City Administrators Weekly Report

May 15, 2007

COMMUNITY SERVICES

“Mix it up” at Artini Time II - The Huntington Beach Art Center’s annual live Auction Party takes place Saturday, May 19, 2007, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m., with the live auction beginning at 8:00 p.m. Twenty-five pieces of contemporary artwork will be auctioned to the highest bidders in a stimulating, festive setting. The event also features the Art Center’s popular Artini bar, fine food and wine from local restaurants, and the captivating music of Glenn Hartman. Silent bidding and bidding by proxy are available for those unable to attend the live auction. This event promises to be a memorable night! Funds raised benefit the Art Center’s exhibition and educational program. Admission is $50; HBAC members $45. Please call 714-374-1650 for more information. To view artwork online, visit www.surfcity-hb.org/Residents/recreation_culture/Art_Center.cfm.

Marine Safety Open House – In an effort to promote National Beach Safety Week May 21 - 28, the Huntington Beach Marine Safety Division will host an Open House at the Vincent G. Moorhouse Lifeguard Headquarters, 103 Pacific Coast Highway, on Memorial Day Weekend, May 26 – 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event will showcase a number of beach safety displays, brochures, free coloring books, and educational videos. Children may board a Nissan rescue truck or Honda rescue watercraft for photos. Stop by and get a free blood pressure check and tour the lifeguard apparatus room.

Project Self Sufficiency - Single parents, Mira and Stephanie, received Frank M. Doyle scholarships in the amounts of $6,000 and $4,000, respectively. They are both current students at Golden West College. The scholarships are awarded by the Frank M. Doyle Foundation to graduates of the Huntington Beach Union High School District or Golden West College students. This is a wonderful accomplishment for them, and PS-S staff is proud of these women for their diligence and determination.

American Youth Character Awards - The Huntington Beach Children’s Needs Task Force, together with the City of Huntington Beach, is sponsoring the American Youth Character Awards program at the Huntington Beach Pier Plaza Amphitheater on May 19 at 11:00 a.m. These awards are designed to honor young people who are the real and proper role models for their generation. Young people need role models to show them how to live in a world fraught with pressures, temptations and bad examples. The American Youth Character Awards are designed to honor young people (regardless of their family background, race, culture, financial status, IQ or physical condition) whose lives and achievements demonstrate an enduring commitment to qualities associated with good character. Those selected should be undeniable role models for their generation, and an inspiration to those whom their lives touch.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Surfcity Nights Logo Surf City Nights - Join the fun on Downtown Main Street tonight, May 15, 2007, from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. This week includes Ned Landin a guitarist that composes his own music and covers Rock & Roll music, and Roadkill King an Orange County Blue Grass band will perform at the Main/Olive intersection. Additionally, you can enjoy an evening stroll through the street fair that includes a certified farmers’ market, bounce houses, trains, balloon artists, sidewalk sales, and outdoor grilling. The farmers’ 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

FIRE

Emergency Warning Siren Re-Test – The emergency warning siren at Fire Station 7 - Warner did not function properly during the test last Friday. It has been repaired and will be tested again on Friday, May 18 at noon. The test will last approximately 15 seconds. Future testing of all eight emergency warning sirens will continue on the first Friday of every month.

PLANNING

The First Public Participation Meeting on Beach/Edinger Corridor Study - Forty-three people attended the May 10 Public Participation meeting on the Beach Boulevard and Edinger Avenue Corridor Study. The lead consultant on the project, the economic consultant and the traffic consultant gave an overview of the corridor study process. Copies of each of the lead consultant’s and the economic consultant’s presentations will be available in the next few days on the City’s website at http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/CityDepartments/planning/major/. Additionally, the meeting was rebroadcast on Channel 3 on Saturday, May 12 at 4:00 p.m., will be rebroadcast again on Monday, May 14 at 6:00 p.m., Saturday, Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m., and Friday, May 18 at 3:00 p.m. The rebroadcast will also be available on the internet within the next two weeks as well. The next Public Participation meeting is slated for June 20 at the Central Library, in rooms C & D from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Coastal Commission Hearing on Parkside Estates - The California Coastal Commission held a public hearing on the Parkside Estates project proposed by Shea Homes. The Commission voted to continue action on the Local Coastal Program Amendment. It is anticipated that the Commission will consider the project at their July meeting in San Luis Obispo. We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.

Public Comment Period on Senior Center Notice of Preparation Closes - The thirty day public review and comment period for the proposed Senior Center Notice of Preparation (NOP) closed on May 4. During the comment period, interested parties were able to comment on the scope and content of the environmental analysis to be included in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The Planning Department received comments from eleven interested parties. The draft Environmental Impact Report is scheduled to be available for public review by August 2007.

PUBLIC WORKS

April 2007 Water Consumption - The dry winter continues to take its toll. City-wide consumption is up nearly 16% from this time last year. Please irrigate responsibly.

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