Strong attendance by residents in Districts 1, 2, and 3

The series of district town halls organized by Anaheim First as part of the Anaheim Community Assessment have reached the half-way mark, and have struck a strong, positive chord among residents judging by the strong turnout. Momentum is building with each meeting: 100 residents attended the District 1 town hall, followed by 120 and 130 residents at the District 2 and District 3 town halls, respectively.

Jointly funded by Anaheim First and the City of Anaheim, the Anaheim Community Assessment will help prioritize spending under the 2030 Neighborhood Investment Program – which will invest $250 million into Anaheim neighborhoods over the next 10 years.

The second round of weekly town halls continue through October 2, 2019.

The town halls include a workshop where residents meet in groups to dialogue about the types of improvements and prioritization of new city investments they most want to see in their neighborhoods. They are facilitated by consulting firms PlaceWorks and Arellano Associates.

“I am elated at how many residents have come out to engage with their neighbors on how to concretely improve our neighborhoods, said Anaheim First’s District 2 Chair Gloria Ma’ae. “As word spreads about our town halls, excitement and participation by residents continues to grow.”

“It was wonderful to see so many District 3 residents come out and spend the evening with their fellow residents, talking ab out the needs in their neighborhoods and where investments are most needed,” said District Chair Keith Olesen. “It goes to show that when you truly welcome meaningful input from Anaheim residents, they will respond with valuable ideas and solutions.”

There are three town halls remaining this year in Districts 3-6. The calendar and locations are posted below:

District 4 Town Hall
Wednesday, September 18 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Ponderosa Family Resource Center
320 E. Orangewood Ave, Anaheim 92802

District 5 Town Hall
Wednesday, September 25 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Calvary Baptist Church
2780 E. Wagner Ave, Anaheim 92806

District 6 Town Hall
Wednesday, October 2 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
East Anaheim Community Center
8201 E. Santa Ana Canyon Rd, Anaheim 92808

Those who can’t attend a town hall may participate by taking our survey by visiting The survey includes interactive mapping, forums and an idea wall with the opportunity to rank city services, programs, and infrastructure within your respective district. The platform allows for qualitative and informative input from residents to influence neighborhood investments.

September 16, 2019
Contact: Xochitl Medrano
Director of Community Engagement
(562) 656-9059

Anaheim First is a 501(c)(3) grass-roots community organization whose mission is generating resident-driven solutions that positively transform our neighborhoods — led by neighbors in partnership with city officials, business, and community leaders.