ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 16, 2019) — Anaheim will look to invest $250 million in neighborhoods across the city in the next 10 years as part of an initiative led by Mayor Harry Sidhu and approved by the City Council on Tuesday.
The Council voted to support the 2030 Neighborhood Investment Program, which calls for hearing directly from residents about what they’d like to see in their neighborhoods.
“For years, the promise of Anaheim has been that as our economy thrives, our people will thrive with it,” Mayor Sidhu said. “We have done a good job of meeting this promise, but we can do better. This initiative focuses the benefits of Anaheim’s growth on the priorities and desires of our neighborhoods.”
As a first step, Anaheim is providing $250,000 toward a community assessment study that will look at existing city services and facilities as well as resident priorities for the future.
The Anaheim First Neighborhood Leadership Council, a group of residents plus business, community and nonprofit representatives, will conduct the assessment through a series of town halls, other community meetings and an online survey.
Started in 2018 by the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce and Visit Anaheim, the Neighborhood Leadership Council will be made up of 90 residents with 15 drawn from each of Anaheim’s six City Council districts as well as 10 business, community and nonprofit representatives.
All Anaheim residents, community groups, nonprofits and businesses will be able to take part in the Neighborhood Leadership Council’s community assessment, which will provide resident input for the city as we consider neighborhood improvements and services.
Spending under the 2030 program could include:
An ad hoc City Council committee made up of Mayor Sidhu and two council members will work with the Neighborhood Leadership Council and oversee work on the community assessment.
Funding for the 2030 initiative would come from expected and potential revenue from economic development around Honda Center, Angel Stadium of Anaheim and continued growth in The Anaheim Resort, as well as regular city spending on neighborhood improvements.
For the first fiscal year, which runs from July 2019 through June 2020, we have identified $20 million in city revenue, including $10 million to be borrowed and repaid to a city fund with a healthy reserve, $6 million in state transportation funding and $4 million in money from an existing neighborhood improvement fund.
You can read more about the 2030 Neighborhood Investment Program in our fact sheet here.
You can learn more about the Anaheim First Neighborhood Leadership Council at Anaheimfirst.org.