July 2020
Ward 6 Welcome

Hello Santa Ana Friends and Neighbors:

I am thrilled to have been elected to represent Ward 6. Thank you for your support and your vote of trust. I would like to introduce myself through this newsletter for now. In the future, once the COVID-19 restrictions are lessened, I will hold a town hall so that we may meet in person.

I have lived in Santa Ana since the mid 1960s, with the exception of the time I was serving my country in the United States Army. I come from a large family of 10 brothers and sisters. We are a close-knit family and continue to live in Santa Ana. I attended Santa Ana College and graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a B.A. in Sociology and a Master's in Public Administration. I also earned a Teacher's Credential from the Orange County Department of Education.

I ran for this seat because I truly believe in being actively engaged in my civic duties. I have been a long-time Santa Ana volunteer and enjoy the feeling of satisfaction in helping residents resolve issues. I want to continue helping with greater authority for those who cannot help themselves due to issues such as language barriers, financial challenges or other obstacles. I will be your strength in building strong partnerships with our law enforcement. I am committed to increasing the quality of life for you and your families.

It is a privilege to serve as a Councilmember for our City. I am looking forward to implementing positive and long-term change for better communities. I understand the important role of my seat and for you to have a voice at City Hall. I am looking forward to working with you to make significant contributions to our great City in the coming years.

If I can be of service to you, please do not hesitate to call me at (714) 647-6900 or e-mail me at nmendoza@santa-ana.org .


Nelida Mendoza
Councilmember, Ward 6

Only 'Safe and Sane' Fireworks Allowed in Santa Ana
As 4th of July approaches, we would like to remind our community that only fireworks bearing the “Safe and Sane” seal are permitted to be used within the City limits, during the approved days and hours only.

The use of illegal fireworks may contribute to serious injuries and fires in our community. The Santa Ana Police Department wants to remind the community that “Possession and/or Use of Illegal Fireworks” is a CRIME. Violators may be subject to $1,000 fines and up to one year in jail. Community members can anonymously report the use of illegal fireworks at (714) 245-8771 or via email reportfireworks@santa-ana.org .

A medida que se acerca el 4 de julio, la Ciudad de Santa Ana les recuerda que sólo los fuegos artificiales que llevan el sello “Seguro y Sano” ("Safe and Sane") están autorizados para uso dentro de los límites de la ciudad y solo durante los días y horas aprobados.
El uso de fuegos artificiales ilegales puede contribuir a lesiones graves e incendios en nuestra comunidad. El Departamento de Policía de Santa Ana quiere recordarle a la comunidad que la posesión y / o uso de fuegos artificiales ilegales es un DELITO. Los infractores pueden estar sujetos a multas de $1,000 y hasta un año de cárcel. Miembros de la comunidad pueden reportar el uso de fuegos artificiales ilegales anónimamente al (714) 245-8771 o por correo electrónico al reportfireworks@santa-ana.org
Santa Ana Park Amenities Reopen

The City of Santa Ana reopened most park amenities to the public on Monday, June 29, 2020.

Park amenities were closed in March due to COVID-19. Those that reopened were done so following State-mandated safety measures and guidelines.

Park users will again be able to enjoy the following amenities:
  • Parking lots
  • Restrooms
  • Park open space/grass areas for general recreation and fitness activities
  • Sport fields by permit only for youth sports practices
  • Outdoor basketball and volleyball courts for walkup play only
  • Handball courts for walkup play only
  • Centennial and Mariposa Skate Parks
  • Centennial and Thornton Park Lakes
  • Lawn bowling greens while adhering to social distancing guidelines
  • Memorial Park Pool – Public Recreation Swim Times are 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

In accordance with the State mandate, the following amenities will remain closed until further notice:
  • Playgrounds
  • Fitness Zones
  • Picnic shelters/tables
  • Recreation and senior centers

The archery range is currently closed due to Public Works projects.

Residents are still encouraged to minimize their time outside the home, wear a mask, avoid gathering in groups and practice social distancing when out in public and while using City parks. Masks are required by the State when outdoors if you are unable to keep at least 6 feet from others.

For further information on specific park locations and amenities, please visit www.santa-ana.org/parks/parks-and-facilities or call (714) 571-4200.


La Ciudad de Santa Ana reabrió la mayoría de las instalaciones de los parques al público el lunes 29 de junio de 2020.
Las instalaciones de los parques de la Ciudad estuvieron cerradas en marzo debido a la pandemia COVID-19. La mayoría de las instalaciones se abrieron al público siguiendo las medidas y pautas de seguridad exigidas por el Estado.
Los usuarios de los parques podrán disfrutar de las siguientes instalaciones:
  • Estacionamientos
  • Baños
  • Áreas abiertas de los parques/áreas de césped para recreación general y actividades físicas
  • Campos deportivos solo para prácticas deportivas juveniles con permiso de reservación
  • Canchas de básquetbol y voleibol para juegos de recreación
  • Lagos de parques Centennial y Thornton
  • Áreas verdes de boliche en césped adhiriéndose a las pautas de distanciamiento social
  • Piscina del Parque Memorial – Horarios de natación de recreación publica son 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. y 3:30 p.m.
Conforme al mandato del Estado, las siguientes instalaciones permanecerán cerradas hasta nuevo aviso:
  • Parques infantiles
  • Zonas de acondicionamiento físico
  • Quioscos y mesas para picnic
  • Centros Comunitarios y Centros para Personas de la Tercera Edad
El rango de arquería actualmente está cerrado debido a proyectos de Obras Públicas.
Se les recomienda a los residentes minimizar su tiempo fuera de casa, usar mascarilla, evitar reunirse en grupos y practicar el distanciamiento social cuando están en público y mientras usan los parques de la Ciudad. Se requieren mascarillas cuando está afuera y no puede mantener distancia de más de 6 pies de los demás.
Para obtener más información sobre la ubicación e instalaciones de parques específicos, favor de visitar  www.santa-ana.org/parks/parks-and-facilities or call (714) 571-4200.

The Orange County Health Agency is posting the latest updates on COVID-19 cases by city, including statistical data.

You can obtain information by following the link below or by calling the County's COVID-19 Hotline at (833) 426-6411.
California Mask Requirement
The California Department of Public Health released updated guidance that requires Californians to wear a face covering in high-risk settings. A growing body of scientific research has shown that people with no or few symptoms of COVID-19 can still spread the disease and that the use of face coverings, combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing, will reduce the spread of COVID-19. Click the link below to find details of the state’s guidance.
Summer Citrus is Healthy & Nutritious but Stay Safe!
It's Summer Time!
Don't Forget About Our Furry Friends!
As we approach these hot summer months, we want to keep our pets safe from the hot sticky summer weather! Please remember these safety tips:
Also don't forget every day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in the United States. More than 60% are unwanted and will be abandoned, often brought to a shelter or rescue organization. Spay/neuter efforts dramatically reduce the number of animals that need a home. So please help manage the pet population by spaying or neutering your pet!

Find details on low/no cost options on our site:
The mySantaAna mobile app puts the power of the Santa Ana city government in the palm of your hand! Residents with an iPhone or Android smartphone can now download the mySantaAna application for free, allowing them to quickly and easily report issues with photos to the City for clean-up.
  • Graffiti Removal
  • Report Encampments
  • Code Violations
  • Illegal fireworks
  • Park Issues
  • Illegal Dumping
  • Trees
  • Illegal Advertising Sign
  • Shopping Cart Enforcement
  • Potholes
  • Sidewalk Defects
  • Street Light Issues
  • Parking Enforcement
  • Street Sweeping
  • Animal Control
  • Trash & Recycling Pickups
  • ...and More
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