ARTIC Welcomes Tres Estrellas

The trumpeting of a mariachi band filled ARTIC on Feb. 19 as part of a grand opening celebration for Tres Estrellas de Oro, a new cross-border bus service at the transit hub. Tres Estrellas offers hourly bus service from ARTIC to Tijuana and one daily bus to Guadalajara. Initially, the bus line expects to serve about 400 daily passengers with plans to grow. The service provides a vital link to family back home for Anaheim's Mexican-American community. Many use Tres Estrellas to reach Tijuana's airport or bus station and then head on to hometowns across Mexico.
Additionally, Tres Estrellas provides another option for the hundreds of thousands from Mexico who visit Anaheim each year. More than 250,000 people from Mexico come to Anaheim annually to visit our theme parks, the convention center or to see family. Their spending helps generate revenue for public safety, community programs, libraries and other city services. The addition of Tres Estrellas is another way ARTIC is serving the community. The transit hub, which opened in late 2014, provides service to daily commuters, leisure travelers, tourists and those enjoying Anaheim's sports and entertainment. Still others stop in as they cycle down the Santa Ana River Trail or come by to photograph ARTIC's stunning architecture.

Mystery Authors Luncheon
Free Compost Giveaway
Black History Parade & Faire
The Anaheim Public Library Foundation will host its 21st
Annual Mystery Authors' Luncheon, "A Brash Attitude," on Sunday, April 3, at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Anaheim. The event will feature a panel of three prominent mystery writers. Authors Craig Faustus Buck, Michael Genelin and Phoef Sutton, will be moderated by author and producer, Lee Goldberg. 

All profits from this special event will enable the foundation to purchase books and materials for the Anaheim Public Libraries and our Bookmobile, and to fund special programs that benefit the greater community including the Teen Summer Reading Program, early literacy computers for children, and our downloadable audio and eBook collections.
Reserve your seats today for this fun filled event. View the flier for RSVP details. For sponsorship opportunities please contact Library Administration at (714) 765-1810.

Compost is great for gardening, especially during a drought, by storing water in the soil longer and reducing runoff and erosion. Anaheim residents can receive up to 60 gallons of this rich soil additive at the city's free Compost Giveaway on March 19 from 7 to 10 a.m. at Honda Center.
To pick up the free compost, residents must bring their own containers (no bags please).  Proof of residency will be required. The Compost Giveaway highlights the success of the city's yard waste collection program and is thanks to a partnership between Public Works and Republic Services.
Residents can also compost at home with an Earth Machine bin and kitchen collector bucket, available for $20 at the event (cash or check accepted). Call (714) 765-6883 or email to reserve your items. For more information, please call Republic Services Customer Service at (714) 238-2444 or visit

The 36th annual Orange County Black History Parade & Cultural Faire drew 8,000 attendees to Downtown Anaheim on Saturday, Feb. 6. Colorful cars, church groups, bands and more highlighted the parade, led by grand marshal and actress Kellita Smith. Food, crafts, a Black History exhibit, college expo and informational booths lined Center Street as guests enjoyed live music while celebrating the contributions of African-Americans to Anaheim, Orange County and our nation. 

The Orange County Black History Parade & Cultural Faire is sponsored by the Orange County Heritage Council, a volunteer-
driven nonprofit that promotes cultural awareness and the historical contributions of blacks in Orange County and across the nation

This was the sixth year Anaheim has hosted the event. 

Midyear Budget Update
Where's El Niņo?
Remembering Jack Lindquist
Anaheim presented its midyear budget update, and was pleased to report an uptick in consumer and tourist spending. 

This enables the city to continue its trend of improving quality of life for residents, with attention to parks and neighborhoods, street improvements and public safety. 

Due to positive spending trends, transient occupancy tax was up 5.3 percent over budget year-to-date, and is expected to exceed last year's actuals by 16 percent, driven by Disneyland's 60th Anniversary celebration. Sales tax is up 4.5 percent year-to-date over budget and is expected to end the year 3.5 percent over the previous year.  Due to strong home values property tax is anticipated to finish the year 5.2 percent higher than last year. 

The city is committed to continuing strategic service enhancements that directly benefit the community. 

That's what a lot of folks are asking after hearing so much about El Niņo and seeing only scattered storms so far. Well, El Niņo - a warming of Pacific Ocean waters - is here. We just haven't seen the weather pattern's trademark back-to-back downpours.
For much of January and February, warm, high pressure systems have prevailed over Anaheim and Southern California. That has pushed storms to the north or held them at bay, except for the occasional shower in between as the highs break down. Similar to airplanes waiting to taxi, storms have lined up behind the warm system. We could get lucky and not see major El Niņo rains for the rest of the season. But experts doubt it, projecting that storms are just being delayed. 
The city continues to prepare, and encourages residents and businesses to take some basic, simple steps to safeguard homes, property and loved ones in the event El Niņo rains realize. Click here for more information. Just like preparing for an earthquake, it is better to be safe than sorry. Meanwhile, enjoy the great Southern California weather!

Disneyland's first president and Disney Legend Jack Lindquist passed away on Sunday at age 88. Lindquist was hired by Walt Disney as the company's advertising manager shortly after the park opened in 1955, and worked there for nearly 40 years.
"Jack was not just a Disney Legend, he was a tremendous friend," Tom Tait, mayor of Anaheim, said. "His family was next door neighbors with my family, so as a young boy I grew to know him personally. As a kid I would play basketball and oftentimes the ball would wind up in his backyard.  I would have to knock on his door to retrieve it, and he always did so with good cheer and kindness.
"Later in life I dealt with Jack in our respective, official roles and his great smile remained. Jack led Disneyland through tremendous growth and popularity. Much of the success we see today is directly a result of his brilliant business mind and passion for the job. His favorite character was Donald Duck, and I believe it was Jack who named the Anaheim Ducks. He was a most generous friend, and he will be missed by all."
Anaheim Convention Center Expansion Update

The Anaheim Convention Center expansion is making its way above ground. To date, work has been primarily below grade as crews have installed underground utilities and poured concrete foundations for the first phase of the new parking structure, scheduled to open late this summer, including 622 parking spaces. Structural steel is set for the pedestrian bridge concourse, also opening in late summer, and will connect the parking structure to existing convention center facilities. The Anaheim Convention Center has continued to host the conventions and events that have become annual traditions for attendees. The new, flexible space will enable the convention center to continue to host growing conventions and will present opportunities to host new events and visitors. The 200,000 square foot expansion is scheduled to be unveiled in late summer 2017.

To learn more about this exciting project and to sign up for updates, please visit


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