Approved City Budget Focuses on Enhancing Public Services and Neighborhood Improvements
This week the City Council unanimously approved the Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program for Fiscal Year 2014/15. With renewed economic stability in place, the City plans to restore service levels and embrace opportunities to focus on public safety, improving our neighborhoods and community infrastructure. The adopted budget includes increasing safety personnel by 10 new police officers this year, as the City Council recently established a policy to prioritize public safety and hire 40 officers over the next four years, contingent on future budget approvals. In addition, the budget allows us to provide training to an additional 15 firefighters, investing in aging infrastructure, adding new streetlights and enhancements to 17 existing parks and introduce three new parks and two new dog parks in Fiscal Year 2014/15. To learn more about the priorities for the upcoming year, click here 

More Bike Trails

The west side just got a little more fun with a new bike trail. The West Anaheim Bike Trail is a 1-mile long bicycle and paved pedestrian path that runs along the Edison Easement on the west side of Maxwell Park from Broadway to Orange. The 15-foot wide trail offers plenty of room for children to ride their bikes, for residents to take a walk or run, and for friends to connect. To learn more, click here.

A Moment in History

Two of our City's most prized historic gems, the Woelke-Stoffel House and the Mother Colony House, were recently awarded plaques from the National Register of Historic Places. The Woelke-Stoffel House features distinctive Queen Anne style characteristics while the Mother Colony house is the oldest remaining wood-framed building in all of Orange County. To learn more, click here.

Happy 4th of July!

The annual 4th of July Parade hosted by the Anaheim Hills Community Council will feature the annual 5k/10k Run, pancake breakfast, Yankee Doodle Dog Show and the patriotic concert at Peralta Park. Retired Anaheim K9, Bruno, will be this year's parade Grand Marshall. You won't want to miss this patriotic community event! To learn more about the event schedule or how to participate in the parade, click here.

Paws to Read

This summer, be a part of the "Paws to Read" Program. Sign up at your local library branch and find out about the special programs, fun activities and opportunities to win prizes. Our Anaheim libraries have

partnered with several pet shelter/adoption agencies to give back to the animals and pets as part of our animal-themed reading program. To learn more, click here.




Truly A Playful City

The City of Anaheim was recently recognized as a 2014 Playful City by KaBOOM! and Humana Foundation which honors cities for taking bold steps to ensure children have easy access to a balance of active play in their communities. A total of 212 cities across the country have been recognized for their great work in elevating the importance of play; Anaheim was one of only two cities in Orange County to be selected. To learn more, click here. 

Public Safety Dispatch Explorer Program
Are you a teenager interested in one day becoming a public safety dispatcher? 
Participants, ages 14 to 20, can learn about 911 dispatch for fire and police, incident communications, public education, radio communications and the next generation of 911 technology. To learn more about this program and qualifications, click here.
Jr. Cadet Graduation
The Anaheim Police Department is proud to present the Cops 4 Kids Jr. Cadet Class of 2014! A total of 414 Jr. Cadets graduated, making it the largest graduating class! Children, ages 9-12, can join the Jr. Cadets voluntarily or be referred to the program by teachers and administrators. The 24-week program is the only program of its kind in the state and spans seven campuses in Anaheim. This year, the cadets participated in 13 different community service projects and contributed 3,001 volunteer hours. To learn more, click here.

Excellence in Public Safety

The City is proud to share that Anaheim Fire and Rescue has achieved accreditation by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International which is the commission within the Center for Public Excellence that accredits fire agencies. Receiving this accreditation demonstrates a true commitment to continuous improvement, serving the community efficiently, and providing a safe work environment for all fire personnel. To learn more, click here.


Veteran Resources at 2014 Job Fair
This year's Anaheim/OC Job Fair and Expo had a record number of employers in attendance, offering more than 3,500 jobs. With a special focus on providing veteran services, nearly 150 veterans registered

at this year's Job Fair. We're excited to share that we have already heard success stories. One Navy veteran who attended received  three interviews and was already selected for employment by an Orange County-based company. A wide range of services are offered to our veterans year round, to learn more click here.



Water Safety Tips


Millions of us enjoy warm weather every year by swimming in our backyard pools. Tragically, more than 200 young children drown in backyard swimming pools each year. Pool safety begins with protection, supervision and prevention.  

Below are some basic tips to prevent drowning:

  • Secure your pool with an appropriate fence. Completely surround your pool with a 4-foot high fence or barrier with a self-closing, self-latching gate. Spaces between the fence railings should be less than 4 inches.
  • Keep children under active supervision at all times. Stay in arm's reach of young kids, using "Touch supervision". Designate a responsible person to watch the water when people are in the pool.
  • Ensure everyone in the home knows how to swim well by enrolling them in age-appropriate water orientation and learn-to-swim courses.
  • Never swim alone. Even good swimmers need buddies!
  • Establish and enforce rules and safe behaviors for swimmers, like walk only or no diving.
  • Do not leave pool toys near the edge of your pool. Place items that can be used for climbing such as tables, chairs, and planters away from fences or gates.
Remember child drowning is a silent death. A child can drown in the amount of time it takes to answer the phone. Nearly 70 percent of drowning cases that happen each year, occur by children who were not expected to be near the pool.  To learn more, click here.


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