December 7, 2009
At the November 16 Council Meeting, City Council voted to close City Hall between Christmas and New Year’s, December 25 – January 3, as a cost-savings measure. It is estimated that the City Hall closure will save the City approximately $500,000. The savings will come from the four day furloughs that employees will be taking during this period. Public safety operations will continue as normal with police, fire, and marine safety personnel working to ensure residents and visitors are protected. Detailed information is available on the city’s website at: www.surfcity-hb.org.
On Tuesday, December 15, at 6 p.m. the Charter Review Commission will be discussing Section 612 (Measure C) of the City Charter. Measure C was the citizen initiative that placed limitations on development in city parks and beaches. They will also be reconsidering Section 300 (Elected Officers) and considering amendments to the qualifications, duties, and powers of the City Clerk, City Attorney, and City Treasurer under Sections 309, 310, and 311.
Customer Service Tip of the Week – Be You, Not a Script
Get off the script—LISTEN and respond to what’s really going on.
COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Huntington Beach Senior Services
White Elephants - The Michael E. Rodgers Seniors Center is willing to take those White Elephant Gifts off our hands and help with our "New Year’s Resolutions" by accepting all those tempting Christmas gift-basket items and candy. The Senior Center uses donations of new, unopened gifts, and basket items for raffle prizes for senior bingo and other events. The center needs stationery, note cards, scarves, bed and bath items, coffee/tea items, chocolate and other food gifts. Please deliver your items to the Senior Center at 1706 Orange Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92649.
HBCOA Holiday Luncheon – The Huntington Beach Council on Aging will host its holiday luncheon on Thursday, December 10, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. at the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors Center. Delight in festive entertainment, great company, and delicious food and gift baskets. Get your picture taken with Santa Claus! Prepay $5.00 at the Senior Center front counter. The HBCOA is officially recognized by the Huntington Beach City Council as representing its local senior citizens. For more information, call 714-536-9387.
Family Movie Night at City Gym and Pool
Once again, the City Gym and Pool, 1600 Palm Ave, will be hosting a free Family Movie Night on Saturday, December 12. The scheduled movie is “Night at the Museum, Battle of the Smithsonians”. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie begins at 6:00 p.m. Bring your family, chairs, and blankets to enjoy this screening. Popcorn is free and sodas can be purchased for $1.00.ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Positioning for Recovery Economic Conference
The Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce and the City of Huntington Beach Economic Development Department present the 23rd Annual Economic Conference Friday, December 11 at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort. The conference, entitled “Positioning for Recovery”, will include updates from the City, green strategies, how to access capital, and the importance of customer service. Conference speakers include Economist, John Husing, Ph.D., and Wallace Walrod from the Orange County Business Council. The price is $95 per person. To register, please contact the Chamber of Commerce at: 714.536.8888.
The Strand Office Space Lease
CIM Group has leased 32,000 square feet of office space at The Strand to Innocean Worldwide. Innocean Worldwide’s core vision is to be “An Ocean of Innovation”. The company was founded on becoming a leader in the global communications industry, firmly based on innovations of strategy and creativity. Their major clients include Hyundai, Kia Motors, Prudential Life, and Sony Korea. Innocean Worldwide should be in operation at The Strand by late spring 2010. You can view more about the company on their website: www.innocean.com.
LIBRARY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
On Saturday, December 5, the Children’s Department at Central Library was filled with more than 200 children and their parents for our annual Tree Trimming party. The young patrons were entertained at a holiday magic show by the Great Sardini, had the chance to share their wish lists with Santa, and crafted a variety of festive ornaments, both for their trees at home and ours here at the library. Thanks to the kids, our tree is no longer bare! The staff at the Children’s Library would like to invite everyone to visit library and check out our lovely tree…and some books, too!
December 8, 2009, Planning Commission
The Planning Commission will be reviewing the Environmental Impact Report for the Beach and Edinger Corridors Specific Plan at the December 8, 2009, Planning Commission meeting. Staff is recommending that the Planning Commission certify the Final Environmental Impact Report. Staff is also recommending a continuance to the January 12, 2010, meeting for the Beach and Edinger Corridors General Plan Amendment, Zoning Map Amendment, and Zoning Text Amendment to adopt the Specific Plan. Notices were sent to approximately 22,000 area businesses, residents, tenants and other interested parties.
Huntington Beach Police Department launches new on-line crime data mapping
The Huntington Beach Police Department has launched a new on-line crime alerting and mapping system using services of CrimeReports.com. This new system provides easy to read incident crime maps and automated alerts to the citizens of Huntington Beach. The service is located at http://www.crimereports.com or directly from the Huntington Beach Police Department website at www.hbpd.org
The CrimeReports.com service is free to the public and allows citizens to receive automatic daily, weekly, or monthly alerts if/when crimes occur near their home, office, local school, etc. Citizens can also view reported crime activity on an easy to use map for any location within Huntington Beach Police Department’s boundaries. Crime incident data is updated hourly and includes:
This new system will empower citizens with near real-time neighborhood crime information that is available 24/7/365. This will be replacing our old calls for service log that required citizens to come to the police department during business hours to access the information in a paper form. This will save both time and money while providing improved service to the residents and business owners of Huntington Beach.
HBPD and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
The Huntington Beach Police Department, working with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), makes inquires into the immigration status of aliens booked in the Huntington Beach City Jail. To date in 2009 this has resulted in 165 subjects having an ICE hold placed on them while in our custody. The following is a summary of the ICE holds that have been placed thus far in 2009:
149 - Male
16 - Female
Offense for Original Arrest:
59 - DUI
36 - Drug Sales, Transport, or Possession
19 - Burglary or Theft
14 - Outstanding Warrants
11 - Assault and/or Battery
8 - False or Forged Identification
4 - Receiving Stolen Property
4 - Disorderly Conduct
3 - Rape
2 - Auto Theft
2 - Obstruct/Resisting Peace Officer
1 - Kidnapping
1 - Stalking
1 - Felony Vandalism
Country of Origin:
152 - Mexico
5 - Guatemala
2 - El Salvador
2 - Peru
1 - Honduras
1 - Venezuela
1 - Columbia
1 - Bahamas
Solution for Oversize Items and Excess Trash at the Holidays and Year Round
Residential customers using the three colored cart system can dispose of excess trash and oversize items free of charge through the 10/4 Pickup Program. This program provides households with four (4) free pick-ups of up to 10 items each time - up to 40 items per year! This is an excellent way to dispose of furniture, mattresses, appliances, water heaters, or excess bags of trash and green waste conveniently at the curb. A dedicated truck is dispatched for the 10/4 Program; pick-ups must be scheduled in advance with Rainbow Environmental Services . To schedule a “10/4 Pickup” please contact Rainbow Environmental Services at 714-847-3581.
The city has over 1,000 parking spaces near the beach! You can purchase the Annual Beach Parking pass that allows discounted parking prices near the City beach. Learn more about this beach parking pass.