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anaheim public mobile library

A beloved Anaheim service has a new look, a new name and some awesome new features.

The Anaheim Public Mobile Library had arrived.

Anaheim’s library on wheels, affectionately known as the Bookmobile since it launched in 1958, has been bringing joy to neighborhood kids for decades.

Now renamed as the Mobile Library, the customized 38-foot RV has more features than ever to bring books, technology and library services to neighborhoods where families don’t have easy access to traditional library branches.

And the new Mobile Library doesn’t disappoint.

Beyond the beautiful new exterior is a host of new features, including inside and outside screens, shade awnings, easier-to-open doors, extra storage space and better air conditioning.

Aboard the Mobile Library you’ll find a bright, spacious interior with books, graphic novels, magazines, DVDs, homework and career resources, educational materials and more.

The Mobile Library also offers regular programs, including new offerings to go along with the tech-savvy new vehicle. Think computer coding classes, game days, movie programs and art workshops.

So wave, “Hello!” if you see it riding around town. And come aboard for all that the Anaheim Public Library has to offer.

Find out more at Anaheim.net/library.

Budget

It’s city budget time!

OK, it’s not quite the return of baseball or the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland.

But it’s pretty big for Anaheim.

We’re working on Anaheim’s budget for the 12 months from July through June 2020.

Anaheim’s budget touches the daily lives of everyone who lives, works or visits here.

It covers staffing for parks, libraries and community centers. It funds the police, firefighers and paramedics who keep us safe. And it includes road, utility and other big projects that help make our city work.

During the next few weeks, we’ll be holding meetings about the budget out in the community and at City Council workshops.

The meetings and workshops provide an overview of what makes up Anaheim’s budget, ahead of expected Council adoption of a new budget in June.

While we’re still finalizing the 2019-20 budget, our current budget provides some insight into what our annual spending looks like.

Anaheim’s total budget for 2018-19 is $1.9 billion and includes spending on services, improvement projects and operations at Anaheim Public Utilities and the Anaheim Convention Center.

There’s about $550 million in direct spending on public safety, community services and projects to better the city’s roads, utilities, parks, libraries and more.

Anaheim’s general fund — the city’s main source of funding for day-to-day operations — is $326.5 million. It covers spending on staffing and offerings at parks, libraries and community centers as well as public safety and other city services.

In short, the budget touches every part of our lives: the water we drink, the electricity that lights our homes the parks we enjoy and roads we drive on.

You can learn more about this year’s budget process at Anaheim.net/mycitybudget.


Affordable

It’s not always easy to afford living in Anaheim.

Housing affordability is a long-running problem that goes well beyond our city and touches much of California.

We are doing what we can to help those in need afford to live in Anaheim.

We have nearly 4,000 affordable apartments across our city, thanks to the work of the Anaheim Housing Authority, which oversees federal housing assistance locally and works to create affordable projects in our city.

Affordable housing in Anaheim serves families, seniors, those with special needs and people and families overcoming homelessness.

Each year, we provide more than $70 million in federal housing support vouchers to help people pay their rent. That covers more than 6,000 households.

Anaheim is also home to 13 communities where 100 percent of homes are affordable, with two more projects in the works.

Rockwood Apartments along Lincoln Avenue near East Street is one of Anaheim’s affordable communities.

It’s home to families and others who faced problems finding affordable housing or who have struggled with homelessness or mental health challenges.

We’re now working with Rockwood’s nonprofit developer, Jamboree Housing Corp., on a new project at Manchester and Orangewood avenues in the south of our city.

Expected to open in 2021, the project will provide 102 apartments with supportive services for the formerly homeless.

wand bbq

Enjoy delicious food, fun entertainment and party with your neighbors at the West Anaheim Neighborhood Development Council’s 23rd annual Western BBQ on April 13 at Maxwell Park.

The barbecue features food booths, live entertainment, a raffle, free cake and activities for the whole family.

Children’s activities will include pony rides, games, animals, the new and improved Anaheim Public Mobile Library, a reptile show and more.

Adults can enjoy a garden show, horseshoe games, community resources, silent auction and shopping at a variety of craft booths and vendors.

The day’s entertainment will include performances from local school groups and demonstrations by the Anaheim Police Department, along with other stage performances.

Admission to the event is free and all are welcome.

WAND BBQ:

  • When: Saturday, April 13
  • Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Where: Maxwell Park, 2655 W. Orange Ave.
  • More: Wandbbq.org
Fireworks sales

While it feels like we’ve just gotten into spring, summer fun is right around the corner.

We’re kicking off the 2019 fireworks sales program this month and we’re encouraging all interested Anaheim-based nonprofits to sign up for a chance to run a fireworks booth this year.

Sixteen fireworks booths will be set up across the city within the fireworks-approved zone. Eight of those booths will be run by Anaheim high schools and eight by Anaheim-based nonprofits.

A friendly wildfire safety reminder: Fireworks are not allowed in the area east of the Costa Mesa (55) freeway and south of the Riverside (91) Freeway.

The process to apply to sell fireworks is easy.

Visit Anaheim.net/fireworks to download and print the application and turn it in to the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall by April 23 at 5 p.m. The lottery drawing will be on April 30 at City Hall, 200 S. Anaheim Blvd.

The eight nonprofits selected through the drawing will then be asked to submit an application for a permit to sell fireworks, along with the required documentation, such as a staffing and security plan and $672 permit fee. 

To be fair, those nonprofits lucky enough to be drawn in the 2018 lottery are not eligible to apply this year.

This annual fundraiser is a great chance for local groups to earn some extra money for the year. Last year, nonprofits raised between $2,300 and $28,000 by selling fireworks.

More at Anaheim.net/fireworks.


Fiesta

Celebrate with carnival rides, food and entertainment at the annual Anaheim Cinco de Mayo Fiesta May 2-5.

The fiesta will transform La Palma Park into a destination for all things Cinco de Mayo.

The fun kicks off Thursday night with the Cinco de Mayo Carnival. Get a special $20 discount ride wristband, only available on the first day.

The carnival continues through Sunday, offering the regular price $35 ride wristband as well as a host of fun rides and games. You can also buy tickets for individual rides.

On Saturday and Sunday, check out the ballet folklorico competition. The Anaheim Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is proud to be one of the few festivals, if not only in the world, to offer cash prizes to the top three winners.

Enjoy food, vendors and music throughout the weekend. In the past, the fiesta has hosted artists such as William Garza, Kumbia Klan, Felipe Orozco and Gustavo Rivera.

Entrance to the event is free.

Anaheim Cinco de Mayo Fiesta:

  • When: Thursday, May 2, through Sunday, May 5
  • Time: 5 p.m.-11 p.m. on Friday; 9 a.m.-11 p.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Sunday
  • Carnival hours: 5 p.m.-10 p.m. on Thursday; 5-11 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. on Saturday and 12-10 p.m. on Sunday
  • Where: La Palma Park, 1151 N. La Palma Parkway
  • More: FiestaUnited.org/cinco-de-mayo/
run

You can run like a Marine — or in support of one — at the annual Semper 5K & 10K race on May 18 along the Santa Ana River Trail.

The yearly race supports the men, women and families of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which Anaheim adopted in 2007 to show support for our military.

The event includes 5K and 10K runs, a kids fun run and a silent auction. All of the action and fun takes place at or starts at Riverdale Park.

The race is the major fundraiser for the Anaheim 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Adoption Committee, a community volunteer group that works to support the city-adopted unit.

Proceeds help fund what committee volunteers do throughout the year on behalf of Marines and their families.

Volunteers support Marines and their families during emergencies and with events including a summer beach bash and a Thanksgiving celebration.

The committee also offers scholarship support and hosts events recognizing the Marines Corps.

Known as the "Fighting 13th," the Camp Pendleton-based unit conducts a variety of military operations, including amphibious assaults, recovery of aircraft and personnel, peacekeeping, electronic warfare and anti-terrorism efforts.

In February, the unit returned home after an eight-month deployment in the Pacific and the Middle East.

For the first time, the deployment included combat missions by the unit’s squadron of new F-35B Join Strike Fighter jets, which flew missions in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

For more on the Semper 5K & 10K, visit Semper5k.org. For more on the Anaheim Marine Adoption Committee click here.


utilities

We’ve all seen what wildfires can do to our community.

It’s something we never want to deal with, but it's a reality for parts of Anaheim.

Thankfully, there are some measures we can take, and we’re here to help you learn how to protect your home.

Join Anaheim Public Utilities for a free class on what is called firescaping, or the process of making sure your home is as fire safe as possible.

We’re partnering with a horticultural expert to teach you what to do to your home and yard with fire-resistant landscaping to better deflect flames.

Classes will be on Wednesday, April 10, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m. at the East Anaheim Community Center, 8201 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road.

The classes are free to attend. Please RSVP to utilitiesevents@anaheim.net.

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