City Administrators Weekly Report

June 17th, 2008

ADMINISTRATION

Green Expo

The Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce and the city of Huntington Beach Economic Development Department will sponsor the first Green Expo, “It’s Easy to be Green in Huntington Beach.”  This green event takes place Saturday, September 20, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., at the Huntington Beach Central Library.  The event will include an expo in the Library parking lot featuring exhibits, vendors, and seminar sessions in the Library meeting rooms educating residents and businesses on the benefits of “Going Green.”  Visitors to the Green Expo will learn about important green issues such as waste reduction, energy efficiency, water conservation and quality, utilizing recycled materials, reducing greenhouse gases, and producing organic products.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available.  Visit www.HuntingtonBeachGoesGreen.com or www.HBChamber.com for more information.

COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Adult City-Wide Softball Tournament

The city of Huntington Beach’s 26TH Annual Citywide Softball Tournament is scheduled for the weekend of June 28 and 29, at the Central Park Sports Complex.  This tournament features teams only from the city of Huntington Beach Adult Men’s Softball Leagues.  There are two divisions being offered again this year.  The Upper Division features teams from the top leagues (C5 – C11), while the Lower Division features teams from the C-12 through C-18 leagues.  The teams will be competing for top honors and bragging rights in the city.  The cost for this double-elimination tournament is $200 per team plus a $15 per game official’s fee.  The deadline for registration is Friday, June 20.  Teams that have played in the city of Huntington Beach leagues can access the registration forms from the softball page link on the city of Huntington Beach’s homepage, or they can contact Ray Frankeny at (714) 536-5230 or the city of Huntington Beach Community Services Department at (714) 536-5486.

58th Annual Pier Swim

Over 350 participants entered the water on Saturday for the 58th Annual Pier Swim.  Keith Ryan was the fastest swimmer of the day for the second year with a time of  nine minutes and 17 seconds.  Several records were broken this year by the participants; Christina Boring in the Women’s Division, Shelby Elmore in the Junior Women’s Division, Ryan Cox in the Masters Men’s Division, and Luis Caron in the Super Masters Men’s Division.  Awards were given in 13 different divisions.  Lifeguards were stationed in the water and on the beach to make sure that everyone made it around safely.

Huntington Beach Downtown Business Association

Large crowds celebrated Father's Day weekend on downtown Main Street at a two-day festival organized by the Huntington Beach Downtown Business Association.  The event featured a chili cook off benefiting CHOC.  Chili was prepared not only by the restaurants but retail outlets as well.  Sidewalk sales, entertainment, and children's activities added to the festivities on Main Street.  Father's Day beach-goers could also enjoy a concert at Pier Plaza featuring the Celtic rock band “The Young Dubliners,” who captivated the crowd with their high-energy performance.  The concert series, sponsored by Farmers and Merchants Bank and organized by the Community Services Department, continues throughout the summer with the next concert on Sunday, June 22, featuring “Cumbeley.”

PLANNING DEPARTMENT

Neighborhood Workshop held June 11

Staff from the Planning and Economic Development Departments held their first of several planned Neighborhood Workshops last week.  The goal of the Neighborhood Workshops is to proactively inform residents of the city’s Neighborhood Preservation, Housing Rehabilitation, and Green Building efforts; the various tools and resources available through these programs; and to encourage residents to take active roles in preserving the quality of their neighborhood.  This workshop, held at the Harbour View Clubhouse, was presented to residents living in the neighborhood located south of Edinger, east of Bolsa Chica, Sisson Avenue north, and west of Graham.  Residents in attendance expressed an overall satisfaction with the quality of their neighborhood and openly discussed common opportunities and priorities for their neighborhood.  Staff will be following up with the residents to maintain an open dialogue and to assist them in addressing those opportunities and priorities.  The next workshop is tentatively planned for July 23 and will be presented to residents living in the neighborhood located south of Rancho Road and Harold Place, west of Springdale, and northeast of Spa Drive.  Additional workshops are currently being planned for a variety of neighborhoods throughout the city.  For more information on the Neighborhood Workshops, please contact Neighborhood Preservation Manager Bill Zylla via e-mail at bzylla@surfcity-hb.org or by telephone at (714) 536-5274.

PUBLIC WORKS

Water Conservation News

The Municipal Water District of Orange County recently sponsored a water conservation poster and slogan contest for elementary schools.  The Grand Prize Slogan winner was Emily Erickson, Grade 5, from Isojiro Oka Elementary School.  “If you save water, you will see, there will be more water for you and me.”

Brookhurst Frontage Road Landscaping

Work is substantially complete on the Brookhurst Street Landscape Enhancement Project.  The project is located on Brookhurst Street--just north and south of Yorktown Avenue and along the frontage road eastbound on Yorktown Avenue.  The wood rail fencing on the frontage road islands and trees were removed; and new trees, landscaping, and irrigation were installed.  The project also included the construction of new access ramps adjacent to the frontage roads.  The $500,000 project was funded by Federal TE grant, CDBG funds, and Gas Tax.

Public Infrastructure Inspector Certification

John Griffin, Public Works Sr. Construction Inspector, recently passed the American Public Works Association’s (APWA), first in the nation, “Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector” (CPII) exam.  Achieving certification as a CPII is a significant accomplishment attained by those who demonstrate knowledge and have experience in the Public Works inspection field.  Among John’s other accomplishments are Public Works and Public Works Inspection certifications from Rancho Santiago College and successful completion of the California Department of Public Health Grade 3 Water Distribution Operator’s exam.  Public Works is proud to have such a credentialed employee.

Water Consumption May 2008

Residents and businesses are asked to reduce irrigation by one day per week.  Make water conservation practices part of your life.

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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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