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Canvas

The corner of Beach Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue has been transformed into a community art canvas, and we need your help picking the final design.

The contenders?

There’s a stunning woman and sunflower in yellow and orange, a captivating photo of an eye peering through flowers, and an abstract community scene adorned in whimsical color and fantasy.

They are among 10 works submitted by local high school students mounted on display along Beach at Lincoln. You can see them in person or online at Anaheim.net/canvas.

From now through May 18, we’re asking the public to vote for their favorite.

It’s all part of our Community Canvas art competition to help create a better Beach.

The top three vote-getters will receive prizes of $500 for first place, $300 for second and $100 for third, and the first-place student’s school will also receive an art supply donation.

The art, based on the theme of community, is helping us usher in something big: Westgate Center, a 250,000-square-foot shopping center with restaurants, outdoor dining, shops, plazas, public art and more.

Westgate Center is major part of Anaheim’s ongoing effort to transform Beach Boulevard with new shopping, dining, housing and a cool sense of place.

The prizes are courtesy of our Westgate development partner, Zelman Development Co.

Thanks to all the students of the Anaheim Union High School District who took part by creating works for the contest.

graffiti

Each year, we remove more than 1 million square feet of graffiti across Anaheim.

It’s a constant effort, but one that’s worth it. Graffiti damages property and scars neighborhoods.

We strive to remove graffiti within 24 hours from city spaces, including at our parks or on utility boxes.

For graffiti on private property, we notify owners to have them remove it as quickly as possible and work with them where needed to ensure it gets done.

We need your help, too. If you see graffiti, let us know as soon as possible.

You can do so by calling 311 from within the city or by dialing (714) 765-4311. Just provide a specific location so we can find and remove it.

If you see graffiti in process, call Anaheim Police at (714) 765-1900. Don’t try and stop it yourself.

You can also report graffiti online at Anaheim Anytime or via the My Anaheim app.

In some cases, you can be eligible for a $500 reward if your report helps lead to an arrest and conviction for graffiti vandalism.

The problem with graffiti goes beyond blight.

Too often, graffiti is done by young people in the early stages of joining gangs and can lead to a life of crime, drugs and violence.

The Anaheim Police Department works with first-time offenders and their families to counter this by offering a chance to pay restitution, attend a class on vandalism and do community service.

The program has a high success rate with about 60 percent of those taking part deterred from doing graffiti again.

We also can work with communities on volunteer “paint outs” and businesses looking to adopt ways to deter graffiti.

You can find out more by clicking here.

library

Interested in becoming a police officer or firefighter?

Want to take on a leadership role in your career?

We’ve got the tools for you right at your local Anaheim Public Library.

The new Public Safety Leadership Library program offers a collection of books on leadership, including both individual and team development.

The books are available at Anaheim Central Library and East Anaheim Library.

The collection is geared toward those who are interested in becoming public safety officers and those who want to move up the ranks and become leaders.

The library is also partnering with Sycamore Junior High School’s Public Safety Pipeline, which provides resources to students who are interested in a future career in the field.

In future years, we’re looking to expand the program to other schools in Anaheim.

Find out more at Anaheim.net/library.

budget

It’s that time of year again when our city leaders discuss and ultimately decide how to spend Anaheim's tax dollars.

Anaheim’s budget makes your city what it is, and these spending decisions have a big impact on the lives of our residents and businesses.

Like the state of California and other cities, Anaheim operates on a fiscal year, and ours runs from July 1 to June 30 of the following year.

So from May through mid-June, we’ll be seeking community input on the budget through online tools and workshops at City Hall.

You can learn more about the budget process and even share your thoughts on the budget by joining us for a meeting, or by visiting Anaheim.net/mycitybudget.

On the website you can also find fun and interesting tools, like the “balancing act” tool where you can try your hand at balancing the budget and prioritizing money.

You can also find our preliminary capital improvement program, which lists proposed road and building projects for the upcoming year.

And take a look at the budget preview booklet to get a sense of what next year’s budget might look like.

More information at Anaheim.net/mycitybudget. You can also email questions and input to budget@anaheim.net.


coyote

With spring well under way and summer right around the corner, coyote season is here.

Last year we saw a dramatic uptick in coyote sightings and pet attacks throughout Anaheim. Much of it was attributed to the robust spring conditions we saw.

This year, thanks to dedicated community members, education and a newcoyote management plan in place, we’ve seen far fewer coyote incidents.

But that doesn’t mean we’re off the hook. It’s still important to practice behaviors that deter coyotes, remain vigilant and report any coyote sightings at Anaheim.net/coyotes.

As a refresher, here are a few things you can do to make your home less desirable for coyotes:

  • Keep pet food indoors
  • Pick up fruit that falls from trees
  • Eliminate garbage, debris and lumber piles in your yard
  • Store trash in covered, heavy-duty containers
  • Change automatic sprinkler settings regularly

If you’d like to do more for your neighborhood, consider joining Anaheim’s Citizens Concerned about Coyotes committee. The informal committee meets every two weeks and shares updates from both the city and their communities on coyote activity.

Email Robert Happle (rhapple@anaheim.net) and he’ll add you to the email distribution list.

To read the city’s coyote management plan or report a coyote sighting, visit Anaheim.net/coyote.

skate

Anaheim breaks ground on the city’s newest skate park this month, and this one brings added significance.

The Logan Wells Memorial Skate Park will honor Logan Wells, a 16-year-old from neighboring Yorba Linda who died while skating in a 2014 traffic accident.

The Wells family and the community have raised $190,000 for the skate park, to be built at the East Anaheim Community Center along Santa Ana Canyon Road near Weir Canyon.

The 5,000-square-foot skate part is set to include street-style features including ramps, stairs, ledges and grind rails. The design is the result of a community workshop held in April.

We’re looking to finish and open the skate park by year’s end. It will be east Anaheim’s first skate park.

It will be located alongside the gymnasium, library and Anaheim Police substation at the East Anaheim Community Center.

The skate park will be Anaheim’s seventh. The city’s skate parks are designed to give kids a safe place to skate, away from traffic, businesses and neighborhoods.

Our other skate parks are at Brookhurst Park, Miraloma Family Resource Center, downtown at the Next Up Foundation, Palm Lane Park, Ponderosa Park and Schweitzer Park.

Parks

More park space, better upkeep and new partnerships.

It’s how we’re going to improve our parks.

Last spring, we asked our residents and park visitors for feedback to find out how Anaheim parks are being used, what people liked and what could be improved.

We received more than 7,000 responses to our survey, helping to paint a picture of how our parks stack up.

We’ve spent the past few months assessing this information and analyzing each of our 61 parks and used it to create a plan that will carry us into the future.

We know that parks play an important role in the lives of our residents. They can be the front yard for apartment residents, the backdrop for a family birthday party and the sidelines for a youth soccer game.

That’s why we want to create more parks for Anaheim residents. One way this can be done is by partnering with schools and private groups.

We’re also looking at renovating parks. We know that sports complexes and pool facilities are in high demand, which is why we’re incorporating those into our plans moving forward.

If you’d like to read more about what we have planned, visit Anaheim.net/parksplan. If you think we missed something, let us know by providing your feedback on that page.

utilities

We’re approaching the summer months, and that means things will be hotter and drier.

It’s the perfect time for a little refresher on ways we can help our environment — and our pocket books — by conserving water.

We’re offering free water-saving workshops in locations throughout the city. Learn about drought-tolerant landscape and other helpful conservation tips. Classes are also available in Spanish.

In addition, in celebration of Water Awareness Month this May, Anaheim Public Utilities will host a booth at the Downtown Anaheim Farmers Market on Thursday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Stop by to learn about our water-saving programs and incentives and learn some easy tips to conserve water in your home or business.

For more visit Anaheim.net/utilities.

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