City Administrators Weekly Report

August 28, 2007

COMMUNITY SERVICES

Huck Finn Fishing Derby – The 45th Annual Huck Finn Fishing Derby on the Huntington Beach Pier took place on Saturday, August 25.  Saturday was a great day at the pier for 220 participants and their families.  As the children ages up to 15 grabbed their lucky spot, parents watched on and untangled fishing lines.  Sponsors donated so many prizes that no one went away empty handed.  The top prizes were a bike donated by Sport Chalet, along with a full assortment of fishing gear and fishing trips.  The Let’s Go Fishin’ concession on the pier donated enough bait for everyone.  Members of Fish Talk Radio presented many prizes and secured donated items including fishing trips, poles, and other tackle.  Poles and assistance were available from the Department of Fish and Game.  The prize for the largest fish caught went to Jesse Duarte, age 14, who landed a 2.15 lb. spotfin croaker.

Friday Afternoon at the Movies – On Friday, August 31, at 12:30 p.m., Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center will show “Wild Hogz.”  Four middle-aged men decide to take a road trip from Cincinnati to the Pacific coast in order to get away from their lives, which are leading them nowhere.  Taking their motorcycles, these “Wild Hogs” tear up the road and eventually stop in New Mexico for a drink, not knowing that the bar belongs to the “Del Fuegos,” a mean biker gang.  When the Del Fuegos steal a bike that belongs to the Wild Hogs, the four men form a plan to steal their bike back.  The movie stars Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, John Travolta, and William H. Macy, and it is rated PG13 for crude and sexual content and some violence and runs 100 minutes.  Free popcorn and beverage make this a must see!  Come early and enjoy a SeniorServ lunch of barbecued beef.  The SeniorServ lunch starts at 11:30 a.m., and the recommended donation for those 60+ is $2.50.

Parking & Camping – Although cooler weather, light rain, wind, and overcast conditions were present over one of the last remaining weekends of summer (compliments of Hurricane Dean), beach parking lots and fire rings continued to fill.  Last Saturday, August 25, beach lots filled for a short period, and a total of 4,571 cars parked for the day.  On Sunday, another 2,895 cars were parked at the beach lot.  The Main Promenade Parking Structure parked an additional 5,132 cars for the entire weekend and ran about ¾ full.  An average of 15 reservations per day is being made for the upcoming camping season at Sunset Vista.  Staff has been receiving positive e-mails about the new reservation system.  Patrons are commenting that they can now plan their camping trips well in advance, and that the reservation system provides equal access to all campers.  Sunset Vista Camping and Municipal Beach Parking Pass information is available on the city’s Website at www.surfcity-hb.org or by calling 536-5281.

Surf Fest 2007 Presents “Concrete Execution: Skateboarding in the 21st Century” on Thursday, August 30, 7:30 – 9 p.m. - A diverse and experienced panel looks at skateboarding with insight and expertise while exploring the culture’s future.  Panel guests include Ray Flores, former Dogtown Zephyr Rider; Dale Smith, “Sausage Man” Largest Skateboard Collection in the World; Barb Odanaka, founder of the Skateboarding Mom’s Rolling4Reading Program; Geno, Sire Skateboards; Steven Munson, professional skater, Sole Technology; Nathan Pratt, ZBoy; and Studio 411, professional skaters.  This free event will be held at the Huntington Beach Art Center located at 538 N. Main Street.  Please call 374-1650 for more information.

Wanted New and Unused Toys – Project Self-Sufficiency maintains a “Birthday Toy Closet” for the children of PS-S participants.  If a child’s birthday is coming up, the single-parent has an opportunity to pick out a toy that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to provide.  The closet is currently bare, and donations of new and unused toys would be very welcome.  Please bring your donations to the PS-S Office on the fifth floor of City Hall, and thank you for your continued generosity.

Project Self-Sufficiency Children Get Backpacks for School - Project Self Sufficiency is pleased to announce a partnership with First Christian Church members who provided back-to-school supplies for the annual “Back to School Backpack Program” for 2007.  These church members gave generously to the children of PS-S participants, grades K-12.  The school supplies and other items provide a “jump start” to the school year and will most certainly help make the students’ 2007/2008 school year a good one.  Project Self-Sufficiency is a public-private partnership that requires the support of the Huntington Beach community to be successful.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Recruitment - The Citizen Participation Advisory Board (CPAB) will have four (4) vacancies on the board by the end of September 2007.  Huntington Beach citizens desiring to serve on the board need to fill out an application (available on the city’s website at http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/government/boards_commissions/) and submit it to the city by September 7 to be considered for appointment for a term that would commence in October 2007.  The CPAB provides recommendations to City Council on allocations for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.  The board may have up to fifteen volunteer members appointed by the City Council to four-year terms, limited to two terms.   The CPAB strives to represent the diverse views on the socioeconomic issues related to low/moderate income individuals.  To that end, low-income residents and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply to the city for appointment to the CPAB when vacancies arise, so that members of minority groups can be substantially represented.  The Board holds regular monthly meetings, generally on the first Thursday of each month, at 7 p.m., in Room B-8 of City Hall.  Applications may be sent to Carol Runzel, Senior Administrative Analyst, Department of Economic Development.  For questions, call Ms. Runzel at 536-5224.

Surf City Fest Weekend – Surf & Art Walk - Come join the fun on Main Street on September 15-16 for the Surf and Art Walk created in partnership with the city, Downtown Business Improvement District, Art Center, and the International Surf Museum.  The event hours on Saturday are from noon to 9 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.  Activities include:

Surf City Nights - Join us on Downtown Main Street tonight, August 28, from 5 – 9 p.m., from Pacific Coast Highway to Orange Avenue.  Surf City Nights features live entertainers, arts & crafts, specialty foods, limited finger foods, exhibitors, and more!  The farmer’s market offers roasted almonds, crepes, kettle corn, organic veggies/fruits, fresh cut flowers, cookies, spices, and organic olive oil.  Kids’ activities include riding in a hand-crafted train, inflatable bounce houses and slides, balloon artists, and face painting.  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 – 8:30 p.m.  Due to county health regulations, dogs are not allowed.

LIBRARY SERVICES

Summer Reading Program Finale - On Friday, August 24, the Children’s Library celebrated the end of yet another successful Summer Reading Program.  An impressive 4,493 children signed up for this year’s program called “Get a Clue @ Your Library.”  Almost 1,900 children were able to pick a prize from the “Treasure Chest,” an honor reserved for those who read either 50 books or 1,500 pages.  Over 1,220 lucky summer readers attended the annual end-of-summer concert in the outside amphitheater.  This year, we were fortunate to welcome back “Razzle Bam Boom” for the second year in a row.  Attendees enjoyed an outside lunch while listening to some snazzy kid-friendly rock and roll.

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Upcoming Promotions- With the retirement of Lieutenant JB Hume, after 32 years of service with the city, come two promotions.  Sergeant Mitch O’Brien will be promoted to Lieutenant and assigned as a Watch Commander.  O’Brien has most recently been assigned to the Professional Standards Unit; however, he has also worked narcotics and patrol-related functions.  Detective Chad Nichols will be promoted to Sergeant.  He has recently been assigned as one of the sexual assault investigators.  Congratulations to both of them.

 

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