Council Member Denise Barnes
District 1 News
September 14, 2020

Councilwoman Barnes working with Better Way Anaheim.
Updates on District 1 Projects

The construction project actually began last week with the spraying of the turf in preparation for its removal, and this week you will see the installation of the construction fence which will surround the work area. Since the agreement with the contractor was approved in early August by our City Council, Community Services staff have been working with the contractor on the many details and final permits for the construction to begin. However, with the Covid-19 pandemic there have been some minor delays, but essentially the contractor is on schedule. We are excited to deliver this project to the community as we completely understand the eagerness and anticipation from the neighborhood because there has been a lot of excitement for the new dog park. We anticipate the project will be complete in the late fall, by the end of the calendar year. Total costs are projected to be $828,000.
PROGRESS on 39 Commons
On August 31, the Planning Commission approved the first phase of the long-awaited 39 Commons mixed-use project at Beach Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue.
This first phase of the project will include 65 attached town homes ranging from two to four bedrooms, plus recreational space for community residents.
Developers plan to get to work by the end of the year.
New Town Homes coming to Magnolia Avenue
Progress is happening on Magnolia Avenue. New town homes are planned on the property next to Victory Baptist Church. Stay tuned for updates!
Starbucks is coming to the neighborhood!
More Good News! A Starbucks is opening at 2595 W Lincoln (the Nix Check Cashing building). We'll keep you informed of its progress.
Senior Notes
We Love our Seniors!
Our city has a plethora of resources available for our senior citizens. Activities at community centers, senior wheels, free meals, and more.... Please click here to view the City's Senior Brochure.
Anaheim Public Utilities
National Preparedness Month
As California residents we know how important it is to be prepared for an emergency. Whether it’s an earthquake, fire, or power outage we should all plan, prepare, and practice in case of a crisis.

Below are a few things you can do this #NationalPreparednessMonth to make sure your family is ready for an emergency.

• Take inventory of the items that your family relies on
• Prepare your emergency kit with flashlights, battery-operated radio or TV, a tool box, work gloves, non-perishable food and drinking water for the whole family, and a list of emergency contacts (don’t forget extra batteries!)
• Sign up for emergency update communications

Governor Newsom Signs Statewide COVID-19
Tenant and Landlord Protection Legislation
New law includes targeted protections for tenants to shield them from evictions due to COVID-19-related back rent through February 1, 2021. Extends anti-foreclosure protections in the Homeowner Bill of Rights to small landlords.
For more information go here:
Landlords may begin to recover this debt on March 1, 2021, and small claims court jurisdiction is temporarily expanded to allow landlords to recover these amounts.
Landlords who do not follow the court evictions process will face increased penalties under the Act.
Anaheim Public Library
Learning Never Ends with Anaheim Public Library
We know that learning new concepts can be a challenge without some extra help.
Whether students require homework help, need a book to read or tools for researching assigned topics, Anaheim Public Library has online resources to give students of all ages everything they need to excel – for free!
As a part of National Library Card Sign-up Month, Library staff will show you how easy it is to access homework help with Brainfuse, language learning with Pronunciator, and more.
These virtual programs will premiere on the Library’s Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube in September.
These resources are also available with your Anaheim Public Library Card.
While the Library is closed due to the coronavirus crisis, we continue to serve the community with modified services, including curbside pick-up, free WiFi, and phone assistance.
Curbside pick-up and phone assistance are available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and public WiFi is available at your neighborhood branch in the parking lot from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.
Curbside pick-up makes it easy to continue toward your literacy goals by providing a wide variety of stories, reading levels, and languages.
You can also find recommended books for grades K-6 and a tutorial on how to search for Accelerated Reader (AR) titles in our Library Catalog at
Now is the perfect time to discover a new path to learning with Anaheim Public Library!

Audrey A. Lujan
Your City Librarian
Anaheim Public Library
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Guadalupe Gomez

Library Services Manager, Guadalupe Gomez, has been working with the City of Anaheim for 13 years. She is responsible for overseeing both the Haskett Branch and the Ponderosa Joint-Use Library. Ms. Gomez is continuously in search of new ways to engage library patrons – helping them to learn and grow. She has over twenty years of experience working in public libraries. One of her greatest professional satisfactions is to witness the difference library services & programs make in the lives of those we serve. She was born and raised in California, enjoys traveling, attending festivals, and spending time with her family.  

We are certainly grateful that Guadalupe is assigned to Haskett Library!

Congratulations to Lighthouse Treatment Center!
In the September 4, 2020 issue of Newsweek, the Lighthouse Treatment Center in Anaheim was recognized as being one of the best addiction treatment centers in the United States. The rating was based upon the quality of service, their reputation, and their accreditation.

Cudos to Tamara Jimenez, Ted Bryans, Chuck Richardson, and Preet Joneja, PsyD at the Lighthouse Treatment Center!
Update on vacant Bally's property
Due to Councilwoman Barnes' persistent calls and attention to the problems at this property, the management team have finally installed chain barriers to the parking lot, and have increased patrols on this property so as to maintain safety and cleanliness at this site.

Town hall meetings will continue on hiatus until further notice.
You can reach out to us here or call our office at (714) 765-5032 if you have comments or questions.
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