Dear Friends,

It was one year ago on September 28th that I took my oath of office. I have been working hard and keeping busy since that day to serve my community and Anaheim.


From my first event when I took part in Indigenous Peoples' Day to this past Sunday when I attended the Caterina's Club Gala, which would have been my mother's 90th birthday, I am honored to have had a role in honoring, supporting, and taking part in all of it. 


My most important role and where I feel most at home is attending multiple neighborhood and community events with the Community Services, Anaheim Public Utilities, and Anaheim Police Department.


It is truly rewarding and humbling to do the outreach in our neighborhoods. I am extremely blessed to speak to so many while representing Anaheim. Your positive feedback and words of encouragement continue to propel me forward. I will continue to be that independent voice who will always speak from the residents' perspective with a fair and balanced approach.


I want to thank our staff and my council colleagues for their constant support, and especially my family for sharing me with our community.


In this edition of Ma'ae Mail, we look back on community events throughout Anaheim and look forward to city developments.


Sincerely, 

Gloria Sahagún Ma'ae

IN THIS ISSUE


One Year Look Back 


Community Corner


Around Anaheim


City Updates


Upcoming Council Meetings


ONE YEAR LOOK BACK

I had the honor of presenting a proclamation marking the 2nd Annual Anaheim Indigenous Peoples' Day and honoring the contributions of Native Americans to the city of Anaheim.


Coming from Mayan heritage, I found this event to be especially meaningful. Thank you to the Gabrielino/Tongva Nation for the generous invitation.

I had the distinct honor of participating in the groundbreaking ceremony for the flagpole of the future site of the Veterans Cemetery in Gypsum Canyon.


I look forward to seeing this land come to life to honor the brave individuals who have valiantly defended our nation.

I had the privilege of celebrating the lifelong contributions of Shirley McCracken. With her 50+ years of public service, Shirley has brought people

together with total integrity, constant attention to detail and instinctive creativity.


Shirley is a visionary and a quiet whirlwind, a true people person, and leader. It is fitting that she is honored with the planting of a tree, as trees are known for their longevity and strength.

I attended multiple community events around Anaheim and District 2, one of which was Tacos with a Cop with the Anaheim Police Department! 


It was great to have a community conversation and to share resources over delicious tacos, provided by Taqueria los Gueros.

Thank you to the Gilbert High School Friday Night Live Club for hosting the 4th Annual Hunger Drive in partnership with No Kid Hungry. This impressive group of youth is helping address and raise awareness on the effects of hunger in our communities. On behalf of the residents of District 2, thank you for your leadership and advocacy!

I attended various conferences, some of which are: League of California Cities City Leaders Summit, League of California Cities Annual Conference, and Association of California Cities- Orange County Fall Leadership Conference.


I was sworn in to the OC Division at the Cal Cities Annual Conference, and attended their Board of Directors meeting.


I will always proudly represent Anaheim. It's an honor to take part in these events and advocate for our city.

I attended many ribbon cutting ceremonies to celebrate the opening of businesses and community resource centers.


It is great to support the local businesses and programs that do so much for our community.

Thank you to everyone who attended community meetings to be more informed about what is currently happening in our community. 


In March of this year, many residents joined Council Member Jose Diaz, the Anaheim Police Department, and me to discuss how to report and address street racing.

COMMUNITY CORNER

Community Meeting with

Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva


Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva held a community meeting at Twila Reid park which I attended, and was able to address several constituents regarding local issues. It's great to see our state officials reaching out to our local community.

Neighborhood Services District Community Meetings

 

Join our city staff for our Neighborhood Services District Community Meetings in October! Find the dates for your district below. As a resident of District 2I am aware of many residents' concerns regarding our community and know that there will be plenty of useful information shared with community members. I hope to see you there on October 6th at 7PM at the Brookhurst Community Center!

AROUND ANAHEIM

Meet Connie Williams, Anaheim's Oldest Resident!


Connie Williams celebrated her 110th birthday on June 26th at Emerald Court, a senior living community, in Anaheim. 


Anaheim's Fire and Rescue squad granted Williams' wish to ride around the block in a fire truck for her birthday. At 110 years young, Connie Williams shares that her secret to a long life is being active, which holds true as Williams jived to the jitterbug, her favorite dance, on her special day.


Amongst other things, Williams says "Love and laughter are the most important. You have more happiness if you laugh, and there are so many ways to say I love you. So say it and say it every day!"

Hispanic 100 Foundation


Thank you to the Hispanic 100 Foundation for inviting me to their gala. The organization helps develop and promote leadership from within and from the Hispanic community through advocacy and education.


I'm happy to support the education of motivated students from the Latino community!

Groundwater Well Site Visit


I was excited to visit several well sites in Anaheim to see the various processes taking place to install a filtration system to eliminate PFAS (a large family of chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) from our drinking water. PFAS is known as a forever chemical.

To learn more, click here.

National Night Out


Last month, I attended National Night Out, a free, annual community-building event that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. There was a helicopter display, SWAT, K-9 demo, traffic motorcycle demo, crime prevention information, games, and food trucks.


Thank you to those who stopped by the booth to say hi and pick up resources, and thank you to the Anaheim Police Department for a well-organized and well-attended event!

OC Water Summit


I attended the 14th annual OC Water Summit at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa where over 400 business professionals, elected officials, academics, and water leaders met to discuss water resources and topics such as:

  • Are We Experiencing a Mega Drought?
  • Water Projects We Need Now
  • The Delta

It was quite an opportunity to hear experts in all areas concerning our water supply.

Emergency Essentials Workshop


How prepared are you for an emergency?


Anaheim Fire & Rescue’s Emergency Management and Preparedness Section held a workshop at the North Net Training Center on June 18 to help Anaheim residents prepare for emergencies at home.


It was very informative and attended learned basic first aid, how to recognize and report suspicious activity, and how to prepare their home and family for disasters. 


The next workshop, Stop the Bleed, will be on Saturday, November 12, 2022. Anaheim residents will learn how to prepare for emergencies by recognizing life-threatening bleeding, and acting quickly and effectively to control bleeding. If you are interested in signing up, click here

Dwelling Place


This month, I visited Dwelling Place's Food Pantry in Anaheim Hills. Dwelling Place provides a compassionate and holistic approach to a food pantry. Individuals and families are able to pick up high quality food and exactly what they need. 


This organization would be a great asset in West Anaheim. Many thanks to Lambert Lo for the selfless work he continues to do daily. 

Miraflores Apartments Groundbreaking


I attended the Miraflores Apartments groundbreaking ceremony in September. Miraflores Apartments will be Anaheim’s 16th affordable housing community, and will offer 86 affordable apartment homes, 8 of which will be for those who are unhoused or at-risk of being unhoused.


Miraflores residents will earn below 60 percent of Orange County’s median income, which is currently at $119,000. It is expected to open in 2024, and there will be onsite programs and services to provide residents with the resources they need to better their lives.


Click here to be added to the Miraflores Apartments mailing list if you are interested. 

CITY NEWS

The Fall Anaheim Activity Guide is here!


Anaheim Community Services offer a wide array of recreation classes, programs and activities for kids, teens and adults to enjoy. Browse through their online Activity Guide by clicking here.


Registration can be completed online by visiting www.anaheim.net/play. Those who are new to the programs and have never registered with the Community Services Department will need to create an account.

Development Plans for ocV!BE,

a Curated Community and Entertainment Destination in Anaheim


OCVibe, stylized as ocV!BE, will be coming in 2024, a one-of-a-kind, mixed-use, master-planned community and entertainment destination that allows residents and guests to create their own experience while offering something for everyone. 


ocV!BE is thoughtfully designed and curated for visitors to enjoy the best of sports, entertainment, food, hospitality, hybrid and collaborative office, residential, and inclusive public spaces—all connected with an emphasis on walkability and wellness.


For more information, click here.

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COUNCILMEMBER GLORIA SAHAGÚN MA'AE

Proudly serving Anaheim's District 2

Email me: gmaae@anaheim.net