The problems on Beach Boulevard, known all too well to anyone who lives in west Anaheim, are real: human trafficking and prostitution, illegal gambling, drug dealing and abuse, homelessness and blighted businesses.
From Lincoln Avenue to Ball Road, Anaheim’s stretch of Beach is a redevelopment and public safety priority.
The problems were years in the making and will take years to fully address. But the long-term answer ― redevelopment ― is underway. And we’re pairing that with a renewed effort to address day-to-day public safety and quality of life issues.
We call it Rebuild Beach.
Anaheim is looking to replace motels and other blighted businesses with new homes, stores, restaurants and other businesses, ultimately creating a walkable, inviting city street.
In all, Anaheim and our partners will lead the redevelopment of half a mile of Beach over the next few years. From there, we’re looking to see additional private investment and redevelopment.
We’re taking other steps to attract investment, such as undergrounding utility lines, taking control of the roadway from Caltrans, improving businesses, utilizing cameras, upping business and crime enforcement and more.
We know change can’t come fast enough. But it will come. Anaheim has a track record of successful redevelopment, with the Anaheim Resort in the 1990s and the Platinum Triangle and downtown Anaheim in the 2000s.
Now we’re looking to do the same with Beach, working together to create a street that makes west Anaheim and all of our city proud. Learn more below.
We are sharing plans and updates, meeting with the community and businesses and hosting other community events as we work to Rebuild Beach. Check here for upcoming events or view our presentation from our April 6 meeting.
As we work on long-term solutions for Beach Boulevard, Anaheim Police and Code Enforcement are addressing issues on a daily basis.
Law enforcement is working to keep people and businesses safe and to minimize the impacts of drugs, human trafficking and prostitution, illegal gambling and other violations.
We respond to thousands of calls a year and proactively patrol Beach Boulevard.
High Visibility Cameras
Maybe you've seen them. All along Beach Boulevard, we have installed cameras that are a second set of eyes to help address public safety concerns. The cameras flash blue, particularly at night, and are meant to be noticed as a deterrent. The cameras are monitored by Anaheim Police to help address drugs, prostitution and other challenges on Beach.
Homelessness, housing instability and motels as housing of last resort are part of the challenge of Beach Boulevard.
Anaheim and our partner City Net have a comprehensive effort underway with daily outreach by social workers and case managers to get people connected with services and on a path toward a stable, housed life.
When it is a matter of public safety, Anaheim Police address issues on Beach that may also involve homelessness. But enforcement is only used when someone is clearly breaking the law.
The Community Care Response Team steps in when outreach, rather than enforcement, is best. The CCRT's social workers and case managers are out on Beach nearly every day, offering shelter and services to get people to a better place.
Neighborhood Watch is a great way for neighbors around Beach Boulevard to get to know each other and work as a community to make their neighborhood a better place to live. Click above to learn more about how you can work with our crime prevention specialists to be part of Neighborhood watch.
Our security inspection program through the Anaheim Police Department provides guidance on lighting, landscape and other design considerations that can make homes and neighborhoods around Beach Boulevard safer. Click above to learn more about our security inspection program.
Dusk-to-dawn lights through Anaheim Public Utilities can enhance the visibility and security of homes near Beach Boulevard. These high-efficiency lights are available free or with a rebate with installation for those who qualify by income. Click above to learn more.
Keeping Beach Boulevard safe takes everyone. Business Watch is network of businesses watching out for each other and reporting crime to Anaheim Police. The program teaches how to be observant, how to prevent crime and how to best report concerns to Anaheim Police. Click above to learn more.
Businesses along Beach Boulevard can take part in free security inspections by Anaheim Police. Inspections include a review of locks, lighting, landscaping and can identify problem areas to better protect your business. Click to the above to learn more.
Dusk-to-dawn lights through Anaheim Public Utilities can enhance the visibility and security of businesses along Beach Boulevard. These high-efficiency lights are available free or with a rebate. Click above to learn more.
Having a trespassing letter on file with Anaheim Police can help us enforce when someone is on your property who shouldn't be. Businesses along Beach Boulevard can learn more about filing a letter and how to compose one by clicking above.
The businesses of Beach Boulevard, and all of Anaheim, play a big role in making our city as great as it can be.
Our Commercial Property Standards program works with businesses to meet or exceed basic standards that create a healthy, safe and successful business environment.
Where necessary, Anaheim Code Enforcement will address property standards issues based on Anaheim's municipal code. But our first choice is always to work with business owners and operators to meet standards together.
You can learn more about what we're doing, see a checklist of property standards and find a form for businesses and property owners to share contacts with the city.
What City initiative to partner with businesses and property owners to improve the condition and appearance of commercial buildings and shopping centers along Beach Boulevard
Why To improve the look and feel of Beach Boulevard businesses and to encourage businesses to make improvements to better the quality and security of business centers by enhancing walkability, sense of place and security
How Potential city funding of improvements with business matching funds
Funding $1 million proposed in Community Development Block Grant funding
Next steps Program is expected to be available to businesses by spring 2022
We're making and planning improvements along Beach Boulevard. One that will have a big impact on the look of the street is the undergrounding of overhead power and other utility lines.
We're looking to invest $14.5 million to move lines from utility poles to underground trenches. Undergrounding results in enhanced reliability, reduced outages from weather and auto accidents and, particularly for Beach, a much improved visual streetscape.
We are working with Caltrans now on a review of undergrounding with potential construction in 2023.
As we work to underground utility lines, we also plan to upgrade streetlights to brighter, energy-efficient LEDs.
Some 80 LED streetlights are planned along Beach, adding to those already installed at the south end of the boulevard at Beach and Ball Road. The result is a brighter streetscape with better visibility as part of our larger efforts to address public safety and redevelopment.