Arrested taggers suspected in several robberies in Santa Ana and Garden Grove and more...

Arrested taggers suspected in several robberies in Santa Ana and Garden Grove

A group of half-a-dozen losers were arrested today in Garden Grove after police officers spotted a vehicle that matched the description of a vehicle connected to a tagging incident on Saturday afternoon, at 3:50 p.m., at the Staples Store on Harbor Blvd., according to the O.C. Register.

The suspects turned out to be wanted in connection with a series of robberies in Santa Ana and in Garden Grove.

The suspects were pulled over and arrested at the 13000 block of Roan Road, in Garden Grove. The suspects included five adults and a juvenile.

The Garden Grove police reported that “One of the suspects immediately came out of the vehicle and began screaming at officers, and a felony car stop was conducted. Officers were attempting to have the suspects step out of the vehicle. Two of the suspects kept being verbally confrontational.”

The police were able to place the suspects under arrest with no incidents.

The police suspect that the suspects committed at least five robberies in Santa Ana and in Garden Grove – and perhaps other robberies that may not have been reported.

The suspects also appear to be gang members.

Police investigators found a bicycle, that may have been taken in one of the Garden Grove robberies, in the suspects’ car. They also found an Airsoft pistol with the tip removed, that may have been used in at least one of the robberies.

The suspects were booked into Orange County Jail and Juvenile Hall. Names are being withheld as the investigation is continuing, police said.

If you know anything about the suspects or might be a robbery victim please call the police at (714) 741-5704.


Santa Ana apartment complex could be converted into a 60 unit drug rehab center

There is an effort underway by Rock Solid Recovery to convert the Mauna Loa Garden Apartments in Santa Ana to a 60 unit residential development to a behavioral health facility – essentially a drug rehab center, at 1311 Washington Place, in Santa Ana, just south of the Target store located at N. Grand Ave. and 17th. St.

This proposed drug rehab center will be located a half mile south of Sierra Intermediate School and the adjacent Northeast Santa Ana Little League.

This seems like a bad idea. For one thing the proposed location in our city is ringed by crime. But to see how bad an idea this is check out these Yelp excerpts regarding Rock Solid Recovery, which currently offers rehab facilities in Costa Mesa:

  • From the start the staff were misleading.  They assured me that my sons pain mgmt problems would be addressed even though they are an holistic center.  I was a massage therapist for several years and believe in the holistic side if it is used.  My son NEVER had the treatments he was promised.  I know detox is painful but after detox he continued to be in pain.  He went to the hospital more times than I can count.  Towards the end of his treatment they finally admitted that he shouldn’t be there.  His case was too intensive.
  • I would NOT recommend this treatment center.  My son also did not recommend it. We didn’t get much time to talk but what conversation we did have when he was there and the short time he was home he didn’t have much good to say about it except for he loved his counselor.    He didn’t like the different stages and moving from place to place.  OH!!!  He called me about a week before he got home and said he was outside because they were fumigating for BED BUGS!!    He didn’t bring them home but we had to take extra precautions when he got home.
  • I’m currently in the program, it was decent although very disorganized at first. They lost my insurance card on the first day I came for treatment, no biggie at first. The second mishap involved being roomed with a kleptomaniac whom was transferred from a different house without ANY warning, I learned from other clients that he stole early on.
  • The facility does not coordinate care with the client’s existing outpatient provider and interferes with continuity of care.

Santa Ana prescription drug addict

Here is a comment from Rehab Reviews:

  • I too was promised only insurance deductible liability. Not so, outside vendors were used to the tune of $70,000, which was not covered. It’s a scam, not a treatment center.

And here are a few comments from Glass Door (a website where employees post about their experiences at the companies they work at – Note – Rock Solid Recovery is a branch of Solid Landings Behavioral Health):

  • “No Loyalty to employees whatsoever.”
  • “RUN if you are hired by this company.”
  • “Disguised as a “start up”, will work you in to modern day salvery”
  • “Horrible unethical place to work”
  • “Don’t work here!! Fraud”
  • “Worst Place to Work in Orange County”
  • “Solid Landings is a disaster, and more than likely going out of business”
  • “Work Here If You Want to be Humiliated and Bullied”
  • “Unstable, caters to former addicts as employees, think they are above the law”
  • “Went from one of the best companies to work for to one of the worst”
  • “sh*ttiest place to work”
  • “Horrible place to work”
  • The worst company I have ever worked for EVER!!!!!”

If you are interested in stopping this drug rehab center from locating in Santa Ana here are the folks at City Hall that you need to contact:

  • Hassan Haghani, Executive Director City Planner, 714-667-2706,
  • Vince Fregoso, Principal Planner, 714-667-2713,
  • For those residents east of Grand Ave., Ward 1 Representative, Vincent Sarmiento, Mayor Pro Tem,
  • Residents west of Grand Ave., Ward 2 Representative, Michele Martinez,
  • Residents north of the proposed drug rehab center, Ward 3 representative, Angie Amezcua,
  • Planning Commissioners
    • Bruce Bauer –
    • Sean Mill –
    • Phil Bacerra –
    • James Gartner –
    • Sandy Nalle –
    • Lynette Verino – Facebook

And here is the guy who is trying to bring this drug rehab center to our city:

  • Adam Shandrow, 562-972-3955,

If you don’t want this drug rehab center to locate in Santa Ana you better start contacting the folks listed above.


Local Boy Scouts to host two pancake breakfasts in Santa Ana this month

Support your local boy scouts! Santa Ana’s historic Troop 28 is hosting two pancake breakfast fundraisers this month and our boys really need your support. Show up and have a great breakfast cooked by the Boy Scouts!

The first pancake breakfast will be held on Sunday, February 7, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Santa Ana United Methodist Church located at 2121 N. Grand Ave – in the Fellowship Hall.

Troop 28 pancake breakfast

The second pancake breakfast will be held on Sunday, February 14, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the First Congregational Church located at 2555 Santiago Rd., in Santa Ana’s Park Santiago Neighborhood.

Both events will feature freshly made pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, and orange juice and coffee.

The money raised by these events will help support Troop 28’s camping trips and hiking adventures. What a great way to help our boys to become good men.

Donations gladly accepted!


Santa Ana man sentenced to three years in prison after fatal DUI crash

Ulises Mendoza, a Santa Ana man who crashed while driving under the influence, leaving a passenger dead and three others seriously injured, was sentenced Friday to three years in prison, according to the O.C. Register.

Mendoza plead guilty to a felony vehicular manslaughter charge and a misdemeanor driving without a valid license, under a plea deal.

Mendoza was alleged to have been speeding in his 1993 Honda Civic in the 900 block of North Fairview Drive in Santa Ana, just north of Spurgeon Intermediate School, on the morning of Nov. 21, 2013, when he apparently lost control on a curve. His car then reportedly struck a fence on the west side of the road, spun and crashed backward into a light pole.

The accident killed Mendoza’s passenger, Oliver Martinez-Iriate, 23, who was sitting in one of the rear seats of the Civic.

Three other passengers ended up hospitalized and one of them, an 18-year-old, was in a coma for several days.

When Mendoza’s blood was tested after the crash it was determined that he had a blood-alcohol content of .05, making it illegal for him to drive because he was under the age of 21.


Free O.C. blood pressure screenings on Love Your Heart Day, 2/11

For Immediate Release: February 8, 2016

Contact: (714) 834-2178


(Santa Ana) – With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, many of us think about matters of the heart. This year, give yourself and loved ones a healthy gift from the heart by getting a free blood pressure screening on Thursday, February 11, 2016.

The County of Orange Health Care Agency (HCA) joins community partners and Live Well San Diego to celebrate “Love Your Heart” – a one-day event that empowers participants to take charge of their health by knowing their numbers.

Love Your Heart

“Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Orange County, accounting for nearly one-in-four deaths per year,” said County Health Officer Dr. Eric Handler. “Many folks are unaware that high blood pressure increases the risk for heart disease and stroke. The good news is that there are many ways to lower your blood pressure. Knowing your numbers is the first step toward hitting your blood pressure target.”

In addition to the free screening being offered at more than 20 locations countywide, attendees will receive information that includes strategies for heart health and a listing of community resources should they need a medical provider that day or in the future.

For more information, please click here and here.

This event will be held in Santa Ana at:

  • Santa Ana Northgate Market, at 1120 S. Bristol St., from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Santa Ana Northgate Market, at 1010 S. Main St., from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Santa Ana Northgate Market at 770 S. Harbor Blvd., from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Santa Ana Health Care Agency Clinic at 1725 W. 17th St., from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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