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Category: Councilmember Penaloza

Santa Ana City Council announces ‘strenuous opposition’ to proposed needle distribution program

SANTA ANA, Calif. – The Santa Ana City Council on Tuesday, April 16, unanimously approved a resolution announcing its “strenuous opposition” to a proposed needle distribution program that would threaten public health and safety. “This resolution reaffirms the City Council’s commitment to protecting the health, safety and welfare of our residents,” Mayor Valerie Amezcua said. “We … Continued

City Council bans short-term residential rentals

The ordinance is intended to curb impacts on neighborhoods and increase available housing supplies. SANTA ANA, Calif. – The Santa Ana City Council has voted to ban short-term residential rentals to preserve the character of neighborhoods, address the negative impacts caused by these unpermitted business operations, and to open up much-needed housing supplies. The proliferation … Continued

City breaks ground on George Upton All Access Park playground project

On Monday, April 15, 2024, the City of Santa Ana broke ground on the George Upton All Access Park project! In the next few months, the aging playground that was once located here will be replaced with an exciting new play area for children of all physical abilities. Located at Thornton Park, the George Upton … Continued

Groundbreaking ceremony held for Gerardo Mouet Park at Standard and McFadden

On Saturday, January 27, 2024, the City of Santa Ana broke ground on Gerardo Mouet Park, honoring Santa Ana’s former Parks and Recreation director who died last year. The park at Standard Street and McFadden Avenue will have a skate area, basketball court, playground, green space and more. The park will provide a much-needed recreational … Continued

Board of Supervisors says homeless multi-service center must relocate by end of 2024 after Santa Ana leaders, residents speak out

Today, Councilmember Phil Bacerra, Councilmember David Penaloza, a representative of Mayor Valerie Amezcua, and over two dozen residents, neighborhood leaders and City staff spoke at the Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting to oppose a County contract extension with Mental Health Association of Orange County (MHA.) Although we didn’t get the outcome we had hoped … Continued

Santa Ana City Council appoints Interim City Manager

Thomas R. Hatch will serve until a permanent City Manager is hired. SANTA ANA, Calif. – The Santa Ana City Council has appointed veteran municipal executive Thomas R. Hatch to serve as Interim City Manager, overseeing operations of one of the largest cities in Orange County and over 1,400 City employees. On Tuesday, Nov. 21, … Continued

Santa Ana City Council appoints Steven A. Mendoza as Acting City Manager

SANTA ANA, Calif. – The Santa Ana City Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Steven A. Mendoza as Acting City Manager. This appointment took effect on October 10, 2023, pursuant to Resolution 2017-016. Mr. Mendoza has been an integral part of the City of Santa Ana’s executive management team since May 2018, serving … Continued

Republic Services and City of Santa Ana lead the charge with first electric recycling and waste collection truck in Orange County

Company’s First electric truck in California to service Santa Ana residents. Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE: RSG), a leader in the environmental services industry, and the City of Santa Ana launched the company’s first electric collection vehicle (EV) in Republic’s California fleet. An industry first for Orange County, this automated side-load electric collection truck has been … Continued

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