COSAS: City Manager's Newsletter, July 30, 2021, Edition

Date: July, 30 2021 Category: City Manager, City Manager’s Newsletter, Notification

COSAS City of Satna Ana Stories A newsletter from the desk of Kristina Ridge, City Manager

In this edition of COSAS, read about the City’s water quality report and an upcoming trash contract forum, the reopening of our senior centers, resources for businesses and job-seekers, and lots of fun summer activities like youth flag football, movies in the park, and National Night Out!

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Spotlight Photo

A group of runners pose after a 3-mile run in front of a mural that reads, Santa Ana. There is a dog in the front row, he looks like a German Shepherd.

Caption: Bringing the community together one weekly 3-mile run at a time.

Photo Credit: Aaron G. @KeepRunningSantaAna 

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City Manager’s Highlights

2021-22 Adopted Budget Now Available

Last month the City Council approved a $717.1 million budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. The Adopted Budget is now available online for public review. I’m proud that thanks to the City Council’s leadership and our cost-cutting measures during the pandemic, we were able to approve a budget that restored and added programs, services and staff positions so that we can provide the level of service that our community expects.

See the Budget:

Get Involved in Revive Santa Ana

The City Council also approved the spending plan for Revive Santa Ana, a comprehensive COVID-19 pandemic recovery initiative funded by the federal American Rescue Plan Act. As we move forward with a broad range of programs to provide financial assistance, youth programs, and much more, we have created an online interest form for local non-profits and organizations that might be able to help provide these services. Please go to the link below and fill out the form if your organization wants to help us Revive Santa Ana. Also, check out our new logo!

Revive Santa Ana:

COVID-19 Update

As you know, COVID-19 cases continue to rise, so once again we want to encourage our residents to get vaccinated so that we can protect our community, keep our businesses open and continue resuming all of our normal activities. Go to the link below for vaccine options, testing, rental assistance and more.

COVID-19 Info:


Renovated Senior Centers Reopen with Fanfare

Mayor Sarmiento giving a speech at the opening ceremony for the Southwest Senior Center

An image of two elderly ladies walking into the Santa Ana senior center. The one in front has smiling eyes, and both ladies are wearing masks.

An image from the ribbon cutting at the Santa Ana senior center. There are about a dozen people in the photo, all but two are behind a red ribbon being cut and falling. Most everyone is wearing a mask and looking at the camera.

Last week we celebrated the grand reopenings of both the Southwest Senior Center and the Santa Ana Senior Center! Both have been beautifully renovated and are now available for our seniors to enjoy. City officials and many of our seniors helped celebrate this milestone with ribbon cuttings.

We will be gradually adding more senior programming this summer and are continuing the take-home senior meals program for now (no in-person meals yet.)

Learn More about our Senior Centers and Senior Services:

Water Quality Report Now Available

2020 Water Quality Report, Protecting the safety and reliability of your water. The report details the quality of Santa Ana's water, which consistently wins the coveted honor of being among the world's best-tasting and highest quality. AVAILABLE NOW! 
Background is a geometric pattern that fades from white on the left to a deep navy blue on the right. Includes the seal for the City of Santa Ana.

The Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) is an annual water quality report that informs  Santa Ana residents about where your drinking water comes from and what’s in it. The 2020 CCR Water Quality Report details the quality of Santa Ana’s water and confirms that the City continues to maintain the highest standards, surpassing all state and federal safety requirements. To view the report, select the link below. To request a printed copy, please contact the Water Resources Division at 714-647-3320.

Read the Press Release:

View the Report:

Protected Bike Lanes Shift into High Gear

Since February 2021, the City has been constructing protected bike lanes and bus islands on Bristol Street between Edinger Avenue and 1st Street. The original scope of the project is complete, but thanks to our efficient work, we are able to expand the scope and deliver additional improvements within the project limit. With the additional work, the project is now scheduled to be completed by early fall 2021. Once the project is completed, three lanes in each direction will be reinstated, as well as a dedicated, protected bike lane.

An image of the construction of the Bristol St Bike Lane. Shows a lovely blue sky, a row of palm trees, and the protected bike lane in construction. There are little orange headed thingies sticking up out of the ground on the left side of the image, possible to support the concrete being put in for the median divider to protect the bikes from the cars.

Learn More about the Bristol Street Bike Lane:

Youth Group Cleans Up Bristol Street

An image of over 50 people posing in front of a blue shade tent and some trees. They're all wearing grey and light blue shirts, and are all looking at the camera. 

The City’s Public Works Agency team supported a church youth group cleanup last month to fulfill a volunteer community activity for their youth conference. About 50 youths ages 14-18 and eight adults cleaned up the Bristol Street corridor from Edinger Avenue to McFadden Avenue.

The Public Works Maintenance Services Department provided the trash bags and then picked up the filled bags after the cleanup. The youth group worked diligently to remove every piece of trash, filling about 30 bags!

Read More about the Bristol Youth Cleanup:

New Bus Benches Display Santa Ana Design

An image of a new, dark-brown metal bench, with "Santa Ana" cut out in the back, and two small seat dividers. Next to it is a trash can in the same style as the bench. They sit in front of a brick wall and a window that has the Santa Ana Transit Center in the reflection.

The City’s Public Works Agency staff is pleased to announce that the latest round of bus stop furniture replacement began in May. The City has developed a new Santa Ana design for the 134 pairs of one bench and one trash container. Installation is prioritized for stops with no furniture or missing furniture components.

The new design will also be used on bus shelter replacements within the Main Street project, which is scheduled to begin in fall 2021. In addition, Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is providing funding for additional bus shelter replacements at 35 locations within the City, which is anticipated for spring 2022.

Youth Co-Ed Flag Football Registration to Open

This flyer graphic reads, "The City of Santa Ana Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Agency presents YOUTH CO-ED FLAG FOOTBALL! Open to boys and girls in grades pre-k to 8. The background vaguely has an image of three kids playing flag football and is covered by a grey stripe, a navy blue stripe, and a yellow stripe. There is a football on the left side of the graphic.

Here’s something fun for the young football fans in your family! Youth co-ed flag football season begins Monday, Aug. 30, and is open to children ages 3 to 14. Online registration is required and is open from Aug. 2 through Aug. 13.

Flag Football Details:

Small Business Development Center Programs

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The Orange County Inland Empire (OCIE) chapter of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers many great programs for local business owners. Here are a few that are coming up:

  • Digital Training: The Digital Marketing Lab offers assistance and training in search engine optimization (SEO), competitor online analysis, and many other digital marketing services. Learn more about OCIE SBDC Digital Marketing Lab: 
  • OC MADE: Saturdays, Aug 7-28, 9-11 a.m. This 4-week program assists start-up businesses with entering the marketplace. Participants will learn core concepts to create a successful business. During the program, vendors will learn about planning, marketing, financing, and how to make their business dreams a reality. This quick-paced program will accelerate your concept in just a few short weeks and give you the ability to operate an Original OC Swap Meet vendor booth. Register at

Environmental Justice Survey Prize Winners

Six photos in Polaroid-style frames are featured in this image, each frame filled with a winner of the Enviro Justice survey winner. The background is a light green with some watercolored plant detailing, including an olive branch in the top left corner, a Monstera leaf in the top right, and an orange hibiscus flower at the bottom right corner. On the bottom left is the Golden City Beyond general plan logo and it reads "Environmental Justice Survey Winners"

Eight residents won $100 gift cards for completing our Environmental Justice survey! Congratulations to Esteffani Roldan, Venancio Chavez, Michelle Tran, Santiago Herrera, Araceli Escobar, Laura Quijada, Diana Roque, and Patricia Caballero, and thank you to everyone who completed the survey. It was made available this spring to engage the community, with a special focus on residents in disadvantaged or Environmental Justice (EJ) communities. EJ seeks to reduce pollution and increase public investments in these communities, while ensuring their input is considered in decisions that affect them.

To learn more and share your thoughts in person, please join us at the EJ Community Open House planned for Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at the McFadden Senior Center, 2201 W. McFadden Ave., from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Environmental Justice in the General Plan Update:

Work Readiness Program and Job Fair

In partnership with the Community Development Agency and the Santa Ana WORK Center, the Santa Ana Public Library has initiated a Work Readiness Program with a series of workshops for job seekers looking to gain an edge through resume writing, job searching, interview skills, and much more. This program will provide meaningful employment support and resources to job seekers in our community.

Workshops will begin Aug. 9. In addition, we will be hosting a Summer Job Fair at the Main Library on Thursday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Be sure to save the date to put your workshop skills in action and land the perfect job for you! This program is made possible through a $16,500 grant from the California State Library.

Visit the One Stop Career and Education Center:


Lotus Mural Blooms at Hutton Center

A mural painted on the side of a parking garage, the solid wall it's painted on steps down on each floor of the 5-story structure. The art is abstract, the subject is lotus flowers, the tones are neutral blues, with some greens and browns. On the far left, the tallest part of the solid wall, is a lotus flower with its base along the height of the wall. On the central petal is a darker blue 4 for the address of the garage. There is another flower on the lower left side, the lowest part of the wall, with its base beneath the ground.

“A lotus flower grows in the murkiest of waters. It prevails through the thick mud and blooms to become an image of hope. Hoping this piece continues to inspire the many businesses, employees, and partners who visit 4 Hutton daily.” - Brian Peterson, Artist

The Santa Ana Arts & Culture Office of the City’s Economic Development Division worked with the owners of the parking lot located at 4 Hutton Center in Santa Ana to create a public art piece at the site. Thirty-six proposals were submitted, and Brian Peterson’s mural design was selected. The concept takes the idea of a lotus flower and blends it with modern materials and layering.

The Arts & Culture Office manages the City of Santa Ana's art programs and initiatives, supporting the creativity of local artists by funding and partnering with the City’s arts and cultural communities. Its initiatives include artist grants, marketing, community arts programming, public arts, youth arts, and education programs.

Learn More about the Arts & Culture Office:


At the July 20, 2021, meeting, the Santa Ana City Council …

  • Approved all Consent Calendar items
  • Approved an agreement of up to two years for a school crossing guard program
  • Adopted a resolution of intent to award a solid waste franchise
  • Approved the $80 million Revive Santa Ana spending plan and appropriated federal American Rescue Plan Act funding
  • Approved housing assistance payments for 89 new emergency housing vouchers, authorized a memorandum of understanding with the Orange County Continuum of Care, approve an update to the Housing Choice Voucher Administrative Plan, and authorized the City Manager to execute a future agreement with a service provider to provide housing search assistance.

No City Council Meeting on Aug. 3

City Council meetings are typically held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. However, the City Council does not meet the first Tuesday in August. The next regular City Council meeting will be on Aug. 17.

More About City Meetings:


National Night Out - Aug. 3

A flyer for the National Night Out. Reads, " NATIONAL NIGHT OUT, Tuesday Aug 3 2021, Windsor Park, 2915 W La Verne Ave. Together we are making our Santa Ana community Safer. Join us for a Free community event, activities, personal safety education, emergency vehicles,  Santa Ana PD personnel, and much more."
Includes red and blue stars on a white background, the National Night Out logo, the SAPD logo and badge, and a picture of Windsor park.

Join Santa Ana Police Department for National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 4-7 p.m. at Windsor Park, 2915 W. La Verne Ave.This free community event will have activities, personal safety education, and much more! Don't miss out on all the great activities and opportunity to meet and greet your Santa Ana community police officers.

Police Oversight Community Forum - Aug. 4

The City of Santa Ana is hosting a virtual community forum on Wednesday, Aug. 4, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Zoom to engage residents on police oversight. The forum will cover the topic of police oversight, including the different models and frameworks that make up police oversight boards and commissions. The forum will also include a moderated panel of practitioners and experts in police oversight to share their experiences with police oversight. We are also asking residents to take our community survey on police oversight.

Join the Forum and Learn More:

Movies in the Park - Aug. 4, 6, 11, 13

An image of the giant inflatable screen and the crowds surrounding it at a Movies in the Park event.

A family of three sits at Rosita Park for Movies in the park. They are each sitting in lawn chairs wrapped in Angels blankets, all three are looking at the camera and smiling.

Three children at a Movies in the Park event at Rosita Park. Their mother smiles in the background sitting down. The kids are standing on a red blanket, they are young, probably between 6-8 years old.

We invite you to join us this summer for our new Santa Ana Movies in the Park series, which runs through Aug. 27! Each event begins at 7 p.m., with the movie screening starting at dusk. Guests are recommended to arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. to find parking and reserve their seat. You may bring your own lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic (alcoholic beverages are not permitted.) Free popcorn will be provided to the first 500 guests each night, while supplies last. Audio headsets will be available for alternative languages (if available). The upcoming schedule includes:

Upcoming dates:

  • Wednesday, Aug 4: “The Jungle Book” at Santiago Park
  • Friday, Aug 6: “Selena” at Memorial Park
  • Wednesday, Aug 11: “The Lion King” at Lillie King Park
  • Friday, Aug. 13: “Frozen II” at El Salvador Park

Full Movies in the Park Schedule:

Trash Contract Review Meetings - Aug. 5 and 9

An illustration of a trash truck on a road in front of several dumpsters, trash cans, trash bins, and full trash bags.

Join our Public Works Agency for either a virtual or an in-person meeting to learn about the City’s trash contract proposals that are under review by the City Council and how they could affect your trash service.

Virtual Meeting: Thursday, Aug. 5, at 6 p.m. Details: 

In-Person Meeting: Monday, Aug. 9, at 6 p.m. Details: 

Santa Ana Zoo Park Pop-Ups - Fridays through Aug. 27

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Fridays Summer 2021
list of dates and times, listed in the text below.
The Santa Ana Zoo is visiting your neighborhood this summer with Park Pop-Ups. Zoo E.C.O.(Empowering Communities Outside) Park Pop-Ups bring together Santa Ana youth with Zoo staff and ambassador animals for an interactive discovery of a new topic at each pop-up. This program is part of the Community Connections: The Zoo & You collection of new programs presented by the Santa Ana Zoo.

Coming up:

August 6: 10-11:30 a.m. at Angel’s Park; 1-2:30 p.m. Chepa’s Park

August 13: 10-11:30 a.m. at Windsor Park; 1-2:30 p.m. at Adams Park

August 20: 10-11:30 a.m. at Fisher Park; 1-2:30 p.m. at French Park

August 27: 10-11:30 a.m. at Birch Park; 1-2:30 p.m. at Delhi Park

More About Community Connections:

Pet Vaccination Clinics - Saturdays and Sundays

Check out our Low-Cost Pet Vaccine Clinic every Saturday and Sunday inside the Santa Ana Parking Structure at 310 Birch St. Our partners at Vet Care Pet Clinic will be providing a wide variety of low-cost services, including vaccination packages, microchips, physical exams, prescription flea control, and diagnostic testing! Hours are 9-11:30 a.m. on Saturdays and 1-2:30 p.m. on Sundays.



Need more help? Give them a call at 1(800)988-VETS

Bowers Museum: New Exhibit and Free Resident Sundays

A watercolor of the Spanish-style entry of the Bowers Museum, with a small jet dragging a banner that reads, "Bringing the world to the Bowers." Mickey Mouse is standing on the wall to the Museum holding a pencil, and various historic figures from permanent and visiting exhibits to the Bowers are scattered along the entry, including two Chinese clay warriors, a Gisha, some tribal figures and masks, and two couples in black tie attire.

The Bowers Museum has opened up a new exhibit - The Gift of Los Angeles: Memories in Watercolor by Gayle Garner Roski. Head on over to Bowers and check out these fantastic watercolors before they leave in September! Every Sunday Santa Ana residents can get free general admission to the Bowers.

The museum is located 2002 N. Main St.

Bowers Santa Ana Sundays: