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May 4, 1992 | DONNETTE DUNBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 300 members of three rival gangs marched down the boulevards of the city's downtown area Sunday in an unprecedented rally for peace. Members of F-Troop, Delhi and Santa Nita--three of the main Latino gangs in Santa Ana who have been feuding for years--joined in the one-mile march in an effort to stop drive-by shootings and senseless killings in Orange County.
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March 30, 2001 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing the defendant's cooperation, federal prosecutors Thursday took the highly unusual step of dropping extortion charges against a former Santa Ana City Council candidate who helped them crack a complex political corruption scheme orchestrated by a former councilman. The surprise move, which both prosecutors and the judge described as extraordinary, brings to a close a case that has reverberated across the city's political landscape for three years.
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September 19, 1989 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, Times Staff Writer
He had heard the warning over and over again, each time more dire, from his family, from his teachers, from the clergy: Get out of the gangs. John Briseno didn't listen; if anything, he says now, the somber message only drove him more resolutely than ever into the angry life style of a Santa Ana gang member. After all, he figured, he had already survived nearly a decade of gang life--knifings, drugs, drunken binges, assaults and robberies.
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February 1, 2001 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Santa Ana Councilman Ted R. Moreno, convicted of extortion and money-laundering in a scheme to take control of the City Council, was sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison Wednesday after making a tearful speech in which he said his goal was to keep gays out of the city. Acknowledging his misdeeds for the first time, Moreno explained that he sought money from an FBI informant so that he could gain a majority on the City Council and stop what he saw as Santa Ana's moral decline.
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September 6, 2000 | RICHARD MAROSI and STUART PFEIFER and HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A federal jury on Tuesday convicted Santa Ana Councilman Ted R. Moreno on 25 counts of extortion, money laundering and mail fraud stemming from an elaborate scheme to win majority control on the City Council. The conviction caps a four-year case in which Moreno, 33, accepted cash from a gas station owner with the promise of helping him secure a beer and wine li cense; Moreno used the money in an unsuccessful attempt to elect several political allies to the council.
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November 5, 2000 | TINA BORGATTA and DENIENE HUSTED, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While controversies have stirred the political pot in three Orange County cities in recent months, they seem to have had only modest impact on local municipal races. In Yorba Linda--an upscale community that endured a year of legal wrangling with former City Manager Arthur C. Simonian--council candidates at most are asking voters to bring civility and accountability back to City Hall.
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May 28, 1991 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Several city officials are questioning a $340,000 consulting contract that was awarded last month to a firm owned by two former city board members who resigned their posts so they could bid on the contract. When Kathleen Rosenow resigned earlier this year from the Community Redevelopment Commission, she explained that her eight-year membership on the board had prevented her consulting firm from doing business with the city.
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December 5, 2000 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge on Monday sentenced former Santa Ana City Councilman Tony Espinoza to one year of probation and 250 hours of community service for lying to investigators probing a scheme to take control of the council. Espinoza, the second of four defendants to be sentenced in the case, pleaded guilty earlier this year to one felony count of lying to federal investigators. Calling the case a "tragedy" for the community, U.S. District Judge Gary L.
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March 30, 2001 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing the defendant's cooperation, federal prosecutors Thursday took the highly unusual step of dropping extortion charges against a former Santa Ana City Council candidate who helped them crack a complex political corruption scheme orchestrated by a former councilman. The surprise move, which both prosecutors and the judge described as extraordinary, brings to a close a case that has reverberated across the city's political landscape for three years.
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February 1, 2001 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Santa Ana councilman convicted of extortion and money-laundering in a scheme to take control of the City Council was sentenced Wednesday to nearly five years in federal prison after making a tearful speech in which he said his goal was to keep gays out of the city. Acknowledging his misdeeds for the first time, former Councilman Ted R. Moreno said hesought money from an FBI informant so that he could elect a majority on the City Council and stop what he saw as Santa Ana's moral decline.
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February 1, 2001 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Santa Ana councilman convicted of extortion and money-laundering in a scheme to take control of the City Council was sentenced Wednesday to nearly five years in federal prison after making a tearful speech in which he said his goal was to keep gays out of the city. Acknowledging his misdeeds for the first time, former Councilman Ted R. Moreno said hesought money from an FBI informant so that he could elect a majority on the City Council and stop what he saw as Santa Ana's moral decline.
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January 26, 2001 | JACK LEONARD and RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal prosecutors will ask that former Santa Ana Councilman Ted R. Moreno spend nine years behind bars for a political corruption scheme aimed at taking control of the City Council, according to court documents filed Thursday. Calling the politician "fully unrepentant," the U.S. attorney's office filed a sentencing position imploring a judge to ignore calls for leniency made by Moreno's supporters.
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December 5, 2000 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge on Monday sentenced former Santa Ana City Councilman Tony Espinoza to one year of probation and 250 hours of community service for lying to investigators probing a scheme to take control of the council. Espinoza, the second of four defendants to be sentenced in the case, pleaded guilty earlier this year to one felony count of lying to federal investigators. Calling the case a "tragedy" for the community, U.S. District Judge Gary L.
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December 4, 2000 | TINA BORGATTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He grew up in a migrant farm-working family and holds a Harvard degree in public policy. She moved to the United States from Mexico at the age of 10 not knowing a word of English and now works as an Orange County deputy district attorney. Meet Jose Solorio and Claudia Alvarez, young Latino professionals who came from humble beginnings and tackled hefty challenges. Tonight they will take seats on the Santa Ana City Council. With Mayor Miguel A.
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November 5, 2000 | TINA BORGATTA and DENIENE HUSTED, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While controversies have stirred the political pot in three Orange County cities in recent months, they seem to have had only modest impact on local municipal races. In Yorba Linda--an upscale community that endured a year of legal wrangling with former City Manager Arthur C. Simonian--council candidates at most are asking voters to bring civility and accountability back to City Hall.
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September 16, 2000 | STUART PFEIFER and DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A federal judge agreed Friday to release Santa Ana Councilman Ted R. Moreno from jail until his December sentencing on political corruption charges, but only after he agreed to reside outside Orange County. Moreno will live under electronic "house arrest" with his sister in the northern San Diego County town of Vista--a point required by prosecutors who feared the suspended councilman might somehow lash out at colleagues at City Hall.
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November 9, 1999 | DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The government can introduce as evidence grand jury testimony and other statements given by former Santa Ana Councilman Tony Espinoza in the public corruption case against him and two political allies, a federal judge ruled Monday. Attorneys for Espinoza had tried to throw out the bulk of his statements on grounds that they were tied to a plea agreement that was later voided when Espinoza pleaded not guilty. U.S.
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October 27, 1994 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Crime, overcrowding and the pinch of steep business-license fees and taxation are the battle cries of the coming election here, which includes the largest field of candidates in city history. "Crime. Crime. Crime. Mostly crime," Reuben Martinez, a downtown small-business owner, said of residents' concerns and the content of much of this year's campaigning. With longtime Mayor Daniel H. Young stepping out of Santa Ana politics, eight candidates--including Mayor Pro Tem Miguel Pulido Jr.
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September 16, 2000
A federal judge agreed Friday to release Santa Ana Councilman Ted Moreno from jail until his December sentencing on political corruption charges, but only after he agreed to reside outside Orange County. Moreno will live under electronic "house arrest" with his sister in the San Diego suburb of Vista--a point required by prosecutors who feared the suspended councilman might lash out at colleagues at City Hall.
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September 14, 2000 | RAUL GALLEGOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Placentia Councilwoman Maria Moreno will have her name on the November ballot despite missing the city's filing deadline, an Orange County Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday. Superior Court Judge Linda Sheldon rejected a lawsuit filed by four other candidates for the City Council, upholding a lower court ruling that Moreno should be allowed on the Nov. 7 ballot even though she turned her reelection papers into the city clerk three days late.
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