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January 9, 1996 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The family of a 17-year-old who was fatally shot by a Santa Ana police officer filed a wrongful-death claim Monday and alleged that police accounts of the shooting have been inconsistent. "We talked to witnesses who watched the young man jump the fence and said they never saw a gun," said James Cesena, the Pulido family's lawyer. "The only person who said there was a gun is the officer." Joseph Pulido died Dec. 21 after a bullet pierced the back of his right shoulder as he fled from police.
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November 20, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The city of Santa Ana will pay nearly $100,000 to a white-collar criminal who was beaten and raped by a Nazi-tattooed cellmate just hours after a U.S. District Court judge ordered the men separated, officials said Monday. The out-of-court settlement stems from a Feb. 12 attack on a 32-year-old accountant awaiting trial on charges of counterfeiting.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2000 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal appeals court has handed a victory to a Santa Ana tow truck owner who used a federal trade law to circumvent towing regulations in several Orange County cities. Patrick P. Tocher, who owns Pacific Coast Motoring and California Coastal Towing, sued the cities and police departments of Santa Ana, Costa Mesa and Tustin in 1995, contending that deregulation laws passed by Congress usurped city ordinances.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2001 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Within a week after the Santa Ana City Council approved an $8.3-million bond issue to buy eight dilapidated apartment buildings on South Minnie Street, Hermandad Mexicana Nacional of Santa Ana filed suit to try to stop the redevelopment project, alleging a conflict of interest because the mayor had ties to a part owner of the buildings. Hermandad leader Nativo Lopez said he filed the lawsuit a week after the council's March 5 vote because Mayor Miguel A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The mother of a 10-year-old fifth-grader has sued Santa Ana Unified School District for advancing her son through five years of elementary school even though he could not read or write English. Lourdes Gutierrez of Santa Ana claims in a lawsuit filed last week that educators of Glenn Martin Elementary School "wrongfully and unlawfully" failed to properly teach her son, Roberto, causing him "humiliation" among his classmates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1991
Barely a year ago, Santa Ana's advocates for the homeless and the city were pitted against each other in disputes over the city's homeless population. The situation worsened when police conducted a "sweep" of Civic Center homeless, an action that backfired legally. The city appears to have learned something from its past failures, however. There is a new spirit of cooperation in Santa Ana on homeless issues.
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February 9, 1989 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, Times Staff Writer
In a major ruling that thwarts Santa Ana's efforts to rid its streets of hookers, a Superior Court judge Wednesday rejected the city's plan to declare more than a hundred prostitution suspects "a public nuisance" and ban them from a notorious strip of Harbor Boulevard. Judge William F. McDonald found that the city had failed to conclusively establish that the people cited by police in recent weeks had done anything wrong.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1993 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The parents of a 15-year-old boy who was fatally wounded by a Santa Ana police officer during a 1992 gang battle filed suit Tuesday against the city and the Police Department. Jose DeJesus Jimenez was shot twice in the back by Officer Steven Serrano, according to the suit, after the teen-ager fled a gang fight near First and Flower streets. Jimenez died several days later of his wounds. Police declined to comment on the suit Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1995 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two men who claimed their civil rights were violated after they were bitten by Santa Ana police dogs have lost a bid to have their cases heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court on Monday let stand without comment earlier rulings that the men had failed to prove the use of excessive force by the Santa Ana Police Department canine unit. The news was applauded by attorneys who represented Santa Ana in the cases stemming from two unrelated 1991 incidents involving police dogs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1992 | GEBE MARTINEZ
Declaring that the city's strict residential occupancy limits discriminate against minorities and low-income residents, the state Department of Housing and Community Development on Tuesday joined a legal fight against the restrictions. State officials filed written arguments in a lawsuit before the 4th District Court of Appeal, which is considering the case brought by Santa Ana resident Ascencion Briseno.
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April 8, 2001 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After years of living in perhaps the most blighted housing in Orange County, residents of the Minnie Street apartments in Santa Ana enjoyed a surge of optimism when the city began renovating the buildings' exteriors a few weeks ago. Construction crews launched a $5-million restoration project to give 46 buildings in the 1100 block of South Minnie Street a modern facade and landscaping. The city is paying for the exterior renovation, and the building owners have until 2004 to do interior repairs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2000 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal appeals court has handed a victory to a Santa Ana tow truck owner who used a federal trade law to circumvent towing regulations in several Orange County cities. Patrick P. Tocher, who owns Pacific Coast Motoring and California Coastal Towing, sued the cities and police departments of Santa Ana, Costa Mesa and Tustin in 1995, contending that deregulation laws passed by Congress usurped city ordinances.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2000 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal appeals court has handed a victory to a Santa Ana tow truck owner who used a federal trade law to circumvent towing regulations in several Orange County cities. Patrick P. Tocher, who owns Pacific Coast Motoring and California Coastal Towing, sued the cities and police departments of Santa Ana, Costa Mesa and Tustin in 1995, contending that deregulation laws passed by Congress transcended city ordinances.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2000 | Alex Katz, (714) 966-5977
The Orange County Transportation Authority agreed Friday to pay $8 million to the city to settle a lawsuit over the authority's plan to build a 30-acre bus depot on MacArthur Boulevard by the Santa Ana River. The city sued last year to block the authority's purchase of the land, which the city had hoped to use for a commercial development that would attract about 1,200 jobs and substantial tax revenue. The authority bought the former Associated Concrete lot in October 1999.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2000 | JENNIFER MENA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Santa Ana ended a 21-year-old civil rights case Tuesday by agreeing to pay $650,000 to former Latino police officers who alleged that they were discriminated against. City Atty. Joseph W. Fletcher said Santa Ana has spent $1.8 million fighting the 1979 lawsuit filed by Jesse J. Sanchez, Victor Torres and Robert Caro, who said they were forced out of the department by racist attitudes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2000 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Santa Ana city officials have paid $700,000 to a couple who charged they were tricked into selling their bakery at a loss to accommodate the city's Bristol Street widening project. Jorge and Maria Merino, who owned the popular South Coast Bakery for 14 years, agreed to the settlement, which was approved by a Superior Court judge Tuesday, the same day that a lawsuit filed by the couple against the city was to go to trial.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1995 | LESLEY WRIGHT
A private ambulance company on Thursday failed to win a court order preventing Orange officials from starting their own emergency ambulance service, but will be back in court next week to try again. Superior Court Judge Robert Jameson denied the request for a restraining order from CareLine California without comment.
NEWS
August 21, 1991 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The future looks brighter for 30 homeless people since the City Council decided Monday to pay them $400,000 to settle civil rights lawsuits stemming from their arrests at the Civic Center last year. One man vowed to give some of his money to the charitable organizations that had given him food and shelter. Another looked forward to getting cleaned up and buying new clothes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1999 | MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The board overseeing Santa Ana's federal empowerment zone is calling for a congressional inquiry into a transportation agency's rushed $23-million purchase of a prime piece of land that zone officials had counted on to create 1,200 jobs and substantial tax revenue.
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