City Administrators Weekly Report

Aug 26, 2008

City Clerk's Office

Huntington Beach Code Information

The City Clerk’s Office would like to remind everyone that the Huntington Beach Municipal Code and Zoning Code documents are updated on a biweekly basis and can be accessed electronically from Surfnet or the city’s website at: http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/government/charter_codes/.  Staff and the public are encouraged to access information from these sources to ensure receipt of the most up-to-date information.  Staff should contact Rebecca Ross, Senior Deputy City Clerk, at rross@surfcity-hb.org to request the most recent version of a Municipal or Zoning Code chapter in Word format to prepare a legislative draft, which is necessary to accompany an ordinance brought forth for Council consideration.

Election News

The following persons have been nominated for the offices designated to be filled at the General Municipal Election to be held in the city of Huntington Beach on Tuesday, November 4:  Member of the City Council (listed in ballot order, voters will elect 3) Don Hansen, Devin Dwyer, Dan Kalmick, Erik Charles Eichler, Bruce J. Brandt, Allen Baylis, and Keith Bohr.  Joan L. Flynn has been nominated for City Clerk (voters will elect 1), and Shari Freidenrich has been nominated for City Treasurer (voters will elect 1).  The last day to register to vote in the November election is October 20.  Voter registration applications are available in the City Clerk’s Office.  Online voter registration is available through the Orange County Registrar of Voters’ website at http://www.ocvote.com.

City Treasurer's Department

“Going Green Electronically”

In July, electronic payments from utility customers exceeded 20,000-representing over 40% of the utility customers’ total payments for that month.  This saved customers the expense of checks and postage and saved the city staff from individually processing these 20,000 payments.  In addition, AutoPay applications continue to increase, and total payments received in July equaled almost $670,000-which is a new monthly high.  The City Treasurer’s Department has been implementing electronic options over the last several years.  Go to our website at www.surfcity-hb.org/payments to see all of our customer payment options.

Community Services Department

Civil War Days

The Huntington Beach Historical Society presents Civil War Days this Saturday and Sunday, August 30 & 31, in Huntington Central Park, located behind the Library off of Gothard Street between Slater and Talbert Avenues.  This free event features live weapons demonstrations, living histories, and battle reenactments.  On Saturday, check out the special twilight concert following the 2nd battle at 4 p.m.  Church services will also be held on Sunday at 8 a.m.  Bringing dogs is not recommended due to loud noises during battles.  For further information, please contact Kelly Rivers at (714) 969-8928 or hbhistory@aol.com.

Senior Saturday – Community Festival

The Huntington Beach Council on Aging is proud to announce its 20th Annual “Senior Saturday Community Festival” to be held at Pier Plaza in downtown Huntington Beach on Saturday, September 6, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Admission is free, and approximately 75 sponsor booths will be at the event offering information, products, and services geared toward seniors.  This is an excellent opportunity for seniors and their families to spend an afternoon by the Pier, while gathering pertinent information amid a festive atmosphere.  In addition to the sponsors’ booths, there will be a $2 breakfast, $2 lunch, giveaways, health information, free entertainment throughout the day, and many more surprises.  Shuttle service is provided from the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center at 17th and Orange.  The Council on Aging is a non-profit organization that supports programs and services for Huntington Beach Seniors through the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center and the Seniors Outreach Center.  Bring your family and friends for a fun-filled morning and afternoon.  For more information, please call the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center at (714) 536-9387.

Economic Development

ATM at Pier Plaza

The city of Huntington Beach is soliciting proposals from qualified companies to install and maintain a front loading Automated Teller Machine (ATM) at the Pier Plaza kiosk in downtown Huntington Beach.  Currently, Pier Plaza has one ATM machine in operation and will remain the only ATM located within the Pier and Pier Plaza area.  The ATM will be part of a shared facility with the Huntington Beach Conference and Visitor's Bureau.  The Request for Proposals can be found at http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/business/bids_rfps/, and the deadline for submission is September 12.

Taste of New Zealand

Presented by Fisher & Paykel, the city of Huntington Beach, Waitakere City, New Zealand Consulate General, Sister City Association, HB Downtown Business Improvement District, and Navigator Tours; please join the celebration of New Zealand culture in downtown Huntington Beach.  The Second Annual Taste of New Zealand will take place on Saturday, September 20, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and on Sunday, September 21, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  The event will feature:

  • Food Tastings
  • Iron “Kiwi” Chef Demonstration
  • Fashion Show
  • Rugby Tournament on the Beach
  • Maori Performers
  • New Zealand and Local Artists
  • Wine Tasting
  • Restaurant Specials

For more information, call (714) 536-5582 or log on to www.surfcity-hb.org/tasteofnewzealand.

Surf Nights Shuttle

Tonight is the last night to take the Surf Nights Shuttle operated by OC Cruisers, riding in a classic woody-style bus.  There is no need to search for parking downtown.  Come park at City Hall, 2000 Main Street/Yorktown, in the north parking lot adjacent to the water fountain.  OC Cruisers will drop you off on Lake Street adjacent to the Main Promenade Parking Structure in the heart of the downtown to enjoy festivities.  The last pick-up time downtown and back to City Hall will be at 8:45 p.m.

 

Fire Department

Freeway Incident

On Saturday, August 16, shortly before noon, the Fire Department responded to a traffic collision located on the southbound 405 freeway just prior to the Magnolia Street off ramp.  A large tractor trailer truck partially overturned in a flood control channel with fire showing from both the tractor and trailer compartments.  CHP closed down the southbound 405 freeway.  It was also reported that there were structures threatened by the fire.  The Fire Department established a unified command with CHP and Cal Trans.  It took 30 firefighters to extinguish the fire and treat the patients.  The HazMat Team from Santa Ana Fire Department responded along with fire units from Fountain Valley Fire Department.  Three patients were treated by paramedics.  One of the patients was transported to the hospital as a moderate trauma victim.  The other two refused transport to the hospital.  The freeway remained closed for hours.

 

Library Services

Summer Reading Program Highlights

This year's Summer Reading Program has been one of the most successful reading programs ever for the Huntington Beach Library. Over 5,000 children throughout the city participated in this year’s "Catch the Reading Bug" program. About 4,000 of those children signed up at the Central Library and the others at the branches. About 50,000 books were checked out during the Summer Reading Program. Over 2,000 children received tickets to a fun concert with children's performer Dan Crow on August 8 as a reward for their summer reading efforts. Additionally, 162 Library “volun-teens� helped with the children’s summer programs and events. Many came in each week during the program to hand out reading rewards to children. These “volun-teens� donated 2,317 hours of their time to help make the library reading program such a success and were rewarded with an end-of-the-summer party














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