State of the City

Expanded and innovative ways of addressing homelessness, treating drug abuse and connecting residents to their city are on tap for the State of the City address on Tuesday.

The annual event will outline ways the city is building on Coming Home Anaheim, a comprehensive approach to addressing homelessness first announced in 2014's State of the City address. 

We are also set to announce an advanced level of medical treatment for those who voluntarily seek help for drug abuse as an expansion of Drug Free Anaheim, a program unveiled at 2016's State of the City. 

And look for new ways for residents and employees to interact with the city, including an easy-to-use tool that provides insight into the city's budget.

There's a lot more in store for the 2017 State of the City. You're invited to join us for this always inspiring, exciting event.

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Join Us for Black History Parade 
Fahrenheit 451
Library Events 
With Car Seats
One of downtown's most fun and culturally significant events is Saturday. 

The Orange County Black History Month Parade & Faire marks its seventh year in Anaheim. 

This year features a surprise Disney character as grand marshal, as well as Tuskegee Airman Alfonzo Jackson, Anaheim leaders and other celebrities and officials.
  • When: Feb. 4
  • Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Where: downtown Anaheim
  • Groups: about 100, including marching bands, parade vehicles, horseback riders
  • Cultural faire: music, food, retailers, information booths, Black History exhibit, college expo, health screenings.
Click here for more.
If you joined with the library last month during their Big Read event of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, you're in for a treat this month.

During the month of February, the library is hosting events and activities inspired by the book. 

Events will include book discussions, movie screenings and demonstrations by the Anaheim Fire & Rescue Department.

Find a list of events and their locations here

You can also view the author's manuscripts that include his original hand-written edits at the Central Library (500 W. Broadway) throughout February.  

Find more information about the Big Read and other upcoming library events here.

Child safety seats are so important. But, as any parent can attest, they can be confusing.
So each month, Anaheim Police hold free child safety seat inspections by appointment at the department's Main Station at 425 S. Harbor Blvd.

Four officers trained and certified in safety seats work with parents, grandparents and other caregivers to ensure seats are up to date, installed safely and are being used properly.
The monthly inspections help ensure safety for kids in vehicles.  But they are more than that. They're Anaheim's culture of kindness in action.

Anaheim Police volunteer their time to raise money to buy seats to have on hand for anyone who can't afford to buy one.
The next event is Feb. 18. For more details and to make your appointment, click here


Addressing Homelessness 
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Andy's Map
NAMM Foundation Gives Back  
No other Orange County city is doing as much to address homelessness as Anaheim.
Since January 2014, more than 675 homeless people have been taken off our streets and parks and reunited with family or placed in housing.
The city has stepped up to host Orange County's first year-round homeless shelter and provided $500,000 in funding for the facility, set to open in mid-2017.
The Anaheim Housing Authority works with nonprofit developers to bring affordable housing communities to the city, helps people find affordable housing and offers rent vouchers.
Anaheim balances compassion for homelessness with the public safety and quality-of-life concerns. 
In 2016, the Anaheim Police Department responded to more than 15,000 calls for service related to homelessness.

For more on what we're doing, click here.

Curious about what's going up around the corner from your house?

Anaheim has an easy way to look up projects that are planned or being built in our city.

It's Andy's Map, named for Andy Anaheim, the city's mascot who also brings you this newsletter each month. 

Andy's Map displays projects across the city by five categories:
  • Conceptual
  • Under review
  • Approved
  • Plan check
  • Under construction
  • Complete
You can sort projects by residential, mixed-use, commercial, industrial or hotels.

Clicking on an icon shows you more about a project, including address, description and the planner working on the project in Anaheim's Planning Department.

It's a great way to find out about that project near you. C heck out Andy's Map here
The music industry's biggest trade show of the year isn't just for music professionals.

It's also a time where Anaheim elementary school students get to learn from the best.

Each January, the NAMM Show opens its doors for four days at the Anaheim Convention Center in what is arguably the city's largest trade show of the year. 

Attracting more than 100,000 music aficionados, the show is ripe with talent.

This year the NAMM Foundation kicked off the show with a day of service at Patrick Henry Elementary School, about a four-mile drive north of the convention center. 

There, music professionals gave students lessons in guitar, ukulele, drums and movement.  

While at the school, the foundation also presented a $10,000 check to the Anaheim Elementary School District to help continue music education in the district's schools.

To see more photos from the NAMM Foundation's day of service, click here.
Utility Bill Scam
The call displays as Anaheim Public Utilities. The caller demands you pay your bill now by prepaid credit card, or you'll have your electric or water service shut off.

Don't fall for it.

It is a utility-bill scam that is on the rise in Anaheim.

Anaheim Public Utilities will never call you asking for immediate payment.

You could get a call from us if there is an issue with your bill, but we will never solicit payment over the phone or at your door.

Only pay your bill notice by mail, in person at our office, by calling our automated phone system or securely online at

And know that Anaheim Public Utilities will never immediately shut off your service.

We will mail at least one past-due notice and one disconnection notice before shutting off  service.

If you suspect a caller is a utility-bill scammer, hang up. Then call us at (714) 765-4311.


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