City Administrators Weekly Reportt

MAY 18, 2009

CITY ADMINISTRATOR

The Huntington Beach City Council is seeking Huntington Beach residents to serve on a 15 member Charter Review Committee. Applicants must be 18 years of age, a registered voter, and resident of the City of Huntington Beach. Applications can be submitted online or by picking up an application at the City Council Office on the 4th floor of city hall. While a meeting schedule has not, as yet, been set, it is anticipated that the committee will begin its work in June, and  meetings will be held bi-weekly, in the evening. If you have questions regarding this committee, please contact Pat Dapkus at (714) 536-5579 or at mailto:pdapkus@surfcity-hb.org.

During the month of June, the city will celebrate diversity in our community. As part of the City of Huntington Beach’s Centennial Celebration, join us as we learn about history firsthand when Leon Leyson, the youngest survivor from Schindler’s List, describes his experiences as a Holocaust Survivor.  Mr. Leyson will talk about what he lived through during those chaotic times on Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at the Huntington Beach Central Library, 7111 Talbert (off of Goldenwest).  The program begins at 7:00 p.m.

CITY CLERK

City Clerk

Webster defines codification as the process of creating a code. You’ve probably not thought much about how a Council-adopted Ordinance becomes part of the Municipal or Zoning Codes.  The reason may be that Rebecca Ross of the City Clerk’s office makes it appear seamless.  Because of her diligence, every time you have an occasion to look up a Municipal or Zoning Code on-line, you can be assured that you’ve found the most up-to-date version. 

The city of Huntington Beach is one of very few cities in the state that codifies its own laws.  Most cities pay an outside firm many thousands of dollars a year to incorporate its changes, but those cities only receive updated codes once or twice a year, or at most, once a quarter.  During 2008, Rebecca codified nearly 40 chapters of the MC and Zoning codes, and on the very day a particular code becomes effective, every person in the city who has a code book to update has the new version, and the web page is updated.  

Whenever citizens or other city staff call our office to inquire whether or not the posted code is the most current, we immediately say with confidence and pleasure, “Yes, it absolutely is, thanks to Rebecca.”

CITY TREASURER

Unclaimed Funds – Claim Your Funds Today!

The City Treasurer still has unclaimed funds!  They will be held by the Office of the City Treasurer until June 17, 2009, at which time the remaining unclaimed funds will be permanently escheated to the city on June 18, 2009.  Check out the listing and claim form at www.surfcity-hb.org/unclaimed_funds.cfm.  If you are on the list, file your claim today.  Claims must be received by the Office of the City Treasurer no later than 5pm on June 17, 2009.

Quick Tip of the Week – Customers as Individuals

Think of customers as individuals.  Once we think that way, we realize our business is our customer, not our product or services.  Putting all the focus on the merchandise in our store, or the services our corporation offers, leaves out the most important component: each individual customer.  Keep those individual customers in mind!

COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

AVP Tour

The Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) will be presenting the 2009 AVP Crocs Tour Huntington Beach Open Presented by Bud Light on the south side of the pier on Memorial Day weekend, May 21-24.  This annual event features competition between the world’s best volleyball players and a festival environment with vendors and sponsors.  Competition on all courts runs from 8:00 AM until 6:00 PM on Thursday through Saturday and from 8:00 AM until completion of the finals on Sunday, at approximately 4:00 PM.  The event is free of charge, with the exception of the main court and two adjacent courts.  Tickets are $10/youth, $20/general admission, and $40 courtside.  Further information can be found on their website, www.avp.com

Memorial Day Celebration at Pier Plaza

The local Veteran’s organizations will present a Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 25 at 11:00 AM at Pier Plaza.  The ceremony will recognize local Huntington Beach residents who have given their lives in World Wars I and II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, and Iraq War.  The ceremony will be approximately one hour long. 

Marine Safety

In an effort to promote National Beach Safety Week, the Huntington Beach Marine Safety Division will be hosting an OPEN HOUSE at Lifeguard Headquarters on Memorial Weekend, May 23-25, from 11am to 5 pm. This event is coordinated with the United States Lifesaving Association’s (USLA) efforts to promote beach safety education through the annual National Beach Safety Week scheduled for May 18-25, 2009.

The general public and the media are invited to attend the OPEN HOUSE located at Vincent G. Moorhouse Lifeguard Headquarters, 103 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648. The event will showcase a number of beach safety displays, brochures, coloring books, and educational videos. Children will be permitted to have photos in the Toyota Lifeguard Rescue Truck and aboard the Honda Rescue Watercraft.

For more information on National Beach Safety Week, please visit the USLA website at www.usla.org. USLA, the nation’s association of open-water lifesavers, works to prevent drowning and related accidents through public education, the promotion of professional lifeguarding standards, and by encouraging the provision of lifeguard protection. Over 100 lifesaving agencies from across the United States are certified as meeting USLA’s recommended minimum standards. HB Marine Safety is a USLA Advanced Certified Agency.

In November of 2008, HB Marine Safety was honored to receive the first National Award for Professional Achievement for improving the professional image of their aquatic safety staff and the profession of lifesaving, thereby maintaining the standard of excellence subscribed to by the USLA. During the summers of 2007 and 2008, Huntington Beach Marine Safety was the subject of filming by Evolution Films resulting in the production of “Ocean Force Huntington Beach, OC.” This series documented the “Surf City Lifeguards” performing their daily duties in a highly proficient and professional manner, demonstrating a positive and professional image of open water lifesaving.

Summer Swim Schedule

The schedule for the Summer Swim Program is now available on the surfcity-hb.org website.  This year the Community Services Department will be offering a complete program at Marina High School, Edison High School and the City Gym and Pool.  Lap swim will continue at the Huntington Beach High School Pool throughout the summer.  Please check the city website for the schedule and registration information. 

Huntington Beach Senior Services

Volunteers enable Huntington Beach Senior Services to provide a wide range of services and programming important to the quality of life for seniors in our community.  During the summer, there are many substitute opportunities for volunteers whose schedule might be more flexible during the summer months.  Some of the substitute positions that are needed include the Meals to the Home program (volunteers must be 16 with a valid driver’s license); and Senior Transportation (volunteers must be 18 with a valid driver’s license). 

Experienced golfers are needed for the On Course golf tournament on Friday, June 26th.  In June, Senior Services is initiating a new volunteer opportunity to serve lunch for the congregate lunch program.  Volunteers are needed to greet our luncheon guests, serve lunch, and clean-up on Monday – Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  For these and any other volunteer opportunities, contact Diane Swarts, Volunteer Coordinator at 714-374-1544 or dswarts@surfcity-hb.org.  Fingerprinting and background checks are required.

2009 Youth Character Awards Honorees Announced

Mayor Keith Bohr was on hand at Bella Terra Huntington Beach to welcome and honor the 2009 Youth Character Award Nominees.  The Children’s Needs Task Force recognized 66 nominees from schools and youth groups throughout Huntington Beach and honored 18 students for the 2009 Youth Character Awards “Wall of Fame”.  The 18 honorees will be recognized by Mayor Bohr and City Council at their June 1, 2009 meeting.  Additionally, the honorees names will be memorialized on a bronze plaque and placed at Bella Terra’s Youth Character Award “Wall of Fame”.  The Youth Character Awards highlight students, grades 3 through 12, for their unique achievements that demonstrate an enduring commitment to the qualities associated with good character.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Chili at the Beach

Save the Date! The 2nd annual Chili at the Beach in Downtown Huntington Beach will be held on Father’s Day June 20th presented by the Huntington Beach Downtown Business Improvement District.  Activities include a chili-cook off on Saturday, a competition benefiting CHOC Hospital, prizes, children’s activities, entertainment, and Father’s Day Specials on Sunday!  Saturday the event is open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Weekly Art-A-Faire and Certified Farmer’s Market

As the weather changes from winter to spring, it is a great time to pay a visit to the Weekly Art-A-Faire and Certified Farmer’s Market, taking place each Friday at Pier Plaza, just north of the pier.  The weekly arts and crafts event showcases 50 vendors all selling unique handmade gifts and crafts.  From jewelry to surf-related items, you can find something for everyone.  This popular Friday event runs from approximately 10 am to 7 pm and is occasionally scheduled on weekends when no other events are scheduled.

The Huntington Beach weekly Certified Farmer’s Market is operated by the OC Farm Bureau. Every Friday from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, the Farmer’s Market offers a wide selection of locally grown fruits, nuts, vegetables and fresh flowers.  Every farmer selling at the market is inspected by the County agricultural commissioner to certify they actually grow the products they sell.  For an updated schedule of Art-A-Faire events, visit www.hbartafaire.com.

FIRE

Sparkling Angels

The Huntington Beach Fire Department will assist “Sparkling Angels,” a local charity, to help identify children who have a condition called Long QT Syndrome (LQTS).  This charity was created to honor Kelly Weaver, a 21 year old who died from this condition.  LQTS can be identified through a 12 Lead EKG and is treatable; however without treatment, there is a risk of sudden cardiac arrest. 

The goal of the charity is to screen 15,000 high school students by the end of 2011.  Sparkling Angels is conducting events at Edison High School, Marina High School, and Huntington Beach High School during May and June.  The Fire Department has committed a paramedic engine, personnel, and a Philips monitor to each event.  If you would like additional information on this charity, please visit the following website: http://www.sparkling –angel.com/sac.

INFORMATION SERVICES

Did you know that you can pay your utility bill and parking citations through Surf City Pipeline?   It is part of the the City's no cost, on-line, “E-Payment Program”.   You can pay with a credit card (Visa/Mastercard) by going to the Surf City Pipeline:  http://user.govoutreach.com/surfcity/faq   and selecting “e-pay; follow the instructions shown.

LIBRARY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Children’s Book Week Celebration was a Success!

Between May 11 and 17, the Children’s Library celebrated Children’s Book Week with two very special activities.  In addition to the ever-popular storytimes with Miss Mary-Pat, Miss Debra, Miss Danielle, and Miss Barbara, a crowd of 165 enjoyed an outdoor puppet show at the Main Street Branch on Wednesday May 13 at 4:00 p.m.  Complete with circus music and bubbles floating over the stage, “Scooter’s Circus Adventure”, a beautifully crafted and staged show by the Puppets and Players Little Theater, left both kids and adults eager for the next show. Set outside in the shade on the grassy area of the lawn, our audience followed Scooter the circus monkey’s journey from stage sweeper to singer.  Lucky for us, the weather was perfect. The next night, on Thursday the 14th, Miss Barbara held her free Family Evening Pajama Storytime, when 101 family members of all ages came to listen to stories and songs about books and the ducks and jungle animals who love them – followed by homemade chocolate chip cookies provided by the National Charity League!  Each child went home with their own copy of Highlights and/or High Five magazine, which were being handed out free to further celebrate Children’s Book Week. 

Library Website gets a Centennial Facelift

So many library users access our online services that our website has become as well known as our building. We are very excited about the unveiling of a new look for our popular online presence. In celebration of the library's 100th anniversary, a newly redesigned website will be unveiled on June 1st, 2009. With the help of the city's Information Services department, the library is remodeling its online virtual branch to a more user-friendly and modern-looking interface. Please stop by and see our new look at www.hbpl.org beginning June 1st.

Volunteer training for Library

The Library sent a team of 3 employees and a volunteer to a two-day training institute on volunteer engagement for California libraries.  The program, sponsored by the California State Library, included training to help libraries create diverse and meaningful volunteer positions to attract new audiences of potential volunteers.  Attendees learned to identify needs, how to make contact with strong volunteer candidates, and how to train and maintain these valuable partners. The California State Library has partnered with VolunteerMatch to launch californialibraries.volunteermatch.org, a resource that matches volunteers to opportunities at local libraries and at nonprofits within the greater community.  Libraries can now advertise their volunteer openings to more than 10 million visitors in the VolunteerMatch network. The Huntington Beach team returned with the training and skills to improve recruitment and retention; to enhance civic engagement; and to help meet various needs in the library.

PLANNING

Parkside Residential Project

The Parkside Residential Development, proposed on an approximately 50 acre site for the west side of Graham St. adjacent to the East Garden Grove-Wintersburg Flood Control Channel, was approved by the City Council in October 2002 for the development of 170 single family homes, approximately 3.7 acres of open space conservation area, an approximately 8 acre active/passive park and numerous infrastructure improvements.   In 2008 the California Coastal Commission (CCC) approved a Local Coastal Program Amendment (LCPA) for the Land Use Plan that modified the 2002 City action by reducing the amount of land available for development from approximately 37.4 acres to 26.4 acres and increasing the amount of open space conservation area from 3.7 acres to 23.1 acres.  
Subsequently, the City Council formally accepted the CCC’s action and amended the City’s Coastal Element accordingly.  In accordance with the CCC’s and City’s 2008 actions on the Land Use Plan, the developer, Shea Homes, has submitted a request to modify their project to include 111 homes, a 1.57 acre park, restored wetland and buffer areas, other open space and trails.  The public hearing for the revised plans is scheduled for the June 1, 2009 City Council meeting.

Environmental Impact Report No. 97-2 (EIR), certified by the City Council in 2002 for the project, found no effects of Project development (then 170 units) to be significant unavoidable impacts.  Likewise, the CCC found that the Land Use Plan amendment would not result in significant adverse environmental impacts.   Notwithstanding that these two environmental reviews have been completed, City staff has had an evaluation of the revised project prepared within the context of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  City staff has determined that Addendum EIR is the appropriate level of CEQA review for the revised project. 

Pursuant to CEQA, Addendum EIRs are provided for informational purposes and do not require approval via a public hearing.  Addendums are not circulated to the public for comment nor do they have a public comment period.  Given the past interest in this project, staff is posting the Addendum on the City’s website for informational purposes only, effective May 20th.   In addition, the Addendum is available at the Planning Department and City Clerk’s office. 

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Flags 4 Heroes – Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th

To honor those men and women who have died in the performance of their professional duties as Police and Firefighters in the state of California, we will place American flags in the sand at PCH
and First, and along the boardwalk near Lifeguard Headquarters. The names of the 1600 fallen heroes will be read aloud continuously all day, accompanied by the ringing of a fire bell.
BJ’s Restaurants Foundation will welcome volunteers from its local restaurants and home office; local schools and scout troops, along with members of the community.

Beginning at 9 a.m., the Police and Fire Department Honor Guard will post flags outside lifeguard headquarters; concluding at 5 p.m. with the Police Honor Guard firing a three shot volley, Taps, and a moment of silence.

PUBLIC WORKS

Project Completed to Extend Life of Water Pipeline

The Public Works Department recently completed a half-mile long corrosion protection project on the city’s 42-inch potable water transmission main located on Edwards Street between Varsity Drive and Ellis Avenue.  In an effort to conserve the water drained from the pipe during construction, over 2.5 million gallons of water were diverted into Huntington Lake in Central Park for both recreational use and groundwater recharge.  The project began on March 31 and was complete May 4.  Projects of this type significantly increase the functional life of pipelines and defer future costly replacements.  The City’s Capital Improvement Program includes projects of similar scope over the next few years.














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