COSAS: City Manager's Newsletter for April 15, 2021

Date: April, 15 2021 Category: City Manager, City Manager’s Newsletter, Notification

Welcome to the latest edition of City of Santa Ana Stories (COSAS), where you can learn about important news, events, and City programs. In this edition you’ll find new opportunities to get the COVID-19 vaccine and the latest vaccine news, road construction updates, contests and free giveaways, and much more!

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Looking North from Memory Lane: Snow and Sun

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COVID-19 Update

Vaccine Available for Everyone Age 16+

Today, April 15, everyone in California who is age 16 or older is eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage anyone who lives or works in Santa Ana to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their community, and to allow us to continue reopening our economy. Parental consent is required and people under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive the vaccine.



Santa Ana Residents Vaccine Clinic on April 21

In anticipation of this date, the City of Santa Ana has been aggressively working to get the vaccine to our residents in the most vulnerable ZIP codes, to seniors, and to essential workers by hosting our own vaccine clinics and providing a hotline to help residents make appointments. Our next clinic with appointments open to all Santa Ana residents age 18 or older is on Wednesday, April 21. The Moderna vaccine will be given. Make an appointment at the link below.



Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Pause

Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation pausing use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, The Orange County Public Health Agency has removed the J&J vaccine from all of its vaccination Points of Dispensing (PODs) until further notice. The County’s PODs will continue to dispense the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to individuals with appointments. The City of Santa Ana has also replaced any planned uses of the J&J vaccine at our clinics with either Moderna or Pfizer.



Expanded SAC POD Hours

The County’s vaccination POD at Santa Ana College is adding another day of operation on Mondays, beginning April 19. Its new schedule is:

  • Mondays - 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday - Closed
  • Wednesday-Sunday - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Make an appointment at the link below.



Rental Relief for Santa Ana Residents

While the situation is steadily improving, many people are still struggling financially because of the pandemic. Santa Ana residents who are unable to pay their rent are eligible to apply for up to $5,500 in emergency rental relief through the City of Santa Ana. There is also a State program to help landlords and a City program for tenants facing eviction. Join us on Wednesday, April 28, at 6 p.m. for a Zoom workshop where you can ask questions about rental relief. Or, watch the video tutorial below in English or Spanish.


Rental Relief Tutorial




Event Permit Applications Being Accepted

Gov. Newsom has set June 15, 2021, as the tentative date that the California economy will be able to completely reopen and we can resume our normal activities. The City of Santa Ana is now accepting applications for special events and reviewing them on a case-by-case basis. Event producers must follow the current State and County health guidelines for events and gatherings as well as all city policies and procedures. Fingers crossed for 4th of July parties!




Construction Alert: Full Closure of Fairview Street from April 16 to April 19

To accommodate the Fairview Crossing for the OC Streetcar, OCTA will be closing Fairview Street between 5th Street and Civic Center Drive from Friday, April 16, at 7 a.m. through Monday, April 19, at 7 a.m. Detour routes will be in place, so please follow detour signage and plan ahead for possible delays. Businesses will still be accessible. For questions about the OC Streetcar project, contact or (844) 746-6272.



Upcoming Construction at the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), in coordination with Metrolink, will upgrade safety features at six train stations in Orange County. Improvements will include removal and replacement of yellow detectable warning tiles and other directional tiles, as well as restriping of station platforms. In addition to our very own train station, five other stations will receive these upgrades: Buena Park, Fullerton, Orange, Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo, and San Clemente. The construction work at the Santa Ana train station is expected to begin this week on Platform 2 and will continue for up to three weeks. Construction will take place between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  During the construction, the following can be expected:

  • Construction areas will be cordoned off.
  • Crews will be using a jackhammer for this work.
  • The work may be loud.
  • Rail service will not be affected by the project.
  • Due to safety regulations, train horns will be blown in the quiet zone while construction is underway.

Dates and times may change due to unforeseen operational factors or inclement weather.



Call for Mural Proposals for New Fitness Courts

The City is looking to proudly showcase the artistic expressions from our talented community of artists! To accomplish this, we’re issuing a Call for Mural Proposals to Santa Ana-based artists or artist teams for a collection of digital designs of outdoor murals suitable for placement on eight of our new fitness courts. For information on how to submit, as well as further details about the process, visit the link below.



New Payment Kiosk for Water Utility Bills

On April 1, the City’s new Invoice Cloud payment kiosk for Municipal Utility Services water bill payments was launched at City Hall for public use, replacing the unit that had been in place since 2013. There is no concern over security, as the new upgraded payment kiosk is Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliant to ensure security of payment account information throughout the payment transaction process. Historically, the payment kiosk has taken over 5,000 transactions annually, reducing wait times and congestion at the indoor cashiering counters. The kiosk is designed to accept cash, credit card, and paper check payments.



Reminder: Neighborhood Block Beautification Contest Due May 21

The City of Santa Ana Public Works Agency recently launched the annual Neighborhood Block Beautification Contest (NBBC). The contest is designed to encourage and promote community involvement in keeping Santa Ana a beautiful place to live, work and play. The NBBC will recognize and reward winning neighborhood blocks that have made aesthetically pleasing improvements. To qualify, you will need to send “before” and “after” pictures, demonstrating the improvements made by each participating property on your block since the launch of our contest.

The application deadline is May 21, 2021.



Free Parking in Downtown Parking Structures Reduced to One Hour Beginning May 1

Beginning May 1, the City of Santa Ana will be reducing the free parking period for City-owned parking structures in Downtown Santa Ana (DTSA) to one hour. Here are the locations of the parking structures with free one-hour parking:

  • 5th & Spurgeon (300 E. 5th St.)
  • 5th & Main (420 N. Main St.)
  • 3rd & Birch (310 N. Birch St.)
  • 3rd & Broadway (201 W. 3rd St.)

Please note that the first hour of free parking applies to the four City-owned parking structures identified above only and does not apply to any other parking structure or City street meters. 



A Resource, Not a Waste: OC Sanitation District’s Wastewater Video Contest

The Orange County Sanitation District (OC San) is responsible for collecting, treating, disposing of, and recycling over 180 million gallons of wastewater every day. As environmental stewards, OC San prioritizes educating the younger generations on the impacts and contributions of our environmental actions. In an effort to spread awareness, OC San is holding a video contest, for grades 6-12, where students have the chance to win up to $500 and be recognized by the Orange County Board of Directors! The deadline to submit your video is April 30.


Celebrate Arbor Day With Free Seedlings!

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 over 50,000 street trees. The City’s Public Works Division, in collaboration with West Coast Arborists, Inc., will be offering fern pine tree seedlings to be planted on your private property. Celebrate National Arbor Day and Earth Day on Thursday, April 22, and stop by the Santa Ana Public Library to pick up your free seedling. For more information about the City of Santa Ana tree program, visit the link below.



Quit Smoking with Free Nicotine Patches and Individual Counseling

It can be extremely difficult to even begin the process of trying to quit smoking. Attempting to do so out of the blue and without any assistance makes this task nearly impossible. One of the more sustainable ways to go through this process is to use nicotine patches, along with a set plan. To help residents struggling with cigarette smoking, the Orange County Health Care Agency launched 1-866-NEW-LUNG to provide free nicotine patches, quit kits, a personalized quit plan, individual counseling, and more. For more information or to get help, call 1-866-NEW LUNG (639-5864) or click the button below to visit their website.




Willits-Sullivan Beautification Project

Our Arts & Culture Office recently began installing a 14-foot sculpture titled “Coyotl/Coyote” at the corner of WIllits Street and Sullivan Street in the Bella Vista neighborhood. The sculpture, made of welded steel, is inspired by the Nahuatl poetry of the Aztec ruler Nezahualcoyotl. A plaque with this description will accompany the sculpture and will also include a tribute to David Vazquez - a Santa Ana resident who passed away this year and who devoted his life to preserving, translating, and teaching his native Nahuatl language and culture across the community. The installation is anticipated to be completed by the end of April 2021. 




At the April 6, 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. 





Take and Make: Sensory Bottles - April 19-23

Take your mind off stressors with a take-and-make craft! This Earth Day, upcycle a bottle from home by making a sensory bottle. Sensory bottles are a fun and helpful tool to increase focus and regulate emotions. This is an all-ages program and that is highly recommended for neuro-diverse youth. No registration is required. Take-and-make kits are available April 19-23 while supplies last.



Environmental Justice Virtual Community Forum: Heninger Park/Pacific Park - April 21

You’re invited to participate in a virtual forum about environmental justice, with a focus on the Heninger Park and Pacific Park neighborhoods, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on April 21. 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. 



Santa Ana Resident Day at the Santa Ana Zoo - April 18

The Santa Ana Zoo is now open! Did you know that Santa Ana residents receive free admission to the zoo on the third Sunday of every month? All you’ll need is your proof of residency (such as a utility bill or I.D.) to get in. The Santa Ana Zoo is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (the last admission is at 4 p.m.) and is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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Environmental Justice Virtual Community Forum - Logan/Lacy/Downtown - April 27

You’re invited to participate in a virtual forum about environmental justice, with a focus on the Logan, Lacy, and Downtown neighborhoods, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 27. 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.