Spotlight Santa Ana



With multiple award-winning restaurants, the City of Santa Ana has been recognized as a destination for food lovers and according to Forbes Magazine, as one of the Coolest Places in the Country to live. Now, the Mayor and City Council want to encourage residents to explore all the City has to offer in their new ‘Shop Local. Shop Santa Ana’ video.

Shop Local. Shop Santa Ana Video:

Why Shop Local?

  • Money spent in local businesses stays in our community
  • Creates new jobs and supports local economy
  • Improves our local services by keeping tax dollars at home
  • Leverages our local artistic and culinary expertise
  • Ensures our city continues to be a unique destination
  • Is more environmentally friendly because you can walk and bike to shop

According to multiple studies, locally-owned businesses are more likely to recirculate your purchase dollars into payments to other local suppliers. Economists call this a “multiplier effect,” because it redirects more jobs and sales-tax revenue into our own community.

Remember Shop Local. Shop Santa Ana.



On Monday, January 5th, The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) opened the California Competes program and began accepting applications for businesses that want to add jobs in California. The state will provide $151 million in tax credits this fiscal year to small, medium and large companies across the state. Last fiscal year, GO-Biz awarded $28.9 million to 29 companies that are planning to create 6,000 jobs and invest more than $2 billion in the state.

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is hosting a free workshop on the California Competes Tax Credit. Small, medium and large businesses are encouraged to attend the workshop and receive instruction on how to apply for this tax credit program available from the State. Come and learn how your business can apply for millions in available new tax credits. The workshop and the program are both free and available to businesses of all sizes.

Businesses can register for the event at:



Happy New Year! As we reflect on 2014, let’s quote Frank Sinatra “it was a very good year!” The best part of 2014 has been the positive attitude and steadfast dedication to public service by each of you. Our employees have and continue to make the difference. Thank you for all that you do.

We have achieved many accomplishments and have made tremendous progress in the pursuit of perfection including these highlights:

  • Welcome to the team – We hired 77 New Employees in 2014
  • We have excellent credit – We refinanced existing debt to save millions of dollars
  • We are aggressive in securing funding for the public good  - We secured over $10 Million in new grant funding for Public Safety, New Parks and Pedestrian & Bike Safety
  • We are dedicated to outstanding customer service – We made first floor City Hall improvements to enhance customer service experience including: relocation of housing authority to improve customer service, increased building security, added an information desk and receptionist, and enhanced planning and building lobby with customer work station and seating area
  • We are committed to public safety - Forbes Magazine ranked the City of Santa Ana the fourth safest City in the nation
  • We save for the future  - We achieved our goal of over $40 Million in financial reserves
  • We have a plan for Santa Ana’s future – We adopted the Five Year Strategic Plan in 2014

As we celebrate the end of an amazing year, let us look forward to 2015 with excitement and enthusiasm. It is also important we recognize our employees who will be retiring at the end of the year. We are saying goodbye to these dedicated employees, who have become close like family, and we are grateful for their contributions.

We can never rise above our leadership and on behalf of all employees, we would like to express our gratitude to the Mayor and City Council for their outstanding leadership and for providing a culture where Team Santa Ana can thrive and continually build on our successes.


David Cavazos



The City of Santa Ana's Public Works Department received two awards from the American Public Works Association earlier this month. Awards were received for the Fisher Parks Hummingbird and Butterfly Habitat and the Station District Enhancement Project.

The Station District Enhancement Project involved construction of Garfield Community Center, a 10,000 SF Joint-Use community center between the City of Santa Ana and Santa Ana Unified School District and the Garfield Fitness Park. The community center includes a shared multi-purpose room, computer labs, dance and classrooms. The exercise park was developed on adjacent property and includes exercise equipment, a walking trail, site amenities, drought tolerant landscaping, and a vegetated bio-swale to handle surface drainage.

The Fisher Park Hummingbird and Butterfly Habitat is located along Santiago Creek at the southern edge of Fisher Park and provides a natural habitat for native plant species that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. The improvements removed non-native and invasive plant species and installed native vegetation and an interpretive signage. The city received funding from the California State Parks Habitat Conservation Fund for this Butterfly and Bird Habitat project.



The City of Santa Ana and the OCFA have teamed up to reduce the fire risk in the Santiago Creek Channel. A crew of twelve will work over the next three or four days to remove dead trees and dead brush from the Santiago Creek Channel.

Residents, like Anne Salisbury, were thrilled.

“This is great! It’s one of those things where I wish they’d do it more often,” Salisbury said laughing.

The City only removed dead vegetation within the City’s right of way and assisted property owners by hauling away any plant material gathered by residents.

The OCFA is providing this service at no cost to the City or its residents.  The City Manager, David Cavazos, came out to thank the crew, meet with residents and participated in the clean-up.



In honor of the remarkable contributions that veterans have made to our country, the American Legion Post 131 will be hosting a monthly flag raising ceremony that will allow community members to show admiration, respect, and appreciation to our troops. Similar ceremonies take place every Wednesday afternoon at the Orange Circle in the City of Orange and have become extremely successful over the years, gathering more than 100 community members every week.

The ceremonies will take place on the third Thursday of each month, and will begin at 7:30am and will last approximately 25-30 minutes. At every ceremony, there will be two veterans that will be honored and recognized. The next flag raising ceremony will take place this December 18, 2014 at 7:30am in front of the Santa Ana library, at the flag pole located near the corner of Ross and Civic Center Drive. Everyone is invited to attend and recognize our local veterans.


Santa Ana Public Library to Assist in Covered California Enrollment

SANTA ANA, CA (December 3, 2014)  – Covered California has once again teamed with the Santa Ana Public Library to assist local consumers to obtain quality, affordable health insurance before the February 15, 2015 enrollment deadline.  The assistance is free and confidential.

Assistance is available at the Main Library (located at 26 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, 92701)

Every Monday, November 17, 2014 – February 9, 2015, 3pm-7pm

Every Thursday, November 20, 2014 – February 12, 2015, 3pm-7pm

Every Saturday, November 22, 2014 – February 15, 2015, 10am-1pm

To expedite the enrollment process, consumers should bring the following items to the library with them:

Social security number and date of birth for each family member on the application for health insurance. Information about their citizenship and residency status, including a legal-resident card or a certificate of naturalized citizenship (number on the card may be required in the application). Information about the current income of all family members on the application (tax returns, W-2s, current pay stubs, for example). Information about any family member’s status as a member of a federally recognized tribe Home ZIP code of all family members on the application. All events will have Certified Enrollment Counselors and Certified Insurance Agents who speak English and Spanish, and may speak multiple languages.


Ribbon Cutting for Memorial Park Exercise Area

The City of Santa Ana is excited to announce the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Memorial Exercise Park on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 4pm. Memorial Exercise Park, located at 2102 S. Flower Street, will be the City’s fourth exercise park and join locations at Birch Park, Garfield Park and the Maple/Occidental Exercise Area as part of the City’s ongoing efforts to encourage health and wellness in the community.

The new exercise area is constructed under a colorful canvas shade structure adjacent to the Memorial Community Center. Visitors will enjoy nine new exercise stations including a leg press, chest press, sit-up bench, cross country ski, upper body and more. The new exercise area also features wheelchair accessible exercise equipment.

This new exercise area was made possible through a partnership with America on Track. America on Track provides programs that focus on leadership development, mentoring, fitness & nutrition, drug use prevention, and academic achievement for children and families in the community.

The event is open to the public. Join us for a first look at the new exercise area.




Congratulations to the Santa Ana Public Library’s Teen Space Program! The program was one of just twelve programs that was awarded a 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth program Award at the White House in November.

The after school teen program, run by Principal Librarian Cheryl Eberly, offers between 35-40 programs including tutoring and work study and helps approximately 350 teens each school year. The program, which takes a mentorship based approach has been highly effective at lowering the drop-out rate of students and making a positive impact on the lives of Santa Ana youth.



City of Santa Ana to Host OC Blues Soccer Club and El Salvador's CD Marte in the City's First International Match

SANTA ANA, CA (November 6, 2014) – The City of Santa Ana is hosting the Orange County Blues FC soccer team in an international friendly match against El Salvador Primera Division side Club Deportivo Atlético Marte on Sunday, November 16th at 4pm at Santa Ana Stadium. This will be the first International match for the recently rebranded OC Blues FC and their first ever game at Santa Ana Stadium.

"This is a great opportunity for the City of Santa Ana. This is a chance to see world class soccer players right here at our home stadium. We hope visitors who come out to enjoy the international match will take the opportunity visit our downtown and that this will be the first of many games," said Mayor Miguel Pulido.

"Santa Ana has a large soccer playing population as well as a large contingent of Salvadoran people. We are excited to bring the OC Blues and our international opponent in front of this soccer loving community," said Jon Spencer, the OC Blues General Manager.

CD Marte will be coming to Orange County with four Salvadorian National Team members on their roster: defender Mario Martinez, defender Marcelo Tejeda, forward Danis Ramirez, and defender Francisco Garcia, who just earned his first call up with the national team for their recent friendlies against Colombia and the Korea Republic.

CD Marte has won eight Primera Division titles. They also won the CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup in 1991, and were the runners-up in the 1981 CONCACAF Champions League, then called the CONCACAF Champions Cup. The 45,000 seat Estadio Cuscatlan in San Salvador serves as the home pitch for "Los Maricanos" as well as the Salvadorian National team.

Tickets for the Atletico Marte vs Blues match are available for $25 for general admission seating, while groups of 10 or more can be purchased for $22. VIP midfield seats are available for $30, with groups of 10 or more available for $27. Call (714) 738-8011 or email to purchase or for more information






Ashley Furniture, Round 1 Entertainment and 24 Hour Fitness Scheduled To Open Along With New Restaurants

Santa Ana, CA. (August 26, 2014) –Westfield announced today a $50 million dollar plan to revitalize and enhance the Westfield MainPlace Shopping Center located in the heart of Orange County. The new line-up will offer more dining, entertainment and shopping options to the existing variety of nearly 200 plus name brand offerings, solidifying Westfield MainPlace as a one-stop shopping destination. The new retail and dining openings will begin rolling out in November of 2014 through June of 2015.

At the center of the revitalization plan will be the addition of three national retailers to the now vacant Macy’s Men’s and Home Furnishings store. Joining the center is Ashley Furniture later in 2014, bringing with it an incredible selection of living room, dining room, bedroom, youth bedroom, home office, plus a vast selection of mattresses and accessories for the home; Round 1 Entertainment where shoppers and families can expect state-of-the-art entertainment facilities like bowling, the latest in arcade games, private karaoke rooms, billiard tables, darts and Ping-Pong games, and 24 Hour Fitness which will feature a rooftop basketball court and a 25-yard pool with an open-air swimming deck. Both Round 1 Entertainment and 24 Hour Fitness will open in the first half of 2015.

The 142,500 sq. ft. space will be uniquely divided to fit all three retailers and will include a new entrance to the center, structurally revamping the entire look and feel of the building. Four new casual dining restaurants are scheduled to open in the area as well, including - Panini Café - before the end of 2014.

“With the openings of these retailers, MainPlace will truly embody a center of choices offering affordable brand-name shopping, lively entertainment, family amenities, health and fitness, dining options and more,” said Jonathan Maher, General Manager at Westfield MainPlace. “We are thrilled and eager to start the revitalization process to offer our MainPlace patrons more than just a ‘shopping’ center but a place that becomes an experience – the ultimate outing.”

Westfield MainPlace will also be developing two additional dining areas within the center branded as “Restaurant Row” on the north end (near JCPenney) and “Westside Dining” on the west side of the center.

Recent additions to Restaurant Row include Boudin | SF and Johnny Rockets. New dining options under construction at Westside Dining, located below the Dining Court, include Blaze Pizza, Starbucks, and Dog Haus with openings beginning in August.

More center improvements include a second family lounge near the play space area that will cater to families. Plus, a brand new restroom facility will be added, located on the first floor.

For more information on Westfield MainPlace’s incoming retailers, revitalization plans and future events and developments please visit:



Boo at the Zoo

Mark your calendars, grab your costumes, and join us for our annual “merry not scary” Boo at the Zoo! The Friends of Santa Ana Zoo and B.P.O. Elks Santa Ana Lodge #794 present the 24th Annual Boo at the Zoo located at the Santa Ana Zoo, “Home of the 50 Monkeys.” The event will take place from 5:30 PM to 8 PM on Saturday, October 18, and Sunday, October 19; Saturday, October 25; Sunday, October 26; and Thursday, October 30, rain or shine.

Boo at the Zoo is one of Orange County's longest-running Halloween events, providing a fun, safe, and family-friendly event for trick-or-treaters and children of all ages who love to wear costumes and embrace the Halloween spirit!

Guests will have the opportunity to explore 10 prize stations on our Trick-or-Treat Trail, enjoy a variety of Halloween-themed games and activities – including storytelling and sing-alongs, and visit with our nocturnal animals. Guests will also be able to participate in our nightly costume parade, led by SAZOO (our monkey mascot).



Join the Orange County Fire Authority on Saturday, October 11 from 9am to 2pm for a fire station open house.


Join us for the first ever Savor Santa Ana event on Thursday, October 16 from 5:30 to 9pm. This tasting event will feature over 25 participating restaurants. Books of tickets start at just $10. This is a great opportunity to try Santa Ana’s unique restaurants.



The City is proud that our municipal water consumers have one of the lowest per person water usage levels in the state and the lowest in the County. City of Santa Ana municipal water consumers use on average 107 gallons per day per person and have met State water usage targets for the year 2020 (more than 5 years in advance!). But we must do more during this drought.

Under the approved emergency regulations, the City of Santa Ana has declared a Level 1 Water Shortage. This means every municipal water user must reduce their consumption by 3 percent compared to their usage during the same time period last year. Failure to achieve the 3 percent conservation reduction the first time will result in a warning to increase your conservation efforts. Continuous failure to conserve may result in a 15 percent penalty on your water bill.

Under the City’s Level 1 Water Shortage, landscape watering is permitted but at a reduced basis. Watering is permitted no more than every other day and only after 6:00 p.m. or before 6:00 a.m., when evaporation is highest. In addition, plumbing leaks, breaks or other plumbing malfunctions must be repaired within 72 hours.

Please help take measures to conserve water by irrigating lawns only after 6 pm and before 6 am. Do not wash down sidewalks and driveways and if you must wash your car, please use a hose with a self-closing shut off nozzle. Enclosed is a brochure that outlines the City’s permanent water conservation guidelines and other tips to help you protect our water resources.



SANTA ANA, CA (August 18, 2014) – The public is invited to attend the City of Santa Ana’s free Plaza Wellness celebration on September 6, 2014 in Downtown Santa Ana at French and Fourth Street from 8am – 1pm.

Plaza Wellness has something for everyone including a Health Fair, VIP Basketball game and Zumba competitions. Booths for the Health Fair are still available.

This year, Plaza Wellness will begin promptly at 8am with a free 5K race, the City’s first 5k, which will begin and end in Downtown Santa Ana. Recently named as one of Orange County’s neighborhoods that have it all by Orange Coast Magazine, this event is sure to be one of Orange County’s most scenic and unique courses that highlights some of the County’s most historic and recognizable buildings including the Old Courthouse, which has been featured in many films such as Legally Blonde and American Horror Story; Spurgeon Tower, the Second Street Promenade; and the historic Lacy and French Park neighborhoods. The race begins at 8am and race day registration begins at 6:30am. Registration is also available online. Post-race refreshments and healthy snacks will be provided to all race participants.

Free parking will be available at the parking structure located at 5th and Spurgeon.


For more information or to register for the 5K, please log onto or contact Rocio Meza at (714) 571-4230.



Things to do in Santa Ana This Week

Posted : July 22, 2014


This Saturday, East End Downtown Santa Ana will host their Summer Block Party from 12-8pm. The event will include three stages of music, The Streetwear and Fashion Expo, food, and The Monster Energy BMX stunt show. The free, all ages block party runs along 4th Street between Bush and French in Downtown. Sponsors include East End tenants, Bespoke Cut & Sew, The Leverage, Left of the Dial Records, Blends, Safehouse, and Still So Fly. Venue Tradeshow, Monster Energy, Hit & Run and OC Weekly are also supporting the outdoor event.




Keep connected to WiFi during your next visit to City Hall, Council Chambers, Train Station (WORK Center), Santa Ana Senior Center, Southwest Senior Center, and the Garfield Community Center with more future City facilities to come soon. The Mobility Solutions Center has completed free guest WiFi services to keep you connected while visiting the above locations. Just look for “SantaAnaGuest” from any WiFi enabled mobile device and connect, register, and surf the Internet during your visit!

Things to do in Santa Ana This Week

Posted : June 18th, 2014

Summer Jazz Series This Thursday

Join us for the City of Santa Ana’s Summer Jazz Series. Every Thursday night from 5:30 to 7:30pm, local Jazz artists will play in the Artist’s Village Second Street Promenade. Enjoy local dining and jazz.

Farmer’s Market New Summer Hours

Get fresh produce and other goodies at the farmer’s market every Thursday during their new summer hours from 4-8pm.

Veteran's Resource Center Grand Opening

Join us for the Grand Opening of our Veteran’s Resource Center at the Santa Ana Public Library this Friday at 3pm. On hand will be representatives from the City of Santa Ana as well as representatives from Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez’s office, Senator Lou Correa and more.

Santiago Art District - Art Walk On June 21st

Join us for the Santiago District Art Walk held on the 3rd Saturday of every month.  This art walk runs from 7-10pm and features fine art and a small business open house.




Things to do in Santa Ana This Week

Posted : June 10th, 2014


Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido will once again be the featured speaker at the annual "State of the City" breakfast scheduled for Wednesday, June 11 at the Bowers Museum from 7:30am – 9am.

This special address by the Mayor to hundreds of business leaders is presented by the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce,with assistance from the City of Santa Ana. Community-minded business persons have a chance to show their civic pride and support for the city by attending the State of the City event. Each year, Mayor Pulido shares up-to-the-minute news and anecdotes outlining the civic progress made during the past twelve months, as well as future goals and projects.

Patch Work

An annual event that draws 180 crafts makers and 5-8,000 people to the downtown area for this special arts & craft fair. This free event will feature high end artisan food makers, textiles, plush toys and vegan body care. There will be three stages of music as well as free interactive stations so that visitors can participate and make crafts.

Area restaurants will also have Father's Day & event specials throughout the day. The event will feature shuttle service from the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center (SARTC) to the downtown area to aid with parking.

Event : Sunday, June 15 from 12 -5pm
On Sycamore from 1st Street to Third Street


Congratulations to the Santa Ana Police Department who welcomed two new police officers on Thursday night. Officers George Bodnar & Megan Boland graduated from the Orange County Regional Training Academy with Basic Academy Class 210. Both Bodnar & Boland moved up through the ranks. Bodnar worked previously as a dispatcher and Boland as a records clerk. Bodnar graduated at the top of his class winning three of four overall awards among his academy peers.


With a sparkle in her eyes, Maria del Pilar Martinez could not stop hugging strangers. The Santa Ana resident had owned her home on Lacy street for fourteen years but had seen it fall into disrepair as paychecks got tighter and tighter.

The home's paint lost its luster. The yard became littered with leaves but now...

Dozens of strangers were gathered around her home – painting the exterior, raking leaves, picking up trash and making repairs.

"I'm so grateful and thankful. Without this help, I would've had to wait for a blessing from God," said Martinez.

The Santa Ana resident's home was one of four in the Lacy Neighborhood that volunteers had painted and cleaned as part of Saturday's Community Pride Day. The event was organized by NeighborWorks Orange County and Latino Health Access and drew more than eighty volunteers from major corporations across Orange County including Wells Fargo, Citibank, Union Bank and more. Volunteers worked for more than three hours restoring beauty and pride in the neighborhood.

Things to do in Santa Ana This Week

Posted : June 3rd, 2014


The Downtown Santa Ana Farmer's Market was recently featured in Orange Coast magazine and has quickly created a buzz throughout the community. Located in the East End promenade near the Yost Theater, the market takes place every Thursday from 2-8pm. Local restaurants are sourcing from the market and creating fresh dishes around local faire. Some of the great items featured every week include fresh fruits and vegetables, specialty Asian vegetables from Brother's Farm, Tarte Paan desserts, vegan desserts, meat, specialty coffee, Artisan bread, salts, oils, and more.

The latest additions to the market include:
De La Ranch -- incredible natural meats from tail to snout (photo of their fresh quail eggs they had last week, I don't have the rights to the photo). Offers farm tours.
Eat CIVIC -- a local restaurant that is selling home-made peanut butter and more.
India Express – A new addition that is selling Chicken Tikka Masala, Saag Paneer, fresh naan, tahini, coriander mint dip and so much more!

Downtown Santa Ana Certified Farmers' Market
Every Thursday, 2pm - 8pm
Between 3rd and 4th on the promenade
For a complete list of vendors or to learn more, visit:


MC Gallery will host its 2nd Annual Silent Art Auction on Thursday June 5th at 415 N. Sycamore Street. Proceeds will benefit the Santa Ana Wrestling Program and the Santa Ana Athletic Foundation. This year, the goal of MC Gallery is to raise funds for summer camps, team trips, uniforms and other equipment. The auction will include works of art by well-established and seasoned artists in Orange County and Los Angeles County such as Wyland, Jim Warren and Walfrido Garcia. Current and former Santa Ana wrestlers have donated art and an autographed pair of gloves and picture of Wrestling Alumni Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez (current UFC fighter) will be up for auction.


The City of Santa Ana is pleased to announce that Valet services are now available in Downtown Santa Ana in the evening from Fridaythrough Sunday beginning at 7pm. The City has entered into an agreement with Supreme Parking for Valet Parking Services at the Third and Bush Street parking lot.

Valet Parking will enhance the shopping experience in Downtown Santa Ana and provide an overall benefit by:

  • Increasing overall parking capacity
  • Offering a greater convenience for customers of the Downtown
  • Creating a positive customer service
  • Providing increased safety
If the program is successful, the City will look into adding additional areas in the future.


An estimated 100-300 people are expected to descend on Downtown Santa Ana for the 1st Annual Chalk Walk. The event will take place in the Artist's Village on Sycamore between 4th and 5th Street from 12-7pm. More than 15 artists and teams have already registered to compete in a chalk art contest. Entry in the contest is $7. Art and other crafts will be on display for sale and viewing. Also on hand will be a DJ, food trucks and more.


Join the gallery owners of the Artists Village in downtown Santa Ana for the Santa Ana Art Walk, an evening of dining, shopping for original art and viewing open lofts. Orange County's hippest new neighborhood invites you to stroll down the four blocks of the 2nd Street Promenade from Broadway Avenue to Spurgeon Street on the First Saturday of EVERY month from 7:00pm - 10:00pm. Admission is FREE. Galleries and showrooms at the East Village Lofts and the Main Street Lofts (across the street) include Space On Spurgeon, The Digital Messiah Gallery + Studio, gp threads, GINAC Gallery, Night Gallery Ceramics, cent gallery, Mahvash Gallery, Stephen Beck Gallery of Contemporary Art and others.


Join community leaders for a day of painting and giving back. Volunteers and neighborhood residents will paint selected home exteriors & improve landscaping. Four large dumpsters will be provided so that residents can clean out garages, backyards and beautify the Lacy Neighborhood. After cleaning, the neighborhood will hold a small block party including food, music, and a DJ.