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  • If you're interested in moving to Orange County anytime soon, you might be shocked to find out just how much income you need to afford an average house.

    According to a recent report by the California Association of Realtors, San Bernardino County remains the most affordable place in Southern California to buy a home, while Orange County is the least affordable.

    A typical home buyer needs to earn $157,950 per year to afford an average Orange County home. About 21% of Orange County households earned enough to afford the typical $3,950-a-month house payment on the median price of $788,000. To be considered affordable by CAR, a monthly payment must be 30% or less of a householdsgross earnings.

    San Bernardino, on the other hand, has a median house price of $269,640 which equates to a monthly payment of $1,3450. This puts the minimum income needed to afford a home there at $54,050.

    Statewide, 29% of people could afford the median-priced house which required an annual income of $110,890. Nevertheless, housing is cheaper compared to 2006 near the peak of the pre-recession housing bubble.

    To learn more about local real estate market trends or if you're interested in buying or selling in Orange County, contact us, The Wise Team, directly at(714) 698-9473for a free consultation.

  • Knotts Berry Farm will pay $260,000 to have two Buena Park police officers at the park on a full-time basis.

    The Police Department, which in the past has paid officers overtime to patrol the park during peak times, will assign those officers to the beat once it has enough staff in place, Chief Corey Sianez said.

    Park guests can expect to see officers onsite sometime in the fall.

    Knotts is one of our staple entertainment locations, said Aaron France, assistant to the city manager. We try to do our best to be a good partner in the community and help out when we can with these sort of things.

    Including salary and benefits, Knotts will pay $130,000 per officer and $40,000 for a new police vehicle, France said. Disneyland has a similar arrangement with the Anaheim Police Department, paying $8.5 million for 11 full-time sworn positions at the resort.

    Knotts officials did not respond to requests for comment.

    You look at the Disneylands and the Knotts Berry Farms of Orange County, and theyre soft targets, Sianez said. We need to make sure that we partner with Knotts and figure out ways to harden it as a target.

    Putting people in black-and-whites on the street, on patrol there, to respond to an emergency and ensure the safety of our community is our No. 1 priority.

    The Police Department provides officers to Medieval Times on weekends and Buena Park High during the week, Sianez said.

    Source: OC Register

  • Like music? Well, one of the best things about summer in Orange County is all the great concerts you can enjoy, without paying a dime. Bring your beach chair, picnic and blanket, and prepare to tap your feet, or whatever other part of your body starts to move.

    Here are some of our favorites:

    1. June 25: Laguna Niguel (Also, July 9 and July 23.) Music by Mike Wilson and Michael Physick. Shows 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free merchant samples and coupons while supplies last. Location: Laguna Niguel Promenade, 27891 La Paz Road.

    2. June 25: Huntington Beach The 75-piece Huntington Beach Concert Band performs Patriotic Pastiche. 5 p.m. in the amphitheater behind Huntington Beach Central Library. 7111 Talbert Ave. at Goldenwest Street. hbconcertband.org

    3. June 28: Buena Park Uptown Funk (Bruno Mars tribute). Boisseranc Park. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 7520 Dale St.

    4. June 29: Fullerton Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free parking. Craig Regional Park, 3300 State College Blvd. 714-973-3180.

    5. June 29: La Habra Suave (Latin, oldies) performs. 7 p.m. at El Centro-Lions Park, 320 E. Erna Ave. 562-383-4200.

    6. July 1: Cypress The Boys of Summer (Eagles tribute) play a Concert on the Green at Cypress Civic Center. 6 p.m. kids crafts 5:30 p.m. 5275 Orange Ave. Cypressrec.org

    7. July 1: San Juan Capistrano Guitarist Mike Chamberlin will sing the songs of World War II, including romantic love songs, at the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society. Two songs, at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. 31831 Los Rios Street, San Juan Capistrano.

    8. July 2: Huntington Beach Night Blooming Jazzmen. 5 p.m. in the amphitheater behind Huntington Beach Central Library. Free dance lessons start at 4:15. . 7111 Talbert Ave. at Goldenwest Street. hbconcertband.org

    9. July 6: Irvine Hollywood Stones (Rolling Stones tribute) 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free parking. Mason Regional Park. 18712 University Drive. Ocparks.com

    10. July 6: Fountain Valley The 80z Allstars rock and funk. Starts at 6 p.m. Fountain Valley Live! Recreation Center & Sports Park. 16400 Brookhurst St.

    11. July 6: San Clemente Kelly Boys Country Music. 6 p.m. at Linda Lane Park. 400 Linda Lane. San Clemente. Learn how to line dance, too. Food truck available.

    12. July 7-8: Mission Viejo Shrek In Concert. Saddleback College. 7:30 p.m. Upper Campus Quad. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo. Free parking. Reserved seating and dinner from food trucks available for purchase.

    13. July 8: Cypress Elvis Presley tribute. Free Concert on the Green at Cypress Civic Center. 6 p.m. kids crafts 5:30 p.m. . 5275 Orange Ave. Cypressrec.org

    14. July 8. La Palma Smokin Cobras (classic rock and jazz). Concerts at Central Park. 6:30-8:00 p.m. cityoflapalma.org.

    15. July 9. Newport Beach Flashback Heart Attack. 7:30 p.m. at the Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive. Free parking. Food trucks. newportbeachca.gov/CulturalArts

    16. July 13: Irvine Open Arms and Flashback Heart Attack. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free parking. Mason Regional Park. 18712 University Drive. Ocparks.com

    17. July 13: Fountain Valley Stone Soul (classic soul and Motown). Starts at 6 p.m. Fountain Valley Live! Recreation Center & Sports Park. 16400 Brookhurst St.

    18. July 13: La Habra The Answer (Rock, oldies) 7 p.m. at La Habra Marketplace, 1801 W. Imperial Hwy. Learn more at Community Center at 562-383-4200.

    19. July 14: Mission Viejo Shep Shepherd (big band). Saddleback College. 7:30 p.m. Upper Campus Quad. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy. Free parking. Reserved seating and food truck food available for purchase.

    20. July 15. La Palma Stone Soul (classic soul and Motown). Concerts at Central Park. 7821 Walker St. 6:30-8 p.m. cityoflapalma.org.

    21. July 15: Cypress West Coast Pops Orchestra. Free Concert on the Green at Cypress Civic Center. 6 p.m. kids crafts 5:30 p.m. 5275 Orange Ave. Cypress. Cypressrec.org

    22. July 16: Newport Beach Pacific Symphony in the Cities. Musical playground at 5:30 p.m.with interactive and hands-on activities for children. Newport Beach Civic Center. Concert 7 p.m. 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach. newportbeachca.gov/CulturalArts

    23. July 19: Irvine Pacific Symphony in the Cities concert at Mike Ward Community Park. Musical playground 5:30 p.m. Concert 7 p.m. 20 Lake Rd. 949-724-6606.

    24. July 19: Seal Beach LA Vation (U2 tribute band) 6 p.m. at the foot of the Seal Beach Pier, at Eisenhower Park. sealbeachchamber.org/summer-concerts/

    25. July 20: Orange The Federal Empire and Kelly Rae band concert. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road. Ocparks.com

    26. July 20: Fountain Valley Queen Nation (Queen tribute). Starts at 6 p.m. Fountain Valley Live! Recreation Center & Sports Park. 16400 Brookhurst St.

    27. July 20: La Habra DSB: Journey Tribute Band 7 p.m. at La Habra Marketplace, 1801 W. Imperial Hwy. 562-383-4200.

    28. July 21-22: Mission Viejo Saddleback College. 7:30 p.m. Upper Campus Quad. Fully staged musical The Music Man. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy. Free parking. Reserved seating and food trucks available for purchase.

    29. July 22. La Palma The Silverados classic country rock. Concerts at Central Park, 6:30-8 p.m. 7821 Walker St. cityoflapalma.org.

    30. July 23: Huntington Beach Music from the Movies. 5 p.m. in the amphitheater behind Huntington Beach Central Library. 7111 Talbert Ave. at Goldenwest Street. hbconcertband.org

    31. July 27: Orange Matt Costa concert. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Rd. Orange. Ocparks.com

    32. July 27: Fountain Valley Desperado (Eagles tribute) plus a 5 p.m. business expo. Concert starts at 6 p.m. Fountain Valley Live! Recreation Center & Sports Park. 16400 Brookhurst St.

    33. July 29: Cypress Nitro Express (country rock) plays a free Concert on the Green at Cypress Civic Center. 6 p.m. kids crafts 5:30 p.m. 5275 Orange Ave. Cypressrec.org

    34. July 29: La Palma . Amanda Castro Band. Concerts at Central Park, 6:30-8 p.m. 7821 Walker St. from cityoflapalma.org.

    35. July 30: Huntington Beach Jamie Wood & the Good Rockin Daddys. 5 p.m. in the amphitheater behind Huntington Beach Central Library. Free dance lessons start at 4:15. 7111 Talbert Ave. at Goldenwest Street. hbconcertband.org

    36. Aug. 3: Fountain Valley The Fenians. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free parking. Mile Square Regional Park. 16801 Euclid St. Ocparks.com

    37. Aug. 5: La Palma Mirage (Fleetwood Mac tribute). Concerts at Central Park, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. 7821 Walker St. cityoflapalma.org.

    38. Aug. 5: Cypress Kulayd classic rock. Free Concert on the Green at Cypress Civic Center. 6 p.m. kids crafts 5:30 p.m. 5275 Orange Ave. Cypressrec.org

    39. Aug. 6: Huntington Beach Bob DeSena Latin Jazz. 5 p.m. in the amphitheater behind Huntington Beach Central Library. Free dance lessons start at 4:15. 7111 Talbert Ave. at Goldenwest Street. hbconcertband.org

    40. Aug. 6: Santa Ana Outdoor concert featuring James Intveld at the Fairhaven Memorial Park. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. after the classic car show. 1702 Fairhaven Ave. 714-633-1442.

    41. Aug. 9: Seal Beach Abbey Road tribute band. 6 p.m. at the foot of the Seal Beach Pier, at Eisenhower Park. sealbeachchamber.org/summer-concerts/

    42. Aug. 10: Fountain Valley Common Sense. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free parking. Mile Square Regional Park. 16801 Euclid St. Ocparks.com

    43. Aug. 12: Cypress Neil Diamond tribute.Concert on the Green at Cypress Civic Center. 6 p.m. kids crafts 5:30 p.m. 5275 Orange Ave. Cypressrec.org

    44. Aug. 12: Anaheim Woodie and the Longboards. 7 p.m. Pearson Park Amphitheatre, 401 N. Lemon St. anaheim.net

    45. Aug. 13 Huntington Beach Covina Concert Band. 5 p.m. in the amphitheater behind Huntington Beach Central Library. 7111 Talbert Ave. at Goldenwest Street. hbconcertband.org

    46. Aug. 17 Dana Point Andrew McMahon In the Wilderness. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free parking. Bluff park overlooking Salt Creek Beach. 33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy. Dana Point. OCparks.com

    47. Aug. 19: Anaheim 7 p.m. concert, Santana Ways. Summer Nights Under the Stars. at Pearson Park Amphitheatre, 401 N. Lemon St. anaheim.net

    48. Aug. 20: Huntington Beach The Huntington Beach Concert Band performs Shall We Dance with professional dancers. 5 p.m. in the amphitheater behind Huntington Beach Central Library. 4:15 p.m. free dance lessons. . 7111 Talbert Ave. at Goldenwest Street. hbconcertband.org

    49. Aug. 24: Dana Point Family Style and Tijuana Dogs. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free parking. Bluff park overlooking Salt Creek Beach. 33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy. . OCparks.com

    50. Aug. 27: Huntington Beach The Wiseguys Big Band Machine. 5 p.m. in the amphitheater behind Huntington Beach Central Library. Free dance lessons start at 4:15. 7111 Talbert Ave. at Goldenwest Street. hbconcertband.org

    SOURCE: OC REGISTER

  • Buena Park is building a $2 million parking lot next to Medieval Times to accommodate the influx of visitors to the citys revamped entertainment corridor.

    Construction of the 229-space Stanton Avenue lot is expected to begin in July and be completed by October.

    If we want to have visitors come here, and we do, we need to have places for them to park, Mayor Beth Swift said. Theres nothing more frustrating than going around and around trying to find a place to park.

    Ive done it, and its rough.

    Earlier this year, the city opened a $1.4 million, 224-space lot on Western Avenue, behind the Rock and Brews and the planned Butterfly Palladium on the east side of Beach Boulevard.

    The Stanton Avenue lot will serve businesses on the west, including Medieval Times, Pirates Dinner Adventure, Portos and a late-night restaurant Portos is building next door.

    Medieval Times is chipping in $600,000 for the lot, which will include designated employee parking and new landscaping.

    A pedestrian trail is also planned for the area, a project Swift has promoted since being elected to the City Council in 2010.

    We want people to be able to walk to things, to have a healthier lifestyle, she said. This should be a benefit to not only visitors, but to local residents also.

    The city will monitor traffic along the corridor before deciding whether a third lot is needed, Aaron France, assistant to the city manager, said.

    Currently, city officials are working with Stanton Avenue neighbors to address concerns regarding additional traffic and late-night noise.

    A 10-foot retaining wall separating the Stanton lot from adjacent houses should negate potential disturbances, Swift said. A wall helped at the Western Avenue lot.

    Source: OC Register

  • Sing-along with your favorite Dr. Seuss characters in Buena Park Youth Theatre's Production of Seussical. Performances will be held Friday through Sunday, June 16-18 and 23-25 at Buena Park High School Performing Arts Complex, 8833 Academy Drive, Buena Park.

    Now one of the most performed shows in American, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once on the Island, Ragtime) have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination - Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. Seussical is a must-see for the entire family.

    Friday/Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $11 General Admission, $9 Seniors and children 12 and under. To purchase tickets or for additional information, please visit BuenaPark.com, the Buena Park Community Center, 6688 Beach Blvd., or call (714) 562-3860.

    Source: City of Buena Park

  • Knotts Berry Farm has begun using metal detectors to screen park guests, becoming the latest Southern California theme park to upgrade its security measures.

    Knotts officials describe the metal detectors, which began getting installed a couple of weeks ago at the entrance to the park, as part of a larger security program.

    Similar measures are also deployed at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, Universal Studios and Six Flags Magic Mountain.

    The installation of metal detectors at our park is part of the ongoing evolution of our security practices, said Cherie Whyte, a Knotts spokeswoman, in a statement. (It) is just one segment of a multi-layer security program, which is developed in coordination with local authorities.

    I think its a good idea, said Joanne Birdsall of Hawthorne, who was at Knotts on Tuesday. They just need to speed it up a little to go through them. Maybe put in an express lane for those with wheelchairs or walkers who cant stand out in the sun for very long.

    Brandon Sandoval, a Knotts season-pass holder from Monterey Park, also backed the metal detectors.

    At first I was thinking it would be a hassle, but for safety reasons I agree with it, Sandoval said. Before the metal detectors, I felt a little unsafe. It wasnt much more time to go through them, and I feel more safe.

    But Rachelle Ottosen, a visitor from Olalla, Wash., was upset she had to take a pocketknife she uses for self-defense back to her car.

    I feel unprotected now, Ottosen said. I believe in the Constitution and my rights to protect myself. What will happen if some whacko gets in with a gun or a knife? How do I protect myself?

    Theme park operators have long been tight-lipped about security measures.

    But in the wake of terrorism attacks worldwide and threats over the past few years, more visible measures such as metal detectors have quickly become the norm.

    Source: Whittier Daily News

  • Buena Parks pools and park programs offer fun ways to cool down while the weather heats up this summer. Join us for recreational swimming, swimming lessons, parents night out, free drop-in programs and so much more!

    Pools: Peak Park Pool, 7225 El Dorado Dr., Boisseranc Mini Pool, 7520 Dale St. and Brenner Park Wading Pool, 7373 San Rafael open Memorial Day, May 29 through Labor Day, September 4. Download the Aquatics 2017 flyer for more information!

    FREE recreational swimming on Memorial Day, May 29!Recreational swimming sessions throughout the day Monday-Sunday. Admission is $1.50 for adults and $1.00 for children.Free admission for parents with children 6 & under at Brenner Park Wading Pool Monday-Friday 1:00 4:00 p.m.Group and private swim lessonsLifeguard in Training classesWater Polo, Aquaerobics and lessons for the hearing impaired may be offered, depending on interest.

    Parks: Park and playground programs offer fun open to the public.

    Free drop-in park programs offered Monday through Friday, 12:00-4:00 p.m. at Smith-Murphy Park, George Bellis Park, Carl Brenner Park, William Peak Park, Boisseranc Park, San Marino Park, Larwin Park and Ehlers Event Center.Parents Night Out are held Friday evenings 5:30-9:30 p.m. for $10.00 per child at Ehlers Event Center. Children participate in themed nights of fun and games with dinner and snacks provided.Special Park Happening Days Picassos in the Park, June 22; Wack-O-lympics, July 6; The Great Splash, August 3 all begin at 12:00 p.m.

    Get outside for some summer fun at Buena Parks pools and parks! For more information, call (714) 562 3860.

    SOURCE: OC BREEZE

  • The City of Buena Park and the Buena Park Police Department will be holding our annual Open House on May 20, 2017 from 11:00-2:00. We will have City Hall tours, police station tours, demonstrations, and static displays, giving you a chance to see what we do and how we do it. You can also meet our wonderful personnel! It is FREE to attend!

  • ANAHEIM, Calif. (KABC) --

    Anaheim police said they have recovered a stolen vehicle with a 2-year-old child inside. The child is safe, according to police.Police received a call about the stolen vehicle around 11 a.m. Thursday. The mother of the child was leaving her apartment with her young son near the 3500 block of W. Savanna Street when she realized she had left something inside.Leaving the keys in the car, she ran back inside the residence, according to police.When she returned a few minutes later, the vehicle was gone with her young son still inside, authorities said.The woman immediately called police. Within minutes, authorities said they located the vehicle abandoned in the area of Sequoia and Yosemite in Buena Park. The boy was found by authorities inside the vehicle unharmed.Police said they have not apprehended a suspect in the case, but described the man as white with a skinny build.

    SOURCE: Channel 7 News

  • Clark Commons is the affordable housing component of a 12-acre development created with City Ventures and the city of Buena Park, Calif.

    Home to 70 families with over 160 children, a new affordable housing development in Buena Park, Calif., is doing more than just providing housing. The recently completed Clark Commons, developed by Irvine-based nonprofit Jamboree Housing, revitalizes a blighted corner of the city and serves as a key neighborhood asset.

    According to Victoria Ramirez, senior project manager for Jamboree, Clark Commons is helping to meet the tremendous need for affordable housing in the area. The community, which serves households earning between 30% and 60% of the area median income, was 100% leased on the day it opened and has a waiting list of over 3,000 households.

    The development, featuring a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, has a strong focus on families. It includes a tot lot, outdoor dining areas as well as a 3,000-square-foot community center with conference, computer, media, and activity rooms for residents as well as the surrounding neighborhood. It also provides resident services, including homework assistance, tutoring, and health and wellness programs.

    Located next door to the Mabel L. Pendleton Elementary School, Jamboree has partnered with the Buena Park School District to help further the districts K-6 digital learning initiative and grade-level reading campaign.

    We are grateful to have this opportunity to support a great community. The elementary school is so inspiring, says George Searcy, vice president of community impact for Jamboree. We are happy to support them in the great work they are doing on behalf of all of our families and children.

    Searcy, who served as principal for the day and delivered books to classrooms at the elementary, adds that the Jamboree staff and other partners have been collaborating with the school and the PTA to advance the literacy initiatives. With a large number of Clark Commons children attending the elementary, Jamboree purchased tablets so that they will have access to computer technology in their homes and is using the Footsteps2Brilliance platform that recommends grade-level books and keeps track of reading.

    The development also will feature a pop-up library in the community room over the summer. To aid parents in the community, the developer runs English as a Second Language classes twice a week.

    In addition to literacy efforts, the development will devote 1,500 square feet of its community space to house programs through the Clark Commons Collaborative, which will focus on bringing down rates of childhood obesity in the community.

    Collaborative partners include the city of Buena Park, including its FIT Cities Initiative; Buena Park High School; California State University Fullerton Department of Health Science; Community Action Partnership of Orange County; Giving Children Hope; Mabel L. Pendleton Elementary School; North County Regional Occupational Program; Orange County Health Care Agency; and St. Jude Medical Center Healthy Communities Initiative.

    The collaborative plans to have the programming up and running over the summer and will include a teaching kitchen with nutrition classes and other health services, including exercise.

    The smoke-free, transit-oriented development features energy-efficient appliances, fixtures, and lighting as well as water-conserving plumbing fixtures. It received LEED for Homes gold certification and exceeds Californias Title 24 energy-efficiency standards by at least 15%.

    Financing for the $29.3 million development included $18.4 million in 9% low-income housing tax credit equity invested by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, which also provided a $17 million construction loan and a $2.9 million permanent loan. The city also provided $7.7 million in loans.

    Additional project partners include architect Danielian Associates, Portrait Construction as the general contractor, Summers Murphy & Partners as landscape architect, and FPI Management as property manager.

    Source: Housing Finance

  • If summer is on the near horizon, as in two months away, and the general start to the summer vacation season, which we can pin on the end of May, is even closer, a theme park aficionado can count on one thing to definitely happen: The grand theme park roll-out of new, updated, or re-imagined rides and attractions.

    And Knott's Berry Farm is not dillying, nor dallying, on getting that summer new-ride vibe started up, lickety-split. So turn your sights upon the Buena Park theme park's Fiesta Village and the bright new twirling attraction in the distance, the one with spokes or, if you prefer, arms that stretch out like rays of the sun.

    It's the brand-new Sol Spin, one of the 2017 additions revealed by the historical play place back in the fall of 2016.

    The "thrilling topsy-turvy adventure," which debuted on Friday, April 21, takes guests "over six stories high as they rotate in all directions in one of the ride's six spinning floorless gondolas."

    Woowee. If your tummy didn't just do a lil' pre-drop when you read the words "floorless gondolas," then you have spent a busy lifetime chasing theme park thrills, to which we raise our fried treat on a stick in admiration.

    And if you know your theme park thrills, you'll know that Sol Spin is the first thrill ride at Knott's Berry Farm to be introduced in four years.

    What was the last one? You guessed it: Coast Rider in 2013.

    One thing to note, before you go Buena Park to check out the latest wheeee machine: Riders must be 54 inches tall to board Sol Spin.

    If you've got to be there for Sol Spin's opening weekend, loving thrills like you do, keep in mind that this is also the final weekend for the fruit-fabulous Boysenberry Festival in the Ghost Town area of the park.

    Over 70 different boysenberry-yummy treats are there for the buying and trying, so swing by, after you twirl it up, floorlessly, in a state-of-the-art gondola, for boysenberry buffalo wings or boysenberry fry bread.

    Source: NBC News

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  • Love Buena Park volunteers make all the service projects happen around the community on April 29, and this year our team provides them with the after-party fun right here in our City!

    New for 2017,Buena Park will host it's very own Free Afternoon Eats and Festivities at The Source. Volunteers returning from working hard on projects will participate in free activities, games, and more! Love Buena Park's free afternoon festivities will begin around 12:30 p.m. and volunteers will be treated to:

    - Free Food- Games- Kids Zone Activities- Music- Treats and So Much More Fun!

    Source:City of Buena Park

  • A third person has been charged with murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a man found in an apartment last month.

    Ramona Acuna, 32, was arrested Wednesday, April 12, according to the Orange County District Attorneys Office. Details surrounding the arrest were not immediately available from Buena Parkpolice.

    Acuna was arraigned Friday, April 14, in Orange County Superior Court. She is being held in the OrangeCounty Jailin lieu of bail of just over $1 million.

    Two other suspects, Frank Golob Avalos, 32, and Manuel Morales, 21, face felony counts of murder and discharge of a firearm causing death.

    Officers responding to multiple 911 calls about gunshots at The Palms apartments on Franklin Street in Buena Park in the early morning hours of March 15 discovered the body of Richard Salazar, 39, police said.

    In the days after the killing, police released surveillance video of three people they suspected of being tied to the shooting. Authorities have not commented on a potential motive.

    SOURCE: OC Register

  • A car wash company with locations in San Pedro, Costa Mesa, Buena Park and Huntington Beach warned customers on Tuesday, April 11 that their credit card information may have been compromised in a February hack of the firms computer system.

    According to WildWater Express Carwash, a hacker installed malware on the point-of-sale system, gaining access to customers payment card data, including first and last names, card numbers and PIN codes between Feb. 10 and 28.

    The payment system is operated by a third-party platform provider which experienced the intrusion, according to the business. According to the company, the malware has been removed and its payment system is being monitored for anyindication of trouble.

    WildWater is offering one year of free credit monitoring to help alleviate customers concerns. Patrons should enroll at activate.kroll.com orcall 855-223-7528 if they have questions about the hacking attack and for more information about identity protection.

    It also urged patrons who think they may be at risk to contact their credit or debit card company and inform them of the potential problem.

    We suggest that you remain vigilant and review your banking and card statements as well as credit reports, and report any suspicious activity to the relevant financial institution, according to the company.

    Source: OC Register

  • Brandywine Homes has closed escrow on 1.66 acres at 8572 Stanton Avenue in Buena Park and will break ground in May on Corsica, a new community offering 17 two-story townhomes. Vertical construction is expected to begin this summer, and the community is scheduled to open for sale in the fall.

    "Homebuyers in Orange County continue to seek out new home ownership opportunities and Brandywine is thrilled we can meet their needs in Buena Park," said Dave Barisic, principal in charge of sales and marketing at Brandywine Homes, a pioneer of infill development in Southern California. "As the area experiences continued job growth and higher incomes, home prices and sales are rising."

    The approximately 1,842- to 2,100-square-foot Mediterranean-style townhomes will include energy-efficient tankless water heaters, recessed lighting, double-strength glass windows, and state-of-the-art communication and networking systems. Master suites will feature oversized soaking tubs and spacious walk-in closets, while the gourmet kitchens will have granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and white shaker cabinetry. The community will include a common green space and barbecue area.

    Corsica is conveniently located near Knott's Berry Farm, the Buena Park downtown shopping district, Ralph B. Clark Regional Park and major employers including Prologis, Leach and Access Business Group.

    Source: Yahoo Finance

  • Officers were called to the restaurant on La Palma Avenue and Dale Street shortly before 10 p.m., said Buena Park police Sgt. Mike Lovchik.

    A man whose face was partially covered by a black-hooded sweater entered the establishment and brandished a gun while demanding money.

    Employees gave him cash, and he fled on foot. Lovchik said officers are looking at surveillance footage from the scene. No injuries were reported.

    Last week a Domino's Pizza restaurant at Beach Boulevard near Stanton Avenue in the city was also robbed. Though Lovchik said both crimes were similar, detectives have not yet established a link between them.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the Buena Park Police Department at 714-562-3901

    Source: OC Register

  • Discover a variety of fitness, dance, martial arts and special interest classes for all ages. Classes for preschool, dance, youth fitness, martial arts, tennis, health and fitness, fun for kids and special interest are offered.

    Kids get out and get moving in this warm spring weather with classes like Horse Fun for Preschoolers, Fun on the Farm and soccer.

    Adults find the fun in fitness with several health & fitness offerings. Classes range from Polynesian Dance Fitness and Belly Dance to Cardio Kickboxing and Zumba.

    Spring session runs from the beginning of April throughout May. Register for classes online at www.Buenapark.com or in person at the Buena Park Community Center, 6688 Beach Blvd. and Ehlers Event Center, 8150 Knott Ave.

    For more information please visit BuenaPark.com or call (714) 562-3860.

    Source: City of Buena Park

  • BUENA PARK Two men have been charged with murder in connection to the fatal shooting of a man found in an apartment.

    Frank Golob Avalos, 32, and Manuel Morales, 21, face felony counts of murder and discharge of a firearm causing death, according to a complaint filed last week in Orange County Superior Court.

    Officers responding to multiple 911 calls about gunshots at The Palms Apartments in Buena Park in the early morning hours of March 15 discovered the body of Richard Salazar, 39, police said.

    In the days after the killing, police released surveillance video of three people they suspected of being tied to the shooting. Authorities have not commented on a potential motive.

    Buena Park police declined to release details about the arrests of Avalos and Morales.

    Police had previously identified the third suspect as Ramona Acuna, 32, of Santa Ana. Acuna has not been charged, according to court records, and is not listed in the felony complaint prosecutors filed against Avalos and Morales.

    Heidi del Bosque, Salazar's sister who lives in Los Angeles County, said on Friday that she is somewhat relieved that arrests have been made.

    "It's still unsettling that there is still a person at large, and we don't have the pieces to the motive," she said.

    She described her brother, known as Rocky, as a "big teddy bear."

    "He was full of life and loved his family," she said. "He tried very hard to always do the right thing and somehow got caught up in this horrible situation.

    "The following months and years to come are going to be hard," she said. "My family's hearts will break every time there is a court date or news about what happened to him.

    "One thing I have learned from this is to never take family for granted, love them, listen to them, and tell them how you feel, because one day waited may be one day too late."

    In addition to del Bosque, Salazar is survived by a 22-year-old daughter and a 17-year-old son, his mother, a niece, and two nephews.

    Source: OC Register

  • Love Buena Park April 29 is just a month away and there are projects that need more volunteers. Invite your family, friends, business, organization, congregation to sign up and make a difference in our community.

    Just a few of the projects you can be a part of:

    -Beautification of Crescent Little League-Boys and Girls Club Beautification-Church Garden Path Revitilization-Senior Resident Yard Clean Up-Speech and Language Development Center Landscaping

    Love Buena Park is a community wide service day planning for over 800 volunteers to make an impact in our community! There are many projects to choose from and something for everyone to contribute.

    For more information or to volunteer, visit LoveBuenaPark.com

    Source: City of BP

  • Thursday April 6th- Saturday April 8th, 2017

    Hopinto Sugar Plum for all your Easter and Spring needs!

    Located downstairs by Big Air Trampoline and Q Plus

    Hours: Thursday & Friday 10am-8pm

    Saturday 9am-5pm

    SOURCE: Buena Park Downtown

  • Forget the Nashville hot-chicken craze that has LA in its vice grip. Here in OC, we're experiencing a Korean fried-chicken boom, and the newest purveyors have now far surpassed Bonchon and Kyochon and the fad they ushered in nearly a decade ago. Not only are these new players offering flavors far more nuanced than what's coming out of Tennessee, but they're also creating updates and variations that are ready for a mass audience raised on the Colonel.

    If there were a how-to-start-a-chicken-chain playbook, Jumping Dak in Buena Park would have checked off every box. It has a cool chicken logo and a catchy name reminiscent of El Pollo Loco. But most of all, it has a finger-licking product that isn't that much different from KFC, Raising Cane's and Chick-fil-Aexcept where it matters most. These are boneless, skinless pieces of deep-fried hen somewhere between a nugget and a strip, cocooned in a coral-like crust not unlike the Colonel's Extra Tasty Crispy. But as soon as you dig in, you discover that half the pieces are actually dark meat. The base model comes out unsauced, but the best way to have it is pre-lacquered, especially in the Spicy glaze, which has bits of garlic and actual chiles in it. Since Jumping Dak is operating under the assumption that serving fried chicken in this country requires a biscuit, coleslaw, corn and fries, those are included. The corn tastes as though it came straight from the can, the coleslaw is boilerplate, and the fries are crinkle cut. But as far as sides go, all of these options work better than Jumping Dak's basmati rice. The dry, sand-like grains are miscast for the fried chicken-supporting role that should've gone to plain and sticky Calrose. 7550 Orangethorpe Ave., Ste. E100, Buena Park, (714) 739-1999; jumpingdak.com.Brian Feinzimer

    Furai Chicken also has a catchy name, though it may or may not be a play on how someone with a Korean accent might pronounce "fried chicken." The charming man who expedites orders at this takeout counter inside Zion Market in Irvine certainly doesn't say it that way. He switches from flawless English to Korean faster than you can decide on what to order. And if you stare at his LCD-screen menus looking even halfway indecisive, he'll tell you that the best sellers are the Nos. 1 and 2, which are definitely what you want. This is Korean fried chicken stripped down to its essentialsall the pieces battered, thrown into the gurgling gut of a Fryolator, then served plain for the No. 1, or finished with a liberal dousing of the sweet and spicy sauce for the No. 2. You could opt for the side sauces such as the lemon garlic, or even a flurry of seasoning powders such as Tapato and lime. There's even a spicy stew and braised chicken on the menu, but no one who goes here will want anything other than what he suggests. His counter is all about placing your order, strolling into the supermarket to pick up some supplies, then coming back 15 to 20 minutes later to find your fried chicken packed up and ready to be eaten at home in front of the TVwith plenty of napkins. 4800 Irvine Blvd., Irvine, (714) 508-3988.

    The menu at Holdaak in Fullerton is so short you can count all the dishes with two hands and still be left with unused fingers. Its signature item is a spicy chicken sandwich, with a battered patty that's unbelievably crunchy despite being covered in two kinds of sauce. That patty is then stuffed into a glossy bun and a slaw made of bell peppers, onions and shredded pickled daikon is piled on top, which adds to the crunch factor. Holdaak's second-most popular item is the three wings for $8, which would sound expensive if you didn't know that each piece is an entire wingtip, drum and flatand so humongous they look as if they came from a turkey. You can ask for each of the wings to be sauced with a different flavor, including a savory garlic-soy and an addictive sweet-and-spicy glaze. If you're the chicken-strip type, there's a two-piece combo made with a gigantic slab of breast covered in a light batter that's served with excellent fries. Neither the chicken nor the fries need any additional saucing, but there's a self-serve counter with squirt bottles containing a Bloody Mary ketchup and Holdaak's version of Srirachaand what's any restaurant these days without something involving Sriracha? 1201 Euclid St., Ste. B, Fullerton, (714) 519-3433.Source: OC Weekly
  • Half a century ago, in a mostly white neighborhood in Buena Park, there lived a woman who had brown skin and didnt speak any English. One day, her daughters high-school talent-show committee invited parents to participate, so she signed up. During a rehearsal, the principal saw her practicing her act and informed her that it was a bit too sensual and inappropriate for a high school. She wound up performing anyway. It was a hula dance.

    Shortly thereafter, all of the neighborhood moms started knocking on her door, begging for instruction. Estella Nonosina Reid gave these women, her first students, dance lessons in her garage in exchange for English tutoring. The women then asked if Reid would teach their children, and they paid for a tiny space in Buena Park. Thus was born the Nonosina Polynesia Dance studio.

    Today, the dance company thrives in a larger space in Anaheim. The studios reputation has grown so much that students now come from as far away as Tijuana, San Luis Obispo and neighboring states to attend classes two to three times per week. And while Reid still attends the classes regularly to watch over her flock and keep everyone in check, her granddaughter Tiana Nonosina Liufau now instructs the classesthat is, when she is not traveling the world with her dancers.

    Liufau was born and raised in Anaheim, attended UCLA (where she studied World Arts and Culture/Dance), and she very much considers herself a Southern California girl. Still, she strives to maintain a connection with her familys traditions. I am constantly back in the islands to just help me stay rooted and guided, Liufau says. The music and dance traditions of her Samoan and Hawaiian ancestors are the products of the Polynesian philosophy, and Liufau feels that her calling in Orange County is to impart that way of life to her students. A lot of my dancers are not in touch with their heritage, and Polynesia is very much come one, come all; when you eat with us, when you sing with us, when you dance with us, youre part of our family, she says.

    At the studio, the dancing does not come first. Liufau explained that the physical aspect of dancing is a means by which spirituality is achieved through the art of storytelling. The poetry comes first, she says. That is far more important than the dance. . . . The music is inspired after that, and then the movement is inspired. While many of the Nonosina companys Ori Tahiti dance movements are slow and delicate, some appear quite frenetic and have even been compared to twerking. When Westerners first came to the islands, about 250 years ago, Liufau points out, our dance was banned immediately because it was [considered] erotic, savage and not Christian-like.

    Taken out of its cultural context, the dance form appeared vulgar to the Christians; however, its true function is nothing short of divine. Most of our movements mimic nature and the way it moves, Liufau says. We are celebrating living harmoniously with Mother Nature.

    EXPANDTiana Liufau and her grandmother Estella Reid

    Sensuality permeates all aspects of the culture, from language to colorseven lovemaking, itself, is nothing short of a traditional artform. The ancient Polynesian belief system is when you are procreating, you are keeping tradition and bloodline lineage, Liufau explains. The dance keeps going, the drum keeps playingits all intertwined. The Polynesian bass drum, the pahu, represents the human heart, and as long as that pahu is still beating, as long as we are still teaching a little song, a dance, hand movement, then the heartbeat of our Polynesian people will never die.

    The philosophy and spirituality of the Polynesian peoples arts are fairly secular. Liufau says it is really all about showing love, gratitude and respect to ones ancestors, wherever they are from. The majority of my dancers are not Polynesian, and I dont ever want them to think they have to be Polynesian to feel this, she says. We have that sense of connectivity to our roots in every single culture. . . . So I always tell them, I want you guys to connect. [Use the Polynesian song] as a vehicle to connect to the ancestors or the ones that came before you, or even your loved ones that are still alive but are maybe far away or back in the homeland.

    The Nonosina Polynesia Dance company has had an ongoing business relationship with Disney for almost as long as the Nonosina studio has been around. As one of the first Polynesian dance studios, and with its Anaheim location, Disney reached out to Estella Reid to produce its Tahitian Terrace Luau show. The studio provided a convenient source to supply Disney with the dancers and musicians it required for the show. The Tahitian Terrace was replaced by Aladdins Oasis in 1993, but, Liufau says, Once youre in with Disney, theyll always reference you or keep you in mind.

    Other collaborations include a California Adventure tie-in with Lilo & Stitch, for which the troupe helped with casting musicians; a referral to the TV series Survivor, which the troupe performed music for. Plus, for two and a half years, Liufau has been involved with the hit animated feature Moana, for which she provided choreography and more. A recent experience brought her family full-circle with Disney, she says: An older gentleman that was in charge of one of the first events I did [for Moana] looked at me and asked, What dance group do you choreograph for? and I said, Nonosina, and then he started crying and told me, Do you know that Im the exact gentleman that hired your grandma for the Tahitian Terrace?

    In addition to these more well-known experiences, Liufau says that many of her dancers, as well as the troupe as a whole, have done well in various Polynesian dance circuits, including those of Northern California, Southern California and the Hawaiian island of Kauai. She also proudly reveals that the Tahitian government recognized the groups contribution to the culture. In 2001, the Nonosina Polynesia Dance studio was asked to perform an award-winning dance piece in Tahiti, after which, Liufau says, beaming, The [French Polynesian] president at the time wrote us an official letter asking us to do a cultural exchange. Currently, she judges an annual international competition there.

    Liufau balances her troupes ongoing performances and workshops in Hawaii, Mexico and Japan (evidently, Tokyo is the biggest hub for Polynesian dance) with teaching her regular classes at the studio; most of the touring occurs between semesters and during various Western holidays, such as Easter and Thanksgiving. Such a schedule seems overwhelming, but Liufau says the rewards are inherent in the tradition, adding, What drives me is the satisfaction I get in seeing how much the students grow spiritually.

    Find more information on Nonosina Polynesia Dance at nonosinadance.com.

    Source: OC Weekly

  • BUENA PARK The Orange County Coroners Office has identified a man found shot to death last week inside a Buena Park apartment as 39-year-old Richard Salazar.

    The Buena Park Police Department on Tuesday, March 21, also identified one of three suspects: Ramona Acuna, 32, of Santa Ana, who is known to frequent motels in Orange County.

    The other two suspects are men in their mid-20s to mid-30s, Sgt. Mike Lovchik said in a statement.

    Police on Tuesday also released two surveillance videos of the three suspects walking out of the apartment, one from March 12 and the other from March 15. In each video, the three slowly exit the apartment, and several paces behind one another, and walk down the hall.

    The three, who should be considered armed and dangerous, were last seen driving a black Toyota Prius, police said.

    Salazar was found dead shortly after 5 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, inside the apartment at 7551 Franklin St. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds, Buena Park police said. Buena Park police said he was from San Gabriel.

    Investigators are withholding what they believe was the shootings motive for now, Lovchik said.

    Those with information can contact police at 714-562-3855 or the Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-847-6227.

    Source:OC Register

  • We're looking for Love Buena Park projects!

    Love Buena Park is a few short weeks away and we can't wait to see the difference we will all make together! It's time to start submitting those project ideas. You have your church, your school, your neighborhood and your neighbors in need. You know best when it comes to areas or neighbors that need a little TLC.

    Submit a project - submission deadline is Friday, April 14!

    Love Buena Park is Saturday, April 29 with Opening Festivities starting at 7:30 a.m. and Closing After Party & Free Lunch for volunteers around 12:30 p.m. at The Source- Beach & Orangethorpe.

    Source: City of Buena Park

  • One of Knotts Berry Farms roller coasters is riding off into the sunset.

    The farm announced Friday, March 17, that the last time people can ride Boomerang is on Sunday, April 23, coinciding with the last day of its annual Boysenberry Festival.

    The coaster has been part of the parks Boardwalk area for 27 years. It replaced the Roaring 20s Corkscrew in 1990. The Corkscrew made its debut in 1975, closing in 1989.

    The ride is located behind the Calico Mine Train Ride at Knotts. Riders traverse the 875-foot steel track forwards and backwards, going upside down six times before finishing their ride. It reaches a top speed of 48 mph.

    Officials with the park didnt say why Boomerang is closing and would not say what their future plans are for the site at this time. After the closure, Knotts will have seven roller coasters.

    Source:OC Register

  • The Buena Park Library opened a new Quiet Study Room this month. You may be thinking, its a Library, why would you need a quiet room! Well, libraries have changed a lot over the years. They have evolved into a community space where people go to attend programs, use computers, get help with homework, work on group projects, apply for their U.S. passport and of course, to check out books.

    Libraries of today can get very noisy at times.

    People still come to a library looking for a quiet place to read or study, said Mary McCasland, Library Director, and now they will find their quiet space at the Buena Park Library.

    The Quiet Study Room is a light-filled, 900 square foot room enclosed with clear tempered glass walls that help reduce outside noise. Each spacious workstation features frosted dividers as well as an electrical/USB combination outlet to charge electronic devices.

    As part of this project, the Library also upgraded shelving and installed new group study tables throughout the 2nd floor. The new tables have electrical/USB combination outlets as well. The new Quiet Study Room is part of an ongoing effort to upgrade the library to meet the changing needs and expectations of the Buena Park community.

    The library is open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    For more information, please call the library at 714-826-4100, ext. 125, or visit our virtual branch at www.buenaparklibrary.org. The Buena Park Library District is located at 7150 La Palma Ave, Buena Park, CA.

    Source:OC BREEZE

  • The Buena Park Police Department is hosting a Community Meeting on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Buena Park Community Center, located at 6688 Beach Blvd, Buena Park. The meetings theme is Navigating the Impact of Homelessness, and all are welcome to attend this informative presentation.

    Join the Buena Park Police Department for this timely and informative presentation.

    Come and learn about:

    Introduction to the issues associated with homelessnessDetails about the Bright Path program and its goalsWhat resources there are and where they can be foundSuccess Stories: Come and learn about positive outcomes

    Come and meet your Community Impact Officers, City Net Representatives, and Area Commanders.

    All families and businesses are encouraged to attend this free valuable community meeting.

    For more information, please call 714-562-3910 or visit bppd.com.

    Source:OC Breeze

  • Knotts Berry Farm is getting in on the latest theme park craze: putting visitors in a virtual world created primarily by software engineers instead of carpenters and welders.

    The new VR Showdown in Ghost Town, which opens next month at the Buena Park theme park, will put virtual reality headsets on up to 16 visitors at a time, letting them shoot futuristic blasters at robot creatures in a battle to save the historic ghost town.

    Many new theme park attractions in Southern California rely on 3-D technology and motion simulating seats, including the new Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and Despicable Me: Minions Mayhem rides at Universal Studios Hollywood. (The park ditched the Harry Potter 3-D but said it wasnt because riders complained about nausea.)

    But smaller regional parks are turning to virtual reality headsets to immerse visitors in a new world without the expense of building sets, erecting towers and installing hydraulic powered seats.

    Six FlagsMagic Mountain in Valencia began last year to strap virtual reality headsets to riders of its Revolution roller coaster to give them the sensation of flying through space as they shoot at alien aircraft. Similar virtual reality elements were added to roller coasters at nine Six Flags parks across the country.

    SeaWorld Orlando also announced plans to add virtual reality goggles to its Kraken roller coaster, taking riders on an underwater adventure.

    Industry experts say virtual reality headsets represent a new way for smaller theme parks to attract new guests without making a huge investment.

    Its a very cheap way to add a new attraction or extend an older attraction, said Martin Lewison, a theme park expert and business management professor at Farmingdale State College in New York.

    A major benefit of using virtual reality headsets is that the experience can be changed or overhauled simply by writing new software for the headsets.

    At Six Flags over Georgia, the park added virtual reality headsets last year for riders of a roller coaster called Dare Devil Dive. But the park announced last week that it is instead adding the virtual reality headsets for riders of a 100-story drop tower ride, dubbed Drop of Doom VR. The new ride lets parkgoers on the tower ride shoot at giant, mutant spiders.

    Another advantage to the virtual reality headsets is that the world seen by parkgoers is interactive, so the experience is never the same twice.

    At Knotts Berry Farm, the new attraction lets visitors score points by destroying the bad robots and completing objectives, said Ivan Blaustein, director of product integration at VR Studios, the company that created the headsets and software for the theme park.

    One of the drawbacks of using virtual reality headsets, said Lewison, is that each headset needs to be cleaned after every use, which can reduce the number of people who can ride the attraction per day.

    Knotts Berry will be charging an introductory price of $6 to try the new attraction, on top of the regular park admission price.

    Dont expect to see virtual reality headsets used at major theme parks like Disneyland or Universal Studios Hollywood, Lewison said.

    When visitors pay ticket prices of at least $99 to enter Disneyland or Universal Studios, he said they expect to see expensive animatronics and movie-quality sets that create an immersive world.

    Theme park purists dont like it, Lewison said. Theyd much rather go on a $250-million ride at Disneyland than throw a mask strapped to a Samsung smartphone over my eyes.

    Source: LA TIMES

  • By: Chad KimThe Source OC is an approximately600,000-square-foot shopping, dining, and entertainment retail destination which includes 58,000 square feet of premium office space on one end and a four-star, 178-room Hilton Hotel on the other. Located near Knott's Berry Farm, The Source is now nearing completion. To learn more about this new destination, LAOCDB was provided an opportunity to talk with M&D Properties Executive Vice President Luis C. Valenzuela.M&D is developer for The Source.The entrance is a multi-level parking structure on Beach Boulevard north of Orangethorpe Avenue. While walking to the seven-story office midrise located at The Source, you start to get a sense of the propertys size. On the far side of the development, construction is actively underway on the Hilton Hotel.The restaurant/retail area encompasses three-levels. The top level includes a food court and various upcoming eateries such as YG Republic, La Huasteca, which features authentic Mexican cuisine, and OOAK Kitchen, an organic vegetarian Chinese restaurant. The second level includes a specialty food hall. Also on the third floor is the flagship CGV Cinemas Cultureplex, a fully-immersive movie-going experience showcasing 4DX technology served up with luxury seating and a bar. More up-to-date information is available on The Source OCs webpage.La Huasteca Mexican Restaurant opening soon. This is their second location.Food Court:Front entrance to the food court. Sign next to the door shows upcoming eateries at the food court.Banner shows upcoming eateries at the food hall, Square Mixx:At its heart, The Source OC is designed to provide a destination where visitors can come enjoy various family-friendly events and experience the local community. Just off the main food court and in front of the theater is the main plaza, viewable from all three levels. The space has hosted such events as World of Dance exhibitions and a concert featuring local music. Behind the plaza there are two stories of stadium-style seating, a comfortable place to sit and mingle while enjoying the atmosphere of the retail center.Contestants and spectators watch the World of Dance competition at The Source OC.After arriving at M&D Properties, LAOCDB was provided the opportunity to talk with Luis C. Valenzuela about this massive entertainment center:Q: Please tell us about the history of M&D Properties including past major projects:A:M&D Properties first development was more than 17 years ago. It was Plaza Mexicolocated in the City of Lynwood. This 425,000-square-foot retail lifestyle center sits on about 40 acres and is styled similar to a Mexican pueblo. M&D incorporated authentic materials, landmark monuments and architecture from Mexico throughout the shopping center, and holds similar Mexican festivals there as well.Plaza Mexico. Credit: M&D PropertiesQ: Please describe The Source?A: The Source is a premier entertainment complex in Orange County. It sits on approximately 12.5 acres with 400,000 square feet of retail on three levels. There is a 58,000-square-foot office tower and there is currently under construction a four-star, 178-room Hilton Hotel. The hotel is expected to be completed by the end of this year.Rendering of the four-star Hilton Hotel. Credit: M&D Properties.Q: Who is the project architect?A: The architect is NBBJ who worked on notable projects such as the LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles.Q: How did M&D come upon a decision to build The Source at the corner of Beach Boulevard and Orangethorpe Avenue?A: The property had been sitting vacant for decades before M&D purchased it. M&D recognized the lack of retail and restaurants in Buena Park. With Knotts Berry Farm down the street, the site presented an opportunity to develop much-needed entertainment, retail, restaurants, and four-star hotel.Q: What type of exciting retail stores/restaurants can we look forward to?A: Most of the tenants here are first-to-market. Many of the food and beverage tenants come from Asia. We have new restaurant concepts from Japan, China, and Korea. These companies are already established in their market, in their home countries, and now they are launching their first operation in the US.In addition, we have a food court with 11 different concepts and a food hall that has about 13 different concepts.We have the second 4D theater in California and the fourth in the US. The tenant is CGV Cinemas. At 40,000 square feet, it features eight screens with a 4DX experience, Screen X experience which features a front screen and the two side panels with a 270-degree view of the movie, luxury seating, and a full bar. It is a world-class theater experience only at The Source.Front of CGV Cinemas at The Source OC.Lobby at CGV Cinemas at The Source OCA full bar is available at the CGV Cinemas at The Source OC.Another entertainment tenant that is unique is Olympic Golf, a virtual reality golf experience. It is about 10,000 square feet in size with food and beverage service. The virtual reality experience lets you play any course in the US such as Augusta, Pebble Beach, and Torrey Pines.We are currently in lease negotiations with a major health club that we see as an anchor as well as a number of major restaurant concepts and a major retailer from Asia.Q: I understand the office building is considered the tallest building in Buena Park. Tell us more about this building.A: The building is seven stories and it is very modern in design. There are five stories of office space featuring floor plates of about 11,000 to 12,000 square feet.The Source will feature about 17 LED light panels that will be installed throughout the project. In addition there will be 17 static signs. This signage is for advertising and increasing brand awareness for our tenants. At night, The Source will light up similar to the Las Vegas Strip. This will be very exciting for Orange County and provide our customers a unique experience.View of the office tower which has a view of Knotts Berry Farm.Q: What type of office uses is M&D Properties looking for?A: We are targeting professional office uses. M&D Properties has taken one floor. The type of uses that are now considering space are mortgage companies, attorneys, insurance firms and a radio station.Q: There has been discussion about possibly building housing at the project site. Is this still a relevant component for The Source?A: We are entitled for about 1,000 residential units. I cant say whether they will be apartments or condominiums, but there will be a housing component to The Source within the next couple of years.Q: The City of Buena Park is undertaking a revitalization process on the Beach Boulevard corridor segment known as The Entertainment Zone, how does The Source connect with the Entertainment Zone?A: The key component was the four-star Hilton. It will be one of the finest hotels in Orange County and it will be one of the project anchors. The premier entertainment provided at The Source includes the 4DX cinema experience, international restaurant operators that will draw from both Orange and Los Angeles counties, and the virtual reality golf venue. We are also planning for a bowling facility, karaoke, and nightclub. In addition to all of this, we will have events on a regular basis. We have already hosted the World of Dance Competitions, Oktober Fest event, and the a Rooftop Cars & Sunset Car Show.Q: What are some trends you see with regard to development of retail centers?A: Retail has changed, considerably. It's not just about a transaction and going up to the cash register to pay for your item and leaving. Today retail is experiential and that is what we offer at The Source. There will be many different things to do. You're not here to simply shop. You will be doing something else because it will be innovative, fun, and exciting.Q: How can we keep updated regarding The Source?A: We have a website, where you can register for our mailing list [The Source Mailing List] to keep you apprised of everything that's goes on. Were also connected through social media channels including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. LAOCDB would like to thank:Luis C. Valenzuela (Executive Vice President at M&D Properties),Naomi Rizkowsky (Newmark Grubb Knight Frank),Jessica Thompson (President at Spaulding Thompson & Associates), andDavid Ebeling (Ebeling Communications)*The article was reviewed and is sponsored by The SourceSource:LAOCDB
  • Farrell's hiring fairs

    Interviews will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. On Friday interviews are from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Address: 8650 Beach Blvd., Buena Park.

    arrells Ice Cream Parlour in Buena Park, temporarily closed for a major remodel, is looking to hire a new crop of employees.

    And unlike job fairs of the past, drummers and singers need not apply.

    Will not require applicants to perform, marketing director Shauna Parisi said. We are looking for employees with restaurant industry skills who can both engage and entertain our guests.

    The restaurant, now run by Marcus Lemonis of The Profit, said it plans to hire 120 employees including bartenders. The job fair will be held Thursday and Friday at the store. Parisi said former employees will need to re-apply.

    The 2-year-old Buena Park location previously was owned and operated by Lake Forest-based Parlour Enterprises. After Farrells ran into financial troubles last year, Parlour Enterprises appeared on Lemonis business rescue show The Profit.

    During the show, it was revealed Farrells stores were in debt nearly $2 million. Lemonis, who has invested more than $35 million in companies featured on his reality show, decided to invest in Farrells.

    His initial buy-in was $750,000. However, in early February, Lemonis told the Register he had to rescue the company again.

    Farrells, he said, owed its Buena Park landlord nine months rent to the tune of $200,000. The company also was not paying its vendors.

    On several occasions, I had to loan them money to pay employees, Lemonis said.

    As soon as his company ML Foods took a 51 percent ownership stake in the brand, he closed the Buena Park restaurant to remodel it. He said he plans to replace worn furniture and kitchen equipment. ML Foods also owns a majority stake of Amazing Grapes, a wine bar in Rancho Santa Margarita featured on The Profit in 2014.

    When the Buena Park restaurant reopens, we will have one Farrells that will be perfect, Lemonis said. At the time of the closure, he said some employees would not be rehired because many of them had terrible attitudes.

    The hiring fair is looking to fill front and back of the house positions, including servers, bartenders, cooks and soda fountain workers.

    Source: OC Register

  • GARDEN GROVE - Police have arrested three suspects in connection with a number of vehicle burglaries in Garden Grove and surrounding cities in Orange and Los Angeles counties between January 2015 and February 2017.

    According to a statement issued by the department, officials arrested three suspects -- Zachary Tanner, 21, of Garden Grove and Julio Pachas, 45, and Michella Fuquay, 24, both of Anaheim. Officials said Pachas and Fuquay lived together, but their relationship is not known.

    All three were booked at Orange County jail on felony charges. Garden Grove police say they arrested Pachas and Fuquay on similar charges in 2012 and again in 2015.

    According to the statement, Pachas and Tanner drove in a vehicle together and targeted vehicles in parking lots at busy shopping centers. They broke the windows of the vehicles and stole items from purses and wallets to luggage, computers, cellphones, sunglasses and other items, officials said.

    During their investigation, detectives found a garage full of suspected stolen items in the home of Pachas and Fuquay. They are now sorting through the items to find their owners.

    The department is holding a property viewing event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 5 at the Garden Grove Courtyard Center, 12732 Main St. Those who want to claim their property must bring a copy of their police report.

    SOURCE:OC Register

  • Lovers of the famous fruit born in Buena Park better prepare to loosen their buckles, because Knotts Berry Farm is bringing back their popular Boysenberry Festival for more days than ever, starting April 1 through 23, 2017.

    For the first time ever, the Knotts Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival is expanding to three weeks, with food and drinks, and festive live entertainment. The 23-day food festival features over 70 one-of-a-kind boysenberry inspired dishes, drinks and more, plus entertainment, Wine and Craft Brew Tasting Garden (featuring boysenberry and wine), and family fun.

    For festival goers looking for some live entertainment, the options include a nighttime dance party, and brand new shows like, Snoopys Boysenberry Jamboree at the Calico Mine Stage. Calico Park in Ghost Town is home to a good ol fashion hootenanny featuring pie eating contests, line dancing and country fair festivities with the local Ghost Town townsfolk. The limited-time festival is included with admission to Knotts Berry Farm.

    For 2017, the line-up of boysenberry inspired dishes will feature boysenberry pizza made with arugula and goat cheese, the new ravioli dish packed with boysenberry flavors, freshly-baked boysenberry fry bread and corn on the cob with boysenberry butter and mayo. Other items include crispy deep fried alligator bites paired with farm-made zesty boysenberry aioli, boysenberry BBQ wings, savory boysenberry meatballs, sweet boysenberry cream soda, creamy chocolate covered boysenberry cheesecake on a stick and many more treats. Additional fee for tastings. Guests who want to take home the Boysenberry BBQ sauce, Boysenberry Butter, Boysenberry Dressing and Boysenberry Chipotle Sauce can do so by stopping by the Berry Market located in the California MarketPlace and General Store located in Ghost Town. Select items are available on the online Berry Market store.

    Guests can purchase boysenberry inspired products throughout the winding streets of the Old West at the Crafts Fair. This years boysenberry products include boysenberry soap, lip balm and the devilishly good rock candy. Festivalgoers can also watch special demonstrations including a chainsaw wood sculpting, glass blowing and blacksmithing. From day to night, Ghost Town has never looked so lively.

    This year, in honor of the famous berry, Ghost Towns Town Hall will feature a film which shares the story of how Walter and Cordelia Knott settled here in Buena Park and helped the world discover the amazing boysenberry. The year was 1920 when Walter and Cordelia Knott moved to the community of Buena Park Calif. to farm 20 acres of rented land which included harvesting, and selling the first boysenberry, a cross between a loganberry, red raspberry and blackberry, and named the new berry after its originator, Rudolph Boysen. Today, all boysenberries in the world can trace their roots back to Knotts Berry Farm. Guests can pull up a seat and catch a 10-minute showing of the historic film offered exclusively during the festival.

    The Knotts Boysenberry Festival also features an extensive line up of live entertainment.Join Snoopy, Charlie and the entire Peanuts gang as they present an all new interactive, musical revue called Snoopys Boysenberry Jamboree! at the Calico Mine Stage. This new show will have families singing, dancing, and playing along with the beloved Peanuts characters and talented performers during the whimsical, high energy celebration of springtime.Country music and the aroma of food will fill the air as the Ghost Town Miners take the stage in a musical performance at the Firemens BBQ stage.Just across the Firemans stage, the Legendary Bird Cage Theatre pays tribute to Knotts past; for the first time in over 20 years, the theatre will be the home of musical comedy melodrama, with a special presentation of the Old Time Melodrama. Americas longest running Melodrama returns with an original, interactive, comedy with a surprising boysenberry twist.In the evening, a group of krazy talented performers will have guests kicking up their heels with vine dancing, a down home jug band and dueling fiddlers and banjos! At the Wagon Camp stage, get krazy when Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies (originally from Disneyland) mount their toe tappin, knee-slappin, gut-bustin country comedy show.

    The fun continues with new additions exclusively for the Boysenberry Festival. Brand new this season, The Old MacDonald Petting Zoo pays tribute to one of Knotts original attractions. Young ones and young at heart are invited to cozy up to the cutest critters on the farm including horses, sheep, goats and other furry friends. Springtime fun has also taken root in Camp Snoopy and Fiesta Village. During the limited-time event, the whole family can meet the Easter Beagle at his Camp Snoopy home, blooming with colorful springtime dcor. The meet and greet location is the perfect place for shareable moments with the boisterous beagle and his friends Charlie Brown, Lucy, Sally, and Linus. Camp Snoopy Theatre will showcase the Peanuts pals singing, dancing, and sharing stories for all to enjoy. Everyone in the family can join in the Camp Snoopy activities. And in the evening, Fiesta Village comes alive with music and dance for a nighttime Fiesta with DJ Cruz.

    The Boysenberry Festival is included with admission to Knotts Berry Farm (additional cost for food tasting experiences within the event), which also offers a full day of attractions. Knotts will have extended hours, 10am to 10pm, from April 1April 23.

    For information about Knotts Berry Farm visit knotts.com, or download the newly updated Knotts Berry Farm mobile app for your smartphone.

    Source = AttractionsMagazine.com

  • Irvine-based Jamboree Housing Corp. on Thursday unveiled Clark Commons, a 70-unit multifamily property in Buena Park.

    The affordable housing development, on a former Public Works yard, is part of a 10-acre site that includes a park and The Parker Collection, 128 solar-powered townhomes and lofts developed by City Ventures.

    The property, Jamboree reps said, is 100 percent leased. The waitlist topped more than 3,000 applicants.

    The thousands more on the wait-list reflect the continuing need for a diversity of quality housing for families in Buena Park and surrounding Orange County, Buena Park Mayor Elizabeth Swift said in a statement.

    Monthly rents at Clark Commons range from $535 to $1,280 for households earning 30 percent to 60 percent of Orange Countys median income. The property includes 11 one-bedroom, 37 two-bedroom, and 22 three-bedroom units in three- and four-story structures. The property also includes a 3,000-square-foot community center.

    Financing for development of the $29.3 million property includes $7.7 million in funds from the city and $18.4 million in tax credit equity invested by Bank of America, which also provided $2.9 million in permanent financing.

    Danielian Associates provided architectural services. Portrait Construction served as the general contractor. Summers/Murphy & Partners was the landscape architect, CDC Designs was the interior designer, and FPI Management is the property manager.

    BKM Capital Partners, an institutional fund manager in Newport Beach, has launched its second institutional fund, BKM Industrial Value Fund II, L.P. It will target $300 million in equity commitments and expects to deliver $850 million in buying power. The fund will invest in the acquisition, improvement and repositioning of undervalued multitenant light industrial business parks in markets across the western U.S. BKMs portfolio encompasses 18 properties in four states including assets in Las Vegas, Seattle, Oregon and Phoenix, among others.

    BKM Capital Partners also has relocated its headquarters to an office building in Newport Beach. Previously in Irvine, the firm is now based at 1701 Quail St., Suite 100.

    CoStar Group in Washington, D.C., has launched a Spanish apartment-listing site, Apartamentos.com, built to meet the needs of Spanish language households in the U.S. Apartamentos.com is the seventh addition to the Apartments.com network joining Apartments.com, Apartment Finder, Apartment Home Living, move.com, doorsteps.com and realtor.com.

    Trammell Crow Co.s SoCal-Newport Beach business unit has begun construction on Columbia Business Park, a 1.46 million-square-foot speculative industrial development in Riverside. TCC was selected by Washington Capital Management, adviser to property owner Operating Engineers Pension Trust, Local 12 (Operating Engineers), as the master developer for the 72-acre project. Construction of the three-building park will be phased.

    Villa Real Estate has moved to a new office in Newport Center. The office, at 450 Newport Center Drive, Suite 100, encompasses the entire first floor. Key Escrow also has relocated to 450 Newport Center Drive, Suite 150, and offers customer service in escrow. Opening the new corporate office comes on the heels of a record-breaking year for Villa with the company posting total sales volume of nearly $1.5 billion and adding 30 new agents in 2016, for a total of 150 agents in the companys four offices.

    Transaction

    Patrick Lacey of Lee & Associates-Newport Beach represented GL Franklin in a $5.1 million purchase of a 24,570-square-foot industrial building at 14341 Franklin Ave. in Tustin. GL Franklin, a specialty cabinet manufacturing company, bought the property for expansion of its business and will be relocating from Costa Mesa. The property includes heavy power, an upgraded fire sprinkler system, a 5-ton crane, and a concrete paved parking area. The property was unlisted.

    Leases

    DAUM Commercial Real Estate Services represented the landlord in leasing approximately 24,400 square feet of industrial space in Santa Ana. Ink N Burn has signed a 72-month lease at 1124 E. 17th St. The six-year lease is valued near $1.24 million. DAUM coordinated renovations to the facility, including a new roof, HVAC, a climate-controlled warehouse area and 5,000 square feet of new office space. Craig Sullivan and Charlie Winn of DAUMs Orange County office represented the landlord, while Dale Camera of Lee & Associates represented the tenant, in the transaction.

    Western States Technologies has signed a four-year lease valued at $1.5 million with Parcel Pending, a package management company. The new lease is for 26,000 square feet at 1 Vanderbilt in Irvine. Last year, Parcel Pending signed a four-year lease with Western States for 13,500 square feet at 51 Parker in Irvine, according to Western States Vice President Todd P. Miller. A year later, Parcel Pending needed to double its space and will relocate to this larger facility. The company, which provides electronic package lockers for the apartment industry, will use the space at 1 Vanderbilt for its new corporate headquarters.

    The real estate briefs are compiled by contributing writer Karen Levin and edited by Samantha Gowen, business editor at the Register.

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  • BUENA PARK City officials will close a homeless shelter at First Southern Baptist Church as early as Thursday, they said, for allegedly failing to address health, fire and occupancy violations found early last year.

    Wiley Drake, 73, the churchs longtime pastor, vowed to keep the city away and the doors open.

    On Jan. 30, in the wake of the Oakland warehouse tragedy, the city revoked an occupancy permit it granted Drake in 1999 to use a building as a temporary dormitory. The pastor was instructed to vacate the shelter by Thursday and remove or demolish the building by early March.

    This is about the well-being of those (homeless) individuals, said Aaron France, assistant to the city manager. We care about our homeless neighbors. ... This is a matter of safety.

    City officials said the building has no proper emergency exits, no certified fire alarm or smoke detection system, and a hazardous electrical system. Drake disputed the findings.

    The shelter has 52 beds, showers, tables, lockers, WiFi and television. Meals are offered in a kitchen on the lot twice a day.

    A couple of dozen residents range in age from 6 to 80.

    William Ruffin, 64, has lived in the shelter for 23 years. He handles security on the lot and helps with Bible study.

    This place gives me a sense of peace, he said. A lot of people come here afraid. Theyve slept under bridges, on streets. They come here ... and feel secure.

    Lisa Pollard joined the community six weeks ago, living out of her car on the lot.

    I walked in here and it was the first time I knew I was safe, the 54-year-old said.

    Many of the men and women in the shelter have part-time jobs, Drake noted, but cant afford to live elsewhere.

    In 1995, First Southern Baptist Church, at Western Avenue and Melrose Street, was used as a shelter for 235 residents some homeless displaced by a flood.

    Three dozen men and women continued living on the lot after relief efforts, and in 1997, a judge ordered Drake to either move those individuals to another location or build another structure.

    Temporary industrial-style buildings were donated to the church in 1999, Drake said. The city that year granted the pastor a temporary occupancy permit with the understanding that a permanent shelter would be built. Every few years, the city extended the temporary permit.

    But no permanent building has been erected.

    In March, city representatives inspected the property, and Police Chief Corey Sianez provided Drake a list of fire and life-safety issues to address.

    After the December warehouse fire that killed 36 in Oakland, Buena Park officials returned to the churchs shelter on Jan. 24 and found few improvements at the buildings that have been melded together.

    We respect what Pastor Drake is doing here, said Gigi Zanganeh, the director of programs for CityNet, a nonprofit the city contracts for homeless outreach, but we care a lot about client safety. Given the situation in Oakland, this (relocation) is probably for the best.

    Last week, Drake, who once filed a lawsuit challenging the legitimacy of former President Barack Obamas birth certificate and twice ran for president, refused to let any city personnel onto his property.

    City officials planned to obtain a warrant so they can go onto the property as soon as Thursday and declare the building unsafe to occupy.

    The pastor can appeal the citys decision to a board, consisting of three independent building officials or engineers. But the shelter must remain vacant during an appeal.

    Drake said if his shelter is shuttered, hell move the homeless into the church itself.

    Source: OC Register

  • Sugar Plum is Back!! Starting Today!

    Admission is Free

    Hours are Thursday and Friday 10:00am-8:00pm

    Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm

  • Farrells Ice Cream Parlour temporarily closed its Buena Park restaurant last week as the location will be remodeled under the control of The Profit millionaire Marcus Lemonis.

    The Buena Park location will be closed until mid-March, Marketing Director Shauna Parisi said Monday in an email to the Register. The Brea and Riverside locations will remain open to serve our guests.

    The makeover comes five months after Farrells aired its troubled finances on CNBCs The Profit, hosted by Lemonis. In the show, Lemonis came to the rescue, investing $750,000 in the company, which had was swimming in debt of nearly $2 million.

    In a phone interview Tuesday with the Register, Lemonis said Farrells owed its Buena Park landlord nine months rent to the tune of $200,000. The company had also failed to pay vendors. On several occasions, I had to loan them money to pay employees, Lemonis said.

    Though Buena Park employees knew Farrells was in trouble, many said they were blindsided by last weeks abrupt closure. Raven Edmond, an ice cream scooper, said he and other employees received a group message through the companys HotSchedules app, notifying them of canceled shifts, effective last Thursday.

    Byers said he quit last week, a day before the restaurant closed, because he was concerned about the restaurants stability. "Things fell apart ever since the Profit. Lauren Galvan, a host for nearly two years, said when she first started working in Buena Park, the wait for a table was two hours. About a year later, foot traffic slowly began to diminish.

    After the Profit aired, she said the restaurant received a temporary boost in guests followed by a gradual decline. Its been very dead since summer, the 19-year-old college student said.

    Farrells struggles come after Kramer and his business partner Mike Fleming resurrected the nostalgic ice cream brand in 2009 with the opening of Farrells Ice Cream Parlour at The Shops at Mission Viejo. Other locations followed in Sacramento, Brea, Riverside, Rancho Cucamonga and Buena Park.

    Source: OC Register

  • Fabulous Fords Forever! - April 30, 2017THIS IS THE WEST COAST'S LARGEST ALL-FORD CAR SHOW!Presented by the Ford Car Club Council and the Ford Motor Company, the show celebrates ALL Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles, from 1903 to the current models.The 32nd Annual Fabulous Fords Forever car show will take place on Sunday, April 30, 2017 and will be held at Knott's Berry Farm, located in Buena Park. Show times will be from 10:00am to 3:00pm.Entrance is FREE FOR SPECTATORS!Come celebrate 55 years of the Shelby Cobra, 50 years of the Mercury Cougar, and 85 years of the Ford Flathead V8!There will be 57 show classes, music, stage interviews, a great Ford display, show sponsors, celebrities & more!To register for the show, please go here: events.r20.constantcontaPlease call 626-209-9138 if you have any questions!

  • BUENA PARK Andrea Jung sells items on Craigslist but never meets buyers at her home or workplace.

    The 30-year-old goes to a Target or a Starbucks parking lot, carries pepper spray in her pocket and lets her boyfriend know her whereabouts.

    So she likes what the Buena Park Police Department unveiled this week two marked-off parking spaces at its headquarters at 6640 Beach Blvd., where Craigslist and other such transactions can play out.

    A surveillance camera is pointed at what officers call the Exchange Zone.

    Providing a safe and secure place for transactions to take place for strangers is a fantastic idea, the Yorba Linda resident said via email. I feel this will lower the chance of scams and abductions, rapes, murders. Both buyers and sellers will also feel more comfortable.

    The Buena Park Police Department is Orange Countys first to create a designated zone for the exchanging of online goods, as far as the agencys officials are aware, in hopes of curtailing theft and online scams stemming from in-person exchanges.

    Most of the time, a scammer wont want to do things on the parking lot of a police station, Sgt. Mike Lovchik said.

    Each year, Buena Park police receive dozens of reports of in-person exchanges ending in thefts, physical injuries and, in some cases, armed robberies crimes common throughout Orange County.

    The sergeant recalled reports of rental cars being sold for profit, items being bought with counterfeit money, and the selling of fraudulent tickets to games, theme parks and concerts.

    Though officers will not validate tickets or monitor money in the zone, the department hopes this area offers buyers and sellers a safe haven.

    The idea was apparently born in Florida. The area open 24 hours can be used by parents in contentious relationships to exchange children, too.

    The parking spaces are lined with reflective paint and well-lit. The surveillance camera can be monitored by police at any time.

    Users need not reserve the zone.

    We want to be able to provide a more secure way of conducting these online transactions by giving people a safe location to perform them, Lovchik said.

    Source:OC Register

  • BUENA PARK Brendan Shields abides by a simple rule:

    If I wouldnt feed it to my daughter, Centralia Elementary School Districts director of food services said, I wont serve it to the kids in this district.

    On Thursday, Centralia joined 70 districts including Tustin Unified in the California Thursdays initiative, pledging to serve students meals once a week made from scratch with ingredients purchased in-state.

    The districts kickoff celebration included meal sampling, chef demonstrations and a fruits and vegetables stand for students and their families. Food experts shared nutrition tips.

    Nine-year-old Billie Muro, a fourth-grader at Danbrook Elementary, savored the ceviche and pasta bolognese.

    I like the flavors, she said.

    Centralia plans to serve these special meals up to three times a month, Shields said. Our goal is for every day to be a California Thursday.

    This is one more step in our effort to provide a quality, healthy, freshly prepared school meal to our students, Superintendent Norma Martinez said. Every year we seem to make an adjustment, an improvement to our food service, and this is just one more natural step for us.

    Every summer, Shields eight years Centralias director of food services assesses the districts lunch menu.

    Hell try new recipes with healthier ingredients and include students in the sampling process. Shields has a Rolodex of local companies from which he purchases ingredients, and he makes all the sauces from scratch. During the school year, he and his crew make meals in the districts central kitchen at Dysinger Elementary, which are then distributed to the other campuses.

    Centralia serves approximately 800 breakfasts and 3,000 lunches every day, Shields said. The department also caters board meetings and school events.

    Menu items include salad, pasta, chicken and vegetable egg rolls, deli wraps and mac and cheese. The departments Twitter account, which Shields runs, posts photos of meals and shares monthly menu additions.

    The efforts that all of us have to keep ourselves healthy as adults are definitely efforts we bring to our students, Martinez said. Its been a dramatic shift from previous years. Not a slight shift, but a dramatic shift.

    Above all else, Shields said he wants parents and children alike asking themselves questions about their food:

    What is this?

    Where is it coming from?

    How is it made?

    Eating habits start young, he said. Parents do what they can at home, but at school, we are an educational environment, so we should be doing everything we can to help. The learning doesnt stop in the lunch room. Were demonstrating the best eating habits and creating the best food we can for our kids.

  • Three juveniles were in custody after a pursuit that began in Anaheim and ended in a crash in Buena Park on Monday night, authorities said Tuesday.

    A Fullerton man told police he thought he heard a prowler trying to get into his home in the 1200 block of Valencia Avenue shortly before 10 p.m. Monday, Fullerton police Sgt. Jon Radus said. He found no sign of a break-in, but noticed his car a red 2009 Dodge Avenger was gone.

    Fullerton police issued a stolen vehicle alert and officers with the Anaheim Police Department spotted the Avenger near La Palma Avenue and Citron Street at 10:35 p.m., Anaheim police Sgt. Daron Wyatt said.

    Our officers attempted to initiate a felony traffic stop and the vehicle fled leading them on a brief pursuit, Wyatt said.

    The chase stayed on city streets until winding up on the northbound I-5 freeway, reaching speeds of more than 100 mph. The fleeing vehicle exited the freeway at Auto Center Drive in Buena Park, but couldnt negotiate the turn and crashed into a guard rail, Wyatt said.

    Officers from several agencies converged at the crash site and discovered four male juveniles in the car. Two of the boys were taken to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries sustained during the crash, Wyatt said.

    With juvenile cases, suspects are not typically booked into the Orange County Jail pending charges. They are either released to their guardians or detained at Orange Countys Juvenile Hall.

    Three of the four boys were eventually handed over to county juvenile hall officials on suspicion of vehicle theft, residential burglary and gang enhancements, Radus said. The fourth juvenile was released to his parents due to injuries and will be petitioned for charges at a later date.

    Due to their status as minors, the minors names, ages and cities of residence are not being released.

    SOURCE: OC Register

  • Police were searching Thursday night for an armed man who robbed a Buena Park auto repair business.

    The incident happened around 6 p.m. at Firestone Complete Auto Care, 6011 Orangethorpe Ave., said Buena Park police Sgt. Bret Carter.

    The robber entered the business, brandished a handgun and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, Carter said. No one was injured.

    A description of the robber was unavailable and no arrests had been made late Thursday night.

    SOURCE: OC REGISTER

  • BUENA PARK Orange County Fire Authority firefighters battled a blaze at one of their own station houses for much of Thursday that left the structure severely damaged and destroyed four vehicles including a 100-foot-long aerial fire truck.

    The fire broke out around 3:30 a.m. at Station 61, at 8081 Western Ave., across the street from Knotts Berry Farm. It was unclear what caused the flames at the aging station house, earmarked to close and make way for a new, $13 million station house nearby.

    The likelihood of this being repaired and used again is slim, fire Capt. Larry Kurtz said.

    More than 60 firefighters from multiple agencies used tower-mounted hoses for much of the fight, because the fire was so hot and the structure so unstable; fire officials deemed a ground battle too dangerous, Kurtz said.

    Ground crews finally were able to enter around 8:30 a.m., with hotspots lingering until 2 p.m.

    Station 61 houses two engine companies: Engine 61 and Truck 61.

    At 3:11 a.m., Engine 61 was dispatched to a medical call, about a mile and a half from the station house.

    They (Engine 61 personnel) were dropping that patient off at a local hospital when they got the call that their station was on fire, Kurtz said. They raced back to fight their own fire.

    The firefighters inside Station 61 all escaped the burning building without injury, but a $1 million 100-foot aerial fire truck, one battalion chief Suburban, one swift-water rescue vehicle and one boat used for swift-water rescues were destroyed.

    In all, about $1.5 million in firefighting equipment may have been lost in the blaze, Kurtz said.

    The bottom line is were so happy there were no injuries, Buena Park Mayor Beth Swift said. Shocking as it is to have a fire at a fire station, the firefighters know their jobs and they do them well.

    Investigators from the Fire Authority, the Anaheim Fire Department and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms were expected to sift through the debris for clues as to the fires cause.

    Throughout the morning, while the firefighters tried to put out the fire, rain fell sporadically, heavily at times.

    Its not so much of an aid as one might think, Kurtz said. In this case, when the roof has burned off, the gallons-per-minute the rain provides doesnt make a significant enough impact to help extinguish the fire.

    The fire will not impact any calls for firefighting or paramedic coverage, Kurtz said: We have plans in place for scenarios like this. Were a very large organization, and we have plenty of backup apparatus and quarters.

    Backup vehicles are being outfitted and moved into the area, Kurtz said. Plans are being made to use a local hotel or motel to house firefighters until more permanent accommodations can be worked out.

    The city has been looking into the possibility of constructing a new fire station nearby on La Palma Avenue.

    The mayor, who went to the station at around 5 a.m. Thursday, said the fire would put the plans to replace the building in fast motion, but the city still needs to find funding.

    The current site annually answers about 6,000 service calls. The 50-year-old station, which is owned by the city and insured, has real issues, and weve been putting Band-Aids on the situation, Aaron France, assistant to the city manager, recently told the Register.

    The outdated and aging Fire Station 61 has undergone several roof repairs over the years, city officials said. The new station would go between a shopping plaza and Walter Knott School. In 2015, the city agreed to swap Fire Station 61s acre for a Knotts lot on La Palma Avenue.

    But the city needs to come up with money to build the new station, perhaps with a bond issuance and paying off the fire station over time. Under the plan, the city would demolish the old building before Knotts takes it.

    At 18,000 square feet, the new one-story station would house 36 fire personnel. Steel framework would be used to make it more durable and save $1 million compared to using wood.

    Thursday afternoon, with its garage doors burned away, passersby could see what was left of Truck 61 a melted light bar and headlights dripped onto the vehicles cab. The battalion chiefs SUV, once fire-engine red, was gray. Bits of roof and insulation dangled, as water flowed from rain and still-active hoses.

    This wasnt the first time a fire station burned in Orange County.

    We had a fire station that burned in Irvine on Dove Street, near John Wayne Airport, a few years back, Kurtz said.

    SOURCE: OC Register

  • The community is invited to attend the annual State of the City Address & Luncheon to learn firsthand about the City happenings.

    The City of Buena Park is known for having ambitious goals designed to enhance the quality of life in our thriving community. At this years State of the City Luncheon, the Mayor Elizabeth Swift and City Manager Jim Vanderpool will recount last years accomplishments and share City Councils innovative vision for this year.

    Topics will include improvements in government transparency, Beach Boulevard entertainment corridor projects, The Source shopping center and other retail establishments, public safety, strategic planning goals, new housing developments, review of the Citys budget and other important topics.

    Buena Park State of the City Address & LuncheonWednesday, February 1, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.Knotts Berry Farm Hotel7675 Crescent Ave., Buena Park 90620

    Tickets are $30 each. Cash, check or credit card by phone is accepted. Paid reservations are required on or before Thursday, January 26, 2017.

    Event sponsorships are still available for those interested.

    For more information, please call 714-562-3551, or contact city@buenapark.com.

    SOURCE: OC Breeze

  • Knotts Berry Farm is offering free admission to active, full-time fire and law enforcement personnel for a limited time.

    The theme park on Beach Boulevard in Buena Park said the Fire and Law Tribute promotion includes two complimentary tickets for fire or law enforcement personnel and a guest.

    Those interested in participating must show their fire or law enforcement photo identification card at the ticket booth.

    The promotion will be available through Jan. 31.

    SOURCE: CBSNews

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  • Kids have taken over the city of Buena Park in Orange County for the second year in a row! And this year they have demanded even more deals for two months January 1, 2017 February 28, 2017. For a limited time, parents will enjoy savings on comfortable kid-friendly hotel accommodations and kids can enjoy their favorite Orange County attractions. Take advantage of the lowest rates of the year and start the New Year making great family memories by going to VisitBuenaPark.com/KidsTakeover

    AttractionsFamilies can save big on their favorite attractions like $30 off adult admission and $4 off kids admission to Knotts Berry Farm. At Disney Parks, make your trip a little more magical with $5 off two day tickets for children and adults. At Pirates Dinner Adventure, Captain Sebastian the Black has given in to the demands and is selling tickets for only $20 for kids and $25 for adults. Even the knights at Medieval Times couldnt stop kids from getting $14 off admission for adults. At Big Air Trampoline, kids are jumping off the walls with buy one get one free discounts. Dive into even more savings with free kids admission at the Aquarium of the Pacific, free Whale Watching with Newport Whales, free carousel ride at South Coast Plaza, adults pay kids price at Discovery Cube and 50% off at Pretend City Childrens Museum.

    RestaurantsTaking over Orange County is a lot of work but kids can fuel up on delicious hamburgers at Fuddruckers with $0.99 kids meals. Voted the Best Family Restaurant by Nickelodeon, Farrells Ice Cream Parlour has joined the movement with free kids meals on select days. The free food doesnt stop there, El Torito, Dennys and Marie Callenders are also offering free kids meals on select days.

    Hotel AccomodationsAfter all the excitement sleep well in one of Buena Parks comfortable hotels like the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, where families get discounted rates and vouchers for free food at the hotel and Chick-Fil-A. Just steps away from the theme park, the Knotts Berry Farm Hotel is also offering exclusive rates and kids eat free for lunch or dinner. At the Radisson Suites, enjoy the best rates of the year and the comfort of an all-suite hotel. The news has spread fast and other hotels have given in, including 15% off at the Buena Park Hotel & Suits and the best deals of the year at the Courtyard by Marriott and the Fairfield Inn & Suites.

    Source: VisitBuenaPark

  • Buena Park is looking into the possibility of constructing a $13 million fire station on La Palma Avenue to replace nearby Fire Station 61.

    Located at 8081 Western Ave., the existing building serves as the Orange County Fire Authoritys local headquarters and annually answers about 6,000 service calls.

    The 50-year-old station has real issues, and weve been putting Band-Aids on the situation, said Aaron France, assistant to the city manager.

    Fire Station 61, built in 1967, has undergone several roof repairs over the years, city officials said, and needs new ceilings, flooring and a larger kitchen. It is not energy efficient nor seismically sound.

    The new station could land on La Palma Avenue, between a shopping plaza and Walter Knott School. It would require a new traffic signal and the realignment of a service road used by Knotts Berry Farm patrons to exit a parking lot.

    In 2015, the city agreed to swap the acre of land on which Fire Station 61 is built for a Knotts lot on nearby La Palma Avenue should the city secure funding for the station and proceed. The city also bought from the theme park an additional quarter-acre of land to help accommodate a larger facility.

    One option would be to conduct a bond issuance and pay off the fire station over time. France said the city has saved several hundred thousand dollars in recent years for the project.

    Once the new station is built and all personnel have relocated, the city would demolish the old building and restore the land before Knotts takes it over.

    Emergency service will be unaffected by construction, the city staff said.

    At 18,000 square feet, the one-story station would house 36 fire personnel and accommodate the increase in service calls the department expects to receive with the growth of the nearby entertainment corridor. The new facility would feature dorms, administration offices and upgraded amenities. Showers and locker rooms would serve both genders, France said.

    Also, steel framework would be deployed, extending the stations life and saving $1 million compared to building a wood structure, a staff report says.

    The city currently is looking for contractors with experience erecting fire stations. Construction could begin as early as March and conclude in February 2018.

    Fire Station 61, which serves surrounding cities and hosts regional training sessions, has served its useful life, France said. Weve got some things in the works to make this new station last 25, 50 years longer than that one did.

    Source: OC Register

  • Homebuying in Buena Park in the past eight years could not keep pace with growth in countywide sales activity.

    With President Obama's White House days nearing an end, we wanted to see how the local residential real estate market changed since 2008. This period essentially encompasses the market's rebound from the Great Recession. Using CoreLogic data, we compared sales patterns from the 12 months ended in October vs. the full-year results for 2008.

    Sales in Buena Park rose as 755 residences sold in the past 12 months vs. 722 in 2008.

    That's a gain of 4.6 percent vs. 33 percent countywide.

    Neighborhood trends in Buena Park from the report:

    Buena Park ZIP code 90620 -- 390 homes sold in the latest period vs. 470 eight years ago. That's a sales loss of 17 percent. Median selling price of $520,000 vs. $385,000 in '08, a gain of 35 percent.

    Buena Park ZIP 90621 -- 365 homes sold in the latest period vs. 252 eight years ago. That's a sales gain of 45 percent. Median of $490,750 vs. $400,000 in '08, a gain of 23 percent.

    ... and nine countywide trends, 2008 vs. 2016, according to CoreLogic:

    1. Orange County's median selling price for all residences in '16 was $640,000. That's up 42 percent vs. 2008 as prices rose in 82 of 83 Orange County ZIP codes.

    SEE: Want affordable housing? Move to Trumpland!

    2. 37,303 Orange County residences sold in the period. That's up 33 percent vs. 2008 as sales rose in 66 of 83 Orange County ZIPs vs. 2008.

    3. Orange County's single-family home resales in '16 totaled 22,461 -- up 23 percent from eight years ago. Median selling price was $695,000 -- up 36 percent from eight years ago.

    4. Resales of Orange County condos in '16 were 10,377 -- up 38 percent from eight years ago. Median selling price was $441,000 -- up 36 percent from eight years ago.

    5. Builder sales in '16 were 4,465 -- up 104 percent from eight years ago. Median selling price of Orange County new homes was $827,500 -- up 66 percent from eight years ago.

    6. Market share change in Orange County : Detached resales, 60.2 percent in '16 vs. 65.3 percent in '08. Condo resales, 27.8 percent in '16 vs. 26.8 percent in '08. New homes: 12 percent in '16 vs. 7.8 percent in '08.

    7. In this year's 27 least-expensive Orange County ZIPs -- median sales price at $567,500 and below -- 10,407 homes sold. That's down 0.7 percent compared to eight years ago.

    8. In 2016's 27 priciest Orange County ZIPs -- median sales price beginning at $700,250 -- 12,179 homes sold. That's up 64 percent compared to eight years ago.

    9. In the nine Orange County ZIP codes with median selling prices above $1 million this year, sales totaled 2,363 homes. That's up 67 percent compared to eight years ago.

  • According to the California Regional Multiple Listing Service, the average home price in Buena Park has shown a five-year increase with only slight fluctuations along the way. The average price back in 2011 reflected a $350K price point which, has since climbed to nearly $600K as of today. The data showed the largest dip in price around the 2012 where prices lowered to around $300K and the largest increase to $600K in late 2015, which is where they hover today. These steady and impressive average prices can be attributed to the lack of inventory, an improved economy, and relatively low-interest rates which, have made homeownership attainable for so many.

    If youre looking to buy or sell, allow us to assist you. Our team of experts knows real estate inside and out and it would be our pleasure to hold your hand through this next and exciting chapter in your life. Contact us today for a free no obligation consultation.

  • 1st Annual Farm to Fork: A day on the farm to enjoy a farm fresh meal prepared by BPHS Chef Newton using 80% of our produce grown right on the Agriculture Facility.

    Date: Saturday, March 25th 2017Time: 11am-2pmLocation:BPHS FarmPrice: $65 per person

    Includes: 3 Course meal, Farm Tour, & Silent Auction

    Source: BuenaParkFFA

  • There are some things any new hire would get excited about seeing on their first tour around Amway/Nutrilites offices: rooftop gardens, a cafeteria stocked with healthy food, an on-site gym thats actually used.

    But at the Buena Park campus, where dietary supplements and other health products are developed and manufactured, some of the things employees value most are unseen: trust, positivity and genuine care for overall well-being; a place where co-workers are like family.

    The Registers annual Top Workplaces survey received notes from several employees who said they feel confident in making their own decisions and are encouraged to trust their instincts and take risks, even if they might fail.

    They also feel cared for by their bosses, professionally and personally, and, of course, theyre motivated to stay healthy through various fitness and networking programs, as well as access to free supplements. Staffers can even elect to work a 10-hours-a-day, four-day workweek aimed at curbing at least some traffic-related high blood pressure.

    The Register spoke with Audra Davies, vice president of product development for health, beauty and home, on what makes her workplace stand out.

    Q. What is the companys strategy to attract and retain quality employees?

    A. We have a longstanding internship program here, which is a great pipeline for talent coming fresh out of academic institutions, whether its with undergraduate degrees or graduate degrees.

    We also do a lot of recruiting for more experienced employees at a wide variety of different trade and scientific meetings. We have done recruiting with some of the military programs, as well.

    Once we have employees join our company, we have a number of inclusion networks that are great opportunities for them. We have what is known as an early-in-career group, which focuses on individuals who have been with our company for less than five years.

    We also have an inclusion network that is focused on ethnic diversity as well as different generations.

    And we have a womens inclusion network across Amway which provides a great forum, not only for our female employees, but also our male employees, to talk about issues related to gender bias, to talk about the importance of flexibility within the workplace and any issues that may be very specific to women in the workplace.

    Q. How does your leadership play a role in keeping staff engaged in the business overall and helping them see the value of their work?

    A. I would hold up, first and foremost, communication. Amway/Nutrilite has evolved to a very transparent communication focus of a very clear strategic agenda about where our company is headed for the next nine to 10 years.

    When we can frame up our communications around key areas of focus and key platforms that ultimately support our strategic goals, I think it really helps our employees to understand why were taking some of the actions we are and why were asking our employees to do certain things, certain projects.

    Q. What perks or benefits do you and your employees value most at the company?

    A. Weve got a great health and wellness program. Theres a gym on site. We have fitness instructors and experts on site that offer one-on-one consults to our employees. Our employees can go take a fitness class here on campus several times a day.

    Secondly, at this site, we have the benefit of a monthly supply of supplements. Every employee gets to choose four supplements. The products are manufactured here and we believe that we, as employees, should be products of the product.

    Q. Generally, how can a boss foster a collaborative, creative environment where employees enjoy working?

    A. It starts with trust. When we can trust and empower each other, we result in creating a safe and supportive environment where our employees can take risks, they can step outside the box a little bit, and they know that theyre going to be supported by their boss.

    Its something that my leadership team and I spend a lot of time talking about, ensuring that we are giving employees the latitude to experiment with these things and support them if they have unexpected outcomes.

    Q. What motivates you to come to work every day, and do you think your employees share the same motivation?

    A. It is the people I work with here at Amway. I am privileged to work with a very diverse team of very talented individuals that come to work every day and give it 110 percent and just are amazing individuals.

    Source: OC Register

  • BUENA PARK

    Photos with Santa: Visit Santa Claus for family photos every day through Dec. 24 in the center court at Buena Park Downtown, on La Palma Avenue near Dale Avenue. Photo packages range from $21.99 to $59.99. For hours and more details, go to buenaparkdowntown.com.

    Holiday concert: The Community Chorus Bells Are Ringing Holiday Concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Ehlers Event Center, 8150 Knott Ave. The event is free. Guests are encouraged to bring nonperishable food to be donated to local families in need. Information: 714-562-3860.

    Winter wonderland: Knotts Berry Farm transforms into Knotts Merry Farm for the holiday season. Through Jan. 8, patrons can celebrate the season by hopping on an attraction, watching live entertainment, getting creative at a Christmas crafts fair or indulging in delicious holiday food. The Merry Christmas, Snoopy! Ice Show is scheduled weekly through Jan. 8. Information: knotts.com.

    FULLERTON

    Santa landing: Santa Claus will arrive via helicopter as part of Santa Day on Dec. 11. Hell hand out candy canes and toys and pose for photos. Airplanes will be on display at the 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. event at Fullerton Municipal Airport. Santa arrives at 11:30 a.m. and stays until 1:30 p.m. Information: 562-587-4050

    Radio show: STAGEStheatre presents the Its a Wonderful Life A Live Radio Play. This holiday story is performed as a 1940s radio broadcast on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 18. Tickets are $18-$20. Stages is at 400 E. Commonwealth Ave. Information: 714-525-4484 or stagesoc.org

    The Nutcracker: For the 25th year, the Nouveau Chamber Ballet, based in Fullerton, will present The Nutcracker. Performances are 8 p.m. Dec. 17 and 2 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Fullerton College Campus Theatre. Information: nouveauchamberballet.com

    Holiday festival: The Muckenthaler Cultural Centers annual holiday festival will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Dec. 18. Enjoy the holiday season with tours of the mansion and art gallery and an arts and crafts fair. Vendors will sell food and exclusive craft beer. For kids, there will be free art workshops and a childrens play area. Also, Santa Claus will make an appearance at The Muck, 1201 W. Malvern Ave. Information: themuck.org.

    New year: The First Night Fullerton New Years Eve Celebration runs from 7 p.m. to midnight Dec. 31. This is the popular events 25th year. Admission is free, and the evening will feature childrens activities, food and merchandise booths and live music, all punctuated with a fireworks show at midnight. Held around Fullertons iconic downtown. Information: cityoffullerton.com

    Source: OC Register

  • Nothing says holidays quite like a Frosty the Snowman Fun class. As we round out the year, there are a few recreation classes left in December with spots available.

    On Tuesday, December 13 kids will enjoy Frosty the Snowman Fun. Students create gifts that even the elves would be proud of including, a puzzle wreath, reindeer keepsakes, ornaments that sparkle and a tasty graham cracker house.Kids decorating gingerbread house

    On Thursday, December 15 its about All that Holiday Glitter. Kids create projects that sparkle including homemade gifts, evergreen wreaths, clay pot bells, glitter ornaments and a tasty treat too.

    Adults shine with Snowflake Charm Bracelet on Saturday, December 17. Students use color, shapes and textures to personalize your very own holiday bracelet.

    Safety comes first these holidays with CPR and First Aid classes on Sunday, December 18. Students learn to respond to and assess an injury or illness. Topics include vital signs, bleeding, burns, fractures, heat and cold emergencies, strokes and seizures.

    For more information call (714) 562 -3860. To register for these classes, visit BuenaPark.com/BPRecOnline or in-person at the Buena Park Community Center, 6688 Beach Blvd.

    Source: OC Breeze

  • LA HABRA A registered sex offender was arrested after allegedly recording up the skirt of a 13-year-old girl at a Michaels Store on Sunday, police said Wednesday afternoon.

    Roland Moreno, 53, of Buena Park is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 3 on one felony count of possessing images depicting a person under the age of 18 and three misdemeanors, said Sgt. Jose Quirarte of the La Habra Police Department.

    An unknown person called police after seeing Moreno, a customer at Michaels in the 1500 block of West Imperial Highway, using his cellphone to presumably view and record underneath a young girls dress while walking around the craft store at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Quirarte said.

    After detaining Moreno, officers discovered he had been recording the girl. He was arrested and booked into La Habra Jail, Quirarte said.

    Police then searched his home and discovered about 200 additional up-skirt videos, he added. There are websites that publish videos looking up womens and girls skirts or dresses without their knowledge or permission.

    The videos have to be run through the crime lab, Quirarte said. So additional charges arent out of the question.

    Moreno will also face misdemeanor charges of having a concealed recording device and child annoyance.

    Morenos registered address is in Whittier, Quirarte said, but had been living in Buena Park without registering that he is a convicted sex offender in that city, which is also a misdemeanor, he added.

    No other victims have been found, Quirarte said.

    Investigators are asking anyone with information on Moreno to call the La Habra Police Department at 562-383-4300 or anonymously call TIP411.

    Source: OC Register

  • San Juan Bautista, San Luis Rey de Francia, Santa Ines... Knowing the names of the 21 California Missions, and where exactly they're located, is important historical knowledge possessed by many a Golden Stater.

    But seeing all of our beloved missions in a single day? That's not a possibility. Travelers must plot out a week, at least, to fully visit, then view, the centuries-old landmarks.

    Seeing all of the scale models of the missions, though, in a single day can be done, and has long been done, at Knott's Berry Farm. The theme park's missions in miniature have been a popular exhibit in the Buena Park attraction since the 1950s, when "Walter Knott needed a way to keep park guests off the of the stagecoach trail between the train depot and the northern end of the park (for safety reason."

    A loving tribute to the missions was thusly borne, thanks to the work of Leon Bayard de Volo

    But the buildings, which are located near the south entrance to Fiesta Village, were removed over three years ago for a much-needed full-scale restoration. That careful and considerate refurbishment was recently completed by Bob Weir, a masterful craftsman who has served as the head of the theme park's woodworking shop for two decades.

    Fourteen scaled mission models returned to view on the final day of November 2016, with the rest to roll out in the near future.

    There is a mission-sweet festivity ahead, and one all Californians who studied the hallowed structures in school will understand: Students are invited to display their own California Mission models near the Knott's Berry Farm missions at Early California Day, which is scheduled for March 15, 2017.

    Details? Give Knott's Berry Farm a jingle to find out more on Early California Day.Source: NBC4News

  • The Buena Park Community Chorus is preparing for their annual holiday concert Tis the Season. The concert will be held Sunday, December 11, 3:00 p.m., at the Walter D. Ehlers Community Center, 8150 Knott Ave., Buena Park.

    Everyone looks forward to this FREE, annual event, with beautiful music sung by the chorus, solos by their talented singers, refreshments, hand bells rung by the Eng family bell ringers, and a visit from Santa Claus!

    Chorus members appreciate the support of the community. They enjoy performing and are like a real family. Guests at this concert are encouraged to bring canned goods to donate to needy families in the Buena Park community.

    Judith Herz is entering her second year as Director of the Buena Park Community Chorus, which was formed 50 years ago! Sandy Bron, accompanist, has been a member for 20 years.

    The chorus welcomes new members to join them. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings, 7:00 p.m., at the Walter D. Ehlers Center. Anyone who loves to sing is welcome to join.

    Please mark your calendars and plan to attend Tis the Season!

    Source: OC BREEZE

  • Buena Park police say they have arrested a 23-year-old high school sports coach Tuesday on suspicion of sexually assaulting minors.

    Joshua Christopher Owens was an assistant water polo and swim coach at Kennedy High School in La Palma from 2014 to 2016 when the alleged crimes happened, according to a statement from the Buena Park Police Department.

    A student recently reported Owens, a resident of La Palma, to school staff, who notified police and more victims were later identified.

    Owens is suspected of lewd and lascivious acts with female student-athletes from 14 to 16 years old. Police did not disclose how many victims there were but they believe there may be more, given Owens access to students. He has also been employed this year as a seasonal lifeguard with the Long Beach Fire Department Marine Safety Division.

    He was arrested but was released after posting $75,000 bail.

    Anyone who thinks they may have been a victim is asked to call Buena Park Police Department Detective Todd Franssen at 714-562-3935.

    SOURCE: OC Register

  • A pursuit of a vehicle reported stolen in Cerritos began in Buena Park Tuesday morning and ended in Whittier 30 minutes later, police said.

    Officers attempted to stop the red 2016 Honda Accord near Western and Orangethorpe avenues around 7:30 a.m., but the driver sped off.

    The vehicle ... was occupied by a male driver and a female passenger, Buena Park Sgt. Mike Lovchik said.

    Buena Park officers were joined by a Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department helicopter as the chase crossed the county line. The driver, at times, lead officers against traffic on the wrong side of the road, Lovchik said.

    A half-hour into the pursuit, officers executed a successful pit maneuver, forcing the Honda to spin out in the 11500 block of Slauson Avenue in Whittier.

    TV helicopter footage showed the suspects surrendering after a brief standoff to officers with weapons drawn.

    The driver was identified as Brian James Alexander, 32, of Yorba Linda, who was booked on suspicion of auto theft, possession of stolen property and felony evading arrest. He was transported to Orange County Jail and being held on $100,000 bail.

    Melissa Marie Goehring, 44, of Cypress was booked on suspicion of receiving stolen property and possible fraud charges. She was eventually transported to Orange County Jail and held on $20,000 bail.

    SOURCE: OC Register

  • Get into the holiday spirit with the City of Buena Park at our 4th Annual Christmas Tree lighting and Toy Drive! Hundreds attend this free event each year to enjoy the sights and sounds of holiday cheer in the company of friends, family, and community.

    The festivities kick off with a special Winter Follies performance produced by Buena Park Civic Theatre, with musical accompaniment provided by the Buena Park High School orchestra and chorus. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make their grand entrance in an Orange County Fire Authority fire truck followed by the lighting of the tree. The little ones will have plenty of time to share their holiday wishes with Santa while also saying hello to Snoopy and some friendly knights, pirates, and princesses too!

    Seasonal treats and warm refreshments will be available for purchase at our Candy Bar. In honor of this season of giving, the event is also host to a Toy Drive benefiting local charities. Attendees are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped gifts for children.

    Dont miss photo opportunities with Santa Claus and the tree, holiday sing-a-long fun, treats, and more at the Christmas Tree Lighting and Toy Drive!

    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6th at 6p.m. at theBUENA PARK CITY HALL, 6650 BEACH BLVD., BUENA PARK, CA 90621

    For more information, please call 714-562-3860 or visit BuenaPark.com.

    SOURCE: City of Buena Park

  • Active, Retired or Veteran U.S. Military Personnel may receive free admission for themselves and 1 guest (maximum of 2 complimentary admissions will be issued per day.) Show your Military I.D.card or DD 214at a Knott's Berry Farm main gate to redeem this offer.

    Additional admission tickets may be purchased by the Military I.D. holder at a discounted rate. Up to 6 discounted admission tickets may be purchased for $27 each, when visiting from November 1 - 18, or for $32 each when visiting from November 28 - December 16. Discounted admission tickets are available for purchase at the Knott's ticket booths and local military bases.

    Source: Knott's Berry Farm

  • Veterans and military folks can get thank-you freebies from numerous places on Friday, Nov. 11. Note that you will need to bring proof of service with an ID card, discharge papers or at least a photo of you in uniform. And thanks for your service! My dad was a lifer in the Air Force, so I especially appreciate what you do.

    FREE PIRATES

    This is a good deal, my friends. Veterans and military can receive free admission to the Pirates Dinner Adventure show in Buena Park on Nov. 11, general seating only. Guests pay a discounted $35.15 adults or $30.15 kids. Reservations required. Mention code PDAVET16 at the time of purchase. Learn more: piratesdinneradventureca.com/veterans-discount

    EL TORITO

    El Torito is offering veterans a free entree on Veterans Day from a special menu that includes tacos, fajitas and carnitas. ID or a photo of you in uniform is required. On Nov. 11 only. Find locations: eltorito.com

    IHOP

    Vets and active duty military can get a free Red White and Blue short stack of buttermilk pancakes at IHOP from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 11 only. Learn more: ihop.com

    MIMIS CAFE

    Veterans and military can get a free entree if they buy a beverage on Nov. 11, from a special menu that includes grilled chicken & frites, chicken chop salad, brioche cheeseburger, or farmhouse tacos. Proof of service required. If you cant make it Friday, you can still order and pay a discounted $5.99 from the special Veterans Menu on Saturday and Sunday. Find locations: mimiscafe.com

    FREE KNOTTS

    I love this annual deal! U.S. military and vets get into Knotts Berry Farm free, along with one guest Nov. 1-18 and then Nov. 28-Dec. 16. Spouses of deployed personnel are also eligible, as are widows and widowers with ID. You can also bring up to six more guests for $27 each until Nov. 18, or $32 each from Nov. 28 to Dec. 16. Buy tickets at the Knotts ticket booth or your base ticket office.Learn more calling 714-220-5200 or visit knotts.com.

    Source: Knott's Berry Farm

  • From November through March, outdoor watering is allowed a maximum of ONCE PER WEEK. MON for addresses ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, & 9. THUR for addresses ending in 0,2,4,6 & 8. No watering other days.

    Source: City of Buena Park

  • Veterans Honor Walk11/09/2016 5:00 PM - 6:00 PMEhlers Event Center8150 Knott AveBuena Park , California 90620

    This annual event, which begins at 5pm at the Veterans Memorial -Ehlers Event Center, 8150 Knott Ave., allows the citizens of Buena Park the opportunity to thank the brave men and women for their sacrifice and service to the United States of America.

    Source:City of Buena Park

  • Out with the old and in with the new website that is. The City is excited to announce the launch of the new, redesigned version of its website, www.BuenaPark.com.

    The new site is bold, beautiful and extremely easy to navigate. It features colorful graphic elements to help you quickly find information on Buena Park happenings, both in and outside City Hall.

    Sporting an ultramodern design and functionality, the website has large colorful icons for several heavily navigated areas including watching City Council meetings and BPTV, jobs, water bill payments, and reporting an issue. The new design also invites viewers to engage with the City by highlighting news, events, social media sites, Buena Park Today and more. The platform makes it easily accessible by computer, smartphone and tablet.

    The website also introduces an interactive tool called OpenGov to help enhance transparency in City financial reporting. With just one click you can explore the City budget, employee salaries and other financial expenditures and information. Youll find OpenGov by selecting the new Transparency icon on the homepage.

    Look for the new City of Buena Park website to keep evolving as up-to-date information is posted. The site was developed in partnership with Vision Internet, specialists in online government services. Check it out today at www.BuenaPark.com.

    The article above was released by the City of Buena Park.

    Source: OC Breeze

  • Bring the whole family to the 46th Annual Candy Caneland and Craft Faire Sat. Dec. 3, 2016, at Ehlers Event Center, 8150 Knott Ave. from 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Enjoy a winter wonderland of spectacular decorations, activities and shopping!

    Let the little ones glide down a snow slide sized just for them. Two large slides are a hit for bigger kids and parents. Other free activities include jump houses, a kids craft area, stage entertainment, a petting zoo, and, of course, visits with Santa Claus himself.

    Shop for that special someone from over 100 craft vendors selling original homemade gifts, ornaments, jewelry, ceramics, and more, all at reasonable prices. Dont forget to stop and feed your hunger at one of the food booths run by local non-profit groups selling delicious eats and treats.

    Looking to raise funds for your non-profit organization? Why not join the holiday fun and have your group run a game at Candy Caneland! Just fill out our Game Booth Application and return it by Nov. 17 to the Buena Park Community Center, 6688 Beach Blvd. Applications are available under the Special Events section at www.BuenaPark.com. Space for all booths will be limited.

    Due to limited event parking, visitors are encouraged to use the free shuttle bus which runs continuously to and from Peak Park, 7225 El Dorado Dr., from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The ride is less than five minutes from the event and all shuttles are operated by our friendly Community Services staff. Look for the shuttles marked Ehlers Express!

    For more information, please call the Community Services Department at (714) 562-3860 or visit www.BuenaPark.com.

    Source: City Of Buena Park

  • Buena Park-based Yamaha Corporation of America is the recipient of two awards from Popular Science Magazine.

    The magazine named the companys TransAcoustic Guitar, and the YSP-5600 Sound Bar as 2016 Best of Whats New Award winners.

    The magazine gives the awards as part of its annual review of the top 100 technology innovations of the year, and are in 11 different categories including entertainment and gadgets.

    The TransAcoustic Guitar uses a transducer inside the guitar that vibrates when the guitar is played. Those vibrations are then transferred to the acoustic guitars body and air cavity, allowing for chorus and reverb effect without any external amplification, simulating the sound of a large live room.

    TThe YSP-5600 Sound Bar is the first to feature both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, audio technologies that can place sound anywhere in a room, even overhead, without the need for additional speakers. It also uses wireless audio technology called MusicCast, allowing it to stream music over a homes Wi-Fi network from mobile devices or a computer, all with the help of an app - allowing the consumer to use many of the music services available to the public.

    Popular Science announced the awards as part of its November/December issue. The Whats New awards were started by the magazines editors in 1988.

    Source: OC Register

  • Over the several past months, Bright Paths staff and volunteers have been reaching out to Buena Parks homeless neighbors, identifying those in need and connecting them with the proper resources to help transition them off the streets.

    Since initial outreach began in April, the program has made contact with more than 160 homeless individuals. As of mid-September, Bright Paths assisted 40 individuals transition off the street and into temporary or permanent housing.

    We are pleased with the success weve had so far in such a short amount of time, said Buena Park police Sgt. Brad Geyer, a Bright Paths homeless liaison officer. Each week, our team of Bright Paths staff and volunteers are out in the community. We are building relationships and trust with our homeless neighbors to assist them in taking the first step towards getting off the streets.

    Tahne Hannen, a Bright Paths intern, knows first-hand about homelessness. She was homeless as a teen, spending more than a year on the streets of Los Angeles and Orange County. Now, nearly 12 years later, she is enrolled in the Masters of Social Work program at Cal State Fullerton and plans to dedicate her career to helping the homeless and mentally ill.

    I love making a difference, said Hannen. When a person is homeless, they dont always know what support is available, making it difficult to navigate through the steps to find a way out. The Bright Paths program allows us to bring the support directly to the people who need our help.

    For more information about the Bright Paths program, or to learn how to get involved, please visit www.buenapark.com.

    About Buena Park homeless outreach program Bright Paths

    Bright Paths assists the homeless in becoming an independent and functioning member of the community by providing the necessary resources to take the step of graduating from the streets and into permanent housing. The program also provides the tools to educate local residents, businesses, and faith-based organizations about homelessness and the resources available to empower these groups to help decrease homelessness in their neighborhoods. For more information, or to learn how to get involved, visit www.buenapark.com/brightpaths.

    SOURCE: OC BREEZE

  • When in doubt, put away the salt and add citrus either lime juice or ground-up cilantro seeds.

    Chipotle sauce adds a depth of flavor to classic chili.

    Include apple sauce in that apple muffins recipe and thank him later.

    With tips such as these and plenty more up his sleeve, John Newton is schooling hungry Buena Park High students on the culinary arts.

    My goal for them is to expand their knowledge of food, said the chef-turned-schoolteacher. I want them to learn how to cook for themselves, become self-sufficient for when they get out of high school, be able to make a budget for food and not rely on someone else to make them meals.

    Previously a chef at Disneyland and in fine dining restaurants and wine bars, Newton now heads a culinary arts program with 175 students, freshmen through seniors, across two skill levels.

    Six periods a day, the 32-year-old and his pupils bring recipes to life.

    A North Orange County Regional Occupational Program, Buena Parks culinary class, an elective, is UC-certified, so kids receive college credit for completing the curriculum. (La Habra High and Sonora High also offer North Orange County ROP culinary courses; Fullerton Highs is through the district.)

    Were a career pathway class, Newton said. A lot of what we do, I relate it to other careers. No matter what career my students choose, they have to be able to get a job done well and on time.

    From practicing knife cuts on potatoes, bell peppers and tomatoes to laying blueprints for their own sandwich shop, Newtons students receive the full culinary experience. On occasion, Newton shows his apprentices the Food Network show Worst Cooks in America, that way they can see the mistakes he doesnt want them making.

    Still, with novices in the kitchen, mishaps are bound to happen. Thankfully, Newton said, no mistake has been irreparable.

    At years end, some students will receive a list of ingredients and have to make a dish with no recipe to reference.

    My goal is to get kids to come out of their shell, to communicate, Newton said. Even if you dont understand what youre doing, at least have the confidence to ask questions.

    At Silverado Days earlier this month, the chili cooked by a group of seven Buena Park High students won first place and the people's choice award in the festivals annual contest.

    I love how food brings people together, Newton said. No matter what culture, what country we come from, everybody can share food. Everybody can sit down to share a meal, to enjoy food, with a smile.

    The best part of my job is putting those smiles on their faces.

    Source: OC Register

  • BUENA PARK A family was displaced Wednesday morning as fire erupted in their garage in the 5800 block of Los Angeles Way, authorities said.

    The blaze was reported around 3:30 a.m. Twenty-three firefighters contained the flames to the garage, said Capt. Larry Kurtz of the Orange County Fire Authority.

    The fire was out in 15 minutes, but not before the home suffered smoke damage making the home uninhabitable.

    Unfortunately, smoke got into to the attic spaces and walls and every surface of the home, Kurtz said. That smoke contains dangerous carcinogens and needs to be cleaned away before its safe for people to live there.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation. No injuries were reported.

    Source: OC Register

  • Five Orange County restaurants made Yelps Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. for 2016, according to rankings released Wednesday. One of those restaurants is coming to Buena Park!!!

    Mama Ds Italian Kitchen, an Italian coastal favorite in Newport Beach, ranked the highest at No. 8. It was followed by Cream Pan of Tustin (No. 11), Mr BBQ of Fullerton, CA (No. 27),Istanbul Grill California of Fountain Valley (No. 43) and Rockfire Grill of Mission Viejo (No. 60).

    Unlike last year, the rankings are based on performance since the founding of Yelp in 2004.

    This list is a combination of classic favorites and new up-and-comers that garnered lots of positive attention, Yelp said. We analyzed which places were the all-time most popular and well reviewed on Yelp.

    Restaurants were compared using a ranking that looks at both the ratings and the number of reviews while accounting for quality, popularity, and statistical fluctuations, Yelp said. Newcomers were able to crack the 100 based on the high number of quality reviews over a two-year period, Yelp explains.

    Of the five restaurants ranked, Cream Pan and Mama Ds are among the best known. The Tustin bakery, in business for more than a decade, is known for its namesake puffy, sweet bun filled with light custard, as well as its custard and strawberry filled croissants. Mama Ds is a longtime neighborhood favorite for classic Italian fare along Newport Boulevard.

    Newcomer Rockfire Grill features stone cooked pizzas and flat breads, as well as burgers. The Yelp ranking is based on reviews from its Mission Viejo location. However, it has another location in Santa Ana on 17th Street, near Tustin Avenue. A third one is coming soon to Newport Beach, at the old JackShrimp location on 1200 West Coast Highway.

    Yelps No. 1 restaurant is Portos Bakery & Cafe of Burbank. The Los Angeles institution, with other locations in Glendale and Downey, is known for its Cuban cakes, French mousses, Italian sweets, cheese rolls and cheese strudels.

    Curious Orange County foodies wont have to fight freeway traffic to give Portos a shot. The bakery recently announced plans to open a shop in Buena Park.

    Gen Korean BBQ House of Cerritos ranked No. 37. The Korean BBQ restaurant also has a location in Tustin.

    Last year, nine Orange County restaurants made the top 100, including Cream Pan, Mama Ds and Istanbul Grill.

    To see the complete list, head over to Yelps Top 100 Places to Eat in the US for 2016: Fast Track to a Food Coma.

    Source: OC Register

  • The Buena Park Community Chorus is set to perform its 17th annual Music, Arts, and Just Desserts fundraiser concert coming up Sunday, March 13, at 3 p.m., in the Walter D. Ehlers Recreation Community Center, 8150 Knott Ave., in Buena Park.

    The concert features solos from our talented singers and a taste of our concert in June, that will have a water theme, with specialty numbers from our chorus members, said director Judi Herz.Herz said some of the June water-themed music will include Singing in the Rain, Splish Splash and Shenandoah.

    The annual concert raises money for the choruss sheet music, sound equipment-repair and just generally helps sustain the all-volunteer chorus membership. There will be opportunity drawings, with a variety of gift baskets, with lots of surprises and wonderful desserts to enjoy.

    Cost of the concert is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and children; children under 12 are free.

    The choruss June concert is Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 at the community center.

    The chorus is celebrating its 50th year in the city of Buena Park now under the direction Judi Herz; Sandy Bron has been the accompanist for more nearly 20 years, and frequently performs special piano solos during the concerts,

    The choruss motto is Have song, will travel. A few of their note-worthy trips include four singing tours of the Hawaiian Islands, and Western Canada in 1990, which took the group to the Calgary Stampede, Banff Springs Hotel, the ice fields, Kamloops, Empress Hotel, Victoria, and Vancouver.

    They have also sung at the Ventura County Strawberry Festival performing with the Society for Preservation of American Music Chorus, and also performed in Sacramento, and Eureka, during a Northern California singing trip, along with numerous visits to convalescent hospitals, and retirement homes, to mention only a few of their past performances.

    Chorus members said they appreciate the support of the community, as the residents come out to hear the chorus sing at all of their performances, and chorus members say they have a good time performing and that the chorus is a real family, banding together to help and support one another.

    The city of Buena Park helps set up risers for the concert, and chorus and their family members help tear down, after the performance.

    For more information about the Buena Park Community Chorus, e-mail 1126music@gmail.comor call 714- 538-7632.

    SOURCE: OC BREEZE

  • Mortgage modification fraudsters admit guilt in brazen, predatory scheme

    A pair of California residents pleaded guilty in Connecticut federal court this week to charges that they conspired to defraud struggling homeowners by falsely promising mortgage loan modifications they did not actually provide.

    According to the U.S. Attorneys Office for the District of Connecticut, Mehdi Moarefian, who is also known as Michael Miller, and Daniel Shiau, who is also known as Scott Decker, each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud for their roles in a brazen, predatory scheme that cost homeowners at least $3 million.

    In a release, the U.S. Attorneys Office said that Moarefian and Shiau, along with other co-conspirators, operated a series of California-based companies that falsely purported to provide home mortgage loan modifications and other consumer debt relief services to numerous homeowners in Connecticut and across the United States in exchange for upfront fees.

    According to court documents, Moarefian, Shiau, and others did business under at least 30 different company names, including several that closely resembled the names of legitimate businesses in the mortgage finance space, most notably Green Tree Servicingand Nationstar Mortgage.

    Court documents showed that Moarefian, Shiau, and others did business as First Choice Financial Group, Inc., First Choice Financial, First Choice Debt, Legal Modification Firm, National Freedom Group, Home Care Alliance Group, Home Protection Firm, Hardship Center, Network Solutions Center, Inc., Premiere Financial Center, Premiere Financial, Rescue Firm, International Research Group LLC, Hardship Solutions, American Loan Center, Loan Retention Firm, Clear Vision Financial, Green Tree Financial Group, Green Tree Financial, Enigma Fund, Inc., National Aid Group, Southern Chapman Group LLC, Save Point Financial, Best Rate Financial Solutions, Best Rate Financial Solution, Best Rate Financial, Best Rate Finance Group, Nation Star Financial, and Nation Star Fin Group.

    According to court documents, Moarefian, Shiau, and others cold-called homeowners and offered to provide mortgage loan modification services to those who were having difficulty repaying their home mortgage loans.

    Homeowners were charged fees that typically ranged from approximately $2,500 to $4,300 for their services.

    In order to induce homeowners to pay these fees, Moarefian and Shiau made a series of false representations, including: statting that the homeowners already had been approved for mortgage loan modifications on extremely favorable terms; stating that the mortgage loan modifications already had been negotiated with the homeowners lenders; stating that the homeowners qualified for and would receive financial assistance under various government mortgage relief programs, including the Troubled Asset Relief Program and the Home Affordable Modification Program; and promising that if, for some reason, the mortgage loan modifications fell through, the homeowners would be entitled to a full refund of their fees.

    But, the homeowners had not been pre-approved for mortgage loan modifications with lenders, mortgage loan modifications had not been negotiated with the lenders, homeowners had not qualified for and did not receive any financial assistance through government mortgage relief programs, and homeowners did not receive a refund of their fees upon request.

    According to the U.S. Attorneys Office, few homeowners who paid Moarefian and Shiau ever received any type of mortgage loan modification through the defendants companies, and few homeowners received refunds of their fees.

    Additionally, Moarefian, Shiau and others involved in the scheme used pseudonyms and periodically changed their business and operating names to evade detection.

    They also directed homeowners to mail their checks to addresses and mail boxes that the defendants and their co-conspirators had set up in states other than California.

    According to the U.S. Attorneys Office, a Connecticut grand jury also indicted five other California residents with conspiracy and fraud offenses related to this scheme.

    Moarefian and Shiau each face a maximum of 20 years in prison for their crimes and they have agreed to restitution of approximately $3 million to their victims.

    As of earlier this week, investigators have seized approximately $350,000 from various bank accounts tied to Moarefian and Shiau, as well as approximately $362,000 from a Bitcoin account, a $100,000 cashiers check, and a 2013 Ferrari 458 Italia, which carries a Kelly Blue Book suggested retail price of approximately $245,000.

    SOURCE: Housing Wire

  • ANAHEIM The former landfill at Lincoln Avenue and Beach Boulevard is on the verge of shedding the dumpy nickname Sinkin Lincoln and emerging as a financial boon for the citys west side.

    Zelman Development Co. of Los Angeles is back at the bargaining table to purchase the 25-acre piece of city-owned, rehabilitated land, with plans to finally build a long-shelved commercial complex known as Westgate Center.

    Two anchor stores are proposed for the 270,000-square-foot retail center, along with several restaurants, shops and a public plaza, said Brett Foy, co-president of Zelman Development. Though the land is now stable, the building will be secured by dozens of underground pylons made from metal or concrete.

    City officials did not disclose a recent appraisal of the property, but said it would be sold at market value. The City Council could sign off on a sale as soon as April, with construction starting about a year later.

    Its one of the last remaining, large pieces of land in Orange County thats well located on Beach Boulevard, Foy said. A big, rectangular site with high visibility is hard to come by out there.

    Mayor Tom Tait hailed the project as a much-needed shot in the arm for the neighborhood, fitting in with the Renew Beach Boulevard Coalition he established two months ago with the neighboring mayors of Buena Park and Stanton. The cities are working together to improve aesthetics, commercial development and public safety along the bustling corridor.

    If youre a resident or a visitor, its not always clear what city youre in, Tait said. Theres been no common initiative, so we thought the coalition might be an easier way to bring some development to Beach.

    Long ago, the property at Lincoln and Beach was home to a quarry that created three massive holes later used as landfills. The city purchased the land in 2001.

    As the landfill was compressed with large mounds of dirt, crews found the surface was collapsing on top of the old trash heaps, leading to the propertys infamous moniker of Sinkin Lincoln. The land was eventually stabilized, but the nickname stuck.

    In the mid 2000s, the citys former Redevelopment Agency specifically turned to Zelman because of the companys previous success in converting a significantly more contaminated Superfund site into the Burbank Empire Center, an 800,000-square-foot retail complex.

    They werent afraid of developing these types of sites, said John Woodhead, Anaheims director of community development. From a technical standpoint, it takes some special development techniques to build on these types of sites.

    Negotiations were put on hold when Anaheims Redevelopment Agency was dissolved in 2012 as part of Gov. Jerry Browns successful push to eliminate the agencies across California in an attempt to balance the state budget. As a result, Anaheim had to hold on to 100 acres of redevelopment property until the states Department of Finance approved a long-range plan to dispose of the all holdings, which was approved last year.

    Its something weve worked hard to put together for 15 years, Woodhead said. I can feel the west sides expectation that finally, we have a project, and it will lead to the revitalization of that entire area.

    Source: OC Register

  • Name: Ribbon Cutting Orchard Hardware Supply, Buena ParkDate: February 20, 2016Time: 6:30 AM 8:00 AM PSTCelebrate the grand opening of Orchard Hardware Supplys newest location in Buena Park!Contact Information:(714) 871-3100Send an EmailFees/Admission:Free event.SOURCE: North Orange County Chamber
  • Every year, nearly 4 million young people are served by Boys & Girls Clubs. To celebrate these extraordinary efforts, Ross Stores, Inc. announced that it is partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) with a three-week program called Help Local Kids Learn. Beginning Feb. 7, Ross Dress for Less customers in Buena Park, Cerritos, and Long Beach can make a monetary contribution at checkout to be donated to The Boys & Girls Club of Cypress this February.

    Ross Stores, Inc. supports charitable organizations that help empower young people in the communities we serve, said Gary Cribb, executive vice president, Stores and Loss Prevention for Ross Stores, Inc. In the month of February, we invite our Ross Dress for Less customers to join us in donating to the Power Hour program at local Boys & Girls Clubs to help kids thrive in school and beyond.

    The Boys & Girls Club is so grateful to the efforts of Ross Dress for Less in not only raising funds to support programs at our Club but also on partnering to spread the word about the value and life-changing ability of the Boys & Girls Club movement, said Sue Osbon, Director of Operations for the Boys & Girls Club of Cypress.

    Campaign facts:

    Ross Dress for Less invites customers to give at the register during the month of February to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America100% of proceeds raised at each store will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of AmericaEvery $3 donation helps provide one hour of homework help for a Club youth$15 helps keep a kid safe after school today

    About RossRoss Stores, Inc. is an S&P 500, Fortune 500 and Nasdaq 100 (ROST) company headquartered in Dublin, California, with fiscal 2014 revenues of $11.0 billion. The Company operates Ross Dress for Less (Ross), the largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States with almost 1,300 locations in 34 states, the District of Columbia and Guam. Ross offers first-quality, in-season, name brand and designer apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions for the entire family at savings of 20% to 60% off department and specialty store regular prices every day.

    The Company also operates approximately 170 dds DISCOUNTS in 15 states that feature a more moderately-priced assortment of first-quality, in-season, name brand apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions for the entire family at savings of 20% to 70% off moderate department and discount store regular prices every day. Additional information is available at www.rossstores.com.

    For over 40 years the Boys & Girls Club of Cypress has been at the forefront of youth development, working with people of all economic, ethnic, social and family circumstances, with special concern for those who are disadvantaged. The Club provides children with a safe place to grow and learn, ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, and life enhancing programs. The Club focuses on academic success, healthy lifestyles, and character and citizenship. The Boys & Girls Club of Cypress offers various programs to our members, such as Power Hour with the goal of accomplishing these priority outcomes.

    For more information on ways to support the Boys & Girls Club of Cypress, please call 714-527-2697 or visit the Clubs website at www.boysandgirlsclubofcypress.com.

    SOURCE: OC BREEZE

  • The new Rock & Brews at 7777 Beach Blvd. in Buena Park (just north of Knotts Berry Farm is teaming) with other Los Angeles-area Rock & Brew locations and The Friendship Foundation to give their customers an opportunity to send special needs kids and adults to summer camp.

    Rock & Brews locations in the Los Angeles area have partnered with The Friendship Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in the South Bay, to raise funds to help send special needs children and young adults to summer camp. The rock-inspired, family friendly restaurant co-founded by Rock & Roll Hall of Famers and KISS front men Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley will be collecting donations through April for Camp Got Friends, a camp run by The Friendship Foundation that offers social, educational and recreational activities for special needs children and young adults.

    Camp Got Friends attendees experience new and fun activities throughout the week, including music class, arts and crafts, cooking, sports, science experiments and field trips all over Los Angeles. Each camper is paired with a student volunteer, and together they share the experience and learn from each other.

    Guests interested in making a donation can ask their server to add a dollar to their bill in support of Camp Got Friends.

    About The Friendship Foundation

    The Friendship Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children with special needs and their families by providing social-recreational programs in the homes, schools and communities of the South Bay and surrounding areas. The foundation offers programs at little to no cost to encourage all families to become part of the Friendship Foundation community.

    Through a peer-to-peer model, student volunteers are paired with children with special needs to engage in dynamic and fun activities. The children with special needs gain valuable social developmental skills while student volunteers gain leadership skills and an awareness of the special needs community.

    The foundation exists to bring joy and friendship to all children who participate and empowers them to maximize their potential.

    About Rock & Brews

    Rock & Brews is a one-of-a-kind, rock-inspired restaurant and entertainment concept designed to engage people of all a ages with quality comfort food and local favorites, a broad selection of craft and international beers, and an energized environment that is reminiscent of being at a family-friendly music event.

    Founded by rock icons Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS, along with partners, restaurateur Michael Zislis and concert industry veterans Dave and Dell Furano, the first Rock & Brews opened near Los Angeles International Airport in Southern California in April of 2012. Each location boasts a backstage environment showcasing a Great Wall of Rock, iconic rock art, concert trusses and lighting and multiple flat screens sharing some of the greatest rock concert moments of all time. Most offer a play area for kids and many are dog friendly.

    For more information, please visit www.rockandbrews.com.

    SOURCE = OC BREEZE

  • 2017 Buena Park summer concerts at Boisseranc Park

    7520 Dale Street in Buena Park

    DateMusical groupDescription of concertJune 7Britains Finest Beatles Tribute BandWear Your Favorite Beatles Costume!June 14Stone SoulSpot on covers of R&B and Soul ClassicsJune 21Rumours: Fleetwood Mac Tribute BandThey Make Lovin Fun!June 28Uptown Funk: Bruno Mars TributeBring Your Dancing Shoes!July 5Wiseguys Big Band MachineA Fabulous Eighteen Piece Big BandJuly 12Savor: The Premier Tribute to SantanaOye Como Va!2017 Buena Park summer concerts at Buena Park Downtown mall

    8308 On The Mall in Buena Park

    DateMusical groupDescription of concertJuly 19Opening Night with LIGHTS!The Ultimate Journey Tribute BandJuly 26The Trip80s NightAugust 2Cover2Cover70s Disco NightAugust 9Smith, The Band Featuring Brandi SmithCountry, Pop and RockAugust 16Scot Bruce, A Tribute to The KingIn Honor of Elvis!August 23Luis Villegas and the United NationsHot Salsa Nights!August 30Grand Finale with Paperback Writer!Tribute to The Beatles

    Source:OC Breeze