COSAS: City Manager's Newsletter for July 16, 2021

Date: July, 16 2021 Category: City Manager, City Manager’s Newsletter, Notification

In this edition of COSAS, learn about new housing developments, the City’s new trash service contract, mosquito prevention, road closures, fun events, and much more!

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Riverview Park Baseball Field on a Cloudy Morning

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City Manager’s Highlights

Santa Ana’s Housing Commitment

This month has been big for the City of Santa Ana’s ongoing efforts to provide affordable housing for low-income residents and permanent supportive housing to help people experiencing homelessness. We celebrated the opening of a unique motel conversion project called Casa Querencia, which provides 57 permanent supportive housing units. We also broke ground on a major affordable housing community called Legacy Square, which will create over 90 new apartment homes, including 33 supportive housing units that will help homeless individuals. In the last few years, under the leadership of the City Council, the City of Santa Ana has fostered the construction of over 200 permanent supportive housing units, and almost as many more are under development. We have also led the way in the construction of affordable housing and new housing for all income levels. The City of Santa Ana is one of the few in California that has met and exceeded its State housing needs allocation.

City Awards and Recognitions

I mentioned in my last newsletter that the City of Santa Ana was a finalist for the annual Smart Cities North American Sustainable Infrastructure award - and now we’ve won for our “Smart Water Meter” program! We also received recognition as one of the best-run large cities in the country. Read more below in News.

COVID-19 Testing and Vaccinations

Even though we’ve seen great improvements in our COVID-19 case rate and over half of eligible residents vaccinated, we aren’t out of the woods yet. The delta variant is spreading and that is causing the number of new cases to rise, so it’s important to get tested if you have symptoms and to get vaccinated. Learn more at


Trash Service Contract Public Outreach

As the City Council prepares to approve a new waste contract for the City next month, the public has several opportunities to learn more. Nabil Saba, Executive Director of the Public Works Agency, will provide a special presentation on the four proposals that are on the table for the City’s trash contract, followed by a Q & A period, at the next Communication Linkage Forum (Com-Link) meeting. That is scheduled for Thursday, July 22, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Santa Ana Police Department headquarters.

Director Saba has also been doing presentations at Neighborhood Association meetings and can be requested to speak at your next neighborhood meeting on or before Aug. 16. Please reach out to Margarita Macedonio with the City’s Neighborhood Initiatives Program at

Santa Ana Water Resources Division Wins Sustainable Infrastructure Award

The City of Santa Ana won the Smart Cities North American Sustainable Infrastructure award for our Advanced Water Metering Infrastructure project. This “Smart Water Meter” project is a cutting-edge meter technology that will be installed for all Santa Ana customers over the next three years. The meters will wirelessly send usage information to the utility office, allowing the office to proactively notify customers of leaks, high usage or other potential events. Customers will also have access to around-the-clock water use information on their smartphones and computers to help save water and money by managing daily use.

The Sustainable Infrastructure Award will be presented to the City this October during the Smart Cities Conference in Maryland. Congratulations to the Water Resources Division for this recognition!

More About the Smart Water Meter Program:

Santa Ana Among Best-Run Large Cities in America

We're proud to share that WalletHub has listed Santa Ana as the 3rd best-run large city in California and the 63rd best-run city in the country! WalletHub compared 150 of the most populated cities across six key categories: Financial Stability, Education, Health, Safety, Economy, and Infrastructure & Pollution. The City of Santa Ana's 1,200 employees work hard every day to provide the best possible services to our residents!

See the Report Here: 

Citywide Mosquito Prevention Campaign

This summer is anticipated to be another heavy mosquito season. The City is partnering once again with the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District to educate the Santa Ana community on mosquito prevention. OC Vector Control provided 200 mosquito prevention magnet signs with the City’s logo, which have been placed on our Public Works Agency vehicles to create awareness. The sign reads, “Miss Me? Summer is here...Take Action Now!”

Eliminating standing water is one of the best ways to limit mosquito populations. Just one small bottle cap of water can result in hundreds of mosquitoes. Our mosquito prevention goal is to protect public health and maintain enjoyment of backyards and the many recreational facilities within Santa Ana.

More Mosquito Prevention Tips:

Intersection Closure at Santa Ana Boulevard and Bristol Street

OC Streetcar crews will be working during the day and night at the Santa Ana Boulevard and Bristol Street intersection for track construction. To accommodate this work, a full closure of the intersection will be in effect 24 hours a day beginning as early as Monday, July 19, at 7 a.m., through Monday, July 26, 2021, at 7 a.m.

This work may be loud. The schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather or unforeseen operational issues. Detour routes will be in place, please follow detour signage and plan for possible delays.  Local access to residences and businesses will be maintained at all times. For any questions about the OC Streetcar project, please contact or (844) 746-6272.

Main Library Reopens After Renovations

Santa Ana’s Main Library is seeing many new faces since its reopening on July 12 after receiving important upgrades that include a new roof, ceiling and lighting throughout the building. Staff have been placing special emphasis on ensuring that families, children and residents of all ages and backgrounds feel like their public library is a welcoming and inclusive space. All staff, from the Library Director to Library Page, play a role each day in making sure that this important community space feels safe and inviting to all.

Library Hours and Programs:


Our Active Neighborhood Associations: Santa Anita

One of the things that makes Santa Ana such a great place to live and work is its active neighborhood associations. Santa Anita Neighborhood Association leaders Felipe Guerrero and Martha Calderon partnered last month with the Orange County Health Care Agency, Russell Elementary School and the Garden Grove Unified School District to hold two mobile COVID-19 vaccination events, one vaccinating 258 people and another helping 279 people get vaccinated. For Felipe and Martha, having the vaccine offered in their neighborhood became a priority when the vaccines started becoming available in early 2021.

Following the vaccine events, the Santa Anita Neighborhood Association organized a field trip to help bridge youth and adult volunteers in their neighborhood located in the west end of town with a City gem - the Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park! Nearly 20 volunteers went on the trip, which marked a first time visit for the majority of the group! The field trip included Zoo admission, food and beverages, and rides – all sponsored by City Council special event donations.


At the July 6 meeting, the Santa Ana City Council …

  • Approved all Consent Calendar items.
  • Designated a Voting Delegate and Two Alternates for League of California Cities 2021 General Assembly

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, join the Zoom webinar online or by phone, or attend in person.


A Special City Council Meeting is scheduled on July 26 to discuss the City’s affordable housing requirements.

Learn More:


Movies in the Park - July 16, 21, 23, 28


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:

  • Friday, July 16: Disney’s Moana
  • Wednesday, July 21: Abominable 
  • Friday, July 23: Disney’s Aladdin
  • Wednesday, July 28: Mary Poppins Returns

Full Movies in the Park Schedule: 

Workshop on Submitting Bids and Proposals for City Projects - July 22

The Public Works Agency is currently holding a business workshop to help show local businesses how to submit bids and proposals for City projects. If your company is interested in working with the City of Santa Ana on local projects, we welcome you to attend this virtual workshop for information on how to increase your company’s business. This workshop gives the opportunity to learn how simple it is to submit bids and proposals to the City. This virtual workshop is scheduled for 5-6 p.m. July 22 on Zoom.

Learn More:

Sassy Summer Bike Rides - July 22


Join Santa Ana Active Streets (SAAS) in their Summer series bike rides, Sassy Thursdays, starting on July 22. The first ride will take place  at The Bicycle Tree, 702 W. 17th St. C, Santa Ana. This is a family-friendly event where everyone rides together. The ride is 3.6 miles to the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center through the Santa Ana River trail. Participants will return using the Metrolink from Anaheim by 7:23 p.m. to Santa Ana. When the Metrolink arrives in Santa Ana, everyone will ride together back to The Bicycle Tree.The total cycling distance is 5.2 miles. Metrolink tickets are provided for those who register.

Register to Ride:

Santa Ana Police Department Open House and Hiring Expo - July 24

Have you thought about joining the Santa Ana Police Department to help keep our community safe? Come visit the SAPD for an open house and hiring expo on Saturday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet our officers and staff from different divisions and have a chance to chat and have any police department questions answered. This open house offers an opportunity to learn about the application and testing process from our recruitment team.

What to expect:

  • Department tours
  • Hiring workshop
  • Demonstrations
  • Information booths
  • Photo booth

Learn more about working at SAPD:

Back To School Fest - July 24 

Advance OC is offering health screenings, school supplies, and information from community organizations. Click the button below to register! The event will be held at the Salvation Army Temple, 1710 W. Edinger Ave., Santa Ana, on July 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Back To School Fest: 

Meetings on Redistricting in Orange County - July 24 

The California Citizens Redistricting Commission is having a virtual Communities of Interest (COI) input meeting for Orange County on July 24. COI meetings are where people can share their input on how they want the lines drawn for Congressional districts, state Senate districts, state Assembly districts and Board of Equalization districts.

More About Redistricting:

Take It and Make It: Summertime is Here - July 26-30

Summertime is here! Hit the beach this summer with our favorite Take It & Make It ocean crafts! The Santa Ana Public Library will be offering craft kits for youth up to 8th grade, July 26 through July 30. No registration needed! Kit distribution is on a first-come, first-served basis during curbside pickup hours Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kits will be available at the Main Library and Newhope Library while supplies last.

More About Curbside Pickup: