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February 26, 1991 | LILY ENG and BOB SCHWARTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Fifty years ago, Hispanics made up barely 15% of Santa Ana's population. Mostly farm workers and laborers, they were forced to attend "Mexican" schools, not allowed to eat in certain restaurants, and segregated into five barrios. Now, according to U.S. Census figures released Monday, they make up 65% of the population, giving Santa Ana by far the highest percentage of Hispanics of any major California city.
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April 15, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
Two homeless sex offenders accused of killing four women in Orange County could face the death penalty after being charged with m urder in the commission of rape and lying in wait, authorities said. Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, were formally charged Monday , three days after they were arrested  in an industrial area of Anaheim not far from the trash-sorting facility where the body of 21-year-old Jarrae Nykkole Estepp was found last month on a conveyor belt.
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May 12, 1992 | JAMES F. PELTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
J. D. Power & Associates in Agoura Hills is nearly synonymous with car research, which Power has earned by publishing customer-satisfaction surveys and other analyses for the world's auto makers for more than a decade. But that isn't stopping AutoPacific Group Inc. of Santa Ana from trying to muscle in on parts of Power's business.
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April 14, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
The greater Los Angeles area will experience "significant warming" and gusty winds Monday, forecasters warned. The Santa Ana winds are expected to last through midday, reaching  from 20 to 30 mph, with gusts of up to 50 mph in some parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures, meanwhile, are expected to the mid-80s in the valleys and inland areas, and mid-70s at the beaches. The high winds and temperatures are the result of a  high pressure system developing over the region.
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September 11, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
The body of a 24-year-old Santa Ana man was found dumped in a residential neighborhood after an apparent fight, police said Wednesday. Gustavo Avalos Salazar sustained visible injuries to his upper torso and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics in the 1000 block of Walnut Street. An autopsy is expected to be completed Wednesday afternoon, said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. “It was not a shooting, it was not a stabbing, so what caused it I don't know,” Bertagna said.
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June 23, 2013 | By Jason Felch
A 7-year-old Santa Ana boy was shot in the leg Saturday night when a gunman in an SUV fired multiple rounds into a car driven by the boy's father. The boy, his father and another family member were looking for a parking spot in the 2600 block of S. Towner Street in Santa Ana about 11:15 p.m. when the SUV pulled up and the gunman began shooting, said Santa Ana police Cmdr. Eric Paulson. One round penetrated the right rear door of the car and hit the boy's leg. The father drove the boy to a local hospital, where the injury was determined not to be life-threatening, Paulson said.
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October 4, 2013 | By a Times Staff Writer
Wind gust topping 50 mph were reported in some parts of Southern California on Friday as Santa Ana winds battered the region. The strong winds and dry conditions have officials worried about wildfires this weekend. Red flag warnings are in affect this weekend. And the National Weather Service issued wind warnings through Saturday evening. Just .09 inches of rain has fallen in the last three months, said JPL climatologist Bill Patzert. "I can't exaggerate how crispy it is out there," he said.
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July 25, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Police are investigating a brief pursuit in Santa Ana on Wednesday that ended with two children being injured in a car crash. The incident began when a man and woman were stopped by police on Cedar Street near Edinger Avenue. "The officer was doing some type of investigation of the man and wife, and for some reason, the suspect takes off," Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna told The Times. The suspects' vehicle then slammed into a van carrying four family members, including two young boys, authorities said.
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January 24, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Homicide detectives in Santa Ana are investigating the early Friday morning shooting death of a man who was discovered lying on the ground in a residential neighborhood. Police said the man's identity is still not known. Someone called police about 1:10 a.m. Friday to report that a person was lying on the ground in the 1400 block of South Standard Street, according to a Santa Ana police news release. The officers who responded to the scene saw that the man had been shot and alerted paramedics, who pronounced him dead at the scene, said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.
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January 31, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Detectives in Santa Ana are asking for the public's help in identifying a vehicle involved in a drive-by shooting that was captured on video. The video, shot by a home surveillance camera, shows the driver of a black car pulling up next to a man on a red bicycle while a passenger takes a shot at the bicyclist as he swerves away. The shooter misses and the bicyclist keeps riding. The incident occurred about noon Tuesday on East Myrtle Street, near Halladay Street, about a block from an elementary school.
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April 14, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
Authorities said Monday that a pair of sex offenders suspected of raping and murdering at least four women probably wore their court-ordered GPS devices during the crimes. Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, had been required to wear the devices after serving time in prison for sexually assaulting a child under the age of 14. Police on Monday also said that they are now “confident” that there is a fifth victim -- and perhaps more -- in a string of slayings that has been tied to a pair of registered sex offenders.
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April 14, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
A pair of registered sex offenders now accused in a string of Orange County slayings had cut off their electronic monitoring devices in 2012 and fled to Nevada, where they stayed at the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, court records show. Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 46, both had served prison time on sex crimes and pleaded guilty to failing to register as sex offenders when they were picked up two weeks later in Las Vegas, according to authorities and court records.
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April 14, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Murder and rape charges were filed Monday against two registered sex offenders accused of killing four women who vanished from the streets of Orange County. Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, were formally charged Monday with murder in the commission of rape and lying in wait, accusations that would make them subject to the death penalty. Both have prior convictions, and have done time in prison for sex crimes against a child under the age of 14. The two transients were arrested Friday in an industrial area of Anaheim, not far from the trash-sorting facility where the body of 21-year-old Jarrae Nykkole Estepp was found last month on a conveyor belt.
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April 13, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
The Orange County transients arrested on suspicion of killing four women are registered sex offenders and probationers who were living in Anaheim when the slayings occurred, according to interviews and court records. Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, were required to wear GPS devices and, as transients, had to check in with Anaheim police every 30 days, authorities said. Santa Ana and Anaheim police, who conducted a joint investigation, provided few details Sunday about the arrests, which left many unanswered questions.
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April 13, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
Two transients arrested in Orange County on suspicion of killing four women were registered sex offenders who were required to wear electronic monitoring devices and check in with police every 30 days, according to law enforcement authorities and court records. Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, were arrested Friday evening in an industrial part of Anaheim, just blocks from the trash-sorting center where the body of one victim, Jarrae Nykkole Estepp, 21, was found last month.
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April 12, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Adolfo Flores
Two men have been arrested in connection with the slayings of at least four women in Orange County, including one whose body was found at an Anaheim trash center and three others who disappeared from Santa Ana .  Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, who were described as transients, were arrested on East La Palma Avenue about an hour apart Friday evening, Anaheim police Lt. Bob Dunn said.  Dunn said the two men were being booked...
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October 4, 2013 | By Craig Nakano and Dianne de Guzman
Solar Decathlon, the U.S. Department of Energy biennial student competition to design and build modern sustainable houses, was forced to close temporarily on Friday because of the Santa Ana winds whipping through the competition site at the Great Park in Irvine. About 1:30 p.m., however, officials said the houses would reopen for public touring around 2:30 this afternoon. Portions of the related green design expo remained temporarily closed Friday. [ Update: The green design expo reopened Saturday.]
BUSINESS
January 15, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
Two Santa Ana office towers near the 55 Freeway have sold for $82.5 million to a New York private equity investment firm. Blackstone Group bought 1 and 2 MacArthur Place from GLL Real Estate Partners, real estate brokerage Jones Lang LaSalle said. The nine-story buildings have a combined total of nearly 410,000 square feet. QUIZ: Do you remember the biggest business news stories of 2013? The properties are located on the same site as retail and residential properties and are also near John Wayne Airport.
SPORTS
April 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
If there ever were a unanimous pick for boys' basketball player of the year in Southern California, this would be the season, and Stanley Johnson would be the player. The Santa Ana Mater Dei star was the best player from start to finish. The 6-foot-7 senior averaged 25 points and 8.1 rebounds in leading the Monarchs to a 35-0 record and a fourth consecutive state championship. He's the only boys' player in California history to win titles in four consecutive seasons at the upper-division level.
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