Councilman Steve Faessel's Major Accomplishments
In this past year, after the COVID-19 crisis hit my community, I worked hard to protect my neighbors from the health, economic, and personal harm that this virus has inflicted.
I worked with local nonprofits and churches to set up food distributions to help those who struggled to feed their families when they lost their jobs.
I provided essential supplies, such as masks, distilled water, hand sanitizers, paper goods to seniors and others most vulnerable to the virus.
I partnered with my Council colleagues to provide $5 million in rental assistance to Anaheim residents that lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic so they could continue paying their rent and not be evicted from their homes.
I also helped provide almost $5 million in business assistance programs so Anaheim small businesses could stay open and survive the COVID-19 shut down orders.
Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, I was already working hard for my community.
I made addressing homelessness my top priority. Immediately upon taking office, I joined the fight to clear the Santa Ana River Trail of the massive homeless encampments. My next priority was to reduce the number of encampments in our parks. My colleagues and I created a compassionate program to assist the homeless who were willing to accept services, that included the opening of 3 new shelters. While there is still a lot of work to do, I continue to help those most vulnerable get into programs where they can turn their lives around as well as cooperating with law enforcement to protect the quality of life for District 5 residents.
I collaborated with the Anaheim Police Department to focus on community policing, and improved Fire and Paramedic response times by supporting a new Fire Station in my District.
I teamed up with my Council colleagues to establish the “Anaheim Senior Safety Net Program” to help qualified Anaheim Seniors facing hardships meet their housing costs.
I worked hard to keep the Angels and the Ducks where they belong, right here in Anaheim’s 5th District. They are now committed to staying and building spectacular new community parks and increasing open space. Additional benefits will be a grocery store, attainable housing, and places to dine and shop for all District 5 residents. The Angels agreed to use local labor to transform the Stadium land. When they are completed, both The Honda Center’s OC Vibe & the Angel Stadium development will become the most walkable, livable, and exciting communities in Orange County.
Councilman Steve Faessel's Top Three Goals for the Next Four Years
- Protect residents, businesses, and the tourism industry from the impacts of COVID-19 crisis.
- Attract new businesses and jobs by encouraging the expansion of existing manufacturing, resort, and service industries.
- Reduce crime and expand Emergency, Fire and Paramedic Services to continue to keep residents safe while continuing to provide services to Anaheim’s most vulnerable populations.