City Administrators Weekly Report

August 24, 2009

CITY TREASURER

Quick Tip of the Week – How to, What to

Don't tell people HOW to do things. Tell them WHAT to do and let them surprise you with their results.

COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Community Services

The effective delivery of Community Services parks and recreation programs and services provides many benefits to the Huntington Beach community including many environmental benefits.  The provision of parks, open spaces, and protected natural environment contributes to the environmental health of our communities.  Investing in parks and open spaces in residential areas leads to increased property values due to the trend toward natural, environment-based leisure activities.

Introduce your toddler to the wonders of nature in the “Lil’ Explorers” class at Shipley Nature Center, listed on page 48 of the Fall edition of SANDS or visit www.hbsands.org to learn about opportunities and experience the benefits of beautiful recreation facilities and outstanding programs in Huntington Beach.

Huntington Beach Senior Services

The Senior Center Advisory Committee (SCAC) honored Larry and Marilyn Barker at the August 14 meeting for giving “above and beyond” service to Huntington Beach. Larry and Marilyn pack meals twice a week for “Meals to the Home.”  They participate in training and drills for the At-Risk Seniors program in preparation of giving assistance to seniors in an emergency.  Marilyn is also a weekly driver for the Transportation program. 

On August 18, Huntington Beach Senior Services recognized seventeen “Meals to the Home” volunteers who have delivered meals to local seniors for 10+ years:  Tomoko Culbertson, Nancy Dugan, Patrick Earley, Toni Gregory, Eileen Long, Cathy Meschuk, Jack Miller, Francine Nehrig, Robert Olinger, Mary Osborne, Celeste Plummer, Marilyn Potes, Cindy Ross, Judi Smith, Bob Stokes, Amber Yen and Jim Zimmerman. 

To discuss the variety of volunteer opportunities available in senior services, contact Diane Swarts at 714-374-1544 or by email at dswarts@surfcity-hb.org.

Project Self-Sufficiency Foundation at the SHOREBREAK Hotel

A hot, new monthly event, “2nd Sunday” at the Shorebreak Hotel, offers fine wine, tasty nibbles, live music, and stimulating art for the local Huntington Beach community.  The event offers two wine/drink tickets and a plate of light appetizers prepared by the popular new restaurant, Zimzala, all for just $10.  On Sunday, September 13, ALL “2nd Sunday” proceeds will benefit the Huntington Beach Project Self- Sufficiency Foundation.  For more information, visit the PS-SF website at www.projectselfsufficiencyfoundation.com.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

Movies at the Beach – Pier Plaza 

On Thursdays during the month of August, the Huntington Beach Downtown Business Improvement District, along with SoCal Films, presented family-fun movies.  Catch the last movie in this series, next to the pier, as summer winds down.  Grab a comfy chair, a blanket, and pick up dinner-to-go at a downtown restaurant.  Enjoy a unique outdoor theater experience with an oceanfront view. The final movie for the summer, showing August 27 at dusk is Finding Nemo.   For more information log on to www.socalfilms.com.

INFORMATION SERVICES

Surf City Pipeline – Human Services
One of the many benefits of Surf City Pipeline is the ability to provide links to non-city services.  Of particular concern during these tough economic times is the growing need for health and human services/assistance.  “2-1-1 Orange County”, a nonprofit  501(c)(3) organization, provides a comprehensive information and referral system that links Orange County residents to community health and human services and support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  By calling 2-1-1 OC, residents are connected with certified, multi-lingual Information and Referral (I&R) Specialists who utilize a robust database to provide information on services such as:

LIBRARY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Six Word Memoirs at HBPL

In 2006, Smith Magazine asked their readers to write their life stories…in only six words! This summer, in conjunction with the Adult Summer Reading Program, the Huntington Beach Public Library asked their patrons to submit their own six word memoirs. And submit they did!  The memoirs that we received are currently on display at the Central Library. In addition, as part of the project, we exchanged memoirs with another southern California library. Our partner-in-memoir was Alhambra Public Library and their memoirs are also on display! Thanks to our community (and Alhambra!) for making this project a huge success!

Coffee with the Library Director

Changing use patterns, the rise of the internet, and declines in reading have all had an impact on the public library. Is this beloved institution still relevant in today’s world? Huntington Beach Public Library’s new director, Stephanie Beverage, is inviting city residents to “Coffee With The Library Director,” an informal series of meetings for questions, discussion, and up-to-date information about the role of the public library in today’s world. Come talk about what still works, what has changed, and what the future might hold for your public library.

Please call 714-960-8836 for more information or to RSVP for one of the following dates:  Thursday, Sept. 15, 2 – 3 PM @ Central Library in the Balboa Room;  Tuesday Sept. 22, 2 - 3 PM @ Central Library in the Balboa Room ;  Wednesday Sept. 23 , 2 – 3 PM, @ Main Street Library.

PLANNING

Beach and Edinger Corridors Study Draft EIR Available for Review

The Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Beach Boulevard and Edinger Avenue Corridors Study will be available for a 45 day public review and comment period commencing on Friday, August 28, 2009, through Monday, October 12, 2009.  The Draft EIR analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed Beach and Edinger Corridors Specific Plan.  The Specific Plan, which encompasses 459 acres, is intended to implement a clear and comprehensive vision for growth and change along Beach Boulevard and Edinger Avenue.  A copy of the Draft EIR will be available at City Hall in the Planning Department, Central Library, and on the Planning A public meeting on the Draft EIR will be held on September 30, 2009, at 6:00 P.M. at Central Library, Rooms C & D, 7111 Talbert Avenue.  Written comments on the draft EIR should be provided to Rosemary Medel, Associate Planner at 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA, 92648 or rmedel@surfcity-hb.org.

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Social Networking Sites: Safety Tips for Tweens and Teens (from the US FTC)

You are probably already aware of the long list of important safety and privacy lessons: Look both ways before crossing the street; buckle up; hide your diary where your nosy brother can’t find it; don’t talk to strangers.
The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, is urging kids to add one more lesson to the list: Don’t post information about yourself online that you don’t want the whole world to know. The Internet is the world’s biggest information exchange; many more people could see your information than you intend, including your parents, your teachers, your employer, the police — and strangers, some of whom could be dangerous.
Social networking sites have added a new factor to the “friends of friends” equation. By providing information about yourself and using blogs, chat rooms, email, or instant messaging, you can communicate, either within a limited community, or with the world at large. But while the sites can increase your circle of friends, they also can increase your exposure to people who have less-than-friendly intentions. You’ve heard the stories about people who were stalked by someone they met online, had their identity stolen, or had their computer hacked.

The FTC suggests these tips for socializing safely online:
• Think about how different sites work before deciding to join a site. Some sites will allow only a defined community of users to access posted content; others allow anyone and everyone to view postings.
• Think about keeping some control over the information you post. Consider restricting access to your page to a select group of people, for example, your friends from school, your club, your team, your community groups, or your family.
• Keep your information to yourself. Don’t post your full name, Social Security number, address, phone number, or bank and credit card account numbers — and don’t post other people’s information, either. Be cautious about posting information that could be used to identify you or locate you offline. This could include the name of your school, sports team, clubs, and where you work or hang out.
• Make sure your screen name doesn’t say too much about you. Don’t use your name, your age, or your hometown. Even if you think your screen name makes you anonymous, it doesn’t take a genius to combine clues to figure out who you are and where you can be found.
• Post only information that you are comfortable with others seeing — and knowing — about you. Many people can see your page, including your parents, your teachers, the police, the college you might want to apply to next year, or the job you might want to apply for in five years.
• Remember that once you post information online, you can’t take it back. Even if you delete the information from a site, older versions exist on other people’s computers.
• Consider not posting your photo. It can be altered and broadcast in ways you may not be happy about. If you do post one, ask yourself whether it’s one your mom would display in the living room.
• Flirting with strangers online could have serious consequences. Because some people lie about who they really are, you never really know who you’re dealing with.
• Be wary if a new online friend wants to meet you in person. Before you decide to meet someone, do your research: Ask whether any of your friends know the person, and see what background you can dig up through online search engines. If you decide to meet them, be smart about it: Meet in a public place, during the day, with friends you trust. Tell an adult or a responsible sibling where you’re going, and when you expect to be back.
• Trust your gut if you have suspicions. If you feel threatened by someone or uncomfortable because of something online, tell an adult you trust and report it to the police and the social networking site. You could end up preventing someone else from becoming a victim.

For More Information
To learn more about staying safe online, visit the following organizations:
• Federal Trade Commission -www.OnGuardOnline.gov - The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them.

• GetNetWise - www.getnetwise.org - GetNetWise is a public service sponsored by Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations to help ensure that Internet users have safe, constructive, and educational or entertaining online experiences.
 
• i-SAFE - www.i-safe.org - Founded in 1998 and endorsed by the U.S. Congress, i-SAFE is a non-profit foundation dedicated to protecting the online experiences of youth everywhere.

• National Center for Missing and Exploited Children - www.missingkids.com; www.netsmartz.org - NCMEC is a private, non-profit organization that helps prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; helps find missing children; and assists victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them.

• Wired Safety - www.wiredsafety.org - WiredSafety.org is an Internet safety and help group comprised of volunteers around the world.

PUBLIC WORKS

Safe Route to School Grant Approved

This past spring, the Public Works Department submitted three grant applications for the Safe Route To School Program.  One of the applications was approved by the State.  A total of $306,900 in grant monies will fund improvements near Spring View Middle School.  The grant program provides 90% of the funding for the $341,000 project.  The project will include a new traffic signal at the intersection of Heil Avenue and Trudy Lane where a crossing guard is currently provided.   New curb ramps and updated school area signs and markings will be added.  Over the next several months, staff will complete the request for funding from Caltrans, design and award construction.  The project is scheduled for completion before September 2010.   This is the sixth Huntington Beach project that has been awarded funds through the Safe Route to School program.  To date, over $800,000 has been received and all projects have been completed.
 
Heil Avenue Widening Complete

The Heil Avenue Widening project is nearing completion and the street is fully open to traffic.   This roadway widening from just west of Beach Blvd. to Silver Lane provides for a full 80’ wide secondary arterial street design as called out in the County Master Plan of Arterial Highways.  Final construction includes an 8’ block wall on the north side of Heil, new curb and gutters, sidewalks, streetlights, landscaping, and a storm water filtration system. The finished street now has two travel lanes in each direction, plus bike lanes and a painted      left-turn median.   Major work included the relocation of existing utility poles and the demolition of five structures and a swimming pool.   Eighteen privately-owned parcels were affected; three of the parcels were completely acquired by the city.  The assistance of the Economic Development Department Real Estate Division in acquiring the properties was greatly appreciated. 

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