City Administrators Weekly Report

July 27, 2009

CITY TREASURER

Quick Tip of the Week – Action Afterwards Matters

Follow through to ensure your (internal/external) customer commitments are honored.

COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Project Self-Sufficiency

The Project Self Sufficiency Foundation (PS-SF) was identified to participate in the J. Jill “Evening of Compassion” on July 29 at the Fashion Island J. Jill store in Newport Beach.  This in-store event is celebrating the partnership between PS-SF and the J. Jill Compassion Fund.  The “Evening of Compassion” event 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. 

Huntington Beach Senior Services

Transportation – Since the beginning of 2009, Senior Services has provided 18,500 rides to Huntington Beach seniors.  Senior Services provides transportation to Huntington Beach residents 55+ Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  The Seniors on the Go program buses seniors for all transportation needs within Huntington Beach and to the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors Center for the congregate lunch program, classes, and activities.  Medical Transportation is also available to Hoag Memorial Presbyterian Hospital, Fountain Valley Regional Hospital, and to Orange Coast Memorial Hospital. 

Huntington Beach Art Center

An opening reception for the Huntington Beach Art Center’s new contemporary exhibition, land sea air will be held Friday, July 31 from 7 – 9 p.m.  This contemporary exhibition features three site-responsive installations that reflect the land, the sea, and the air of Huntington Beach.  Land sea air extends the contained spaces of the HBAC’s galleries out into the natural realms of the city.  “Land” is explored by Robert Wysocki, “sea” by Peter Segerstrom, and “air” with Prana the Dinosaur — an inflatable “smart” sculpture built by the Contemporary Art and Technology class at Cypress College. Contemporary art practices and ecological concerns are investigated within the three separate installations which create their own landscapes that are unique and responsive to both the Art Center and Huntington Beach.  The exhibition will continue from August 1 – September 6.  The HBAC’s gallery hours are   Wed. – Sat. from 12:00–6:00 p.m. and Sun. 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Restaurant Opening in Downtown HB

Johnny Rockets opens Thursday, July 29 at The Strand.  Located at the corner of 5th Street and PCH, Johnny Rockets offers a menu of favorites including hamburgers, classic sandwiches, hand-dipped shakes and malts all in a nostalgic environment.  Enjoy a meal featuring table top jukeboxes and authentic All-American décor.

SURF CITY SAVINGS EXPANSION

At the July 20, 2009, City Council meeting, the City Council approved a request from Council Member Joe Carchio to expand the Surf City Savings program to all businesses in the City of Huntington Beach.   In the coming weeks, any local business willing to develop and honor an incentive to encourage shopping in Huntington Beach will be able to participate and will receive a program decal for their shop window, and a link and program coupon on www.surfcitysavings.com.   The City will continue to support the program through advertising in various publications.  Staff is working diligently to get the details of the expanded program in place as soon as possible and will continue to update the business community as to when the full program will be up and running.  Stay tuned! 

INFORMATION SERVICES

Information Services (IS) received 6 employee budget suggestions to turn off or sleep/hibernate computers & monitors when not in use and at night/weekends.  As part of Phase 1 Energy Projects approved by Council in April, HB just issued a purchase order for software (paid by SCE through our energy efficiency partnership) that will allow Information Services Department to manage the power consumption of the PC’s & monitors in HB more effectively.  This software has some interactive features that will allow the city and users to track the energy savings on each PC. 

This measure, when implemented, should save 200 KWh per computer per year.  This translates into about $28,000 in savings to the utility budget every year.  Huntington Beach’s Information Services department is undertaking several additional energy efficiency projects and is a leader in municipal green computing.

Surf City Pipeline

Did you know that you can get beach information on Surf City Pipeline?   Whether it is parking locations, a parking pass, dog beach, the Surf Report, or our live Surf Webcam,  you can check out any of these topics, and more, on the Surf City Pipeline.  www.surfcity-hb.org

LIBRARY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Free SAT Practice Test to be Held at Huntington Beach Public Library

As skilled test-takers know, the key to success is practice, practice, practice. The library, in partnership with Kaplan is sponsoring a FREE full-length practice SAT/ACT test on Saturday, August 8 from 9:30am - 1:30pm at the Huntington Beach Central Library. The practice test will be followed by a Test Results/ Workshop Night for students and parents on Thursday, August 20 at 7:00 pm.  Space is limited to 50 students, so reservations are required. You can reserve your space by contacting John Peterson from Kaplan at 949-756-2950, ext. 3017, or Lia Hernandez at Central Library, 714-374-1669.

PLANNING  

Planning Commission Study Session on Downtown Specific Plan

The Planning Commission will be holding the third in a series of study sessions on the Downtown Specific Plan (DTSP) Update on July 28, 2009, at 5:15 P.M. in City Council Chambers.  This study session will focus on parking within the DTSP area.  Kimley Horn, Inc., the City’s parking and traffic consultant for the project, will present an analysis of current parking conditions and provide recommendations for existing conditions and future parking demand for new development in the DTSP area.  A copy of the staff report for tonight’s meeting is available at
http://www.surfcityhb.org/government/departments/planning/PJB/pcl/PCAgenda072809.cfm; the draft Downtown Specific Plan and the Downtown Parking Study is available on the Planning Department website at
http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/government/departments/planning/major/DTSP.cfm.

POLICE DEPARTMENT

National Night Out – Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The three things criminals hate most are lights, sounds, and crowds. On National Night Out, we want you to gather your neighbors and friends, turn on your porch lights, and step outside. This will create the three elements criminals hate most and send a clear message that they should avoid operating on your street.
On National Night Out people nationwide will join together with neighbors, friends, businesses, and police to send a signal to criminals that we will not tolerate crime in our communities. National Night Out is a central point of focus for our community to rally together to fight crime. It is also an essential component to our Neighborhood Watch Program creating an opportunity within a neighborhood to celebrate and come together. National Night Out is a demonstration of the positive value of a strong community and police partnership based on a mutual concern for the safety of our neighborhoods. With each porch light that is left on, and each streetlight that illuminates a neighborhood, a beacon of hope is sent to good, honest citizens and a strong message sent to perpetrators that crime will not be tolerated.

There are many activities you can do with your neighbors to show unity, share crime prevention tips, and help keep criminals out of our backyard. Here are just a few suggestions:

  1. • Host a Neighborhood Watch Block Meeting
  2. • Have a Block cookout with games, etc.
  3. • Have programs and crafts for children to do with a crime prevention theme.
  4. • Sit outside with your neighbors – make plans and set goals to improve your neighborhood. Focus on one project you can work on as a neighborhood over the next 6 months or year.
  5. • Conduct a disaster preparedness drill, and be sure everyone has a 3 to 5 day survival kits.
  6. • Host a Crime Prevention art contest, 1 entry per household, and display them in front of your home.

Remember to turn on your porch lights (between 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.), lock your doors and windows, and step outside to talk with your neighbors and friends. Working together we can send a message to criminals that they are NOT welcome in Huntington Beach.

PUBLIC WORKS

Emergency Project on Pacific Coast Hwy at Bolsa Bay

Northbound Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) will be closed to through traffic between Goldenwest Street and Warner Avenue during the week while Caltrans makes emergency repairs to prevent further erosion of the underlying roadway.  At this time, no work is scheduled on the weekend of August 1 and 2, and one lane will be made available.  The closure will be reinstated on August 3rd, and likely last until August 7th.   The planned detour for northbound PCH traffic is northbound Goldenwest to westbound Warner Avenue.    Six portable changeable message signs will be in use to alert traffic.   Northbound PCH traffic will be allowed for Bolas Chica State Beach access.  Local residents still will be able to access Seapoint from PCH.  Northbound bicycle traffic will be allowed and detoured to the State Beach entrance. Questions can be directed to Caltrans at 949-724-2000 or online at www.dot.ca.gov.












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