The Lighthouse Learning Center Play Area Opens

In these pages, I’ve taken my councilmember to task for contacting me only to invite me to his expensive fundraisers. I’ve wondered what he does. Yesterday I got the following message which tells me, for the first time, some of what he’s up to. Fair is fair. Give credit where due. Tonight he and I had a short conversation during which he told me that more is on the way. That’s good news, for sure.

In the meantime, if you can make the time to swing by the event tomorrow, Saturday, it will be time well-spent.

The following is particularly good news for a neighborhood with challenges. Hopefully, it really is only the beginning of many good things to come.

And yes, I should have posted this yesterday. Sometimes life gets in the way of getting things done. Sincere apologies for the delay.


Working for a Better Santa Ana


Join me this Saturday, December 5th at a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new neighborhood temporary play area.

The Lighthouse Learning Center will host the Temporary Play Area Ribbon Cutting ceremony at 1125 South Standard Ave. Families and guests can enjoy music, art & crafts projects, toys, and light refreshments beginning at 10:30 a.m. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. After the ceremony, families and guests can continue to enjoy the festivities until noon.

Representatives from C&C Development, Orange Housing, Lighthouse Learning Center, VT Construction and local elected officials will be present during the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The temporary play area is the result of concerns brought to me during discussions I had with the local community at a Cornerstone Village Neighborhood Association meeting in early 2009. The neighborhood is primarily made up of apartment and condominium complexes located between Grant Street, Standard Avenue, Edinger Avenue and the railroad tracks. Residents in the community expressed their concerns regarding the lack of open space in the neighborhood.

A vacant lot was located on the northeast corner of McFadden Avenue and Standard Avenue. Meetings were held with private and public partners to utilize the land for a temporary play area for neighborhood children. The result was cooperation from the following organizations to make the project a reality:

  • VT Construction donated the land for temporary use for 18 months.

  • C&C Development and Orange Housing donated funds to level the land and will provide additional fencing.

  • Lighthouse Learning Center, a ministry of Mariners Church will contribute by programming the lot for activities.

The ribbon cutting ceremony aims to bring attention to this private and public partnership that created a temporary play area for neighborhood children. The public is encouraged to attend and participate in this event.

I look forward to seeing you this Saturday.


Vincent Sarmiento
Councilman, City of Santa Ana