Council Member Kris Murray
Murray holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach and a Master’s Certificate in Transportation Management from the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University.
During Council Member Murray’s tenure, she has been a strong advocate for the following issues, serving Anaheim taxpayers and residents:
Protecting Anaheim Families, Communities and Private Property
Council Member Murray authored the 40 in 4 budget initiative to restore Anaheim’s police department to pre-recession levels by hiring ten sworn officers over the next four years – in addition to hiring 15 new firefighters, restoring a fire truck to service, and authoring budget language to secure additional paramedic training. Murray championed the ordinance to eliminate marijuana dispensaries in neighborhoods and an ordinance to hold property owners accountable who willfully violate the city’s ban on dispensaries. She also authored the sex offender ban for city parks and places where children congregate until the courts overturned local control on this issue. Council Member Murray has been a stalwart protector of taxpayer rights and efforts to reduce regulations in Anaheim. She authored the city’s resolution to protect Proposition 13, passed unanimously by the City Council, and authored the Anaheim Taxpayer Protection Act to ensure a two-thirds vote of the council before any tax measures can be placed on the ballot. Murray is currently focused on a package of reforms to revitalize the city’s West Anaheim communities.
Growing Anaheim’s Economy
During her tenure on the Council, Kris Murray has championed economic development initiatives in Anaheim and regionally – she co-chairs the Anaheim Economic Consortium and chairs the annual Anaheim/OC Jobs Fair. Murray also championed the development of the county’s new transit center, the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC). Murray has been a stalwart supporter of the Anaheim/OC Convention Center expansion to maintain Orange County as the premier convention and tourism destination on the West coast. The financial health of Anaheim is a direct reflection of the strength of Anaheim's business climate and economic growth. The nexus is clear - a strong economy grows city revenue that is reinvested into our communities – today more than 50 percent of the city’s general fund revenue is generated by the city’s resort district.
Investing in Neighborhoods
Council Member Murray has worked to improve Anaheim neighborhoods focusing on rapid graffiti removal, restoring library hours, adding new parks and community centers, building additional fire houses, and re-paving streets. She authored the Safe at Home Initiative to strengthen code enforcement and eliminate slum conditions in Anaheim. She has worked with city staff to develop a citywide report on the allocation of core services to each of Anaheim's Neighborhood Council Districts: West, Central, South, and East. The report includes day-to-day costs of services such as police and fire protection, library programs, and street and park maintenance; as well as investments being made by the City's Capital Improvement Program into community amenities and infrastructure such as parks, libraries, and community centers. The report found that the proportion of each neighborhood's costs are closely related to the size of its population and that investments being made through the Capital Improvement Program demonstrate a true commitment to the most distressed neighborhoods of West and Central Anaheim.
Please do not hesitate to contact Council Member Murray or her staff with questions.