City Administrators Weekly Report

January 22, 2008

CITY TREASURER

Surf City Municipal Payments Website a Big Hit!

The City Treasurer’s Department has recently instituted three new “paperless” ways to pay your Municipal Services Utility statement and an easy way to find information about them all on our city’s official website: www.surfcity-hb.org/payments.  This webpage has generated quite a buzz, doubling traffic to the Surf City payments website from November to December!  Come check out what all the buzz is about!  Our online “ePay” service makes it easy to pay your utility bill by MasterCard or Visa online safely and securely.  Link directly to “ePay” at www.surfcity-hb.org/payments.  Our voice automated “PhonePay” system at 877-309-4915 also conveniently allows utility bill payments by MasterCard or Visa.  If you have any problems with using this service, call our Official Payments customer services representatives at 888-357-8394, and they can assist you in making the payment.  Find out more about “PhonePay” at www.surfcity-hb.org/payments.  If you prefer to pay using your bank checking account, our “AutoPay” program is the way to go.  We can securely deduct your amount due every month directly from your account automatically.  Download at “AutoPay” application at www.surfcity-hb.org/payments.  Find out more about these three options at www.surfcity-hb.org/payments, or visit us at 2000 Main Street on the 1st floor at our cashiering windows and receive a free “stress reliever” when you turn in your AutoPay application!

COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Huntington Beach Art Center Hosts “Reads One Book” Reception

The Huntington Beach Art Center (HBAC) will host the opening event for the “Huntington Beach Reads One Book” program on Thursday, January 24, 6 p.m., at the HBAC located at 538 Main Street.  The reception will focus on the book, Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. Huntington Beach Reads One Book is a community-wide reading and discussion program geared toward increasing local cultural awareness by encouraging adults, students, and families in Huntington Beach to read the same book at the same time.  The reception will include Afghan food from Kabul Catering, music, a film, and a photo display representing the Three Cups of Tea regions.  Three Cups of Tea is the first book in the annual HB Reads One Book program presented by the Huntington Beach Human Relations Task Force and the Huntington Beach Library Board of Trustees.  For more information on the reception or purchasing Three Cups of Tea, visit http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov or call (714) 374-1650.  Free to the public.

Computer Volunteers Needed Michael E. Rodgers Seniors Center

The extremely successful computer program at the Michael E. Rodgers seniors center needs additional volunteers to assist in the classroom.  These assistants would basically help students follow along with the teacher by providing individual direction as needed.  Basic computers skills are required; however, teaching experience is not required.  Examples of duties include helping students learn to click the mouse, find items on the screen, and lead a student back to the proper window when he or she has gone astray.  Through the Sands Community Services Guide, Michael E. Rodgers seniors center offers a range of computer classes on weekdays to seniors 55+ including, Beginning Course to the Computer, Windows XP, Microsoft Word, Keeping your Computer Up-To-Date, Google Galore, Photo Organizing, and E-Bay.  "Age is no barrier to learning the computer" emphasized one of the oldest computer students, a 99-year-old woman who wanted to learn how to email her grandchildren.  For more information or to volunteer, contact Chris Cole, Recreation Coordinator (714) 374-1710, or ccole@surfcity-hb.org.

PLANNING

Comment Period for The Ripcurl Notice of Preparation Opens

The 30-day public comment period for the Notice of Preparation for The Ripcurl Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) opened on Tuesday, January 22.  The Ripcurl project is proposed at 7302-7400 Center Avenue, across from Goldenwest College.  The applicant, Red Oak Investments LLC, proposes to develop the 3.8 acre site with approximately 440 luxury residential units in five residential stories located above approximately 15,000 square feet of street level retail and commercial uses.  Required parking and open space amenities will be included.  A Scoping Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, to take comments related to the scope of the environmental issues to be analyzed within the Draft EIR.  The Scoping Meeting will be located at the Huntington Beach Central Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue, in Rooms C and D.  A copy of the Initial Study is available for review at City Hall, the Central Library, and on the Planning Department website, http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/government/departments/planning/major/Ripcurl.cfm.  Questions or comments should be directed to the project planner, Tess Nguyen, at 374-1744 or tnguyen@surfcity-hb.org.

Staff Planner Attains Green Building Certification

Hayden Beckman, Planning Aide, became a ‘Certified Green Building Professional’ by completing training by the Build It Green organization and passing the requisite exam.  The certification, which is valid for two years, will add to the Planning Department’s expertise in the growing field of energy efficiency and sustainable development.

Did you know?

The Police Department provides FREE security checks of your home while you are on vacation!  This service is provided courtesy of the HBPD Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).  Sign up online for this free service.


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