Santa Ana especially on Sunday, Sept 16.

Notification of Traffic Impacts Associated with the Fiestas Patrias Festival & Parade Read more…

 
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Funding Agreement Advances Plans for Santa Ana Community Center

Funding Agreement Advances Plans for Santa Ana Community Center

The Voice of OC

Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 8:20 am | Updated: 9:37 am, Tue Sep 11, 2012.

A promised Santa Ana community center in a low-income neighborhood took a major step toward construction this month when the City Council approved a reimbursement agreement to fund the center.

The 10,000 square-foot, two-story facility is to be built at Garfield Elementary School, which is near a mixed-use housing development known as the Station District. A first-floor multi-purpose room would be accessible to the general public during afterschool hours, while the second floor would be “available at all times,” a city staff report states. Read more…

 
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Rebuilding Santa Ana High School

Published on September 10, 2012 by in Education

Parade Magazine Special Report: Rebuilding America’s Schools

Barry Yeoman, August 12, 2012

The average public school in this country is more than 40 years old—and showing its age. Roofs leak, walls are ridden with termites and lead paint, and rooms are chronically overcrowded. PARADE looks at two communities that remade their schools—and the lessons they can teach all of us.

Just a few years ago, California’s Santa Ana High School looked like it had long outlived its art deco grandeur. The 1935 building was dilapidated, overcrowded, and scarred with graffiti. Roofs leaked. Sewage backed up in pipes. Some buildings had no mechanical ventilation. The wiring was in “various levels of dysfunction,” says assistant superintendent Joe Dixon. “Computers would go down. Lighting would go down. In the few places where we had air-conditioning, that would go down.” In one building, makeshift classroom partitions forced teachers to shout over one another’s lessons. Between the noise and the heat, “it was hard to focus on my work,” says Elvis Carranza, 16, an incoming senior at Santa Ana. “It made me not want to go to school at all.” What’s more, 34 portable buildings (i.e., trailers) had turned parts of the campus into a labyrinth—surrounded by chain-link fencing that, in Dixon’s words, “made it look like if you could get in, you were never going to get out.” Read more…

 
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New Santa Ana charter school to serve foster, at-risk teens

Published on September 8, 2012 by in Education

Charter school to serve foster, at-risk teens

The Orangewood Children’s Foundation is making plans to open a new charter high school for foster and at-risk students, as well as youths who will be drawn to smaller, creative classes.

By RON GONZALES / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

SANTA ANA – A year from now, supporters hope, a new high school will open its doors in west Santa Ana, serving foster youth and neighborhood teens seeking a different educational environment.

The Academy Charter High School is a project sponsored by the Orangewood Children’s Foundation, the nonprofit that raised money to develop the county-run Orangewood Children’s Home. Read more…

 
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Money, land and collaboration bring about Santa Ana park space

Photo by H. LORREN AU JR., THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Money, land and collaboration bring about Santa Ana park space

A variety of grants and strategies are used to develop park space in Santa Ana.

By RON GONZALES / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

SANTA ANA – These park projects, which include both completed and planned facilities, will create 22 new acres of open space in Santa Ana in the next two to three years. Read more…

 
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SAUSD Academic Scores Continue to Climb on 2012 STAR Measures

Published on September 8, 2012 by in Education, SAUSD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Deidra Powell, Chief Communications Officer, (714) 558-5555 office, (714) 673-4995 mobile

SAUSD Academic Scores Continue to Climb on 2012 STAR Measures

SANTA ANA, CA – August 31, 2012 — Students in the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) continue their upward trend of improvement on the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) measurements according to results recently released by the California Department of Education. The STAR is administered to students in grades 2-11 and used to determine how well students are achieving state-adopted content standards in English-Language Arts, Mathematics, History-Social Science, and Science. Read more…

 
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