Council Member Denise Barnes
District 1 News
Oct. 21, 2020
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Update: District 1 Projects
A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for
Nov. 5 at 10 a.m.

Grading for the Maxwell Dog Park continues with excavatation of basins that to capture rain water to replenish our groundwater system. The soil removed to create the basins is being reused to form small mounds throughout the site to add character to the terrain. This work will be followed by trenching for utilities and irrigation. Also this week, the city's contractor plans to install a pedestrian walkway and curb ramp accessible for everyone, including those with disabilities..
The project's cost is $828,000 well spent for the residents of west Anaheim.

The developer is finalizing plans for the retail portion to submit to the Planning Department. The developer is awaiting related state and county approvals so that the city can issue a grading permit and close escrow in November. As soon as we have more news, we will let you know.

Here's the latest news: The car wash and Mexican restaurant on the southeast corner of Beach Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue have been demolished. The developer is actively working with the Anaheim Housing Authority to develop new housing on the site. The city is still working to relocate around 25 people who are currently living at the Americana Motel next door, which also will see redevelopment.
Annual Anaheim Fall Festival and Parade
Pop the Popcorn! The Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade has a brand new variety show for you all that's live every Friday night at 7 p.m.! Starring the Colony’s Sean Oliu & the Coastline Cowboys, Amber Foxx (also known as The Rocket Witch), a new video by Pumpkin Man, the return of Tiny & Mary, the world famous Bob Baker Marionettes, festival favorite Buster Balloon and debuting Mike Mulligan, Coppertop Ink and Center Street's very own Strong Water.
Don't miss it live, 7 p.m. @
You can also view the past shows on YouTube.
On Oct. 24, the Anaheim Fall Festival and Parade returns with a bit of a twist for our current times.

The Fall Festival Committee has worked hard to come up with a creative and fun way for the community to enjoy the 2020 Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade this year. They've created a monthlong virtual festival that started Oct. 1 and continues all month long. Please be sure to join in at You'll find contests to join, crafts to share with kids, charming entertainment, a wide array of artists and memories from throughout the years. 

These traditions truly reflect the people who celebrate them and everyone is invited to share their stories as well by email at
You'll also find parade details on the website. Yes, you heard that right, there will be a real, live, physical celebration of the 96th annual Anaheim Halloween Parade, modified in form but precisely on the date you'd expect, Saturday, Oct. 24. Please plan on joining us in downtown Anaheim in your vehicle at the drive-thru parade. Check out the "parade" link online while you're enjoying the festival.
Help for Anaheim Restaurants
As part of our ongoing efforts to assist the community during the pandemic, the city has launched the Take It Outdoors: Restaurant Relief Grant program to provide financial assistance to Anaheim restaurants to offset some costs of expanding outdoors under state and county health orders that have limited indoor dining. The program is available to restaurants citywide that have or are looking to expand dining outdoors. 
The grant, up to $2,000, can be used to cover costs of purchased or rental agreements for outdoor equipment, including tables, decor and barricades. This includes reimbursements for equipment that have been purchased since March 16, 2020. 
Restaurants can submit an application by visiting this site.

Applicants will need to submit a copy of their city business license, W-9 Form, proof of expenses. The application period for the grant will be continuous and we will be working to promote the program to businesses. 
Anaheim Public Utilities
Anaheim Public Utilities is devoted to delivering high quality, affordable service to our customers. We understand that our customers may occasionally experience financial difficulty. We offer a variety of programs and services that help make bill payment easier. Call us at (714) 765-3300 or
Please click here for more information to find out how we can help you.
Anaheim Public Library

Starting on Friday, Oct. 30, through Monday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 3: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

To learn more about voting in Anaheim, click here.
Anaheim Public Library is creating a safe and welcoming space for you!

Anaheim Central Library reopens on Monday, Oct. 26, followed by the Canyon Hills Branch and Haskett Branch Libraries in early November. Reopening dates for other locations have not yet been scheduled.
We are currently preparing a plan for reopening that is safe for Anaheim residents and staff. The Library’s service and reopening plan is based on recommendations and updates in line with local and state health experts' guidance. For more information please check here.

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