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|Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle Delivers Annual State of the City Address|
ANAHEIM, CA - (January 27, 2009) - Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle today delivered his annual State of the City Address to an audience of more than 800 community and business leaders. At the sold-out event, the Mayor introduced new policy initiatives, gave updates on key city programs, and applauded residents, businesses and city leaders on the progress made in Anaheim.
Since Mayor Pringle took office in 2002, the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce has hosted an annual luncheon where the Mayor speaks with leaders in the private and public sector about the state of the City’s affairs and announces major new policy ideas. Past policy announcements have included a business and homeowners tax holiday, a ban on the city’s use of eminent domain to increase tax revenues, and the creation of a monorail system for the Resort Area.
Highlights from the 2009 State of the City Address follow, and the complete transcript can be viewed at www.anaheim.net.
"As I promised last year at this time, we moved forward in planning for ARTIC, the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center. Time and time again, we learn the lesson that the swift movement of people and goods is a cornerstone of economic growth, and the investment in our Anaheim station in expanding Metrolink service and high speed rail will continue to place Anaheim at the forefront of this movement."
ENERGY AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES
"The pressure in all these new edicts is for water retailers like the City of Anaheim to restrict, to ration, to mandate, and to punish or fine water users. We prefer incentives and reward rather than punishment. We will launch a demonstration project here in our own downtown that will showcase the latest in water recycling and water reclamation. Near City Hall, we will build a water recycling demonstration project to serve City Hall and the businesses and parks and public landscaping near the facility."
"In the Canyon Business Center, we have residential units under construction, bringing a new vibrancy to one of the region’s major employment centers. And the Platinum Triangle will see over a thousand new residential units open this year, and new retail and restaurants to boot. In our Downtown area, new Anaheim residents are moving into a number of beautiful new residential projects. Along with that, new retail has opened in the CIM project, meeting the needs of the employers and residents living there."
USA VOLLEYBALL, AND THE U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM WINNING THE GOLD MEDAL AT THE BEIJING 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES
"Now if you haven’t heard, [coach] Hugh [McCutcheon] has taken on a new role. He has left the Men’s team – and has taken on the challenge of coaching the USA Women’s National team as they look to the 2012 Olympics.
"But there’s just one problem. Just about all the ingredients for a 2012 London Gold Medal recipe are in place, save one. You see, the Women’s team is still based in Colorado Springs.
"Hugh, if we get everyone in this room committed to moving the Women’s team to Anaheim this year, would you be up for it?"
IMPROVING CUSTOMER SERVICE
BLUEPRINT FOR A 21ST CENTURY CITY
"In the planning world, we’ve been through new urbanism and post-new urbanism and the latest theories of community design. One interesting trend is the greater realization that, when planning housing and neighborhoods and job centers and the like, we cannot forget community and even sacred spaces. Space for public squares, churches, and so much more than just the housing-jobs mix is what makes developments become a community in the truest sense of the word.
"In that regard, even as we plan to adjourn from this meeting, I would like to invite you to join me in March for a very special conference I am hosting called the Restoring Community Conference. Held here in Anaheim, this conference will feature some of the leading thinkers in planning and design of communities, including many who have developed the latest thinking of preserving beauty and sacred spaces in community design. The conference will be on March 13 at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, and it will be a really special day."
"As your Mayor, I view this annual gathering as my annual recommitment to you that the only reason I hold this position is to focus on a vision of a better Anaheim, and I sincerely thank you for the honor it is to serve you."
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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