COSAS: City Manager's Newsletter for June 10, 2021

Date: June, 10 2021 Category: City Manager, City Manager’s Newsletter, Notification

In this edition of COSAS, learn about job opportunities with Parks and Recreation, how to get emergency rental assistance, Santa Ana’s award-winning water, important community surveys on the future of our parks and police oversight, fun events, and more!

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Spotlight Photo

Woman with graduation robe and hat standing in front of Santa Ana mural

A Mexican-American Santa Ana-raised Mujer! 

Photo Credit: Katherine Reyes

Congratulations on graduating, Katherine, and congrats to all of our Santa Ana students who are graduating this year!

To submit your own original photo of Santa Ana to be featured in the next newsletter, complete this form

 

COVID-19 Update

Revive Santa Ana

Last week, the Santa Ana City Council approved their spending priorities for the first half of Revive Santa Ana, a far-reaching pandemic recovery plan designed to help residents and businesses in both the short-term and long-term. This initial funding – $79.5 million – will address health inequities, rental and financial assistance, business support, information access and education, youth programs, and much more. Revive Santa Ana is funded by a federal American Rescue Plan Act allocation of $128.3 million and additional housing funding of $21.5 million, as well as $10.6 million in federal money from the state for emergency rental assistance. 

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Emergency Rental Assistance

However, if you are a low-income Santa Ana resident who has been financially impacted by the pandemic and who owes past-due rent, you don’t have to wait for the Revive Santa Ana programs to begin. Our existing emergency rental assistance program will pay all of your past-due rent back to April 1, 2020. We encourage anyone who qualifies to apply, and to share the news with any neighbors, family and friends who might be in need. Scroll down to events for details on an upcoming rental assistance Q&A workshop.

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June 15 Reopening

Thankfully, COVID-19 case rates have stayed extremely low in Santa Ana and throughout California. We are on track for the State’s reopening date of June 15, when we can all return to mostly normal activities and business operations. The City of Santa Ana will be following the State, County and CDC guidelines. Tune in on June 15, when we will be sharing whatever information we have on our City website, our social media, and through the City’s Nixle alert system, which you can sign up for here.

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NEWS

Santa Ana Parks and Recreation is Hiring

Are you or someone you know looking for a part-time job? The Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Agency in the City of Santa Ana is hiring for the summer! The Agency is gearing up to reopen its recreation and senior centers. The agency is now hiring people interested in public service and with experience in the recreation field working with people of all ages and backgrounds. Depending on interest and work history, anyone over the age of 18 is encouraged to apply for the various open positions.

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Community Pools are Open

Summer is almost upon us! The Memorial Park, El Salvador Park and Jerome Park pools are all open for recreational swimming, and the City’s Summer Aquatics Program runs through September 6. 

The pools will be open every day of the week and will include recreational swimming, water polo, swimming lessons, recreational swim team practices, and American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification. Registration is required for all programs, with the exception of recreational swimming. 

Salgado Park pool is expected to open later this month, while Santa Anita Park pool will be closed this summer for construction.

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Parks Master Plan Survey

The City of Santa Ana is creating our first 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. We would love to have your input on our plan! Please follow the link below to complete the survey.

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Police Oversight Survey

The Santa Ana City Council is exploring police oversight. While the definition varies by source, police oversight is a form of oversight of police officer conduct. The purpose of police oversight is to improve law enforcement performance and accountability. Police oversight typically involves a group of civilian individuals who are selected to oversee and review the actions of a police department, including any complaints or concerns against the departments or the officers.

An important component of examining police oversight is seeking feedback from community members. To help, we created a community feedback survey to gauge your thoughts on police oversight. The survey is available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. I invite you to take the survey and share it with your peers. 

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Santa Ana’s Award-Winning Tap Water

 

PHOTO CAPTION: A City of Santa Ana water quality inspector takes a sample from a water monitoring station.

Year after year, our City’s tap water wins awards for being the best tasting tap water around. This year, we won second place in the “Best Municipal Water” category at the 31st Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting. The annual competition is the largest and most prestigious in the world, featuring water sourced from 14 countries and 19 states. 

Over the past 10 years of participating in the competition, Santa Ana has won six awards, including the gold medal in 2018 and 2014 as well as the silver and bronze medals in 2012 and 2011.

This long history of awards reflects Santa Ana’s commitment to ensuring a healthy, reliable and safe drinking water supply for residents that exceeds the drinking water health standards required by both state and federal agencies.

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OC Streetcar Construction

OC Streetcar is the first modern streetcar project to be built in Orange County and will serve Santa Ana’s historic and thriving downtown along a 4.15-mile route that connects the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center (SARTC) and a new transit hub at Harbor Boulevard and Westminster Avenue in Garden Grove. Construction work has caused some temporary road and lane closures and detours, and we thank you for your patience. We’re looking forward to the OC Streetcar’s completion next year!

Click below to see this week’s construction notices and a map of the Streetcar work.

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TALES OF THE CITY

Emergency Broadband Benefit to Help Bridge the Digital Divide

The City of Santa Ana employs lobbying firms in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., to advocate for issues important to our City Council and residents. One of the foremost issues on which they have focused has been increasing access to affordable internet service for our community.

Now we have some good news to share: the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently launched a temporary assistance program to help families and households struggling to afford Internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband / high-speed Internet service for eligible households. These households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.

Eligible households can enroll through a participating Internet service provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company using an online or mail-in application. You can learn more about the benefit, including eligibility and enrollment information, by visiting the FCC's website or by calling (833) 511-0311.

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CITY COUNCIL MEETING RECAP

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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. 

June 15 Meeting Agenda

 

EVENTS

Landscape Webinars - June-July

The City’s Public Works Water Resources Division invites you to learn about water wise gardening for your home through a series of online workshops offered through Metropolitan Water District, now offered in English, Spanish, and Mandarin.

All classes taught in Mandarin are offered on consecutive Wednesdays. The full series of landscape webinars in Spanish are on consecutive Tuesdays.

Register here

Library Celebrates Juneteenth - June 14-18

Juneteenth is the oldest known annual observance commemorating the abolishment of slavery in the United States. The Santa Ana Public Library will be hosting events in honor of Juneteenth, beginning June 14!

Juneteenth Trivia: How much do you know about this holiday? Take our quiz to test your knowledge. https://tinyurl.com/June19thQuiz

Take and Make: Juneteenth Freedom Mug: Starting June 14, the Adult Services Department will be providing a take-and-make Juneteenth Freedom Mug in recognition of reflecting, educating and understanding diversity in our communities. No registration required.

Juneteenth Bracelet: Pick up a take-and-make freedom beaded bracelet to join in the celebration. Kits will be available the week of June 14-18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. while supplies last. No registration required.

Juneteenth Storytime: Join us for a special storytime with a story and songs to commemorate this joyful day. The video will be available on the City of Santa Ana’s YouTube Channel, beginning June 18.

 

Free Bicycle Maintenance / Safety Classes - June 15 to August 3

Join Santa Ana Active Streets (SAAS) and the Bicycle Tree every Tuesday, starting June 15 through Aug. 3 in a free, eight-week program, where participants learn about bicycle anatomy, bike safety, and maintenance.  Each person selects a used bike to repair using the skills they learn in the class.  At the end of the program participants will receive a free helmet, lock, and lights to go with your newly fixed bike. Must attend all classes.

These classes will be held in person in Santa Ana. A specific location is yet to be determined. There is limited capacity, so please register today! Register at https://bit.ly/2RdG1Th.

There are two groups, dates June 15 through Aug. 3: 

Group 1: Ages 13-18, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., all genders 

Group 2: Ages 18+, 4 to 6 p.m., specific to Female, Femme, Trans identified folks 

For additional information on the classes, contact Dorian Romero at dorian@saascoalition.org  or (714) 340-5186.

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Virtual Workshop on Emergency Rental Relief - June 16

Join us on Wednesday, June 16, 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. The City is now paying 100% of the rental arrears/past-due rent owed since April 1, 2020, for low-income families impacted by COVID-19. Applications are available at www.santa-ana.org/cares-for-tenants.

Join the Zoom Meeting

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Take It and Make It: Summer is Coming - June 21-25

Summer is Coming! Come to the library and get a mystery grab bag kit to celebrate the start of summer, father figures, crawly bugs, or PRIDE this June! Craft kits are available for youth up to 8th grade, June 21-25. No registration required. 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 and Newhope libraries while supplies last.

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