Loretta Sanchez Celebrates $485,000 Federal Grant For OC Crime Lab

Loretta Sanchez OCW mask 22.jpg
Loretta Sanchez, right, inspecting DNA equipment
Think what you might about Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's politics, but there is no denying that the Anaheim Democrat continually helps steer important federal grants to Orange County's local government entities, especially law enforcement agencies.

Yesterday, with our Liz Monroy watching, Sanchez visited Sandra Hutchens' Orange County Sheriff's Department and its OC Crime Lab to celebrate a 2011 award of $485,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Federal officials hope the money will speed critical, forensic DNA analysis in the county's criminal cases.

During her visit, the congresswoman--a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Homeland Security--met with Elizabeth Thompson, the crime lab's DNA director, and Bruce Houlihan, director of the entire operation. The two gave Sanchez--who was upbeat and funny--a tour of the lab and explained the process of DNA analysis, according to Monroy.

Loretta Sanchez OCW OC Crime Lab 12.jpg
Liz Monroy
Sanchez at the OCSD Crime Lab yesterday
On Nov. 6, businessman Jerry Hayden is hoping his rookie campaign can wipe the smile off Sanchez's face by doing what Republicans haven't been able to do in eight consecutive elections: defeat Orange County's lone, Energizer Bunny Democrat in Congress.

If you don't know anything about Hayden, go HERE.

For more information about Sanchez, go HERE.

Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!

My Voice Nation Help
4 comments
ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

Maybe they can use it to find out where all the tax money the government extorted from me went. Oh wait, we already know: illegal immigration, anchors of illegal immigration, and public employees.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

There is something about women of a certain age, wearing masks, fingering crime-fighting equipment, that just makes me wanna...

WideStance
WideStance

" A 'Celebration' of a 2011 grant???? Isn't it, um, 2012 now? Maybe letting the lab workers, um PROCESS CASE EVIDENCE, instead of having to stop for essentially an election- year photo op, would be a better use of our (BORRWED!)  tax dollars? Reminds me of the completion of the I-5 upgrade in Buena Park - The Politicos just HAD to treat themselves to a catered 'Completion Celebration, Under a (Large) tent,  at the Park and Ride! (I worked at a nearby business ) What the hell, the Taxpayers got plenty, RIGHT?

Now Trending

Anaheim Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...