Mayor’s newsletter: September 2023

Posted on August 30, 2023

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Official newsletter of Santa Ana Mayor Valerie Amezcua.

Keeping the community informed about local events, City news, and resources.

Dear neighbors,

Although the weather remains very sunny, fall is almost upon us, and the City of Santa Ana has many exciting community events for you, including Fiesta Patrias, the Moon Festival, the Fascination of Orchids Show, and more. Find all the information below in my newsletter!

Monday, September 4, is Labor Day. City Hall will be closed, there will be no street sweeping, and trash pickup will be delayed one day. I want to take a moment to honor and celebrate the workers who make our beautiful country what it is today. You can read more about the history of Labor Day here.

On September 16-17, I invite everyone to get ready for a weekend of delicious food, vibrant music, and exciting activities for the whole family at Santa Ana’s Fiestas Patrias festival! The event will include the traditional Mexican “Grito de Independencia” on Saturday and the return of the parade on Sunday! This year’s festival promises to be extra special as we will be joined by Dr. Manuel Gálvez Sánchez, Mayor of Sahuayo, Michoacán, Mexico. In last month’s newsletter, I shared how honored I was to formalize an agreement establishing Sahuayo and Santa Ana as sister cities.

Finally, as mayor, I love every opportunity presented to me to spotlight our beautiful city. When Silvia Ichar, publisher of ParaTodos magazine, approached me for an interview, I was so excited to share all the amazing projects and programs our city is working on: “This month’s Notable Person is the first woman to serve the City of Santa Ana as its Mayor. Meet her!

As you enjoy the final days of summer, I wish you and your family a happy and safe Labor Day weekend.



Mayor Valerie Amezcua


Mayor in the News

Santa Ana leaders oppose new needle exchange program approved by state health officials

FirstElement Fuel, the World-Leading Provider of Hydrogen Refueling Solutions, is Awarded $7.7 Million

FirstElement Fuel recibe 7,7 millones de dólares (Spanish version)

Santa Ana chief says police already arrest intoxicated people, but council wants to see more

Housing workshop organized by county and three cities in partnership (Vietnamese)

City Hall

Upcoming Holiday and Closed Friday schedule: (City Hall non-essential offices are closed on alternating Fridays throughout the year):

  • Friday, September 1, 2023 – City Hall closed
  • Monday, September 4, 2023 – Labor Day – City Hall closed
  • Friday, September 15, 2023 – City Hall closed
  • Friday, September 29, 2023 – City Hall closed

The next City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 15, at 5 p.m. at Santa Ana Council Chamber, 22 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana. Official City meetings are open to the public and I encourage you to participate. Council agendas and minutes may be accessed here.

City resources

City Hall main line

  • (714) 647-5400

Code Enforcement

  • (714) 667-2780

Emergency Water Services

  • (714) 953-8026

Graffiti Hotline

  • (877) 786-7824

mySantaAna app

  • Report various issues: (714) 647-6900

Public Works dispatch (street sweeping, trees)

  • (714) 647-3380


Homeless Services

  • SMART program for non-emergency homeless-related issues
  • (714) 242-3706

My First Home Program

The city will offer down payment assistance loans to first-time home buyers to aid in the purchase of a home within the City of Santa Ana.

Employment Opportunities

Find more phone numbers for all City services

Have you downloaded the mySantaAna app?

Mysantaana app

Report issues like:

  • illegal dumping, graffiti removal
  • homeless encampments
  • trash and recycling missed pickups
  • park issues
  • potholes
  • and more!

Download the mySantaAna app

Community Resources

Project Hope Alliance

Homelessness support for families and children.

West Santa Ana VA Clinic

Provides assistance with housing placement.

The Seva Collective

Free Drive Through Food Pantry

(714) 647-3380

UCI Hiring

Open positions available at Irvine locations.

Project Food Box

Provides and ships nutritious, farm fresh produce to communities who need it most.

SoCalGas Grant

Assistance Fund to support customers having issues with their gas bills.

Need help with utility bills?

LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps low-income households pay for heating or cooling in their homes.

City Council Meeting Highlights

Highlights of the August City Council meetings:

  • Heard a report from the Police Department on addressing public intoxication
  • Adopted a resolution ending the water supply shortage.
  • Approved an agreement with ELS Architecture and Urban Design for architectural design services of the Memorial Park and aquatics facility renovation.
  • Changed the name of a segment of Mabury Street and Elk Lane between Fourth Street and Chestnut Avenue by Santa Ana Zoo to Zoo Lane.
  • Increased the contract for asphalt pothole repairs by $200,000 with All American Asphalt.
  • Approved a $350,120 agreement with LOC Architects for professional services for the Santa Ana Zoo Education Hub.
  • Accepted a $210,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice for improving criminal justice response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
  • Accepted a donation of a Police K-9, equipment, and supplies for the Santa Ana Police Department’s K-9 program.

Non-Profit Highlight

Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)

Mayor Amezcua at Children's Hospital of Orange County

Thank you, Jenna Jensen at CHOC, for inviting me to see all the amazing work being done to help our children. So happy to learn that CHOC not only helps our children stay healthy, but helps them with their mental health needs as well.

Children’s Hospital of Orange County

Small Business Spotlight

Two Hands Seoul Fresh Corn Dogs – 1116 S. Bristol St., Santa Ana

Mayor Amezcua and her husband visit Two Hands Restaurant

I love supporting local Santa Ana businesses! If you like corndogs, then I highly recommend checking out this place. The potato dog with half mozzarella and half cheddar is so delicious. The price is also very reasonable, and they have great customer service.

City News and Recognitions

City launches landlord rental registry

Rental Registry

We have launched a new Rental Registry where landlords are required to register their rental units, update rental unit information, update tenancy information, submit notices, and pay the City’s rental registry fee (if applicable) pursuant to the City’s Rent Stabilization and Just Cause Eviction Ordinance. The registry, which opened Aug. 15, is available through an online portal on our website. To offer as much support as possible, we are providing a detailed webpage with numerous resources for landlords, weekly virtual workshops, staff and computers at the Santa Ana WORK Center, a dedicated email address (, and a helpline at (714) 667-2209.

Rental Registry Resources

Rental Registry portal

Help us design a new aquatics facility at Memorial Park!

Memorial Pool

Exciting transformations are underway for Memorial Park & Pool! We are planning a much-needed, brand new aquatics center at Memorial Park and we want our residents to share their ideas by taking our survey and joining a community design workshop. This project, known as Memorial Park & Pool Reimagined, is a collaboration with ELS Architecture + Urban Design and SWA Group.

Community Design Workshop

  • Thursday, Sept. 14
  • 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Jerome Center, 726 S. Center St.

Memorial Park & Pool online survey

Sign up for AlertOC

Alert OC

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Save the Date and Join Me

Coffee with the Mayor – September 9 & 23

Coffee with the Mayor Coffee with the Mayor

Upcoming Community Events

Fiestas Patrias – September 16 & 17


Get ready for two full days of celebration during our annual Fiestas Patrias festival and parade. The festival will feature music, carnival rides, food and fun. It will take place on Flower Street between Civic Center Drive and Santa Ana Boulevard. The Fiestas Patrias Parade is back for the first time since before the pandemic and will go down Main Street.

Fiestas Patrias Festival

  • Saturday, Sept. 16, 12-11 p.m.
    • Ceremonial Grito de Independencia – 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 17, 12-10 p.m.

Fiestas Patrias Parade

  • Sunday, Sept. 17, 3-5 p.m.

Fiestas Patrias

Free Resident Day at Santa Ana Zoo – September 17

Zoo Resident Free Day

Santa Ana residents receive free admission to the Santa Ana Zoo on the third Sunday of every month. Proof of residency (such as ID or a utility bill) is required. Don’t forget to check out Flight! A Live Butterfly Experience open now through September 30.

  • Sunday, Sept. 17
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Santa Ana Zoo, 1801 E. Chestnut Ave.

Visit the Santa Ana Zoo

Inner-Coastal Cleanup Day – September 23

Coastal Clean Up Volunteers from 2022

Our Public Works Agency is hosting an Inner-Coastal Cleanup Day event at Jerome Park, 2115 W. McFadden Ave., on Saturday, September 23, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Public Works Agency is in need of volunteers to help participate in the cleanup. For more information, contact Craig Foster at (714) 647-5659 or

  • Saturday, Sept. 23
  • 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Tacos en Tacones – September 28

Tacos en Tacones September 28

The National Hispanic Business Women Association (NHBWA) is hosting their annual Tacos en Tacones event centered around networking and supporting woman business owners. I am proud to be one of the event’s many sponsors and invite you join us and learn more here:

Tacos en Tacones

OCFA Girls Empowerment Camp – October 7-8

OCFA Girls Empowerment Camp 2023

OCFA is offering a free, two-day camp for girls ages 14 to 18. The camp introduces teens to the fire service by providing a realistic, hands-on overview of firefighting and all aspects of public safety. The camp will take place Saturday, Oct. 7, and Sunday, Oct. 8, at OCFA Headquarters in Irvine. Online registration is now open through Sept. 3.

OCFA Girls Empowerment Camp

Mayor on the Move

Mayor Amezcua, Councilmember Phan, and Councilmember Bacerra participate at the Zoofari Gala

Congratulations to the Friends of Santa Ana Zoo for hosting the 31st Zoofari Gala! This event benefits zoo improvements and caretaking of the beautiful animals. I absolutely love our zoo!

Mayor Amezcua Speaking To Mater Dei Students

Speaking to Mater Dei students and wishing them a wonderful new school year!

Mayor Amezcua at a Mosaic Event

Thank you, Mosaic Movement, and all the many sponsors, volunteers and community that came out today to give out backpacks, haircuts, raffles, food to help get our students get ready for back to school.

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