City Administrators Weekly Report

April 3, 2007

COMMUNITY SERVICES

Earth Day Beach Cleanup - The Community Services Department will conduct an Earth Day Cleanup on Saturday April 21, on the north side of the Huntington Beach Pier from 9 a.m. - noon. Free parking will be available at the city beach parking lots at 6th Street and Pacific Coast Highway, and at the Main Promenade Parking Structure at Main and Walnut. All ages are welcome, and bags and gloves will be provided. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring sunscreen.

Huntington Beach Art Center Launches Spring Season Classes - Spring season at the Huntington Beach Art Center (HBAC) kicks off this week with dozens of creative classes designed for all ages. Art at the Beach: Children’s Spring Camp runs April 2 - 6, followed by a series of educational classes and workshops in art, theater, music, and dance. Think you’re the next American Idol? For the Love of Music will help sharpen your talent. Bored with art basics? Experimental Art for Teens will take you to the next level. Want to improve your Hula? Polynesian Dance for Intermediates will help fine tune your moves. See the Spring 2007 Sands Guide, or call 374-1650 for registration information. Become an HBAC member to receive discounts on all classes and events

Municipal Parking Pass - As of April 1, the municipal parking pass, valid at both the city beach parking lots and the Main Promenade Parking Structure, will sell for $100. Passes are available at Moorhouse Lifeguard Headquarters located at 103 Pacific Coast Highway, or at City Hall on the fifth floor in the Community Services Department.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Surfcity Logo Surf City Nights - Join the fun on Downtown Main Street tonight, April 3, from 5 - 9 p.m. This week features Adam Ho, a 16-year-old ‘60s rock performer and a Third Street Promenade regular since the age of 11. Additionally, the Fallen Stars, a local contemporary adult rock group, will perform. Enjoy an evening stroll through the street fair that features a certified farmer’s market, live entertainment, bounce houses, trains, balloon artists, sidewalk sales, and outdoor grilling. The farmer’s market offers roasted peanuts, kettle corn, organic veggies/fruits, fresh cut flowers, cookies, spices, organic olive oil, and more. More live entertainers will perform with various acts that may include twin tap dancing brothers, break dancing group, Frank Sinatra & Nat King Cole impressionists, and a rock flamenco guitarist duet. Make a night of it and grab dinner at a downtown eatery and shop at our local stores. The City Parking Garage offers two hours of free parking from 4 - 8:30 p.m. Due to county health regulations, dogs are not allowed.

FINANCE DEPARTMENT

Budget Award - The city of Huntington Beach received the “Distinguished Budget Presentation Award” from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). While the Finance Department leads the budget process for the city, and prepares the city’s official budget documents, it is through the hard work of dedicated employees working on the budget process throughout the city departments that makes the achievement of the award possible.

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Residential Fire - On March 21, the Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Fairlane Circle. Upon arrival, firefighters found a two-story, single-family residence with no sign of a fire showing and the homeowner out in front of the house. They did, however, notice that the wood siding on the front of the house had fire damage. The owner stated that he was using a propane torch to heat up the weathered paint prior to scraping the paint from the wood to prep for painting. He noticed smoke coming from the area where he was working and broke a piece of siding off. He saw fire coming from the hole and used the garden hose to extinguish the fire. He then noticed smoke coming from the opposite side of the wall and opened it up to find fire inside and called 911. Firefighters made entry inside of the house to find it fully charged with smoke. No fire was found, but deep charring to the studs was found in the wall. No injuries were reported. Property damage was estimated at $10,000, and property saved was $900,000.

Did you know?

Zoning Administrator meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. Meeting Agendas, Action Agendas, and Minutes are available to view online.


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