COSAS: City Manager's Newsletter for Sept. 3, 2021

Date: September, 03 2021 Category: City Manager, City Manager’s Newsletter, Notification

In this issue of COSAS (City of Santa Ana Stories), learn about important upcoming meetings on the General Plan Update, getting registered for the Revive Santa Ana 5K, the library’s new self-checkout and laptop kiosks, and other City news and events.

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Spotlight Photo

A young teenage boy sits on a pipe protruding from a mural-covered wall. He is wearing a white t-shirt with black line art on it, a red bracelet, beige shorts, black socks and black and white Vans

Santa Ana culture. Shirt from Gunthers. Location: Yost Theater

Photo Credit: Kim R.

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City Manager’s Highlights

Revived and Ready to Run

After the past year and a half cooped up or stressed out by the pandemic, we could all use a good run! We had to cancel the City’s annual 5K race last year because of the pandemic, but I’m excited that we’re bringing it back on Oct. 23. Race registration is now open - scroll down to News to read more and find the link to sign up.

This year’s event is called the Revive Santa Ana 5K because it is being paid for by federal COVID-19 funding and is part of the Revive Santa Ana pandemic recovery initiative. It’s also a chance for our community to revive its health, its spirits and its sense of hope, as we work to emerge from the pandemic. Additionally, the race will be an opportunity to celebrate Santa Ana’s history and heritage, since October marks the City’s 152nd birthday.

New Revive Santa Ana Programs

Speaking of Revive Santa Ana, last month the Santa Ana City Council approved two of the first agreements to move forward under the initiative. The City Council approved agreements to provide childcare services at two community centers - Corbin Community Center and El Salvador Community Center - and to conduct a feasibility study on creating a municipal public health agency for Santa Ana. These are just the first of many new programs to come under the first, $80 million phase of Revive Santa Ana.

Read the Press Release:

COVID-19 Update

While we’ve come a long way this year, COVID-19 cases continue to rise locally and across the country because of the Delta variant, mostly among the unvaccinated. I urge everyone to get vaccinated if possible, wear a mask when around others, and practice caution over the Labor Day weekend to prevent the spread of this disease. As of Sept. 3, 890 members of the Santa Ana community have lost their lives to the virus.

COVID-19 Information and Resources:

City Employee Vaccinations

Here at Santa Ana City Hall, we are doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. Last month, I announced that I plan to require City of Santa Ana employees to be vaccinated against the virus to better protect staff and members of the public. City employees who are unable to get vaccinated for health or religious reasons will be provided reasonable accommodations, such as regular COVID-19 testing.

Unvaccinated City employees are already required to wear facemasks while at work, and vaccinated employees are encouraged to wear masks when in close proximity to others indoors. I will be discussing this policy change and any impacts it may have with our City employee labor groups before it goes into effect.

Read the Press Release:


Planning Commission Public Hearings on General Plan Update

An aerial photo of the civic center and old courthouse with the text "Public Hearing on General Plan Update" overlaid

The General Plan is the blueprint for the City’s future, setting long-range planning policies that reflect the aspirations and values of residents, landowners, businesses, and organizations within the community. Called “Golden City Beyond: A Shared Vision,” the General Plan policy document will guide the City’s development and conservation through 2045. After many months of community forums, surveys and public feedback, the General Plan update process is nearing completion. However, you can still participate at the Planning Commission’s upcoming public hearings.

  • Planning Commission Public Hearing on Sept. 13: The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to discuss and receive comments from the community about the Draft General Plan Update and Recirculated Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR). The 45-day public review period for the PEIR closes Sept. 20. Written comments may be sent by email to
  • Planning Commission Public Hearing on Oct. 25: Planning Commission will be making recommendations to the City Council on the General Plan Update.

Learn More About the General Plan:

Take the Housing Element Survey

A graphic that reads Housing Element Update 2021 and says Take the survey before Sept. 9! The top is lined with houses in multicolor and the Golden City Beyond general plan logo is on the bottom right.

The City of Santa Ana is in the process of updating its long-range housing plan, called the Housing Element, which will be approved separately from the rest of the General Plan. Please take our community survey and share your thoughts on how the City can address housing needs for all Santa Ana residents. The survey is available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese, and will be open until Sept. 9. Complete the survey for an opportunity to win a $50 gift card!

Join us at the Planning Commission for a workshop on Sept. 27 to discuss the update to the Housing Element and Community Housing Survey result, as well as suggested policies and programs to address Santa Ana housing needs.

Learn More and Take the Survey:

Register Now for Revive Santa Ana 5K

The revive santa ana logo is at the top of this graphic, then ti reads "5K Run 2021, 23 Oct 8am, Route details and more event information at In the middle is a blue 'road' with two runners in front of a yellow skyline of Santa Ana

The Revive Santa Ana 5K Run is taking place on Saturday, Oct. 23. The free event expects to attract over 2,000 runners of all levels. Historically, the route begins near the OC Civic Center and goes past various city landmarks, including the OC Historic Courthouse, Main Street and Santa Ana Stadium. Registration is now open. The race is open to walkers and runners of all ages and fitness levels!

Learn More and Register:

Santa Ana Boulevard Lane Closures Begin Sept. 4

Starting on Saturday, Sept. 4, and continuing until March 2022, there will be lane closures on Santa Ana Boulevard while OC Streetcar workers construct the track between Bristol Street and Parton Street in the north half of the street. The following traffic configuration will be in place on Santa Ana Boulevard, from Bristol Street to Parton Street:

  • Eastbound and westbound traffic will be shifted to the south side of the street, with one lane of travel in each direction.
  • There will no parking on both sides of Santa Ana Boulevard.
  • There will be sporadic partial intersection closures at Baker Street and at Parton Street.

Learn More About the Lane Closures:

A Look Back at SAPD’s “For the Record: A Homicide Spotlight”

One year ago, the Santa Ana Police Department debuted its first “For The Record: A Homicide Spotlight” episode. This series highlights unsolved homicides in order to spread public awareness and encourage anyone with information about these crimes to come forward. The first episode premiered on Aug. 30, 2020, and focused on the shooting of 18-year-old Victoria Barrios on the one-year anniversary of her death.

Watch the video to see a montage of Season One episodes and learn about these homicide cases. Our Police Department is committed to solving these homicides and bringing justice to the victims’ families. SAPD Homicide Detectives encourage anyone with information regarding these cases to come forward and help bring closure to family/friends of all these victim’s. Please call (714) 245-8390 with any information.

Historic Preservation Awards Deadline Extended

Infographic reads: 2021 Historic Preservation Awards, Submit your nomination, 2020 Winner: Pacific Electric Sub Station No. 14, SAUSD. In the middle is an image of the electric substation, a brick building with large glass windows and a tall part on the roof that almost looks like a lighthouse but has vents instead of a light.

The Planning and Building Agency has extended the deadline to submit nominations for the 2021 Historic Preservation Awards until Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. The Historic Preservation Awards are intended to recognize outstanding historic rehabilitation and restoration projects, as well as efforts that have furthered the cause of historic preservation in the City.

Award recipients will be honored by both the Historic Resources Commission and the Santa Ana City Council. In addition, those selected will receive a plaque commemorating their contribution to the City and to preserving Santa Ana’s historic resources.

Learn More and Submit a Nomination:

Library Self-Checkout and Laptop Kiosks, and Much More!

Self-checkout kiosks now available at main and newhope libraries Laptop dispensing kiosks; 6 laptops available for in-house use at each location; self-checkout with your library card; work on homework assignments; conduct research over the Internet; use Microsoft office; Now available at Main and Newhope Libraries; SAPL; Have additional questions? Call 714.647.5250

The Santa Ana Public Library has so much to offer, and their selection and services are growing constantly! Get your free library card today to utilize some of these awesome services:

Self-Checkout Kiosks

Library patrons can avoid lines and choose to check out their own materials on our touchscreen self-checkout kiosks, now available at both Main and Newhope Libraries. The kiosks provide a contactless experience, which makes checking out library materials with your library card even more convenient. 

Laptop Dispensing Kiosks 

Library patrons can stay connected at the Main and Newhope libraries by taking advantage of our new freestanding laptop dispensing kiosks. Students and patrons are now able to check out laptops for in-house use from these self-service kiosks to complete homework assignments, conduct internet research, use Microsoft Office, and more.

Other Library Programs

  • Take-and-make kits for children to make crafts
  • Storytimes for kids of all ages
  • Events like the Piñata-making class on Sept. 15 (see calendar below.)
  • Curbside pickup
  • Wireless hotspots
  • E-books and other digital resources
  • Online tutoring

Subscribe to the Library’s Newsletter: 

Download the mySantaAna App to Report Issues

A screenshot from the opening page of the mySantaAna appA screenshot from the Report an Issue page of the mySantaAna app

Help keep Santa Ana cleaner, safer and better maintained by reporting issues directly to the City with the free mySantaAna app. Point, click and send photos of issues on the spot with your smartphone and without making a call or a visit to City Hall. Visit for more information.


Movies in the Park Ends with a Party

A group of several young people sit on chairs and smile in a grassy park at dusk. Behind them is a large crowd that's barely visible in the low light.

A woman and two children pose for the camera in front of the large blow-up movie screen. The woman is wearing a brightly colored pink, gold, and green shirt, giving a thumbs up. The child in front of her is wearing a white polo shirt with khakis, giving double thumbs up, and the child hiding behind her is showing on arm in a bright pink shirt giving a thumbs up. It's twilight and the lighting is low.

 A boy and two girls smile while sitting in chairs in a grassy park. Behind them is a large green structure for zipline activities and a few other people attending Movies in the Park.

A man, woman and two young children sit on a blanket on the grass in a park and smile. They have a blanket on their laps.

 A movie screen is lit up with bright cartoon images at night. Away from the screen, it is mostly dark and the audience in front of the screen is barely visible except for glowsticks and other small lights.

On Friday, Aug. 27, we held our final Movies in the Park event in Centennial Park! More than 600 people joined us to enjoy the festivities and watch “Coco.” It was quite the celebration, with free treats, face painting, zip-lining, flower-crown making, and so much more! This was the final event of 14 movie screenings over seven weeks, with an estimated total attendance of 4,500 people. We also gave out 7,200 free bags of popcorn!

Families enjoyed the free popcorn and free audio headset rentals (for those guests interested in hearing the movie in Spanish.) Food trucks also provided affordable and delicious food items, such as tacos, burritos, churros and ice cream. Overall, guests and staff thoroughly enjoyed the night and the success of the event was magnified by all the happy families in attendance.

Thank you to our Parks, Recreation and Community Services Agency for making this wonderful summer event happen!

Find Other Parks and Rec Activities:


At the Aug. 17, 2021, meeting, the Santa Ana City Council …

  • Approved some Consent Calendar items and continued others to the next meeting.
  • Approved a resolution that will allow the City to move forward on the sale of up to $513 million of pension debt refinancing bonds.
  • Voted to enter an exclusive agreement with Republic Services for the collection and handling of solid waste for a term of up to 18 years.

City Council meetings are typically held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 5 p.m. Meetings now have both in-person and virtual participation and attendance and 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, attend in person, or join the Zoom webinar online or by phone.




Neighborhood Dumpster Day - Sept. 4

Two men lift a chair into the back of a green dumpster trailer that's halfway full of large items, junk and debris. Another man wearing a hat stand behind them picking up an object.

We’re hosting more neighborhood clean-up events on Saturday, Sept. 4! Join us in the Lacy, Willard, and Santa Anita 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.



Santa Anita: 

Labor Day: City Hall Closed - Sept. 6

Santa Ana City Hall will be closed on Monday, Sept. 6, 2021, in observance of Labor Day. Libraries and seniors centers will also be closed. There will be no street sweeping on Labor Day, and trash pickup will be delayed one day during the week of Sept. 6.

City Hall Holiday and Friday Closures Schedule:

Piñata Workshops - Sept. 15 and 22

Flyer with information about piñata workshops with image of a colorful donkey piñata.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month and join the Santa Ana Public Library in crafting your own decorative piñata! This craft is for the whole family to enjoy. Piñata craft kit will come prepackaged with supplies. Leave with a finished piñata ready for your next party or gathering! Pre-registration for this workshop is required. Two dates are available and time is 6 to 7:30 p.m.

  • Sept. 15 at Newhope Library, 122 N. Newhope St.
  • Sept. 22 at Main Library, 26 Civic Center Plaza

Sign Up for Newhope: 

Sign Up for Main Library:

Inner-Coastal Cleanup Day - Sept. 18

Information on Coastal Cleanup Day volunteers with an image of blue water and H2OC logo.

Inner-Coastal Cleanup Day is your day to give back to the ocean, beaches, and creeks that make Orange County such a beautiful place to live.

The City of Santa Ana Public Works Agency is hosting an Inner-Coastal Cleanup Day event at Jerome Park, 2115 W. McFadden Ave., on Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The cleanup will focus on the removal of trash and debris from the Santa Ana Gardens flood control channel and the adjacent park area so it does not flow out to the ocean when it rains. The Public Works Agency is in need of volunteers to help participate in the cleanup.

All volunteers are required to sign a waiver, and if under 18 years old, a parent or guardian needs to sign the waiver. Volunteers need to wear protective footwear (closed toe shoes.) Drinks and small snacks will be provided. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Craig Foster at (714) 647-5659 or, or register directly on Eventbrite.

Cleanup Event Details:

Register Here: