Downtown Santa Ana Merchants Step Back into the Trench to Protest OC Streetcar Impacts

At sunrise, workers in hard hats arrived in Downtown Santa Ana on Wednesday to find a brand-new white quinceañera dress, accented by silver and gold embroidery, standing in the middle of an open-air, dirt construction trench.

The area’s Fourth Street had been torn open so tracks for the long-awaited OC Streetcar could be laid in the dirt.

The dress cost around $1,200 to make, said its maker, Valentin Martinez, the 25-year owner of Nino’s Bridal Couture nearby, who erected it on a mannequin inside the trench while the sky was still dark.

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