City Administrators Weekly Report

June 01, 2009

CITY TREASURER

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The City Still has Unclaimed Funds

The City Treasurer still has unclaimed funds!  They will be held by the Office of the City Treasurer until June 17, 2009, at which time the remaining unclaimed will be permanently escheated to the City on June 18, 2009.  Check out the listing and claim form at www.surfcity-hb.org/unclaimed_funds.cfm and if you are on the list, file your claim today.  Claims must be received by the Office of the City Treasurer no later than 5p.m. on June 17, 2009.

COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

HB Concours Classic Car Show

The 24th Annual HB Concours will be held in Huntington Central Park on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7.  On Saturday, the event is open from 9:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. and features pre-1979 hot rods, custom cars, and motorcycles.  On Sunday, from 9:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M., there will be a salute to Pontiac, Aston Martin and Big Dog Motorcycles.  Both days include live entertainment, food, and vendors.  Admission is $10 per day or you can purchase a two-day ticket for $15.  All proceeds benefit the Children’s Resource Center which provides library services for children at the Huntington Beach Library and Cultural Center.  For additional information, visit the website at www.hbconcours.org.  

Surfin’ Sundays

Surfin’ Sundays continues at Pier Plaza on Sunday, June 7 from 9:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. with all day surf music and surf-related vendors.  The event is organized by the International Surfing Museum.

Huntington Beach Senior Services

Wii Bowling Champion – Congratulations to 84-year old David Dong, the Senior Center’s reigning Wii Bowling Champion.  On May 6, 2009 David Wii bowled a 269!  The Wii Bowling team, Surf City Strikers, won a recent tournament against the Cerritos Seniors Center.  All levels of Wii bowlers are welcome to play on Wednesdays from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors Center, 1706 Orange Avenue.  For more information call: 714-536-9387.

Summer Swim Registration Begins June 6

The City of Huntington Beach Community Services Dept. is happy to announce that Edison and Marina High School Pools will be open for lessons and recreational swim this summer!  Registration will be held this Saturday, June 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Registration will continue on June 13 and June 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Registration for Marina classes will be held at Murdy Community Center (7000 Norma); Edison classes registration will take place at Edison Community Center, across the street from the high school.  Registration will be taken at the pool sites beginning June 22.  The swim schedule and registration flyer are now available on the city’s website at www.surfcity-hb.org.  For additional information or information regarding classes held at the City Gym please call (714) 960-8884.

Departure 9th Annual Benefit Art Auction

 

The Huntington Beach Art Center’s Departure 9th Annual Benefit Art Auction and Exhibition, featuring the contemporary work of select emerging and established artists, began on May 29. The Auction and exhibition will conclude on Friday, June 5, with the night of the live auction, featuring two admission, or “boarding,” options for the Departure live auction.  The Early Departure Stimulus Package allows patrons and collectors to “board” at 6:30 p.m. and gives them a special coupon toward the purchase of auction art work.  The second “boarding” option is Flying Coach for admission at 7:15 p.m.  The Live Auction will begin at 8 p.m. with select pieces and will conclude when the last item is sold.  For more information, please call the Art Center at 714-374-1650.

In Diversity, There is Strength

In honor of Huntington Beach’s Centennial, the city of Huntington Beach along with the Centennial Committee will present a lecture series designed to examine diversity through the eyes of a number of people representing different social groups. It will show in part where we have been, where we are now, and where we need to go.  The stories are designed to stimulate further discussions so that the diverse nature of our society can become an even greater strength in the next 100 years.  On Thursday, June 4, at 7 p.m. the Huntington Beach Art Center will host Issues Facing the Homosexual and Bisexual Communities, featuring the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender organization from the University of California Irvine.  The Huntington Beach Art Center is located at 538 Main St.  For more information please call 714-374-1650.

ECONOMIC DEVELOP.M.ENT

 

Downtown Image Ad Hoc Committee

The next Downtown Image Ad Hoc Committee meeting will be held on Monday, June 8 at 6:00 p.m. at the Huntington Beach Art Center located at 538 Main Street in Downtown Huntington Beach.  The Downtown Image Ad Hoc Committee was established by the City Council with the goal of improving the environment of the downtown area on weekends, evenings, and holidays.  The meetings are conducted by Council Members Joe Carchio, Devin Dwyer, and Don Hansen and include appointed members from the public consisting of residents and downtown business owners. There are five sub-committees to review and make recommendations: Nightlife, Business Attraction, Public Safety, Maintenance and Cultural.  The sub-committees will be presenting recommendations to the Downtown Image Ad Hoc Committee for consideration. For further information, please contact Simone Slifman at (714) 375-5186 or simone.slifman@surfcity-hb.org.

FINANCE

FIRE

Construction Activity at Edison Park

The County of Orange will be installing and paying for a landfill gas collection system in the former Cannery Street Landfill, also known as Edison Park, to ensure better control of landfill gas.  This site was active in the late 1950s and early 1960s, generating relatively low volumes of landfill gas beneath the ground.  Landfill gas generated from this site is primarily methane, also commonly found in dairy farms; it is an odorless, non-toxic substance that is naturally occurring.  Construction will consist primarily of digging a narrow trench along the perimeter, placing piping in the trench, and replacing the soil in the trench.  The Fire Department and Public Works Department will ensure safety to our park visitors during the various phases of construction, which is expected to be completed in August 2009.  All calls or questions in regard to the construction activity at Edison Park should be directed to Fire Marshal Bill Reardon at (714) 536-5564.

Flags 4 Heroes

The Fire Department participated in the “Flags 4 Heroes” Memorial Day event on May 25 which was held on the beach.  The event honored 1,600 firefighters and police officers who have died in the line of duty in the State of California.  Flags were placed in the sand and the na.m.es of each firefighter and police officer was read along with the tolling of the Fire Department bell.  Both fire and police honor guards participated in the opening and closing ceremonies, which included posting the colors, rifle salute, and the playing of “Taps.”  The event was sponsored by BJ’s Restaurant Foundation.

Car Crashes into Pre-School

Five children were injured on the morning of May 28 when a car accidentally drove into the Childtime Pre-School located on Yorktown Avenue.  A parent, who was dropping off her own child, drove into the wall of the dayroom at the pre-school.  There were 14 children in the pre-school at the time.  One child was pinned underneath the car when off-duty Firefighter Paramedic Tony Smith, and Police Officer Richard Wright lifted the car to remove the child.  Four other children were also injured, treated by paramedics, and transported to the hospital.  The Police Department interviewed the driver and is conducting an investigation into the cause of the accident.

INFORMATION SERVICES

Surf City Pipeline has now been active for three (3) months.  During this time we have received 14,300 hits on the system and 262 service requests.  Even if one-half of the hits are mistakes, that would mean that we are answering citizen questions 97% of the time.  Following are the stats from our most frequently asked questions:

Topic

Viewed

Made Service Request

Contact an Executive

2,092

3

Help - I Can't Find it?

178

8

Street Repairs / Potholes

140

20

Utility Billing - Start / Stop Services

145

2

City Council - Comment on Agenda Items

121

14

Pet License

130

3

Utility Billing - General

115

8

Abandoned or Inoperable Vehicles (On Private Property)

109

9

Recruitment Process

104

3

Animal Nuisance / Barking / Strays

95

0

Beach - General Information

92

0

Human Services - 211 Orange County

86

0

Contacting Code Enforcement / Neighborhood Preservation

80

3

LIBRARY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Library Centennial Celebration

Please join us for a special celebration of the Huntington Beach Public Library’s 100-year history. Revisit the past with a barber shop quartet, authentic saltwater taffy, balloon animals, historical reenactments, and an opportunity to dress up in costumes from the early 1900’s. See a short film about the library’s history and a performance by the Book Cart Drill Team. This free event, open to all ages, is on June 12th, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Central Library. The Huntington Beach Central Library is located at 7111 Talbert Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92648.

PLANNING

Planning Commission to Review Senior Center Design on June 9

The Planning Commission will review the proposed final design and landscape plans for the new Senior Center at the June 9 Study Session.  In accordance with the Conditions of Approval for the project, the Planning Commission and Design Review Board (DRB) must review and approve the final design and landscape plans.  The DRB will review the plans on June 11 and the Planning Commission will review the plans, as a non-public hearing item, on June 23.  In addition, the City Council will consider the proposed “green” building elements for the project at an upcoming City Council meeting tentatively scheduled for July 6. For more information, please contact Jennifer Villasenor, Associate Planner, at (714) 374-1661.

POLICE DEPARTMENT

FBI Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released their 2008 Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report. (http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/08aprelim/index.html) This is data derived voluntarily from law enforcement agencies around the United States.  The FBI provides the following advisement about this information from their website: “Individuals using these tabulations are cautioned against drawing conclusions by making direct comparisons between cities. Comparisons lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting communities and their residents. Valid assessments are possible only with careful study and analysis of the range of unique conditions affecting each local law enforcement jurisdiction. It is important to remember that crime is a social problem and, therefore, a concern of the entire community. The efforts of law enforcement are limited to factors within its control. The data user is, therefore, cautioned against comparing statistical data of individual agencies.”

For example, in 2008 there was an overall decrease in burglaries when compared to 2007 in Huntington Beach.  However, a careful study and analysis would be to look at just commercial burglaries in one area in 2008.  There was a significant increase in beat 12 with a 116% increase from 2007 (37 in 2007 and 80 in 2008). One of the contributing factors to the increase was the 33 burglaries from the Public Storage in the beat. There was a series of burglaries from this location from October thru November 2008. An arrest was made in the case, but much of the stolen property was not located, therefore not all cases were able to be cleared.  So while overall burglaries are down in Huntington Beach, it is the careful analysis of the numbers that gives the complete picture. Without this one person crime spree, the overall burglary numbers would have been even lower.

Part I crimes are defined as: Homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, auto theft and arson.

There was a 6.7% increase as compared to last year. Rape, robbery, larcenies all increased for 2008. Aggravated assaults, burglaries, auto thefts and arsons decreased.

Homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults are violent crimes. Burglary, larceny, auto theft and arson are property crimes. When Part I crimes are broken down into violent and property crime types, violent crime increased 3.19% and property crimes increased 7% in 2008 as compared to 2007. 

The chart below shows the total number of Part I crimes over the past eight years in Huntington Beach.
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PUBLIC WORKS

Water Conservation in the Spotlight

As the dry weather and talk of drought continue, Orange County reacts to the announcement by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California that water deliveries will be curtailed beginning in July; water conservation has stepped into the spotlight.  The Public Works Utilities Division has been systematically expanding its efforts to promote conservation through programs and public education including a recently expanded website.  The Utilities Division employs eight individuals that have completed Water Conservation Practitioner Level 1 training and certification.   They stand ready to assist residents and businesses with system audits; rebate and program. information; and general water conservation tips and suggestions.  For information call the Utilities Division at: 714-536-5921 or visit www.surfcity-hb.org/hbwater.














Did you know?

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.


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