City Administrators Weekly Report

Sept 16, 2008

HB Green Expo

The Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce and the city of Huntington Beach Economic Development Department are proud to sponsor the first Green Expo, which takes place Saturday, September 20, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., at the Huntington Beach Central Library.  The event will include activities in both the Library parking lot and in Library meeting rooms.  Informed speakers, vendors, hands-on product demonstrations, product samples, instructional seminars, educational workshops, informational booths, and exhibits will showcase the most recent ideas and technologies to help teach us what we can do—one person at a time.  As such, visitors to the Green Expo will learn about important green issues, including waste reduction, energy efficiency, water conservation and quality, utilizing recycled materials, reducing greenhouse gases, and producing organic products.  By providing information and inspiration for taking action regarding local and global environmental issues to consumers, business professionals, and public and private organizations, the HB Green Expo intends to help people learn what can be done—right now—to make a difference in our community.  For more information, contact the HB Chamber of Commerce at (714) 536-8888 or online at www.HBChamber.com.

COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Huntington Beach Senior Services - New Classes

This fall, the Huntington Beach Adult School will be offering Mental Gymnastics and The History of American Theater at the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors Center.  Mental Gymnastics will be held from September 26 – November 14, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., and will exercise your mental abilities, memory, and critical thinking power!  Join this mind-bending and fun group to explore brain teasers, Sudokus, and other visual puzzles and mind-boggling riddles.  Learn how to exercise and flexercise your brain to keep "senior moments" from becoming "senior months" and how to maintain your mental gymnastics on your own in the future.

The History of American Musical Theatre will be held on Mondays, October 13 - December 15, from 1 – 3 p.m., and is free to seniors 55+.  For those younger than 55, the cost is $40.  It will trace the origins and development of "Old Broadway" and will compare the lives, works, and productions of the early composers and performers.  Review how historical and social events shaped our musical theater.  Refresh your memory regarding scores, titles, lyrics, and performers through audio visual samples, listening, and even singing favorites of the past.  To enroll, complete an HB Adult School registration form and mail to: HB Adult School, 16666 Turnstall Lane, Huntington Beach, 92647, attention Gina; or contact the HB Adult School at (714) 847-2873 x219 or http://www.hbadultschool.com.

38th Annual Surf Contest

The 38th Annual Huntington Beach Surf Contest was held this weekend on the south side of the pier.  On September 13 and 14, there were 201 participants from the Huntington Beach area who competed for prizes and bragging rights.  This contest was open to all age categories but was limited to those residing in the Huntington Beach High School District area.  The event was run by the city of Huntington Beach Community Services Department and had enormous support from local businesses.  Huntington Surf and Sport donated prizes to winners as well as providing T-shirts to all of the participants.  Java Point provided coffee and donuts both mornings.  The event wrapped up with boxed lunches provided by Duke’s for all of the participants.  Awards were given for 1st through 6th place in each division, and an overall award was presented to the winner of the Super Heat.  The overall winner of the Super Heat was Logan Strook, age 19.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The Second Annual Taste of New Zealand

Please join the celebration of New Zealand culture in Downtown Huntington Beach.  The Second Annual Taste of New Zealand, a sister city event, will take place on September 20 and 21.  The event will be held from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday and is brought to you by the city of Huntington Beach and Waitakere City, NZ.  The event will feature:

  • Food tastings
  • Iron "Kiwi" chef demonstration
  • Fashion show featuring New Zealand retailer Pumpkin Patch and HB downtown           businesses
  • Rugby tournament on the beach
  • New Zealand and local artists
  • Wine tasting
  • Restaurant specials
  • Opportunity drawing for a trip for two to New Zealand and more.

Recruitment for Citizen Participation Advisory Board (CPAB)

The city of Huntington Beach is seeking a resident to serve on the CPAB to fill a vacancy with a term ending September 30, 2011.  This is a volunteer position.  The CPAB strives to represent the diverse views on the socioeconomic issues related to low-moderate income individuals.  Low-income residents and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.  Along with staff, the CPAB assesses the needs of low and moderate income households and evaluates and prioritizes projects for the Community Development Block Grant program, which is a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  The CPAB recommends projects and activities that are CDBG eligible to the City Council.  The CPAB holds regular monthly meetings, generally on the first Thursday of each month, at 7 p.m., in Room B-8 of City Hall.  All meetings are open to the public, and special meetings may be called in conformance with the Ralph M. Brown Act.  The CPAB annually holds a public hearing to obtain citizen input on community needs, plans, or proposals.  Citizens interested in applying to serve on the CPAB may apply on-line at www.surfcity-hb.org/government/boards_commissions or call Carol Runzel, Senior Administrative Analyst, at (714) 536-5224.  The deadline to submit an application for this volunteer position is October 27.

LIBRARY SERVICES

Teen and Adult Reading Programs Draw Hundreds to Central Library & Branches

You’re never too old to enjoy the library.  This summer, both teens and adults received prizes in a series of free reading programs designed to attract and reward readers.  Three hundred sixty-seven teens, between the ages of 12 and 18, signed up at Central Library and the branches to participate in Metamorphosis @ Your Library, a bug-themed program.  Each teen was awarded food and gift prizes for the amount of time they spent reading over the summer.  They won Pizookies from BJ’s, free martial arts lessons, scoops from Golden Spoon, and much more.  Adults got the chance to join in the fun with the brand new Adult Summer Reading Program.  Two hundred nineteen enthusiastic adults signed up and kept track of the books they read over the summer in a special reading log.  For each book read, participants received a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of four large gift baskets, which included a Spa Basket, a Grill Basket, a Book Lover’s Basket, and a Gardening Basket.  For a list of the Top 100 Books of the Summer, visit us online at http://catalog.hbpl.org/hipres/hbfaq.htm.

PLANNING DEPARTMENT

Final EIR for The Ripcurl Published

The Final Environmental Impact Report for The Ripcurl project is now available.  The Ripcurl Project involves the construction of a 6-story, mixed-use, residential and commercial development (440 residential units and 10,000 square feet of retail uses) on a 3.8-acre site at the southeast corner of Gothard Street and Center Avenue.  The project consists of four levels of housing over three levels of parking.  The retail component would be on the ground level adjacent to two levels of above-grade parking.  Outdoor amenities include a pool and spa area, fire pit, and movie projection area.  Indoor amenities include a fitness center, business center, conference room, and clubhouse.  The project application includes a Conditional Use Permit, General Plan Amendment, Zoning Map Amendment, and Zoning Text Amendment to allow the project on the proposed site and establish Transit Center District zoning and development standards.  The project site is currently zoned, and has a General Plan land use designation of, Commercial General, which does not allow mixed-use development.  The applicant proposes the Amendments to include the Mixed Use -- Transit Center District in the Zoning Code and proposes a new zoning and General Plan designation of Mixed Use.  A copy of the EIR is available at City Hall, Central Library, and on the Planning Department website at  http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/CityDepartments/planning/major/.  The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the EIR and project entitlements at their regular meeting on September 23.

PUBLIC WORKS

Tot Lot Resurfacing Projects

The Public Works Maintenance Division has completed resurfacing work on six tot lot locations.  New material was placed in the playground areas at Pattison Park, Discovery Well Park, Edison Park, Murdy Park, and two areas in Central Park.  The rubberized matting serves two purposes.  First, to allow accessibility to the play equipment per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Additionally, the matting provides impact resistance that may reduce the severity of injuries from jumps or falls.  Approximately 18,600 square feet of matting was replaced at a cost of $169,000.  As an environmental benefit, the matting is composed of crumb rubber derived from recycled tires.












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