City Administrators Weekly Report

April 20 , 2009

CITY TREASURER

Unclaimed Funds

The City Treasurer, pursuant to Government Code Section 50050-50056, is publishing a list of funds which have been unclaimed for three years in the Huntington Beach Independent on April 23, 2009, and April 30, 2009.  Once published, these unclaimed funds will be held by the Office of the City Treasurer until 5 pm on June 17, 2009.  Those funds remaining unclaimed will be permanently escheated to the City on June 18, 2009.  Check out the listing and claim form at www.surfcity-hb.org/unclaimed_funds.cfm and if you are on the list, file your claim today.

COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

The HBAC Celebrates Student Artwork

The Huntington Beach Art Center will present an exhibition of works created by students from Huntington Beach and Orange County.  Students from the Huntington Beach Union High School District and the Huntington Beach City School District (HBCSD) will be participating, along with students from all over Orange County, in the County-wide Arts festival, Imagination Celebration, organized by Arts Orange County.  The art work will create a stunning visual display of local student talent.  The Exhibition will run from April 24 – April 30.  A reception will be held for all on Friday, April 24, from 6 – 9 p.m. with songs celebrating the history of Huntington Beach performed by students of the HBCSD.  On Sunday, April 26, from 1 – 3 p.m. a reception will be held for the Imagination Celebration.  For more information regarding the student exhibition, please call the Art Center at (714) 374-1650.

Huntington Beach Senior Services

Volunteer Appreciation Lunch – On Friday April 24, Huntington Beach Senior Services and the Huntington Beach Council on Aging will host a luncheon at Meadowlark Golf Course for the 200 volunteers who have given 40 hours of service or more to older adults in Huntington Beach.  Volunteer Appreciation Week is a time set aside to celebrate the active individuals who dedicate themselves to solving problems in their community. 

In 2008, 400 Senior Service volunteers gave 46,740 hours of their time.  These volunteers make a huge difference in the everyday lives of older adults.  Meals to the Home, Transportation, Computer Instruction, Calling Bingo or Friendly Visitors are just a small sample of the wide range of volunteer opportunities available.  For more information about volunteering in the senior community, please contact Diane Swarts, 714-374-1544, dswarts@surfcity-hb.org.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

SHOP LOCAL - As communities continue to deal with the ongoing challenge of the economy, shopping locally is more vital than ever before. Here’s why: for every dollar spent in Huntington Beach, one cent of the sales tax is returned to the City and becomes part of the General Fund, which, as 59% of the City’s budget, pays for essential services like Police and Fire,  street and road repairs, beach and park maintenance, senior programs, library services, and more. Local sales tax helps to pay for these services.

Shopping locally is one of the most direct ways to impact the economic health of our community and the services provided in Huntington Beach each and every day.  Additionally, taxes generated from overnight stays and meetings also support critical services.  The diverse business economy of Huntington Beach includes major retailers, local merchants, car dealerships, hotels, restaurants; money spent at local businesses helps to keep our community a place that we all like to call home.  We encourage you to help keep our local economy strong by supporting local establishments.   Before heading out of town to do your shopping, think about the amazing opportunities that Huntington Beach has to offer, and how your efforts positively impact your community!   

FINANCE

Please join the City in welcoming our new finance director – Bob Wingenroth. Bob is starting his new position on Wednesday, April 22nd. Bob comes to Huntington Beach after working in the Finance Department in Phoenix, Arizona for the past twenty-nine years. Bob has had various roles in the Finance Department concluding his career with Phoenix as the Finance Director for the last four years.

Bob Wingenroth has his Master’s Degree in Business Administration and his Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and prior to coming to the City of Phoenix, he was a junior accountant with Mitchell-Dyman Accounting in Phoenix.

Bob is married with three children. He just completed running the Boston Marathon and has always been very active as a volunteer in his community. He is a past board member of the Chris Town YMCA and was named Volunteer of the Year in 1996. He has currently been serving on the Salvation Army Advisory Board and the Bond Oversight Committee for the Phoenix Elementary School District. Welcome to Huntington Beach Bob!

INFORMATION SERVICES

Surf City Pipeline

One of the many benefits of Pipeline is the ability to immediately re-direct our citizens to other agencies for services that the City of Huntington Beach does not provide.  Some of these services include, Pet Licensing, Birth/Death/Marriage Licenses, Human Services – 211 Orange County, and Pest Control.  

LIBRARY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Come to the Main Street Library for a Traveling Outdoor Puppet Show!

To celebrate spring and the lovely weather here in sunny California, the Children’s Library is hosting an outdoor puppet show at the Main Street branch, on Wednesday, May 13 at 4:00 pm.  Join us as we welcome the Puppets and Players Little Theater, who will present “Scooter’s Circus Adventure” in a beautifully crafted, self-contained marionette theater.  Even the stage itself is special, simply because it is so fascinating to look at!  The musical comedy centers around Scooter, a little circus monkey trying to discover who he wants to be.  During his search, he meets some interesting friends: a belly dancer named Lulu, a trapeze artist and a gorilla!  It turns out that all he’s got to be is himself!  Masterful marionettes, colorful stage sets, exquisite lighting and state of the art sound all combine to leave a lasting impression of puppetry at its best.  Tickets are $4 each, and are available on April 21.  Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets to sit on, and dress for outside weather.

The Children’s Department gears up to hit a Home Run with the Summer Reading Program!

Preparations are underway for the 2009 Summer Reading Program, to be held this year from June 23 to August 14.  Our annual Festival of Folktales, the kick-off party for the summer program, will be held from 11:00 to 3:00 on the 23rd, with storytellers, games, food, special shows and balloons.  Then join us all summer for a new and exciting twist on reading….baseball style!  This year we are partnering with the Angels Baseball Foundation and the Beach Pit BBQ to bring you “Home Run Readers,” where kids read books to reach the four bases (and get prizes), and can be eligible for tickets to a special Angels game in August!  We are combining this with our traditional eight week program, which this year has a “Get Creative @ your Library” theme.  In addition to the wonderful prizes and t-shirts from the Angels, we will be doubling-the-fun with music and art themed t-shirts and prizes as well.  What better way to celebrate our 100-year Anniversary at the library than with the Boys of Summer…and our own Angels baseball Summer Reading Program!

PLANNING

Excellence in Child Care Planning Award

Child Care Connections, a public-private partnership working on affordable child care for Orange County families, will be presenting the Planning Department an award for the 2008-2014 Housing Element.  This award is being presented to select Orange County municipalities in recognition of policies adopted in the last year making it more favorable to develop additional child care facilities.  The award will be presented at the 5th Annual Celebration of Quality Breakfast, hosted by the Orange County Child Care and Development Council on Thursday, April 23.  For additional information, contact Jennifer Villasenor, Associate Planner, (714) 374-1661 or jvillasenor@surfcity-hb.org.

Neighborhood Workshop on April 28

The Departments of Planning and Economic Development will be holding a neighborhood workshop on Tuesday, April 28 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Lake Park Clubhouse, 1035 11th Street.  The goal of the Neighborhood Workshops is to proactively inform residents of the City’s Neighborhood Preservation, Housing Rehabilitation, and Green Building efforts, the various tools and resources available through these programs, and to encourage residents to take active roles in preserving the quality of their neighborhood. For more information on the Neighborhood Workshops, please contact Neighborhood Preservation Manager Bill Zylla via e-mail at bzylla@surfcity-hb.org or by telephone at (714) 536-5274.

POLICE DEPARTMENT

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Wear a teal colored ribbon to show your support.  Some are available at the front desk of the police department until they run out.  Also, wearing jeans on April 22 has become a symbol of support for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Jeans for Justice Day became a symbol of international protest of harmful attitudes about rape in 1999 in response to an Italian Supreme Court decision to overturn a rape conviction because the victim wore jeans. The court ruled that it is impossible to take off tight pants, such as jeans, without the cooperation of the person wearing them and said it is impossible if the victim is struggling. Since the victim was wearing jeans the judge felt it implied consent. Outrage was global. Women legislators in California wore jeans to the Capitol to bring attention to the issue.

PUBLIC WORKS

AQMD Lawnmower Exchange Program Available
You must register to participate.   Registration for the 2009 Lawn Mower Exchange Program will begin on April 22nd at 8 am. The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) is conducting a lawn mower exchange program for residents living within its jurisdiction; this includes all of Orange County, Los Angeles County (excluding the Antelope Valley), Riverside County, and the non-desert portion of San Bernardino County. Local events are in the morning of May 2 in Long Beach and June 27 in Anaheim.  This program allows residents to turn in their working gas-powered lawn mower and purchase a new cordless rechargeable electric mower at a discounted price.  These mowers operate for 45-60 minutes on a single charge of the battery, and they come with a rear-mounted bag as well as a mulching kit. Using a typical gas mower for one year can pollute as much as a car driven for 22,000 miles.  All the gas mowers that are turned in for this program will be scrapped and the metal recycled. English PDF - 1.42MB
At the exchange event, you must pay $100 or $160 depending on the model you choose. (Cash, Check, or Major Credit Cards Accepted). There is a limit of one mower per residence Please check the website for other eligibility requirements.
How Do I Register?  On Wednesday morning, there will be a link on this web page http://www.aqmd.gov/tao/lawnmower2009registration.html to take you to the registration. You will also be able to register by phone during AQMD’s working hours (Tuesday through Friday, 7 am to 5:30 pm) by calling the toll-free number (888) 425-6247

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