City Administrators Weekly Report


September 07, 2009

CITY ADMINISTRATOR

The Huntington Beach Charter Review Commission will be taking public testimony on the City Charter Sections 300, 302, 304-306, 309-311, and 800.  These sections are related to elected city officials including the offices of the Mayor, City Attorney, City Treasurer, and City Clerk.  Citizens are invited to attend and share their thoughts on these sections at the next Charter Review Commission meeting on Tuesday, September 15 at 6:00 pm in the City Council Chambers. The City Charter can be found on the city’s website at:
 http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/government/charter_codes/city_charter.cfm

CITY TREASURER

Quick Tip of the Week – Watch Your Email Tone

When responding to e-mail remember that tone is not translated. Your quick “no” or “yep” won’t communicate as well as a full sentence explaining your answer. Take the few moments to provide a full thought.

COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Community Services

Visit the city website at www.surfcity-hb.org/SANDS to view the SANDS Community Services Guide on line!  Is your teen stressed out with his or her hectic schedule?  Let the new “Yoga for Teens” class, listed on page 42 of the fall SANDS Brochure, teach them to relax while having fun building a stronger physical body from fingertips to toes!  Go to www.hbsands.org to learn about opportunities to experience the benefits of our recreation facilities and programs.

Senior Services

The Senior Saturday Community Festival will be held at Pier Plaza on Saturday, September 12, 2009, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Admission is free.  Approximately 75 sponsor booths will be offering information, products, and services geared toward seniors.  Additionally, there will be a $2 breakfast, $2 lunch, giveaways, health information, and free entertainment throughout the day.  Shuttle service will be provided from the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors Center at 17th and Orange and also from City Hall, 2000 Main Street.  For more information, please call the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors Center at (714) 536-9387.

7th Annual Smooth Jazz Festival in Central Park

Enjoy a day of music from leading recording artists at the 7th Annual BB Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 12.  Growing in size and popularity, this concert brings the best smooth jazz performers to Surf City's beautiful Huntington Central Park for a special one-time only appearance.  The event proceeds will benefit children with Autism.  This year's performers include Rachelle Ferrell, Warren Hill, Chuck Loeb, Marion Meadows, Gary Taylor, and Chelsea Nicole.

Tickets range in price from $45 to $200 and the event runs from 12:00 noon until 9:00 p.m.  For further information, visit their website at www.bbjazz.com.

September 11 Ceremony

A ceremony organized by city Public Safety departments and the local Veterans organizations will be presented at Pier Plaza this Friday, September 11 at 6:00 p.m.  The ceremony is intended to honor the efforts of those who risked their lives in the tragedy of 9/11.  It will feature speakers from the Fire, Police, and Marine Safety Departments along with presentations by the Veteran’s organizations and local officials. 

Huntington Beach Art Center Plein Air Events

Painting in the Streets, September 12, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Watch Plein Air artists as they take to the streets to paint downtown Huntington Beach.  Artists will work within the first three blocks of Main Street.

Workshops at Historic Landmarks, September 13 -The public is invited to register for Intro to Plein Air Workshops scheduled for Sunday, September 13th.  Festival artists Diana LoSchiavo and Pam Panatonni will hold practical demonstrations at the Newland House and at the City Gym and Pool.  Pre- registration for this free class is required and a materials list will be provided at time of registration. Please call 714-374-1650 to register.

Plein Air Dining, Thursday, September 17, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. -The Huntington Beach Art Center Foundation is hosting a fundraising dinner at the Art Center as part of the 2009 Plein Air Festival.  Award winning Chef Jeff Littlefield of the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort will be serving a gourmet menu with fine wines. Tickets are $85 per person and can be purchased by contacting Charlene Clary at 714-536-5258.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

ATM Machines Installed

On September 3rd, ATM machines were installed at the Central Library and the Marketing and Visitors Bureau kiosk at Pier Plaza. In the future, additional ATM’s may be added at Meadowlark Golf Course and City Hall. The ATM’s are managed by National Link, the third largest operator of ATM machines in the United States.  If you have any questions regarding these ATM’s, contact Jason Machado at jason.machado@surfcity-hb.org or (714) 374-1797.

FIRE

Strike Teams Return

Two Strike Teams were sent to the Oak Glen and Pendleton fires in San Bernardino County on August 31, 2009.  Both strike teams safely returned on September 3. HE43 from Station 3 – Bushard was assigned to Strike Team XOR 1421 A and HE45 from Station 5 – Lake was assigned to Strike Team XOR 1422 A.  HB Strike Teams were assigned to support fire attack operations and structure protection with Type 3 brush engines. 

LIBRARY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

The Huntington Beach Children’s Library to Offer New Online Tutoring Service
Brainfuse, America’s leading online instruction provider, offers one-to-one tutors that help kids struggling in school to learn or master a new concept – with no time limits on individual sessions!  HelpNow! offers free online homework tutoring assistance from the Huntington Beach Library or from a home computer (by signing in with a library card).    Obtained through a grant from the California State Library, Brainfuse is a great new resource designed to provide our children with homework assistance by expert, trained tutors in all core subjects, such as Math, Science, Social Studies, and English.  Students can also work on Skills Building, practice foreign language skills, or take practice tests.  Additionally, adults can work on their resume, among other things, in the “Adult Learning Center.”  Available now, children in grades 3 to 12 can reach a live tutor between the hours of 1:00 pm and 10:00 pm PST Monday through Sunday.  Simply go to our website, at www.hbpl.org, and click on “Free Live Tutors – HelpNow!”  For more information, please call (714) 375-5107 or visit our website listed above.

Sculpture and Glass Work Exhibit at the Library

Marilee Stockman and Jila and Touraj Hakimi, residents of Newport Beach, will be exhibiting during the month of September in the Corner Gallery at the Huntington Beach Public Library and Cultural Center. Marilee will be introducing her new series of horse sculptures and paintings. She will also be showing her other sculptures and plein air paintings.

Jila and Touraj will be exhibiting their newest glass work and paintings. This dynamic trio invites you to attend the reception on Saturday, September 12 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The Huntington Beach Public Library and Cultural Center is located at 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach at the corner of Golden West Street and Talbert Avenue. For library hours or directions, please contact Library Administration at 714-960-8836.

Write Your Own Music Review…

The Huntington Beach Library’s music blog is inviting music lovers to write about their favorite music in the HBPL collection. Blog about anything:  why you like it, why it's different or cool, or why everyone should hear it. Your choice can be old or brand new, popular or obscure. Share your insights with the world. We'll post some of the submissions on the library blog. You can access the library’s music blog from the library’s home page at www.hbpl.org or visit http://hbplmusic.blogspot.com

PLANNING

Planning Commission Study Session on Downtown Specific Plan Update --  Draft EIR

The Planning Commission will hold a study session on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Downtown Specific Plan Update on Wednesday, September 9 at 5:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.  (Please note that the Planning Commission will hold a Study Session on two other items at 4:00 p.m. prior to considering the Draft EIR).  A copy of the staff report is available on the Planning Department website at http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/government/departments/planning/PJB/pcl/090909pcagenda.cfm

Comment Period Open for the Ridge Project

Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration No. 08-016 analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with a request by Hearthside Homes to amend the land use and zoning designations on an existing approximately 5-acre parcel.  Hearthside Homes is seeking subdivision and development of a 22-unit single-family planned unit development (PUD) with a 5,776 square foot common open space area.  The 22 residential lots will range in size from 5,114 square feet to 12,250 square feet.  The proposed 4 and 5 bedroom dwellings range in size from 2,700 – 4,200 square feet, and are two-stories with a two- or three-car garage.  The site is proposed to take access from a single point of ingress/egress along Bolsa Chica Street.  The project is proposing construction of infrastructure improvements including street, curbs, sidewalks, and storm drain facilities. 

The Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration will be available for public review and comment for thirty (30) days commencing Thursday, September 10, 2009, ending Friday, October 9, 2009. Subsequent to the comment period, a public hearing will be scheduled before the city of Huntington Beach Planning Commission.  The public hearing is tentatively scheduled for November 2009.
  
A copy of the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration is on file with the Planning Department, city of Huntington Beach City Hall, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, California.  A copy of Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration No. 08-016 is also available for review at the Central Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, California, the City Clerk’s Office, 2000 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Huntington Beach, California and on the internet at http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/government/departments/planning/Environmentalreports.cfm.  Written comments on the draft MND must be submitted to Jennifer Villasenor, Associate Planner, city of Huntington Beach Planning Department, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, California 92648 by 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 9, 2009. 

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Police Employees Receive Recognition from the FBI

On September 8, 2009, Huntington Beach Police Department Detectives were recognized for their outstanding contribution in an international computer fraud case. The following detectives were recognized:

Lt. Brian Seitz
Sgt. James McLean
Det. Chris Nesmith—Case Agent
Det. Dave Humphreys
Det. Dave McCain
Det. Brian Smith
Det. Rodney Besuzzi
Det. Sam Shepherd
Det. Steve Overcast
Det. Mark Garcia
Det. John Topartzer
Det. Alan Caouette
Det. Brad Smith
Chris Curran, Computer Forensic Specialist

The official letter of recognition read as follows:

The Los Angeles Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) commends the above-named officers for their hard work and assistance and their outstanding contributions to a major FBI International Computer Intrusion case.

The Huntington Beach Police Department dedicated the above team to assist the FBI in this case, which eventually lead to a 33-defendant International Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act indictment and seven search warrants that were executed in Eastern Europe.

This is the first time that a Federal RICO statute has been charged in an International Computer Phishing case. The FBI commends all of these individuals for their partnership on this very important International organized crime investigation.

PUBLIC WORKS

OCTA and Caltrans 1-405 Scoping Meetings

The San Diego Freeway (I-405) is one of the most congested freeways in Orange County, carrying more than 300,000 vehicle trips each day. It is projected that this number will increase to 370,000 daily trips by 2035. To accommodate the transportation demands and Orange County’s population growth, significant improvements to the I-405 are needed.  The I-405 Improvement Project environmental review process officially begins this month with a series of public scoping meetings. These meetings are an opportunity for the public to comment on the transportation alternatives under consideration. Comments will be considered in the preparation of the environmental document and will become part of the public record.  Project representatives and technical professionals will be available to answer questions about the project. In addition, there will be graphics to describe the proposals and assist the public in visualizing the improvements.  Scoping meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. with a brief presentation at 6:30 p.m.  The public is invited to participate in any of the four meetings:

If you cannot attend one of the four scoping meetings, please submit your comments before Oct. 8., 2009 to: Smita Deshpande, Branch Chief, Caltrans – District 12, Attn: 405 Scoping, 2201 Dupont Drive, #200, Irvine, CA  92612 
For more information about the project, please visit the OCTA web site at www.octa.net/405improvement or send an email at 405scoping.parsons@parsons.com.

Completion of Sewer Lift Station Construction

For the past six years, the city has been aggressively replacing old, undersized sewer lift stations with higher capacity and more efficient units. As part of this program, the existing sewer lift station under the street at the intersection of Brighton and Shoreham began construction last September. The project is substantially completed and all traffic lane restrictions have been removed.  The contractor and city staff worked closely with the adjacent neighbors to monitor and address their concerns.  An innovative Giken Shoring system was used to eliminate virtually all vibration and noise from the pounding associated with the standard shoring system. The project was completed on-time and within the $1.6 million budget.  Funding was provided through the monthly sewer service user charge. This is the sixth sewer lift station reconstruction in six years and a seventh is underway.



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