Chispa is excited to endorse Carolyn Torres for Santa Ana School Board and Manny Escamilla for Santa Ana City Council Ward 4.
Bulmaro “Boomer” Vicente Receives Competitive Criminal Justice Reform Fellowship to Organize in SanTana
Those of you who follow us recognize Boomer from the many articles he’s written about police oversight over the last year. Now, learn more about him as he embarks on a new journey as a Soros Justice Fellow. Cover Photo Credit: Ben Camacho
Delays, Fees, Records Destruction: Police Departments Block Public’s Right to Know in Santa Ana/California
Across California, police departments shield their misconduct records by delaying their release, charging high fees, or outright destroying them at times. Photo by City of Santa Ana.
If showering the department and its police officers with money is supposed to improve safety, the desired outcome has failed to materialize.
Lawsuit: Former SanTana Cop Union Boss Alleges Retaliation for Opposing Union’s “Illegal” “Election Scheme” in 2016
Excerpt: Lawsuit by former SAPOA boss, John Franks and Laura Franks, alleges he was forced to resign as union president for refusing to participate in the union’s successful election scheme that supported city council candidates in exchange for their pledged to vote for the removals of then-City Manager David Cavazos and then-Chief of Police Carlos Rojas.
On February 5th,the Santa Ana City Council wrote a $25.6 million blank check to the Santa Ana Police Officers Association (SAPOA) in the form of a new contract, despite having no money in their pockets to approve the largest police pay raise in decades with a vote of 4 to 2. However, the POA failed […]
On January 31st, the City Manager and Police Chief made a joint statement in response to the Santa Ana Police Department’s (SAPD) request to destroy police records. In their statement, SAPD Chief David Valentin stated that the destruction of police records is a “routine process,” and not a response to any recently enacted legislation or […]
This year began with a new state law, SB 1421, going into effect and giving the public access to exclusive police records of misconduct and internal investigations. In Santa Ana, decades of officers’ use of force, in-custody injuries and the department’s handling of incidents, lay in boxes ready to be released. But these records may […]
Poet Karla Cordero’s backyard in carlsbad, california holds sugar snap peas, broccoli sprouts, and young to towering sunflowers that greet you as you sit down. Before talking about her book on a cool December morning, Karla gave photographer Arlene Mejorado and I a tour of all the plants she harvested with her partner and friends. […]
In the “Blue Wave” that hit Orange County, the District Attorney continues to bleed red, with a bit of sweetness. Republican Todd Spitzer defeated twenty-year incumbent, Tony Rackauckas, who left two decades of political corruption behind him to clean up. The Orange County District Attorney’s (OCDA) office, in Rackauckas’ final years, got hit with […]