Santa Ana City Council Approves Controversial Apartments Project in Park Santiago Neighborhood

A much-disputed apartment complex is moving forward in north Santa Ana, after two years of uncertainty and protests by nearby homeowners who say the project is too large for the surrounding neighborhood. The proposed apartments at 2525 N. Main St. – located in the city’s Park Santiago neighborhood – were authorized to proceed by City Council members in a 4-3 vote at their Tuesday meeting, after much downsizing by developer Ryan Ogulnick’s company Vineyards Development Corp. Council members Ceci Iglesias, David Penaloza, Jose Solorio and Vicente Sarmiento voted in support of the project. Council members Juan Villegas, newly-elected Phil Bacerra, and Mayor Miguel Pulido opposed the project.

Recall Targets Irvine Mayor Shea and Councilman Carroll

A recall petition was filed in Irvine last week against Mayor Christina Shea and Councilmember Mike Carroll alleging they are too friendly with developers. The recall is being led by Kev Abazajian, a professor at UC Irvine and former city council candidate, and Steve Berger, a lawyer who has lived in Irvine for four decades.

Voice of OC Recognizes Community Leaders at Exclusive Ambassadors Event

Voice of OC Ambassadors recently lauded three community leaders who have made a difference through penning editorials in the Voice opinion section. 

The exclusive event at Zov’s Bistro included invitations for donors who support Voice of OC at a minimum of $1,000 every year or $84 every month, called Ambassadors. Right now is the best time to become an Ambassador because contributions are tripled by the national NewsMatch fund and a local matching fund. “One of the things I’m most proud of at Voice is our Op-Ed writers,” said Voice of OC Publisher and Founder Norberto Santana, Jr. “They take up their pens and take action in the community — spurring vibrant discussions.”

Santana told VOC Ambassadors that the Opinion section is an integral piece of building a civically engaged community allowing residents to express local policy ideas in a coherent and respectful manner. The Opinion section also reaches people who influence or make important decisions in the community offering them a chance to gage community opinion, Santana added. “No matter who you are, you can stand toe to toe with the community decision makers on that Op-Ed page and make your point,” Santana said.