City Administrators Weekly Report

June 29, 2009

CITY ADMINISTRATOR

Rusty Kennedy, Executive Director of the Orange County Human Relations Commission, will moderate a panel discussion on Diversity. This free event is open to the public and will take place at 7:00 P.M. in the Huntington Beach Council Chambers.  It brings to a close the celebration of Diversity during the 100th anniversary of Huntington Beach. In celebrating Diversity, the Centennial Committee presented eight events which discussed issues including: the Holocaust; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues; Encouragement of Reading by Hispanic Youth; Peace, Harmony and Diversity and Tolerance; Diversity Through Music and Religious Diversity; Japanese Incarceration in World War ll; The African American Experience in Orange County; and Desegregation of Westminster Schools and Outreach to Hispanic Students to further their education.

These events were supported by the Huntington Beach Human Relations Task Force. The emphasis at these events was on how the lessons of the past can enhance social equity for all in today’s diverse society.
For more information call 714-536-5577.

CITY TREASURER

Quick Tip of the Week – GUEST

A simple acronym to great customer service:
Greet the customer
Use their name
Eye contact – make sure to look them in the eye
Smile!
Thank them

COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Star Wars Camp

It’s Jedi Training Time.  We need to get all of your warriors, ages 6 to 12, ready to tackle evil.  This fantasy camp includes performing arts, martial arts, film, costuming, arts and crafts, magic, and superpowers.  Due to the popularity of the class, we have added a session at the Harbour View Clubhouse from July 13 through July 17 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  Cost is $150 for this one-week session.  Registration information is available in the SANDS bulletin.  May The Force be with you!

Marine Safety

Marine Safety was called out for a boating accident in Huntington Harbour at 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 27.  A 12-foot Zodiac inflatable boat with three persons onboard crashed into the Gilbert Drive bridge in Huntington Harbour.  A witness told the police that the boat was traveling at high speed and at least one person was knocked out of the boat when it ran under the bridge at high tide.  A body was recovered on the east side of the bridge and an injured person was located on the west side of the bridge inside the boat.  Six Marine Safety employees responded to the scene.  OC Sheriff’s and Harbor Patrol, HB Fire, and HB Police were at the scene.  Three Marine Safety Divers, a Marine Safety Rescue Boat, and a Marine Safety Officer on a paddle board searched the channel on both sides of the bridge until 4:00 a.m., but did not locate any additional victims.  The body of the third passenger from the inflatable boat was located under a dock later that day by the OC Sheriff’s Dive Team.

Fourth of July Celebrates the Centennial

Join us once again for the largest parade west of the Mississippi and the three-day Pier Festival.  The Pier Festival will be held from Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5.  The Kiwanis Club is hosting a pancake breakfast on Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Lake Park.  Cost = $5.  The Kiwanis are also hosting hot dog sales at Lake Park between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  Bleacher seating for the parade is available at Lake Park from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Cost = $15.  Fireworks Over the Ocean at the end of the HB Pier is free to the public.  Reserved, pier seating is available for $10 and tickets can be purchased at the Community Services Dept (Civic Center 5th floor) through July 2 or at the Pier Festival until sold out.  For additional information, please go to www.hb4thofJuly.org or visit the merchandise stand at Pier Plaza on July 3 and July 4.

ART AT THE BEACH Summer Camp Has Exciting New Themes in 2009

The popular ART AT THE BEACH art camp for children ages 6-12 is returning by popular demand!  Each week of the summer program has an exciting new theme that allows campers to explore the latest in art techniques and the old masters as well.  Our professional art instructors and camp staff choose daily projects that include drawing, painting, music, dance, sculpture, installation, and other art media in order to make each week fun and educational.  Full and half day sessions are available for Art at the Beach. The theme for the week July 6- 10 Art at the Beach summer camp is:  THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX.  There are still a few spaces available so come down to the Art Center and register. For further details please call the Art Center at 714.374.1650 or consult the Sands Community Brochure at http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov.

Huntington Beach Senior Services

Lunch Server Program – Senior Services is launching a new volunteer opportunity to provide assistance at the congregate lunch. In this new program, teams of three volunteers will greet our luncheon guests, serve their lunch and clear and wipe the tables.  Volunteer teams will be needed each day of the week Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Volunteers will be asked to commit to one 1-1/2 hour shift per week on the day of their choice.  Currently the congregate lunch is served buffet style.  Initiating this program will make a safer and friendlier dining experience for all.  If interested or for more information, contact Diane Swarts, Volunteer Coordinator, 714-374-1544 dswarts@surfcity-hb.org.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The Redevelopment Agency has been informed that the new requirement of a five year review of mandated payments to other agencies (otherwise known as “pass-thrus”) was approved/accepted as correct by the Office of the State Controller.   Huntington Beach’s report was one of the first in Orange County to have been accepted.   The report was required under the terms of AB 1389, which was passed by the California Legislature last year, requiring that all payments from 2003-2008 be reported to determine whether cities and counties were calculating and distributing the funds correctly.  Redevelopment Agencies are required to make these payments from the amount of property tax increment generated in project areas to support education as well as County and State programs.  The concurrence from the State Controller on our submitted report demonstrates that the Agency has maintained quality control in the calculation of these mandated payments.    

FIRE

Safety Week

The Huntington Beach Fire Department recently participated in the 2009 Fire/EMS Safety, Health and Survival Week. During this annual event, fire departments across North America focus on activities to improve firefighter safety and overall health. The theme for Safety Week 2009 was “Protect Yourself: Your Safety, Health and Survival Are Your Responsibility”. For the sixth consecutive year, all suppression personnel took part in daylong drills which focused on the key areas of safety week with the overall goal of reducing firefighter line of duty deaths and injuries. This year’s Safety Week reminded all members of personal responsibility and accountability within a strong safety culture.

INFORMATION SERVICES
Surf City Pipeline
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

Children’s Library Summer Reading Program Kick-off Party was a Ball!

Over 4,000 kids and their parents attended the Festival of Folktales on Tuesday, June 23.  Kids enjoyed festivities such as games, puppet shows, music, and face painting and over 1,500 signed up for the Summer Reading Program “Home Run Readers”.  By Friday June 26, enrollment was up to 2,050.  A new feature for our patrons this year is online sign up.  So far, 22 kids have signed up for the reading program from home on their computers.  On Thursday, June 25, the Young Adult Reading program welcomed 62 teens to the screening of the movie “Twilight” with an after-party featuring games, vampire make-overs, and snacks.  A ghoulish time was had by all!  While online, be sure to check out our newly redesigned website, at www.hbpl.org, and see what the library has to offer you this summer!

What’s A Library Worth?

Studies have long shown a public library’s economic value to a community – every dollar spent on library services results in at least a $4.00 return on investment. The most immediate monetary value to our users, however, is the money saved by not buying books, CDs, DVDs, or downloadable audio. It’s in the free programs they attend, the newspapers and magazines they read, and the databases used by students. Most of our users know the library is a great value, but we’ve come up with a creative and fun way to remind them: a library value calculator. Visitors to www.hbpl.org can click on “Value Calculator” and enter the services they enjoy at the library. The program calculates a dollar value for everything entered. Borrowed three new books instead of buying them? You’ve saved around $66. Borrowed four new CDs? You saved $60. Visit our website and have a look. Then, grab your library card and start saving money!

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Suspicious Door-to-door Salespersons

Recently, several residents called the Huntington Beach Police Department to inquire about a reported increase in crime for their area. A gentleman claiming to be with ADT Alarm was canvassing the neighborhood to alert people. He wanted to let them know he was working in the area selling and installing alarms so if they heard an alarm go off to just disregard it. He was offering a free estimate and the possibility of having an alarm installed for free. When asked for identification or an office number so he could be contacted at a later time, he simply stated he did not have any; he said the company was cutting costs.

Contact was made with ADT Alarm’s corporate office and they stated that ADT Alarm does not have door to door sales people. It is possible it was an authorized dealer or sub-contractor but their employees always carry some sort of identification. The contact went on to say if you have any questions or concerns about ADT Alarm or about people stating they represent ADT Alarm Company please call 1-800-238-2727 for assistance.

If a door-to-door salesperson (you did not invite) comes to your door, do not open it. If you think they are suspicious, immediately call the HBPD at 714-960-8825.












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