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Posted on: January 31, 2018

Anaheim’s 2018 State of the City will offer new ways for businesses to thrive, residents to connect

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2018) — Mayor Tom Tait is set to announce initiatives to bring people together over a good meal and to better connect generations across Anaheim in the 2018 State of the City address on Feb. 6.

The address also will recap gains Anaheim has made improving neighborhoods, addressing homelessness and confronting the drug crisis.

  • When: Tuesday, Feb. 6
  • Time: 11 a.m. registration and reception, program at 11:45 a.m.
  • Where: City National Grove of Anaheim
  • Address: 2200 E. Katella Ave.
  • More:

The mayor is set to detail a new proposed initiative that would make it easier for Anaheim restaurants to open or expand. It is part of ongoing efforts to streamline regulations and bolster the city’s economy.

The initiative builds on the success of a 2011 regulatory relief task force and 2014’s Brew City, which has made Anaheim the craft beer capital of Orange County with 15 breweries open and more on the way.

In an example of regulatory relief and enhanced economic freedom, Anaheim has eliminated conditional-use permits for all but the largest breweries, worked with the county of Orange to cut red tape and roadblocks and put in place a craft brewery aficionado to help breweries through the planning process.

 Tait also will outline an expansion of Hi Neighbor, a 2012 State of the City initiative that seeks to build a stronger Anaheim by connecting neighbors. Look for a call to action that brings together different generations of Anaheim residents.

The 2018 State of the City also will recap Anaheim’s achievements in addressing critical issues facing the city.

Tait will give an update on Coming Home Anaheim, a 2014 State of the City initiative to address homelessness. Since 2014, Anaheim and its partners have helped more than 900 people transition out of homelessness.

Drug Free Anaheim, a 2016 State of the City initiative that allows those seeking drug treatment to get help instead of prosecution, also will be highlighted. In 2017, more than 200 people took part in Drug Free Anaheim.

Work to enhance communities in two of Anaheim’s priority neighborhoods — Ponderosa and Anna Drive — will be State of the City highlights.

The mayor will talk about the December opening of a $15 million community center at Ponderosa offering family fun and life-changing services.

And Anna Drive’s transformation since 2012 with gains in safety and communication among neighbors and with the city will be showcased in a heartwarming feature video. 

There’s a lot more in store for the 2018 State of the City, Tait’s eighth and final address before his tenure as mayor draws to a close later this year.

During Tait’s time as mayor, he has used the address to introduce a number of innovative programs and initiatives, including:

  • Better Way Anaheim  offering volunteer community service and basic work experience to those seeking to transition from homelessness to employment, unveiled in 2017
  • Drug Free Anaheim  offering a kinder pathway for addicts to get the help they need, introduced in 2016
  • Mentoring  a collaboration of the city, Anaheim schools and businesses that has become Anaheim’s Innovative Mentoring Experience and provided college and work readiness for 2,000 students
  • Coming Home Anaheim — the city’s comprehensive approach to addressing homelessness, introduced in 2014
  • Brew City — A streamlining of the process to open craft breweries that has made Anaheim the craft beer hub of Orange County, announced in 2014
  • City of Kindness — a 2013 initiative focused on promoting simple acts of kindness to improve preparedness and quality of life
  • Hi Neighbor — a 2012 initiative encouraging neighbors to get to know one another and build a stronger, resilient community better equipped to deal with disasters and other major events
  • Regulatory Relief Task Force — a 2011 initiative to cut red tape and help entrepreneurs and businesses thrive in Anaheim

As in years past, proceeds from the 2018 State of the City go to ACT Anaheim and its support of Anaheim youth and families.

The 2018 State of the City is made possible in part with the support of Brew City, a collective of Anaheim craft breweries that serves as this year’s presenting sponsor.

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