COSAS Newsletter for May 14, 2021

Date: May, 14 2021 Category: City Manager, City Manager’s Newsletter, Notification

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Santa Ana River Bike Trail

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COVID-19 Update



Zero New Cases, Zero Deaths

This week we hit a milestone in our battle against COVID-19. After months of Santa Ana having some of the most impacted ZIP codes with the highest case rates in Orange County, on Thursday the OC Health Care Agency reported that there were zero additional COVID-19 cases and zero COVID-19 deaths in our city. We did add 14 new positive cases today, but no deaths. That is an amazing turnaround after this long, difficult and sad year in which so many of our family, friends, neighbors and loved ones lost their lives to the virus. Today, Santa Ana was at 44,836 total confirmed cases and 858 deaths since the start of the pandemic.




Vaccine PODs Closing, Other Vaccination Options

The County will close its Super POD sites at the Anaheim Convention Center, OC Fair & Event Center, Soka University and Santa Ana College at the end of the day on June 5 and shift operations to an expanding network of mobile PODs. There are many other ways to easily get vaccinated now, through your medical provider, at pharmacies, and clinics being offered by the City of Santa Ana and other local agencies and nonprofits.




Vaccine Available for Ages 12 and Older

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized for anyone age 12 or older. Orange County parents and legal guardians of minors ages 12 to 15 can now schedule a vaccination appointment or walk in to County of Orange vaccination sites that are offering Pfizer. Minors receiving the vaccine at these County sites must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian, provide a picture ID and proof of age.




Preparing to Reopen
In other good pandemic news, Orange County could be moving to the State’s Yellow Tier next week, further lifting restrictions on businesses and activities. The Governor has said that most pandemic restrictions will be lifted for all of California by June 15. The more people who get vaccinated, the more likely that is to happen. City staff are preparing for this date and looking forward to being able to welcome the public back to all of our City buildings, meetings and events in person as soon as we are able to safely do so.





City Offers Shelter, Clears Homeless Encampment

The City of Santa Ana this week provided shelter to 17 unhoused individuals and cleaned up a private downtown parking lot whose owner had allowed it to be used as an unpermitted homeless encampment. This encampment had grown over several months to encompass up to 75 tents and had become a serious public health and safety issue for the surrounding neighborhood and nearby schools and businesses.


After many City attempts to work with the property owner and offer shelter to those living there, the City finally reached a settlement agreement in March in which the property owner agreed to clear the property within 45 days. During that time, the City provided portable toilets, a wash station and two outreach events where shelter and supportive services were offered.


However, the property owner failed to meet the April 30 deadline, so the City obtained an abatement warrant, which was served this week without incident. Of those who still remained at the site, 17 accepted shelter. The City stored their belongings and the parking lot was cleared of trash and debris. The City also secured hotel rooms to offer the homeless who met the qualifications for the Project Roomkey program.


The City continues to address homelessness through a compassionate outreach approach with the goal of helping unhoused individuals enter shelter and housing and get access to supportive services. At the same time, we want to protect our community from the negative impacts of homeless encampments and activity. In March, our multi-agency Quality of Life Team had 168 interactions with people experiencing homelessness, while our homeless outreach contractor, City Net, had 445 contacts, leading to many homeless individuals being placed in shelters and getting the help they need.





Parks Master Plan and Revive Santa Ana Surveys

The City of Santa Ana wants to get your opinion on some important decisions that will be going before the City Council this year. The City is expected to receive at least $128.4 million from the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to help our community recover from the pandemic. Sunday, May 16, is the deadline to fill out a survey where you can share your ideas about how this money could help Santa Ana.


Also, the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Agency is developing a Parks Master Plan to guide our investment in parks, facilities, trails, and open space. This is a long-range plan that will help prioritize park projects for the next 10 years. Please take our Parks Master Plan survey as well to help us decide the future of our parks system.


These and other community surveys are available at the link below.



Teresa’s Jewelers Mother’s Day Surprise

On May 6, Downtown Santa Ana’s very own Teresa’s Jewelers expressed kindness and support for our senior community by surprising participants at Santa Ana Senior Center with 100 Mother’s Day gift bags filled with items such as jewelry and other fashionable accessories.

The seniors were delighted to receive the heartfelt gifts from the local jewelry shop. The generosity Teresa’s Jewelers conveyed means a lot, and is even more meaningful due to the hardships the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the senior community. 

In addition to the gift bags, Teresa’s Jewelers also donated three more gifts that seniors will have a chance to win in upcoming opportunity drawings at Santa Ana Senior Center. We thank Teresa’s Jewelers for thinking about the seniors, and for giving back to the community.





Youth Rookie Ball Program is Back

The City of Santa Ana’s Youth Sports co-ed Rookie Ball Program is back! The program begins on Tuesday, June 1 and is open to youth ages 3 to 14. Online registration is required. Registration is open from May 10 through May 28, 2021. Registration fee is $38 per child and it includes a team shirt, cap, participation trophy and an 11-week program of practices and games culminating in a celebratory closing ceremony.  Volunteer coaches needed! For additional information, see program flyer or contact the Youth Sports office at (714) 571-4264.




Celebrating National Public Works Week

During the week of May 16-22, the City of Santa Ana is celebrating National Public Works Week by recognizing the City’s Public Works Agency with a proclamation at the May 18, 2021 City Council meeting. The theme for the week focuses on “Stronger Together.” By working together, the impact that neighbors and Public Works professionals can have in the Santa Ana community is magnified, which results in the ability to accomplish goals once thought unattainable.


Public Works include those who manage water, sewer, fleet services, public roadways, sidewalks, and the maintenance of public buildings and grounds. Public Works has been serving the Santa Ana community for over 150 years.


It is the City’s 200 dedicated Public Works Agency employees that keep our Santa Ana community beautiful and moving smoothly. Whether performing roadway repair, water and sewer services, solid waste collection, graffiti removal, pothole repairs, or capital improvements, it takes a team of versatile employees to provide some of the City’s most essential services. The community’s quality of life starts with Public Works. Please watch the video below from Nabil Saba, Executive Director of the Public Works Agency.




Lane Reductions on Main Street


Effective now through August 31, 2021, both northbound and southbound lanes on Main Street between Anahurst Place and Russell Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction for the construction of the South Main Street Corridor Project.  Please use alternate routes and plan for possible delays. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for understanding. For additional insights on the construction of South Main Street Corridor, visit our website or call (714) 565-6246.



OC Streetcar Construction Alert

Construction on the OC Streetcar is moving full steam ahead!. The OC Streetcar is a 4.15-mile light rail which will run through the cities of Santa Ana and Garden Grove when it opens sometime next year. The electric-powered streetcar will be operated by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and will serve ten stops in each direction along its route.


At this current time, crews are installing the streetcar tracks along Fairview Road, Santa Ana Boulevard, and Mortimer Street. The construction will cause lane and full road closures along these roads--and in some cases, will temporarily close entire intersections. If you plan to travel near or along the OC Streetcar route, make sure to give yourself some extra time, plan alternate routes, beware of road hazards, and follow signage. Of course, please visit the OC Streetcar’s website for up-to-date construction alerts. 




The Santa Ana Police Department this week honored 96 police officers and sworn personnel, professional staff, volunteers, and Police Explorers for their work going above and beyond to serve and protect our community. The awards were for both 2019 and 2020 because last year’s ceremony didn’t take place during the pandemic. Congratulations to Uniformed Officers of the Year Nicholas Provencio (2019) and Steven Guerrero (2020), to Managers of the Year Ret. Commander Jeffrey Smith (2019) and Manager Jaime Manriquez (2020), and to all of the honorees!



At the May 4 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. 



Bowers Museum Free Santa Ana Sundays - May 16

Bowers offers free general admission to all Santa Ana residents on Sundays through a generous donation in memory of Dorothy Goerl and courtesy of the Lockhart Family. Santa Ana residents will need to provide proof of residency through an ID, driver's license or utility bill.

Click here to download a bilingual flyer for Free Santa Ana Sundays



Santa Ana Resident Day @ the Zoo - May 16


Residents of the City of Santa Ana receive FREE admission to the Santa Ana Zoo on the Third Sunday of every month! Proof of residency (such as a utility bill or ID with your Santa Ana address) is required for free admission.


Environmental Justice Virtual Community Forums: May 17 and 26

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:

  • May 17: Madison Park / Cedar Evergreen / Cornerstone Village 
  • May 26: Riverview West / Santa Anita / West Floral Park / Floral Park / Artesia Pilar / Flower Park
  • All meetings will occur from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

 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.



Virtual Q&A Meeting on Emergency Rental Relief

Join us on Wednesday, May 26 at 6 p.m. for a Zoom workshop to learn more about emergency rental assistance available in the City of Santa Ana. Spanish and Vietnamese interpreters will be available.