City Administrators Weekly Report

January 29, 2008

COMMUNITY SERVICES

Michael E. Rodgers Seniors Center Income Tax Assistance

A.A.R.P. will be offering free income tax assistance for seniors 55+ at Michael E. Rodgers Seniors Center on Tuesdays beginning February 5 through April 15.  Appointments begin at 12 p.m., with the last appointment at 3 p.m.  To schedule an appointment, call the senior center at 536-9387.  Please bring the following documents to your appointment:

Age Wave Volunteer Training

The Bi-Annual, five-week, Age Wave Class will be held on Wednesdays, from 9 - 11 a.m., at Michael E. Rodgers Seniors Center beginning February 6.  This class prepares volunteers and caregivers on how to better serve the growing senior population.  Huntington Beach Senior Services staff covers the following topics: Myths and Realities of Aging, Maintaining Boundaries, Communication, Active Aging, Grief, Special Needs of the Homebound Elderly, and Community Resources.  To enroll or for more information, contact Diane Swarts at 374-1544, or dswarts@surfcity-hb.org.

Marine Safety

In response to heavy rains and National Weather Service Flood Warnings, Marine Safety Officers were placed on standby last week.  The Marine Safety Division is prepared to serve our community by responding to swiftwater river rescues and flooding emergencies.

PLANNING

Beach Boulevard/Edinger Avenue Corridor Workshop on Wednesday

The Economic Development and Planning Departments will be holding a workshop on the Beach/Edinger Corridor on Wednesday, January 30, from 6 - 9 p.m., at the Central Library, 7111 Talbert Street, Rooms C & D.  The interactive meeting will help to identify key elements of Beach Boulevard and Edinger Avenue that will exemplify Huntington Beach’s character and identity. .

PUBLIC WORKS

Weekend Rainfall

The predicted deluge of last weekend largely bypassed Huntington Beach.  According to readings at the city's flood control pump stations, the weekend storm dropped a city-wide average of 0.63 inches of rain.  The flood control station located on Scenario Drive recorded the highest numbers, with a total of approximately 1.25 inches between Friday and Sunday.  As typical, the northern locations received more rain.  Marilyn Station, located near Warner and Goldenwest, reported 0.9 inches, and Heil Station recorded 0.74 inches.  The lowest numbers were recorded at the southern end of the city at the Atlanta and Adams stations, reporting less than 0.5 inches over the three-day period.  The rainfall received on January 23 was a city-wide average of 0.48 inches.  On that day, the Meredith Station near the Santa Ana River recorded 0.71 inches.  The unpredictability of rain patterns requires every station to be fully operational at all times.  The stations are automated, continually monitored, and controlled with a sophisticated Supervisory Data Control and Acquisition (SCADA) system.  Although the rain and mountain snowfall will improve the situation, California is still far behind in water storage due to last year's record drought.

Did you know?

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.


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