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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2007 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
Deciding to forgo a special election, Santa Ana City Council members voted 4 to 2 late Tuesday to appoint attorney Vincent Sarmiento to serve the 21 months remaining in the term of Jose Solorio, who recently was elected to the Assembly. Sarmiento, who served on the city's Community Housing and Redevelopment Commission, said he hoped to advance the city's redevelopment plans, which include land between the city's downtown and train station along Santa Ana Boulevard.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 2010 | By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
The Orange County Grand Jury harshly criticized Santa Ana's City Council for awarding a transportation contract in a process that was "fraught with political and administrative inconsistencies," according to a report released Monday. The contract with Cordoba Corp. was to help launch a streetcar project that would be the largest transportation endeavor in the city's history. According to the report, the bulk of a $4.85-million consulting agreement was awarded to a firm that experts had rated the least qualified of all the bidders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
Santa Ana has hired away Phoenix's city manager and has agreed to an annual salary and benefits package of more than half a million dollars, instantly making him one of the highest paid city employees in California. David Cavazos, a longtime Phoenix employee who rose through the ranks from intern to city manager during his 26-year tenure, would have a total compensation package of $558,625 in his first year in Santa Ana. Only the city manager in tiny Indian Wells is listed as having a higher salary and benefits package at $677,172, according to the state controller's office, which most recently released data for 2011.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2014 | Adolfo Flores and Anh Do
Police have arrested a second woman and are looking for a third in connection with the death of a recent college graduate who was beaten as she waited outside a trendy Santa Ana nightclub. The latest arrest capped a frustrating week for police as they tried to coax reluctant witnesses to come forward and appealed for videos that bystanders took of the incident. Police and city leaders made a point Friday of stressing that the death of Kim Pham is not considered a hate crime, and the mayor of the predominantly Latino city urged Vietnamese American residents to remain calm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2008 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
When property owners complained that an ambitious plan to revamp a 123-block stretch of downtown Santa Ana could jeopardize their livelihoods, the plan's map was quietly redrawn. And when the new map emerged last year, the redevelopment zone no longer included businesses owned by the families of Mayor Miguel Pulido and Councilman Vincent Sarmiento.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2008 | Christopher Goffard and Tony Barboza, Goffard and Barboza are Times staff writers.
An effort to turn a suburban neighborhood into Orange County's 35th city appeared headed to failure Tuesday in early voting as Rossmoor residents lined up on the side of remaining an unincorporated county island. The 1.6-square-mile sliver of land between Seal Beach and Los Alamitos would have been a self-sufficient entity supported by a new utility tax. Proponents of Measure U argued that cityhood meant local control and better services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2008 | My-Thuan Tran, Times Staff Writer
In Santa Ana, voters will decide whether to stick with a veteran mayor who has guided the city for nearly 14 years or elect a newcomer to the post. In nearby Irvine, the entire City Council is running for office. Countywide, there are 13 Vietnamese American candidates running for elected office, 10 in Garden Grove and Westminster alone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Anh Do
Police and Santa Ana city officials said Friday they don't believe the slaying of Kim Pham outside a local nightclub was a hate crime. The mayor of the predominantly Latino city urged Vietnamese American residents to remain calm. "We don't see this as a hate or gang crime," said Mayor Miguel Pulido, who added that he considers the altercation to be "an isolated incident. " Police have arrested a second woman and are looking for a third in connection with Pham's death.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
The city of Santa Ana has hired away Phoenix's city manager and has agreed to a salary and benefits package of more than $500,000, making him one of the highest paid city employees in California. David CavazosĀ is a long-time Phoenix city employee who rose through the ranks from intern to city manager over 26 years. In Santa Ana, he will earn a base salary of $315,000, the same base amount he made as manager in Phoenix, which has a population of 1.47 million. Santa Ana has a population of about 330,000.
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