City Administrators Weekly Report

July 8th, 2008

COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Pencil in Art at the Beach on Your Summer Schedule

Art at the Beach is in full swing, with campers eagerly developing their art skills, making new friends, and taking art to the beach.  The HBAC staff of professional artists presents different themes each week to assist campers in producing works ranging from new technology to installation art techniques.  The following sessions have openings: July 7 – 11, From the Top of Building to the Ground Floor; July 14 – 18, From Re-Do to Re-Use; July 21 – 25, From Head to Toe and Everywhere In-Between; July 28 – August 1, From Monsters to Minotaurs; August 4 – 8, In Motion: From Trains to Skateboards; and August 11 – 15, Thinking Outside the Box.  This camp is for ages 6 – 12.  Art at the Beach culminates with an exhibition of visual art work produced by campers.  This year’s three-week exhibition will be held in the Huntington Beach Civic Center Council Chambers.  For more information and reservations, please call 374-1650, or see the Sands Community Brochure at www.surfcity-hb.org.

Friday Night Blues at the HBAC Presents the Amazing Sounds of Bernie Pearl

The Huntington Beach Art Center (HBAC) presents the raw and compelling sounds of Bernie Pearl and his band on July 18, 7:30 – 10:00 p.m., as part of the HBAC’s Friday Night Blues series.  In solo and band accompanied performances, Pearl will play selections from his recently released double-disc CD, Old School Blues, featuring acoustic and electric songs.  Pearl has played the blues scene in Southern California for 50 years, gaining a strong reputation and following for his upbeat, yet intricate, and note-intensive picking style that produces the illusionary sound of two guitars.  Outside of solo performances, Pearl is accompanied by his band of 20 years, the Bernie Pearl Blues Band.  General admission tickets for Bernie Pearl at the Huntington Beach Art Center on July 18 are $25; HBAC members $20, and prepaid reservations are required for guaranteed seating.  Please call 374-1650 for reservations and ticket information.  The HBAC is located at 538 Main in Huntington Beach.  A sample of Bernie Pearl’s music can be heard at www.BerniePearl.com.

Huntington Beach Senior Services 2008 Homeowners and Renters Assistance Program

Homeowners and renters property tax credit assistance will be available the remaining Tuesdays in July from 12 – 4 p.m., in room D at the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors Center, 1706 Orange Avenue.  No appointments are necessary, and walk-ins are welcome.  To be qualified for the Homeowners and Renters assistance, you must be a U.S. citizen or qualified alien, 62+ years old on or before December 31, 2007, or be disabled or blind.  You must have a household income of no more than $44,096, and you either owned or rented and occupied a house in California on December 31, 2007, as your principal residence.  Renters assistance is a once-a-year payment from the State of California of a portion of the property taxes that you pay indirectly when you pay your rent.  The amount a claimant may be eligible for ranges from $15.00 - $347.50.  Homeowners assistance is a once-a-year payment from the State of California of a percentage of the property taxes the county assesses and requires you to pay on your home.  The amount a claimant may be eligible for ranges from $19.72 to $472.60.  For more information, call the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors Center 536-9387.

LIBRARY

Children’s Department

The Children’s Library hosted its annual Festival of Folktales on Tuesday, June 24, in celebration of their Summer Reading Program.  Almost 1,500 kids signed up for the program the day of the festival itself, with these numbers increasing to 3,000 by the fifth of July.  It is estimated that 4,400 people attended the Festival of Folktales, enjoying outdoor music, food, crafts, and games.  Some of the performers included children’s blues guitarist Brother Yusef, indoor performances by Pirate Magicians Rafael and Katia, and stories by the Library Fairy.  All in all, the Festival was a great success, and a fabulous time was had by all who attended!  Visit our website at www.hbpl.org for a listing of all scheduled library events.

PLANNING DEPARTMENT

Public Comment Period for The Ripcurl Draft EIR Opens July 8

The draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for The Ripcurl will be available for public review and comment for 45 days, commencing Tuesday, July 8, and ending Thursday, August 21.  The Ripcurl Project involves the construction of a six-story, mixed-use residential and commercial development (440 residential units and 10,000 square feet of retail uses) on a 3.8-acre site at the southeast corner of Gothard Street and Center Avenue.  The project consists of four levels of housing over three levels of parking.   The retail component would be on the ground level adjacent to two levels of above-grade parking.  Outdoor amenities include a pool and spa area, fire pit, and movie projection area.  Indoor amenities include a fitness center, business center, conference room, and clubhouse.  The project application includes a General Plan Amendment, Zoning Map Amendment, and Zoning Text Amendment to allow the project on the proposed site and establish Transit Center District zoning and development standards.  The project site is currently zoned and has a General Plan land use designation of Commercial General, which does not allow mixed use development.  The applicant proposes the Amendments to include the Transit Center District in the Zoning Code and proposes a new zoning and General Plan designation of Mixed Use – Transit Center.  The project entitlements also include a Conditional Use Permit and Tentative Tract Map.  A copy of the EIR is available at City Hall, Central Library, and on the Planning Department website at http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/CityDepartments/planning/major/.  A public meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 23, beginning at 6 p.m., in room C/D of the Central Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue.

 

Did you know?

The Huntington Beach Fire Department conducts free home fire safety inspections for seniors.  You can also get a free smoke detector with a 10 year battery and carbon monoxide detector installed.  This free service is provided by Project SHIP senior home inspection program volunteers. You can schedule an appointment online or call 714-374-1615.


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