2014 Anaheim Election Results Certified
On election day, Anaheim voters went to the polls and casted their votes for the office of the Mayor, two (2) Council member seats and three (3) measures, resulting in a 38.8% voter turnout.  
Anaheim voters passed Measure L and M, and Measure N was narrowly defeated. Measure L changes the method for how residents elect their council members. Beginning in 2016, instead of an "at large" system, council members will be required to live within a certain geographic district and only residents living in that district may vote for that council member; the Mayor's seat will continue to be elected at large. Measure M increases the size of our City Council from four to six members, for a total of seven members. Among many things, next steps will include the drawing of districts, which may include opportunities for community participation and input. We encourage the public to visit the City Clerk website for updates.
We also hope that you can join us at the Dec. 9 City Council meeting as we thank Council Member Gail Eastman for her tireless efforts to help make Anaheim a better community. Council Member Eastman has been instrumental in making Anaheim a Purple Heart City, bringing the Gift of History to thousands of third-grade students throughout Orange County, increasing awareness for Red Shirt Fridays, establishing community gardens citywide, assisting with the annual Health Fair, and much more. We will also administer the Oaths of Office to our re-elected Mayor Tom Tait, re-elected Mayor Pro Tem Kris Murray, and Council Member Elect James Vanderbilt. To learn more, click here.

Giving Thanks: Operation Turkey Leg

Each year the Anaheim Police Department, Community Service Programs, Inc., and the Anaheim First Christian Church, fundraise year round to provide deserving students from the Gang Reduction and Intervention Program (GRIP) with a Thanksgiving meal. This year, more than 150 students will receive a turkey dinner dubbed "Operation Turkey Leg." Through-out the year, GRIP students participate in activities that focus on keeping them out of gangs. To learn more, click here.



Emergency Shelters Are Now Open

Every day, hundreds of individuals visit emergency shelters for a nutritious meal, a warm shower and/or a safe place to sleep. As a result of available funds from the County of Orange, Anaheim's homeless community will have access to two shelters (Fullerton and Santa Ana) that will remain open this year for a longer period than usual. Generally open from December to February, the shelters opened their doors in mid-November and will stay open until April 2015. For hours of operation, bus transportation to the Fullerton shelter, or for available social services, click here.

Anaheim Hills Golf Course Conserves Water

The Anaheim Hills Golf Course is doing its part to conserve water by removing more than 1 million square feet of non-essential turf and replacing it with native vegetation; this will equal roughly 25 percent of the course turf. Fully funded by a grant received by Metropolitan Water District, this effort will help the course significantly reduce its water usage. The planting of the new vegetation is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. To learn more about how you can conserve water, click here.

Play Space for Dogs At La Palma Park

At one of the largest parks in Anaheim, construction for a new dog area began this past month and will be completed in early 

Spring of 2015. The new dog park will provide much needed play space for the neighborhood pets. A separate entrance and exit for the small and large dogs will also help enhance the safety and security of the dogs enjoying the park. To learn about the park upgrades happening citywide, click here. 

Adopt A Family

The Anaheim Community Services Department, in collaboration with the Anaheim Community Foundation, is holding its annual Holiday Adopt-a-Family project. This project helps dozens of Anaheim's most needy and less fortunate families enjoy a holiday celebration through the generosity of work groups, families, individuals, and city staff. Please consider helping make this holiday season special for a family in need. To learn more how you can adopt a family and receive a "wish list", click here.

Paul Revere Park Opens in December

The much anticipated park next to Paul Revere Elementary will open in mid December! The park amenities will include a volleyball court, exercise equipment, gazebo, picnic area, playground, and a mural of Paul Revere's famous ride. The new park was fully funded by federal and state funds and its design was developed through input from the community. This is one of more than 50 parks in Anaheim. To learn more, click here.

7th Annual Christmas Toy Drive- "Fill a Bus"

Anaheim Police Department's Cops 4 Kids is holding its 7th annual "Fill a Bus" event! On Dec. 15-19, from noon to 4 p.m., families can come on down and take a picture with Santa and help fill the Anaheim Police's Transportation bus with presents that will go directly to Anaheim families and charities. Volunteers are always needed to help wrap gifts and put together food baskets; checks are also appreciated. To learn more, click here.

Home Safety Visit Program

Did you know that smoke alarms should be tested monthly and replaced every 10 years? That is why Anaheim Fire & Rescue has launched the Home Safety Visit Program - an assessment conducted by fire professionals in your home to evaluate your fire safety plans and demonstrate how to test and maintain your smoke alarms. They will also help replace old smoke alarms and review your fire escape plans. To request a fire safety visit, click here. 

Christmas Tree Lighting Celebrations

You won't want to miss out on the holiday tree lighting events taking place throughout the City. On Dec. 5, WAND is hosting their annual holiday magic tree lighting at Twila Reed Park. Visit with Santa, and enjoy holiday music; canned food and donations are welcomed. For more details, click here. On Dec. 6, Downtown Anaheim will celebrate with free snow play, train rides, holiday performances and much more. To learn more, click here.

Grand Opening of ARTIC
Come out and join us on Saturday, Dec. 13 as we mark the grand opening  celebration of the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center- ARTIC. The 67,000 square foot iconic transportation hub outfitted with LEED certified features is ready to serve as a gateway for a variety of public transportation options, and includes amenities such as: retail, unique dining establishments and community space. More than 20 years in the making, this long awaited day will be filled with music, food, educational tours, and information about transportation providers. To learn more, click here.
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