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Anaheim Convention Center Expansion

Updated: July 22 2014

On July 22, 2014, a joint public hearing will be held to consider resolutions regarding the proposed financing of the Anaheim Convention Center expansion. To learn more and to access the staff report and attachments related to this item, please click the website below.

The Anaheim Convention Center (ACC), centrally located in the heart of Southern California, welcomes millions of visitors to the City of Anaheim for tourism, business and conventions/meetings. As the largest exhibition center on the West Coast, the ACC is part of the Anaheim Resort District, which generates nearly 50 percent of the City’s general fund tax revenues. Currently the ACC is operating near maximum practical occupancy. Therefore, despite the success of the Convention Center, we realize that we need to expand our center and adapt to changes in the convention business. At the March 11, 2014 City Council meeting, the Anaheim City Council approved the ACC expansion, financing plan and design-build contract. Construction is scheduled to begin late summer 2014 with project completion by Fall 2016.

To learn more about the ACC expansion, please visit www.anaheim.net/accexpansion

 

FY 2014/2015 Planned Enhancements

Updated: July 11, 2014

The City of Anaheim is excited to highlight nearly 100 capital improvement projects that are planned for the Fiscal Year 2014/15. The projects are wide spread and are taking place throughout the City. New streetlights will be added, more parks will be coming to our neighborhoods, new developments are underway to enhance local job growth, and our roadways and sewers will be receiving significant improvements. We hope that you take a moment to read more about all the great efforts we have in store.

To learn more, visit www.anaheim.net/capitalprojects




2014 Municipal Elections Information

Updated: June 24, 2014

The City's General Municipal election will be held on November 4, 2014. The election is currently for the Mayor seat, two (2) Council Member seats & two (2) measures.

To view more information on the measures to be voted on at the November General Municipal Election, please visit www.anaheim.net/votes.

To view more information on the Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections and Community Involvement (CAC), please visit www.anaheim.net/CACelections.

To view more information on the Charter Review Committee, please visit www.anaheim.net/Charter


Economic Assistance Programs

Updated: June 24, 2014

Automobile Dealership Economic Assistance Program

In a proactive step to boost the local economy and help local businesses succeed, the Anaheim City Council approved an economic assistance program for existing or new automobile dealerships within the City of Anaheim on June 17, 2014.

The Automobile Dealership Economic Assistance Program provides the opportunity for qualified automobile dealerships to enter into a participation agreement for City economic assistance. City assistance is for the sole purpose of reimbursing qualified automobile dealerships for costs incurred to either expand existing dealerships or open new automobile dealerships within the City. Any qualified auto dealership interested in applying should contact the number listed on the webpage.

For additional information on the program, please visit www.anaheim.net/autoprogram.

Hotel Economic Assistance Program

Anaheim's leadership in the tourism industry benefits the City and all of its residents. Throughout Orange County, tourism supports more than 150,000 local, permanent jobs and more than $8 billion in local economic activity – both of which continue to increase. Annually, Anaheim collects $45 million in net revenues from various tourism-related taxes for the City's General Fund – that fund 100 police officers and five fire companies citywide, all City parks and libraries and the power generation costs for more than 19,000 street lights. This funding, along with the job creation and economic development, continues to make Anaheim a great place to live, work and play. On Tuesday, May 14, 2013 the Anaheim City Council approved an economic assistance agreement with the developer of two high-end hotels, called the GardenWalk Hotels.

For additional information on the Hotel Economic Assistance Program, please click here.


Operating Budget & Capital Improvement Program FY 2014/15

Updated: June 19, 2014

On Tuesday, June 17, 2014, the Anaheim City Council unanimously approved the City’s $1.6 billion budget for fiscal year 2014/15 which has a focus on strengthening public safety, improving neighborhoods and community infrastructure, and fostering economic growth. The City Council committed to a community investment of more than $316 million for new or improved parks and community centers, continuing street and transportation improvements and utility system upgrades.

The FY 2014/15 approved budget, including service enhancements, represents an increase of 3.7 percent from the previous year. Additionally, the adopted budget authorizes the Anaheim Police Department to add 10 police officers and Anaheim Fire & Rescue to train an additional 15 firefighters in the coming year.

For more information visit www.anaheim.net/budget


Angels Baseball Negotiations

Updated: May 2, 2014

May 6, 2014 City Council Agenda, Item No. 10. click here to read the staff report and attachments.

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


 Strategic Plan for Homelessness

Updated: April 23, 2014

City Efforts at Combating and Preventing Homelessness
Tuesday, April 22 at 3:00pm
City Council Chambers
200 S. Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim


To view the workshop online click here.

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


Public Safety Board

Updated: April 14, 2014

The City of Anaheim recently announced the creation of a pilot Public Safety Board. This pilot program will allow Anaheim residents to review police and fire policies and practices, budgets, and critical incidents, such as officer involved shootings, use of force, and in custody deaths. In collaboration with an external auditor, the Public Safety Board will develop policy recommendations for consideration by the City Manager, as well as the Police and Fire Chiefs.

Nine members will be appointed to the pilot Public Safety Board using a lottery system in coordination with a screening panel, with representatives to be drawn from the four neighborhood council areas in Anaheim: West, Central, East and South. With the creation of this board, the City of Anaheim continues a long tradition of community involvement and transparency.

The deadline to apply for the Board closed on May 30, 2014.
To learn more, or to apply, visit
www.anaheim.net/psb

 

Park Enhancements

Updated: April 2014

The City of Anaheim is excited to present an overview of the planned park enhancements for more than a dozen parks in the upcoming year. We believe that recreational play space help to promote the overall social health of our community of more than 346,000 residents. As part of the City’s commitment to improving its neighborhoods and creating more parks and open spaces, there are a wide variety of planned park features that help address the diverse space needs of our community. The map of Anaheim provides a visual depiction of where these park improvements will take place, a summary of the upgrades being added to each site, as well as the anticipated completion dates.

To learn more, visit www.anaheim.net/parkupgrades.



Charter Review

Updated: February 2014

On Feb. 18, 2014, 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.

Ultimately, no changes to amend, add, or delete the City’s 50 year-old Charter can be made without the vote of the people. The Charter historically has been reviewed every ten years, with the last review taking place more than thirteen years ago – in 1999.

To review the complete list of proposed amendments to the City’s Charter, visit www.anaheim.net/charter.