Santa Ana officials voted to dissolve the central business district after an outcry from Latino stores

After the pandemic, a streetcar project and a debate over what kind of shops are welcome in downtown Santa Ana, City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to end a business improvement system that taxes and promotes the area’s merchants.

The protest against Downtown, Inc., the economic interest group that controls the area—and the system it runs, known as the Downtown Business Improvement District—politically mobilized La Cuatro’s remaining Latino remnants to a degree not seen in years.

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