Family Justice Center = Victim Assistance, Empowerment and Prevention;
Residential Permit Parking Program;    Santa Ana Police Recruitment Update;
Special Event Donation Program;    Community Alerts;  and more... 
June 27, 2019 - Volume 3 / Issue 2
In this issue you will read about the City's interest and need for a Family Justice Center in the City of Santa Ana;  information about the City's 150th Anniversary and upcoming events being planned; an article about the parking permits with the process for obtaining a parking permit in your neighborhood.  

Additionally,  you can read about the Fourth of July celebration that will take place at Centennial Park and information on how to report the use of illegal fireworks. 
I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy Fourth of July.  Stay safe!

On June 11, 2019 the City of Santa Ana Public Safety, Code Enforcement and Neighborhood Empowerment Council Committee met.  During this meeting, I brought forward the concept and need for a Family Justice Center in Santa Ana.  Budget conversations have been moving forward and funds to establish this type of facility have been identified. The Family Justice Center concept is dedicated to empowering and transitioning victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and sex trafficking into survivors.  By having a justice center similar to the one in the city of Anaheim, it is hoped through the establishment of strong partnerships with government entities and non-profit groups that the Santa Ana Family Justice Center  will be a "One Stop Shop" to provide assistance and advocacy for all victims of crime. Together, through this Family Justice Center, we will break the cycle of violence in the City of Santa Ana.
The City of Santa Ana is celebrati ng its 150th Anniversary this year.  The City was founded on October 27, 1869 by William H. Spurgeon and later incorporated as a City in 1886.  The City of Santa Ana is the County seat, the second-most populous city in Orange County, and is widely known as "Downtown Ora nge County".  The City is proud to celebrate Santa Ana's history, people, businesses, culture, public services and vision.  We have developed a logo to celebrate our sesquicentennial anniversary, shown here.
Upcoming events being planned include:
  • Blessing of the City
  • Historic Walking Tours
  • Street Breakfast
  • Anniversary Party and Time Capsule
  • Commemorative banners placed on street light poles

You can check the City's webpage for dates and times.

Congratulations to all of the Neighborhood Heroes & Most Beautiful Yard Award Winners
On Thursday, July 27, 2019, Santa Ana's Communication Linkages Forum hosted their annual Neighborhood Hero and Most Beautiful Yard Awards. 
For the full list of award winners, please click here

Many of you have been asking about the permit parking process, permits, cost, etc.   I am pleased to share g ood news, as the Public Works Agency recently revised the existing permit parking process in order to improve implementation times.  
To begin the process for consideration of permit parking, an Interest Form must be requested from the City; the Interest Form  must be returned to the City with signatures indicating that a majority  of residents (a minimum of 51%) on the block concur with the request, along with a minimum of three (3) photographs documenting the lack of available parking on the street. Your signature on the Interest Form indicates that you concur with the request to initiate the process.
In order to reduce processing time, this new Interest Form component has been added as a choice in lieu of requesting City staff to conduct an observation to verify the parking intrusion first hand. Please note that the staff observation is still an available option, if the resident does not wish to process an Interest Form.
After the Interest Form or observation phase, the process remains the same: City staff will conduct an official petition (Poll) of the property owners on the block. To implement Residential Permit Parking on a particular block, the Poll conducted by City staff must show that a minimum of 66% of the owners of the eligible properties vote in favor of permit parking.
Details such as cost, eligibility, requirements, etc., of the City's "Residential Permit Parking Program"   can be found here  or Permit Parking s taff may be contacted at ( 714 ) 647 - 5623 .
April 6, 2019
Mayor Pro Tem Juan Villegas with Hugo Sanchez, world renown soccer player, 
at the Salvation Army Youth Summer Camp Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The Special Event Sponsorship Program provides the Mayor and City Council the opportunity to allocate sponsorship funding up to $10,000 per fiscal year (contingent upon annual City Budget approval), for special events conducted by qualified nonprofit organizations or City-recognized neighborhood associations. 

Below is a listing of some of the donations approved by Mayor Pro Tem Juan Villegas within the last six months. 
  • Segerstrom High School's Annual Car Show Fundraiser
The Segerstrom Car Show raised money to promote student success in school. The funds were used to provide students with scholarships to attend college.   
  • Segerstrom Football Booster
The Segerstrom Jaguars football team conducted their annual fundraiser to support their 2019-2020 season. Funds went to purchasing new equipment, uniforms, and stadium repairs.   
  • Salvation Army Youth Summer Camp
The soccer program provides a safe place to build character achieve an active lifestyle, and get trained by high level coaches.   
  • Orange County Fire Explorers
Santa Ana youth have the opportunity to see firsthand what it's like to be a firefighter. Fire Explorers are present at community events and programs engaging with residents and fellow youth.   
  • Magic Inc. Academy of the Arts
Neighborhood carnival sponsored by Magic Inc. Academy of the Arts provides the youth in Santa Ana a day of fun and unity. All funds from this event will go to the Magic Inc. Scholarship Program for low income students in Santa Ana.

Please click here to review the City's Sponsorship Policy and submit a request.
Events Attended

The Wall That Heals
A very notable historic event attended by Mayor Pro Tem Villegas, a Veteran, was the Opening Ceremony for The Wall That Heals event held on Saturday, April 13.  This event had a replica wall of the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial and was on display for the community to see and to remember those who sacrificed their life for our freedom.


National Hispanic Business Women Association Awards Luncheon


On May 23, 2019, Mayor Pro Tem Villegas attended the National Hispanic Business Women Association's 19th Annual Awards luncheon held at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel.  He considered it an honor to be the first male to swear in the Board of Directors.  Congratulations to all the honorees and scholarship recipients.


Tri-City Memorial Day Event
Mayor Pro Tem Villegas was honored to speak at the Tri-City Memorial Day Observance event held at the Santa Ana Cemetery on May 27, 2019.  At the event, he presented certificates to 8 organizations that are involved with providing services to Veterans.  The City of Santa Ana has tremendous respect and value for the men and women who serve to protect our nation.

Santa Ana Police Department Open House / Job Fair

Efforts to hire additional Police Officers continue to move forward. On Saturday, June 1st, the Santa Ana Police Department hosted an Open House & Hiring Expo in front of the Police Administration building.  Many community members interacted with employees from all areas of the Police Department. The event was a big success with several hundred people in attendance.  A hiring seminar was part of the expo and over 55 potential employees participated and left eager to apply for a job at the PD! The Police Department's projected goal for the 2019 calendar year is to hire 50 new Police Officers. 

City Manager Community Welcome Reception
On June 6th, a Community Welcome Reception was held for the City's new City Manager, Kristine Ridge.  The event was held at Plaza Calle Cuatro. Relampago del Cielo Grupo Folklorico entertained with festive dancing, and two jazz bands from Godinez Fundamental High School and Valley High School provided great music for all to enjoy.  The event was well attended and Kristine was able to connect with several members of the community. 
If you are interested in viewing a detailed list of all City-related events, appointments, and meetings that I've attended over the past month, please feel free to view my  calendar , which is posted online and updated monthly.
Upcoming Events

June 28 -  Homeless Veterans Resource Fair

The Long Beach Veterans Affairs is hosting a Veteran's Resource Fair on Friday, June 28th to offer services to homeless veterans in Santa Ana.  The event will be held at the Santa Ana Stadium from 9 am to 3 pm.  Services provided include medical screenings, mental health resources, VA patient registration, and homeless outreach.  Lunch will be served. 

June 30, July 7 & 21 -  Sunset at the Zoo Summer Concert Series

This after hours concert series and tasting event features live music, art by local artisans, Zoo animals, Train & Carousel rides.  Click here for more information. 

July 4 -  Fourth of July Celebration at Centennial Park


Put on your RED, WHITE and BLUE and join us for the City of Santa Ana's 9th Annual Fourth of July Celebration! This exciting event features live music, fun children's activities, local exhibitors, free opportunity drawing, and a spectacular fireworks finale.
The stage presentation will include a patriotic welcome honoring our local veterans and live music provided by the band Chico, who will be playing the best hits from disco, oldies, and rock to cumbias, salsa, and swing. Bring the family, lawn chairs and a warm blanket and spend the Fourth at Centennial Park!
This event is free to the public.
To download the flier,  click here!

Summer Night Lights Kicks off July 8th!

Come celebrate with fun family friendly activities all summer long!

September 14 - 15 Fiestas Patrias Festival

Come celebrate with top level entertainment, delicious food, carnival rides and games, variety of booths, art and culture exhibits, El Grito ceremony and a parade!

Click here for more information.

Community Alerts

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  • Santa Ana Public Library's Annual Summer Reading Program: It's Showtime at the Library!(click here).
  • Santa Ana's Quality of Life Team Cleans Up Debris from Multiple Areas Along Railroad Tracks (click here). 
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City Resources

Click on the Community View - Maps & Information button for a visual display of general information data such as parcel details including neighborhood names, council wards and trash days.

Is your non-profit organization or neighborhood association planning a special event in the City? 
Learn more about the City Council Special Event Sponsorship Policy on our website and click above to access our Donation Request Form for sponsorship.

The City provides citywide graffiti removal on public property and on private property immediately adjacent to sidewalks or alleys at no cost to the property owner.

Graffiti removal Staff patrol major streets seven days a week to identify and remove graffiti visible from the public right-of-way and provide color matching of the existing wall and perform upper level graffiti removal that is adjacent to the right-of-way.  Click on the Graffiti Program button above to learn more.

Graffiti may be reported  online , via the  MySantaAna  app or by calling the Graffiti Hotline at 
(877) STOP TAG / 
(877) 786-7824. 


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Contact Parking Enforcement to request the removal of abandoned vehicles on public streets, with questions about parking violations, expired meters, parking permit districts, and street sweeping citations.  Click on the button above for more information.
The citizen police report system allows you to submit a report immediately and print a copy of the report for free; it is for NON emergency situations.
This link provides a list of contacts to help address a wide range of general inquiries such as: animal license, couch removal, trash pick-up, water bill, etc. and is available in 

Other Helpful Resources

CSP Victim Assistance Programs provide comprehensive services for individuals who are victims of crime. CSP also offers  Youth Shelter Services   to runaway, homeless and at-risk youth.

The OC Social Services Agency website contains many valuable resources such as the