Sept 2, 2008
COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
California Coastal Cleanup Day
Break out the sunscreen, California Coastal Cleanup Day is coming. Join thousands of Californians as they hit the beaches, lakes, and waterways on Saturday September 20, from 9 a.m. to noon. In 2007, more than 60,000 volunteers worked together to collect more than 900,000 pounds of trash and recyclables. Since the first California Coastal Cleanup Day, over 800,000 Californians removed more than 12 million pounds of debris from our shoreline and waterways. In 1993, the Guinness Book of World Records recorded this third Saturday as “The largest garbage collection.” Volunteers wishing to help clean Huntington City Beach will be meeting on the north side of the HB Pier; bags and gloves will be provided. Free parking will be available in the City Beach parking lots on the north and south side of First Street. For more information, call (714) 536-5614, or for other cleanup locations call 1-800 COAST 4 U.
Smooth Jazz Festival
The 6th annual BB Jazz Festival will take place Saturday, September 6, from noon until 9 p.m., in Central Park. This event brings the best smooth jazz performers, including Rahsaan Patterson, Najee, Maysa, Michael Lington, Chuck Loeb, Philippe Saisse, Brian Bromberg, and many more. Proceeds from this festival benefit children with Autism. Tickets range from $45 to $200. For more information, please contact BB Jazz at (714) 377-7574 or visit their website at www.bbjazz.com.
Procession of Light
The Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council will present the 9th annual Procession of Light on Sunday, September 7, at Pier Plaza. The event includes local, faith-based organizations offering prayer and music to celebrate the need for harmony. The event starts at 3:30 p.m. and ends with a procession up the Pier at approximately 6 p.m.
Huntington Beach Senior Services
The Care Management team partners with community programs to provide home maintenance for low-income older adults. This summer, they partnered with the Surf City Rotary Club of Huntington Beach. On June 6, 7, 14, and 20, Surf City Rotary Club volunteers completed an extensive home improvement project. A 93-year-old male was facing eviction because he was overwhelmed financially and no longer able to maintain his mobile home to park standards. The home was in need of exterior paint and a new fence. The Surf City Rotary Club provided 184 hours of labor & materials estimated at $1,200, including a $500 donation from the Huntington Beach Council on Aging. The client was grateful for the Surf City Rotary Club’s generous contribution of time and money, which enabled him to meet the requirements of the mobile home park maintenance guidelines and remain in his own home. On August 27, the Surf City Rotary Club again partnered with Care Management on a referral that came from Code Enforcement who had received a complaint from a neighbor about an overgrown backyard. Eleven Surf City Rotary Club volunteers were more than willing to garden and completed the job in less than two hours! Rainbow Environmental Services donated the 4' x 4' x 6' trash bin for yard debris. The client and the neighbor are both thrilled with the work. The Surf City Rotary Club volunteers report having a lot of fun working together and appreciate the opportunity to help out in their community.
Future Neighborhood Workshops Scheduled
Staff from the Planning and Economic Development Departments held their third Neighborhood Workshop last week on Thursday, August 28. 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 Central Library, was presented to residents living in the neighborhood east of Beach, south of Warner, north of Slater, and west of Newland. Continuing this neighborhood outreach, the next four Neighborhood Workshops have been tentatively scheduled for:
Wednesday, September 24:
Neighborhood Area: South of Garfield, east of Magnolia, west of Stingray, and north of the Edison easement
Thursday, October 16:
Neighborhood Area: South of Warner, east of Edwards, west of Gothard, and north of Slater
Wednesday, November 12:
Neighborhood Area: South of Edison easement, east of Magnolia, west of Salmon, and north of Yorktown
Wednesday, January 21:
Neighborhood Area: South of Prodan and Taylor, east of Gothard, west of Beach, North of Ellis
For more information on the Neighborhood Workshops, please contact Neighborhood Preservation Manager Bill Zylla via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (714) 536-5274.
Civic Center Recycling Program Success
In May 2008, the Public Works Maintenance Division implemented a California Redemption Value (CRV) recycling program at the city’s Civic Center. Designated recycling receptacles are located throughout each floor for the deposit of CRV recyclable drink containers. City staff has been participating faithfully, and in fewer than four months we have collected 287 pounds of bottles and cans at City Hall and 344 pounds at the Police Department! The receptacles are emptied each week through an arrangement with the non-profit Orange County Conservation Corps (OCCC). Proceeds from the recycling effort go to the Corps, whose mission is providing employment and education opportunities to at-risk youth in Orange County. The recycling program has recently grown to the outdoor areas of the Civic Center with two new collection receptacles added, one at the front door to City Hall and the other at the front door of the Police Department. In the near future, this program will be expanded to include the Central Library and other city facilities.
Sowers School Traffic Project Completed
A new traffic signal at Indianapolis Avenue and Titan Lane, adjacent to Sowers Middle School, is in full operation. In addition to the new signal, curb ramps were installed and crosswalks marked. The signal should aid traffic flow into and out of the school parking lot. Mobile speed detection radar signs will continue to operate along Indianapolis Avenue. The project was partially funded through the State Safe Routes to School program. The goal of the Safe Routes program is to encourage more students to walk and bike to school. A second Safe Routes project is underway to serve Newland Elementary School. The project includes construction of a new traffic signal at Yorktown Avenue and Windward Lane.
The Huntington Beach Fire Department charges for emergency medical services and ambulance transportation. However, residents can join the FireMed Program and protect their out-of-pocket costs! Read more about the FireMed Program.