Santa Ana’s acting police chief was suddenly switched Tuesday for the second time in as many months. Officials said the change was completely unrelated to the possible hiring of a former CHP officer who made national headlines when video showed him repeatedly punching a woman in the face who was on the ground along the 10 freeway in Los Angeles.
If the deficits continue and the city has to draw from rainy day funds, it could be pushed to the brink of bankruptcy a few years from now. City officials say they’re working hard to find ways to save costs and grow revenues.
Investigations into the Santa Ana mayor, county supervisor, and state senator are the subject of a records request by Craig Hunter, who alleged in a legal claim this month that District Attorney Tony Rackauckas “interfered in political corruption criminal investigations.” A spokeswoman for Rackauckas disputes the claim.
Most of the City Council supports a discussion about new oversight, including the possible creation of a civilian review panel that would examine police use-of-force incidents. The city paid more than $8 million last year to settle police shooting lawsuits.
Councilman Jose Solorio proposed keeping the ICE contract, saying it helps detained immigrants stay close to their families and attorneys. Immigration activists loudly opposed it calling Solorio a “Latino Trump.”
Last month, Anaheim City Council members thought they had killed any and all plans for a streetcar in their city. But this week, the Orange County Transportation Authority’s board made it clear that a streetcar on Harbor Boulevard is still up for discussion.