LATEST NEWS HAPPENING IN ANAHEIM
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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
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The Orange County Water District (OCWD) currently owns 20 acres of land near Ball Road and the 57 Freeway in an area currently called the Ball Road Basin. This land is south of Ball Road and east of Phoenix Club Drive. In early August, the City learned that OCWD is interested in leasing or selling the 20 acres to private firm who would like to build a 300-600 mw private power plant on the property.
The City feels that the construction of a power plant on this site would be incompatible with the surrounding community – it would be right next to commercial land uses, and close to significant residential and recreational areas. Instead, the City would like the opportunity to discuss with OCWD a proposal to purchase the 20 acres and build a park and sports fields.
To learn more visit www.anaheim.net/powerplant
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On May 28, 2013, the Anaheim City Council established a seven-member Charter Review Committee by resolution, to serve as an advisory body to the Council. This Committee was tasked with conducting a comprehensive review of the City's Charter, which serves as the City's fundamental governing document and outlines certain authority and restrictions the City has over municipal affairs.
On Feb. 25, 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, while a ballot measure legalizing fireworks will also be presented. Ultimately, no changes to amend, add, or delete the City’s 50 year-old Charter can be made without the vote of the people.
To review the complete list of proposed amendments to the City’s Charter, visit www.anaheim.net/charter.
Strategic Plan for Homelessness
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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