When I got home last night and opened my email I found a message from Logan Neighborhood activist Joe Andrade with a subject line that read “Destruction of the Logan Neighborhood by Ware Continues”.Ã‚Â I immediately opened the email, which was sent to the Mayor, City Councilmembers and high level city staff as well, and I was shocked by what I read.Ã‚Â It appears as if Judy Ware and Ware Disposal are continuing to thumb their noses at city laws and ordinances and are defiantly giving the taxpayers of Santa Ana the middle finger.
Andrade, who has valiantly followed in his mother “Chepa’s” footsteps, along with Sam Romero and othersÃ‚Â have continually fought to make the Logan Neighborhood a better place to live.Ã‚Â For those that do not know, Logan is the oldest neighborhood in Santa Ana with residents that can trace their roots there back into the 1800’s and was one of the few areas in Orange County in which Latino’s could live.Ã‚Â Many years ago the city fathers decided to turn Logan into a mixed use neighborhood consisting of both industrial and residential uses.
It looked like Logan had turned the corner and was on its way to improvement considering the obstacles it faced being a mixed use neighborhood until Judy Ware and Ware Disposal turned everything on its head.Ã‚Â Ware has long owned property in the Logan area and has been a constant source of problems for the residents, but last fall she and her company bought up more property in the area and expanded their operations.Ã‚Â Despite not having the proper permits to use the land she bought for her trash company she has done it anyway and made the lives of Andrade and company a pure hell.
It looked like some progress was being made when Ware’s case was sent to the City Attorney’s office.Ã‚Â After yeoman’s work by code enforcement officials under the direction of Bruce Dunhams to put together a case against Ware it looked as if Joe and his neighbors were going to finally get the relief and justice they deserved.Ã‚Â Yesterdays email from Joe tells me that I was wrong about that.Ã‚Â I would like to share that email with all of you so you can see just how desperate things have become for Joe and the Logan Neighborhood.
Here is the text of that email: