The unanimous decision came after more than three dozen public commenters spoke against the expansion and none supported it. Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said the expansion will bring an additional $5 million in revenue to the county without requiring more staff.
Abraham Medina writes that Santa Ana must break its cycle of only looking to fund one side of the ledger when it comes to public safety. City officials need a more nuanced approach that focuses more on youth investments.
A proposal in Anaheim to debate sanctuary city status is a distraction and a political stunt, writes Francisco Aviles Pino. Moreover, it distracts from the real debate that should be taking place at the local city council.
Santa Ana’s police union argues It is foolish for city council members to cut off a jail contract with ICE. Police Union Presidet Gary Serrano argues council members should do everything possible to re-engage the federal ICE contract and honor the current lawful agreement which in place.
The debate over gentrification in downtown Santa Ana continues to heat up with Downtown Inc.’s Ryan Smolar arguing that a thriving downtown can function in concert with local community development needs and culture.