Trash and homeless encampment lie along a walkway between the parking garage and the Orange County Superior Court building in the Santa Ana Civic Center area. Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Tents, bikes, shopping carts and other items fill the sidewalks and lawns around buildings in the Santa Ana Civic Center in Santa Ana. People leave the Plaza of the Flags with their belongings early one morning in the Santa Ana Civic Center in Santa Ana. A worker cleans up between the Plaza of the Flags and the Orange County Public Law Library early one morning in the Santa Ana Civic Center in Santa Ana. Albert Torres is homeless and camps at the civic center in Santa Ana. A security officer who has been trained to dispose of used syringes safely removes two that were found just outside of the Santa Ana City Council chambers. Homeless feet show signs of hard living at the county's Civic Center in Santa Ana. A mama cat and her kitten are pets to … [Read more...] about As Santa Ana Civic Center homeless population grows, so do crime, fear and disease
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By Alicia Robinson | [email protected] | The Orange County Register PUBLISHED: July 5, 2018 at 1:57 pm | UPDATED: July 5, 2018 at 1:57 pm Faced with a double-digit deficit that is projected to reach more than $66 million in 2023, Santa Ana officials plan to ask voters for more money in the form of a sales tax increase that would go on the November ballot. The City Council hasn’t decided how much to ask for – the staff recommendation is 1.5 percent – but will likely do so later this month. The deadline to request items for the fall ballot is Aug. 10. A 1 percent sales tax boost, which translates to a penny of added tax on each dollar spent, would bring in about $40 million more per year to the city coffers, officials said. A 1.5 percent sales tax would collect Santa Ana about $60 million. Council members were vocal about the need for more money to avoid service cuts when they voted Tuesday, July 3, to seek the sales tax increase. “Nothing’s … [Read more...] about Santa Ana will ask voters in November to increase local sales tax; the question is how much
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Ashley Foster, 23, who has been homeless for three years, fixes her bicycle along the Santa Ana River Trail last month. Foster lived along the trail until earlier this year, when hundreds of homeless people and their encampments were removed from the trail. (Philip Cheung/For The Washington Post) A homeless woman lays on the grass in front of the Santa Ana Public Library in Santa Ana, Calif. (Philip Cheung/For The Washington Post) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds A man walks past belongings of homeless people on Santa Ana Boulevard. Residents in fast-gentrifying areas are getting increasingly frustrated with the level of homelessness, and inaction on the part of politicians. (Philip Cheung/For The Washington Post) The fenced-off Plaza of the Flags, which is adjacent to the Santa Ana City Hall. County workers and police cleared the square of more than 200 homeless people in April. (Philip Cheung/For The Washington Post) A portion of the Santa Ana River … [Read more...] about As gentrification escalates in California, people wonder: Where can the homeless go?
By Alicia Robinson | [email protected] | The Orange County RegisterApril 25, 2018 at 4:01 pm Several months after shutting down a weekly syringe exchange at Santa Ana’s Civic Center, the same nonprofit is seeking state approval to operate a mobile program to get clean needles to injection drug users. The Orange County Needle Exchange Program has applied to the California Department of Public Health to run a mobile needle exchange in designated areas of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Orange and Santa Ana. A van or other vehicle would visit each city between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at least once a week, with more frequent service as needed, said Jemma Alarcon, one of the program’s co-founders. “The locations that we’re hoping to work at are largely industrial zones, so we’re definitely trying to stay away from places where there are children around,” Alarcon said. City leaders are already raising potential concerns about the proposal and said they plan to weigh in … [Read more...] about Mobile needle exchange service proposed in Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Orange and Santa Ana