Anaheim Bulletin (Newspaper) - December 24, 1992, Anaheim, California
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NORTH COUNTY NEWS
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NEWS FOCUSGeography, demographics divide cityResidents of 'Hills, flatlands' look at how they come together as city
Editor's note: Talk of Anaheim Hills seceding from Anaheim periodically surfaces when Hills residents believe their concerns aren't being addressed. This is the first in a series of stories examining the relationship between the Hills and the city proper and what's involved in forming a new city.
By David Heitz
North County News
It's a cozy community — afflu: ent, aesthetically appealing and usually pretty quiet.
It has its own "miss." Its own Citizen of the Year Award. Its own newspaper. Its own name. An identity problem.
This is Anaheim Hills, 92808. Population: 37,663. It has its own ZIP codes and its own telephone prefixes, but it doesn't have its own government.
A few miles west, in an area known as "the flatlands" to the people who live in "the hills," sits a sprawling community of more than 228,000. It's called Anaheim, plain and simple.
Nationally, it's known as the home of Disneyland and professional sports — an ideal place for a convention.
Locally, it's known for having big city problems — graffiti, gangs and drugs.
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For the latter reasons, some residents enjoy the distinction offered by living in the Hills. If you ask residents there where they live, most will say, "Anaheim Hills."
But there is no Anaheim Hills. Not officially, anyway. The name was coined by developers who wanted to sell houses there. The pristine hills are governed by the same fiery council that rules the unassuming flatlands.
Some people in the Hills are saying that the city hasn't been
Please see CITY/6Frustrations lead some in 'Hills' to contemplate cityhood in future
By Vesta Riggs
North County News
When Anaheim Hills residents get frustrated with City Council decisions, they often start talking about forming the city of Anaheim Hills.
After council members voted last week to oust two planning commissioners and a redevelopment commissioner, the Hills are alive again with talk of cityhood.
Angry at the decision to remove Bob Zemel, Steve Bristol and Steve White from their city posts, Councilman Fred Hunter
told reporters after the Dec. 15 meeting that a large number of Hills residents were planning a movement to secede from Anaheim.
Other community leaders acknowledge the possibility but say there is "no formal movement yet" and they are vague about who is behind the movement. Hunter was not specific about who was behind the movement and did not return phone calls.
Pat Pepper, Anaheim Hills Citizens Coalition chairman,
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Trying to regain place in society
Jack Hancock/North County News
Karen Hoffman, a homeless woman who has found shelter at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, shops for a job at local mall. St. Paul's is a member of a church network that is assisting the homeless.Woman fights her way out of homelessness
By Michelle Marson
North County News
It took a phone call, a personal interview, a completed application and another interview with a social services director for Karen Hoffman to get accepted into the Orange County Interfaith Shelter Network's program to put homeless people back on their feet.
According to Hoffman, it took much less for her to become homeless.
"Them being taken away
caused me to be homeless," Hoffman said.
She is speaking of her three daughters, ages 16, 13 and 7. Social workers placed them in foster care four years ago.
Hoffman, 39, won't say why she lost custody of her daughters, only that she became deeply depressed shortly after. Her home and a job fell victim to her apathy.
She claims a newspaper article cast her as a bad parent and precipitated her being turned away from a Regional Occupation Program work-study class earlier this year.
"I made it on time every day and I got straight 'A's and 'B's," Hoffman said. She had been studying to become a medical of-
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SPORTSSingling out. a leaden
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■ STEPPING OUTBetter not pout or crys
'lis the season for bad-check writing, but a new law promises -offenders more than embarrassment./?
Influx of immigrants brings restaurants offering exotic foods ottier than German fare to Anaheim. /19
Nojlh Orange County homes decorated for Yuletide viewing get one last plug for Christmas. /10
The husband of an Iowa woman struck by a drunken driver faces convicted motorist. /3
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