August 17, 2009
BUILDING & SAFETY
Those simple words are especially important this summer. Indications are that El Nino will be revisiting us this winter so now is the time to get ready. Take a visual survey of your property and see what can be fixed now to avoid damage and higher costs later. Listed below are some items you may want to inspect.
Some of these items will require a building permit. Please contact the City of Huntington Beach Building and Safety Department at (714) 536-5241.
Quick Tip of the Week – Say It Again
Acknowledge the customer’s issue by relaying it back to them to make sure you understand what they’re asking. It validates the customer and ensures that you understand the issue.
COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Huntington Beach Senior Services
On Thursday, August 20 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Huntington Terrace will host Huntington Beach Senior Services Surf City Senior Providers Network. Huntington Terrace will serve lunch poolside and provide a networking opportunity to 75 county-wide providers of a wide range of services that are important to seniors including: adult protective services, Alzheimer’s services, assisted living, caregiver support services, emergency response, in-home care, insurance, medical equipment, older adult health services, residential living, reverse mortgages, etc. The Surf City Senior Providers Network is a forum founded by Huntington Beach Senior Services to address senior issues and concerns, facilitate access to needed services, provide advocacy on behalf of older adults, and improve communication between interested professional and community organizations. The Network’s goals are to promote and strengthen interagency communication, provide educational opportunities for Network members and the community at-large, and meet the needs of the older population. Senior Service providers interested in attending should RSVP to Teri Simonis at (714) 374-1517, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adopt a Pet at The Strand Every Tuesday
In addition to enjoying the festivities downtown on Main Street for Surf City Nights, walk over to 5th Street at The Strand to shop and possibly make a new friend and adopt a pet. Adopt a Pet is featured from 5 PM – 8 PM on Tuesday evenings. The OC Humane Society has dogs, cats, rabbits, and other pets that are waiting to meet you. To adopt a pet please note the following requirements:
For more information log on to: www.ochumanesociety.com or call 714.536.8480. Mention “Pet Adoption” and get two-for-one ice cream at New Zealand Natural Ice Cream (Tuesday Nights only).
Firefighters Bring Home the GOLD
Congratulations to the Fire personnel who participated in the 2009 Firefighter Olympics. Their participation in both individual and team events was outstanding. Huntington Beach Fire was well represented, contributing to the overall competitiveness of the state-wide Olympics. Firefighters participated in Ice Hockey, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Softball, Surfing, Golf, and Water Polo, bringing home the Gold in Ice Hockey and Mountain Biking, and the Bronze for Soccer.
Surf City Pipeline - Code Enforcement Issues
Obtain information and submit suspected code violations to the Code Enforcement Division via the Surf City Pipeline. The location of the complaint along with a brief description must be provided and a Code Enforcement Officer will investigate the problem. Your name and information is kept confidential. For more information, check out Surf City Pipeline on the city’s website or at http://user.govoutreach.com/surfcity/faq.php.
LIBRARY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Librarian Selected for Leadership Program
Librarian Lia Hernandez was recently chosen to participate in the prestigious “Eureka! Leadership Program.” The program, a partnership between Infopeople and the California State Library, is designed for professional librarians who exhibit leadership potential and are willing to share with others their enthusiasm, optimism, and vision for future library services. Ms. Hernandez is one of only thirty-two candidates selected through a state-wide competitive application process. The Institute itself is an intensive five-day residential event that will take place in San Jose. Congratulations Lia!
Adults Master the Art of Reading at the Huntington Beach Library
What do 600 adults, 6,000 entry forms and 6 fabulous prize baskets have in common?
They are all part of this year’s Adult Summer Reading Program at the Huntington Beach Library. The Adult program started in 2008 with 200 participants vying for four gift baskets. This summer, 600 enthusiastic adults signed up for our Master the Art of Reading program. This time they had six fabulous prize baskets to choose from! Each basket had a theme: Art of Reading, Baker’s Delight, Centennial, Chocolate Lover’s, Night at the Movies, and the Spa basket. For each book read, participants received an entry form to submit for the basket drawing. The drawing for the baskets will happen this week and the winners will be notified by August 20. The Huntington Beach Library wants to thank all our adults for making this year’s program such a rousing success!
Teen Reading Club Brings in Over 400 Teens
This summer 403 local teens participated in the library’s popular Teen Reading Club. The program kicked off with a Twilight movie party, drawing a lively audience of 62 teens who battled for prizes in a Twilight book trivia contest, sported vampire makeovers, and critiqued the film from start to finish. Over the course of the summer, teens in the Reading Club counted the total hours they spent reading earning credit for raffle prizes like Barnes and Noble gift cards, an iPod, Knott’s tickets, free books, and restaurant gift cards. By the end of the program, local teens had read over 2,000 hours! Fifty-four teen volunteers contributed to the fun atmosphere by working in the Teen Space section, doing online signups, handing out prizes, decorating, and helping fellow teens to find books and materials. Thanks to all of our volunteers and community sponsors who helped make this program a huge success! To read reviews of some of the books our teens enjoyed this summer, visit the Library’s TeenSpace online at http://hbplteenblog.blogspot.com/.
Circulation Element Update EIR Scoping Meeting
The Departments of Planning and Public Works will be holding a scoping meeting for the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the General Plan Circulation Element Update on Thursday, August 20 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. (Session 1) and 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. (Session 2) in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 2000 Main Street. (Note: The same information will be presented at both sessions.) The purpose of the Circulation Element Update is to evaluate the long-term transportation needs of the city and present a comprehensive plan to accommodate those needs. The Notice of Preparation, Initial Study, and Draft Circulation Element are available for public review and comment for thirty (30) days commencing Thursday, July 30, 2009, ending Friday, August 28, 2009, at 5:00 p.m. at the following locations:
For additional information, please contact Ricky Ramos, Senior Planner, at (714) 536-5271.
Downtown Specific Plan Update
A public comment meeting on the draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Downtown Specific Plan (DTSP) Update was held on Thursday, August 13, 2009, at City Hall. Approximately 14 people attended the meeting. Cheryle Hodge, the environmental consultant who prepared the draft EIR and city staff were available to take comments on the draft EIR. Comments related to noise, parking, traffic, historic resources, and aesthetics were discussed at the meeting. A copy of the draft EIR is available on the Planning Department website at http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/government/departments/planning/major/DTSP.cfm.
The draft EIR 45-day comment period concludes on Wednesday, September 2, 2009. All comments on the DTSP Update draft EIR should be addressed to Jennifer Villasenor, Associate Planner (email@example.com). The draft EIR will be discussed at the Planning Commission study session on September 9, 2009. A public hearing on the draft EIR and DTSP Update is tentatively scheduled for September 22, 2009.
CURB CRIME Program Kick-Off
The Curb Crime program in Huntington Beach was launched on Saturday August 1, 2009, at the Bella Terra Mall and the parking structure near 24 Hour Fitness. Several of our volunteers from the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) handed out flyers about crime prevention and Neighborhood Watch Newsletters. While Huntington Beach is consistently rated as one of the safest places live, work, and play, we all need to take a pro-active attitude toward preventing crime. A few quick reminders: lock your car, do not leave valuables (IPODS, GPS, cell phones, laptops, purses, etc) in plain sight, and do not leave the car running while they “just run inside real quick”.
The program was well received. RSVP’s received numerous positive comments about the HBPD police officers and volunteers that serve our city and the service HBPD provides.
The CURB CRIME program will alternate between Bella Terra Mall, Pier Plaza, and the beach parking lots.
Magnolia Street Rehabilitation Complete
The Magnolia Street Rehabilitation project between Atlanta Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway will be substantially complete the week of August 17. This street rehabilitation project removed failed pavement areas, constructed new asphalt concrete pavement, and upgraded traffic signing and striping. In addition to roadway rehabilitation, broken curb and gutter and sidewalks along the arterial were reconstructed, and where feasible, curb ramps were replaced to meet current ADA requirements. The project was bid with an additive alternate bid item to install a waterproofing membrane on the top deck of the channel bridge before repaving it to improve bridge longevity. This project was timed for construction and completion during summer vacation at Edison High School. State Proposition 1 B funded the $1.4 million project.
The Huntington Beach Fire Department conducts free home fire safety inspections for seniors. You can also get a free smoke detector with a 10 year battery and carbon monoxide detector installed. This free service is provided by Project SHIP senior home inspection program volunteers. You can schedule an appointment online or call 714-374-1615.