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The Mixed-up ChameleonThe Mixed-up Chameleon Bookcover

by Carle, Eric

There once was a small green chameleon that wished to be handsome like a flamingo, smart like a fox, and funny like a seal. But with each transformation in size, shape, and color, the chameleon learns that maybe being yourself is best of all!

 

 

 


Now You See Me, Now You Don’tNow You See Me, Now You Don't Bookcover

by Hegarty, Patricia

Chameleon is sneaky and likes to use his camouflage powers to play tricks on the other jungle animals. But when he meets someone who beats him at his own game, will Chameleon learn to change his ways?

 

 


Can You See Me?Can You See Me? Bookcover

by Staake, Bob

This bright, cheerful early reader about a giant lizard hiding in unlikely-and un-lizard-like-places combines Staake’s trademark high-energy graphic style with the classic appeal of Dr. Seuss, P. D. Eastman, and Robert Lopshire! With simple rhymed text and illustrations that provide visual clues to the meaning of the words on each page, it’s exactly what Dr. Seuss had in mind when he launched the Beginner Books series in 1957 with The Cat in the Hat!

 

 


The Kid and the Chameleon Go to School (The Kid and the ChameleonNature walk Bookcover

by Mabry, Sheri

Tessy takes Newton to school, but Newton just wants to go outside. Can they find a way to learn from each other?

 

 

 

 


Jada Sly, Artist & SpyJada Sly, Artist & Spy Bookcover

by Winston, Sherri

Ten-year-old Jada Sly is an artist and a spy-in-training. When she isn’t studying the art from her idols like Jackie Ormes, the first-known African American cartoonist, she’s chronicling her spy training and other observations in her art journal. Back home in New York City, after living in France for five years, Jada is ready to embark on her first and greatest spy adventure yet. She plans to scour New York City in search of her missing mother, even though everyone thinks her mom died in a plane crash. Except Jada, who is certain her mom was a spy, too.

 

 


Spy School : The Graphic NovelSpy School : The Graphic Novel Bookcover

by Gibbs, Stuart

Ben Ripley may only be in middle school, but he’s already pegged his dream job: CIA or bust. Unfortunately for him, his personality doesn’t exactly scream “secret agent.” In fact, Ben is so awkward, he can barely get to school and back without a mishap. Because of his innate nerdiness, Ben is not surprised when he is recruited for a magnet school with a focus on science–but he’s entirely shocked to discover that the school is actually a front for a junior CIA academy. Could the CIA really want him?

 

 


Code Breaker, Spy HunterCode Breaker, Spy Hunter: How Elizebeth Friedman Changed the Course of Two World Wars Bookcover

by Wallmark, Laurie

In this picture book biography, young readers will learn all about Elizebeth Friedman (1892-1980), a brilliant American code breaker who smashed Nazi spy rings, took down gangsters, and created the CIA’s first cryptology unit. Her story came to light when her secret papers were finally declassified in 2015.

 

 


Su propio colorSu propio color Bookcover

by Lionni, Leo

Elephants are gray. Pigs are pink. All animals have a color of their own except for chameleons. They change color wherever they go!

 


¡Es un camaleón!¡Es un camaleón! Bookcover

by Kenan, Tessa

¡Explora el increíble mundo de los camaleones del bosque lluvioso! El texto amistoso enseña a los lectores acerca de estas criaturas coloridas, mientras que fotos vívidas, preguntas de pensamiento crítico y un glosario de fotos les enseñan los fundamentos de la lectura de no ficción.

 


Animals That Change ColorAnimals That Change Colors Bookcover

by Romero, Libby

Packed with beautiful and engaging photos, this new leveled reader dives into the amazing world of animals that change their appearance based on environment, the need to blend in to hunt or stay safe, and even their mood! Kids will learn all about the how and why of these amazing animal transformations.

 

 

 


Animal Imposters! : All True and Unbelievable!Animal Imposters! : All True and Unbelievable! Bookcover

by Freels, Korynn

With stunning photography and fun, easy-to-read writing, this Level 3 book covers everything from sneaky spiders to camouflaged geckos. It’s all true and unbelievable!

 

 

 


Heaven’s Design Team 1Heaven's Design Team 1 Bookcover

by Hebizō

God created the heavens and the Earth — but, little-known fact, he outsourced the animals to the office of Heaven’s Design Team! This hilarious and educational manga features weird real-life animals and puts even some humdrum critters in a strange new light.

 

 

 


Cats: Nature and NurtureCats: Nature and Nurture Bookcover

by Hirsch, Andy

In Andy Hirsch’s Science Comics: Cats, we meet feline friends from the tiniest kodkod to the biggest tiger, and find out what makes your neighborhood domestic cats so special. Equipped with teeth, claws, and camouflage to survive everywhere from deserts to mountaintops, how did these ferocious felines make the leap from predators to playmates… and are they even done leaping?

 

 


Ninja Plants: Survival and Adaptation in the Plant WorldNinja Plants: Survival and Adaptation in the Plant World Bookcover

by Blevins, Wiley

What can communicate but has no mouth, and can attack but has no hands? A plant! You might love the beauty and fragrance of flowers, but plants are far more complex than meets the eye. Some plants have ways of luring insects for pollination. Others mimic the look of the female insects whose male counterparts they want to attract. The Venus flytrap eats insects and other small animals for extra nourishment. You might see some of these ninja plants with their sneaky and deceitful ways in your own backyard.

 


Camouflage: The Hidden Lives of Autistic WomenCamouflage: The Hidden Lives of Autistic Women Bookcover

by Bargiela, Sarah

Autism in women and girls is still not widely understood, and is often misrepresented or even overlooked. This graphic novel offers an engaging and accessible insight into the lives and minds of autistic women, using real-life case studies.

 

 

 


Spy X Family, Vol. 1Spy X Family, Vol. 1 Bookcover

by Endo, Tatsuya

Master spy Twilight is unparalleled when it comes to going undercover on dangerous missions for the betterment of the world. But when he receives the ultimate assignment–to get married and have a kid–he may finally be in over his head! Not one to depend on others, Twilight has his work cut out for him procuring both a wife and a child for his mission to infiltrate an elite private school. What he doesn’t know is that the wife he’s chosen is an assassin and the child he’s adopted is a telepath

 

 

 


Masters of Disguise: Camouflaging Creatures & Magnificent MimicsMasters of Disguise: Camouflaging Creatures & Magnificent Mimics Bookcover

by Martin, Marc

Now you see them, now you don’t. Cloaked in a riot of color, pattern, and texture are a dozen animals–from chameleons and polar bears to Gaboon vipers and mimic octopuses–that have mastered the art of fading into the background. Fact-packed pages segue into clever and beautifully illustrated seek-and-find spreads that put readers’ newfound knowledge of each creature and its ecosystem to the test.

 

 


Hide and Seek: Nature’s Best Vanishing ActsHide and Seek: Nature's Best Vanishing Acts Bookcover

by Helman, Andrea

Animals rely on clever ways to hide in plain sight. They camouflage themselves in unique ways to avoid danger or to keep undercover while hunting.

 


Chameleons: Everything About Purchase, Care, Nutrition, Diseases, Breeding,Chameleons: Everything About Purchase, Care, Nutrition, Diseases, Breeding Bookcover

by Bartlett, R. D.

This book gives advice on purchasing and otherwise acquiring a pet, feeding it nutritiously, keeping it in good health, and where applicable, grooming and training it. Each book in this large series is individually written by a specialist, and though the information is authoritative, the text is clear and straightforward, easy for every pet owner to understand.

Chicken Frank, Dinosaur!Chicken Frank, Dinosaur! Bookcover

by Wenger, S. K.

Chicken Frank wants to prove he’s related to a T.rex–because of evolution!–but none of the other farm animals believe him, until he gets his DNA test results. This comic-book style picture book combines information with humor to explore the concept of evolution and the connection between birds and dinosaurs.

 

 


Tiny DinoTiny Dino Bookcover

by Freedman, Deborah

A small but mighty bird declares it is a dinosaur! But no one believes that dinosaurs still exist. How can it be a dinosaur when it is so little? Dinosaurs didn’t have feathers or did they?


I Can Be Anything!I Can Be Anything! Bookcover

by Staake, Bob

When I grow up, what shall I be? This exuberant book offers up everything from a paper plane folder to a puppy dog holder, from a silly joke teller to a snowball smoother.

 

 

 


Gekko Saves the CityGekko Saves the City Bookcover

by Nakamura, May

Romeo has turned Gekko’s pet lizard, Lionel, into a huge monster! Lionel starts to destroy everything in his path, and it’s up to the PJ Masks to save the city. Go into the night to save the day and turn Lionel into a little lizard again!

 

 

 


The Care and Keeping of FreddyThe Care and Keeping of Freddy Bookcover

by Long, Susan Hill

For fans of Kate DiCamillo and Sharon Creech comes this sweet and funny middle grade novel about a young girl, her pet bearded dragon, and the friends who make her summer one to remember.

 

 

 


Utomia: The Legend BeyondUtomia: The Legend Beyond Bookcover

by Scholl, Caitlin

In the first book of this incredible series, Laoch and company venture through a planet of strange beings, secret societies, and time warps enacted by the giant Water Clock that protects the magical city. The boys’ individual journeys bring them closer to the understanding of bravery, love, and the true meaning of friendship as they struggle to save not only their families, but one another.

 

 

 


Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of SpeciesCharles Darwin's On the Origin of Species Bookcover

by Brett, Anna

Part of the non-fiction series Words that Changed the World, this book is an accessible guide to the theory of evolution, presented in an attractive format with beautiful illustrations throughout.

 

 

 


No soy un lagartoNo soy un lagarto Bookcover

by Butterfield, Moira

Un mirlo un tanto díscolo entabla conversación con un pequeño lagarto que se reserva una sorpresa fascinante.


Lagartijas pequeñitas / Itty Bitty Geckos Lagartijas pequeñitas / Itty Bitty Geckos Bookcover

by Baer, T. H.

There are thousands of kinds of itty bitty geckos with a story behind their lives. Presented in both English and standard Latin-American Spanish, readers learn how geckos stay safe thanks to their bright colors and use their amazing feet to climb all over the place.

 


ReptilesReptiles Bookcover

by Brundle, Joanna

Where does life begin, and how does it grow? Learn all about reproduction, life cycles, inheritance, and classification in this book all about how animals come into this world.

 

 

 


Catching Air: Taking the Leap with Gliding AnimalsCatching Air: Taking the Leap with Gliding Animals Bookcover

by Collard, Sneed B.

Illustrated with arresting photographs, Catching Air takes us around the world to meet these animals, learn why so many gliders live in Southeast Asia, and find out why this gravity defying ability has evolved in Draco lizards, snakes, and frogs as well as mammals.

 

 

 


Science Comics: Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers BookcoverScience Comics: Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers

by Reed, M. K.

Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic–dinosaurs, coral reefs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, flying machines, and more. These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects.

 

 

 


Fossils from Lost Worlds bookcoverFossils from Lost Worlds

by Rajcak, Hélène

Told through comics, illustrations and data, Fossils from Lost Worlds is also a fascinating insight into paleontology itself. It shows how science is a process of thinking and rethinking, questioning and learning.

 

 


Bill Nye's Great Big World of Science Bookcover Bill Nye’s Great Big World of Science

by Nye, Bill

Science educator, TV host, and New York Times-bestselling author Bill Nye is on a mission to help kids understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Featuring a range of subjects–physics, chemistry, geology, biology, astronomy, global warming, and more–this profusely illustrated book covers the basic principles of each science, key discoveries, recent revolutionary advances, and the problems that science still needs to solve for our Earth.

 

 


The History of the World in Comics BookcoverThe History of the World in Comics

by Panafieu, Jean-Baptiste de

A paleontologist and a storyteller take two children through the birth of our planet, the beginning of microbes, and through the heydays of protozoans, dinosaurs, and early mammals with unfailing enthusiasm.

 

 

 


Dinosaurs: How They Lived and Evolved Bookcover Dinosaurs: How They Lived and Evolved

by Naish, Darren

Leading paleontology experts Darren Naish and Paul Barrett trace the evolution, anatomy, biology, ecology, behavior, and lifestyle of a variety of dinosaurs. They also remind us that dinosaurs are far from extinct: they present evidence supporting the evolution of dinosaurs to birds that exist today as approximately ten thousand different species.

 

 


Shaman King, Vol. 3: The Lizard Man BookcoverShaman King, Vol. 3: The Lizard Man

by Takei, Hiroyuki

The spirit of Tokagero, ‘the lizard’, a bandit from feudal Japan possesses ‘Wodden Sword’ Ryu. Back in action with a new body to abuse, Tokagero is out for revenge against the samurai who killed him 600 years ago, Amidamaru. When Amidamaru is in danger, that means trouble for Amidamaru’s spirit medium, Yoh.

 

 

 


Flying Dinosaurs: How Fearsome Reptiles Became Birds BookcoverFlying Dinosaurs: How Fearsome Reptiles Became Birds

by Pickrell, John

Mixing colorful portraits with news on the latest fossil findings and interviews with leading paleontologists in the United States, China, Europe, and Australia, John Pickrell explains and details dinosaurs’ development of flight. This special capacity introduced a whole new range of abilities for the animals and helped them survive a mass extinction.

 

 

 


A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent BookcoverA Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent

by Brennan, Marie

Marie Brennan begins a thrilling new fantasy series in A Natural History of Dragons, combining adventure with the inquisitive spirit of the Victorian Age.

 

 

 


Lizards of the World Bookcover Lizards of the World

by Mattison, Christopher

The author also discusses lizards in captivity and their relationship with humans, and describes the entire range of the lizard families. Beautifully illustrated with superb black-and-white and full-color photographs, as well as with crisp line illustrations, this valuable resource clearly presents the spectacularly varied lizard families.

 

 


Steve & Me BookcoverSteve & Me

by Irwin, Terri

.Steve & Me is a nonstop adventure, a real-life love story, and a fitting tribute to a man adored by all those whose lives he touched, written by the woman who knew and loved him best of all.

Sun and Moon TogetherSun and Moon Together Bookcover

by Long, Ethan

Welcome to another busy day in Happy County! The Sun is out and shining down on lots of friends. Grammy Tammy from Miami is doing grimey, slimey laundry. Sssonny Sssnakerton wants to grow sssunflowers. And when the Sun says goodbye for the day, the Moon pops up for a new set of adventures. Now Molly and her mom can make moon shadows and howl night noises.

 


Star of the Party: The Solar System Celebrates!: The Solar System Celebrates!Star of the party : the solar system celebrates! Bookcover

by Carr, Jan

The planets are throwing Sun a birthday party! Mercury wants to thank Sun for how close they are. (Being the closest planet has its perks.) Earth enjoys Sun’s warmth. And all the planets want to celebrate Sun’s magnetic personality. But party planning takes work. Do they even have room for all of Jupiter’s moon? Don’t space out. It’s time for this star-studded event!

 


Where is the Sun?Where is the sun? Bookcover

by Carle, Eric

Welcome to another busy day in Happy County! The Sun is out and shining down on lots of friends. Grammy Tammy from Miami is doing grimey, slimey laundry. Sssonny Sssnakerton wants to grow sssunflowers. And when the Sun says goodbye for the day, the Moon pops up for a new set of adventures. Now Molly and her mom can make moon shadows and howl night noises.

 

 

 


Nature WalkNature walk Bookcover

by Borgert-Spaniol, Megan

Sahra and Abdi go on a walk together. They explore the woods and see many plants and animals. Pairs with the nonfiction book, I Care for Nature.

 

 

 


The Heart and Mind of Frances PauleyThe heart and mind of Frances Pauley Bookcover

by Stevens, April

Eleven-year-old Frances is an observer of both nature and people, just like her idol, the anthropologist Margaret Mead. She spends most of her time up on the rocks behind her house in her “rock world,” as Alvin, her kindhearted and well-read school bus driver, calls it. It’s the one place where Frances can truly be herself, and where she doesn’t have to think about her older sister, Christinia, who is growing up and changing in ways that Frances can’t understand.

 

 

 


Back to NatureBack to nature Bookcover

by Alpine, Rachele

Ruby’s life turns upside-down when her parents give her some big news: she’s going to be a big sister! She is a little worried about the new arrival, so her dad takes her and the rest of the Invincible Girls camping for the weekend, where she plans to become one with nature, bond with her friends and Dad, and get away from technology for the weekend. However, she finds that things are not as easy as they seem. She forgets a key item to bring, her friends don’t seem as excited as she is…and she kind of forgot about the bears who like to visit the camp sites!

 

 


The Leaf Detective: How Margaret Lowman Uncovered Secrets in the RainforestThe leaf detective : how Margaret Lowman uncovered secrets in the rainforest Bookcover

by Lang, Heather

Meg Lowman was always fascinated by the natural world above her head – the colors, the branches, and, most of all, the leaves and mysterious organisms living there. Meg set out to climb up and investigate the rain forest tree canopies – and to be the first scientist to do so. But she encountered challenge after challenge. Male teachers would not let her into their classrooms, the high canopy was difficult to get to, and worst of all, people were logging and clearing the forests. Meg never gave up or gave in.

 


Rescatadora de bichosRescatadora de bichos Bookcover

by Cobb, Amy

Libby and her friend Becca are searching for bugs to finish their nature worksheet for school. They come across a dragonfly trapped in an old spider web. Very carefully, Libby frees the dragonfly and sets it free in a new home. Translated by native Spanish speakers and immersion school educators.

 

 

 


Misterios del universoMisterios del universo Bookcover

by Gater, Will

¡Viaja desde la Tierra a los confines del universo con este impresionante libro! Descubre planetas extraños, estrellas remotas y misteriosas galaxias.

 

 

 


Crayola Nature STEAM ActivitiesCrayola nature STEAM activities Bookcover

by Felix, Rebecca

These projects and experiments show readers elements of STEAM they can see in nature every day. Build a sundial and a wind vane, and collect leaves, grass, and bugs for observation and exploration.

 

 


The SunThe Sun Bookcover

by Crane, Cody

It’s bright and it’s hot. It’s the center of our solar system. It is our Sun. As readers journey through this book, they will discover how this amazing star came into existence, and they will learn everything about its size and makeup, its solar winds and flares, and how its light and heat affect Earth. The workings of the sun’s magnetic field, sun spots, and the latest technology used to study the sun will also captivate our readers. Planets and stars, moons and galaxies

 


Solar System BookcoverSolar System

By Hughes, David W.

Explore the wonders of our solar system–a corner of the universe that astronomers understand more fully every day. Starting at the sun, the center of it all, we move outward, planet by planet, and then beyond. From Mercury’s prehistoric cataclysm to Uranus’s uncommon axial tilt, the superb research and stunning images will captivate both keen stargazers and newcomers alike.

 

 


When the Worst happens: Extraordinary Stories of Survival BookcoverWhen the Worst happens: Extraordinary Stories of Survival

By Kyi, Tanya Lloyd

People overcome impossible odds where others surrendered and failed. What would you do if you were stranded or trapped in a situation where you had to fight for your life? When the Worst Happens is a collection of intense, true stories set in distant corners of the earth.

 

 

 


Craft Like the Ancient Romans Bookcover Craft Like the Ancient Romans

By Powell, Jillian

When in Rome, craft as the Romans do! This interactive book transports readers to the world of ancient Rome through hands-on crafts. Readers will learn fascinating facts about this vibrant culture as they create laurel wreaths, shields, Janus masks, and more! As they craft, readers will learn about Roman numerals, discover how sundials work, and delve into the many customs of this ancient culture. Simple step-by-step instructions and helpful photographs guide readers through each craft.

 

 


The Clock BookcoverThe Clock

By Duffy, Trent

Today, surrounded as we are by clocks and watches, it is hard to imagine life without an exact method of timekeeping. Until the mechanical clock was invented and improved, people had a less precise sense of the passage of time, based largely on the movement of the sun across the sky and measured with sundials, sandglasses, and other simple devices.

 


Sea Clocks: The Story of Longitude Bookcover Sea Clocks: The Story of Longitude

By Borden, Louise

Sailors knew how to measure latitude, their location north or south of the equator, but they could not measure longitude, their location east or west of their home port. Because of this, many lives were lost worldwide. The key to solving this problem lay in devising a clock that could keep absolutely accurate time while at sea, unaltered by rough water or weather conditions.

 

 


Rock, Fossil & Shell Hunting BookcoverRock, Fossil & Shell Hunting

by Swanson, Jennifer

Rewild your life! With metal corners and 448 full-color, highly illustrated pages, Rock Fossil, and Shell Hunting is an indispensable tool for young explorers and rock collectors.

 

 

 


Black Hole Survival Guide BookcoverBlack Hole Survival Guide

by Levin, Janna

From the acclaimed author of Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space, an authoritative and accessible guide to the most alluring and challenging phenomena of contemporary science.

 

 

 


Natural Satellites: The Book of Moons BookcoverNatural Satellites: The Book of Moons

by Miller, Ron

The moons of our solar system feature extreme and potentially life-hosting environments. This book delves into the science behind the fascinating properties of various moons and explains why astronomers search for life on moons.

 

 

 


Survive in the Outdoors! Bookcover Survive in the Outdoors!

by Lawrence, Mike

Sophia and Alonso have been packed off to their grandpa’s for a fishing trip, and they’re dreading spending a whole day in the woods without any cell service. But Grandpa opens their eyes to the wonders of the outdoors, and its dangers–from tick bites to hypothermia. And when a sprained ankle delays their return to civilization, the kids have to learn not only how to perform forest-friendly first aid, but how to safely spend the night in the woods when you don’t have a tent!

 

 


No Barriers: A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon BookcoverNo Barriers: A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon

by Weihenmayer, Erikb.

Erik Weihenmayer has a long history of turning obstacles into adventures. Born with a rare condition that blinded him as a teenager, he never let his diagnosis hold him back from a full life. As an athlete, explorer, speaker and activist, he has opened the eyes of people around the world to what’s possible. In 2001, he became the first blind man to climb Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. In 2005, he co-founded his nonprofit organization, No Barriers, to empower others to overcome adversity and achieve their biggest goals.

Newton and Curie: The Science SquirrelsNewton and Curie: The Science Squirrels Bookcover

by Kirk, Daniel

When an apple falls on his head, Newton the squirrel begins to wonder how the world works. Listening in on a lesson about the force of gravity, he decides to try his own experiments with the help of his sister, Curie. Learning to make simple machines, they discover that science is for everyone even squirrels.

 

 


How to Be on the MoonHow to Be on the Moon Bookcover

by Schwarz, Viviane

In the follow-up to How to Find Gold, best friends Anna and Crocodile are going on another intrepid adventure this time, to the moon!

 

 


Cece Loves Science: Push and PullCece loves science : push and pull Bookcover

by Derting, Kimberly

Cece and her friend Isaac learn about the opposite forces of push and pull, and use their new knowledge to create a treat dispenser for Cece’s dog, Einstein. Perfect for aspiring scientists, emerging readers, and fans of Andrea Beaty’s Ada Twist, Scientist.

 

 

 


Love is in the AirLove is in the air Bookcover

by Fenske, Jonathan

This is the sweet story of a lonely balloon falling in love with a lively kite, and the adventures they share high in the air flipping, dipping, spinning, and playing in the clouds.

 

 

 


The Science of Breakable ThingsThe science of breakable things Bookcover

by Keller, Tae

The spectacular debut novel from the Newbery Award winning author of When You Trap a Tiger. This is an uplifting story about friendship, family, and the complicated science of the heart.

 

 

 


Sir Fig Newton and the Science of PersistenceSir Fig Newton and the science of persistence Bookcover

by Thomas, Sonja

From the Desk of Zoe Washington meets Ways to Make Sunshine in this “noteworthy” middle grade novel about a determined young girl who must rely on her ingenuity and scientific know-how to save her beloved cat.

 

 

 


Isaac the AlchemistIsaac the alchemist : secrets of Isaac Newton, reveal'd Bookcover

by Losure, Mary

A surprising true story of Isaac Newton’s boyhood suggests an intellectual development owing as much to magic as science.

 

 

 


¡Al bebé le encanta la gravedad!¡Al bebé le encanta la gravedad! Bookcover

by Spiro, Ruth

Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the ups and downs of gravity. When baby drops food from a high chair, why does it fall? Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby’s sense of wonder.

 


La gravedad a nuestro alrededorLa gravedad a nuestro alrededor Bookcover

by Conrad, David

When you jump, why don’t you go flying into space? Gravity! Let scientists through the ages show you Gravity All Around.

 


Super Simple Experiments with MassSuper simple experiments with forces : fun and innovative science projects Bookcover

by Polinsky, Paige V.

Super Simple Experiments with Forcesgives young readers the tools they need to start experimenting.Budding scientists will learn to lift rice with friction, move a mini boat with surface tension, and more!


PararescuemenPararescuemen Bookcover

by Harasymiw, Mark

U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen are part of one of the most important teams in the U.S. Military. These skilled operators perform daring rescues all over the world, and all while evading the enemy.

 

 

 


Air Force Special Operations BookcoverAir Force Special Operations

by Rose, Simon

The Air Force Special Operations Command is divided into wings, groups, and squadrons. Its motto is “Any Place, Any Time, Any Where.” Learn these facts and more in Air Force Special Operations, a U.S. Armed Forces book.

 

 

 


Discovering the Nature of Gravity BookcoverDiscovering the Nature of Gravity

by Holl, Kristi

Interspersing history with science to support STEM learning, this exciting volume chronicles the evolution of our understanding of gravity by tracing the lives and experiments of the individuals instrumental in advancing gravitational physics.

 

 

 


Forces and Motion Bookcover Forces and Motion

by Cheshire, Gerard

Examines the ways in which forces are produced and the effects they have on the objects around them.

 

 

 


Folding Tech BookcoverFolding Tech

by Kenney, Karen Latchana

Examine origami’s origins, how it intersects with mathematics, and how it became a tool to solve some of the most complicated challenges in engineering, architecture, technology, and medicine today.

 

 

 


125 Physics Projects for the Evil Genius Bookcover 125 Physics Projects for the Evil Genius

by Silver, Jerry

25 Physics Projects for the Evil Genius is filled with hands-on explorations into key areas of this fascinating field. Best of all, these experiments can be performed without a formal lab, a large budget, or years of technical experience!

 

 


What color is your parachute? BookcoverWhat color is your parachute?

by Christen, Carol

Based on the best-selling career book, a job-hunting manual for teens helps high school and college students zero in on their favorite skills and apply that knowledge to finding their perfect major or job.

 

 

 


Flying machines : how the Wright Brothers soared BookcoverFlying Machines

by Wilgus, Alison

In an era of dirigibles and hot air balloons, the Wright Brothers were among the first innovators of heavier than air flight. But in the hotly competitive international race toward flight, Orville and Wilbur were up against a lot more than bad weather.

Yes, a separate business license must be obtained when two separate legal entities are engaged in ongoing business activity. Each entity is a separate legal “person” under the Business License Tax Code and even where the underlying identify of the ownership of both businesses is the same, a requirement for each “person” doing business in the city to obtain a city business license remains.

As an owner-lessor who retains ownership of the commercial property at the conclusion of the master lease term, you do need to obtain a Santa Ana business license and report the gross receipts (gross rents) derived from the master lease. The leaseholder-lessor who is renting out units of your commercial rental property pursuant to the master leasehold allowing them to do so is also required to obtain their own Santa Ana business license and must report the gross receipts (gross rents) derived from their unit rentals.

The business license tax for the rental of commercial real estate is assessed per property, based on the leasehold/ownership of the property. A separate business license is required for each separate commercial rental property location. The business license tax assessment is made on a gross receipts (gross rents) basis per property. A reduced basic tax rate amount is applicable for every rental property location licensed after the first rental property location licensed.

Municipal Code Section 21-3 defines the business of rental of commercial real estate as including every person, whether as an owner-lessor or leaseholder-lessor, engaged in the business of leasing, renting, subleasing, subletting, providing, exchanging or trading without loss of ownership or leasehold any real property, dwelling, building, structure, premises or portion thereof for industrial, commercial, office, warehouse or other entrepreneurial uses or purposes other than for the immediate use or purpose of dwelling, sleeping, lodging or general residency.

Renting to immediate family members related by blood, adoption or marriage is considered to be a business and a license is required. If you are renting only to immediate family members (mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters, brothers and sisters, and husbands and wives) and the amount you receive is not more than the cost of maintaining legal ownership of the premises you may qualify for a “fee-exempt” license. These costs include: mortgage costs, title and homeowner property insurance premiums, property taxes, homeowner or condominium association costs; other costs or expenses arising from contractual obligations relating to maintaining ownership or leasehold interest in the premises; and the cost of utilities, maintenance or other related services for which the owner (or leaseholder) is legally responsible.

The business license tax for the rental of residential real estate is assessed per property, based on the ownership of the property. A separate business license is required for each separate rental property location. The business license tax assessment is made on a per unit basis and reflects the maximum number of rentable units making up the property.

Municipal Code Section 21-3 defines the business of rental of residential real estate as including every person who engages in the business of leasing, renting, subleasing, subletting, providing, exchanging or trading without loss of ownership or leasehold any residential property within the City for purposes of general residency.

Yes, if you are a landlord and rent, lease, sublease or sublet commercial or residential property within the City, you are required to secure the appropriate business license, and a separate business license must be obtained for each separate rental property.

U.S. Postal Service Post Office Box or a private postal mailbox (PMB) address may be used as the mailing address of record for receiving information regarding a Santa Ana business license; however, a Post Office Box or PMB address does not constitute a business location for business licensing purposes. A Post Office Box or PMB address cannot be substituted as the business location address for any business, whether physically located within the City of Santa Ana or physically located outside of the City of Santa Ana.

No business license tax or other administrative fee is required for the operation of a commercially-based or home-based business specifically exempted by State or Federal Law. Supporting qualifying information establishing your business as specifically exempted must be furnished. A “Fee-Exempt” administrative business license shall be issued to qualifying exempted businesses.

Yes, if you operate a commercially-based or home-based nonprofit business, organization, or institution, you are required to secure a “Non-Profit” Business License. Information supporting qualification of your business as a “non-profit” must be furnished. No business license tax (other than an administrative application processing charge) shall be applied with respect to any bona fide nonprofit business.

Yes, if your business is registered as “active” with the California Secretary of State and is reporting on a business return to the FTB and IRS from a Santa Ana location, it will need a business license. Maintaining a business entity within the City, whether it is transacting public business or not, is considered operating a business under the municipal code and a City of Santa Ana Business License is required. Holding companies or pass-through entities registered as business entities with the California Secretary of State pursuant to the California Corporations Code that do not directly generate gross receipts within the city, but otherwise transact and carry on business within the city through a principal business office located in the city, may apply for payment of a reduced (minimum) business license tax.

Yes, if you are a Transportation Network Company Driver based out of the City of Santa Ana receiving a 1099 Form, you must obtain a flat rate City Santa Ana Business License as an independent contractor. Note: once licensed in your home-based city you are not required to obtain a business license in the other California cities in which you operate.

Yes, regularly operating delivery vehicles, catering trucks, produce trucks, junk collection vehicles, pushcarts or wagons within the city will require a Santa Ana business license. A separate City of Santa Ana Business License must be obtained for each separate type of vehicle operated within the city.

As long as your business location is located outside of the city and your business has no physical presence in the city, and all business activities are conducted outside the City of Santa Ana, there is no need to obtain a Santa Ana Business License. However, if you are conducting business based from your Santa Ana home residence, or if your Santa Ana home residence is your business location, or if you store business equipment, good or wares within the city you will need to obtain a Santa Ana Business License. If you repeatedly park, service, replenish or maintain any delivery vehicle, catering truck, junk collection vehicle, pushcart or wagon within the city, whether or not on the premises of another, when done in connection with the permanent painting or inscribing or affixing of said Santa Ana address on the surface of said pushcart, vehicle or wagon, you will need to obtain a City of Santa Ana Business License.

Yes, engaging in business in association with, or performing services for, or in the name of a licensed Santa Ana business or nonprofit organization, or government agency does not relive separate business entities, independent contractors, consultants or other self-employed individuals from the requirement to obtain a separate independent City of Santa Ana Business License.

Yes, businesses both large and small are required to obtain a Santa Ana Business License to be in compliance with the Santa Ana Municipal Code. If the consulting work or other independent contractor work is done from a location within the City limits, such as your residence, you are required to obtain a City of Santa Ana Business License. (Note: hobbyists and part-time businesses making less than $5,000 per year may apply for payment of a reduced gratuitous license fee.)

Yes, if you operate a business from residential premises within the City of Santa Ana you are required to secure a business license. Prior to the issuance of a business license, businesses operating from residential premises within the City, are required to obtain a one-time Home Occupation Permit ($50.32) and comply with all applicable provisions of the City of Santa Ana Municipal Code relating to home-based businesses. Home-based businesses must receive an approved Home Occupation Permit before they apply and pay for their Business License. The Planning Agency approves these permits. For information on obtaining a Home Occupation Permit, please contact the Planning Agency at (714) 647-5804 (Planning & Building Agency). A separate business license is required for each separate type of business operating at the same residential location.

Yes, if you operate a business from commercial premises within the City of Santa Ana you are required to secure a business license. Every business, including a temporary or itinerant business, operating from commercial premises within the City, is required to obtain a one-time Certificate of Occupancy ($134.24 for premises less than 5,000 sq. ft. in area | $499.36 for premises of 5,000 sq. ft. or more in area) for their commercial location and comply with all applicable provisions of the City of Santa Ana Municipal Code relating to Zoning and Building & Fire Safety. Businesses may apply and pay for their Certificate of Occupancy Inspections at the City of Santa Ana Planning Counter. For information on Certificate of Occupancy requirements, please contact the Planning Agency at (714) 647-5804 (Planning & Building Agency). A separate business license is required for each separate type of business conducted at the same location, and for each separate branch or business property location. A separate Certificate of Occupancy is required for each separate branch location.

Yes, individuals that work as an independent contractor and are reported on a 1099 Form instead of a W-2 need to have a City of Santa Ana Business License.

Santa Ana Municipal Code Section 21-3 defines business as including “all activities engaged in or caused to be engaged in within the city, including any commercial or industrial enterprise, trade, profession, occupation, vocation, calling, or livelihood, including rental of residential or commercial real estate, and every other kind of activity whether or not carried on for gain or profit, and whether or not engaged in as a principal or as an independent contractor, but shall not include the services rendered by an employee to his employer.”

State law (Business & Professions Code Section 16300) requires cities to use the way a taxpayer reported income to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and State Franchise Tax Board (FTB) to determine whether the taxpayer performed services as an employee or as a separate business entity.

The Business License Tax Holiday is a temporary program authorizing the waiver of: (1) prior year taxes, penalties, and interest due for unlicensed businesses; (2) unpaid current year penalties and interest assessed upon licensed businesses who owe current year business license taxes; and (3) penalties and interest assessable on underreported or misfiled taxes by licensed business who are currently not in compliance with the City’s business license tax. The aim of the Tax Holiday Program is to encourage all businesses including, but not limited to: all commercially-based businesses, home-based businesses, commercial and residential landlords, and independent contractors, including self-employed free-lancers & gig entrepreneurs, who have not yet obtained their required business license(s), or who owe unpaid, underreported, or misfiled taxes to come forward and fully comply with the City’s business license tax requirements.

All meeting minutes are available on our website. If you need help, call the City Clerk’s Office at (714) 647-6520.

All upcoming and prior meeting agendas are available on our website. If you need help, call the City Clerk’s Office at (714) 647-6520.

You can participate in a few different ways:

  1. Write a letter and mail it to the City Council: Public comments can be mailed to Office of City Clerk, 20 Civic Center Plaza, M-30, Santa Ana, CA 92701. All written communications received via mail by 4 p.m. on the day of the meeting will be distributed to the City Council and saved in the City’s document archive system.
  2. Send an email to eComment@santa-ana.org. Please note the agenda item you are commenting on in the subject line of the email. All emails received before 4 p.m. on the day of the meeting will be distributed to the City Council and saved in the City’s document archive system.
  3. Join us on Zoom or call us: You can provide live comments during the meeting by Zoom or phone. To join by Zoom click on or type the following address into your web browser https://us02web.zoom.us/j/315965149. To join by phone, call (669) 900-9128 and enter Meeting ID number 315 965 149#. You will be prompted by the City Clerk when it is time for a: i) closed session item, ii) general agenda item, iii) public hearing item, iv) special agenda item, or v) for Housing Authority item. You may request to speak by dialing *9 from your phone or you may virtually raise your hand from Zoom. After the City Clerk confirms the last three digits of your phone number or Zoom ID and unmutes you, you must press *6 or the microphone icon to speak. You are encouraged, but not required, to identify yourself by name. You will be provided three minutes to speak, unless due to the number of speakers wanting to speak a decision is made to provide a different amount of time to speak.
  4. Join us in person: You can provide in-person comments at the podium in the Council Chamber. The Council Chamber will have seating available for you to attend the meeting in-person. Face coverings are strongly recommended when entering City buildings. Public comments are limited to three minutes per speaker, unless a different time is announced by the presiding chair. Speakers who wish to address the City Council must do so by submitting a “Request to Speak” card by 5 p.m. for Closed Session items and by 6 p.m. for all other designated public comment periods as listed below. Cards will not be accepted after the Public Comment session begins without the permission of the presiding chair.

The City Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at Santa Ana City Hall in the  Council Chamber, located at 22 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, CA 92701. Closed session meetings begin at 5:00 p.m. and the regular open meetings begin at 5:45 p.m. Learn more on our Agendas and minutes webpage.

How can I apply?

  • Submit your application by:
    1.  Submitting online through a fillable form here,
    2.  Submitting online via email,
    3.  Submitting in-person, dropped off at Information Desk 2 in the Ross Annex Center, 20 Civic Center Plaza, or,
    4. US Postal Mail to:

City of Santa Ana – PBA
Attn: Chelsea Shafer, CP-CAP
20 Civic Center Plaza, M-20
Santa Ana, CA 82701

Is there a deadline to submit applications?

  • No; while there is no deadline for submission, funds are distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis. Funding will be available until the funds from the American Rescue Plan – Revive Santa Ana initiative are depleted or replaced.

Can I submit my application before receiving plan check approval?

  • Yes; your application with the proposed improvements will be processed along with a plan check, permit check, and all other project procedures.

Can I submit multiple applications?

  • Applications are limited to one building. One application per building may be submitted. Applications are not based on parcels.

Can I submit multiple applications as I conclude projects?

  • Applications per building can only be submitted once and include all proposed improvements with their accompanying invoices. Applications cannot be amended as work is completed or as additional vendors are added to work. Applications must include all proposed improvements with all estimates for the improvements as provided in the application. Any improvements completed outside of what is provided in an application will not be eligible for the program.

What kind of documentation is needed for the significant revenue loss as a result of the COVID-19 application requirement?

  • Providing a pandemic impact statement on how the pandemic has affected the property or the business located at the property will meet this requirement.

Are elevation plans required?

  • All Santa Ana Planning and Building assessments are still required but do not have to be completed before application submittal. Renderings of the proposed improvements are required. After application materials are submitted, staff will review the applications and determine all Planning, Building, and Permit requirements that need to be fulfilled before moving on to the pre-approval phase of the program.

Is the Submission of an application required before work is started?

  • Work started after June 21, 2022, can be included in the application. Work does not have to be completed before submission. If an applicant has reached the final approval phase, improvements listed in the approved application will be given a 100-day completion date to be eligible for the funds.

Can business owners/tenants apply?

  • Yes; Business owners and tenants can apply for the program with the cooperation from the property owner. In addition to the application and requested materials, business owners/tenants will need to submit a statement of intent from the owner indicating the improvements can be conducted on the property or the property or the a copy of the lease agreement stating that the business owner is responsible for the facade repairs of the property. Property owners still need to sign the Program Benefits and Property Maintenance Agreement as part of the application materials.

I’ve already gone through plan check and received permits for improvements I want to include in my application, are they eligible?

  • Yes; If you have already gone through plan check and received permits, submit the approved plans and permits with your application materials.

Can I change vendors after I submit my application?

  • Yes; contractors can be amended prior to post-approval of applications. To make an amendment to your application, send the request to CP-CAP@Santa-ana.org and include the required materials specific for vendors and the improvements they will be providing.

How can I determine if my property is eligible to apply?

  • Properties located within the Qualified Census tract as determined by HUD are eligible for the program. QCTs are areas having either 50% or more household incomes less than 60% of the area median gross income or poverty rate of at least 25%. The City of Santa Ana has fifteen (15) QCTs located in wards 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6.
  • To determine if your property is within a QCT, you may email us the address.

I’m applying as a corporation, do I need board approval before submittal?

  • Applications need to be signed by those with authority to make decisions as it relates to the property, property maintenance, etc. If that requires board approval, then yes, board approval for application submittal will be required as well.

Is this a grant or loan program?

  • CP-CAP is a reimbursable grant awarded to qualifying applicants.

How are the boundary lines for the program determined?

  • The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) determined the designation of Qualified and/or eligible census tracts (QCT)s. QCTs are areas having either 50% or more household income less than 60% of the area median gross income, or a poverty rate of at least 25%. The City of Santa Ana has fifteen (15) QCTs located in Wards 1,2,3,5, and 6 and are outlined on the map located on the Commercial Property Compliance Assistance Program home page.

How is the program funded?

  • CP-CAP is funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), as a program under the Revive Santa Ana Initiative.

Is there a matching requirement?

  • Yes;  applicants are required to match 100% of the funds that are listed in their application. Applicants are required to provide invoices and proof of payment either through voided check(s) or receipt(s) to verify they have met the matching requirement.

Is a consultation required before submission?

  • Consultations are not required but are encouraged.

I would like to schedule a consultation to discuss the program and the application in depth. Whom do I contact?

Is funding still available?

  • Internal monitoring is being done and funds will be disbursed on a first-come, first-served basis as applications are approved and Notices of Completion are received

Is a Property Management Contact Information sign required?

  • Property Management Contact signage is an optional improvement in the program. There are specific requirements if an applicant were to include Property Management signage in their application.
  • Commercial property signage requirements can be located here

When should I expect a response regarding my application?

  • Please refer to the provided timeline.

Are extensions available?

  • Final Notice of Approvals will provide when the 100-day deadline begins. If a project is not completed within the 100-day deadline funds may be forfeited and provided to the next eligible applicant.

Does the city have a list of approved vendors?

  • No; the city will not provide a list of approved contractors as it relates to the Commercial Property Compliance Assistance Program. It is the responsibility of the applicant to determine what contractors to utilize.

Can I complete projects in-house without a contractor?

  • Yes; applicants are still required to submit supporting documents that reflect the requested reimbursement. If an applicant elects to complete an improvement without a contractor, please indicate that the work was completed without a contractor on the application under Contractor Information.
  • Note: labor costs for improvements completed by an applicant without the use of a contractor are not eligible for reimbursement.

Can I apply for reimbursement for improvements made throughout the year?

  • Improvements beginning June 22, 2022 are eligible to be included in the application. Improvements prior to that date are ineligible.

To sign up for direct deposit, please log into your assistance connect account and complete the direct deposit form under “Document Library”. Once the form is completed, submit it via the “Send Document” tab. Additionally, you may view this tutorial if you encounter any complications.

Health and Safety Code – HSC

Division 13. Housing [17000-19997] (Division 13 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 60)

Part 1.5. Regulation of Buildings used for Human Habitation [17910 – 17998.3] (Part 1.5 added by Stats. 1961, Ch. 1844.)

 

Chapter 2. Rules and Regulations [17920 – 17929] (Chapter 2 added by Stats. 1961, Ch. 1844.)

17920.3. Any Building or portion thereof including any dwelling unit, guestroom or suite of rooms, or the premises on which the same is located, in which there exists any of the following listed conditions to an extent that endangers the life, limb, health, property, safety, or welfare of the public or the occupants thereof shall be deemed and hereby is declared to be a substandard building:

(a) Inadequate sanitation shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

(1) Lack of, or improper water closet, lavatory, or bathtub or shower in a dwelling unit.

(2) Lack of, or improper water closets, lavatories, and bathtubs or showers per number of guests in a hotel.

(3) Lack of, or improper kitchen sink.

(4) Lack of hot and cold running water to plumbing fixtures in a hotel.

(5) Lack of hot and cold running water to plumbing fixtures in a dwelling unit.

(6) Lack of adequate heating.

(7) Lack of, or improper operation of required ventilating equipment.

(8) Lack of minimum amounts of natural light and ventilation required by this code.

(9) Room and space dimensions less than required by this code.

(10) Lack of required electrical lighting.

(11) Dampness of habitable rooms.

(12) Infestation of insects, vermin, or rodents as determined by a health officer or, if an agreement does not exist with an agency that has a health officer, the lack of adequate garage and rubbish removal facilities can be determined by a code enforcement officer as defined in Section 829.5 of the Penal Code, upon successful completion of a course of study in the appropriate subject matter as determined by the local jurisdiction.

(13) Visible mold growth, as determined by a health officer or a code enforcement officer, as defined in Section 829.5 of the Penal Code, excluding the presence of mold that is minor and found on surfaces that can accumulate moisture as part of their properly functioning and intended use.

(14) General dilapidation or improper maintenance.

(15) Lack of connection to required sewage disposal system.

(16) Lack of adequate garbage and rubbish storage and removal facilities, as determined by a health officer or, if an agreement does not exist with an agency that has a health officer, the lack of adequate garbage and rubbish removal facilities can be determined by a code enforcement officer as defined in Section 829.5 of the Penal Code.

(b) Structural hazards shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

(1) Deteriorated or inadequate foundations.

(2) Defective or deteriorated flooring or floor supports.

(3) Flooring or floor supports of insufficient size to carry imposed loads with safety.

(4) Members of walls, partitions, or other vertical supports that are split, lean, list, or buckle due to defective material or deterioration.

(5) Members of walls, partitions, or other vertical supports that are of insufficient size to carry imposed loads with safety.

(6) Members of ceilings, roofs, ceiling and roof supports, or other horizontal members which sag, split, or buckle due to defective material or deterioration.

(7) Members of ceilings, roofs, ceiling and roof supports, or other horizontal members that are of insufficient size to carry imposed loads with safety.

(8) Fireplaces or chimneys which list, bulge, or settle due to defective material or deterioration.

(9) Fireplaces or chimneys which are of insufficient size or strength to carry imposed loads with safety.

(c) Any nuisance.

(d) All wiring, except that which conformed with all applicable laws in effect at the time of installation if it is currently in good and safe condition and working properly.

(e) All plumbing, except plumbing that conformed with all applicable laws in effect at the time of installation and has been maintained in good condition, or that may not have conformed with all applicable laws in effect at the time of installation but is currently in good and safe condition and working properly, and that is free of cross connections and siphonage between fixtures.

(f) All mechanical equipment, including vents, except equipment that conformed with all applicable laws in effect at the time of installation and that has been maintained in good and safe condition, or that may not have conformed with all applicable laws in effect at the time of installation but is currently in good and safe condition and working properly.

(g) Faulty weather protection, which shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

(1) Deteriorated, crumbling, or loose plaster.

(2) Deteriorated or ineffective waterproofing of exterior walls, roofs, foundations, or floors, including broken windows or doors.

(3) Defective or lack of weather protection for exterior walls coverings, including lack of paint, or weathering due to lack of paint or other approved protective covering.

(4) Broken, rotted, split, or buckled exterior wall coverings or roof coverings.

(h) Any building or portion thereof, device, apparatus, equipment, combustible waste, or vegetation that, in the opinion of the chief of the fire department or his deputy, is in such a condition as to cause a fire or explosion or provide a ready fuel to augment the spread and intensity of fire or explosion arising from any cause.

(i) All materials of construction, except those that are specifically allowed or approved by this code, and that have been adequately maintained in good and safe condition.

(j) Those premises on which an accumulation of weeds, vegetation, junk, dead organic matter, debris, garbage, offal, rodent harborages, stagnant water, combustible materials, and similar materials or conditions constitute fire, health, or safety hazards.

(k) Any building or portion thereof that is determined to be an unsafe building due to inadequate maintenance, in accordance with the latest edition of the Uniform Building Code.

(l) All buildings or portion thereof not provided with adequate exit facilities as required by this code, except those buildings or portions thereof whose exit facilities conformed with all applicable laws at the time of their construction and that have been adequately maintained and increased in relation to any increase in occupant load, alteration or addition, or any change in occupancy. When an unsafe condition exists through lack of, or improper location of, exits, additional exits may be required to be installed.

(m) All buildings or portions thereof that are not provided with the fire-resistive construction or fire-extinguishing systems or equipment required by this code, except those buildings or portions thereof that conformed with all applicable laws at the time of their construction and whose fire-resistive integrity and fire-extinguishing systems or equipment have been adequately maintained and improved in relation to any increase in occupant load, alteration or addition, or any change in occupancy.

(n) All buildings or portions thereof occupied for living, sleeping, cooking, or dining purposes that were not designed to be used for those occupancies.

(o) Inadequate structural resistance to horizontal forces.

“Substandard building” includes a building not in compliance with Section 131143.2

However, a condition that would require displacement of sound walls or ceilings to meet height, length, or width requirements for ceilings, rooms, and dwelling units shall not by itself be considered sufficient existence of dangerous conditions making a building a substandard building, unless the building was constructed, altered, or converted in violation of those requirements in effect at the time of construction, alteration, or conversion.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 720, Sec. 3. (SB 655) Effective January 1, 2016)

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?sectionNum=17920.3.&lawCode=HSC 

July 18  to August 12 – NOMINATION PERIOD

Candidates may come to the Clerk of the Council’s office to pick up their nomination papers and file other election documents during business hours as posted, by appointment ONLY.

  • NOTE: The Santa Ana City Charter requires persons running for City Council to be a thirty (30) day resident of the ward from which the candidate is nominated and requires persons running for mayor to be a thirty (30) day resident at the time nomination papers are issued. (Resolution NO. 2020-041)

 

August 13 to August 17 – EXTENDED FILING PERIOD

Filing is extended if an incumbent is eligible to file for re-election and fails to do so by the 5:00 pm deadline on August 12, 2022. Incumbents are not eligible to file during the extended filing period.

 

August 18 – RANDOMIZED ALPHABET DRAWING

Secretary of State conducts a random drawing to determine the order of the names displayed on the ballot.

 

August 13 to August 23 – PUBLIC EXAMINATION PERIOD

Public review period for candidate statements and ballot designations.

  • NOTE: The public may view nomination papers but may not copy or distribute copies of this document that obtains the signatures of voters. (Elections Code Section 17100)

 

November 8 – ELECTION DAY

 

December 2022 – CERTIFICATION OF RESULTS

 

Smoking in public can be a $100 fine, or $250 for smoking pot where tobacco is banned (near schools, etc.). Rules against e-cigarettes apply to cannabis vaporizers.

Yes. Employers have the right to maintain a drug-free workplace under Prop. 64, meaning they can fire employees for showing up to work high or testing positive for cannabis byproducts in their urine — even if last use of cannabis was off-work hours days or weeks prior to testing.

Cannabis edibles are foods infused with the active ingredients in cannabis, THC and CBD. You should exercise caution when consuming edibles, because they can take far longer until onset of effects are felt, leading to people eating more edibles out of impatience. Wait two hours after eating any cannabis edibles before increasing your dose. If you over-ingest THC, the standard course of treatment is rest and hydration. Symptoms like dizziness, confusion, dysphoria and nausea should subside within a few hours.

While pot use and sales are still prohibited under federal law, the United States Justice Department in 2013 made landmark concessions, promising not to target lawful cannabis businesses or cannabis use in states that legalized pot and also enacted and enforced “robust” regulations governing state permitted cannabis industries. The Justice Department said it would still target criminal operations trafficking cannabis across state lines, into the black market or to children.

Adults possessing more than an ounce of cannabis will continue to face misdemeanor charges, including a $500 fine and up to six months in jail. Punishment for possession of cannabis for sale are being dropped from mandatory felonies and up to two years in jail to the same misdemeanor penalty. Adults 18 to 21 will continue to face a $100 infraction for cannabis possession, while youths under 18 can get counseling or community service in lieu of a fine. Also, the initiative would allow people convicted of a cannabis offense that is no longer a crime to petition to have their records expunged.

Proposition 64 will impose a 15 percent excise tax on cannabis sales that will be charged on top of state and local sales taxes. Medical cannabis users also will have to pay the new excise tax on medicinal products. But they can be exempted from sales taxes if they obtain California state medical cannabis identification cards by applying at county offices in their county of residence.

Stores selling non-medical cannabis can open on or before Jan. 1, 2018, as a state program for retail licenses is implemented. Cannabis dispensaries can begin applying for temporary state licenses for recreational cannabis next year, but over-the-counter pot sales aren’t expected until next summer. Cannabis products only can be sold at licensed dispensaries, not at supermarkets or liquor stores or other businesses.

No. Cannabis use is allowed only on private property, not in parks or on sidewalks or anywhere where smoking is banned. People using cannabis in a public place can be subject to a $100 infraction. The fine increases to $250 in no-smoking areas. Also, mere possession is banned in schools or youth centers.

In the next 45 days, the state of California will spend $5 million on a public education campaign and $30 million to pay for regulators to begin to draft rules for the legal cannabis industry. The first state rulemaking hearings should be announced in early 2017. Local cities and counties will also begin agendizing cannabis regulation related items in the coming weeks.

Proposition 64 prohibits state licensing authorities from issuing a license to a commercial non-medical marijuana business if operation of the business violates a local ordinance of the jurisdiction in which the business will operate. This means that a city wishing to adopt business or land use regulations prohibiting or regulating commercial non-medical marijuana businesses must adopt an ordinance prior to the date the state beings issuing licenses, anticipated to be early 2018.

The initiative immediately allows residents to grow as many as six pot plants at home, indoors or in enclosed structures. Local governments can ban outdoor cultivation as well as set standards for indoor cultivation. Renters may want to check with their landlords, since owners can set rules for what they will allow or prohibit in rental properties.

Adults 21 and over can legally consume cannabis without having a doctor’s recommendation for medical use. They can also possess up to an ounce of cannabis buds or 8 grams of cannabis
concentrates.

Initial annual certified audit filings for Collectives that have completed their fiscal year period on or before December 31, 2016 are due by February 15, 2017. The annual certified audit must take the form of either:

  1.  An Independent Financial Audit, or
  2. An Audit Review by an Independent Certified Public Accountant

As provided in section 18-617.5 [SAMC Sec.18.617.5 – Audits.] the annual audit must be in accordance with generally accepted auditing and accounting principles and must include a discussion, analysis, and verification of each of the records required to be maintained under SAMC Section 18.617.4 [SAMC Sec.18.617.4 – Maintenance of records].

The auditor must state in the auditor’s report that the financial statements are presented in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and the financial audit/audit review must follow Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS). The auditor shall perform those procedures necessary to provide a reasonable basis for obtaining adequate assurance that no material changes are needed to bring the financial statements into compliance with the applicable financial reporting framework.

For Collectives electing to meet their annual audit requirement by way of an Audit Review by an Independent Certified Public Accountant, a list of expected audit procedures is provided below:

The types of expected audit procedures to be conducted in an Audited Review by an Independent Certified Public Accountant include:

  • Conduct a ratio analysis with historical, forecasted, and industry results
  • Investigate findings that appear to be inconsistent
  • Inquire about the procedures for recording accounting transactions
  • Investigate unusual or complex situations that may impact reported results
  • Investigate significant transactions occurring near the end of the accounting period
  • Investigate significant journal entries
  • Review communications from regulatory agencies
  • Read the financial statements to see if they appear to conform with the applicable financial reporting framework
  • Review management reports of any accountants who reviewed or audited the entity’s financial statements in prior periods (where applicable)
  • Follow up on questions that arose during previous reviews (where applicable)
  • Inquire about material events that occurred after the date of financial statements (where applicable)
  • Include discussion, analysis, and verification of financial records enumerated in SAMC Section 18-617.4 as item (5):

    • (5) All receipts of the collective, including but not limited to all contributions, reimbursements, and reasonable compensation, whether in cash or in kind, and all expenditures incurred by the collective for the cultivation of medical marijuana; and

  • Include non-financial regulatory records enumerated in SAMC Section 18-617.4 as items (1) through (4) and item (6) – shown below – as a “supplemental report” to the Audit Review:
    1. the full name, address, and telephone number(s) of the owner, landlord and/or lessee of the location;
    2. the full name, address, and telephone number(s) of all members who are engaged in the management of the collective and the exact nature of each member’s participation in the management of the collective;
    3. The full name, address, and telephone number(s) of all patient members to whom the collective provides medical marijuana, a copy of a government-issued identification card for all patient members;
    4. The full name, address, and telephone number(s) of all primary caregiver members to whom the collective provides medical [marijuana];
    5. See above
    6. Proof of compliance with the California Attorney General Guidelines for the Security and Non-Diversion of Marijuana Grown for Medical Use.

The certified annual audit, whether filed in the form of an Independent Financial Audit or an Audit Review by an Independent Certified Public Accountant, will constitute a regulatory compliance component to be reviewed by the City’s auditing agent as part of their independent verification of each Collective’s compliance with the regulatory and local tax requirements of Measure BB – Santa Ana Municipal Code Ordinance No. NS-2864.

An annual certified audit filing (“annual audit”) is due to the City by February 15, 2017 for permitted
Collectives that have completed one or more initial calendar or fiscal tax year(s) (including short tax
years) on or before December 31, 2016. For Collectives that have completed more than one year of
operation in the city (including any short year) by December 31, 2016, the City will accept a multiyear audit provided each individual tax period is presented in accordance with professional auditing standards.

Collectives that did not transact and carried on business in the city during any part of a prior calendar
or fiscal tax year (including any short tax year) are not required to file an annual audit for those
periods. Collectives that will complete an initial year of operation in the city (including any short
year) on or before December 31, 2017, must file an annual audit by February 15, 2018.

The certified annual audit required under Santa Ana Municipal Code (SAMC) section 18-617.5
[Audits] is due by February 15 of each year. The certified annual audit must reflect your Medical
Marijuana Collective/Cooperative’s (“Collective’s”) operations occurring during your declared
fiscal year ending on or before December 31st of the preceding year and must address the criteria
established under SAMC section 18.617.4 [Maintenance of records]. The certified annual audit
should be submitted to the City of Santa Ana (“City”) both in the form of a physical copy as well
as an electronic copy in Portable Document Format (PDF) and must be physically received by the
Office of the Chief of Police on or before February 15. (The PDF copy should be submitted via
Flash Drive.) The certified annual audit copies may be delivered in person, or sent via Certified
United States Mail, or by Express Carrier (FedEx / UPS) to:

Santa Ana Police Department
Office of the Chief (M-18)
60 Civic Center Plaza Santa Ana, CA 92701
Attn: Commander Jose Gonzalez

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The Santa Ana City Council is composed of seven members, which consist of the Mayor and six councilmembers. Councilmembers are nominated from one of six geographic wards in the City and then elected citywide.  The following individuals serve on the City Council: Mayor Valerie Amezcua, Councilmember Phil Bacerra, Councilmember Thai Viet Phan, Councilmember David Penaloza, Mayor Pro Tem Jessie Lopez, Councilmember Johnathan Ryan Hernandez, and Councilmember Benjamin Vazquez.

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The Special Event Sponsorship Program provides the Mayor and Council the opportunity to allocate sponsorship funding up to $10,000 per fiscal year for special events conducted by qualified nonprofit organizations or City-recognized neighborhood associations. To qualify, organizations must be incorporated as a nonprofit charitable organization that is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. View the Special Event Sponsorship Policy for complete guidelines.

Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the City of Santa Ana. For more information about each of our opportunities and to apply, please visit our website.

To add or remove a family member, please complete a Change Report Form and submit proper documentation. If you are adding a family member, please provide a written statement as to why you wish to add the family member. If you are removing a family member, please provide proof of new address.

The City of Santa Ana accepts different methods of payment depending on the bill type. Visit our “Pay a bill” page for more information.

If your service is disconnected for non-payment then you must contact the Municipal Utility Services staff immediately by telephone at (714) 647-5454.  The re-connection of service may require payment in full of the amount owed and a re-connection charge may also be applied.

No more than 7,500 applicants will be placed on the 2022 HCV Waiting List.

Yes. The Santa Ana Housing Authority has a local preference for veterans and applicants who live or work in the City of Santa Ana.

The wait time to receive a voucher is based on a variety of factors. What position you are on the 2022 HCV Waiting List, if you are a resident or work in the City of Santa Ana, if you are veteran, the availability of our vouchers and your eligibility, all play a role in determining how long your waiting time could be. It could be as quickly as a couple of months or as long as 7 years or more.

No. If selected, you will be placed on the 2022 HCV Waiting List and will be contacted once your name reaches the top of the list for the eligibility process. This eligibility screening process will determine if you meet the basic eligibility requirements of the program. If you meet the program requirements, you will receive your voucher.

Housing Choice Vouchers is defined as tenant-based assistance wherein the assistance is tied to the family. It provides rental assistance for families in the private rental market and the family can choose any housing units that meets the requirements of the program.
Project-Based Vouchers are tied to a specific unit in a property contracted with the Housing Authority. Applicants selected for a Project-Based Waiting List may only receive a Project-Based Voucher at a specific property.
Applicants who were selected for both the Tenant-Based and Project-Based Waiting Lists will only be removed from a list for which they have been selected. Applicants cannot transfer to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List from the Project-Based Waiting List or to another Housing Authority.

You are required to keep your contact information up-to-date and should advise SAHA of any changes in a timely manner. You could lose the opportunity for a voucher and housing assistance if we are unable to contact you. If you have any changes to your name and/or contact information please update the information as soon as possible by going to www.assistancecheck.com. SAHA does not provide status updates or make changes to applicant information by phone. Applicants who require assistance in completing a pre-application because of a disability, or because they require language translation services or communication in an alternate format may call our Waiting List Hotline at (714) 667-2284, 1-800-855-7100 (TTY or TDD) or e-mail us at sahawaitinglist@santa-ana.org

No. There is no appeals process for applicants to the 2022 HCV Waiting List. You may reapply when the Waiting List reopens.

You will be given two opportunities to attend an orientation and/or eligibility interview. If you miss these appointments, and did not make prior alternative arrangements with SAHA, your name will automatically be removed from the 2022 HCV Waiting List. You may reapply when the Waiting List reopens.

Yes. You may apply to more than one Waiting List for more than one Housing Authority.

Eligibility is determined when the applicant is selected from the 2022 HCV Waiting List. If you are not a member of the household at the time you submitted your application, you may not be added to your child’s voucher.

There is no preference for people experiencing homelessness for the 2022 HCV Waiting List. 7,500 names will be randomly selected from the entire pool of applicants.

SAHA will reopen the Waiting List after the 7,500 applicants have been pulled off of the 2022 HCV Waiting List. Based on the level of program funding it is expected to take five to seven years to serve all 7,500 applicants.

All changes must be submitted through www.assistancecheck.com. It is the responsibility of the applicant to keep their contact information updated with SAHA. Failure to do so may result in removal from the 2022 HCV Waiting List.

Being added to the waiting list does not mean that you will receive a voucher right away or that housing assistance is immediately available. As voucher/funding becomes available, SAHA will draw applicants from the waiting list on a periodic basis.
Once your name has reached the top of the waiting list, SAHA will invite you to attend an orientation meeting and we will provide you with an eligibility packet to complete before your eligibility interview. During the eligibility interview process, SAHA will verify the preferences you checked on your pre-application, conduct a criminal background check on all household members ages 18 years or older, and collect information on your family income, assets and family composition. SAHA will verify this information to determine your eligibility.
If your family submitted all required documents and has been determined eligible for the program, you will be required to attend a Housing Choice Voucher briefing where you will be issued a voucher.

The 2022 HCV Waiting List selection process (lottery) is random. It does not matter what date and time your pre-application is submitted. All pre-applications whether submitted at the beginning of the day on Monday, May 2, 2022 at 7:30AM until Tuesday, May 31,2022, at 11:59PM (Pacific Standard Time) of the application period will be placed in random order by the third party software. Applying does not guarantee you a place on the 2022 HCV Waiting List nor eligibility for the program.

Once the random selection (lottery) process is complete, SAHA will send a notice on or before July 31, 2022 by mail and e-mail to all applicants who applied to notify them if they have or have not been selected for the final 2022 HCV Waiting List.

Yes. You will not be prohibited from submitting a pre-application. However, when you are selected from the 2022 HCV Waiting List, your application will be reviewed in accordance with SAHA’s Administrative Plan, which may include a review of your previous participation in a housing assistance program and related rental history.

No. Only one pre-application per applicant will be accepted. Duplicate or fraudulent applications will be rejected.

No. There is no cost to submit a pre-application. SAHA will never ask for your debit or credit card or any other form of payment to submit a pre-application for its services. Additionally, please do not provide personal information to anyone claiming he or she can guarantee a spot for you on the 2022 HCV Waiting List, improve your chances of selection for the 2022 HCV Waiting List or ensure that you will receive any SAHA benefits.

No, but our staff are available to assist you with your application. Applicants who require assistance in applying because of a disability, or because they require translation services or communication in an alternate format may call our Waiting List Hotline at (714) 667-2284, 1-800-855-7100 (TTY or TDD) or e-mail us at sahawaitinglist@santa-ana.org

The pre-application requires your full name, date of birth, mailing address, phone number, annual gross income and information for all of the household members who will reside in your household. The pre-application also requires your social security number. If you do not have a valid social security number, you can choose the “Opt Out” option. The pre-application process takes an average of 15 minutes to complete.

Applicants who have been selected for the 2022 HCV Waiting List can check their status by going to www.assistancecheck.com. On this website, you can also update your contact information or submit documentation for your pre-application. The log in information for www.assistancecheck.com is the same one that you created to submit your application. Applicants on the 2022 HCV Waiting List should visit www.assistancecheck.com at least once a year to verify their contact information.

The 2022 HCV Waiting List will be finalized before July 31, 2022. SAHA will place 7,500 names on the 2022 HCV Waiting List using a lottery system. SAHA will notify all applicants of their status by mail and e-mail on or before July 31, 2022.

If you are not selected for the 2022 HCV Waiting List, SAHA will not be able to provide housing assistance to you at this time. For other affordable housing opportunities, please visit www.ochousing.org or call 2-1-1 for additional services.

If you know you submitted an application, but you did not receive a confirmation e-mail, please check your mail and/or e-mail account to see if it was placed in your spam and/or junk e-mail folders before contacting our office. If you did not receive a notice, you can contact us by e-mail at sahawaitinglist@santa-ana.org.

Vouchers are only available through the 2022 HCV Waiting List. To receive a voucher through SAHA you will need to apply when the Waiting List is open. If you are approached by someone advising you to purchase a SAHA voucher – STOP, vouchers are not for sale and selling of vouchers is a crime.

Being added to the 2022 HCV Waiting List does not mean that you will receive a voucher right away or that housing assistance is immediately available. You will not know and it is not possible to predict how long you will be on the 2022 HCV Waiting List before your application is selected. The 2022 HCV Waiting List is dynamic and selection is based on the level of available funding and the turnover rate for the HCV Program.

After you create an account by using your birthday and social security number or password, you will be able to submit your application on-line. After you submit your pre-application, you will receive an e-mail confirmation that you have applied for the 2022 HCV Waiting List.

If you submit a paper pre-application, the paper pre-application will be used by the Housing Authority staff to create your Waiting List pre-application in the Housing Authority’s software.

Following the closing of the pre-application period (on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 11:59PM (Pacific Standard Time)), pre-applications will be selected for the 2022 HCV Waiting List using a computerized, random selection lottery process. Once the lottery is complete, the applicants who have been randomly assigned numbers 1 – 7,500 will be placed on the 2022 HCV Waiting List. The remaining pre-applications will be rejected without the opportunity for an appeal. Pre-applications of applicants who are not one of the 7,500 applicants selected for the 2022 HCV Waiting List shall be rejected and shall not have any further right to or entitlement to be listed on the 2022 HCV Waiting List nor shall they have any further right or entitlement to participate in future selections from the 2022 HCV Waiting List created under this opening.

Notice will be sent by mail and e-mail to all applicants informing them if they have or have not been selected through the lottery process to be placed on the 2022 HCV Waiting List. If you were selected, you will receive a notice by mail and e-mail informing you that you were selected for the 2022 HCV Waiting List.

If you were not selected, you will receive a notice by mail and e-mail informing you that were not selected. You will be eligible to reapply for housing assistance when the Waiting List opens again. In the event SAHA opens its Waiting List again in the future, all applicants who were not selected and who want to be considered in the future must apply again in accordance with the terms outlined in such future openings of the Waiting List. Periodically check the SAHA website to find out when our Waiting List will open again. After the lottery is conducted, SAHA will send letters to schedule interviews to the top applicants on the Waiting List based off the amount of available funding and the turnover rate for the HCV Program.

No. A confirmation e-mail is sent when an application has been received and placed into the lottery. This does not guarantee a place on the 2022 HCV Waiting List nor eligibility for the program. E-mails will be sent to the e-mail address you provided on your online application if you are selected as one of the 7,500 applicants that are generated from the lottery. A letter will also be sent to all applicants, including those who submitted a physical application. Please check your spam and/or junk e-mail folders for the e-mail before contacting our office. If you did not receive a confirmation e-mail, you can contact us by e-mail at sahawaitinglist@santa-ana.org.

Pre-applications will be accepted from Monday, May 2, 2022 at 7:30AM until Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 11:59PM (Pacific Standard Time).

SAHA’s current Housing Choice Voucher Program Waiting List has been exhausted. In an effort to provide access to affordable housing to extremely low-income residents in the City of Santa Ana, SAHA is opening its Housing Choice Voucher Program Waiting List on Monday, May 2, 2022 at 7:30AM until Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 11:59PM (Pacific Standard Time).

Anyone eighteen (18) years of age or older, or an emancipated minor in accordance with California law may apply.

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