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DPOC Executive Director Punched in Santa Ana

Nick Anas

Buying a cup of Joe in America’s Fourth Safest City (according to Forbes) should be a reasonably safe activity.  But Nick Anas, the executive director of the Democratic party of Orange County, got a little jolt today with his coffee that had nothing to do with an extra expresso shot.  Anas was assaulted by a homeless man outside of a Starbucks in downtown Santa Ana late this morning.

Anas made light of the assault on his Facebook page today but not all of his friends were happy about the response from the Santa Ana police.  Mitch Star, a Democratic Party activist, reported it took police nearly 30 minutes to respond to the call.  Star’s posted this on Facebook:

“At Starbucks with Democratic Party of Orange County Executive Director Nick Anas. I was getting our coffee and Nick was on a call. A homeless man walked up to Nick and just punched him in the face for no reason. It took the Santa Ana Police Department an UNACCEPTABLE 30 minutes to respond. The homeless man is now in custody.  It took calls to 2 City Council Members to get the police to respond. The guy at Starbucks said it normally takes an hour and half to get someone there to help when there is a problem. UNACCEPTABLE.”

Star didn’t note which two city council members were contacted nor was the name of the alleged assailant provided and we weren’t able to get any details on if any charges were filed.  The bigger question is how is it possible that it took 30 minutes for the police to respond to a call in downtown Santa Ana when so much of the city’s budget is directed towards public safety.

We’re pleased to report Anas is OK and he hasn’t lost his sense of humor over the incident.


  1. kurtz kurtz September 10, 2012

    The description of the assailant reminds me of the owner/operator of the race-obsessed blog “CM Press,” but I don’t think that guy is homeless or even violent..

  2. junior junior September 10, 2012

    Was the homeless person a liberal or a conservative?

  3. Dunphy Dunphy September 10, 2012

    Why didn’t he punch him back? Wimp.

  4. Jeff Gallagher Jeff Gallagher September 10, 2012

    I find it rather suspect that it took 20 minutes for the cops to respond. Maybe someone needs to check the police report.

    • junior junior September 10, 2012

      Jeff – This is Santa Ana … (line adapted and borrowed from the movie Chinatown).

      • Vern Nelson Vern Nelson September 11, 2012

        yer sposta say “Forget it, Jeff. It’s Santa Ana.”

      • Pedroza for City Council Pedroza for City Council September 11, 2012

        Give it six months when the sheriff comes to collect from Pedroza and the family loses the house. Pedroza will be trying to punch people in the face. He beat up a white kid once in 4th grade. Watch it. He’s he-man tough for a coward.

  5. Post-Modern Post-Modern September 11, 2012

    They had to take 30 minutes to walk around the block and pretend that they were not there flirting with the Barristas. Or maybe Starbucks did not pay the Downtown Inc. Dues?

  6. Advantage Title Flunky Advantage Title Flunky September 11, 2012

    Don’t blame me! The story said it was a homeless guy but I live with my mother.

    • Pedroza for City Council Pedroza for City Council September 11, 2012

      Maybe Nick had someone’s copy of Black Girl Magazine

  7. cook cook September 11, 2012

    Is this the beginning of intercity society turning against the Democrat’s?

  8. Vern Nelson Vern Nelson September 11, 2012

    Kudos to Nick for not being a whiney-ass panty-waist about Life in the Big City … which is what I was expecting from the title.

  9. Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski September 11, 2012

    Nick is a stand up guy. He made light of this.

  10. Marcus Wilson Marcus Wilson September 11, 2012

    Remind me to write a letter to Forbes. Santa Ana is not America’s Fourth Safest City or anywhere near it. They only manipulate the stats by turning a crime into a civil matter then refusing to write a report. The SAPD knows that “real” or “actual” crime is much higher and Forbes should learn the trick.

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