On Saturday, October 14, 2023, the City of Santa Ana Public Work Agency joined the community to unveil a classic monument clock tower in the median at the intersection of Flower and 15th streets. Mayor Valerie Amezcua along with Councilmembers Phil Bacerra, Johnathan Ryan Hernandez, Benjamin Vazquez, and David Penaloza did the honor of unveiling the clock tower. Everyone attending the ceremony enjoyed apple pies and morning beverages which were graciously provided by the Santa Ana McDonald’s restaurants located on Bristol Street, 17th Street, and First Street.
The clock tower monument commemorates the two adjacent neighborhoods, Washington Square and Willard. The monument resulted from the median reconstruction on these streets following a recent sewer construction project.
The clock tower is 18 feet high, made of steel and aluminum, and is illuminated by LED lights. The clock tower is built to withstand 100-mile-an-hour winds.
It is an atomic clock, so it sets itself, automatically adjusts to daylight saving time and provides the most accurate time. It is currently being synced to the correct time and will be rewrapped while being adjusted.
South Coast Lighting (designer of the monument) is currently working with the Clock Manufacturer, Verdin, to resolve the clock time issue. Verdin is a well-respected clock manufacturer that has been around for 181 years. The agency is confident that Verdin will make sure the clock is synced properly.