City Administrators Weekly Report

March 6, 2007

COMMUNITY SERVICES

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 Operation will be holding tryouts for new ocean lifeguards on Sunday, March 11, 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 $15.13 per hour (plus 5% for EMT certification and 5% for passing bilingual examination). All applicants must be 17 years of age by June 1, 2007. The tryouts consist of three physical events: a 1000-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 31 - April 7, and April 14 & 15. Applications are available at Lifeguard Headquarters or online at www.surfcity-hb.org/jobs. Please call 374-1752 for further information.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Surf CityTM Nights - Tuesdays March 6 - May 22 - Join the fun on Downtown Main Street tonight, March 6, from 5 - 9 p.m. Bring friends and family for an evening stroll to the downtown street fair that features a certified farmer's market, live entertainment, balloon artists, bounce house, sidewalk sales, and outdoor grilling. The farmer's market includes a fish monger, organic veggies/fruits, fresh cut flowers, and more. The City Parking Structure offers two hours of free parking for this event.

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LIBRARY SERVICES

New at the Huntington Beach Library - As more and more people listen to books on the run, in the car, or at the gym, new formats arise to make the experience even easier. On the heels of books on cassette, books on CD, and books on MP3-CD, comes Playaway. This is a small (8 ½ cm), battery-powered, audio device which contains one book. Simply plug in you headphones and press "Play." There is no downloading or formatting necessary. Stop by the library's Media Department to see a new "Book on Playaway."

"Creating Our World" - Russian/American Children's Art Exhibition - Children's art from a variety of pre-schools, art studios, high schools, and clubs in St. Petersburg, Russia, along with art from the Pegasus School in Huntington Beach and various schools in Cedar Falls, Iowa, comprised the children's art exhibition, "Creating Our World," on display at the HB Central Library Window Gallery through the month of February. The exhibition, sponsored in part by the Huntington Beach Art League, included a reception for the artists, their families, friends, and teachers and was planned by Vicki Truka the Art Director of the Pegasus School and included a buffet and refreshments provided by One Fine Blend, the Library's catering tenant. The exhibition was not planned as a competition, but rather as a way for children of all ages from opposite sides of the world to speak to each other about their lives, their imaginations, their experiences, while finding a commonality and shared humanity. The exhibition has also opened up a dialogue about the possibility of an annual event at the Central Library & Cultural Center's Art Galleries featuring children's art. A copy of the catalog from the exhibition is available for viewing in the Library Windows Gallery and in the Children's Department.

PUBLIC WORKS

Annual Water System Inspection Complete -We are happy to report that the Department of Health Services completed their annual inspection of the city's Water System on February 27 and found no discrepancies. "The inspection revealed that the water system is in good overall condition and that it is being operated and maintained adequately." Quoted from the report, "The city's water system is well-operated and maintained. The city has adequate source and storage capacity to meet peak water system demands. Groundwater wells, pump stations, reservoirs, disinfection facilities, and fluoridation facilities are in good condition. The treatment plant and distribution system operators have adequate certification. The produced water quality meets all state drinking water standards. The city is in compliance with all water quality monitoring requirements." The city continues to bring clean, safe water to our customers.


Did you know?

The Police Department provides FREE security checks of your home while you are on vacation!  This service is provided courtesy of the HBPD Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).  Sign up online for this free service.


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