The Santa Ana City Council is considering banning all fireworks next year and more...

The Santa Ana City Council is considering banning all fireworks next year

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The Santa Ana City Council doesn’t seem to be doing much about the gang violence in our city but they are pondering making safe and sane fireworks illegal, according to the O.C Register.

I really don’t understand this.  The problem in Santa Ana is NOT the safe and sane fireworks but rather the illegal ones that the SAPD and the OC Fire Authority seem to ignore.

Last year, on the 4th of July, the SAPD took 223 phone calls for service regarding fireworks.  This worked out to one call every two minutes for eight hours, according to SAPD Police Chief Carlos Rojas, at a presentation he made at the city’s Public Safety and Neighborhood Improvement Committee on Tuesday.

The OC Fire Authority, which serves 23 cities in Orange County, had a 25% increase in fireworks calls from 2013 to 2014.  There were apparently 22 fires in Santa Ana last 4th of July.

Santa Ana Police Chief Carlos Rojas

That’s Chief Rojas in the middle

Rojas is looking at three options.  Each one will cost the city about $189K in preparation and enforcement in 2016 but that figure may change over time.

The cost to ban fireworks – or a partial ban – would be expected to decrease over time as public awareness and compliance spread.  If there were no change in policy then the law enforcement cost would remain the same or perhaps increase.

Rojas told the Committee that there would not be much of a difference with a partial ban.

Mayor Pro Tem Sal Tinajero

Santa Ana Councilman Sal Tinajero, who has admitted to being a paid consultant to medical marijuana dealers, proposed banning fireworks altogether and instead creating an event on July 4 with booths for nonprofits – who stand to lose millions in revenue if they cannot sell safe and sane fireworks in Santa Ana anymore.

The City however already sponsors an annual 4th of July fireworks show, at Centennial Park.  And there is NO WAY that the entire city could participate in a bigger event.  We simply don’t have a venue with enough parking and room for everyone.

Illegal fireworks in Santa Ana

Again this is, in our opinion, ridiculous. Illegal fireworks are already illegal.  But the city doesn’t enforce the laws they already have on the books.  Safe and sane fireworks are not the problem.

If you want to stop the illegal fireworks what the City Council should do is toughen the penalties for possession and use of illegal fireworks.  Put folks in jail for a year and find them $1,000 and that might change a few minds.

Committee members asked to have staff gather more information and bring the matter to the full City Council.

Brace yourselves.  It is very likely, in our opinion, that the City Council will ban all fireworks in Santa Ana.

If you would like to let the City Council know how you feel about banning all fireworks in Santa Ana you may email them at or call them at 714-647-6900.

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Suspects flee from a hit and run involving a stolen car at Ross and Civic Center

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accident at civic center and ross

PIcture by Igmar Rodas.

There was a traffic collision at 400 W. Civic Center Dr., at Ross, involving two vehicles, at around 6 p.m., according to local photographer Igmar Rodas.

Two males in one of the cars fled the scene.  There was one woman driver in the other vehicle. She stayed at the scene.

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The suspect’s car. PIcture by Igmar Rodas.

The suspects remain at large. A few homeless people chased them but they got away.

Rodas reported just now that the suspect’s were driving a stolen car. The License Plate of the stolen vehicle is 7G0U515. The car was a grey Chevy. Reportedly they abandoned the car and the suspects fled on foot, northbound on Ross towards Washington.


Diego Rivera’s watercolors will be at the Bowers from 12/12 to 5/19

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Bowers Museum presents Popol Vuh: Watercolors of Diego Rivera, Dec. 12 – May 19

Santa Ana Museum to Display Diego Rivera’s Watercolors Illustrating the Epic Mayan Narrative

Santa Ana, California (November 2015) – Bowers Museum in Santa Ana has announced the presentation of Popol Vuh: Watercolors of Diego Rivera, an exhibition that features 17 original watercolors inspired by the sacred text of the Quiché-Maya people.

The exhibition is on display at the Bowers Museum on December 12, 2015 through May 19, 2016 and is exclusive to the Bowers Museum. It will be the first United States presentation of these 17 compelling watercolors on loan from the Museo Casa Diego Rivera in Diego Rivera’s hometown of Guanajuato, Mexico and made possible with the support of the State Institute of Culture of Guanajuato.

The Popol Vuh is arguably the most important ancient text in existence from the Pre-Hispanic world and is considered a sacred text. Popol Vuh is an epic tale recording the origins, traditions, legends and history of the Quiché-Maya people from the dawn of creation until contact with the Spanish. The survival of the Popol Vuh is extraordinary, especially when considering that nearly every ancient Mesoamerican document was destroyed by Spanish conquerors or missionaries. For some unknown reason the Popol Vuh was spared.

The Popol Vuh: Watercolors of Diego Rivera at the Bowers Museum features 17 fascinating watercolors, inspired by Classic Maya imagery, which were created to illustrate pages from the first English translation of the Popol Vuh. Diego Rivera, one of the most recognized painters of the 20th century, became acquainted with writer John Weatherwax in 1931. Weatherwax, who is said to have read the Popol Vuh aloud to Rivera, asked Rivera to illustrate select passages of the manuscript as he read. Rivera completed 24 watercolors in all, selecting parts of the text most inclined to evoke imagery. The result was beautifully colored, highly stylized paintings with their root firmly in the classic Mayan tradition.

17 of Rivera’s 24 illustrations make up the Popol Vuh: Watercolors of Diego Rivera exhibit at the Bowers Museum, and will be accompanied by excerpts of the Popol Vuh text.


The Bowers Museum has earned an international reputation through its world-class exhibitions, including Warriors, Tombs and Temples: China’s Enduring Legacy, Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor, Secrets of the Silk Road, and Mummies – Death and the Afterlife: Treasures from the British Museum, as well as its own extensive art collections from throughout the Americas and the South Pacific. Additionally, the Bowers’ Kidseum, located one block south of the main museum, offers a high-tech and interactive focus on its new mission of “Igniting Imagination through Exploration” spotlighting the excitement of art and archaeology.

Enjoy a leisurely luncheon at our award-winning restaurant, Tangata. Outdoor seating is also available, overlooking the Bowers historic mission-style courtyard from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Browse the rare and exotic at the Bowers Museum Gallery Store. It’s more than just a shopping trip—it’s a cultural experience.

Bowers Museum and Kidseum are closed on Mondays, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Regular operating hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 AM to 4 PM.


Adults $13 $15
Seniors (62 & over) $10 $12
Students $10 $12
Children under 12 FREE* FREE*
*When accompanied by a paying adult, or adult who is a member


Bowers offers free admission to Santa Ana residents, with proof of residency, each Sunday, through a generous donation in memory of Dorothy Goerl and courtesy of the Lockhart Family.

BOWERS MUSEUM, in Santa Ana, is centrally located in the heart of Southern California. Address: 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706

Tickets and Information/ 714.567.3600

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Remorseful burglars have returned Milagros’ wheelchair

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MIlagros in her wheelchair

Did the burglars feel guilty over the Thanksgiving holiday? We may never know but what we do know is that the wheelchair stolen from the back patio of four-year-old Milagros has been returned to her family’s Santa Ana home, at the 400 block of South Flower Street, according to the OC Register.

The wheelchair was returned, clean and in a plastic bag, sometime on early Friday morning. Milagros’ dad found it when he returned from delivering newspapers in the morning. 

Joyce Brandman, a Beverly Hills philanthropist and president of the Saul and Joyce Brandman Foundation, gave the Perez family a $10,0000 check before Thanksgiving so they could buy a new wheelchair.

Even though the wheelchair was returned, Brandman said she wants the family to keep the donation and use the money for Milagros’ care, according to the OC Register.

Brandman heard about what happened to Milagros while she was watching the news on TV, just as she was about to start cooking her family’s Thanksgiving meal.

“It didn’t take me even a minute to know that I needed to help this family,” she said. “This family was desperately in need. I have a wonderful life and we’re all supposed to give back. It doesn’t matter how much or to who.”

Milagros’ mom said she’d like to meet Brandman and thank her in person for the donation, which she plans on using to buy a car better designed to transport Milagros in her wheelchair. Brandman said she would like to meet Milagros too.

The SAPD has dusted the wheelchair for fingerprints and they took DNA and fingerprint samples as well.

Milagros and her family don’t have it easy. They lost their house of 16 years more than two years ago and have been struggling to make ends meet ever since. The family also has two sons.

Perez-Sanchez, Milagros’ father works two jobs including delivering newspapers. Her mom stays at home to care for Milagros, who has other health issues in addition to having no legs.

The SAPD gave Milagros’ family a Christmas tree and a full Thanksgiving dinner. And two wheelchairs were donated to Milagros. Her mom said she plans to donate one of them to another needy family as it is a full-sized wheelchair that cannot accommodate the diminutive Milagros.

Milagros’ mom said that she was glad that God touched the heart of the person who took the wheelchair.


The CHP will have maximum enforcement on our freeways through Sunday

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​SACRAMENTO, Calif. – This Thanksgiving, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is partnering with law enforcement agencies across the nation for the third annual “Interstate 40 Challenge.” The goal of the traffic safety campaign is zero fatalities during the holiday travel period on the more than 2,500-mile stretch of I-40.

“Last year, California reported zero fatal traffic collisions on Interstate 40 during the challenge periods,” CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said. “With the public’s assistance, we are striving to achieve the same success rate this year on I-40 and throughout the state.”

The CHP reminds all motorists to adhere to a speed safe for conditions, avoid distractions behind the wheel, ensure everyone in the vehicle is wearing a seat belt, and never drive under the influence.

The campaign encourages increased patrols along the I-40 corridor over 12-hour periods on Wednesday and Sunday – the Thanksgiving holiday’s busiest travel days. Interstate 40 traverses California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

“Every agency and person involved in this challenge has a vested interest in saving lives,” added Commissioner Farrow. “Together, we can help to ensure that everyone arrives safely at their destination this holiday season.”

In addition to the I-40 Challenge, the CHP is conducting its annual Thanksgiving Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) throughout the state. The MEP begins at 6:01 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, and continues through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 29.



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