City Administrators Weekly Report

July 13, 2009

CITY TREASURER

Quick Tip of the Week – Posture Begets Performance

Always sit up straight and smile when you take a call, it shows.

COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

HB Reads BOOKFAIR -- Sunday, July 26 – Saturday, August 1, 2009   
Barnes & Noble at the Bella Terra Mall hosts a “Bookfair” as fundraising support for Huntington Beach Reads One Book.  Funds are used to purchase copies of the featured book for local high school students, host readers’ events, and to bring authors to Huntington Beach.  Tell the cashier you are participating in the Bookfair for Huntington Beach Reads One Book and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to the program.  This applies to any book, CD, or DVD you purchase during the Bookfair.  HB Reads will announce the next featured book in August 2009.  Help support HB Reads by making your purchases during July 26 to August 1.  For more information, go to www.HBReads.org or call 714-374-1645.
Cell Phone Collection – Senior Services

Huntington Beach Senior Services is collecting unused cell phones and other small electronics to raise money and to help the environment.  In conjunction with the National Council on Aging and Cellular Recycler, old phones and equipment are either refurbished for further use or parts are recycled.  This helps keep equipment out of landfills and monetary compensation per item is given to the senior center.  New in 2009, is the acceptance of small electronics including: laptops, cameras, mp3 players, and video game consoles.  Phones and equipment can be dropped off at the Seniors’ Outreach Center, 1718 Orange Ave., HB, 92647 or sent to Michelle Yerke at the same address.

HBAC’s Centered on the Center Open Through July 19th

The Huntington Beach Art Center’s annual open call, non-juried, exhibition Centered on the Center will be open through Sunday, July 19. This annual exhibition features over 250 local and regional artists working in a variety of media.  With over 350 pieces of art work, the Centered on the Center exhibition creates a stunning display.  The HBAC has extended its normal gallery hours for the final week of this exciting exhibition.  The Art Center’s galleries will be open Tuesday – Thursday from 10am – 6pm; Friday – Saturday 12 – 6pm; and Sunday 12 – 4pm.  The HBAC is located at 538 Main St.  For more information please call 714.374.1650.

Family Camp Out

The City of Huntington Beach offered its fourth overnight camping event at Central Park on July 11 and 12.  Two hundred twenty people participated in the event.  Campers were invited to attend organized activities, drop-in activities, or just kick back and enjoy the beautiful area.  The activities offered included:  Peak program (by REI), nature crafts, nature hike with a visit to Shipley Nature Center, a program provided by Inside the Outdoors, games, and play time at the Adventure Playground.  Everyone enjoyed a BBQ dinner and a pancake breakfast was served by the Lions Club in the morning.  Mary Pat Gonzalez entertained everyone with stories and songs.  Inside the Outdoors brought snakes and mammals and presented educational information

Senior Softball at the Central Park Sports Complex

This past weekend saw sunshine and warm weather as the City of Huntington Beach partnered with the Huntington Beach Council on Aging in hosting the 21ST Annual Senior Softball Tournament at the Huntington Central Park Sports Complex. The tournament continues to have inter-state appeal as teams from Arizona joined teams from Simi Valley, Valencia, Oxnard, Carlsbad, and of course, Huntington Beach for a relaxing and fun time in the city. There were 26 teams competing in six divisions for the right to claim to be the best in the Southland in their competition level. All participants in the tournament received the very popular, special edition, commemorative shirt celebrating the 21st anniversary of this event.

Double Nickels from Simi Valley topped the SoCal 55 team from Los Angeles for their first tournament championship.  Just 4 Fun from Phoenix, Arizona outlasted the Fountain Valley Outlaws for the Division II championship. The Carlsbad After Hours came out on top in Division III besting the Huntington Beach Orioles in a wild game. The HB Hoosierdaddy’s   topped the Valencia Silver Sox for their first Division IV championship, while the Fullerton Blues outlasted the pack to secure their second championship in Division V. The Thousand Oaks 70’s upended the Westlake Village Lighthouse Loans to claim the Division VI championship.

Participants enjoyed the event and are already looking forward to next year’s tournament. Many thanks to the Huntington Beach Council on Aging for the sponsorship of this event, and for their ongoing efforts advocating on behalf of Huntington Beach Seniors!

Project Self-Sufficiency Foundation supports PS-S

Congratulations to the Project-Self Sufficiency Foundation (PS-SF) on being selected as one of the J. Jill Compassion Fund Grant Recipients for 2009.  PS-SF and the City of Huntington Beach Project Self-Sufficiency program (PS-S) have had a successful public/private partnership for many years.  In addition to the generous grant award, the PS-SF was identified to participate in the “Evening of Compassion” in Newport Beach, an in-store event celebrating the partnership between PS-SF and the J. Jill Compassion Fund.  The “Evening of Compassion” event is scheduled for July 29 and will provide an opportunity for the PS-S program to gain recognition and support in the local community.  PS-SF is one of 30 organizations recognized by J. Jill for their efforts in helping women empower themselves and change their lives.  The J. Jill Compassion Fund is committed to providing support to community based organizations that help poor and homeless women become self-sufficient.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

First Time Homebuyers Program

On July 6, the City Council approved a new First-Time Homebuyers Down Payment Assistance program.  The City will offer down payment assistance for the purchase of a new home.  Assistance will depend on bedroom size.   Potential applicants cannot make more than 120% Area Median Income (AMI) or have had an ownership interest in a property within the last three years.  The program includes an equity share component, no cash-out refinancing; the applicant’s credit must be at least fair to good so that the applicant can qualify for a traditional 30 year mortgage.  If you feel you qualify and want to be placed on the interest list, or want further information, please contact the City’s Housing Manager, Sidney Stone at 714-536-5901 or sidney.stone@surfcity-hb.org .

INFORMATION SERVICES

Surf City Pipeline

Did you know that you can contact our Code Enforcement / Neighborhood Preservation staff through Surf City Pipeline?  Do you want to know what the rules are regarding yard sales, abandoned vehicles, nuisance property, overgrown vegetation, and many more issues? 
Login to the city web site at www.surfcity-hb.org, click on the Surf City Pipeline logo,   
and check out the Code Enforcement /Neighborhood Preservation category. 

LIBRARY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Overdrive Downloadable Audiobooks are Now IPod Accessible

Huntington Beach Public Library is pleased to expand access to its downloadable audiobook collection with even more support for the popular iPod player. IPod users can simply download the latest Overdrive Media Console software and transfer most of our audiobooks to the popular Apple device. Another new feature allows shortening the checkout period from two weeks to one. Those who listen quickly can “return” the title in a week and check out something new. If you are the kind of person who likes to share opinions online, you can now rate audiobooks (one to five stars) and see the ratings of fellow readers. Visit www.e.hbpl.org to check out the newest titles and features in downloadable audio.

Library’s Literacy Volunteers Honored

HBPL held a 25th Anniversary Tea at Central Library on June 19.   Founder, Linda Light, was honored, as well as three 20-year, two 15-year, six 10-year, and eight 5-year volunteers.  Helen Priester and Jessica Jiang were named Tutor and Student of the Year.  Kat Gilmore was Outstanding Volunteer of the Year.  Literacy Volunteers gave more than 10,000 hours this fiscal year.  They have worked with 6,000 adult students since 1984.  Mayor Keith Bohr, Council Members/Library Liaisons Gil Coerper and Joe Carchio, and Library Director Stephanie Beverage congratulated the Literacy Volunteers for 25 years of good work.

PLANNING

Update on the Senior Center

Pursuant to the conditions of approval for the senior center project (CUP No. 07-039), the City Council will hold a study session on the “green”/sustainable building practices for the Senior Center at the August 17 City Council meeting.  The Planning Commission approved the plans at the June 23 meeting.  The appeal of the Planning Commission’s approval of the Senior Center’s design and landscaping plans has also been slated for the August 17 City Council meeting.  For additional information on the Senior Center, please contact Jennifer Villasenor, Associate Planner, (714) 536-5271.

POLICE DEPARTMENT

We’re Looking For a Few Good Volunteer Retirees!

The Huntington Beach Police Department’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is comprised of men and women over the age of 55 from all walks of life.  They join the program because they want to give back to the community by sharing their time, talents, wisdom, and knowledge with the Police Department. 

Some of the duties assigned to our RSVP’s include, but are not limited to:

Prospective applicants are selected after passing an oral interview, background check, and a positive assessment of their suitability for the various duties performed within the Police Department.

Participants must live in Huntington Beach, have a valid driver’s license, be in good physical health, and be able to volunteer a minimum of twenty-four hours per month.
Applications will be accepted for the next RSVP academy through July 27, 2009.   For more information, or to request an application, please contact:  Nilda Patiño de Berndt, Community Relations Specialist, at 714-536-5933 or e-mail nberndt@hbpd.org .

PUBLIC WORKS

Summer Water and Energy Conservation

The hot afternoons can tempt us to use more water this time of year. The same recommendations that apply to energy conservation also work for water savings: 

For more information visit the city’s water conservation website at:

www.surfcity-hb.org/government/departments/public_works/water_conservation/.









Did you know?

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.


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