City Administrators Weekly Report

November 20, 2007

COMMUNITY SERVICES

Thanksgiving Adopt-a-Family Program for Project Self-Sufficiency  
Project Self-Sufficiency staff is very pleased to report that all PS-S families requesting help through the Thanksgiving Adopt-a-Family Program were matched with generous members of the community.  The families and PS-S staff send their appreciation to everyone who helped make this Thanksgiving a memorable one for those in need.

Painting on Wood: Decorative Techniques for Your Home
Learn to sand and paint plaques for a weathered look, and then draw, paint or collage an image of your choice to create a one-of-a-kind artwork for your home.  Taught in a fun learning environment, the class is offered on Sunday, November 25, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the Huntington Beach Art Center located at 538 Main Street.  The cost of the class is $25, or $20 for HBAC members.  Please call 714.374.1650 and refer to class number HBAC/3041.403 when registering.

Rotary Refresh
In November, Rotary Club Members and other recruits generously donated their time and talents to do a “Rotary Refresh” at two homes belonging to low income seniors in Huntington Beach.  Thanks to a partnership between Huntington Beach Senior Services, the Rotary Club and the Huntington Beach Council on Aging (COA), the Rotary volunteers built a wheelchair-accessible at the home of a couple who have disabilities and are extremely low income.  The Rotary Club provided the labor and talent and HB COA funded the project.  Huntington Beach Senior Services social workers select the clients most in need and because this first project was so successful, the Rotary Club is recruiting volunteers for another senior home that needs extensive work.

Holiday Meals
On Thanksgiving, nine Huntington Beach Senior Services volunteers will deliver Holiday meals to 84 Huntington Beach seniors alone on the holiday.  Sunrise Senior Living is preparing at cost a delicious Thanksgiving meal of Turkey and all the fixin's.  Girl Scout Troop 2144 handcrafted each senior a greeting card.  The volunteers often make delivering these meals a family project and the seniors look forward to the short visit and smiles from the volunteers as much as the meal.  The Handy Crafters and the Huntington Beach Council on Aging fund the holiday meal program.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

City Café
For the Holidays – Purchase any breakfast sandwich, lunch sandwich, salad, or soup combo and receive three holiday eggnog mousse bites free.  This offer will run from November 19th to December 7th.  Reminder: the City Café will be closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week for Thanksgiving.  

PLANNING

Code Enforcement to Hold Workshop on Shopping Cart Ordinance
Earlier this year, the City Council passed Ordinance No. 3759, “Shopping Cart Containment and Retrieval Ordinance”, to address stray and abandoned carts on city streets, sidewalks, and parks.  In an effort to assist businesses in the development of containment and retrieval plans and meet the requirements of the ordinance, the Code Enforcement Division of the Planning Department will be conducting a workshop on November 29th, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Room B-8.

The workshop will provide businesses with an overview of the ordinance and guidance on how to develop and complete a cart containment and retrieval plan.  The workshop will also provide businesses the opportunity to discuss questions directly with staff and network with other Huntington Beach businesses to collaborate on containment and retrieval strategies.  For more information on the workshop or the shopping cart ordinance, please contact Neighborhood Preservation Manager, Bill Zylla, at (714) 536-5274.

Senior Center Update
The Planning Commission held a study session on the Conditional Use Permit on November 13 at their regular meeting.  Although no action was taken, the hearing provided an overview of the proposed senior center project.  The Planning Commission will review the conclusions of the EIR and discuss the proposed mitigation measures at a study session on November 27.  On December 11, the Planning Commission will consider certification of the final EIR and action of the project at a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. 

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