March 2022
Andy's Updates shares news about all aspects of the Anaheim community. Thanks for tuning in!

This week's issue includes:

  • COVID-19 case update
  • A new
  • Rebuilding Beach
  • Redistricting
  • Budget update
  • Water smart gardening workshops

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COVID-19: easing cases, easing guidelines
COVID-19 infections continue to fall and stabilize after the omicron wave.

As of early March, Anaheim is seeing an average of about 60 cases a day, down from a peak of more than 1,000 a day in mid-January.

The dramatic drop brings projections of a stable spring with no new variants driving cases here or worldwide.

As of March 1, masks are no longer required by the state of California in nearly all public places, regardless of vaccination status. They remain strongly recommended by the state when indoors in public places.

Individual businesses may still choose to require masks indoors.

Masks are still required by law on mass transit, in healthcare settings and in schools through March 11. Starting March 12, school districts will have the option of not requiring masks.

Anaheim recommends wearing masks where it makes sense, such as when around those who are vulnerable. While California has dropped its mask requirement, you are welcome to wear a mask whenever and wherever, at your discretion.

Some state guidelines remain for large events here in Anaheim and all of California.

Indoor events larger than 1,000 people require that all attendees show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours (rapid antigen test) or 48 hours (PCR test) of the event. Attendees will also be asked to show their photo ID.

In Anaheim, what is known as the mega events policy primarily impacts hockey games and concerts at Honda Center, as well as conventions and other large gatherings at the Anaheim Convention Center. Large indoor events at hotels, other concerts could also be impacted.

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A new, improved
Anaheim will launch a new and improved city website on March 10, emphasizing self-service and focusing on simplicity and efficiency for residents and businesses.

New website features include a modern, clean design, updated color palette and improved mobile functionality. The new site also aims to make doing business with the city easier online by highlighting and enhancing our available services.

While we enjoy serving the public in person, we know people may not always have the time to visit us at City Hall during normal business hours. The new site continues the evolution of how we provide services to Anaheim residents and businesses.

On the homepage and in department sections, you’ll see clickable icons for commonly used services, information for visitors and a cleaner calendar display.

Latest news stories and social media feeds also have top billing, helping the Anaheim community stay informed and in the loop. The website footer shows Anaheim’s iconic skyline, highlighting all our city has to offer.

The city website was last updated in 2015, and the newest iteration marks another step forward for those we serve.

The new will go live on the morning of Thursday, March 10. You also may notice some small changes and improvements in the days leading up to the final launch.

We hope you enjoy the new and improved 
Rebuilding Beach
Beach Boulevard runs for just 1.5 miles through Anaheim, but it is one of our biggest challenges -- and priorities.

The problems -- human trafficking and prostitution, illegal gambling, chronic drug use, homelessness and blighted businesses -- were years in the making. And they will take years to fully address.

But the long-term answer -- redevelopment -- is underway. And we’re pairing that with a renewed effort to address day to day public safety and quality of life issues. We call it Rebuild Beach.

We are starting at Beach and Lincoln, where the first phase of 65 townhomes are changing a long barren landscape. It’s the start of what’s known as 39 Commons, which will also include a shopping center with a specialty grocery store, restaurants, services and community spaces.

From there, we’re looking to see redevelopment continue down Beach with the creation of an inviting, walkable boulevard with new homes, shops and restaurants.

Meanwhile, Anaheim is addressing daily issues on Beach.

You might have seen flashing blue lights atop utility poles along Beach. That’s by design. The lights, which are meant to attract attention, are from cameras monitored by Anaheim Police. They are an extra set of eyes to deter prostitution and other crimes, and they’re having an impact.

For any businesses enabling criminal activity and creating a public nuisance, we will pursue enforcement. We recently added additional conditions to two motels that have generated significant public safety issues.

We know change can’t come fast enough to Beach. But it will come. Anaheim has a track record of successful redevelopment, with the Anaheim Resort in the 1990s and the Platinum Triangle and downtown Anaheim in the 2000s.

Now we’re looking to do the same with Beach, working together to create a street that makes west Anaheim and all of our city proud.

You can learn more at or join us for our next community meeting on April 6 at 6 p.m. at Baden Powell Elementary School.
Anaheim selects new district map
The City Council this week selected a final map for Anaheim’s updated council districts, following months of public input and discussion.

The City Council is set to consider a second reading of the ordinance adopting the final map at its next meeting on March 15.

Anaheim began the redistricting process in July 2021 and has hosted dozens of community meetings and public hearings in the past nine months. Anaheim residents also submitted suggested district maps and comments on map proposals via email and online at

On Tuesday, the Council considered six focus maps, submitted by the public and the city’s demographer. Following discussions and public comments Tuesday, the City Council voted to introduce an ordinance to adopt the map numbered 114.

Map 114 implements changes to Districts 2, 3, 4 and 5 based on the 2020 Census and public input on communities of interest. 

District 2 expands to the south below Cerritos Avenue and to the east to 9th Street to include the area around Stoddard Park. 

District 3 expands to the west from Euclid Street to Brookhurst Street, encompassing the neighborhoods above La Palma Avenue around John Marshall Park.

District 4 expands to the east to include some of the newer Platinum Triangle apartment communities and to the north to include neighborhoods around Ross Park. 

Map 114 does not include any changes to District 1 or District 6.

You can view an interactive version of map 114 here.

Anaheim first adopted a district-based election system in 2016, with districts based on the 2010 Census. The city must complete a redistricting process every 10 years with new Census numbers.

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From epic downturn to record recovery
Anaheim’s rebounding economy is driving better than expected budget projections for the city.

For the 12 months through June, Anaheim now is projecting higher revenue from hotel, sales and property taxes than initially forecast in the city’s adopted budget for fiscal year 2021-22.

Hotel-stay tax, Anaheim’s largest source of revenue, is projected at $167.3 million this fiscal year, up from a devastated $30.3 million for fiscal year 2020-21, a level not seen since the 1990s.

As always, the projections are estimates based on where we are now and are subject to change.

The projected additional revenue reflects the strong rebound of Anaheim’s visitor economy, with people returning to hotels and spending money at the theme parks of the Anaheim Resort.

We’ve come a long way from the low of the pandemic fiscal crisis, when Anaheim saw more than $150 million in lost revenue as Disneyland and the convention center closed from March 2020 to April 2021.

The pandemic's financial impact was the largest and most drastic our city has seen in modern times, surpassing what we saw during the Great Recession.

But through it all, we said Anaheim’s outlook was bright, and that’s what we’re seeing today.

The rebound of Anaheim’s visitor economy and our city budget is good news for residents. It shows the resiliency of our economy, where visitors support services for residents and neighborhoods.

Revenue from visitors makes up about half of Anaheim’s $445 million in spending on police, fire, community services and city obligations.

While we got through the worst without major impacts on services to residents and business, we did so with the help of federal pandemic aid and some prudent financial bond borrowing of $130 million.

So far, we’ve only had to draw on $34 million of the $130 million borrowed with stronger than expected revenue from our economy.

The improved budget outlook affords Anaheim the ability to look at some additional spending, including a proposed $10 million in community improvements, with specifics still to be determined.

We’re also looking at setting aside $10 million to replenish the city’s cash reserves, which were drawn on during the financial crisis, and put another $10 million for city facility maintenance projects that where put on hold during the past two years.

Since mid-2021, Anaheim’s rebound has been driven by visitors to Disneyland, with only smaller events at the Anaheim Convention Center in the past few months.

That’s about to change with the return of Natural Products Expo West to the convention center next week. The show was the first to cancel at the start of the pandemic in early 2020.

The show, focused on organic food and healthy lifestyle products, is expected to bring about 60,000 visitors, many of whom will stay in hotels and spend money at restaurants and shops.

That will be followed by the June return of NAMM, a music industry trade show and the largest held in Anaheim.

Meanwhile, Disneyland continues to draw visitors, many visiting for the first time since the closure.

We thank you for your patience during the difficult past two years. But Anaheim is not only back, we’re back stronger!
Water smart gardening workshops
Spring is coming, and that means it’s time to roll up your sleeves and head out to the garden!

If you want to learn more about growing vegetables, California native or drought tolerant plants, Anaheim Public Utilities can help!

Utilities be hosting a series of water smart gardening workshops beginning this month. The workshops will dig into principles of sustainable water-wise landscaping and provide an overview of efficient outdoor water use.

The first workshop, slated for March 10 from 6-8 p.m., will focus on growing spring vegetables and will be hosted at the Ponderosa Family Resource Center. Just prior to the workshop, Anaheim Public Utilities will host a pop up event onsite with water and energy rebate information and ways to lower your bill.

Additional workshops are planned in April and May, with more this summer. See a full list of garden workshops and events here.

Please register for a workshop here and we’ll be sure to save a seat for you! 

Questions? Call (714) 765-4250.
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