March 20, 2018

Garden Grove, CA– A recently commissioned independent survey shows Garden Grove residents are highly satisfied with their quality of life and their vital city services. Seventy-six percent of city residents believe their local neighborhoods are headed in the right direction, and 67% believe the City provides a better quality of life than nearby communities.

The community survey was conducted October 21, 2017 through October 26, 2017 by opinion research firm FM3 Research, who has extensive experience polling in North Orange County.

“People live in Garden Grove because we offer a higher quality of life and better local services than other neighboring cities,” said City Manager Scott Stiles. “I’m thrilled that our residents are satisfied with our quality of life and the City’s performance. We work hard to keep our city safe, clean, and well-maintained,” he added.

Residents expressed strong job ratings for the City’s public safety services, with 89% and 88% giving the City Fire Department and local law enforcement favorable job ratings respectively, among other city departments.

“When you have an emergency, seconds count. Most calls to the City Fire Department are related to medical emergencies,” said Garden Grove Fire Chief Tom Schultz. “We will continue to work hard to keep our fire stations open and ensure that firefighters and paramedics can quickly respond to emergencies and save lives.”

Residents also expressed concern about the rising number of homeless people living in Garden Grove, along with the crime rate in general. Said Garden Grove Police Chief Todd Elgin, “While we are grateful that the community values the work of our local police department, we are dedicated to continuing our work with residents to find the resources necessary to maintain 9-1-1 emergency response times, fight gangs and drugs, and keep our neighborhoods safe and clean.”

“We look forward to continuing to discuss our vital community service needs and evaluating how best to maintain these services, particularly public safety and the growing challenge of addressing our homeless and affordable housing situation,” continued City Manager Stiles. “Over the coming months, we will continue to engage the community to develop long-term strategies that maintain the high quality services our residents expect and deserve.”

Contact: City Manager Scott Stiles (714) 741-5100

For questions regarding survey methodology, contact Rick Sklarz, FM3 Research, at (310) 828-1183.

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