ANAHEIM, CA - (January 26, 2010) - Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle today delivered his annual State of the City address to an audience of nearly 1,000 community and business leaders. The Mayor, who is beginning his final year in office, was introduced by his son, daughter-in-law and his daughter. In his speech, Mayor Pringle addressed the state of Anaheim’s economy and announced exciting new policy ideas which primarily focused on the economy, transportation and technology.
Mayor Pringle also took a moment to reflect on his time in office thus far, telling the audience, “I have tried to make every day as Mayor a day in which I increased freedom, increased opportunity, and enhanced the quality of life of people in this community.”
Since Mayor Pringle took office in 2002, the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce has hosted this annual event which has regularly attracted a sold-out audience. Emceed by KABC-TV News Anchor Phillip Palmer and attended by the entire Anaheim City Council, the luncheon event highlighted the many successes Anaheim has enjoyed under Mayor Pringle’s leadership, as well as many exciting new projects underway.
Highlights from the 2010 State of the City Address follow. The text of the entire speech can be accessed at www.anaheim.net.
Military Banner Program
In 2009, the City of Anaheim created the Military Banner Program to recognize Anaheim residents serving overseas. The program includes banners displaying the name, branch of service and a photo which will be hung at several major intersections of the city, as well as a special page on the city’s Web site which highlights the contributions of local Anaheim military personnel with photos and stories. The first round of banners is being underwritten by a private donation.
The Mayor introduced the family of Lance Corporal Justin Swanson, a U.S. Marine who died in November 2009 while serving his country in Afghanistan.
Residential Building Fee Deferral
In 2009, Anaheim became one of the first cities in California to apply a comprehensive economic stimulus package for the housing industry. The fee deferral program, nationally recognized by the National Association of Home Builders, postpones development impact fees for residential construction until the home receives its certificate of occupancy. This way fees are paid at the end not at the beginning of the construction process, allowing businesses to use money otherwise tied up in fees for new projects. Dozens of cities have now followed Anaheim’s lead. The program, which runs through 2010, has been extremely successful. At a time when the home construction industry has nearly shut down nationwide, Anaheim has permitted more than 800 new housing units, with almost 700 under construction or completed to date, protecting hundreds of construction jobs.
Anaheim will host the second Restoring Community Conference, in partnership with the Urban Land Institute/Orange County-Inland Empire, on March 11 at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa. This year’s conference, ”Creating Cities that Protect Private Property, House the Family and Foster Civic Culture,” will discuss and debate trends in modern urban planning and how property rights, land use tools and even civic culture impact a community’s ability to attract and retain families.
Major League Baseball’s 2010 All-Star Game
In coordination with Angels Baseball and Major League Baseball, Anaheim will host MLB’s 2010 All-Star Game and related festivities the week of July 13. The city highlighted the All-Star Game in its 2010 Rose Parade float entry, titled “All-Star Dreams”, which featured children from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Anaheim and Angels’ All-Star players Chuck Finley, Bobby Grich, Mark Langston and Troy Percival.
Anaheim Purchase Incentive Program
Under this program, proposed to launch this spring, the city will rebate 50 percent of its share of sales tax back to the customer for large, taxable purchases. Specifically, rebates would be given for one-time purchases of $20,000 or more when the purchase has been made in Anaheim. Residents and businesses would be eligible to participate in the program.
ARTIC: In 2009, full project funding was secured for the futuristic ARTIC transportation hub project. In January 2010, the Anaheim City Council will select the project’s environmental consultant, who will help obtain state and federal environmental clearance.
ARTIC is expected to break ground in 2011 and is slated to open in 2013. The project will create many local jobs, with 3,500 new jobs planned for the construction phase alone.
ARC/Elevated Guideway: Anaheim is working with the Orange County Transportation Authority and the Go Local program (authorized by the renewal of Measure M), to design and develop a state-of-the-art four mile fixed guideway system, dubbed the Anaheim Rapid Connection (ARC), to connect ARTIC, the Platinum Triangle, and the Anaheim Resort Area. The city will continue to refine plans and expects to adopt a final design concept for the system in November 2010. For residents, visitors and businesses, ARC will provide an easy way to enjoy all Anaheim has to offer while relieving traffic and paving the way for new investment and growth.
New Mixed-Flow Bus and Shuttle Service: The city is also planning for a new mixed-flow bus and shuttle service to connect high priority destinations, such as ARTIC to downtown Anaheim, ARTIC to the Anaheim Canyon Station, a West Anaheim to the Resort circulator, and expanded Senior Wheels programs.
ACONNEXT: A new Web site, which will debut this spring, will provide consumers with complete transportation information and service. Ultimately, consumers will be able to get transportation schedules, buy tickets and get system-wide information and updates on milestones about ARC, high speed rail and ARTIC.
Anaheim Public Utility’s Smart Grid Program
In 2010, Anaheim will launch its new Smart Grid program – a major modernization of the city’s entire electric system. Smart Grid upgrades will not only make the city’s power system more reliable, but this technology will also give residents and businesses the ability to manage their energy usage, power bills and, if they choose, to save money.
To help finance these major system improvements, the city was recently selected as a recipient of a $5.8 million federal grant, one of only six California utilities to receive this competitive award. Anaheim also received a grant of more than $500,000 from the California Energy Commission.
Anaheim is also launching a public-private partnership with an exciting start-up company, iCel Systems. iCel has developed a new electrical battery storage technology that can be used for a wide variety of applications, from batteries for cell phones to storage of wind-generated power.
The Anaheim-iCel pilot project is designed to enable individual customers to store energy, particularly solar and wind energy, in a small, compact device located at their home. Ultimately, a customer will be able to control the source of their home’s energy, whether it is power generated by the city or from their own household storage device. Because of Anaheim’s dedication to creativity and individual freedom, the city is once again leading the way with cutting-edge technologies that empower its residents and businesses.
For a complete version of the transcript, video clips of the speech and for more information on Mayor Pringle’s policy initiatives, please visit www.anaheim.net.
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ABOUT ANAHEIM –The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation’s premier municipalities and is one of California’s most populous cities. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 348,000 residents and more than 2,900 City employees. The municipal corporation’s annual budget is $1.6 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as: Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc.; L-3 Communications; Pacific Sunwear; and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including: Angels Baseball; Anaheim Ducks; the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, and the 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medal winning U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with: The Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast; Honda Center; City National Grove of Anaheim; Anaheim GardenWalk; Angel Stadium of Anaheim; and ARTIC (Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center). In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet. Annually, Anaheim welcomes more than 20 million visitors to the City, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.
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