El Niņo is coming 
This winter, Anaheim is expecting something we haven't seen much of lately -- rain. 
From January through spring, we could see heavy rain from El Niņo, where warmer Pacific Ocean waters bring higher than normal rainfall to Southern California. Are you ready?
The city of Anaheim continues to prepare by clearing storm drains, distributing sandbags, sealing and restriping roads, staging emergency response vehicles and equipment and readying public safety teams.
But being rain ready is a team effort. The city of Anaheim encourages residents and businesses to take some basic, simple steps to safeguard homes, property and loved ones during winter rains. We also encourage everyone to be safe during rains by visiting anaheim.net/BeRainReady.

Toys brighten holidays
And the best decorated are...
Kick it
to the curb
Anaheim Fire & Rescue joined with ABC7 for the 23rd annual Spark of Love Stuff a Bus Toy Drive at Honda Center on Dec. 18. We set a new record by stuffing 31 OCTA buses with toys donated by the community. The outpouring of donations will be felt by Orange County youths and teens who will receive these toys. 

Thank you to everyone who stopped by Honda Center, made a donation and helped spread holiday cheer!
The results of the 2015 Holiday Lights home decorating contest are in! Hosted by Anaheim Beautiful, the contest awarded nine residents bragging rights for their holiday light displays this year. From dancing snowmen to a giant inflatable Santa, this year's winners have it all! 

You can watch a video of the winning displays here. To view the winners or find their addresses to see them in person, click here.

Thank you to all participants for helping light up our neighborhoods and holidays with your holiday spirit!

Wondering what to do with your tree after the holidays? Take advantage of our free two-week (Dec. 28 to Jan. 8) collection program by placing your tree on the ground next to your trash containers on your regular collection day. Remember to remove the stand, lights, tinsel and all decorations. Trees taller than six feet should be cut in half. Flocked trees require a bulky item pick up, which can be made by calling (714) 238-2444. You may also recycle your tree by cutting it into small sections and placing them in your brown yard waste container. 

Library upgrades
are coming!
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Exciting new technology, furniture, finishes and more are coming to Euclid and Sunkist branch libraries! This week, we began the process of packing and moving all items from the libraries to make way for construction, which will begin on Jan. 11. The libraries will reopen in summer 2016. 

While both branches are closed, the Bookmobile trailer will be parked near the Sunkist branch in Juarez Park to provide limited service on weekday afternoons. The Bookmobile bus will add a stop at the Euclid Library every other Friday. For the locations of our other five, full-service library branches, visit anaheim.net/library.

The Anaheim Police Department asks you to not ignore your feelings of uneasiness about a person or circumstance you may encounter. If you see someone or something unusual or suspicious that may be related to terrorism or criminal activity, take the time to complete an online report. Suspicious activity should be based on behavior and activity, not race, ethnicity, or religious preference. The Anaheim Police Department Suspicious Activity Reporting system is available around the clock for residents to submit information about suspicious persons or circumstances that may be related to terrorism or criminal activity. All information is evaluated, analyzed and investigated. For more information on keeping your community safe, visit www.keepocsafe.org
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Did you know you can apply for a passport book or card at Anaheim City Hall?
The Anaheim City Clerk's Office is a full service passport facility conveniently located on the second floor of City Hall.
You have the option of applying for either a passport book or card. A passport book is required for international travel, while a passport card can be used for land travel to Canada or Mexico or on cruises to Mexico and the Caribbean. Regular processing takes about six weeks, and expedited service is no more than two weeks.
For additional information, document requirements and pricing, call the Passport Center at (714) 765-4540 or visit the City Clerk's webpage at www.anaheim.net. The Passport Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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