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LATEST NEWS HAPPENING IN ANAHEIM



Park Enhancements

Anaheim Convention Center Expansion

Angels Baseball Negotiations

Public Safety Board

Charter Review

Strategic Plan for Homelessness


Public Safety Board

                                         Updated: April 14, 2014

The City of Anaheim recently announced the creation of a pilot Public Safety Board. This pilot program will allow Anaheim residents to review police and fire policies and practices, budgets, and critical incidents, such as officer involved shootings, use of force, and in custody deaths. In collaboration with an external auditor, the Public Safety Board will develop policy recommendations for consideration by the City Manager, as well as the Police and Fire Chiefs.

Nine members will be appointed to the pilot Public Safety Board using a lottery system in coordination with a screening panel, with representatives to be drawn from the four neighborhood council areas in Anaheim: West, Central, East and South. With the creation of this board, the City of Anaheim continues a long tradition of community involvement and transparency.

The deadline to apply for the Board has been extended to Friday, May 30, 2014 by 5:00 p.m..
To learn more, or to apply, visit
www.anaheim.net/psb

 


Park Enhancements

                                         New!  April 2014

The City of Anaheim is excited to present an overview of the planned park enhancements for more than a dozen parks in the upcoming year. We believe that recreational play space help to promote the overall social health of our community of more than 346,000 residents. As part of the City’s commitment to improving its neighborhoods and creating more parks and open spaces, there are a wide variety of planned park features that help address the diverse space needs of our community. The map of Anaheim provides a visual depiction of where these park improvements will take place, a summary of the upgrades being added to each site, as well as the anticipated completion dates.

To learn more, visit www.anaheim.net/parkupgrades.



Anaheim Convention Center Expansion

                                         Updated: March 2014

The Anaheim Convention Center (ACC), centrally located in the heart of Southern California, welcomes millions of visitors to the City of Anaheim for tourism, business and conventions/meetings. As the largest exhibition center on the West Coast, the ACC is part of the Anaheim Resort District, which generates nearly 50 percent of the City’s general fund tax revenues. Currently the ACC is operating near maximum practical occupancy. Therefore, despite the success of the Convention Center, we realize that we need to expand our center and adapt to changes in the convention business. At the March 11, 2014 City Council meeting, the Anaheim City Council approved the ACC expansion, financing plan and design-build contract. Construction is scheduled to begin late summer 2014 with project completion by Fall 2016.

To learn more about the ACC expansion, please visit www.anaheim.net/accexpansion

 


Angels Baseball Negotiations

                                         Updated: March 2014

The City of Anaheim values it's long standing relationship, which spans more than 47 years, with the Angels Baseball organization. We believe their presence brings significant economic and community benefits to our region. And for those reasons as of September 2013, the Anaheim City Council decided to begin discussions with the Angels to keep them playing baseball in Anaheim for years to come. It is important to note that the negotiation process has just started and that nothing has been finalized. At the conclusion of the negotiations, any proposed lease agreement(s) will have to be presented to the City Council for discussion, public input, and potential approval.

To learn more visit www.anaheim.net/baseball

 


Charter Review

                                         Updated: February 2014

On Feb. 18, 2014, the City Council moved to place three measures on the ballot for the upcoming special municipal election to be held on June 3, 2014.

Twenty-two proposed amendments were presented to the City Council by the seven-member Charter Review Committee. Of the 22 amendments, 18 relate to modernizing and updating the Charter to align with current policies and processes in the City of Anaheim. Additionally, the amendments relating to reducing the Mayor’s term from four years to two years will be placed as a separate measure for voter consideration.

Ultimately, no changes to amend, add, or delete the City’s 50 year-old Charter can be made without the vote of the people. The Charter historically has been reviewed every ten years, with the last review taking place more than thirteen years ago – in 1999.

To review the complete list of proposed amendments to the City’s Charter, visit www.anaheim.net/charter.



 Strategic Plan for Homelessness

                                         Updated: January 2014

For some, being homeless may be a choice, but for many, this way of life evolved from other events, like the loss of a job, a lack of family support, serious physical or mental health conditions, and/or dealing with the effects of a variety of other life events. Many communities who have a strong homeless presence are learning that often times it is simply too difficult for someone to battle an addiction or to seek employment without having permanent housing in place. In an effort to assist the individuals who hope to depart from a life of homelessness, the City continues to develop a going forward plan under the banner of Coming Home Anaheim. Our approach is to focus on developing shelters options that can provide either permanent housing or year-round shelter, coupled with various consolidated services for the individuals visiting the shelter: including access to mental health care, substance abuse treatment, housing assistance, and much more.

To learn more visit www.anaheim.net/homelessness