City Administrators Weekly Report

November 16, 2009

CITY ADMINISTRATOR

Charter Review Commission

On December 1, at 6 PM the Charter Review Commission will be meeting in the City Council Chambers to take public input on Section 612 (Measure C) of the City Charter.  Measure C was the citizen initiative that placed limitations on development in city parks and beaches.  One of the issues for consideration is whether the cost of a structure that triggers a vote of the public should be changed and/or possibly tied to a costing index.

CITY TREASURER

Customer Service Tip of the Week – Focus

Always treat the client you are speaking with as if they are your only client.  Give them your full attention.

COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Candy Cane Capers

Children (ages 6 to 12) are invited to enjoy a day filled with holiday crafts, games, lunch, a movie, singing carols, and a visit from Santa.  Attendance is limited so please register today.  The cost is $20 and is scheduled for Saturday, December 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Additionally, there is a $10 material fee payable to the instructor that morning.  The class will be held at Murdy Community Center, 7000 Norma Drive.  You can register at the community center or complete the registration form found in the back of the SANDS Bulletin.  Once you complete the form, you can drop it off at the 5th floor receptionist.  We will forward the form to Murdy Community Center.  If you need confirmation, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your registration. 
               
Senior Services – Talking Turkey

For the past 12 years, an anonymous donor has delivered 25 frozen turkey breasts to Huntington Beach Senior Services in early November.  In time for Thanksgiving dinner, Outreach Social Workers deliver the turkeys to their low-income clients who are still able to cook. 

On Thanksgiving Day, volunteers will deliver Holiday Meals to 70 clients who are no longer able to cook for themselves and will be alone on the holiday.  Huntington Beach Hospital cooked the holiday feast and two local Girl Scout troops made handcrafted Thanksgiving greeting cards. The Holiday Meal program is funded by the Handy Crafters and the Huntington Beach Council on Aging. 

Sister City, Anjo, Japan - Delegation Visit

A ten-member delegation from our Sister City of Anjo, Japan spent five days in Huntington Beach.  They spent the first two days in a hotel and the remaining time at the homes of various Huntington Beach citizens.  The delegation was treated to a tour of our city’s lifeguard facilities, a tour of Sharp Electronics, and Purcell-Murray.  The delegation was impressed by a demonstration of our firefighting and emergency response program at the Gothard Fire Station. A tour of the Bolsa Chica wetlands, Shipley Nature Center, and Huntington Central Park gave our visitors a good idea of the importance of nature and ecological preservation within Huntington Beach.  Members of the delegation were equally impressed with a tour of Rainbow Environmental Services , where they were able to view, first hand, the importance of recycling and processing waste.  The Central Library always makes a great impression on visitors and they certainly were impressed with our city’s great library.  The delegation departed Monday morning, November 16, from City Hall where they bid their good bye to City Administrator, Fred Wilson.  The delegation left with a lot of knowledge about the City of Huntington Beach as well as a warm feeling from its citizens.

Youth Sports Grants

Applications for the City of Huntington Beach Youth Sports Grants are now available on-line at (www.surfcity-hb.org) or by calling the City’s Community Services Department at (714) 536-5486.  The Youth Sports Grant program is designed to improve facilities for youth sports in Huntington Beach by providing supplemental assistance to the existing resources of nonprofit youth groups for proposed projects (not ongoing operational costs).  Grants must be for capital expenditures such as permanent construction/repairs (backstops, lights, etc.) not portable fixtures or equipment and project must be located on public property within the City of Huntington Beach.  For more information regarding qualifications and requirements, please refer to the online Youth Sports Grant Application.  The 2010 Grant pre-submittal meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 19, 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at the City of Huntington Beach City Hall, 2000 Main St.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Free Commercial Property Search Available Online

Commercial businesses seeking locations or to expand their facilities, have a new tool to help in their search - the online property search is available on the City’s website.  This free service is provided through a partnership with Loopnet.com and provides access to a variety of listing types including retail, industrial, office, commercial land, shopping centers, and more; some of which are not available to the general public without a paid subscription.  In addition, demographics are also available on Loopnet or on the City’s Economic Development website.  This important tool is yet another way in which the City of Huntington Beach and the Economic Development Department assist the local business community.  Start your search at: www.surfcity-hb.org and click on “Business” to find the link to available properties.

LIBRARY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Teen Space Movie Party at the Library!

Halloween isn’t over at the library!!! Join your friends in the Central Library’s Tabby Theater for our fall movie, Coraline. This great film is based on Neil Gaiman's creepy story about a girl who ventures into an alternate reality, where nothing is as it seems and she must battle an evil spirit to save her life and the lives of the people she loves. We’ll also be serving up pizza, prizes, and raffling off a life-size stand-up poster of Edward Cullen (Twilight) in honor of New Moon’s release in theaters. Suggested donation: $2.00 at the door. Wednesday, November 18th at 7 pm. Central Library, Tabby Theater. Teens only, please.

Historical Files Now Online!

Many photographs and documents relevant to Huntington Beach history are not published in books and can be difficult to find. Even if the materials are included in books, researchers must drive somewhere to find the volumes, and then spend time examining each one. The Library’s website is changing that. With the assistance of library volunteer Stuart Gitlin, the Library has digitized over 300 historical documents about the City of Huntington Beach and the Library. These scanned Adobe PDF files are useful to anyone interested in researching local history. For example, a popular school assignment is finding out how a local street got its name. Now, students can simply go to the library’s website instead of having to hunt through print resources. To access these files, simply go to the www.hbpl.org, look under “Contact Us/About”, and “Local Info/History” or go directly to http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/government/departments/library/contact_us_about/local_info_history.cfm.

PLANNING

November 10, 2009, Planning Commission Recap

The Planning Commission upheld the Environmental Assessment Committee’s decision to process a Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for the proposed Ridge project as the appropriate level of environmental review.  The Ridge project is a proposed 22-unit single-family planned unit development (PUD) with a 5,776 square foot common open space area located southeast of the intersection of Bolsa Chica Street and Los Patos Avenue.  At this meeting, the Planning Commission also held a study session on the Beach Boulevard and Edinger Avenue Corridors Specific Plan and Environmental Impact Report.  The Commission is slated to hold a public hearing on the project on December 8

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Another Burglary Suspect in Custody

During July and August of 2009, there were several residential burglaries where the suspect would enter a home while the residents were asleep.  Most entries were obtained via open windows and doors during the hot summer months.  The suspect took cash and items from purses, wallets and small portable items such as laptop computers and electronic music devices. He is believed to be responsible for at least twelve similar crimes in the police reporting districts RD 431, 432, 441 and 442.  Patrol officers and detectives worked numerous leads and were able to identify a suspect believed responsible for the crimes.  Detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest in September, but have been unable to locate the suspect, It was believed he had left California. 

On November 13, 2009, our officers were able to locate and arrest Taylor Jacob Bast, a 20 year old resident of Huntington Beach.  This is still an ongoing investigation and Taylor Bast is being investigated for his involvement in additional burglaries.

PUBLIC WORK

Corrosion Protection on City Water Main

The Public Works Department continues an aggressive corrosion protection program on city water lines by retrofitting water transmission mains with cathodic protection.  Cathodic protection is an electrical chemical corrosion control technology which greatly reduces external corrosion of steel pipeline.  The current project will improve a portion of the 42-inch main that conveys water between Overmyer Reservoir and the wells and reservoirs in the northwest section of the City.  The construction zone is Edwards Street from Garfield Avenue to Ellis Avenue.    This project began on November 9 and is expected to be complete by November 25.  A minimal disruption to the traffic flow on Edwards Street is expected.  Work on Garfield Avenue is scheduled for Nov. 23 through 25. These days were selected to minimize disruption to the Huntington Seacliff Elementary School, which will be on Thanksgiving break when the construction is completed.

Correction to No Drugs Down The Drain

The City has been notified that the OC Household Hazardous Waste Center does not accept unwanted medication, and medications are allowed in the landfill.   There are certain recommendations for proper disposal of unwanted medications.  Below are proper disposal techniques: 
 Put in a sturdy and securely sealed container and then in a trash can where children and pets can't reach them.
To avoid accidental and intentional ingestion follow these steps:

For more information, visit www.nodrugsdownthedrain.org.

  









Did you know?

The Planning Division offers Second Opinion Services should you feel you need further clarification or additional confirmation regarding your zoning matter.


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