City Administrators Weekly Report

April 10, 2007

ADMINISTRATION

New Director of Planning - The city of Huntington Beach is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Hess to the position of Director of Planning. On April 2, 2007, the City Council approved the appointment. Scott has been the Acting Director of Planning since August of 2006. Prior to the acting position, Scott was the Planning Manager. He has over 22 years of experience in Planning for the city of Huntington Beach, starting as an Assistant Planner in 1984. Please join me in congratulating Scott on his appointment. I am confident he will be successful in this challenging position.

COMMUNITY SERVICES

Groove to the Moves of the Islands - “Express your inner artist” by participating in the Huntington Beach Art Center’s popular Polynesian Dance class. This energetic class offers instruction in the beautiful, sophisticated, and traditional moves of the Hawaiian Hula and Tahitian dance. Classes are available for youth, teens, and adults at beginning and intermediate levels. Taught by instructor Portia Seanoa, the six-week classes begin the week of April 10. See the City’s Spring 2007 Sands Guide or call 374-1650 for registration information. Become an HBAC member to receive discounts on all classes and events.

Holiday Meals - Senior Service volunteers delivered a holiday meal of honey baked ham and all the trimmings to 75 Huntington Beach seniors on Easter. Renaissance Huntington Terrace catered the Easter meal at cost. Girl Scout Troop 2144 hand crafted spring cards, and Ralph’s on Goldenwest provided delivery bags. The Handy Crafters and the Huntington Beach Council on Aging fund the Holiday Meals program. These seniors, who otherwise would be alone on the holiday, appreciate the brief visit by the smiling volunteers as much as the festive meal.

Artist's Paintstick Workshop - On Tuesday, April 17, from 1 - 3 p.m. at Michael E. Rodgers Seniors' Center, the Artist’s Paintstick Workshop will explore different techniques of Paintstick with participants having a hands-on experience of applying this enjoyable and educational technique to fabric. Artist's Paintsticks are very special oil paints in stick form. They can be spread or blended and used in conjunction with conventional oil paint. There are no unpleasant odors or fumes, so one can paint virtually anywhere, at any time, and on almost any surface from paper to panel to fabric. Participants need to bring a pre-washed fabric swatch approximately 9" x 12" and bristle oil brushes (suggested round size 6). Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Please call 536-9387 to sign-up.

Pee Wee Soccer - Pee Wee Soccer will begin on April 19, and staff has been pleasantly surprised at the growing popularity of this second year program. Staff is adding a third session on Thursdays to accommodate some of the many students who have been placed on waiting lists. This program will introduce 3-5 year old boys and girls to the fundamentals of soccer through game-based drills, hands-on instruction, and scrimmages. The program takes place at the new sports complex and is a great way to start boys and girls off with a positive and fun experience in Youth Sports.

Project Self-Sufficiency - The Easter Adopt-A-Family project again received tremendous support from the Huntington Beach Community. Lynn Stamonte’s Cub Scout troop made goodie-packed Easter baskets and delivered them to the Project Self-Sufficiency’s monthly meeting for 15 lucky families. Many individuals, families, groups, and businesses, including the Community Services Department, provided food and Easter goodies for program families. Fifty congregants from First Christian Church generously offered to help, and the Ohana Christian Fellowship adopted six families. PS-S is grateful to the entire community for their continued support

Easter Hunt Had Another Successful Year - On Saturday, April 7, the Community Services Department and the Huntington Beach Kiwanis Club hosted the 17th Annual Easter Hunt. The event at Central Park drew large crowds with approximately 6,000 people attending. Children up to eight years of age collected 1,500 pounds of candy. There were also wonderful displays by several departments within the city. Children were invited to climb on various equipment and vehicles provided by Public Works, Fire, Marine Safety, and Police Departments. The City Clerks Office, Municipal Employees Association, and Rainbow Environmental Services had displays and information. Various games were available for children of all ages. The Shorelife Church Band provided entertainment throughout the day. A visit from the “Easter Bunny” along with “Sparky” and other characters made it a perfect day for the children despite the overcast weather.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

City Café - Due to unforeseen plumbing issues, the construction of our new City Café, located in the lower level of City Hall, was delayed for a few weeks. However, the construction is back on track, and we anticipate an opening day sometime in May. Fresh sandwiches, bagels, and Caffé Lattes are coming soon for your enjoyment!

Surfcity Nights Logo Surf City Nights - Join the fun on Downtown Main Street tonight, April 10, from 5 – 9 p.m. This week features two local bands: Stillness, a contemporary rock band, and Brad Johnson & Killin’ Time, an old school country music band. Additionally, Eliah, a popular Third Street Promenade act, plays a unique piano-guitar string instrument called the “Chapman Stick.” Enjoy an evening stroll through the street fair that features a certified farmer’s market, live entertainment, bounce houses, trains, balloon artists, sidewalk sales, and outdoor grilling. The farmer’s market offers roasted peanuts, kettle corn, organic veggies/fruits, fresh cut flowers, cookies, spices, organic olive oil, and more. More live entertainers will perform with various acts that may include twin tap dancing brothers, break dancing group, Frank Sinatra & Nat King Cole impressionists, and a rock flamenco guitarist duet. Make a night of it and grab dinner at a downtown eatery and shop at our local stores. The City Parking Garage offers two hours of free parking from 4:00- 8:30 p.m. Due to county health regulations, dogs are not allowed. For more information in participating as a performer, send an email to surfcitynights@yahoo.com.

PLANNING

Proposed Senior Center EIR Notice of Preparation Comment Period Opens - The 30-day public review and comment period for the proposed Senior Center Notice of Preparation (NOP) opened on April 5 and will close on May 4. During the comment period, interested parties will have the opportunity to comment on the scope and content of the environmental analysis to be included in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR). A public scoping meeting will be held during the comment period to take comments related to the scope of the environmental issues to be analyzed within the Draft EIR. The scoping meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, in Room B-8 at Huntington Beach City Hall located at 2000 Main Street. A copy of the Notice of Preparation and Initial Study is available on the Planning Department’s website at http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/CityDepartments/planning/major/senior_center.cfm; this page is linked from the Community Services Senior Center pages as well.

Planning Department Staff Changes - The Planning Department will be bidding adieu to Cathy Salcedo, Administrative Assistant, who will be taking a position with the City of San Juan Capistrano. Cathy has been a valuable asset to the Planning Department where she provided support services to the Director, staff, and the Planning Commission. Jeanie Cutler, Administrative Secretary, will be assuming Cathy’s duties until a permanent replacement is found. The Planning Department is currently interviewing temporary workers to assist with Jeanie’s duties including Zoning Administrator support.

PUBLIC WORKS

Wind Damage at City Hall - Recent strong wind storms toppled one of the fourteen ornamental pear trees that line the east entrance to City Hall. The trees were planted in front of the new building in 1974. A replacement will be made; however, the size is yet to be determined as fully mature trees can be costly. Public Works crews were kept busy throughout the city with downed branches and other damage.

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