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Here at Santa Ana City Hall, many of our departments do important work behind the scenes that our community doesn’t always see. Providing public safety, well-maintained roads, green parks and welcoming libraries are key services, of course, but our Finance and Management Services Agency is one of the City’s unsung heroes.
In addition to building the City budget each year, the Finance Agency has found a way to save the City an estimated $138 million over the next two decades by refinancing our employee pension debt. The City Council authorized the issuance of bonds in August to refinance our debt with the California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS.) The City sold over $425 million in bonds at a better rate than what is charged by CalPERS.
This creates more long-term financial stability for the City and means our staff can continue to provide the best possible services to our residents for years to come.
Read a Report on the Debt Refinancing: https://santa-ana.primegov.com/Portal/viewer?id=2103&type=0
Speaking of green parks, the Santa Ana City Council has approved construction of a new, 1.18-acre park at Raitt and Myrtle streets. It will feature a skate park, play equipment, exercise area, drought-tolerant landscaping, drinking water fountains, lighting, a public restroom, and other amenities. The project includes a stormwater runoff basin and infiltration system designed to manage stormwater from the park and the surrounding neighborhood.
Funding for the $3.4 million project comes from the City’s cannabis public benefit fund - tax revenues generated by legal marijuana operations - as well as State park and water management grants.
Read the Staff Report: https://santa-ana.primegov.com/Portal/viewer?id=2097&type=0
The California eviction moratorium ended on Thursday, Sept. 30. While there is no deadline to apply for rental assistance, beginning today, Oct. 1, tenants with unpaid rent can only be protected from evictions by landlords if they have applied for rental assistance. The City of Santa Ana can now cover 100% of past-due rent back to April 2020 for eligible residents. More than $16 million in funding for rental assistance has been distributed to about 2,800 low-income Santa Ana households who suffered financial hardship because of the pandemic.
Apply for Rental Assistance: https://www.santa-ana.org/cares-for-tenants
The Santa Ana Planning Commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing on October 25 to consider actions that will shape the future and quality of life in Santa Ana. The Planning Commission will be taking public comments and will make a recommendation to the City Council regarding the City’s General Plan Update and Recirculated Program Environmental Impact Report (R-PEIR).
The Draft General Plan Elements and Recirculated Draft Program EIR are found at https://www.santa-ana.org/general-plan. Learn more about the Draft General Plan Update, upcoming public meetings, and how to participate on the General Plan webpage. For more information, contact Planning staff by email at email@example.com or phone at (714) 667-2781.
Learn More About the General Plan: https://www.santa-ana.org/general-plan
The City of Santa Ana is in the process of updating its long-range housing plan, called the Housing Element, which is being updated separately from the rest of the General Plan. You are invited to join in the upcoming workshop, study session, and community open houses, where we will discuss the update to the Housing Element, share the Community Housing Survey results and suggested policies and programs to address Santa Ana’s housing needs.
Planning Commission Study Session – Monday, Oct. 11, 5:30 p.m.
Community Open Houses to Share Draft Element:
Planning Commission Public Hearing – December 2021
City Council Public Hearing – Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022
More Information on Meetings: https://www.santa-ana.org/general-plan/housing-element-update-2021/meetings-events
Learn More About the Housing Element: www.santa-ana.org/housing-element-update-2021
Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have been found in Santa Ana, according to the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District. Now more than ever it is important to check your outdoor spaces for standing water to prevent mosquitoes from breeding and spreading this disease.
Mosquitoes breed in even tiny amounts of standing water, such as in plant saucers, bowls, cups, fountains, tires, barrels, vases, and other containers. Take precautions outdoors and wear mosquito repellent.
Go here for a map of West Nile virus activity in Orange County: https://www.ocvector.org/west-nile-virus-activity-in-the-county.
Mosquito Prevention and West Nile Virus: https://www.ocvector.org/
The City of Santa Ana is reaching out to residents and businesses to better understand the need for additional internet services and how the City can help. The survey should be completed by the person in your household or organization who selects and pays for internet services.
The survey is available y in English, Spanish and Vietnamese:
Learn More About Internet Access Survey: https://www.santa-ana.org/internet-access-survey
Every 10 years, local governments use new Census data to redraw lines for areas of representation to reflect how local populations have changed. This process, called redistricting, is important in ensuring that each city councilmember represents about the same number of constituents in their ward. Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a ward for purposes of electing a councilmember. In Santa Ana, the City Council is responsible for drawing council wards and the process must be completed by April 17, 2022.
Please visit the link below to learn more and find out when there will be a community redistricting meeting near you!
Learn more about Redistricting: https://www.santa-ana.org/cc/redistricting
The Revive Santa Ana 5K run is less than a month away! Run, walk, jog, skip, or even hop your way over to our website to register for this fun event. Participants will receive a medal and an event T-shirt!
Register for the 5K Run: https://www.santa-ana.org/SA5krun
The City of Santa Ana Community Garden program consists of five community gardens where all ages can gather, learn, and grow. The purpose of these gardens are to promote health and wellness by teaching and encouraging community members to grow healthy food options at home.
Program staff, volunteers, and community members work together to cultivate and maintain the beauty growing in the gardens. The gardens are utilized collectively by the community for educational and recreational activities, such as improving the soil, growing food, composting, observing nature and collecting seeds. When it is time to harvest, all of the food, herbs and seeds are shared amongst those who volunteer their time and labor.
We encourage the community to join during the hours of operation to participate in free workshops, volunteer, or observe the nature that exists in our urban environment. Workshops are free, informal and flexible.
Learn More About Community Gardens: https://www.santa-ana.org/latest-news/city-santa-ana-community-gardens
On Sept. 25, the Santa Ana Zoo held its first-ever orchid show. More than 3,400 people showed up to admire the beauty of one of nature’s most diverse and wide-spread species of flower. Folks started lining up early, coming from all over to learn more about this beautiful plant.
The City of Santa Ana Public Works Agency coordinated an Inner-Coastal Cleanup Day event at Jerome Park on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Forty-two volunteers participated in the cleanup, picking up 1,000 pounds of trash and debris in the Santa Ana Gardens flood control channel and the adjacent alley, keeping that trash from flowing out to the ocean when it rains.
Please put trash where it belongs and help keep our City and our waterways clean and beautiful!
Coastal Cleanup Day: https://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/ccd.html
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.
OCT. 5 MEETING AGENDA: https://santa-ana.primegov.com/Portal/Meeting?compiledMeetingDocumentFileId=24127
MORE INFO ON CITY MEETINGS: https://www.santa-ana.org/cc/city-meetings
A free drive-through food pantry will be provided by the Seva Collective on Oct. 2, Nov. 6 and Nov. 20 at Villa Fundamental, 1441 E. Chestnut Ave. Oct. 2 hours are 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
We’re hosting more neighborhood clean-up events on Oct. 2 and 9! Join us in the New Horizons, Pico-Lowell, and Memorial Park neighborhoods with permitted items that you’d like to throw away. Please refer to the event pages below for a list of locations and the permitted and not permitted items. The large open-top dumpsters will be available from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Join Santa Ana Public Library and special guest presenters, "Grandes Dreamers" author Argelia Atilano and illustrator Anna Alvarado, as we celebrate the lives, journeys, impressive careers and groundbreaking milestones of goal-driven Latina women born in the United States of America during the 20th and 21st centuries. Book presentation will take place virtually on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 1 p.m.
Please call us at 714-647-5264 or fill out the registration form below to participate. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!
Register for Grandes Dreamers: www.tinyurl.com/GrandesDreamers
Join the Bowers Museum online for this recorded presentation by UCLA professor David E Hayes-Bautista, PhD. Learn the true story of Latinos in the American Revolution.
Learn More from Bowers Museum: http://bowers.org/index.php/programs/events-calendar/event/3009-online-latinos-in-the-american-revolution
Join us for a presentation and panel discussion led by three local indigenous women as we celebrate Indigenous People’s Day 2021. Panelists will give first-person accounts of indigeneity and will primarily focus on bringing awareness to the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women throughout the United States.
The event will observe CDC recommendations and will be socially distanced with limited capacity. We highly encourage guests to wear masks. Please reserve your tickets on Eventbrite ahead of time. The event will be live-streamed on the Santa Ana Public Library Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SantaAnaLibrary/. For more information, please call 714-647-5288.
Register today: https://here-our-voices-mmiw.eventbrite.com
You are invited to a community meeting with Orange County Water District (OCWD) and City of Santa Ana Public Works Water Resources teams to learn about PFAS and the construction of a treatment facility in Mabury Park.
OCWD manages the groundwater basin underlying north and central Orange County that provides 77% of the water supply to 2.5 million people. OCWD provides safe and dependable drinking water that continually meets all state and federal standards. Some groundwater has been impacted by chemicals prevalent in the environment that were once commonly used in many consumer products. These chemicals are a part of a larger group referred to as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
Join us on Oct. 12th at 6 p.m. to learn more about what OCWD and Santa Ana are doing to remove these chemicals.
PFAS Community Meeting Details:
Follow a fun Halloween trail through the Zoo during extended admission hours. You'll discover "merry, not scary" decorations along the way, making this an activity the whole family can enjoy together, wearing family-friendly costumes, and collecting goody bags for each child on the way out. Purchase tickets for this evening-only event at the link below!
Boo at the Zoo: https://www.santaanazoo.org/boo.htm