May 2023

Andy's Updates, brought to you by our city mascot Andy Anaheim, shares news about Anaheim each month.

In this month's issue:

  • Celebrate Cinco de Mayo!
  • Join us as we seek our next police chief
  • Power up with renewable energy
  • Join us for the 2023 Anaheim State of the City Address

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Carnival rides, games, prizes, entertainment and family fun return to Anaheim’s La Palma Park for our annual celebration of Cinco de Mayo

The fun is set for May 4-7 at La Palma Park in north Anaheim off Harbor Boulevard near the Riverside (91) Freeway.

Thousands are expected for the annual event, one of our city’s largest and most fun gatherings all year.

The four-day fiesta is a celebration of Anaheim’s rich Mexican American culture, with authentic food and bands for everyone to enjoy.

Along with great music and food, there’s a soccer tournament, break-dancing competition and carnival rides.

Entry is free. Rides, games and food are available for purchase

For rides, you can buy an unlimited wristband for $40 per day or 24 coupons for $20. Single coupons are $1.

Expect some changes this year for everyone’s safety and peace of mind.

This year’s event will see walk-through metal detectors, metal wands and bag checks at entrances, all to ensure a fun, safe event.

We’ll work to get everyone in and enjoying the fun as quickly as possible. But you may encounter some waits at busy times of the day.

Free parking is available next to and around La Palma Park.

Most parking is just north of the park with a lot at La Palma Parkway and Swan Street.

Additional parking is available at a lot just to the north at West Carl Karcher Way at Swan Street near the UEI College building. 

Please do not park at Carl’s Jr. or other businesses operating during the fiesta.

There’s also some parking at Horace Mann Elementary at 600 W. La Palma Ave., just west of Harbor Boulevard.

For more about the event, check out


Carnival rides                 5-10 p.m. 


Carnival rides                 5–10 p.m.

Break dance contest      5–9 p.m.

Food truck Friday           5–9 p.m.


Carnival rides                 noon–10 p.m.

Live music                      noon–7 p.m.

Food, vendor booths      noon–8 p.m.

Soccer tournament         noon  

SUNDAY, MAY 7        

Carnival rides                 noon–10 p.m.

Live music                      noon–7 p.m. 

Food, vendor booths      noon–8 p.m.

Soccer tournament         noon

Anaheim is seeking the city's next police chief.

We are underway on recruiting for our next chief, looking across our nation, region and internally.

We want to hear from you! Tell us what you want our next police chief to prioritize while serving Anaheim residents, businesses and visitors.

Join us at our upcoming community meetings:


Brookhurst Community Center

2271 Crescent Ave.

4-5:30 p.m.


East Anaheim Community Center

8201 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road

6-7:30 p.m.


Downtown Anaheim Community Center

250 E. Center St.

4-6:30 p.m.

You can also share thoughts and comments at

The recruitment follows the retirement of Chief Jorge Cisneros, who continues to lead the Anaheim Police Department as interim chief during the recruitment and transition.

Chief Cisneros has led the Anaheim Police Department since 2018.

Our next chief will be the 37th in the 153-year history of the Anaheim Police Department.

The next chief will lead Orange County’s largest city police department and oversee nearly 600 employees, including more than 400 sworn officers and other police personnel.

Anaheim's police chief plays a leading role in connecting the department to the community by working with the Chief's Advisory Board, Chief's Neighborhood Advisory Council and the Chief's Youth Advisory Council on issues of public safety and quality of life in Anaheim.

Power up with renewable energy

Here in Anaheim, we encourage and support sustainable efforts as much as possible and offer a variety of resources for residents and businesses.

Through the end of the month, residents and businesses can sign up for Anaheim Public Utilities Green Power program.

The Green Power program gives customers the option of supporting more renewable energy to power their home or business. Anaheim already meets state mandates for renewable energy use, but you can opt for more.

Renewable energy is most commonly generated by our natural resources sun and wind and are naturally replenished.

Anaheim customers participating in the Green Power program can choose to use 60 or 100 percent renewable energy and pay slightly more for the cleaner energy. 

So just how much?

A typical residential customer uses 500 kilowatt-hours/month, resulting in an average bill of $94.60 monthly.

If using 60 percent green power, the typical residential customer pays an additional $1.69 per month.

If using 100 percent green power, the typical residential customer pays an additional $5.26 per month.

How do I enroll?

Head to and select either 60 or 100 percent green power. If your monthly kilowatt-hour usage is more or less than 500, you can also calculate your monthly cost for the program.

The enrollment window closes May 31 so sign up today!

Questions? Call Anaheim Public Utilities at (714) 765-4250.

Join us for State of the City

Anaheim Mayor Ashleigh Aitken will deliver her first State of the City Address May 23 at the City National Grove of Anaheim.

A longstanding tradition in Anaheim, the State of the City Address is an opportunity for Anaheim’s mayor to bring together the community, local nonprofits and businesses to hear an update on our city.

Mayor Aitken’s address will showcase Anaheim’s focus on our neighborhoods, celebrate the city's rebounding economy following the pandemic and the great things to come for our city.

Businesses, nonprofits and anyone interested in attending can buy a ticket or sponsor a table.

Involving the community is also an important focus of the event this year. Anaheim volunteers, community leaders and students are encouraged to enter the opportunity drawing to receive a complimentary ticket to the event.

Event proceeds will directly benefit our community through the Anaheim Community Foundation.

To buy a table or ticket and to enter the drawing, visit

Can’t attend in person? The event will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel

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