A month and a half ago city officials in Santa Ana were crowing from the 8th floor of City hall about their fabulous ranking by Forbes as one of the most safest cities in the nation. On Friday, Forbes released another ranking which names Santa Ana. I’ve been digging through emails trying to find a press release from the city and I just can’t seem to find one.
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According to pay data collected by State Controller John Chiang, in 2010 former Santa Ana City Attorney Joseph Fletcher was the second highest paid city employee behind former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo. Fletcher retired at the end of 2010 with a golden parachutte of $142,080 in addition to his $285,000 salary.
Revised Council Ward boundaries are set for approval at Tuesday’s Santa Ana City Council meeting. Ward boundaries have not been changed since 1992 and are required due to population shifts since then. The significance of the Ward boundaries is limited to the residency of candidates to represent specific wards. Election of Council members is conducted city wide.
On Tuesday the City of Santa Ana Redevelopment Agency and Related California, a real estate developer specializing in affordable and market rate multifamily and mixed-use residential properties, conducted a groundbreaking ceremony for 74 units of apartment homes for low income families in the Lacy Neighborhood of the Santa Ana Station District.
Santa Ana spent $8,444.73 on an outside legal opinion on whether Councilwoman Alvarez could run for an additional Council term due to approval of Meadure D in 2007. But even with the invoice it seems that City Attorney Joe Straka has something he wants to hide, in addition to the conclusions of the report.
In a victory for animal rights advocates, the city of Santa Ana today announced they would cease elephant rides at the Santa Ana Zoo.