City Administrators Weekly Report

Aug 12, 2008

CITY TREASURER

Welcome Lisa Einck and Sandra Towers!

The City Treasurer’s Department has recently hired two new Revenue Processing Clerks, Lisa Einck and Sandra Towers.  Lisa’s prior experience has been with banking institutions and Sandra’s has been with local grocery outlets.  Their extensive cashiering and customer service experience will be an asset to the City Treasurer’s Department.  Please join our staff in welcoming Lisa and Sandra to City Hall.

COMMUNITY SERVICES

Summer Concert Series at Pier Plaza

The city of Huntington Beach presents the last in the Summer Sunday Concert Series, sponsored by Farmers & Merchants Bank, at the Huntington Beach Pier Plaza.  On August 17, Reggae artists Tribal Seeds will perform.  The concert is from 1 - 3 p.m. and is free to the public.

City Employees: Going Above and Beyond, Volunteering in the Community

Gus Santos, of the Huntington Beach Building & Safety Department, spearheaded a volunteer effort made by Building & Safety employees.  He contacted Huntington Beach Senior Services for a community service project.  The Care Management team selected Joe, an elderly man who lives alone in Huntington Beach and needed some home repairs to continue living safely in his home.  On Saturday, August 2, this team of skilled and hard working individuals worked to provide necessary home improvements for Joe.  Ten enthusiastic volunteers labored from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the home and completed all of their intended projects.  They installed grab bars in the bathroom, replaced two leaking faucets, cleaned up the yard, replaced a broken garbage disposal, replaced outdated and unsafe electrical sockets, removed a broken and unsafe wheelchair ramp, and built a new ramp for safe access out of the home.  Joe’s 90th birthday is this month.  He considers this a fantastic birthday gift and couldn’t be happier with all the group has done!  The caring volunteers were: Gus Santos, Brian Hatfield, Jasmine Tavakoli, Jacob Caraig, Jim Brown, Ruben Solorzano, Emily Caraig, Brennen Chavez, Gerald Caraig.

Movies at Pier Plaza – REMINDER – This Week!

Free movies at Pier Plaza will be presented on Wednesday and Thursday nights, August 13 and 14.  Huntington Beach is the southern California stop for the TripAdvisor Traveling Movie Tour, which will feature travel-inspired movies.  On Wednesday, the film Roman Holiday will be presented.  From 1953, this movie features a bored and sheltered princess who escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.  The second film, on the following night, is Planes, Trains and Automobiles from 1987.  This film follows a man struggling to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious shower ring salesman as his only companion.  Films will begin at sunset.

Teen Camp Introduces Students to Professional Artists

Teens from age 13 – 15 are invited to join the Huntington Beach Art Center’s Art at the Beach teen camp.  This exciting week will give teens a chance to meet and work with professional artists.  Campers will venture out into the art world and visit several local galleries, artist studios, and museums.  Artists will meet with the campers and give them a chance to do hands-on work in their studios.  In conjunction with the outings, campers will create works of art based on their experiences and what they have seen on the field trips.  Full and three-quarter day sessions are available.  All art material is included in the enrollment fee.  Camp size is limited to 10 teens for the week.

Camp Fee:
$190.00/$170.00 HBAC members - full day session – Aug. 18 – 22 M-F 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$145.00/$130.00 HBAC members - 3/4 day session – Aug. 18 – 22 M-F 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

End of the Summer Art at the Beach Exhibition

The end of another year of the Huntington Beach Art Center’s Art at the Beach summer camp brings one more Art at the Beach exhibition showcase.  Families and friends are invited to view this year’s exhibit at the Main Street Branch Library, across from the Art Center.  Some work will also be on display at the Art Center and in the Council Chambers at City Hall.  Work featured in the Council Chambers will be the collaborative work in which campers participated this summer and will only be able to be viewed on Channel 3 during City Council meetings.  Art at the Beach campers develop their art skills, while making new friends and taking art to the beach.  The HBAC staff of professional artists presents different themes each week to assist campers in producing works ranging from new technology to installation art techniques.  The art work that is exhibited is taken from these projects and will be able to be viewed from August 15 – 28.  An opening reception will be held on August 16, at the Art Center and the Main Street Library, from 1 – 4 p.m.  A storyteller will entertain guests at 2 p.m.  The exhibit will then be on display during open library hours on Tuesday – Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  For more information about the Art Camp exhibition, please call (714) 374-1650.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Surf City Nights

The downtown street fair will have a free shuttle service using the OC Cruiser Woody Bus.  The shuttle is available Tuesdays through August 26, from 5 - 9 p.m., in 15-minute intervals.  Pick-up service will begin at Huntington Beach City Hall, 2000 Main Street, in the north parking lot on the corner of Main Street and Yorktown Avenue.  The OC Cruiser will drop you off or Lake Street adjacent to the Main Promenade Parking Structure in the heart of downtown to enjoy festivities.  The last pick up downtown returning to City Hall will be at 8:45 p.m.

PLANNING DEPARTMENT

Mitigated Negative Declaration 2008-011 Pacific View Mixed Use Project

The 30-day public comment period on the Environmental Assessment for the Pacific View Mixed Use project opened on August 7 and will end on September 6.  Located at the Northeast Corner of Pacific Coast Highway and 7th Street, the project proposes to construct a four story, 35 foot tall, 12,922 square foot mixed-use, visitor-serving/residential development.  The proposed uses within the project would include 4,082 sq. ft. of commercial space on the ground floor and seven residential units consisting of 4,472 sq. ft. on the second floor and 4,367 sq. ft. on the third floor. The project includes a request for a variance to allow a fourth floor in lieu of the maximum allowed number of three floors for purposes of providing common open space within a roof top deck.  A copy of the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration is available at City Hall, Central Library, and on-line at http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/government/departments/planning/PJB/eac/EAC.cfm.

City’s Housing Element Approved

The city of Huntington Beach received notice of final approval of its Housing Element from the State Department of Housing and Community Development.  The Housing Element is a required element of the City’s General Plan and was required to be updated for the planning period 2008-2014.  The Housing Element identifies strategies and programs that focus on preserving and improving housing and neighborhoods, providing adequate housing sites, assisting in the provision of affordable housing, removing governmental constraints, and promoting fair and equal housing opportunities.  The city is pleased to be the first city to receive final approval from the state.

PUBLIC WORKS

Follow Up on Pier Sewer Main Replacement

Construction on the sewer main replacement in the Pier was completed on August 8, after just three working days.  Work occurred overnight so as not to impact tourist activities and businesses.  The project replaced nearly 1,800 lineal feet of 6-inch, cast iron, sewer pipe with a PVC alternative material that will not be as subject to the corrosive elements of salt water.  Additional work is scheduled on the sewer lateral lines that run under the structure and serve the pier facilities.














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