Neighborhood Improvement

City Council Approves $18 Million for Neighborhood Improvements; Funds From Anaheim Convention Center Expansion

The Anaheim City Council voted 4-1 to approve more than $18 million in neighborhood improvement projects, including: $9,300,000 for residential street rehabilitation projects $550,000 for sidewalk maintenance. $8,200,000 to add one fire station and relocate another. $500,000 for renovations for the Euclid and Sunkist branch libraries. $200,000 in savings from streamlining the City Manager’s Office and a one-time dividend of $350,000 from the city’s ...

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Re-Elect Tom Tait Mayor: Why?

This week, the Orange County Register (OCR, 2014) endorsed the re-election of Tom Tait as Anaheim’s mayor, calling him the “best [candidate] to lead the city.” Examining the rationale presented in its endorsement, however, I found little to justify the paper’s support. The OCR cited Tait’s quelling anger and potential violence following riots during 2012 and supporting citizens’ oversight of ...

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Nearly 100 Capital Improvement Projects Planned for 2014/2015

This came over the transom from the City of Anaheim: NEARLY 100 CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PROJECTS PLANNED FOR ANAHEIM THIS FISCAL YEAR ANAHEIM, Calif. (July 21, 2014) – Anaheim residents can look forward to nearly 100 capital improvement projects for 2014/15. As part of the City of Anaheim’s $1.6 billion approved budget for this fiscal year, the City is committed to ...

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Anti-Camping Ordinance Is Pro-Public, Not “Criminalizing Homelessness”

Some thoughts on the ongoing debate over Anaheim’s recently adopted anti-camping ordinance. For starters, it was good to see the City Council unanimity on the matter. This really isn’t a complicated issue: there is a homeless encampment in La Palma Park which has a deleterious effect on the life of neighboring residents and is effectively denying the use of a ...

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New Miraloma Park Illustrates Challenges Facing Older OC Cities

On the Anaheim City Council’s agenda on September 24 was some good news amidst all the usual unpleasantness: the creation of Miraloma Park and Community Center. The city had its eye on a commercial property for some time, and moved to purchase it when it became available. According to the staff report, amenities will include: Miraloma Park and Community Center ...

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Video: Rebuttal of OCCORD Claims of Uneven Distribution of City Services

I posted last week about the city’s report regarding the distribution of city services – a critical issue because a central contention of single-member council district advocates is that the flatlands are short-changed, an alleged situation that single-member districts will supposedly remedy (see the Magic Single-Member District Unicorn). Radical community group OCCORD has been the chief proponent of this view, ...

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Councilwoman Murray Spearheads Quality Rental Housing Program

This came over the transom yesterday from Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray: Anaheim to Pursue Quality Rental Housing Program City Committed to Ensuring Quality of Life for Most Vulnerable Residents Just this week, Prevention Magazine listed Anaheim as 4th among the 25 Happiest, Healthiest Cities in America – ranking above Honolulu, Hawaii! Prevention Magazine evaluated 100 of the Nation’s largest cities based ...

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The Myth of Anaheim Flatlands Being “Short-Changed”

A significant but overlooked on last week’s Anaheim City Council agenda was a report on the distribution of core city services throughout Anaheim. I say significant because a core contention of the left-wing coalition pushing for single-member council districts is that East Anaheim receives a disproportionate share of city services and amenities, and that the Flatlands — especially Latino areas ...

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Is Tennis Now A Racial Issue, Too?

Is there anything that the “two Anaheims” crowd will not transmogrify into a racial issue? After reading yesterday’s Voice of OC story on the budgeted funds to renovate the Anaheim Tennis Center, it would seem the answer is “No.” According to the Voice of OC, there is “outrage” in Anaheim that the proposed city budget includes $6.4 million for improvements ...

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“Graffiti is Art. It Doesn’t Even Count.”

“Sinnah Back“ is the nom-du-video taken by a comrade of Donna Acevedo. Sinnah back runs around taking video of Anaheim police officers in the course of their duties, accompanied by running commentary that is generally derogatory and often obscene. Here is one from a weeks ago, titled “Officer offend community member by saying playground looks l” [sic] — a title ...

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