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Anaheim, California

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Anaheim, California

Charter city[1]

City of Anaheim

From left to right: Anaheim City Hall, Sleeping Beauty Castle at the Disneyland Resort, Angel Stadium, Honda Center, Anaheim Convention Center

Flag Seal

Location of Anaheim

in California and Orange County

Anaheim, CaliforniaLocation in the United States


33°50′7.00″N 117°54′53.37″WCoordinates: 33°50′7.00″N 117°54′53.37″W


United States





Incorporated March 18, 1876[2]


• Mayor Tom Tait[3]

• United States representatives[7] Ed Royce (R),[4]

Mimi Walters (R),[5]and

Loretta Sanchez(D)[6]

• State senators[8] Bob Huff (R),

Janet Nguyen (R), and

John Moorlach (R)

• Assemblymembers[9] Young Kim (R),

Don Wagner (R), and

Tom Daly (D)


• Total 50.811 sq mi (131.600 km2)

• Land 49.835 sq mi (129.073 km2)

• Water 0.976 sq mi (2.527 km2) 1.92%

Elevation[11] 157 ft (48 m)

Population (April 1, 2010)[12]

• Total 336,265

• Estimate (2013)[12] 345,012

• Rank 1st in Orange County

10th in California

56th in the United States

• Density 6,600/sq mi (2,600/km2)

Time zone Pacific (UTC−8)

• Summer (DST) PDT (UTC−7)

ZIP codes[13] 92801–92809, 92812, 92814–92817, 92825, 92850, 92899

Area codes 657/714

FIPS code 06-02000

GNIS feature IDs 1652663,2409704


Anaheim (pronounced /ˈænəhaɪm/) is a city in Orange County, California, part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. As of the2010 United States Census, the city had a population of 336,265, making it the most populous city in Orange County and the 10th most populous city in California.[14] Anaheim is the second largest city in Orange County in terms of land area (after Irvine) and is known for its theme parks, sports teams, and convention center.

Anaheim was founded by fifty German families in 1857 and incorporated as the second city in Los Angeles County on March 18, 1876.[2] The city developed into an industrial center, producing electronics, aircraft parts and canned fruit. It is the site of theDisneyland Resort, a world-famous grouping of theme parks and hotels which opened in 1955, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Honda Center and the Anaheim Convention Center.

Anaheim's city limits extend from Cypress in the west to the Riverside County line in the east and encompass a diverse collection of neighborhoods and communities. Anaheim Hills is a master-planned community located in the city's eastern stretches that is home to many sports stars and executives. Downtown Anaheim has three mixed-use historic districts, the largest of which is the Anaheim Colony. The Anaheim Resort, a commercial district, includes Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and numerous hotels and retail complexes. The Platinum Triangle, a neo-urban redevelopment district surrounding Angel Stadium, is planned to be populated with mixed-use streets and high-rises. Finally, Anaheim Canyon is an industrial district north of SR 91 and east ofSR 57.

Contents [hide]


1.1July 2012 protests



2.2Communities and neighborhoods






4.1Top employers



6Sports teams

6.1Current teams

6.2Defunct teams

6.3Court battle against the Angels


7.1City government

7.2Federal, state and county representation


8.1Emergency services

8.2Anaheim Public Utilities




10.2Higher education



12Notable people

13Sister cities

14See also


16External links


See also: Timeline of Anaheim, California

Anaheim in 1879

Anaheim's name is a blend of "Ana", after the nearby Santa Ana River, and "heim", a commonGerman language place name compound originally meaning "home".[15]

The city of Anaheim was founded in 1857 by 50 German-Americans who were residents of San Francisco[16] and whose families had originated in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Franconia in Bavaria.[citation needed] After traveling through the state looking for a suitable area to grow grapes, the group decided to purchase a 1,165 acres (4.71 km2) parcel from Juan Pacifico Ontiveros' large Rancho San Juan Cajon de Santa Ana in present day Orange County for $2 per acre.[16]

For $750 a share, the group formed the Anaheim Vineyard Company.[16] Their new community was named Annaheim, meaning "home by the Santa Anna River" in German.[16] The name later was altered to Anaheim. To the Spanish-speaking neighbors, the settlement was known as Campo Alemán (English: German Field).

Anaheim in 1890

Although grape and wine-making was their primary objective, the majority of the 50 settlers were mechanics, carpenters and craftsmen with no experience in wine-making.[16] The community set aside 40 acres for a town center and a school was the first building erected there.[16] The first home was built in 1857, the Anaheim Gazette newspaper was established in 1870 and a hotel in 1871. For 25 years, the area was the largest wine producer in California.[16] However, in 1884, a disease infected the grape vines and by the following year the entire industry was destroyed. Other crops – walnuts, lemons and oranges – soon filled the void. Fruits and vegetables had become viable cash crops when the Los Angeles – Orange County region was connected to the continental railroad network in 1887.

Anaheim High School, c.1900

The famous Polish actress Helena Modjeska settled in Anaheim with her husband and various friends, among them Henryk Sienkiewicz, Julian Sypniewski and Łucjan Paprocki. While living in Anaheim, Helena Modjeska became good friends with Clementine Langenberger, the second wife of August Langenberger.[17] Helena Street[18] and Clementine Street[18] are named after these two ladies, and the streets are located adjacent to each other as a symbol of the strong friendship which Helena Modjeska and Clementine Lagenberger shared. Modjeska Park[19] in West Anaheim, is also named after Helena Modjeska.

Anaheim in 1922

During the first half of the 20th century, before Disneyland opened its doors to the public, Anaheim was a massive rural community inhabited by orange groves, and the landowners who farmed them. One of the landowners was Bennett Payne Baxter, who owned much land in northeast Anaheim that today is the location of Angel Stadium,[20] He came up with many new ideas for irrigating orange groves and shared his ideas with other landowners. He was not only successful, he helped other landowners and businesspeople succeed as well. Ben Baxter and other landowners helped to make Anaheim a thriving rural community before Disneyland changed the city forever. Today, a street runs along Edison Park[20] which is named Baxter Street. Also during this time, Rudolph Boysen served as Anaheim's first Park Superintendent from 1921 to 1950. Boysen created a hybrid berry whichWalter Knott later named the boysenberry, after Rudy Boysen. Boysen Park[21] in East Anaheim was also named after him.

In 1924, Ku Klux Klan members were elected to the Anaheim City Council on a platform of political reform. Up until that point, the city had been controlled by a long-standing business and civic elite that was mostly German American. Given their tradition of moderate social drinking, the German Americans did not strongly support prohibition laws of the day. The mayor himself was a former saloon keeper. Led by the minister of the First Christian Church, the Klan represented a rising group of politically oriented non-ethnic Germans who denounced the elite as corrupt, undemocratic, and self-serving. The Klansmen aimed to create what they saw as a model, orderly community, one in which prohibition against alcohol would be strictly enforced. At the time, the KKK had about 1200 members in Orange County. The economic and occupational profile of the pro and anti-Klan groups shows the two were similar and about equally prosperous. Klan members were Protestants, as were the majority of their opponents, however the opposition to the Klan also included many Catholic Germans. Individuals who joined the Klan had earlier demonstrated a much higher rate of voting and civic activism than did their opponents, and many of the individuals in Orange County who joined the Klan did so out of a sense of civic activism. Upon easily winning the local Anaheim election in April 1924, the Klan representatives promptly fired city employees who were known to be Catholic and replaced them with Klan appointees. The new city council tried to enforce prohibition. After its victory, the Klan chapter held large rallies and initiation ceremonies over the summer.[22]

The opposition to KKK's hold on Anaheim politics organized, bribed a Klansman for their secret membership list, and exposed the Klansmen running in the state primaries; they defeated most of the candidates. Klan opponents in 1925 took back local government, and succeeded in a special election in recalling the Klansmen who had been elected in April 1924. The Klan in Anaheim quickly collapsed, its newspaper closed after losing a libel suit, and the minister who led the local Klavern moved to Kansas.[22]

Aerial view of Anaheim and Disneyland in 1965

Construction of the Disneyland theme park began on July 16, 1954, and it opened to the public on July 17, 1955. It has become one of the world's most visited tourist attractions, with over 650 million visitors since its opening. The location was formerly 160 acres (0.65 km2) of orange and walnut trees, some of which remain on the property. Hotels and motels began to spread and residential districts soon followed, with increasing property values. In 2001, Disney's California Adventure (renamed Disney California Adventure Park in 2010) the most expansive project in the theme park's history, opened to the public.[citation needed]

In 1970, the Census Bureau reported Anaheim's population as 9.3% Hispanic and 89.2% non-Hispanic white.[23] In the late 20th century, Anaheim grew rapidly in population. Today, Anaheim has a diverse ethnic and racial composition.[23]

During the large expansion of the Disneyland resort in the 1990s, the city of Anaheim recognized the Anaheim Resort area as a tourist destination. It includes the Disneyland Resort, the Anaheim Convention Center, the Honda Center, and Angel Stadium. In 2007, the city celebrated its sesquicentennial.

July 2012 protests[edit]

Main article: Anaheim police shooting and protests

In July 2012, political protests by Hispanic residents occurred following the fatal shooting of two men that were convicted felons. Protesting occurred in the area between State College and East Street, and was motivated by concerns over gang activity, domination of the city by commercial interests, and a perceived lack of political representation of Hispanic residents in the city government.[24][25][26] The protests were accompanied by looting of businesses and homes.[citation needed]


Anaheim is located at 33°50′10″N 117°53′23″W.[27] and is approximately 25 miles (40 km) south east of Downtown Los Angeles.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 50.8 square miles (132 km2). 49.8 square miles (129 km2) of it is land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) of it (1.92%) is water.

The current federal Office of Management and Budget metropolitan designation for Orange County is "Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA".


The city recognizes several districts, including the Anaheim Resort (the area surrounding Disneyland), Anaheim Canyon (an industrial area north of the Riverside Freeway and east of the Orange Freeway), and the Platinum Triangle (the area surrounding Angel Stadium). Anaheim Hills also maintains a distinct identity.

Panorama of part of East Anaheim in the Santa Ana Canyon

Communities and neighborhoods[edit]

The Anaheim Convention Center

Downtown Anaheim is located in the heart of the Colony Historic District. Downtown is the administrative heart of the city where you find City Hall, Anaheim West Tower, Anaheim Police Headquarters, the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce and the Main Library. Anaheim Ice (formerly Disney Ice), the Downtown Anaheim Farmer's Market, a food hall in a historic 1919 Sunkist packing house, and the Center Street Promenade are also located in Downtown Anaheim. In the Fall of 2007, The Muzeo,[28] the newest major museum in Orange County, opened its doors for the first time and is located next to Anaheim West Tower. Pearson Park[29] is also located in Downtown Anaheim, and is named after Charles Pearson,[18] who was Mayor of Anaheim during the time Walt Disney opened Disneyland in Anaheim. One of the major attractions located in Pearson Park is the Pearson Park Amphitheater.[30] In the Colony Historic District just west of Downtown Anaheim is the Mother Colony House,[31] which was built by George Hanson and was the first house built in Anaheim,[32] the Founder of Anaheim. Today, it is Anaheim's and Orange County's oldest museum still open to the public. The Stoffel House[33] is a Victorian Mansion located next door to the Mother Colony House. Originally the Victorian Home was occupied by the Stoffel Family,[34] early pioneer residents of Anaheim. The home served as headquarters for the local Red Cross until the early 1990s. In 2010–2011, the Woelke-Stoeffel house became refurnished and is now part of the Founder's Park complex. Founder's Park includes the Mother Colony house and a carriage house, which serves as a museum of Anaheim's agricultural history. These three buildings are open every first Saturday from 9 to 12 pm.


Like many other South Coast cities, Anaheim maintains a Mediterranean climate, enjoying warm winters and hot summers.[35]

[hide]Climate data for Anaheim, California (1981–2010 normals)


Record high °F (°C) 95

(35) 94

(34) 97

(36) 106

(41) 106

(41) 104

(40) 107

(42) 102

(39) 108

(42) 107

(42) 99

(37) 89

(32) 108


Average high °F (°C) 69.7

(20.9) 69.9

(21.1) 72.2

(22.3) 74.6

(23.7) 77.1

(25.1) 80.2

(26.8) 85.2

(29.6) 86.9

(30.5) 85.8

(29.9) 81.3

(27.4) 73.0

(22.8) 70.2

(21.2) 77.18


Average low °F (°C) 47.3

(8.5) 48.4

(9.1) 50.4

(10.2) 52.9

(11.6) 57.3

(14.1) 60.6

(15.9) 64.0

(17.8) 64.4

(18) 62.2

(16.8) 57.8

(14.3) 50.2

(10.1) 47.4

(8.6) 55.24


Record low °F (°C) 30

(−1) 30

(−1) 37

(3) 38

(3) 45

(7) 50

(10) 54

(12) 53

(12) 51

(11) 45

(7) 33

(1) 32

(0) 30


Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.39

(86.1) 3.34

(84.8) 2.07

(52.6) 0.82

(20.8) 0.35

(8.9) 0.16

(4.1) 0.03

(0.8) 0.00

(0) 0.09

(2.3) 0.66

(16.8) 1.09

(27.7) 2.26

(57.4) 14.26


Source: [36]


Historical population


1870 881 —

1880 833 −5.4%

1890 1,273 52.8%

1900 1,456 14.4%

1910 2,628 80.5%

1920 5,526 110.3%

1930 10,995 99.0%

1940 11,031 0.3%

1950 14,556 32.0%

1960 104,184 615.7%

1970 166,408 59.7%

1980 219,494 31.9%

1990 266,406 21.4%

2000 328,014 23.1%

2010 336,265 2.5%

Est. 2014 346,997 [37] 3.2%

U.S. Decennial Census[38]


The 2010 United States Census[39] reported that Anaheim had a population of 336,265. The population density was 6,618.0 people per square mile (2,555.2/km²). The racial makeup of Anaheim was 177,237 (52.7%) White (27.5% non-Hispanic White alone), 9,347 (2.8%) African American, 2,648 (0.8%) Native American, 49,857 (14.8%) Asian (4.4% Vietnamese, 3.6% Filipino, 2.0% Korean, 1.4% Chinese, 1.3% Indian), 1,607 (0.5%) Pacific Islander, 80,705 (24.0%) from other races, and 14,864 (4.4%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 177,467 persons (52.8%); 46.0% of Anaheim's population was of Mexican descent, 1.2% Salvadoran, and 1.0% Guatemalan; the remainder of the Hispanic population came from smaller ancestral groups.[40]

The census reported that 332,708 people (98.9% of the population) lived in households, 2,020 (0.6%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 1,537 (0.5%) were institutionalized.

There were 98,294 households, out of which 44,045 (44.8%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 52,518 (53.4%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 14,553 (14.8%) had a female householder with no husband present, 7,223 (7.3%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 6,173 (6.3%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 733 (0.7%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 17,448 households (17.8%) were made up of individuals and 6,396 (6.5%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.38. There were 74,294 families (75.6% of all households); the average family size was 3.79.

The age distribution of the population was as follows: 91,917 people (27.3%) under the age of 18, 36,506 people (10.9%) aged 18 to 24, 101,110 people (30.1%) aged 25 to 44, 75,510 people (22.5%) aged 45 to 64, and 31,222 people (9.3%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32.4 years. For every 100 females there were 99.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.1 males.

There were 104,237 housing units at an average density of 2,051.5 per square mile (792.1/km²), of which 47,677 (48.5%) were owner-occupied, and 50,617 (51.5%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.7%; the rental vacancy rate was 7.2%. 160,843 people (47.8% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 171,865 people (51.1%) lived in rental housing units.

According to the 2010 United States Census, Anaheim had a median household income of $59,627, with 15.6% of the population living below the federal poverty line.[41]


As of the census[42] of 2000, there were 328,014 people, 96,969 households, and 73,502 families residing in the city. The population density was 6,842.7 inhabitants per square mile (2,587.8/km²). There were 99,719 housing units at an average density of 2,037.5 per square mile (786.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 55% White, 3% Black or African American, 0.9% Native American, 12% Asian, 0.4% Pacific Islander, 24% from other races, and 5% from two or more races. 46% of the population were Hispanic or Latino.

Of Anaheim's 96,969 households, 43.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.2% were non-families. 18.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.34 and the average family size was 3.75.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.2% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 33.5% from 25 to 44, 17.7% from 45 to 64, and 8.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 100.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.1 males.

The median income household income was $47,122, and the median family income was $49,969. Males had a median income of $33,870 versus $28,837 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,266. About 10.4% of families and 14.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.9% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.


Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland during the park's 50th anniversary celebration

Anaheim's income is based on a tourism economy. In addition to The Walt Disney Company being the city's largest employer, theDisneyland Resort itself contributes about $4.7 billion annually to Southern California's economy. It also produces $255 million in taxes every year.[43] Another source of tourism is the Anaheim Convention Center, which is home to many important national conferences. Many hotels, especially in the city's Resort district, serve theme park tourists and conventiongoers.

The Anaheim Canyon business park makes up 63% of Anaheim's industrial space and is the largest industrial district in Orange County. Anaheim Canyon is also home to the second largest business park in Orange County.[44][45] Anaheim Canyon houses 2,600 businesses, which employ over 55,000 workers.[citation needed]

Several notable companies have corporate offices and/or headquarters within Anaheim.

Anaheim Memorial Medical Center


Banco Popular, a bank based in Puerto Rico, has a North American headquarters in Anaheim.

Bridgford Foods, develops, produces, sells and distributor of food products

CKE Restaurants, the parent company of the Carl's Jr., Hardee's, Green Burrito, and Red Burrito restaurant chains

Extron Electronics, designs, manufactures, and services A/V electronics worldwide

Fisker Automotive[46]

Fujitsu, computer

Ganahl Lumber, oldest lumberyard in California

General Dynamics

Hewlett Packard[47]

Isuzu[48] North American headquarters

Kaiser Foundation

L-3 Communications

Living Stream Ministry

Northgate González Markets Family Owned Hispanic Grocery Chain[49]

Pacific Sunwear


Pendarvis Manufacturing[51]


Sunny Delight[52]

Taormina Industries

Targus, a computer peripheral manufacturer

Tenet Healthcare

Toyota Financial Services

Universal Alloy

YKK Corporation,[53] world's largest zipper manufacturing firm


Zyxel, maker of routers, switches and other networking products

Top employers[edit]

According to the City's 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[54] the top employers in the city are:

#Employer# of Employees

1 Disneyland Resort 22,200

2 Kaiser Permanente 5,400

3 Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Medical Center 3,700

4 Northgate González Markets 1,900

5 Anaheim Regional Medical Center 1,200

6 AT&T 1,000

7 Hilton Anaheim 967

8 L-3 Communications 950

9 Time Warner Cable 800

10 West Anaheim Medical Center 796


Larger retail centers include the power centers Anaheim Plaza in western Anaheim (347,000 ft2),[55] and Anaheim Town Square in East Anaheim (374,000 ft2),[56] as well as the Anaheim GardenWalk lifestyle center (440,000 ft2 of retail, dining and entertainment located in the Anaheim Resort).


Adventure City

Anaheim GardenWalk

Anaheim Convention Center, Largest convention center on West Coast

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Battle of the Dance dinner theater (closed in 2012)

Disneyland Resort


Disney California Adventure Park

Downtown Disney


House of Blues

The Grove of Anaheim, formerly the Sun Theater, formerly Tinseltown Studios

Honda Center, formerly the "Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim"

Anaheim Ice, Public rink for 6,000+ skaters per week

American Sports Centers, Home of U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team

Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center

Anaheim Hills Golf Course

Dad Miller Golf Course

Oak Canyon Nature Center

MUZEO, Art Museum located in Downtown Anaheim

Anaheim/OC Walk of Stars[57]

Sports teams[edit]

Street banners promoting theAnaheim Ducks and Angels.

Current teams[edit]

NHL team: Anaheim Ducks – 2007 Stanley Cup Champions

MLB team: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 2002 World Series Champions under the name Anaheim Angels

AFL team: Los Angeles Kiss

Defunct teams[edit]

NLL team: Anaheim Storm (Folded after 2004–2005 season because of low attendance)

NFL team: Los Angeles Rams played in Anaheim from 1980 through 1994 before moving to their current home of St. Louis.

World Football League team: The Southern California Sun played at Anaheim Stadium from 1974–1975.

Arena Football League team: Anaheim Piranhas played at the Arrowhead Pond from 1994 to 1997.

Roller Hockey International team: Anaheim Bullfrogs played in the RHI from 1993 to 1997 and 1999, winning the Murphy Cup Championship twice.

American Basketball Association team: Anaheim Amigos played at the Anaheim Convention Center during the 1967–68 Season, then moved to Los Angeles.

ABA2000 team: Southern California Surf played at the Anaheim Convention Center from 2001–2002.

NBADL team: Anaheim Arsenal played at the Anaheim Convention Center from 2006–2009. The team moved to Springfield, Massachusetts and was renamed for the 2009–2010 season.

World Team Tennis: The Anaheim Oranges[58] played in 1978.

Continental Indoor Soccer League Team: The Anaheim Splash, played from 1994 to 1997.

California Surf of the now defunct North American Soccer League played from 1978 to 1981.

Court battle against the Angels[edit]

Main article: City of Anaheim v. Angels Baseball LP

Angel Stadium of Anaheim in 2003.

On January 3, 2005, Angels Baseball LP, the ownership group for the Anaheim Angels, announced that it would change the name of the club to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Arturo Moreno believed Team spokesmen pointed out that from its inception, the Angels had been granted territorial rights by Major League Baseball to the counties of Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside, and San Bernardino in addition to Orange County. The new owner knew the name would help him market the team to the entire Southern California region rather than just Orange County. The "of Anaheim" was included in the official name to comply with a provision of the team's lease at Angel Stadium which requires that "Anaheim" be included in the team's name.

Mayor Curt Pringle and other city officials countered that the name change violated the spirit of the lease clause, even if it were in technical compliance. They argued that a name change was a major bargaining chip in negotiations between the city and Disney Baseball Enterprises, Inc., then the ownership group for the Angels. They further argued that the city would never have agreed to the new lease without the name change, because the new lease required that the city partially fund the stadium's renovation but provided very little revenue for the city. Anaheim sued Angels Baseball LP in Orange County Superior Court, and a jury trial was completed in early February 2006, resulting in a victory for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim franchise.

Anaheim appealed the court decision with the California Court of Appeal in May 2006. The case was tied up in the Appeals Court for over two years. In December 2008, the Appeals Court upheld the February 2006 Decision and ruled in favor of The Angels Organization. In January 2009, the Anaheim City Council voted not to appeal the court case any further, bringing an end to the four-year legal dispute between the City of Anaheim and the Angels Organization.


City government[edit]

Anaheim City Hall.

See also: List of mayors of Anaheim, California

Under its city charter, Anaheim operates under a council-manager government. Legislative authority is vested in a city council of fivenonpartisan members, who hire a professional city manager to oversee day-to-day operations. The mayor serves as the presiding officer of the city council in a first among equals role. Under the city's term limits, an individual may serve a maximum of two terms as a city council member and two terms as the mayor.

Up until 2014, all council seats were elected at large. Voters elected the mayor and four other members of the city council to serve four-year staggered terms. Elections for two council seats were held in years divisible by four while elections for the mayor and the two other council seats were elected during the intervening even-numbered years.

In response to protests and a California Voting Rights Act lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union and several residents, the city placed two measures on the November 2014 ballot. Measure L proposed that council members be elected by district instead of at large. Measure M proposed to increase the number of council seats from five to seven. Both measures passed.[59]

The current city council:[60]

Mayor Tom Tait (since 2010)

Mayor Pro Tem Kris Murray (since 2010)

Jordan Brandman (since 2012)

Lucille Kring (since 2012)

James James Vanderbilt

Federal, state and county representation[edit]

In the United States House of Representatives, Anaheim is split among three Congressional districts:[7]

California's 39th congressional district, represented by Republican Ed Royce,[4]

California's 45th congressional district, represented by Republican Mimi Walters,[5] and

California's 46th congressional district, represented by Democrat Loretta Sanchez.[6]

In the California State Senate, Anaheim is split among three districts:[8]

the 29th Senate District, represented by Republican Bob Huff,

the 34th Senate District, represented by Republican Janet Nguyen, and

the 37th Senate District, represented by Republican John Moorlach.

In the California State Assembly, Anaheim is split among three districts:[9]

the 65th Assembly District, represented by Republican Young Kim,

the 68th Assembly District, represented by Republican Don Wagner, and

the 69th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Tom Daly.

On the Orange County Board of Supervisors, Anaheim is divided between two districts, with Anaheim Hills lying in the 3rd District and the remainder of Anaheim lying in the 4th District:

3rd, represented by Todd Spitzer since 2013

4th, represented by Shawn Nelson since 2010


Emergency services[edit]

Anaheim Police Department'sMD500E helicopter, ANGEL

Fire protection is provided by the Anaheim Fire Department, Disneyland Resort has its own Fire Department, though it does rely on the Anaheim Fire Department for support, and for Paramedic Services. Law enforcement is provided by the Anaheim Police Department. Ambulance service is provided by Care Ambulance Service.

Anaheim Public Utilities[edit]

Anaheim Public Utilities is the only municipal owned water and electric utility in Orange County, providing residential and business customers with water and electric services. The utility is regulated and governed locally by the City Council. A Public Utilities Board, made up of Anaheim residents, advises the City Council on major utility issues.[61]

Anaheim has decided to bury power lines along major transportation corridors, converting its electricity system for aesthetic and reliability reasons.[62] To minimize the impact on customer bills, undergrounding is taking place slowly over a period of 50 years, funded by a 4% surcharge on electric bills.[63]


In 2003, Anaheim reported nine murders; given its population, this rate was one-third of the national average. Reported rapes the city are relatively uncommon as well, but have been increasing, along with the national average. Robbery (410 reported incidents) and aggravated assault (824 incidents) rank among the most frequent violent crimes in the city, though robbery rates are half of the national average, and aggravated assaults are 68% of the average. 1,971 burglaries were reported, as well as 6,708 thefts, 1,767 car thefts, and 654 car accidents. All three types of crime were below average. There were 43 cases of arson reported in 2003, 43% of the national average.[64]



Anaheim is served by seven public school districts:[65]

Anaheim City School District

Anaheim Union High School District

Centralia School District

Magnolia School District

Orange Unified School District

Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District

Savanna School District

Anaheim is home to 84 public schools,[57] of which 46 serve elementary students, nine are junior high schools, fourteen are high schools and six offer alternative education.

Private schools in the city include Acaciawood Preparatory Academy, Cornelia Connelly High School, Fairmont Preparatory Academy and Servite High School.

Higher education[edit]

Anaheim has three private universities: Anaheim University and Southern California Institute of Technology (SCIT), and Bristol University (BU) with its sport teams Bristol Bears.

North Orange County Community College District serves the community.


Anaheim has eight public library branches.


In the western portion of the city (not including Anaheim Hills), the major surface streets run east to west, starting with the northernmost, Orangethorpe Avenue, La Palma Avenue, Lincoln Avenue, Ball Road and Katella Avenue. The major surface streets running north-south, starting with the westernmost, are Knott Avenue, Beach Boulevard (SR 39), Magnolia Avenue, Brookhurst Street, Euclid Street, Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim Boulevard and State College Boulevard.

The Santa Ana Freeway (I-5), the Orange Freeway (SR 57) and the Riverside Freeway (SR 91) all pass through Anaheim. The Costa Mesa Freeway (SR 55), and the Eastern Transportation Corridor (SR 241) also have short stretches within the city limits.

Anaheim is served by two major railroads, the Union Pacific Railroad and the BNSF Railway. In addition, the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC), a major regional train station near Honda Center and Angel Stadium, serves both Amtrak and Metrolink rail lines, and the Anaheim Canyon Metrolink station serves Metrolink'sIEOC Line. ARTIC connects bus, rail including the proposed California High-Speed Rail Network and the proposed Anaheim Fixed-Guideway Transit Corridor.[66][67]

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) provides bus service for Anaheim with local and county-wide routes, and both the OCTA and the Los Angeles County Metrooffer routes connecting Anaheim to Los Angeles County. Also, the not-for-profit Anaheim Resort Transit (ART) provides local shuttle service in the Disneyland Resort area serving local hotels and both the California Adventure and Disneyland theme parks, and Disney GOALS, operates daily free bus service for low-income youth in the central Anaheim area.

Anaheim is equidistant from both John Wayne Airport and Long Beach Airport (15 miles), but is also accessible from nearby Los Angeles International (30 miles), and Ontario (35 miles) airports.[57]

Notable people[edit]

Main article: List of people from Anaheim, California

Sister cities[edit]

Mito, Japan

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

See also[edit]

Greater Los Angeles portal

California portal

Anaheim Island, California

History of California

List of cities and towns in California

List of museums in Orange County, California