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Opening night is Anaheim Night at the Orange County International Auto Show at the Anaheim Convention Center!

Anaheim residents get in free on Thursday night, Oct. 4, as a “thank you” to the city that makes the OC International Auto Show happen each year.

From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Anaheim residents can be the first to check out more than 600 of the hottest new cars, crossovers, SUVs and exotics — all for free!

Get your free ticket by clicking here and following prompts for Anaheim residents. When you show up, you’ll need to present a driver’s license or Anaheim Public Utilities bill showing your Anaheim address.

This is the auto show’s 22nd year at the Anaheim Convention Center. It is one of the largest auto shows in the nation and features upcoming models and concepts from BMW, Audi, Toyota, Subaru, Jeep, GMC, Chevrolet and others.

Parking is $16 at the convention center and $15 at neighboring Anaheim GardenWalk.

Here are key details:

Anaheim night at the OC International Auto Show

  • What: free entry for Anaheim residents
  • When: Thursday, Oct. 4
  • Time: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Where: Anaheim Convention Center
  • 800 W. Katella Ave.
  • Tickets: Click here
  • Parking: $15-$16, Anaheim Convention Center, GardenWalk
  • Parking map: Click here
  • More: 
Halloween fun

There’s something about caramel apples, hand-built parade floats and kids in costume that makes a fall celebration feel extra special.

Add to that a nearly 100-year history in our community.

That’s exactly what you’ll find at the Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade.

Don’t miss this year’s event on Oct. 27 in downtown Anaheim.

The Fall Festival features artisan food including harvest- and Halloween-themed treats.

Entertainment includes local musicians, such as Disney Mouseketeer and hometown favorite Sean Oliu.

You’ll also find Halloween-inspired art and collectibles on display and for sale. If you’re a fan of the Halloween parade’s old-fashioned vibe, then you’ll enjoy art including from children’s book author and illustrator Rhode Montijo.

Kids can show off their Halloween costumes in the Kiddie Costume Contest.

Bringing your four-legged friend? Enter your pup in the Halloween Pooch Parade.

The ever popular Halloween Parade caps the Fall Festival. The parade, which draws tens of thousands of people, turns 94 this year.

Today’s parade harkens back to its 1920s roots by recreating floats that made their debut in the parade’s early days. The floats are all hand-built. Each year, a new throwback float is added to the lineup.

This year the Anaheim Short Line trolley float returns to the streets of downtown Anaheim.

The float made its debut in 1948 and has been reimagined by Jody Daily, one of the parade’s biggest fans who has helped lead the charge returning the parade to its whimsical glory.

And what parade isn’t complete without a grand marshal? Lifelong Anaheim resident Elmer Thill will fill that role this year.

At 104, Thill has watched the Anaheim Halloween Parade since he was 10. He hasn’t missed a single one yet!

Find more on the fall festival and parade at

Mark your calendar

  • Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade
  • Oct. 27
  • Fall Festival
  • 11 a.m.
  • Halloween Parade
  • 6 p.m.
  • Downtown Anaheim, Center Street Promenade
  • Cost: free
  • Parking: free

Anaheim goes to the polls in November.

On Nov. 6, Anaheim voters will pick a new mayor and three City Council members and weigh in on local ballot initiatives.

The election will complete the city’s transition to selecting council members by districts. Up for election are representatives for District 2 in central-west Anaheim and District 6 in east Anaheim.

The seat for District 3, first voted on in 2016, is also up again this year. District 3 covers central-north Anaheim.

Anaheim began a transition to by-district elections in 2016, with members elected for District 1 in west Anaheim, District 3, District 4 covering central-south Anaheim and District 5 covering central-east Anaheim.

After November’s election, Anaheim’s Council will be made up entirely of members representing districts and a mayor who will continue to represent the city at large.

As your official city newsletter, we don’t talk about individual candidates and their platforms. We want to leave this important decision to you.


Here’s a quick rundown by districts and number of candidates:

  • Mayor: eight candidates
  • District 2: five candidates
  • District 3: three candidates
  • District 6: three candidates

You can find a full list of candidate names and other details on our elections website at

There, you can also find an interactive map where you can input your address to find out which district you live in.


Voters also will be asked to weigh in on ballot measures specific to Anaheim.

Measure L seeks to increase the minimum wage of workers at hotels and employers in The Anaheim Resort that have been part of the city’s hotel incentive program and entertainment tax policy.

Measures K and J ask voters if they support development agreements for two hotels planned or under construction as part of the city’s hotel incentive program.

You can find more about the ballot measures, including impartial analyses and arguments in favor and against at

Registering, Early Voting

Make sure you are registered to vote to be sure your voice is heard this November. The last day to register to vote for this election is Oct. 22. You can register online at

On Election Day, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find your polling location, you can call the City Clerk’s Office at (714) 765-5166 or visit the Orange County Registrar of Voters webpage at

You can take advantage of early voting before Election Day at Anaheim City Hall. We’ll have voting booths set up alongside the City Clerk’s Office on the second floor.

Here’s everything you need to know:

Early voting at City Hall

  • When:
  • Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Nov. 3-Nov. 5: 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Where: 200 S. Anaheim Blvd., second floor


West Anaheim pride was on display on a recent summer night in downtown San Diego.

Trever Hoffman, a Savanna High School graduate and one of baseball’s great closing pitchers, was honored by his career-making team, the San Diego Padres.

Just weeks earlier, Hoffman joined former Angel Vladimir Guerrero in Cooperstown, N.Y., for their formal induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Guerrero, a power-hitting outfielder for the Halos from 2004 to 2009, became the first player to enter the Hall of Fame in an Angels jersey (Nolan Ryan and other Angel greats are in under other teams).

But Hoffman’s induction was just as significant for Anaheim.

Hoffman played high school baseball here, and his dad was an usher at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

The elder Hoffman was known as the “singing usher,” belting out the national anthem before each game.

While famous as a closing pitcher, Hoffman played shortstop for the Savanna Rebels during his high school days in Anaheim.

He went on to play at Cypress College and was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds organization in 1988.

Hoffman ended up playing in the majors from 1993 to 2010, retiring as the all-time saves leader with 601.

His older brother, Glenn Hoffman, also attended and played at Savanna. He’s currently third base coach for the Padres.

Cup celebration hero shot

October is here, and for Anaheim Ducks fans that means hockey is back!

This year the Ducks are celebrating a milestone along with the building they call home  — Honda Center.  

Honda Center has hosted its share of excitement in sports in the past quarter century.

Without a doubt, the moment that many remember most is the Anaheim Ducks 2007 Stanley Cup win.

“When you’re talking about a facility that has hosted nearly 40 million fans and thousands of events, it’s pretty tough to pick just one,” said Tim Ryan, chief executive of Anaheim Arena Management LLC, which manages Honda Center on behalf of the city of Anaheim, and executive vice president and chief operating officer of Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club LLC.

“But certainly at the top of the list is the Anaheim Ducks winning the Stanley Cup. It’s a memory that I know will last forever in the minds of our players, the fans, the city and everyone in Orange County," Ryan said.

It was an epic moment, and one on the minds of many as the team enters its 25th season this fall.

That’s right, the team shares its anniversary with Honda Center, a special relationship that only two other NHL teams can also boast.

And it’s fitting, as the team and the arena have had a strong bond since Orange County entrepreneurs and philanthropists Henry and Susan Samueli took over management of the arena in 2003 and bought the hockey team in 2005.

In a home opener filled with nostalgia on Oct. 8, the Ducks will kick off their silver anniversary season with a rematch of the inaugural opening game at what was then Arrowhead Pond in 1993.

Back then, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim — the team’s original name — faced off against the Detroit Red Wings.

The Ducks will sport the team’s new throwback jersey with the classic Mighty Ducks logo.

Another Ducks memorable moment, Ryan said, is the 2003 playoff game when then captain Paul Kariya took a hard hit on the ice. Kariya lay motionless on the ice for too long, and many weren’t sure if he would even be OK.

In a moment that brings a tear to fans eyes even today, Kariya ultimately came back to the game and scored an epic goal. The Ducks forced a game seven in that Stanley Cup run, and fell just short of winning the Cup against the New Jersey Devils.

The Ducks will honor Kariya — who was also the team’s first-ever draft pick — for his contributions to the team in the long-awaited retirement of his jersey on Oct. 21.

The team will also retire the jersey of Scott Niedermayer, who led the Ducks to the 2007 Stanley Cup Championships as captain.

No. 9 and No. 27 will join the only other retired Ducks jersey, Teemu Selanne’s No. 8.

Looking forward, the Ducks continue on the upward trend, coming off several playoff runs in the past few years. Always looking for that next Cup.

For more on the Anaheim Ducks, visit


The Police Review Board, Anaheim's new civilian oversight board for the city's police department, is up and running.

The seven-member board held its first meeting in September with monthly meetings set through the end of the year and beyond.

The Police Review Board is a community forum on police issues and also hears complaints and concerns from residents and others.

Members work with Anaheim's independent external auditor, OIR Group, which has served as the city's outside police practices adviser since 2007. 

Working with OIR Group, the board hears about major police incidents, reviews policy recommendation responses and compile statistics on officer-involved shootings, uses of force and complaints. 

The board is part of Anaheim's work to enhance community policing and ties to those the department serves.

The review board is an expanded version of the Public Safety Board, which launched in 2014 as a two-year pilot program for civilian police oversight. 

Members were selected in a lottery from each of the city's six City Council districts, plus one member selected at large.

You can find out more about the board, including upcoming meetings, at

Library story time

It doesn’t get much better than free In-N-Out Burger for reading books.

Kids taking part in Anaheim Library’s Cover to Cover reading program between Oct. 6 and Nov. 17 can earn a free hamburger or cheeseburger from In-N-Out. Head over to your local library to check out the fall reading collection and sign up before it’s too late.

You can also find fun Halloween and Día de los Muertos activities at your local library this month.

Learn about and celebrate different cultures through crafts

  • Oct. 4: Central Library, Mexican tissue paper
    flowers, 4 p.m.
  • Oct. 6: Ponderosa Joint-Use Library, art with beans, noon
  • Oct. 24: Euclid Branch Library, sugar skulls, 3 p.m.
  • Oct. 25: Euclid Branch Library, Halloween craft, 3 p.m.
  • Oct. 31: Sunkist Branch Library, sugar skulls, 1:30 p.m.

Watch the movie "Coco"
Join us in an adventure to the land of the dead! Before watching "Coco," kids can learn how to make an altar. Bring a picture of a loved one to display. Pictures will be returned at the end of the program.

  • Oct. 10: Sunkist Branch library, 2:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 29: Central Library, 5 p.m.

Kid Zorro Bilingual Puppet Musical
Travel to Spanish California in this bilingual musical puppet show where the origin of the popular masked outlaw is set against the backdrop of Día de los Muertos.

  • Oct. 19: Central Library, 4 p.m.

Halloween Parade
Wear your favorite costume for a mini parade!

  • Oct. 30: Euclid Branch Library, 11:30 a.m.


Ever wanted to see Anaheim the way our Anaheim Public Utilities workers do every day?

Now’s your chance!

Soar 55 feet into the air on a free Anaheim Public Utilities bucket truck ride on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Downtown Anaheim Farmers Market.

After the bucket ride, you can explore booths and hands-on activities to teach you about how our very own utility powers your life.

Learn about power safety and energy conservation, enjoy fun games and get free giveaways.

It’s all part of Anaheim Public Utilities’ celebration of national Public Power Week.

Join us on Oct. 11 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Downtown Anaheim Farmers Market on Center Street Promenade.

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