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Santa Ana CopWatch is ready for tonight’s SAPD Easter Cruising crackdown

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The Battle for Bristol Street

By Santa Ana CopWatch

Every year on Easter Sunday SAPD puts our city on lockdown in an attempt to keep us in our homes and limit cruising. They block off all the major streets making it hard to move around Santa Ana. The irony is that they say it’s to prevent “grid-lock”. They also have extra police pulling over anyone they can for any reason they can come up with. Our Easter Sunday basically becomes Santa Ana Martial Law.

The real reason for these actions by the city and the police is rooted in racism and their need to suppress a popular gathering of the people. In other words, they don’t want brown people gathering in the streets.

We say that the streets belong to the people. We’re calling on everyone who’s down to defend Santa Ana to come out with their cameras and let the police know they’re being recorded. Let them know we won’t be held down.

Copwatch Santa Ana will be meeting up at 8pm at Bristol and Edinger in the Jack in the Box parking lot. We’re going to have a red and black flag. We’re going to give a quick workshop on your rights and how to film the police. Then we roll concentrating our efforts on Bristol.

Bring your smart phone fully charged and ready to go. Post up any video or pictures you get and tag Copwatch SantaAna. We’ll share it to everyone.

There will be police presence so we don’t recommend parking your car at Jack in the Box. Instead leave your car in the surrounding neighborhood and walk.

Don’t give the cops a reason to detain you! Don’t j-walk. Wait for the cross signal to cross a street. Don’t litter (this means no throwing trash, not even spitting) If you’re going to be out after 10pm you must be at least 18 year old or with a parent. Obey all the laws because if you’re filming the cops they’ll try and get you on whatever stupid reason they can.

POWER TO THE PEOPLE

    

 


With all her baggage, should Janet Nguyen even be running for SD34?

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From the OC Political Blog

The heat’s still on.  First District County Supervisor Janet Nguyen, the Orange County GOP’s Local Elected Official of the Year, has been fingered AGAIN by the union-funded Voice of OC for conspiring with two CalOptima Board members to ignore a Federal audit critical of their leadership:  CalOptima Leaders Shelved Critical Audit.  Tracy Wood reports:

The move killed a chance to fix at least some potential problems as much as a year before federal auditors discovered one of CalOptima’s programs posed a “serious threat to the health and safety” of participants.  According to meeting records and emails, Nguyen and CalOptima board Vice Chairman Lee Penrose, who is president and CEO of St. Jude Hospital in Fullerton, put off making a decision on which firm to hire. County Health Care Agency Director Mark Refowitz, who became board chairman during the process, didn’t act to ensure that the work was done.

Wood’s excellent piece is over 2,000 words, and thoroughly details the history of Nguyen’s and her cronies’ obfuscations, delays and potential Brown Act violations as they hid their malfeasance and management ineptitude at the County’s health care provider for the indigent and illegal.  The Orange County Register hasn’t a clue about the shenanigans at CalOptima, but thankfully the more motivated Voice of OC has made a great effort to uncover how badly Supervisor/CalOptima Board Member Nguyen is at administering that for which she has significant responsibility.  Due to these issues, Nguyen’s BOS peers also recently decided she must be chaperoned at CalOptima and have assigned Supervisor Todd Spitzer to join her on the CalOptima dais.

But still, the OC GOP and its online mouthpieces like Jon Fleischman and the HJTA’s Jon Coupal are supporting Nguyen in her ambitious quest for

SD34

Senate District 34 is now responsible to Democrat Sen. Lou Correa, who was awarded the area after the 2010 Re-Disctricting and Republican Tom Harman being termed out.

the State Senate.  Two things are apparent: 1) We can’t afford Nguyen’s incompetence and corruption in representing a large part of the OC in Sacramento and 2) the Democrats and Jose Solorio, their candidate for the 34th, should have a field day with all the press that Janet is collecting at CalOptima and for her adventures in fundraising from their vendors as she is ALSO being investigated by the FBISolorio and the Democrats will easily leverage Nguyen’s issues against the recent transgressions of Democrat State Senators Leland Yee, Rod Wright and Ron Calderon.

With strong support expected from the labor unions, and particularly the Voice of OC’s bosses at the OCEA (which explains why the VofOC is all over this and the Reg isn’t — not that we’re complaining), Solorio will have plenty of money to advertise Janet’s improprieties all over the 34th District.

With the three still-serving (at least, drawing salaries) State Senators either indicted or convicted, perhaps OC GOP boss Scott Baugh might be spoiling the party’s current advantage in perceived ethical conduct by promoting Nguyen for Senate  just as she’s being indicted or taped in a perp walk at the Federal Courthouse in our own Civic Center.  This perception of ethical Republican conduct also assumes everyone’s forgotten about Mike “Drippy” Duvall.

Baugh (who is coveting Mimi Walters’ Senate seat after she’s likely elected to Congress) and Company have also stepped on the other Republican SD34 candidate‘s air hose per Martin Wisckol at the Register last week: GOP gives to a candidate it wants to lose.  This is unfortunate and uncalled for — Dr. Pham is a decent, honest man and deserves some respect for his years of loyalty to the Republican Party.  Pham also views his own Vietnamese community as home — Nguyen sees it as an exploitable demographic as her married name is Bonikowski.

Long-time, loyal OC Republicans ought to be tired of this by now — if Janet Nguyen is the best the Party can do, there’s no hope at making any progress toward ever again achieving any control in Sacramento — we’ll be a Blue State for as long as it takes the Democrats to relieve us of what’s left of our money and dignity.

    

 

Westminster man convicted for soliciting the murder of his wife

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Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release, Case # 13CF0340 & 13CF1025: April 18, 2014

HUSBAND CONVICTED OF 2004 SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES CONSPIRACY-MURDER BY SOLICITING MURDER OF WIFE

SANTA ANA – A husband was convicted yesterday of the 2004 solicitation-murder of his wife. Magdi Faiz Girgis, 61, Westminster, was found guilty by a jury April 17, 2014, of one felony count of special circumstances murder, one felony count of conspiracy to commit murder, and sentencing enhancements for murder for financial gain and murder to prevent testimony were found true. He faces a minimum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility at his sentencing on May 30, 2014, in Department C-41, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Co-defendant Anthony Edward Bridget, 40, is charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder, one felony count of conspiracy to commit murder, one felony count of aggravated assault, one felony count of false imprisonment by violence, and sentencing enhancements for murder for financial gain, murder by lying in wait, and murder during the commission of a burglary. If convicted, he faces a minimum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole. Bridget is scheduled for a preliminary hearing June 20, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-57, Central Justice Center.

Prior to the murder, Magdi Girgis had a pending domestic violence case against him related to assaulting his wife, 55-year-old Ariet Girgis. A restraining order was issued, Ariet Girgis intended to divorce the defendant, and Magdi Girgis moved out of the couple’s Westminster home.

Magdi Girgis, then a respiratory therapist, planned to murder the victim because he wanted to avoid the cost of a divorce and did not want to lose his medical license by receiving a felony conviction. As a result, Magdi Girgis solicited at least one person to murder his wife.

A few days prior to Sept. 29, 2004, Ariet Girgis testified in a preliminary hearing in the domestic violence case.

In the early morning hours of Sept. 29, 2004, Bridget and the other suspects are accused of entering Ariet Girgis’ home on Plum Street. Ariet Girgis and her 17-year-old son Ryan were the only family members in the home. Bridget is accused of binding and gagging Ryan and forcing him into a closet. At least one suspect is accused of murdering Ariet Girgis in her bedroom using a sharp object. Bridget and the suspects then fled the scene.

After several minutes, Ryan heard a car drive away from the house, broke free of his ties, and immediately reported the crime to Westminster Police Department (WPD). Officers responded to the 911 call and discovered Ariet Girgis had been murdered.

Magdi Girgis was convicted in the domestic violence case after the murder of Ariet Girgis (Case #04WF0321).

Following a cold-case investigation, WPD detectives arrested Magdi Girgis on Feb. 1, 2013.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Sonia Balleste, formerly of the Homicide Unit and now Assistant Head of Court in the Juvenile Justice Center, is prosecuting this case.

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Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Contacts:

Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
Office: 714-347-8408
Cell: 714-292-2718

Farrah Emami
Spokesperson
Office: 714-347-8405
Cell: 714-323-4486

    

 


Garden Grove man gets 12 years in prison for shooting up Fashion Island

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Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release, Case # 12HF3657: April 18, 2014

MAN SENTENCED TO 12 YEARS IN PRISON FOR FIRING SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPON AT FASHION ISLAND

SANTA ANA – A man was convicted today and sentenced to 12 years in state prison for discharging his gun at Fashion Island. Mark Sariana Gurrola, 42, Garden Grove, pleaded guilty to a court offer to 54 felony counts of shooting at an occupied building and two felony counts of aggravated assault with sentencing enhancements for the use of a firearm. The People objected to the sentence, advocating for a lengthier state prison term.

At approximately 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 15, 2012, Gurrola drove his white Honda Civic and parked in the Macy’s parking lot at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. He exited his vehicle armed with a Glock .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun and six magazines. He raised his firearm and discharged 54 rounds of ammunition in the direction of the Macy’s building. As a result of the shooting, Gurrola caused a mother and her 4-year-old daughter to suffer injuries from being pushed by panicked shoppers, who were running for cover. None of the bullets struck the building.

The defendant dropped his weapon and surrendered to Newport Beach police officers. At the time of Gurrola’s arrest, police recovered ammunition for different weapons including .44 caliber, .380 caliber, and .38 caliber, and no other weapons.

The Newport Beach Police Department investigated the case.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Robert Mestman of the Special Prosecutions Unit prosecuted this case.

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Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Contacts:

Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
Office: 714-347-8408
Cell: 714-292-2718

Farrah Emami
Spokesperson
Office: 714-347-8405
Cell: 714-323-4486

    

Santa Ana Harbor Corridor Environmental Impact Report now available for review

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SANTA ANA RELEASES HARBOR CORRIDOR DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (DEIR) & SPECIFIC PLAN FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS

SANTA ANA, CA (April 16, 2014) – On Friday, April 18, 2014 the City of Santa Ana will release for public comments the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) and specific plan for the proposed Harbor Corridor Specific Plan. The draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) and specific plan will be available for review and comment from April 18, 2014 through June 2, 2014. The documents can be accessed for review online at http://www.santa-ana.org/harborplan/default.asp or at City Hall.

The 425-acre project area is oriented to Harbor Boulevard in Santa Ana, which is located in central Orange County. The project area generally includes parcels adjacent to Harbor Boulevard between Westminster Avenue and Lilac Way and parcels along Westminster Avenue, 1st Street, and 5th Street one-half mile east of Harbor Boulevard. The corridor’s northern and southern ends are adjacent to the city boundaries of Garden Grove and Fountain Valley, respectively. The proposed Harbor Corridor Plan would apply to an approximately 305-acre portion of the project area that directly fronts Harbor Boulevard or perpendicular arterial streets. The remaining 120 acres of the project area, which are proposed to be converted to conventional zoning, consist of the Willowick Golf Course (is being preserved through the City’s conventional zoning designation of Open Space), residential properties along Jackson Street, and commercial properties along 5th Street. This portion of the project area is east of the Harbor Boulevard corridor and abuts the Santa Ana River to the east.

For more information, or to provide written feedback, please contact Principal Planner Sergio Klotz at (714) 667-2796 or via e-mail at sklotz@santa-ana.org.

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