OCTA Fair Express continues to set ridership records and more...

OCTA Fair Express continues to set ridership records

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OCTA Fair Express


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OC Fair Express Continues to Set Ridership Records

More than 76,000 fairgoers hopped aboard OCTA’s special bus service this year

ORANGE – This summer, more than 76,000 people made their way to the Orange County Fair via the OC Fair Express, which set a ridership record for the second year in a row.

The special bus service offered by the Orange County Transportation Authority reported 76,952 total boardings during the five-week fair season. This year’s numbers are a 31 percent increase compared to last year’s total ridership of 58,706.

This year, OCTA introduced a free OC Fair Express mobile app, which boosted awareness and ridership. The app allowed fairgoers to purchase bus passes and find routes, boarding locations and schedules using their smart phones. More than 4,700 fairgoers downloaded the app and 4,224 purchased mobile tickets.

“The OC Fair Express gets better every year, and we are proud to provide this affordable and convenient service to fairgoers across the county,” said OCTA Chairman Shawn Nelson. “The partnership between our team, the Orange County Fair and Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee continues to be successful, and we look forward to bringing back the service year after year.”

The OC Fair Express provided non-stop direct service from eight park-and-ride lots to the OC Fair. Buses ran hourly between approximately noon and midnight on Friday and9:30 a.m. and midnight on Saturday and Sunday. Bus fare was $2 each way, and passengers received a coupon for $3 admission, saving up to $9 off regular ticket prices.

The OC Fair Express was made possible in part by a $601,000 grant provided by the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee, which provides subsidies for cleaner transportation alternatives.

The MSRC also helps fund the Angels Express service, a partnership of OCTA and Metrolink that provides round-trip train service to all Angels weekday home games that start at 7:05 p.m. Additionally this year, the Angels Express travels to every Friday night game on the Inland Empire-Orange County Line.

For details on the trains, visit: www.octa.net/angelsexpress

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Watch the Lego Movie outdoors at the Santiago Park Nature Reserve on 8/29

August 29, 2014
7:30 pmto9:30 pm
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Santiago Creek Lego Movie Night

The Santiago Creek Wildlife & Watershed Center is hosting a free outdoor Movie Night on Friday, August 29, 2014, from 7:30-9:30 pm at the Santiago Park Nature Reserve, located at 600 E Memory Ln., in Santa Ana.

Watch the movie while you gather around the campfire for a at the Santiago Park Nature Reserve ‘s outdoor amphitheater.

FREE popcorn and punch will be provided.  Optional supplies to bring: hot dogs, marshmallows, skewers, blankets, warm clothing, hot beverages.

Call Santa Ana Park Naturalist Office at (714) 571-4288 for more information.



Theatre Out revives controversial play “Beirut”

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Beirut at Theatre Out


SANTA ANA, CA (August 18, 2014)— Theatre Out is set to open their revival of the controversial drama, Beirut by Alan Bowne as it’s 5th 2014 main stage production on August 29, 2014.

Beirut was originally produced by the Manhattan Class Company in New York in 1987 at the height of the AIDS epidemic and presented a dystopian future where panic and isolation become the rule of law. The show received rave reviews for its brave and honest look at the “what if” of the AIDS crisis. Since its premiere, the play has been produced around the world, praised for its rich character study and lyrical dialogue. Beirut was later turned into a 1993 film, Daybreak featuring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Moira Kelly.

Set in a quarantined district of New York that has been dubbed Beirut in the somewhat near future, the play introduces the audience to Torch, a young man who has tested positive, without symptoms, for a nameless and incurable disease. Instead of reacting with science and medicine, the government of the United States has made a choice to respond to the disease with force and authoritarian control over the sex lives of its citizens, physically branding those who test positive to the disease. Torch’s girlfriend, Blue, is able to sneak past the guards, cameras and sex detectors in an attempt to be reunited with her lover. Blue must choose between a life of freedom or an unknown life of ever-evolving symptoms and eventually death.

The New York Times raved, “The marvel of Mr. Browne’s work is the richly raunchy language, tuned to the gritty rhythms of the street. It’s crude yet lyrical; even at its most scatological, the dialogue sings.”

Theatre Out’s revival of Beirut is directed by award-winning director, Tito Ortiz, director of this season’s critically-acclaimed Corpus Christi. “Though the play can be painful to watch at times, we have found a way to find the beauty in Bowne’s dystopian world where the human spirit has been absolutely beaten to a pulp.”
“This is a very different piece for Theatre Out,” commented co-founder and producer David C. Carnevale. “In our staging, we are challenging our audience to experience Bowne’s pain and anger first-hand with an immediacy and intimacy that is at once devastating and comforting.”

Beirut stars Andrew Villarreal as Torch. Villarreal was last seen on the Theatre Out stage as Dr. Frank N Furter in a performance that the Orange County Register raved was, “so original it will make you forget the 1975 film’s Tim Curry – and any Franks you’ve seen in other stagings.” Jade Paris stars as Blue. Paris was last seen in Fullerton College’s production of John Logan’s Peter and Alice in the 2014 Director’s Festival.

Ortiz commented of the cast, “It’s been a very fulfilling experience being able to witness these two actors take on a show with such heavy subject matter. Andrew and Jade take no prisoners in their performances and I’m positive this will be a night of theatre our audiences will never forget.”
Beirut features a production designed by Theatre Out co-founders David C. Carnevale and Joey Baital.

Tickets for Beirut can be purchased online at www.TheatreOut.com or by visiting the Theatre Box Office 1 hour prior to curtain time, as available. Theatre Out is located at 402 W. 4th Street in Santa Ana, California. Beirut performs August 29, 2014 – September 13, 2014 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm. With a Sunday 5:00 pm performances on September 7, 2014 and a Thursday performance at 8:00 pm on September 4, 2014. All tickets are $15. Group discounts for groups of 10 or more are available by calling the Box Office at (714) 220-7069.

Theatre Out was founded in 2006 as an at-large company dedicated to performing theatrical works relevant to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community throughout Orange County with an emphasis in sharing the LGBT experience with allies and the greater community. Theatre Out has received national and international attention for their work, receiving numerous awards for excellence in production. The founders of Theatre Out have been featured on the front page of The Orange County Register and were featured in the OC Weekly’s Best Of 2012 issue as part of the “Dirty Dozen”.


PRESS CONTACT: David C. Carnevale, david@theatreout.com



Ward 6 City Council candidate Gonzalez to kick off his campaign on August 23

August 23, 2014
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
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Mike Gonzalez Council Fundraiser

Mike Gonzalez, a candidate for Ward 6 on the Santa Ana City Council, is hosting his Campaign Kick-Off on August 23, 2014, at 6 pm, at the nightclub/restaurant he owns, Mexicanisimo, located at 2323 W 1st St, Santa Ana.

The MC for the event is “Sammy” and various musical artists will be there including Regulo Car, Hugo Armando, and Grupo Folklorico Desafio.

Gonzalez owns a security guard company as well.  He is a licensed security guard instructor as well.  Click here to see his Facebook page.

Gonzalez’ Bio:

Born in California and raised with one siblings by, Miguel Gonzalez, learned early on the value of hard work, teamwork, and perseverance. He graduated at the top of his high school class and led his football team to a state championship victory, all while working a part-time job as a security guard.

Mike’s academic prowess and leadership abilities earned him a scholarship to an Universidad de Guadalajara, where he graduated with a degree in political science. He spent the next two decades prosecuting the state’s gravest offenders, in addition to volunteering for a variety of charitable causes.


SAUSD School Board candidate Andrews endorsed by SAUSD Trustee Richardson

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Shuntele Andrews for SAUSD School Board

SAUSD School Board candidate Shuntele Andrews, a retired teacher, has been endorsed by SAUSD School Board Trustee Rob Richardson, according to her Facebook page.

In February 2003, Richardson was elected to the Board of Education following a recall election and receiving 65% of the votes cast. He was re-elected in 2004 and 2008 to full four year terms.

Andrews taught Social Studies and History at Valley High School in Santa Ana for 35 years. She was raised in Santa Ana since the age of 11 going‎ to Santa Ana public schools, going on to UCI to earn her Bachelor’s and then the University of Southern California to get her Masters of Education and teaching credentials. She has received the Teacher of the Year award three times and served as the Social Science/History department chair for five years. She has also served on the Blue Ribbon commission and several hiring committees for the principals of Valley High School. Upon retirement she has continued to work for SAUSD as a substitute and CELDT tester.


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