August 14, 2007
53rd Annual Distance Derby – The city’s annual Distance Derby will take place Saturday, August 18, at Pier Plaza. This event, the longest running road race in Orange County, will benefit Project Self-Sufficiency. Race day registration opens at 6 a.m. T-shirts are guaranteed only to pre-registered runners.
Save the Date! The Forgotten Coast, Tuesday, August 14, 8 p.m. – In the world of surfing, a group of elite surfers make it their soul mission in life to surf the unknown. From California to Australia, surfers have marked up the map with legendary spots, which over the years have become polluted and overcrowded. To reach the perfect waves on The Forgotten Coast, an extreme physical and mental journey is required. Join six professional surfers from around the world as they experience the travel, the adventure, and the purest waves on earth. Directed by Justin Le Pera, this film stars local surfers, Brandon Tipton, Micah Byrne, Travis Potter, Ben Knight, Brett Schwartz, and Daniel Thomson. Fashion Show provided by Tavik. The Forgotten Coast, part of the Surf Fest 2007 film series, will be shown in the Huntington Beach Art Center’s parking lot located at 538 Main Street. Admission is free. Please call 374-1650 for more information.
SeniorServ Luau – Greater Newport Physicians, Scan Health Care, and the Huntington Beach Council on Aging (COA) are sponsoring the annual SeniorServ Luau on Friday, August 17, at Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center starting at 11:30 a.m. COA President Cathy Meschuk will be serving tropical drinks from the non-alcoholic Tiki bar. COA Board Members will serve the guests of this sold out event a Hawaiian style lunch while they enjoy Island entertainment. Following the Luau, the Friday Afternoon Movie, Blue Hawaii, will be shown.
Parking & Camping – The weather continued to be warm and sunny over the weekend, beach parking lots and fire rings quickly filled up as they have on weekends all summer long. Traffic is always congested during these times, and the public is reminded to come early as the beach lots open at 6 a.m. Reservations for Sunset Vista have been piling up for the upcoming 2007-2008 camping season. The new reservation system has been showing very positive feedback with the city’s popular campground. Reservations were accepted starting August 1, and the first weekend in October as well as the Thanksgiving holidays are already fully booked with other weekends going fast. Sunset Vista camping information is available on the city’s website at wwwsurfcity-hb.org or by calling 536-5280. Although there were no major events this past week, the Main Promenade Parking Structure continued to fill. The popularity of downtown Huntington Beach keeps this facility busy and full on countless days. The public is encouraged to arrive early when using the parking structure.
California Coastal Cleanup Day – Help keep California’s coast clean and beautiful; by marking your calendar now and joining thousands of volunteers on Saturday, September 15, for the 23rd Annual California Coastal Cleanup. Volunteers for Huntington City Beach will be meeting on the north side of the municipal pier at 9 a.m., and the cleanup will continue till noon. All ages are welcome, bags and gloves will be provided, and free parking will be available at 1st Street and PCH in the city beach parking lot. Wear comfortable clothing and don’t forget the sunscreen. For more information on this site, please contact Tim Dugan at 536-5614 or for other sites call 1 800 COAST 4 U.ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
City Café - Are you wondering what you should get your co-worker for their birthday or special occasion? Stop by the City Café today and purchase a gift card for the amount of your choice. Don’t forget to try the specialty drink for the summer; the Orange Cream Smoothie! If you liked the Orange Julius drinks, you will love this!!
Mayor’s Forum – Shopping Centers - On Monday, August 13, Mayor Gil Coerper hosted a forum to discuss the completed survey of city-wide shopping centers that was recently conducted by Economic Development staff at the direction of the City Council. There were approximately 35 people in attendance. The purpose of the forum was to inform shopping center owners and managers of the results of the survey and to discuss potential financial resources to aid in upgrading existing shopping centers.
Board and Care Home Fire - Shortly before midnight on August 4, the Fire Department responded to a kitchen fire on Delaware Street. The structure, which is an early 1900’s vintage house, is approximately 1,000 square feet in size. The aggressive attack by firefighters kept the fire from destroying the historical house. A smoke detector alarmed the residents who then self evacuated the home. Fortunately, everyone got out and there were no injuries. The residence was being used as a board and care facility to house eight adults. The fire is suspicious, and investigation is continuing by both the Fire and Police Departments.
Children’s Library - Over 150 movie fans attended the Children’s Library’s first annual Summer Film Series, which included screenings of “The Great Mouse Detective” and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Attendees enjoyed popcorn and drinks in a cool room on a hot summer day. The special summer programming is also progressing nicely with both July’s “Mystery Safari” animal show and August’s “Mystery of Chemistry” science show selling out and packing the house.
Brightwater Specific Plan and Draft Negative Declaration Comment Period Open - The 30-day comment period for the Brightwater Negative Declaration opened on August 7 and will end on September 6. The Draft Negative Declaration (DND) analyzes potential impacts associated with the project, which involves three components: 1) annexation of the Brightwater Development Project (BDP) into the city of Huntington Beach; 2) prezoning for portions of the BDP presently located within the county of Orange jurisdiction; and 3) rezoning for the portions of the site located within the city of Huntington Beach from RL (Residential Low Density) to Specific Plan. The Brightwater Development Project (BDP), which is currently under construction, comprises 105.3 acres including a 37.1 acre habitat preservation and creation area. The BDP received entitlements from Orange County and the California Coastal Commission (CCC) in 2005. An EIR that analyzed potential impacts associated with the construction of the homes, open space, and infrastructure was certified by the county of Orange. Thus, the Draft Negative Declaration being processed by the city is only required to analyze the change in jurisdictional boundaries due to the annexation, adoption of the Specific Plan, and the associated amendments to the city’s zoning map. A copy of the Draft Negative Declaration is available on the Planning Department website at http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/CityDepartments/planning/major/. Copies are also available at City Hall and the Central Library.
Residential Water Consumption for July 2007 - Due to extremely dry conditions, water consumption continues to be above last year. Some “Classic” Conservation Tips are:
The Huntington Beach Fire Department charges for emergency medical services and ambulance transportation. However, residents can join the FireMed Program and protect their out-of-pocket costs! Read more about the FireMed Program.