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“Trans Lives Matter:” Trans woman found deceased, police investigating causes by Vickie Vértiz In the late morning of Thursday June 12, Zoraida Reyes, a transgender activist in the LGBT community of Orange County, suffered what the Anaheim Police Department calls a suspicious death. According to the Orange County Register, investigation into the crime continues as autopsy results have not determined a cause of death, police said Sunday. Reyes, a graduate of UC Santa Barbara, was found around 11 a.m. on Thursday on the 200 block of North State College Boulevard in Anaheim. Authorities further confirmed that an initial autopsy was completed Friday, but the official cause of death had not been determined. Toxicology reports and other testing will likely yield more answers, but could take up to four months. Dunn also said that detectives found evidence which suggests Reyes did not die where she was found. De Colores Orange County, a local LGBT group dedicated to creating community visibility,
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More than $316 million invested in the community; additional service enhancements included improving neighborhoods and community infrastructure, and fostering economic growth. The City Council committed to a community investment of more than $316 million for new or improved parks and community centers, continuing street and transportation improvements, and utility system upgrades. The FY 2014/15 approved budget, including ser-
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vice enhancements, represents an increase of 3.7% from the previous year. Based on the five-year plan, the City will include an additional $2.9 million in public safety and neighborhood service enhancements on an ongoing basis. These include staffing increases for Police,
on her face when surrounded by loved ones.” She was known for helping others in any way she could. Her life was celebrated Fri-
Anaheim city council adopts balanced budget for fiscal year 2014/15 The Anaheim City Council unanimously approved the City’s $1.6 billion budget for fiscal year 2014/15, and it represents a diverse plan that provides for innovative programs and thoughtful investments in our neighborhoods. With the approval of the budget, the City remains committed to the community with a focus on strengthening public safety,
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One of the highlights of a child’s summer vacation is the Library’s annual Summer Reading Program. This June and July, Anaheim Library’s “Paws to Read” program will offer children a lot of fun while they learn about and interact with some of their animal friends. Summer Reading Program registration begins Monday, June 16 at any of Anaheim’s seven libraries, plus at the Bookmobile. Each child will receive a chart to keep track of their time spent reading, as well as to win fun prizes. Each Library location will offer special programs and activities, plus opportunities to give back to the animals and pets that we love. Please reference the list below. Rainforest Animals - at Haskett, June 26 at 3:30 pm Creepy Crawlers (insect program) - at Ponderosa, June 28 at 12 pm Animal Kindness Program with the SPCA – at Ponderosa, June 24 at 5:30 pm Wonders of Wildlife - at East Anaheim, June 26 at 11 am Stuffed Animal Sleepover drop your animal off for a library sleepover, pick him up the next day to hear about his overnight adventures - at Sunkist, July 1 at 6:30 pm Animal Magic - at Sunkist, July 8 at 6:30 pm & at East, July
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and political activism by organizing various kinds of events, created a fundraiser to help pay for funeral expenses. The fundraising page states that Zoraida was “a loving girl, one that was always calm, a bit shy and wore a smile
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Rep. Chu reacts to visiting temporary shelter for unaccompanied minors Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27) visited the Naval Base Ventura County in Oxnard, California over the weekend, a temporary shelter where unaccompanied children are being transferred and housed. President Obama recently announced a multi-agency directive to respond to the surge of unaccompanied children crossing the border without a parent or legal guardian. The Naval Base is expected to house up to 600 children, ranging from ages 13 to 17. “Seeing the children today hit home for me that this is a humanitarian crisis that requires a humanitarian solution,” said Rep. Chu. “These children made the life or death decision to leave their home and cross the border alone -- to flee the extreme violence and
crime that has taken a foothold in Central America. Their safety and addressing the underlying international factors causing this crisis is of upmost concern. I look forward to exploring humanitarian solutions during the House Judiciary hearing on this issue next week.” The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has taken steps to address this issue with the goal to safely and quickly transport the unaccompanied children to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as the law requires. On June 1, at the direction of President Obama, a Unified Coordination Group, with the Federal Management Agency (FEMA) at its head, was established to leverage resources to provide humanitarian relief to the ongoing situation.
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MUZEO appoints new chief executive officer MUZEO, a seven-year-old museum and educational center, announces the appointment of Daniel M. Finley as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Finley is a seasoned executive with leadership experience in the museum and government sectors. He has served as President and CEO of the Autry National Center of the American West in Los Angeles and President and CEO of the Milwaukee Public Museum in Wisconsin. Prior to his work in museum management, Mr. Finley served four 4-year terms as the elected County Executive of Waukesha County, Wisconsin, having served previously as an elected member of the Waukesha County Board of Supervisors and as its Chairman from 1988-91. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Mr. Finley started
his career as Director of Development for Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He resides in Dana Point, California. "Dan Finley is a great match for MUZEO, bringing outstanding experience in museum leadership, fundraising and government relations that will be key elements to the future success of this young and vibrant institution," commented Curt Pringle, Chairman of the MUZEO Foundation Board of Directors. "I can't wait to get started to make MUZEO the centerpiece of Anaheim's downtown renaissance and to grow it to attract visitors from throughout the region," commented Mr. Finley. Mr. Finley was selected during a national search conducted by Arts Orange County, the countywide nonprofit arts council, and will begin work on July 1.
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day evening in downtown Santa Ana as more than100 people who knew Reyes gathered at Santa Ana Plaza, at the corner of 4th and French streets. Photos of Reyes show her at events, speaking or connecting with others, and always smiling. Those who attended the memorial carried small pink, white, and blue flags, while others held cardboard signs that read, “Trans Lives Matter” and “Trans Love.” Javier Saucedo organized the event and said Zoraida “was a leader in our community.” Reyes was active in other local and national groups advocating for the rights of transgender people and undocumented immigrants. Fellow activists said that she was born in Mexico, but raised in Santa Ana, attending Century High School, Santa Ana College, and UC Santa Barbara. Patty Malagon, who knew Reyes, said she believes the death sends a strong message that more must be done to ensure equality for LGBT people.
“We need to teach future generations how to love and respect people,” she said. Friends also remembered her as also fearless when it came to her identity. Rafael Solorzano, another friend said, “We want people to celebrate her how she celebrated herself, as a woman.” Violent crimes against transgendered occur too often and are frequently not reported for various reasons including a historical lack of understanding, criminalization, and ridicule from authorities. Police officials have not called the event a hate crime, but sadly, many other transgender deaths have fallen under the category. The farewell funeral service viewing was held Sunday, June 22, 2014 at the Brown Colonial Mortuary, Santa Ana, CA 92706. The expense fund will be open until this week. Visit this website to contribute to the community fund: http://www.gofundme.com/ Zoraida.
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Pearson Park Amphitheatre summer night shows and concert series’ The summer season is underway, and for Anaheim families and friends, that includes Pearson Park Amphitheatre’s “Summer Nights Under the Stars” Family Shows and Concert Series. The downtown, outdoor amphitheatre is located in beautiful Pearson Park (401 N. Lemon.) Free parking is available at the corner of Lincoln and Anaheim Blvd. The 2014 event calendar is as follows: June 27: The Mad Scientist, 6:30 p.m.* July 11: Nonosina Polynesian Review, 6:30 p.m.* July 18: The Happy Crowd, 6:30 p.m.* July 25: Anthony the Magic, 6:30 p.m.* July 26: Willie, Waylon and Johnny Cash as “The Highwaymen” (Country Western Tribute Concert), 8:00 p.m. Aug. 1: The Anaheim Ballet, 6:30 p.m. Free! Aug. 8: Silk and Thunder Korean Dance Troupe, 6:30 p.m.* Aug. 9: Team Millennia, “Happiness is Now” Teen Show (Hip Hop Dance Show), 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15: Lego movie, 8:00 p.m. Free! Aug. 22: Frozen movie, 8:00 p.m. Free! Sept. 13: The Fab Four ( The Ultimate Tribute Band to the Beatles), 8:00 p.m. *The Family Show series tickets are $3 per person, and children 8-and-under are free. Tickets are available at www. anaheim.net/pearsontheatre, or by visiting the box office one hour prior to each show. Come early and children can participate in creating a Free Kids Craft project before the show, and the concession stand will be open for a light dinner. For more information please call (714)765-5274.
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10 at 11 am K949 Training for Humans with Dogs - at Canyon Hills, July 9 at 3:30 pm Pet Adoption Days with the SPCA & Barks of Love - at Central, July 10 at 4 pm & at Sunkist, July 22 at 4 pm Responsible Pet Ownership with OC Animal Care – at Ponderosa, July 12 at 11:30 am Nature’s Window - at Canyon. July 14 at 6:30 pm Make Doggy Treats - at Sunkist, July 15 at 6:30 pm Paws to Give Donation Drives in honor of Bruno at the branches June 16-July 26 (Canyon and East Anaheim fundraisers will benefit the Friends of the Anaheim Police K9 Association) Cowboy Ken – at Central,
July 17 at 3:00 pm Annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic – at Canyon, July 19 at 11 am Read with a Furry Friend – at Ponderosa, July 19 at 11:30 am Anaheim Police K9s - at East Anaheim, July 23 at 11 am O.C. Birds of Prey – at Haskett, July 24 at 3:30 pm Make Dog Treats – at Central, July 24 at 3:30 pm John Abrams Animal Magic Show – at Central, June 28 at 12 pm Barnyard Extravaganza & Petting Zoo – at Central, for ages 5 & younger on July 30 at 10:30 am For more information please visit www.anaheim.net/ library.
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Fire, Community Services, Planning and City Attorney that will directly benefit the community with improved response, program enhancements and neighborhood support. Additionally, the City added $3 million in one-time projects and purchases to benefit both neighborhood services and public safety, funded by additional revenue in the current year primarily from increased transient occupancy tax (TO) and sales tax. The FY 2014/15 budget represents four areas of community support and service: • Keeping Us Safe •Providing the Necessities • Ensuring Quality of Life • Administering Efficient Government Keeping Us Safe: The Anaheim Police Department and Anaheim Fire & Rescue are committed to keeping Anaheim safe. The departments have a total budget of $193.4 million, which includes service enhancements allowing the Anaheim Police Department to add 10 police officers and Anaheim Fire & Rescue to train an additional 15 firefighters. Furthermore, the five-year General Fund plan supports the addition of 10 police officers for each of the next three fiscal years. The FY 2014/15 budget provides for continued support of the many resources to
strengthen community policing and community outreach programs. It includes a focus on engaging youth through many programs such as Junior Cadets, Anaheim Police Explorers, Gang Reduction and Intervention Partnership (GRIP) and a new Public Safety Career Pathway for junior high school students. With a focus on their strategic plan, the Fire Department continues their efforts to repair and replace aging equipment and is committed to the delivery of high quality service to our community. Providing the Necessities: Providing the Necessities includes Public Utilities and Public Works departments that maintain the City’s infrastructures, including streets, sewers and City facilities, as well as Anaheim Public Utilities’ electric and water utility systems. Safe and efficient streets, competitive and reliable water and electric utilities and sanitation services are essential to creating and maintaining a vibrant and economically thriving community. The FY 2014/15 budget for Providing the Necessities totals $899.0 million, including service enhancements. Of this amount $289.4 million will be used to fund Capital Projects. Highlights include: • Linda Vista Reservoir and Pump Station, which can provide up to one-third of water needs for Anaheim custom-
ers on a daily basis. •The Anaheim Canyon Business District is undergoing a pedestrian improvement project, including urban greening and safe walkways. More than 32% of Anaheim’s jobs are located in this district. •Street and sewer improvements. Ensuring Quality of Life: Planning, Community Development, Community Services and Convention, Sports and Entertainment departments ensure quality of life in Anaheim. The Planning Department helps to plan and shape the economic and recreational balance of the City through building and planning review of new development; Community Development looks for ways to improve the community through economic development and affordable housing to create jobs and help those in need; Community Services provides open space and activities that allow for physical and mental stimulation to enhance the well‐being of our citizens; and the Convention, Sports and Entertainment department provides premier venues to attract visitors to expand the economic base while providing residents the opportunity to enjoy quality sports and entertainment. The FY 2014/15 budget, including service enhancements, totals $270.1 million. Of this amount $26.7 million will be used to fund Capital Projects. Highlights include: • The Anaheim Con-
vention Center and Public Utilities are partnering to complete a solar panel project. When completed later this summer, the project will be capable of producing enough electricity equal to powering 550 Anaheim homes. •The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) will open later this year. •Opening or renovation of parks and community centers, including two dog parks (at La Palma Park and Olive Hills Park), Paul Revere Park, Miraloma Park and Community Center, and Ponderosa Park, gym and family resource center. Administering Efficient Government: Administering Efficient Government includes City Council, City Administration, City Attorney, City Clerk and the City Treasurer. This group makes up only 7% of the General Fund budget, while it comprises only 1% of the total City budget. This functional group is largely supported by the General Fund and provides the leadership to carry out policies, provide legal defense and advice, financial investment of assets, and support vital record keeping functions of the City. The FY 2014/15 budget, including service enhancements, for Administering Efficient Government totals $18.6 million. For more information on the City’s budget, please visit www.anaheim.net/finance.
Ethan Bortnick The Power of Music June 28, 7pm: Ethan Bortnick - The Power of Music, with special guest Damian McGinty and the Palmdale High School Choral Union. Location: The City National Grove of Anaheim 2200 E. Katella Ave
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