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General Plan and Redistricting Public Hearings
Two important City Council public hearings are taking place next week, and I encourage everyone in our community to watch and participate either virtually or in-person. On Monday, Dec. 6, the City Council will have a redistricting hearing and continue their discussion about drawing new Council Ward maps.
On Tuesday, Dec. 7, the City Council will hold a public hearing and consider the adoption of the City’s General Plan Update, capping the end of a six-year process in which we held over 70 community meetings and workshops, including 10 focused on environmental justice communities, as well as numerous City Council and Planning Commission meetings. The General Plan Update will guide Santa Ana’s vision and priorities through 2045. Scroll down to the City Council Meeting section in this newsletter or click these links to learn more.
General Plan Update: https://www.santa-ana.org/general-plan
Ward Redistricting: https://www.santa-ana.org/cc/redistricting/get-involved
Lighting the Tree at Plaza Calle Cuatro
We had a wonderful Plaza Navideña and tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 20 at Plaza Calle Cuatro in our beautiful downtown! Thank you to our Parks, Recreation and Community Services Agency for organizing the event, and to the sponsors, performers, City Councilmembers and others who made it a success. You can watch highlights in the video below.
Get Ready for Santa Ana Winter Village
Under the City Council’s leadership, the City of Santa Ana is doing something that’s never been done before - bringing an outdoor ice-skating rink to the Civic Center Plaza next to City Hall! The Santa Ana Winter Village will be open every day from Dec. 8 through Jan. 2, even on Christmas and New Year’s Day. I’d like to personally invite everyone to attend the grand opening and tree lighting at 6 p.m. on Dec. 9. Go to the events section in the newsletter to learn more about this and other fun holiday events, or click the button below to get your Winter Village tickets!
Santa Ana Winter Village: https://www.santa-ana.org/wintervillage
The City of Santa Ana encourages qualified local nonprofit organizations to submit a proposal for new Revive Santa Ana youth programs. Revive Santa Ana is a federally funded comprehensive COVID-19 pandemic recovery initiative designed to deliver both short-term and long-term health, financial, educational and other support to the Santa Ana community.
The City of Santa Ana is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) to award up to $2 million (minimum: $50,000/maximum $250,000) in federal grant funds to qualified nonprofit organizations that have the expertise and experience in providing the following youth programs:
Go to the links below to learn more about how to register as a vendor, submit a bid, and join an informational Zoom meeting on Dec. 7, 2021.
Learn More About the RFP: https://www.santa-ana.org/latest-news/city-santa-ana-seeking-nonprofits-provide-youth-programs
Dec. 7 Informational Meeting: https://www.santa-ana.org/events/informational-meeting-revive-santa-ana-youth-programs-rfp
During Thanksgiving week, Santa Ana experienced Santa Ana Winds with speeds in the range of 25 to 35 mph and with gusts exceeding 60 mph. The City’s Public Works Maintenance Services Division Team received over 340 calls for tree services, including 25 fallen trees, over 80 tree limbs down, and tree brush citywide
The Public Works Agency staff has been working quickly and through the evenings to respond to the large number of service calls to ensure the streets and sidewalks are safe, accessible and clean. Tree limbs and debris are being cut and stacked on parkways to service priority calls such as cars or structural damages and street blockage more rapidly. Removing all of the debris may take another week, so we appreciate your patience.
The best way to report downed trees and other issues is by downloading the mySantaAna app.
More About the Cleanup:
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The Santa Ana Public Library recently installed a book kiosk at the Santa Ana Police Athletic & Activity League (PAAL) Center and the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center (SARTC). The book kiosks offer library patrons a convenient, self-service option to pick up, browse, and return library materials. “Take It & Make It” kits will also be distributed using the book kiosks.
Patrons can pick up, hold items, and browse the books from 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. at the SARTC. Accessing the book kiosk at the PAAL Center is limited to the PAAL Center youth participants during open hours. For additional information, please call 714-647-5250.
More Library Programs: https://www.santa-ana.org/library
The City of Santa Ana is excited to announce a $1.2 million expansion of its down payment assistance program, now called My First Home, to assist first-time homebuyers achieve the dream of homeownership in Santa Ana. The program offers 0% interest rate, deferred down payment loans of up to $120,000 for low-income households and up to $80,000 for moderate-income households.
Borrowers must be residents of Santa Ana and/or work in Santa Ana at least 32 hours per week for at least the last 6 months to qualify for a loan, among other requirements.
Learn More and Apply:
With record dry conditions straining Southern California’s water supplies, the Metropolitan Water District’s (MWD) Board of Directors declared a Drought Emergency on Nov. 9, calling for increased efforts to maximize conservation, especially in communities facing the greatest challenges. To help the region save water, the board also approved a series of measures to expand various rebate and water-efficiency programs.
We all must do our part to conserve water!
Read the MWD Announcement: https://www.mwdh2o.com/newsroom-press-releases/metropolitan-declares-drought-emergency/
Do you have questions about anything COVID-related? Connect with a UC Irvine COVID-19 chat line operator using your smartphone, tablet, or computer. UCI’s team of experts responds in real-time and the conversations are free, secure, and confidential. Their mission is to help everyone stay informed about COVID-19, including the omicron variant and vaccines. The chatline is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
If you do not have access to the internet and have vaccine-related questions, call (888) 337-3978 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
UCI COVID-19 Chatline: https://sites.uci.edu/covid19chatline/
Medi-Cal is a public health insurance plan that provides coverage for low-income individuals and families. CalOptima manages the Medi-Cal benefit for Orange County residents. CalOptima has thousands of providers so their members can choose from a large network of doctors, pharmacies, community health centers, hospitals and long-term care facilities across Orange County to meet their health care needs.
CalOptima Website: https://www.caloptima.org/
Santa Ana restaurants are experiencing a remarkable reconfiguration from the inside out with the Safe Outdoor Dining Program, a $500,000 initiative provided by the County of Orange’s First Supervisorial District and implemented by the City of Santa Ana.
Over 20 restaurants that applied for the program and received written consent from the property owners were eligible to receive outdoor dining patios or beautiful wood-finish decks, along with umbrellas, bistro lights, outdoor furniture, and commercial planters. The custom outdoor dining patios were built flush to curb heights and ADA accessible.
The City’s Community Development Agency worked in tandem with contractors Choura and VX Design Solutions, LLC to design, construct, and install the outdoor patios for 22 restaurants along two main corridors, 1st Street and 17th Street. The Planning & Building Agency was instrumental in streamlining the process for outdoor dining expansions and will continue to solidify a policy that will benefit businesses for years to follow.
This program supports our restaurants that have been financially impacted by COVID-19 as well as a fun, pandemic-safe outdoor dining alternative for Santa Ana residents and visitors.
Learn More About Outdoor Dining: https://www.santa-ana.org/latest-news/safe-outdoor-dining-program-makes-eating-al-fresco-easy
At the Nov. 16 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. Meetings now have both in-person and virtual participation and attendance and 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, attend in person, or join the Zoom webinar online or by phone.
The City Council will have a special meeting on Monday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. for Council Ward redistricting.
City Council Meeting Agendas: https://www.santa-ana.org/cc/city-meetings
Artwalk is a community-based arts showcase across downtown Santa Ana from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month. There are outdoor festival areas with vendors, pop-up artists and performances, dancing under the stars and over 20 art galleries and studios with rotating art shows and performances and live music.
DTSA Artwalk: https://www.dtsaartwalk.org/
Santa is coming back to Santa Ana this Sunday, Dec. 5, for the Wilshire Square Holiday Parade! Line the streets and spread the Christmas cheer with marching bands, dancers, festive vehicles, and holiday treats and entertainment. The parade will begin at Ross and Russell streets, then go down Birch to Borchard, up Garnsey, and back to Russell. Concessions will be sold at Ross and Russell.
Wilsher Square Parade Details: http://www.wilshiresquare.org/2021-holiday-parade/
The City of Santa Ana is holding a virtual workshop in Spanish on Wednesday, December 8, about the new Rent Stabilization Ordinance and the Just Cause Eviction Ordinance. The workshop will take place at 6 p.m. via Zoom.
The public is invited to attend and learn more about these new renter protection laws that went into effect on November 19, 2021.
The City of Santa Ana is bringing the joys of winter to the heart of Orange County with the Santa Ana Winter Village from Dec. 8 to Jan. 2. A special opening ceremony and tree-lighting ceremony will officially kick off the event on Thursday, Dec. 9.
This month-long celebration of holiday fun features the city’s first outdoor ice-skating rink, trackless train rides, visits with Santa Claus, story time with Mrs. Claus, food trucks, Anaheim Ducks Street Team, community groups, vendors and more.
The Winter Village is part of the city’s Revive Santa Ana pandemic recovery initiative funded by the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). It will provide a fun community activity and bring residents and visitors to our historic downtown to enjoy local shops and restaurants.
Santa Ana Winter Village: https://www.santa-ana.org/wintervillage
Join Santa Ana Active Streets (SAAS) on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 5 p.m. for a holiday ride. Meet at The Bicycle Tree, 702 W. 17th St. C, Santa Ana at 5 p.m. and roll out at 6 p.m. Decorate yourself and your bikes with lights, neon colors, and holiday decorations for this fun 6-mile group ride around Santa Ana. Come practice riding on the road as a group in this family friendly event. Free helmets and mini silicone bike lights will be offered to those who register. Ages 17 and under need a parent or guardian to sign a waiver release form.
Santa Ana Active Streets is contracted by the City’s Public Works Traffic Engineering Division to host education and interactive events around traffic safety. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Register to Ride: https://www.santa-ana.org/events/ride-lights-holiday-bike-ride
The Bowers Museum’s new exhibition, “All That Glitters: The Crown Jewels of the Walt Disney Archives,” will let visitors see jewelry and accessories from “Titanic,” “The Princess Diaries” and some of their favorite Disney and 20th Century Studios films in a way that they have never been able to before. The exhibit will be on display from Dec. 12, 2021, through June 19, 2022.
Santa Ana residents get free admission to Bowers on Sundays, so come check out this local gem!
Bowers Museum: https://www.bowers.org/
Get your tamal on at the 2nd Annual Downtown Santa Ana Tamalfest on Dec. 16 from 4 to 10 p.m. This food festival showcases local restaurants and will offer entertainment, children’s activities, and more. Who doesn’t love tamales?
CalOptima is hosting five vaccine clinics for CalOptima members and the community in and around Santa Ana. Vaccines are free and FDA approved for everyone ages 5 and up. Register at othena.com and/or the OC COVID hotline at 714-834-2000
Othena Registration: https://othena.com/