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

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

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In this edition of COSAS, find out how to participate in the redistricting process and General Plan update, learn about Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Hispanic Heritage Month, check out new improvements to our streets and parks, find fun Halloween activities, and much more!

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Spotlight Photo

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Lowriders at Sunset

Photo Credit: Erick H. @VisualsByErick 

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City Manager’s Highlights

Revive Santa Ana 5K is on Oct. 23!

The Revive Santa Ana 5K is just days away, and there are just a few spots left to join in this fun, free and healthy community event. Register today, and don’t forget to pick up your bib and race packet next Friday. If you aren’t participating or watching, please check out the route map so you can avoid the street closures.

5K Registration, Map and More:

Library Children’s Patio Breaks Ground

The Play and Learn Children’s Patio is coming soon to the Main Branch Library! Last week we had a groundbreaking ceremony for the Santa Ana Public Library’s newest project, which will transform an empty space outside of the library into an interactive play-and-learn space for children and families. The patio will include a climbing structure, seating, reading and learning areas, lighting, hardscape, and drought-tolerant landscaping. This project was funded by the City’s Cannabis Public Benefit Fund, and will be opening in January 2022. 

Watch the groundbreaking event:

Photo Exhibit on Missing Indigenous Women

A young indigenous woman stands in the desert in front of what looks like a Joshua Tree, desert hills, and a clear, blue sky. She is wearing a white shirt and is wrapped in a red shawl with yellow, green and purple graphics. Across her mouth is a red handprint. Her hand is painted red. A young girl, maybe 6 or 7 years old, stands with her arm and hand extended. Her palm is facing the camera and is painted red, and there is a red handprint across her mouth. She has a solemn look on her face, which is framed by her thick brown hair. She is wearing a beaded necklace and a floral shirt. The background is bright green with possibly a boulder behind her, very much out of focus.

This week we celebrated the nation’s first Indigenous Peoples’ Day honoring our Native cultures. In conjunction, the Main Branch Library has on display a powerful photo exhibit that highlights an important issue. The exhibit, “Here, Our Voices: Our Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women Movement” by local Mescalero Apache photographer Nicole Merton, is on the library’s second floor at 22 Civic Center Plaza. I highly recommend seeing it in person. You can also view the photographer’s work at her website below.

Here, Our Voices:


Doggie Waste Stations Are in the Bag

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Several doggie waste stations have been installed across our City’s parks. Santa Ana company beyondGREEN biotech, Inc. is leading the way in innovative sustainable material technology to reduce single-use plastic pollution. BeyondGREEN donated 20 Doggie Waste Receptacles for installation at City parks. In addition, beyondGREEN is selling compostable doggie waste bags to the City at cost. City staff have installed Doggie waste stations at Mabury Park, Portola Park, Cabrillo Park, Fisher Park, Morrison Park, Riverview Park, Edna Park, Thornton Park, and the Pacific Electric Bike Trail from Chestnut Avenue to Warner Avenue. Park Inspectors will refill the stations when they are empty. Many thanks to beyondGREEN and their commitment to our community.

Public Works, SAPD Join in National Walk to School Day

A photo of two members of the Cone Head Team escorting Santa Ana students as they walk to school. There are about ten students walking on the sidewalk, flanked by two people dressed in bright orange outfits with safety vests and cones on their heads. Even their masks are orange!  Three Santa Ana Police Officers distribute bracelets to students. Everyone is wearing a mask.

Oct. 6 was National Walk to School Day, a part of Clean Air Day. Our Public Works Agency (PWA) and Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) joined McFadden Institute of Technology in encouraging students and parents to increase their physical activity, practice pedestrian and bicycle safety, reduce traffic congestion, and strengthen connections between families, schools, and communities by walking to school together. PWA Traffic Engineer Frank Orellana with the “Cone Head Team” demonstrated to the McFadden Institute of Technology students how to use the crosswalk and cross the street safely. The Cone Head Team was enthusiastically received by the students and all who attended the event.

Learn more about National Walk to School Day:

Going Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The  Santa Ana water tower is lit up pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month! You'll also see it illuminated Pink and Blue for a few days for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

Breast cancer will affect about 1 in 8 women in the United States, and breast cancer death rates in the U.S. are higher than those for any other cancer besides lung cancer. In October, show your support for BCAM by donating directly to breast cancer research organizations and contributing to small businesses run by breast cancer survivors. Check in on family, friends, and neighbors who have survived or lost a loved one to breast cancer, as being surrounded by pink and awareness can be hard on them. And remember, men and women alike, check your breasts frequently for changes!

Learn More About Breast Cancer:

High-Speed Communication Lines to be Installed on South Main Street

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We heard you! During the City’s extensive community outreach efforts for the South Main Construction Project, the community voiced concerns about adding high speed communication lines (fiber) to the infrastructure during construction. Although the City had shared plans of the project with communication companies throughout the years leading up to this project, there were no plans for fiber to be installed.

After hearing from the community, the City reached out to several communication companies and urged them to take advantage of our construction and install new infrastructure. To incentivize the companies to act quickly, the City offered to perform their final paving obligations with the South Main Project (already part of the project scope), resulting in major cost savings for the communication companies.  Verizon Wireless agreed to participate and are now installing over 2.5 miles of fiber throughout the corridor!

South Main Corridor Project:

Public Works Receives $3.8M Flood Control Grant

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Congratulations to the Public Works Agency (PWA) on receiving a $3.8 million grant from the Proposition 68 Urban Flood Protection Program for the Downtown Flood Reduction and Stormwater Infiltration project. The PWA intends to utilize this grant to upgrade and reconstruct storm drain lines in Downtown Santa Ana and construct an underground stormwater infiltration system. Not only will this project help reduce flooding Downtown, it will also improve water quality and increase local water supplies. The parking lot at 253 E. 3rd St. will also be reconstructed and include new drought tolerant landscaping and interpretive signage. 

To guard against urban flooding and deliver multiple environmental benefits, the California Natural Resources Agency directed $87.6 million in grant funding to 26 projects across the state. The projects, 19 of which will benefit disadvantaged communities, employ a mix of traditional and green infrastructure solutions to alleviate urban flooding and protect persons and property from flood damage. The grants are part of the Urban Flood Protection grant program funded by Proposition 68. 

Learn More About Flood Grants:

Draft Housing Element Update Now Available

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The City of Santa Ana’s Draft Housing Element Update is now available for public review!

Required by State law, the City of Santa Ana Housing Element provides a long-range housing plan for the next eight years (2021-2029). Learn more about new Housing Element policies and programs to further housing needs and quality of life in Santa Ana as well as the Community Housing Survey results at these upcoming meetings:

Community Open Houses to Share Draft Element:

  • Monday, October 18, 6 p.m. – Newhope Library (in person only)
  • Tuesday, October 26, 6 p.m. – Virtual
  • Saturday, November 6, 10 a.m. – El Salvador Community Center (in person only)

Planning Commission Public Hearing: Monday, December 20, 2021

City Council Public Hearing: Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Please see the Meetings & Events page for more details on the upcoming meetings and opportunities to stay involved. Learn more about the Housing Element at the link below. You can also reach out to the Planning Division by phone at (714) 667-2781 or by email at

Housing Element Update:

Planning Commission Public Hearing on General Plan Update Rescheduled

The Santa Ana Planning Commission public hearing on the General Plan Update to consider actions that will shape the future and quality of life in Santa Ana has been rescheduled to November 8, 2021. At that time, 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.

Learn more about the Draft General Plan Update, upcoming public meetings, and how to participate on the General Plan webpage below. For more information, contact Planning staff by email or phone (714) 667-2781.

General Plan Update:

Reminder: Take Our Survey on Internet Access

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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 in English, Spanish and Vietnamese:

Learn More About Our Internet Access Survey:

Tales of the City

Celebrating Santa Ana’s Hispanic Heritage

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The 2019 Fiestas Patrias parade. We hope to return next year!

As National Hispanic Heritage Month draws to a close, we recognize Santa Ana’s rich Hispanic/Latino culture and long history in our community. National Hispanic Heritage Month is intended to recognize the impressive accomplishments and substantial contributions that Hispanic Americans have had in United States, inspiring success in others. This celebration was enacted into law in August 1988 and spans from September 15 to October 15.

It was also around this time in the 1980s that Santa Ana saw its shift in demographics from the predominantly white majority seen throughout much of Orange County, to becoming an epicenter of Hispanic, working-class families that emerged from a new wave of immigration. Santa Ana’s Latino/Hispanic population grew from 24.6% in 1970 to 65.2% in 1990. Today, Latinos make up 77% of the Santa Ana population.

Built upon immigrant families who rooted themselves in Santa Ana as they pursued the American Dream, our Latino population and its accomplishments throughout the years show the hard work and pride that continues with new generations of Santaneros. Today, areas such as Calle Cuatro, many local shops and restaurants, and the numerous murals decorating the City from 4th Street to the Logan Neighborhood proudly display Santa Ana’s strong Hispanic roots.

City Council Meeting

City Council meetings are typically held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 5 p.m. Meetings are live streamed on YouTube and CTV3 (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 attend in person, send an email, or join the Zoom webinar online or by phone. 




Symphony on the Go - Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m.

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Join the City of Santa Ana and the Pacific Symphony for a special outdoor symphony event followed by a screening of the movie Soul! This free event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Thornton Park, 1801 W. Segerstrom Ave.

Symphony on the Go: 

Standard Avenue Bikeway Meeting - Oct. 20, 6 p.m.

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The City of Santa Ana is continuing progress on the final design of the Standard Avenue Bikeway Project. This project will provide approximately 2 miles of bike lanes on Standard Avenue between 3rd Street and Warner Avenue. This is one of the 11 projects selected by the community under the Central Santa Ana Complete Streets Plan and aims to promote safe bicycling and walking conditions through the City. We value your attendance at the meeting to learn about the planned aspects and overall benefits of the project, and provide feedback on the design concepts.

Spanish translation will be available. For more information, please contact the project helpline at (714) 667-2220 or should you have questions, contact Public Works Agency Community Liaison Michelle Micallef at (714) 647-5091 or

Standard Ave Bikeway Meeting Details: 

SAPD Trunk or Treat - Oct. 21, 4 p.m.

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Join Santa Ana Police Department for a spooktacular trunk-or-treat event! They will be taking over the Chick-fil-A parking lot at 3601 S. Bristol St., Santa Ana, from 4 to 6 p.m. with fun activities, vehicle displays, and of course, candy and treats!

Trunk or Treat: 

Boo at the Zoo - Oct. 23, 24, 29, 30

Join us for BOO AT THE ZOO! Oct 23, 24, 29, 30 from 5:30-7:30 PM.

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 Tickets:   

City Council Ward Redistricting Meetings - Oct. 23, 29, 30

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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.

Join the discussion! Participate in this process and have your voice heard. There are three meetings coming up:

  • Saturday, October 23: 1 p.m., Salgado Recreation Center, 706 N. Newhope St.
  • Friday, October 29: 6 p.m., El Salvador Community Center, 1825 W. Civic Center Drive
  • Saturday, October 30: 10 a.m., Memorial Community Center, 2102 S. Flower St.

Learn more about Redistricting:

Watch a Video:

Haunted Chronicles, Library Film Screening - Oct. 26-30

Graphic reads, "The Haunted Chronicles: Santa Ana Public Library, Rumor has it... the Santa Ana Public Library is haunted. Join us for a screening of a spooky mockumentary and a tour of the Main Library. Tuesday, Oct 26 4PM, Wednesday, Oct 27th 5PM, Thursday, Oct 28 4PM, Saturday, Oct 30th 2PM. Tickets available" includes an image of a book with a candle and a skull and a graphic of popcorn.

Did you know that the Main Branch of the library is haunted? Join the library for a screening of their mockumentary and haunted tour of the Main Library between Oct. 26-30!

RSVP for the Tour and Screening: