In the April 29, 2021, issue of COSAS: City of Santa Ana Stories, you will learn about fun Library activities, how to provide input on spending $143 million in federal stimulus funds, construction work on South Main Street, mosquito and fire prevention, and much more!
Santiago Creek after Rainfall
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Case Numbers on the Decline
Great news! The COVID-19 positivity rate is on the decline in Santa Ana, Orange County and throughout California. Almost all of Santa Ana has a four-week average positivity rate of under 2%. Since my last newsletter two weeks ago, Santa Ana added about 100 new positive cases and six deaths due to COVID-19. These trends mean Orange County is getting much closer to the next tier in the State’s reopening plan.
Many Ways to Get the Vaccine
To allow us to reopen the economy fully and get back to life as usual, I encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated. Right now that’s anyone age 16 or older. There is now more than enough vaccine to go around, and you can find many different options on the City’s COVID-19 vaccine page below. One change to the County’s vaccine operation is that on April 30, the drive-through POD (Point of Dispensing) at Disneyland will close.
Free Food Pantries in Santa Ana
Even though businesses are reopening and increasing capacity, that doesn’t mean everyone has recovered financially. If you or someone you know is struggling to make ends meet, several local organizations are providing free food distributions on most Fridays and Saturdays. Select the button below to learn more.
Restaurant Revitalization Fund
Some of the businesses hardest hit by the pandemic have been our restaurants and eateries. Thankfully, the U.S. Small Business Administration has started a new Restaurant Revitalization Fund. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Registration opens on Friday, April 30, and the SBA will begin taking applications on Monday, May 3, at 9 a.m. local time.
The City of Santa Ana is expected to receive $142.9 million from the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to help our community recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. With this funding, we plan to launch Revive Santa Ana, a comprehensive pandemic recovery initiative that also will allow us to reimagine how we provide services.
We have many ideas about how this money could be used, but we want to know what our residents and community members think! Please respond to our Revive Santa Ana survey to help us prioritize new programs and share your ideas. Check out this video message from Mayor Vicente Sarmiento and select the button below to learn more and take the survey.
On Tuesday, May 11, we are planning a virtual community townhall to answer questions and get more feedback. Stay tuned for details on our website, social media and other communications channels.
In 2018, the United Way launched an initiative called United to End Homelessness and invited the Santa Ana Housing Authority and Anaheim Housing Authority to join their Leadership Council. After gathering feedback and input from the Orange County Housing Authority, Anaheim Housing Authority and Santa Ana Housing Authority, United to End Homelessness launched a regional landlord incentive program called Welcome Home OC. Since then, our team has been busy at work housing many homeless families from our community through Welcome Home OC.
SAHA has been issuing vouchers to families or individuals in our community who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless through a variety of Special Purpose Voucher Programs. The Mainstream Voucher Program is rental assistance for chronically homeless individuals/families between the ages of 18 to 62; the Foster Youth to Independence Voucher Program is rental assistance for youth aging out of the foster care system between the ages of 18 to 24; and the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program is for eligible homeless veterans referred to us by the Veterans Affairs.
SAHA is proud to have reached a milestone of leasing up over 100 families from our community so far. Thanks to our partnership with the United Way’s Welcome Home OC Program, SAHA hopes to lease-up many more homeless families with tenant-based assistance in the future.
Create a miniature sanctuary to reduce your stress and meditate from the comfort of your home. Inspired by the Japanese tradition, cultivate a miniature rock garden. Take-and-make kits are available for pick up on May 17th-21st from 10am-5pm at the Main Library and Newhope Library while supplies last.
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Amy Wu can make the perfect bao, can you? This month Santa Ana Public Library is proud to present a special storytime honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPIHM). The month of May is a time to recognize and honor the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to our history, culture, and achievements. Join us as we share a story that celebrates one of the MANY traditions of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities!
The video will be available on the City of Santa Ana’s YouTube Channel, beginning May 7th!
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Rain creates an opportunity for mosquitoes to thrive and breed in standing water. More rainfall generates more pools of water, which increases the number of mosquitoes. Just one small bottle cap of water can result in hundreds of mosquitos. In order to prevent mosquito breeding, we ask everyone in the community to help in the fight against mosquitoes by eliminating their favorite places to breed and lay eggs. Please check your yard on a regular basis and remove any temporary pools of water.
The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District offers the following tips to prevent mosquito breeding:
April showers do bring flowers, and with the rains come tall grass and weeds. Now is the time to pull out the lawn care tools and begin to maintain your parkways consistently. Maintenance of parkways, including, watering, mowing grass, trimming plants and weed removal is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner (except for City street trees). A parkway is the area between the curb and sidewalk and is a long planting strip sometimes referred to as sidewalk strip or parking strip. The parkway must be kept in a clean and neat condition and free from objectionable matter such as overgrown grass, weeds or obstacles, which may pose a hazard. Your support in maintaining your parkway in your neighborhood keeps Santa Ana beautiful and is appreciated by the entire community.
To celebrate National Arbor Day this Friday, April 30, take a walk around our beautiful city and post a picture of your favorite tree. During the week of Arbor Day, your social media post can turn into trees planted! The Arbor Day Foundation will plant one tree for each Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook user who posts a picture of a tree using the hashtag #ArborDay, up to 100,000 trees.
Did You Know?
The City of Santa Ana has been proudly designated as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for 22 consecutive years for its dedication in maintaining the City’s urban forest of nearly 50,000 street trees. The City spends over $4 million annually on its tree care programs that includes pruning, planting and providing arborist evaluations of all City street trees. A healthy urban forest contributes to our community in many ways including adding value to your home and neighborhood, help cool your home by reducing your energy costs and provide an overall positive community atmosphere. For more information about the City of Santa Ana tree program, visit our website.
The City offers down payment assistance loans to first-time homebuyers to assist them with the purchase of a home in Santa Ana. One of our residents, Ana R., wanted to share her experience with the program:
I feel honored to share my journey to homeownership. I had always dreamt of purchasing a home and the City of Santa Ana Down Payment Assistance Program made it possible for me. When I first started looking into programs for assistance, I felt pressured from real estate agents and loan officers to steer away from these types of programs. But thankfully Claudia Shaw at the City of Santa Ana was very responsive and provided me with details on how the Down Payment Assistance Program has successfully helped so many others. Everyone’s dream home is different, but for me it was something that I could afford without living on severe budget constraints. The City’s down payment assistance made that dream home possible for me. The process and qualifications are clear and the city staff were very helpful every step of the way. I have shared my story with co-workers, family and friends to encourage them to reach out to their respective cities for this same type of assistance that I received from the City of Santa Ana.
To learn more about the down payment assistance program, visit our website.
At the April 20, 2021, meeting, the Santa Ana City Council …
City Council meetings are typically held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 5 p.m. Our meetings are live streamed on YouTube and CTV 3 (channel 3 on Spectrum and channel 99 on AT&T TV). If you’d like to provide public comments on agenda and non-agenda items, you can email, or join the Zoom webinar online or by phone.
You’re invited to participate in a virtual forum about environmental justice, with focus directed across various neighborhoods throughout the city. The virtual forums are scheduled as follows:
As a participant, you can share your experiences and suggestions to address the environmental (i.e., air, water, and soil) and quality-of-life concerns facing your neighborhood. Your comments and input will help shape and strengthen the policies and programs in the General Plan Update and help achieve a healthy environment for all.
Spring is here and everyone is excited to be getting back out into their gardens… but with a dryer-than-normal winter, it's important to learn a few simple tricks we can use in our gardens to save water (and money) while having a beautiful, successful garden! This season, our Water Resources Division, in collaboration with the Metropolitan Water District, is expanding its landscape transformation classes by adding webinars taught in English, Spanish, and Mandarin. Classes begin May 4.
Santa Ana neighborhoods are invited to an interactive community virtual meeting with our very own Public Works Agency on Wednesday, May 12 at 5:30 p.m. to learn about the programs and services provided by the Public Works Agency and the Neighborhood Initiatives Program. The Community Virtual Town Hall Meeting is a kick-off celebration for the upcoming National Public Works Week that focuses on the theme “Stronger Together”. Highlights of the “Stronger Together” Town Hall meeting include the following:
Please use the button below to join us via Zoom.
Join Santa Ana Active Streets (SAAS) on Thursday May 13 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.in a virtual walk assessment of the City’s streets with guests from California Walks and UC Berkeley SafeTREC. You will explore the different streets in Santa Ana and analyze the ways they can be improved to be safer for bicyclists and pedestrians. For additional information, contact Dorian Romero at firstname.lastname@example.org or (714) 340-5186.