City Administrators Weekly Report

December 11, 2007

CITY SERVICES

NEOGOV Soon To Arrive At Huntington Beach!

The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce the upcoming implementation of NEOGOV’s premier software product “Insight.”  NEOGOV works exclusively with public sector clients.  It is an easy-to-use web-based software solution designed to address five major areas of Human Resource activities including recruitment, selection, applicant tracking, reporting and analysis, and HR automation.  Today, more than 4,000 users from government agencies nationwide depend on NEOGOV products to manage their hiring operations.  We look forward to our targeted December 17 rollout date of Phase I -“Insight.”  Later, on March 31, 2008, we are scheduled to roll out Phase II - “Online Hiring Center” (OHC).  The OHC will provide department designees the opportunity to utilize and facilitate the requisition and job posting process.  This will include online completion of job requisitions, application processing, information flow between HR and hiring departments, as well as listing of certified names.  As with any larger scale change initiative, the key to success will be the ongoing involvement of stakeholders and subject matter experts throughout the city.  The NEOGOV Implementation Project Team will provide training and continue to seek feedback and participation to ensure the success of this effort.

COMMUNITY SERVICES

Senior Giving

The residents of Huntington Harbour Mobile Estates donated 30 Christmas gift bags to the Seniors' Outreach Center for social workers to deliver to their clients during the holidays.  Each gift bag included microwave popcorn, soap, lotion, tissue paper, warm socks, note cards & pen, a flashlight & batteries, an emergency whistle, and a festive candy cane.  Huntington Harbour Mobile Estates put a lot of thought and care into filling their gift bags by including both practical and festive items.

COA Holiday Luncheon

On Thursday, December 13, The Huntington Beach Council on Aging will host its annual Holiday Luncheon at 1 p.m.  The lunch will be catered by Stonefire Grill.  Vocalist Janice Gerard will sing Christmas carols, and Santa will make an appearance.  Prepaid $5 registrations are required and can be purchased at the Rodger's front counter, 1706 Orange Avenue.  Call 536-9387 for more information.

Hawaiian Holiday Party

On Tuesday, December 18, from 12:30 - 2:00 pm, the Aloha Seniors will host their Hawaiian Holiday Party at Rodgers Seniors' Center, 1706 Orange Avenue.  There will be free Hawaiian Christmas stockings filled with goodies for the first 100 seniors.  The Aloha Seniors will also perform.  Come early for a delicious SeniorServ lunch--Polynesian style!  Lunch is served each weekday at 11:30 a.m.  Donations are $2.50 for seniors and $3.50 under 60.  For more information, call 536-9387.  Mele Kalikimaka!

Project Self-Sufficiency Holiday Party

The 21st Annual Holiday Party for Project Self-Sufficiency participants and their children will be held December 11 at the Edison Community Center.  Approximately 200 parents and children are expected to attend.  Children will have their pictures taken with “Santa,” make crafts at several tables hosted by Girl Scout Troop #821, and “shop” for and wrap gifts for their parents at the first-time “Mom/Dad Gift Room” staffed by Troop #821.  Gifts will be provided by the Assisteens and many generous community members.  The Assisteens will also help with picture taking.  A beautifully decorated Christmas tree, donated by Pat Bone, will go home with a very lucky PS-S parent.  A multitude of toys for all ages was donated by Huntington Beach Fire Department, Assisteens, Huntington Beach Landmark Toymakers, Girl Scout Troop #821, Huntington Beach Chamber Toys for Joy event, Community United Methodist Women, Sts. Simon & Jude Elementary School Second Grade Girl Scouts, and Girl Scout Service Unit #3.  A delicious dinner will be provided and donated by Lucci’s Deli.  PS-S staff send their sincere appreciation to the Huntington Beach community for their time, talent, and generosity in making this year’s holiday party outstanding.

H. B. Dodge

The city of Huntington Beach and the Project Self-Sufficiency Foundation would like to express their sincere thanks to “Helping Hearts of Huntington Beach Dodge” for their generous donation to the Project Self Sufficiency Foundation.  Huntington Beach Dodge and Hyundai of Costa Mesa recognized and honored several local charities at their Annual Holiday Party on December 8, which was held at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort.  Donated funds are used to assist participants with items such as child care, books, tuition, and other expenses in an effort to promote success in school and career and to foster self-sufficiency.  Thank you Huntington Beach Dodge!

PLANNING

New Readerboard Signs Along the 405

On December 5, the Zoning Administrator approved two new 85-foot high, multiple user readerboard signs-–one for Bella Terra and one for the Auto Dealer’s Association.  The new signs are located on Center Avenue proximate to the 405 Freeway.  The Auto Dealer’s Association sign will reface their existing sign located 900 feet west of Beach Boulevard on Center Avenue.  The Bella Terra sign will be a new sign, located at the southwest corner of Beach Boulevard and Center Avenue.  These electronic media signs will promote activities, Bella Terra businesses, auto dealers’ sales, and public service announcements.

Downtown Workshop

On Tuesday, November 27, Economic Development, in conjunction with the Planning Department, coordinated a workshop on a recently initiated effort to amend the Downtown Specific Plan and Downtown Parking Master Plan.  The goal of the update is to facilitate development of underutilized parcels, improve parking management strategies, and identify other opportunities to enhance the downtown district.  The workshop was conducted by a team of consultants hired by the city to analyze the current plans, conduct parking studies, propose amendments, and perform necessary environmental impact analysis for consideration by the Planning Commission and City Council.  The workshop, held at the Central Library, was the first in a series of planned community meetings aimed at soliciting input from residents, property owners, business owners, and other interested parties.  Approximately 60 people attended the meeting, providing input to assist in developing plans and policies for the downtown area.  A PowerPoint presentation used at the workshop is available on the Economic Development Department web page at Huntington Beach Downtown Specific Plan Update – Community Workshop 11/27/07.  The next workshop is tentatively scheduled for February 2008.  For additional information, please contact Paul DaVeiga, Economic Development Project Manager, at 536-5544/ pdaveiga@surfcity-hb.org; or Ron Santos, Associate Planner, at 536-5561/ rsantos@surfcity-hb.org.

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