Anaheim City Council to Receive One Boundary Map
The Advisory Committee approves report and recommends map to be presented to the Council during its Oct. 6 meeting
Anaheim's Advisory Committee on Electoral Districts will deliver its report and recommended boundary map, which shapes six voting districts, to the Anaheim City Council on Oct. 6. The Council will then hold three public hearings and finalize the districts by the end of 2015. The hearing dates are scheduled for Oct. 20, Nov. 17 and Dec. 8, all beginning at 5:30 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers (map).

The recommended map has one Latino-majority and two Latino-plurality districts. It also splits the two city landmarks - the Anaheim Resort and Platinum Triangle - into two districts.
The Advisory Committee's report details more than 30 maps submitted and testimony received from dozens of residents during five months of public meetings. The volunteer Committee of five retired Orange County Superior Court judges has reviewed maps submitted by residents and the city's demographer, listened to residents define their vision of their communities and responded by unanimously supporting one map.

Beginning with the 2016 fall elections, each of the six districts will elect its own City Council member who must reside within that district. This change will mark the first time in the city's 150-year history that Anaheim residents will select their City Council members from districts, instead of from across the city. The mayor will continue to be elected at-large from across the city.

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City Takes Time to Review Short-Term Rentals 

Second Annual Free Volunteer Fair

West Anaheim Maintenance
 and Beautification Under Way 
The Anaheim City Council voted Sept. 15 to temporarily pause in issuing permits for short-term rentals. The action is intended to allow further study and to evaluate residential comments and concerns for local neighborhoods. About 400 houses, apartments and condominiums are identified as short-term rentals on websites such as Airbnb, Homeaway, VRBO and others. The pause in applications took effect Sept. 16 and lasts for 45 days. The pause can be extended at the discretion of the City Council. Short-term rentals issued licenses prior to Sept. 15 may continue to operate. In May, 2014 the City Council unanimously adopted a policy to regulate short-term rentals for to ensure compatibility between neighborhoods and the short-term rental industry. Please click here for additional information. 

The second annual, FREE Anaheim/Orange County Volunteer Fair will take place on Thursday, Oct. 1 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at ARTIC, the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center. More than 30 nonprofits will have representatives on hand and information to provide so anyone can learn how to get involved in valuable and needed community service projects. Volunteering our time and our talents benefit both the recipient and the donor, and inspire others to do the same. ARTIC is at 2626 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92806. Click here to send an email for more information.

If you've driven through west Anaheim lately, you'll notice Department of Public Works crews working on the West Side Neighborhood rehabilitation project. The project consists of planting new trees, trimming parkway trees, repairing damaged sidewalks, curbs and gutters, replacing accessibility ramps, street paving, the replacement of all street name signs, and more. Neighborhood street maintenance and beautification adds to the city's commitment to provide quality living throughout all our neighborhoods.

Orange County's First JW Marriott Coming to Anaheim

Continued Growth 
of the
 Anaheim Resort 
Quality Rental Housing Benefits All Anaheim Residents
JW Marriott is bringing unparalleled luxury, style and convenience to Anaheim with a 12-story, 466-room hotel in the Anaheim Resort. This hotel, designed to be four-diamond, will be the first JW Marriott in Orange County and the fifth in California. Anaheim visitors are looking for additional luxury accommodations along with the city's only other four-diamond hotels, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and the Disneyland Hotel. The JW Marriott will be a vibrant addition to the Anaheim Resort district and will attract new visitors to the Disneyland Resort, Anaheim Convention Center, professional sports events and top-notch entertainment at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Honda Center and City National Grove of Anaheim. Stayed tuned for groundbreaking and construction news.

Growth and construction in the Anaheim Resort means more options for residents, tourists and guests who visit the city each year. Some 25 million guests visited Anaheim last year, and that number is expected to grow. Tourism supports more than 50% of the city's General Fund, which in turn funds services that create a better quality of life for residents. To accommodate building and renovation projects, such as the Anaheim Convention Center expansion and new hotel under way, commuters may experience temporary traffic delays in the next several months. Construction projects are planned to minimize delays as best as possible. Commuters are encouraged to plan ahead.
Anaheim introduced its Quality Rental Housing program in 2014 to ensure everyone has a safe and secure home in which to live. The city requires landlords renting five or more units to comply with basic code standards. As part of a five-year plan, the city has assigned three full-time code enforcement officers to make sure rental housing standards are met. When code requirements are not met, the potential for tragic accidents for Anaheim residents goes up. Many accidents can be avoided just by following the code. The city's Planning and Building Department is available to help property owners make sure their properties are in compliance with the city and state health and safety codes. Click here or call the city's Planning and Building Community Preservation division at (714) 765-5158 to learn more.

Anaheim Public Utilities Now Offering Military Discount 

Anaheim Public Utilities is now offering a discount to military veterans in Anaheim for the electricity portion of their utility bill. The 10% energy discount will apply to all active-duty military, reserve and veterans who meet the income requirements based on 80% of the current Orange County median income level. Income-qualified veterans can apply for the discount by filling out an application at Thank you to all who have or are currently serving our country.



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