October 26, 2009
The next meeting of the Charter Review Commission is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 3. The Commission will be discussing Article 7 of the City Charter (Elections) and considering recommendations related to Campaign Finance Reform. They also hope to complete discussions on City Council compensation. The meeting begins at 6:00 pm in Room B-8 on the lower level of City Hall. Public comments are welcomed.
Customer Service Tip of the Week – Smile, You’re Appreciated!
Smile at friend and foe alike and make every effort to find, in him or her, a quality to praise. The deepest yearning of human nature is the craving to be appreciated!
COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Downtown Halloween Fest
The Huntington Beach Downtown Business Improvement District will be presenting Halloween Fest this Saturday, October 31. The event will include a children’s costume contest, a dog costume contest, games, haunted house, and trick-or-treating. The Halloween Fest will be located in the first three blocks of Main Street and at the Strand from 4:00 until 8:00 PM. For more information, visit www.hbdowntown.com
Halloween Costume Contest at Bella Terra
The City of Huntington Beach Community Services Dept. will be partnering with Bella Terra on Saturday, October 31 to offer this free Halloween activity. Registration and judging will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. followed by final judging until 2:00 p.m. in front of the theaters. Prizes will be awarded for ages 3-under, 4-6 years, and 7-14 years. Come out and enjoy goodie bags and trick-or-treating.
Huntington Beach Senior Services
The Handy Crafters will hold a craft bazaar in the lobby of City Hall on Thursday, October 29 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Browse their handmade baby clothes, scarves, sweaters, and holiday items for your holiday gifts. All the proceeds from the sale benefit the Huntington Beach Senior Services Holiday Meals program.
The Handy Crafters are a group of volunteers who meet at the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center each Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. Each week day, their beautiful work is on display in the lobby at Rodgers Seniors’ Center and can be purchased from the front desk. A broader selection of merchandise is available at their Friday meetings.
The Handy Crafters also donate baby items to Western Medical Center, baby hats to CHOC, blankets to the V.A. hospital and to the homeless. All are welcome to join this group. There are crafters from 10 different countries with as many languages represented. Beginners are welcome as well. Materials and instruction are provided. For more information, call the senior center, 714-536-9387.
Huntington Beach Art Center
Please join us Wednesday, October 28 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. as Artist Kelly McLane discusses her exhibition “On the Road to Trona”. Additionally, “Backyards and Kitchens”, a series of woodcuts by Resident Artist Carleton Christy, is on display in the Project Room. For more information about these and all of our events, please contact us at 714-374-1650.
55th Annual Distance Derby
On Saturday, October 24, the city of Huntington Beach held its 55th Annual Distance Derby, the oldest race in Orange County. Once again, the event benefitted Project Self-Sufficiency. The 10-mile run, 5-mile run/walk, and Surf Kids Fun Run all started and finished at beautiful Pier Plaza. The event took place on a flat course with a spectacular view of the ocean! Eric Frome, age 29 from Ladera Ranch, finished the 10-mile run in 55:16 earning him first place in the 10-mile event. John Gardiner, age 37 of Rancho Santa Margarita, finished the 5-mile in 26:30 earning him first place in the 5-mile run!
The event would not have been possible without the support of the various community groups and individuals who volunteered to provide outstanding services to the community. A special thank-you to event sponsors including Trader Joes, Wal*Mart, Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, Albertsons Huntington Beach, and A Snail’s Pace for their contributions to this fantastic event!ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Commercial Property Search Goes Online!
Businesses looking to locate or expand in Huntington Beach now have a new resource to make their search easier, as the Economic Development Department website now offers free, real-time property listings. Listings are specific to Huntington Beach and are provided through a partnership with www.Loopnet.com. The search is directly accessible through the “Business” link on www.surfcity-hb.org and is the most comprehensive listing available of commercial, retail, office, and industrial properties for sale and lease in Huntington Beach.
Surf City Savings Expands Citywide
On October 19, 2009, the City Council approved the expansion of the Surf City Savings Program. Formerly a pilot program at Five Points, Bella Terra, and Old World, the program is now available to all licensed businesses in Huntington Beach. It is free for merchants and consumers and is operated by Victoria Alberty of www.TheLocalHB.com, who is under contract to the City for the continued operation of the www.surfcitysavings.com website. Surf City Savings is designed to encourage shopping in Huntington Beach by offering discounts and incentives intended to keep a few extra dollars in consumers’ wallets. Shopping locally increases traffic for local businesses and generates much-needed sales tax to support City services. Best of all, it is free of charge to all who participate. Merchants interested in participating and consumers seeking discounts may visit www.surfcitysavings.com for details. Keep checking the website – more offers are added every day.
Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery
As the time change approaches on Sunday, November 1, the Fire Department wants to remind you to make another change that could save your life – changing the batteries in your smoke alarms. Changing smoke alarm batteries at least once a year is one of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce fire related deaths and injuries. The risk of dying in a home fire is nearly cut in half if smoke alarms are working properly. The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when most families are sleeping. Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths. Children and senior citizens are most at risk, and a working smoke alarm can give them the extra seconds they need to get out safely.
Educational Program for Ocean Breeze Villas
On Saturday, October 24, the Fire Department conducted an education outreach program on fire safety for the Ocean Breeze Villas residents. This educational program was conducted due to a recent fire in these apartments where there was a double fatality. Information was presented to the families on how to prevent fire, how to escape from a fire, and all 287 units received fire safety material. In addition, the residents were informed of the general Fire Department operations as they pertained to this particular fire. A fire engine was on site to provide demonstrations for the children.
LIBRARY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
The Library is becoming Homework Central!
Never before has the Huntington Beach Public Library been such a resource for homework help than it is now. Not only do we provide our great new online homework service “Brainfuse” offering unlimited on-on-one personalized tutoring on subjects like Math and Science, now we have an onsite Homework Coordinator! We are pleased to welcome volunteer Zain Shirazi to the library’s afterschool homework program. This school year our homework club has had better attendance than in previous years. Zain hopes to increase the student attendance even more by networking with the students and their parents, and creating marketing materials promoting the homework services available to our patrons.
Enter the Amazing Beach Discovery Writing and Illustrating Contest!
Another great benefit the Huntington Beach Public Library offers is the opportunity to participate in all of the great children’s programs and contests. This winter we’re featuring a Writing and Illustrating Contest for Children, called “An Amazing Beach Discovery”. Children in preschool through 8th grade can participate in this contest by submitting a written story, poem, letter, essay, or an illustration in any medium. Winners will receive a gift card to Barnes & Noble Booksellers! Entries must be turned in to the children’s desk in the library by 4:00 pm on Saturday, December 12, 2009. This contest encourages creativity by writing or drawing about what unusual things one might discover at the beach, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Children’s Library and the Sand Scribes Children’s Writing Group.
The Library is in Your Online Community!
Did you know that the Huntington Beach Public Library is also online at many social networking sites? You can become our fan at www.facebook.com/hblibrary, follow us at www.twitter.com/hbpl, or add us a friend on www.myspace.com/hbpl. Besides these well known sites, we’d like to tell you about a variety of free websites that allow you to maintain a personal catalog of your past, present, and future reading. These useful sites allow you to share your lists with other readers, make and read reviews, and rate your books. Visit www.LibraryThing.com, www.GoodReads.com, www.Shelfari.com, www.weRead.com, www.LivingSocial.com, www.Worldcat.org, or www.Amazon.com lists. See you online!
Downtown Specific Plan Hearing November 2, 2009
The City Council will hold a public hearing on the project entitlements -- General Plan Amendment, Local Coastal Program Amendment, and Zoning Text Amendment -- for the Downtown Specific Plan on November 2, 2009 in Council Chambers, Lower Level, City Hall. Council will consider the appeal of the Environmental Impact Report at this meeting. The Commission certified the Environmental Impact Report as adequate at the October 6 meeting.
Halloween Safety Tips from the Police Department
Halloween is a time when many children will dress up in costumes, visit peoples’ homes, (some are friends, others are strangers) walking up and down the neighborhood hoping to bring home all sorts of goodies to eat.
Although this should be a safe and fun event, it is up to parents and caregivers to remind our young children and teens about a few safety rules to follow that will help ensure their safety and fun:
1. Trick or Treat in your own neighborhood
2. Make sure an adult accompanies young children and that older kids go out with friends.
3. Set a time limit for children to Trick or Treat.
4. Remind children not to enter anyone’s house or car without asking your permission.
5. Wear white or reflective clothing, carry a flashlight or glow stick, and do not wear masks that obstruct your vision (paint your face instead).
6. Remind children not to eat any of their candy, etc. until you have checked it.
7. Remind children to only cross the street at a corner. Look both ways and/or walk with an adult.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds of 2009
The City of Huntington Beach has been allocated ARRA or Stimulus Funds in three categories. Approximately $1.8 million will go toward street pavement, specifically Slater Avenue between Graham Street and Goldenwest Street. This project should begin early 2010, and the funds will be reimbursed to the city by the end of the fiscal year. Another $2 million will be expended over the next three years on energy efficiency projects in city facilities. Finally, approximately $350,000 has been approved for use in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) areas. Projects in this category include a new roof for the Murdy Community Center, sidewalk replacement and curb ramp installations. Completion is required prior to June 2010.
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.