City Administrators Weekly Report

February 12, 2008

COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Seniors Center Holiday Meals

On Sunday, February 10, Senior Services Volunteers and their families delivered Valentine’s meals to 75 Huntington Beach seniors.  Social Workers pre-selected the clients who would most benefit from the holiday meal.  The elders look forward to this festive meal as well as the brief visit from the volunteers.  One senior said, “I am so flattered and amazed that there are people who care so much about me.”  Huntington Beach Hospital provided, at cost, a festive dinner of herbed chicken, seasoned rice, green beans, roll with butter, and Valentine’s sprinkle cake.  The Alzheimer’s Family Services Center gifted each senior with a heart magnet.  The Handy Crafters and the Huntington Beach Council on Aging fund the holiday meals.

A Sweetheart of a Deal

On Valentine’s Day, February 14, there will be two Valentine’s lunches at the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors Center.  Community SeniorServ is hosting an early seating lunch at 11:30 a.m. with a Valentine menu of stuffed salmon, rice pilaf, Normandy vegetables, and strawberry cake.  The popular musician Rick McClellan returns to the seniors’ center to play all your favorite love songs.  Pre-paid reservations are required for the Community SeniorServ lunch.  The cost is $2.50 for seniors 60+ and $3 for those under 60.  If you prefer a later lunch, the Council on Aging is hosting their Valentine’s lunch at 1 p.m. with entertainment and gift baskets.  A prepaid $5 reservation is required.  You may prepay your reservations at the front counter of the seniors’ center.  Please call 536-9387 for more information.

Beach Maintenance

On Thursday, February 7, a 12’ juvenile gray whale washed ashore just north of Beach Boulevard.  It was determined it may have died from a propeller wound from a passing vessel.  Lifeguards contacted the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History.  Beach Maintenance staff loaded the whale onto the museum trailer.  The whale was taken to the museum where a necropsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

City Café

The City Café is featuring a Breakfast burrito with eggs, cheddar cheese, chives, salsa, and a choice of Italian sausage, ham, or bacon.  Come by and grab a burrito with your morning coffee.  Also, the Café will have red valentine sugar cookies available this week.  For Weight Watcher participants or those that just want to eat a little healthier, the Café will be displaying a “Weight Watchers Point Chart” beginning February 11.  The City Café will be closed Friday, February 15.

Inclusionary Housing Program

Due to the recent drop in mortgage interest rates, the city’s Inclusionary Housing Program has experienced an increase in the number of affordable housing condominiums that are being offered for sale.  The listing prices for these affordable condominium range from $220,000 for a one bedroom unit up to $403,423 for a three bedroom unit. 

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Bomb Incident

On February 8, the Fire Department responded to an incident involving a military mortar round.  A unified command was established with the Police, Public Works, and Public Information Departments and the Orange County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad to evacuate approximately 25 nearby homes and businesses.  The bomb squad examined the mortar and determined that it was a live military round, containing approximately four pounds of high explosives, and requested assistance from the US Marine Corps from Camp Pendleton.  At the conclusion of the assessment, personnel from the Orange County Bomb Squad secured the device and placed it in their bomb container.  Law enforcement personnel from Huntington Beach, Orange County Bomb Squad, and the US Marine Corps then transported the device to the Orange County landfill in Irvine for disposal.  All persons evacuated were then permitted to return to their homes and businesses.  The incident was concluded at approximately 3:30 p.m.  This incident was an excellent example of how a “Unified Command” is used to handle an extremely dangerous situation.  By assigning resources and personnel based on their areas of expertise, this incident was handled with no injuries or property damage.  This was an outstanding operation by all members involved.

PLANNING

Former Gas Station to be Removed

The abandoned gas station on the southeast corner of Springdale Street and Edinger Avenue is in the process of being demolished in response to Code Enforcement’s nuisance abatement efforts.  Abatement was made more difficult due to numerous changes in ownership and property maintenance contractors, mostly located outside of California.  However, staff was ultimately successful in getting the current owner to voluntarily tear down the buildings and clear the site.  Demolition will bring a close to the many recurring calls for service and citizen inquiries regarding this property and will eliminate a highly visible nuisance.

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