COSAS: City Manager's Newsletter for Sept. 16, 2021

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

In this issue of COSAS (City of Santa Ana Stories), learn about the City’s rental assistance program, opportunities to serve on City boards and commissions, an Autumn Moon Festival at the Bowers Museum, and more!

An aerial image of the Santa Ana Civic Center, focusing around the old court house, with white text over laid, reading: COSAS CITY OF SANTA ANA STORIES. There is a blue bar at the bottom with white text which reads, "A NEWSLETTER FROM THE DESK OF CITY MANAGER KRISTINE RIDGE"

Spotlight Photo

An image of the Santa Ana riverbed at sunset, looking towards a pedestrian bridge. The basin has almost no water in it, so you can see the concrete bottom and the pylons that hold up the bridge. It looks like there is a small stream of water in the middle, but that might just be darker-colored concrete. The sky is blue at the top left corner and fades to yellow at the bottom right corner, with bright pink clouds in the middle with fingers reaching out across the sky. There is a row of trees or large bushes that are black against the bright, fading sky, which make a line between the concrete and the sky.

Sunset at the Bridge
Photo Credit: Gustavo F. 

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City Manager’s Highlights

Eviction Moratorium Ends on Sept. 30

The State of California’s eviction moratorium, AB 832, ends on September 30, 2021. AB 832 was passed to provide eviction protections for tenants that were economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We know many Santaneros were affected by the pandemic, and we want to make sure those who are eligible apply for rental assistance. 

The City of Santa Ana can now cover 100% of past-due rent for eligible residents. There will be a Zoom meeting held by our community partner, Latino Health Access, to answer your questions and provide more information. 

Learn More About Rental Assistance and the Info Forum:

Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 - Oct. 15


The Santa Ana Water Tower lit up with red, white, and green lights for Mexican Independence Day.

Santa Ana Forever
Photo taken by Kim O, @jim.morrison 

Each year, we observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of our community members whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual celebration of the history and culture of the U.S. Latino and Hispanic communities. The event commemorates how those communities have influenced and contributed to U.S. society at large. Santa Ana's population is over 75% Hispanic/Latino, so we are going to highlight some of our favorite aspects of Hispanic culture in our city this month! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and check out our stories to share and vote for your favorite spots in the City!

Revive Santa Ana Ice Rink

An image of people on ice skates in an ice rink. Overlaid is a modified logo from the City of Santa Ana to look like a snow globe, and it says "Santa Ana Winter Village 2021" and red text across the bottom reads 'coming in December!"

We are excited to announce the approval of a winter ice skating rink by the City Council! This rink will be a part of the Revive Santa Ana plan, funded by the American Restoration Plan Act (ARPA). As allowed under ARPA, the ice rink will promote healthier living environments, outdoor recreation, and socialization to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in a disproportionately impacted community.

The ice rink will be open for four weeks beginning in December. Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer!


City Council Recruiting Applicants to Serve on Boards and Commissions

Are you interested in local government? Are you passionate about making positive change in your community? If you live in Santa Ana, we encourage you to become involved in our community by serving in an advisory capacity on one of the City’s various boards and commissions! The City accepts applications on an on-going basis and keeps them active for a two-year period. We have many openings on a variety of boards:

  • Arts and Culture Commission
  • Community Development Commission
  • Environmental and Transportation Advisory Commission
  • Historic Resources Commission
  • Personnel Board
  • Planning Commission
  • Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission
  • Measure X Citizen Oversight Committee
  • Youth Commission (students in grades 7-12) 

Apply here:
Learn More:

Disaster Preparedness Month

September is Disaster preparedness month! A disaster can strike at any time, so ensuring you and your family are prepared to handle whatever life may throw your way is important! Here are a few tips from Orange County Fire Authority to help you get ready: 

An image of a red backpack, a yellow plush toy dog, two flashlights, a first aid kit, some water bottles, and a few other small items. There are black banners at the top and bottom of the image, the top reads, "Assemble a disaster supply kit," and the bottom one has the OCFA logo and says with another logo I am not familiar with.

Assemble a disaster supply kit: Your kit should include enough food, water, and other items for at least 3 days. Don’t forget the P’s: Pet supplies, Prescriptions, Plastic (as in credit cards).

An image of a family of four, with two young children, standing in front of a house. The father-figure is holding a piece of paper and pointing to it, the rest of the family is looking at the paper. There is a zoom in bubble of the paper, which has escape routes drawn on it. There are black banners at the top and bottom of the image, the top reads, "Make a Family Disaster Plan," and the bottom one has the OCFA logo and says with another logo I am not familiar with.

Make a family disaster plan: Planning in advance helps families survive and recover from disasters. Take steps now to protect your family and your home.

An image of the top corner of a piece of furniture and two metal brackets bolting the piece to the wall. There are black banners at the top and bottom of the image, the top reads, "Bolt and Brace Heavy Appliances and Furniture," and the bottom one has the OCFA logo and says with another logo I am not familiar with.

Plan for Disasters: Prepare your home by identifying home hazards and correcting them before a disaster strikes. Bolt and brace major appliances, heavy furniture, electronics, and any overhead fixtures. 

For more tips, tricks, and printables for disaster preparedness, visit today!

Tree Planting in Santiago Park

On Saturday, Sept. 11, 41 volunteers joined together at Santiago Park and planted 50 trees. At the end of the event, they decorated a tree with a red ribbon to commemorate those we lost in the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001 and the war following. 

Four adults pose holding shovels, pretending they're about to dig into the ground, around a freshly-planted tree in dusty, dry dirt.  There are a few bigger trees in the background and a cinderblock wall.A group of maybe 12 adults stands in the shade in Santiago park, Most are wearing masks and many are holding shovels. There are many tall eucalyptus trees and a shed in the background.

A group of 10 adults stand around a freshly planted and watered tree with a red bow tied to it. Each adult is holding a shovel and wearing a mask. Three of the people are wearing hats. There are trees in the distance behind them and a high-rise office building.

Metrolink Night Work

A graphic with a black background with a single star and a crescent moon which reads, "Night Work Mon. 9/20/21 - Wed. 9/22/21 5 p/m/ to 7 a.m." in white text. In the middle is an image of a Metrolink train approaching an intersection with the red swing arm down.

Starting Monday, September 20th through Wednesday, September 22, 2021, Metrolink will be performing maintenance work on the railroad track system in Santa Ana between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Even within Quiet Zones, this work could lead to:

• Possible Train Horns

• Noise

• Light from maintenance vehicles or activities

No delays at the railroad crossings or for passenger train service are anticipated.

Questions and concerns may be directed to Metrolink’s Community Relations hotline at (213) 452-0433 or to 

Metrolink Maintenance details: 

300th Tree Planting

The City of Santa Ana is proud to announce the Public Works Agency (PWA) Maintenance Services Tree staff has not only met, but exceeded the planting commitment of 300 trees at the end of August, two months ahead of a grant mandated timeline of October 2021! 

Beginning in January 2020, our PWA, in partnership with the California Urban Forests Council and West Coast Arborist, was awarded the “City Forest Renewal” funding through Cal FIRE’s Urban and Community Forestry Program. The grant provides funding for the removal of up to 150 sick or dying trees and requires the City to plant, water, and maintain trees at a 2:1 ratio to expand the urban forest.

Our PWA staff worked hard to identify tree vacancies and work with homeowners and property owners to identify locations and plant new trees. The first California Sycamore tree planted as part of the project occurred in November of 2020 in the Washington Square Neighborhood and culminated with the 300th tree planted on August 30, 2021 in the Fairhaven Neighborhood. The 300th tree planted was the Brisbane Box, which is drought and pest tolerant, low maintenance (once established) and the second highest common tree type in the City’s inventory (approximately 50,000 street trees Citywide).  

Learn More about the Tree Program: 

Tales of the City: Santa Ana Zoo Wins $75,000 Grant

The Santa Ana Zoo just received a $75,000 grant from the McBeth Foundation for a Rain Harvesting Garden to be built as the next phase of the Farm Enhancements Projects! This will be a functional 1,600 square foot demonstration garden aiming to educate the public about the benefits of slowing, spreading, and sinking storm water through a visually stunning landscape. The design of the garden will filter potential contaminants out of the storm water and allow sediments to fall out before any overflow water enters the storm drain. Capturing and filtering stormwater is especially important because the Zoo is located within the Santa Ana River Watershed, which empties into the Pacific Ocean.

City Council Meeting Recap

At the September 7, 2021 meeting, the Santa Ana City Council …

  • Approved all Consent Calendar items.
  • Adopted a resolution supporting the Orange County Veterans Cemetery in Anaheim Hills.
  • Adopted a resolution to support Orange County Water District First Vice President Cathy Green as a Candidate for the Office of ACWA Vice President.
  • Approved an agreement with Bear Demographics and Research to assist with the redistricting process.
  • Adopted a resolution declaring a climate emergency, committing to policies opposing fossil fuel expansion and accelerating the clean energy transition as part of the Safe Cities Movement, committing to policies that will reduce both new and existing lead contamination, and endorsing the call for a global fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty.
  • Accepted an informational report relating to police oversight.
  • Accepted an informational report regarding the Housing Ad Hoc Committee and proposed changes to the Housing Opportunity Ordinance. 
  • Adopted a resolution establishing the School Collaboration City Council Subcommittee.
  • Adopted a resolution of necessity authorizing the condemnation of a portion of the real property located at 1313 W Memory Lane.

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. 

September 21, 2021 MEETING AGENDA:


Dumpster Days - Sept. 18 and 25, 8 a.m. 

We’re hosting more neighborhood clean-up events on Saturday, Sept.18 and 25! Join us in the Windsor Village, Fisher Park, Riverview West, Downtown, Centennial Park, and Morrison 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.

Windsor Village 

Fisher Park

Riverview West

Morrison Park


Centennial Park 

Autumn Moon Festival - Sept. 19, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

A masked dancer at a previous Autumn Moon Festival at the Bowers Museum. The dancer is wearing a black hat with ornate gold, red, and green embroidery, a black ensemble with gold and red embroidery, and a red and black cape. The mask they are wearing is blue with red features outlined in gold. It looks like they have long hair braided, but the two long braids could be coming off the hat, there are gold and red ribbons braided in them.

Head over to the beautiful Bowers Museum to listen and dance to lovely music performed on traditional instruments, create art, and taste mooncakes at the first live on-site family festival in over a year. This festival will be held outdoors in the Key Courtyard.

Moon Festival Details:  

Rental Assistance Zoom Forum - Sept. 22

In response to the end of the State of California’s eviction moratorium, AB 832, Latino Health Access will be having an informational workshop on AB 832 and the Santa Ana CARES for Tenants Program via Zoom. Join Latino Health Access for the informative workshop on Sept. 22, 2021 at 6 p.m.  The informational workshop will be in English and Spanish. Please see the Zoom details below: 

Topic: Informative Workshop on AB 832 and the Santa Ana CARES for Tenants Program

Time: Sept. 22, 2021, 6:00 PM Pacific Time (the US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 913 5614 9339


Com-Link General Meeting, Sept. 23, 7 p.m.

The Santa Ana Communication Linkage (Com-Link) Forum, a coalition of neighborhood associations, is convening their monthly meeting next Thursday, September 23 at 7 p.m. at the Santa Ana Police Department’s Community Room (60 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, CA 92701). During the meeting, City staff will be providing updates on the redistricting of the City’s ward boundaries and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. If you can’t make it in person, join us on Zoom!


PFAS Community Meeting, Sept. 30, 6 p.m.

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 Sept. 30th at 6 p.m. to learn more about what OCWD and Santa Ana are doing to remove these chemicals. 

Revive Santa Ana 5K Run - Oct. 23

Get ready to run, Santa Ana! We may have missed a year, but we are bringing back our 5K run for 2021! Register now and start training for the Revive Santa Ana 5K Run! 

Revive Santa Ana 5K Run: 

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

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: