Designate Little Arabia Sign-On Letter
The Honorable Harry Sidhu, Mayor
Anaheim City Council
200 South Anaheim Boulevard
Anaheim, CA 92805
The Honorable Jose Diaz
The Honorable Jordan Brandman
The Honorable Jose Moreno
The Honorable Avelino Valencia
The Honorable Steve Faessel
The Honorable Trevor O’Neil
Dear Mayor Sidhu, Councilman Diaz, Councilman Brandman, Councilman Moreno, Councilman Valencia, Councilman Faessel, and Councilman O’Neil:
On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we write to thank you as leaders of the City of Anaheim for your work to provide support for all Anaheim residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. We urge you to adopt a resolution designating the Little Arabia District to support our local businesses and bring more tourism into this vibrant cultural destination.
Every week, thousands of visitors shop, dine, worship, and celebrate within the vibrant ethnic community of Little Arabia, located in the area of Brookhurst Street between Interstate 5 and Katella Avenue. The Arab-American community has contributed to the economy and culture of Anaheim by opening restaurants, mosques, churches, clothing stores, hair salons, and other destinations for those wishing to experience Middle Eastern culture. Officially designating Little Arabia would bring even more commerce into the city.
In 2019, Senator Ling Ling Chang introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 71, which provides that “the Legislature hereby, upon local designation by the City of Anaheim or the County of Orange, designates Exit 113, the Brookhurst Street; La Palma Avenue north and south exits on Interstate 5, as the defined route for reaching the landmark ‘Little Arabia.’” The resolution further provides that the Department of Transportation would erect cultural landmark signs showing the designation upon receiving private donations to cover the cost. Together, the local community, city, and state can “encourage the continued attraction of customers and tourists to this important component of cultural diversity in the City of Anaheim.” (Sen. Con. Res. No 71 (2019-2020 Reg. Sess.)
Now more than ever, it is vital to support our local business community. Businesses in Anaheim have felt the impacts of the covid-19 pandemic and government-ordered shutdowns. Promoting this economic district will aid in Anaheim’s economic recovery.
Thank you for serving Anaheim and for your attention to this important matter.
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