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The civic center is also home to the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse.
Several historic homes dating from the late 1800s can be found as well, and their preservation is a key issue as development of the downtown area continues.
Santa Ana lends its name to the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5), which runs through the city.
It also shares its name with the nearby Santa Ana Mountains, and the Santa Ana winds, which have historically fueled seasonal wildfires throughout Southern California.
North of downtown is the "Midtown" district along Main St., home to entertainment destinations such as the Bowers Museum, Main Place Mall, and the Discovery Science Center.
Near the intersection of the Santa Ana Freeway and the Costa Mesa Freeway is the newly designated "Metro East" area, which the city council has envisioned as a secondary mixed-use development district.
Having been a Charter City since November 11, 1952, the citizens of Santa Ana amended the Charter November 1988 to provide for the direct election of the Mayor who until that point had been appointed from the council membership. Pulido, the first mayor of Latino descent in the city's history and the first Mayor directly elected by the voters.In 1958, Fashion Square Mall was built, adjoining the existing Bullock's Department Store building that was built in 1954.It opened north of downtown and became a major retail center for the area.(Spanish for "Saint Anne") is the county seat and second most populous city in Orange County, California.The United States Census Bureau estimated its 2011 population at 329,427, making Santa Ana the 57th most-populous city in the United States.