July 1st, 2008
COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
4th of July Celebration
The 104th Annual Huntington Beach 4th of July Celebration begins on Friday, July 4, with the city’s longest-held community tradition and many fun, family-oriented events. The day starts at 6 a.m. on the 4th with the Surf City 5K Run and Fitness Expo at Worthy Park, and the Huntington Beach Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast in Lake Park. Beginning at 10 a.m., the Parade will wind its way along the historic Main Street parade route. Marching bands, floats, military troops, community groups, dignitaries, clowns, equestrians, and celebrities make up more than 250 parade entries that will entertain parade-goers until just past noon. After the parade ends, everyone is invited to enjoy the Pier Festival with vendors and entertainment at Pier Plaza. At 9 p.m., a spectacular fireworks show will be launched off the Pier. The Pier Festival at Pier Plaza expo will continue through the weekend with two full days of entertainment and vendors. For additional information, please go to www.hb4thofjuly.org.
The city hosted its 26th Annual Citywide Softball Tournament the weekend of June 28-29 at the Central Park Sports Complex. This tournament featured teams from only the city of Huntington Beach adult softball leagues. There were 16 teams competing for top honors and bragging rights in the city. The Deep Threat team came back from a rough start and shut down their opponents in their last two games in the Upper Division. They outscored their opponents in the last two games 26-0. They topped the Stiffs/Vortex team in the championship game to claim the title. In the Lower Division, the title was up for grabs as several new teams played in the tournament this year. Once all of the dust had cleared, the “Longboard Restaurant and Pub” team came out on top of the Lower Division defending their 2007 title with a perfect record of 5-0. They battled the “Scorin From Second” team in a very close game. The Longboard team came from behind by scoring to take the title in the bottom of the seventh inning. The “Scorin From Second” team’s only losses for the tournament came at the hand of the Longboard team. After losing 22-9 to the Longboard team earlier in the day, the “Scorin From Second” earned the right for a re-match after they knocked off the upset-minded “Double Ringers” team. The “Double Ringers” placed third after losing on Saturday and having to come through the loser’s bracket and finally being stopped by the “Scorin From Second” team.
Marine Safety and Beach Operations personnel have been patrolling the city’s coastline with new Toyota vehicles. The two-year sponsorship agreement has an option for an additional two years and will save the city an estimated $500,000. Under the agreement, 17 four-wheel drive vehicles have been outfitted and equipped to serve the public and keep our beaches safe.
HBFD Deployed to Northern California
On Monday, June 23, two engine companies with a total of eight personnel from the Huntington Beach Fire Department were dispatched to Northern California to assist with fighting the wildfires that are threatening homes and businesses in Butte County near the town of Chico. The Huntington Beach crews traveled over 500 miles to reach their assignments. They are assigned to the “Butte Lighting Complex,” which covers numerous fires that were started by severe lighting storms. Our crews are working to protect homes and businesses from the fires that are threatening communities located in mountainous terrain. We are anticipating that our engine companies will be assigned to the incident for a period of 14 days or more.
Comment Period Opens This Week on CVS Environmental Study
The 30-day public comment period for the draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for a new CVS Pharmacy opens on Thursday, July 3, and closes on Monday, August 4. The proposed project consists of construction of a 12,900 square-foot CVS Pharmacy, 63 parking spaces, and associated site improvements on a vacant lot at the southeast corner of Goldenwest Street and McFadden Avenue. The vacant site has been used as a pumpkin patch and a Christmas tree lot. The approximate height of the proposed one-story building is 28 feet. The proposal includes drive-thru service in conjunction with the pharmacy use. The CVS Pharmacy, including the drive-thru, is proposed to be open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The project includes a General Plan Amendment and Zoning Map Amendment to allow commercial uses at the proposed project site. A copy of the MND is available on the Planning Department’s website at http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/government/departments/planning/PJB/eac/EAC.cfm.
Public Meeting on Talbert Lake Water Quality Project
The Planning Department will hold a public information and comment meeting at the Central Library on Tuesday, July 1, at 6 p.m., in Room C/D, on the Talbert Lake Diversion Project. Representatives from the Departments of Planning and Public Works, Bonterra Consulting, and Pace Engineering will be present to address public comments. The Talbert Lake Diversion Project is a Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board-approved Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) involving the construction of a natural treatment system in the northeastern corner of Central Park in Huntington Beach on the eastern side of Goldenwest Street. The proposed project would divert up to three million gallons per day (mgd) of dry weather flows from the East Garden Grove Wintersburg Channel (EGGWC) into a newly constructed treatment wetlands system for water quality improvement purposes. Project components include the construction of a diversion structure such as a rubber dam within the EGGWC to divert dry weather flows either into an existing water line in Goldenwest Street or the existing storm drain system within Gothard Street for transport to the newly constructed treatment wetlands within Central Park. A copy of the Mitigated Negative Declaration is available on the Planning Department website at http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/government/departments/planning/PJB/eac/Talbertlakemnd.cfm.
July 4th Holiday PCH Closure
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) advises motorists traveling during the July 4th holiday to plan ahead and leave early due to the closure of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) in Huntington Beach. All lanes between Beach Boulevard and Goldenwest Street will be closed between 5 a.m. - 2 p.m. and again between 7 – 11 p.m. The roadway will be open between 2 – 7 p.m. Traffic on PCH will be detoured at Goldenwest and Beach and routed north approximately 2-½ miles to Garfield Avenue. Garfield will be the first opportunity to transgress east and west.
The City maintains 124 traffic signals. Report malfunctions to (714) 960-8861(City) or Caltrans (PCH & Beach Blvd) (949) 936-3600. You can also report a malfunction online.