City Administrators Weekly Report

April 01 , 2008

COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Jazzy Boy Jeff Performs at HB Art Center April 6

Live at the Center presents the eclectic sounds of “Jazzy Boy Jeff Harris” performing songs from his recently released CD.  The concert takes place Sunday, April 6, from 4 – 6:30 p.m., at the Huntington Beach Art Center.  Harris is known throughout Southern California as an inspiring recording artist, musician, singer, and producer who incorporates the versatile styles of Jazz, Funk, R & B, Reggae, and Contemporary Gospel into his music.  General admission is $25 or $20 for members.  Prepaid reservations are required for guaranteed seating.  Call (714) 374-1650 for ticket information.  Sample Harris’ music at www.myspace.com/jazzyboyjeff.  Thanks to our sponsors – the Boeing Company, Huntington Beach Art Center Foundation, and the City of Huntington Beach – for bringing the contemporary sounds of blues and jazz to the community in the Live at the Center music series.  Now in its eighth year, the program features four Jazz at the Center and four Friday Night Blues concerts.

Youth In Government Day

On April 17, the Huntington Beach Youth Board will host its 24th Annual Youth In Government Day.  One Hundred Seventy students from all four high schools in Huntington Beach will come to City Hall to participate in learning more about their city government by being assigned to various departments and learn the day-to-day functions of city employees.  The day begins with a get acquainted breakfast where students and staff will first meet.  The City Administrator will then present the students with an overview of City Hall functions followed by a staff-intern period.  Students, staff, and the City Council will then meet for a mock City Council meeting, discussing subjects of interest to high school students.  A luncheon will follow the mock Council meeting with guest speakers, awards, and recognition for winners of the speech contest, art contest, and the ultimate Youth of the Year competition.  This day presents a challenging and exciting opportunity for today’s youth to become tomorrow’s leaders and learn more about their city by becoming directly involved.

FINANCE

Fiscal Year 2008/09 Budget Award

The city of Huntington Beach received the “Distinguished Budget Presentation Award” from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for Fiscal Year 2008/09.  While the Finance Department is the lead on the city’s budget process, it is through the hard work of dedicated employees working on the budget process throughout the city departments that makes the achievement of the award possible.

PUBLIC WORKS

Brookhurst Street Landscape Enhancement Project

The Brookhurst Street Landscape Enhancement Project is underway.  The project is located on Brookhurst directly north and south of Yorktown Avenue on the east side of the street.  The project consists of removing existing trees; asphalt paving; wood rail fencing on the frontage road islands; and installing new trees, landscaping, and irrigation.  Included is the construction of new access ramps on the median and the adjacent residential street corners.  The general contractor is Mega Way Enterprises from Pomona.  The $700,000 project is financed by a combination of Federal Transportation Enhancement Act (TEA), Gas Tax, and CDBG funds.   TEA landscape grant funds are highly competitive; however, this project qualified partially due to high volume of daily trips along Brookhurst.  A completion date of early June is anticipated. 

Did you know?

Learn "hands on" about the HBPD by participating in the Citizens Academy.  Each session is 11 weeks long and is offered twice a year.  Learn about Patrol, Traffic, Vice, SWAT, K-9, Aero and more!  Apply here.


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