City Administrators Weekly Report

March 04 , 2008

COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Surf City Store

The Surf City Store is celebrating its 15-year partnership with the city to market the city’s trademark “Surf City, Huntington Beach.”  During the 15 years, approximately one-half million products have been sold bearing the logo.  To say thank you for your support, locals, with proof of Huntington Beach residency, will receive a 25% discount on all purchases made in the store during the month of March.  The store is located on the beautiful HB pier.  Store hours are 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday; 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Wednesday and Friday; and 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.  For further information, call 374-0277.

Obsessive Compulsive Opening Reception Takes Place March 7

The Huntington Beach Art Center presents a new exhibition opening in the main galleries, entitled, Obsessive Compulsive.  The exhibition features works by four artists: Gina Han, Pascual Sisto, Charlotte Smith, and Sayon Syprasoeuth.  Concurrently, a new exhibition will open in the HBAC Project Room entitled, Small Pleasures, a year-long project by artist Ingrid Lilligren.  Explosive and yet meditative, the artists’ works investigate a range of choices and media including painting, video, sculpture, mixed media, and site-specific installation.  The exhibition opens with a reception on Friday, March 7 from 7 - 9 p.m., at the HBAC located at 538 Main Street.  Artists Gina Han, Pascual Sisto, Charlotte Smith, and Sayon Syprasoeuth will be in attendance, and the reception is free to the public.  The exhibition continues through April 13.  For more information, please call the Art Center at 374-1650.

HB Art Center Hosts Mardi Gras Mask-Making Booth at Surf City Nights

The Huntington Beach Art Center will host a Mardi Gras mask-making booth under the stars at the city’s lively, and very popular, Surf City Nights Downtown Street Fair.  The mask-making booth will be part of the Surf City Nights “Mardi Gras on Main Street” celebration taking place on March 4, from 5 – 9 p.m.  The mask-making booth will be staffed by Art Center instructors who will assist patrons with creating one-of-a-kind, colorful, mixed-media masks in honor of this traditional celebration.  This activity is designed for family members of all ages, and instruction and materials are free.  For more information on the Mardi Gras mask-making, please call the Huntington Beach Art Center at 374-1650, or visit www.surfcity-hb.org for general Surf City Nights information.

Project Self-Sufficiency

A participant in the Project Self-Sufficiency Program is in need of a baby stroller.  Her stroller was recently stolen from in front of her apartment.  She does not have a vehicle, and with a three-year old it has become difficult to get her child to day care before she takes the bus to school.  If you have a stroller that you don’t need any longer, please call the PS-S office at 536-5439.  Your generosity is always appreciated.

Marine Safety

If you are interested in a challenging and rewarding job this summer, the city of Huntington Beach is seeking responsible men and women to provide first line protection for the city’s beaches.  The Huntington Beach Marine Safety Division will be holding tryouts for new ocean lifeguards on Sunday, March 9, at 8 a.m.  The tryouts will be held at Lifeguard Headquarters, 103 Pacific Coast Highway, one block south of the Huntington Beach Municipal Pier.  The starting pay is $15.92 per hour (plus 5% for EMT certification and 5% for passing bilingual examination).  All applicants must be 17 years of age by June 1, 2008.  The tryouts consist of 3 physical events: a 1,000-yard ocean swim, a 500-yard ocean swim, and a 1,500-yard run-swim-run.  All events are conducted in prevailing conditions around and through the Huntington Beach Pier.  Applicants must satisfactorily complete all tryout events to be eligible for further consideration.  Upon successful completion of the tryouts, up to 36 qualifiers will be allowed to register for the lifeguard candidate training program.  The training program will be held on March 22, 24 – 30 and April 5 & 6.  Applications are available at Lifeguard Headquarters or online at www.surfcity-hb.org/jobs.  Please call 374-1752 for further information.

Rodgers Seniors Center-Friday Afternoon at the Movies

On Friday, March 7, at 12:30 p.m., the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors Center will present No Reservations at its weekly free Friday Afternoon at the Movies.  No Reservations stars Catherine Zeta-Jones as master chef Kate Armstrong who leads a regimented, very ordered existence running the kitchen of an exclusive restaurant.  When Kate's sister is unexpectedly killed in an automobile accident, her 9-year-old niece Zoe (Abigail Breslin) comes to live with her, and Kate's life is turned completely upside down.  Enter a newly hired, fun-loving, opera-singing sous chef Nick Palmer (Aaron Eckhart) whom Kate perceives as a serious rival, and thus begins an impassioned struggle on Kate's part to rein in Nick's exuberance and maintain control over her kitchen staff.  Kate is inexplicably drawn toward Nick.  Abigail Breslin (last seen in Little Miss Sunshine) gives a strong and heartfelt performance.  No reservations are required to enjoy this heartwarming movie, and the free popcorn and beverage make it a must see.  Come at 11:30 a.m. for a hot Community Senior Serve lunch.  For the lunch, a donation of $2.50 is recommended for 60+, and a cost of $3.50 is charged for those under 60.  For more information, call Michael E. Rodgers Seniors' center 536-9387.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

Surf City Nights One Year Anniversary Celebration

Text Box:  Tonight, March 4, marks Surf City Nights one year anniversary in downtown Huntington Beach on Main Street.  Enjoy an evening of family fun festivities, musical entertainment, and snack on finger foods, while shopping for fresh fruit & veggies at the farmers market.  Kids’ activities include a mask-making booth, balloon artists, train ride, bounce houses, and more.  Make a night of it and check out the spring fashion attire at local shops and finish off the evening dining at one of the many restaurants in the downtown.

Orange County Homeownership Preservation Collaborative (OC HPC)

The OC HPC is a partnership of non-profit, government, and business leaders committed to safeguarding home ownership through counseling, financing, outreach, and education.  The organization was formed in mid-2007 in response to the large numbers of foreclosures occurring in Orange County, as well as throughout the country, as a result of the sub-prime mortgage meltdown. The Collaborative strives to leverage local resources in a way that serves local families, while complementing statewide and national initiatives in foreclosure prevention.  As part of those efforts, the Collaborative is putting together a series of workshops that will bring together borrows, lenders, and counseling groups to address the foreclosure problems faced by many homeowners.  On Wednesday, March 5, the Collaborative members are assisting with a homeowner foreclosure workshop put together by HOPE NOW and NeighborWorks.  You can go to the HOPE NOW website, http://www.hopenow.com, to get further information.  The workshop will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center, 800 West Katella Avenue, from 2 - 8 p.m.  The workshop is free, except for parking, and open to all members of the public.  Lenders and counselors will be there to address your loan problems, late payments, pending foreclosures, and other related issues.  Take advantage of this workshop to talk directly with your lender, get direction on how to deal with your mortgage problems, and find out about the many resources that are becoming available to help you.

FINANCE

Standard and Poor’s Investor Service released a rating of AA- on the city’s new bond issue, “Huntington Beach Public Financing Authority Lease Revenue Bonds Refunding Series A 2008.”  This is considered a high quality rating.  Very few cities in California receive a higher rating.  Standard and Poor’s also affirmed this same rating on the city’s other bond issues.  The city received recognition for improving reserve balances from earlier in the decade.

PUBLIC WORKS

Installation of the Long-Awaited City Entry Node Signs is Underway

To date, four of the seven monument signs located within city right-of-way have been erected.  The locations of the signs are on Adams Avenue east of Brookhurst Street, Warner Avenue west of Newland Street, Goldenwest Street north of Edinger Avenue, and Bolsa Chica Street south of Rancho Road.  The remaining three signs are located within state right-of-way and are awaiting permit approval from the State Department of Transportation (Caltrans) prior to installation.  Two signs will be located on Pacific Coast Highway (one east of Warner Avenue and the other east of Brookhurst Street), while the third will be located on Beach Boulevard (south of Edinger Avenue).  The final sign installations will be made after permits from Caltrans are granted.

 

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