City Administrators Weekly Report

April 17, 2007

COMMUNITY SERVICES

Volunteers Needed - Huntington Beach Senior Services needs volunteer bingo callers and afternoon drivers. Bingo is played at Michael E. Rodgers Seniors' Center on Mondays and Thursdays from 12:30 - 2:45 p.m., and several volunteers are needed to share the calling responsibilities. Afternoon drivers are also needed to transport seniors for medical appointments or other errands two to four times per month. Training for volunteers is provided. Volunteer drivers are requested to provide a DMV H-6 form, fingerprinting, and background check. For these or other volunteer opportunities, please contact Diane Swarts, Volunteer Coordinator, at 374-1544.

Parking & Camping - On Saturday, April 14, the “Surf City” Albacore Spring Surf Slam Fishing Tournament was held on the beach in front of Zack’s Beach Concession. The Beach Boulevard parking entrance opened at 4:45 a.m. By sunrise at 6:35 a.m., over 300 cars had parked for the event. The annual “Taste of Huntington Beach” was held over the same weekend, and an additional 300 cars parked in the beach parking lot for this event hosted by the Hyatt Resort on Sunday. Sunset Vista continues to be an extremely popular camping location. The camping facility was completely full the week before and the week after Easter as patrons enjoyed awesome views and great camping weather. Reservations have been constant all month, and the facility is almost booked for the rest of the season. The Main Promenade Parking Structure has been staffed with extra help on Tuesdays to help manage the crowds for the popular Surf City Nights. The extra help will be required through the May 22 scheduled Main Street closure.

Creative Visions Gala Opening Reception Honors Students - A culmination of “the best” high school art of the year will be awarded and displayed at the annual Creative Visions gala on Friday, April 20, at 9 p.m., at the Huntington Beach Art Center. Free to the public, the gala will showcase about 300 pieces of work along with a menu of scrumptious appetizers, drinks, and instrumental and vocal performances by school district personnel and students. Please call 374-1650 for more information.

Reception Celebrates Students’ Creativity - The Huntington Beach Art Center celebrates the colorful talents of hundreds of students at a reception on April 22, from 1 - 3 p.m. The celebration encompasses two exhibition programs held in conjunction with Orange County’s annual Imagination Celebration. Photography and Multimedia Exhibition – The Art Center showcases the all-media work of Orange County K-12 students including photography, film, digital art, and more. Creative Visions - Students from the Huntington Beach Unified School District’s seven high schools present a myriad of visual works produced especially for this annual art festival. Both exhibitions are available for viewing April 22 - 26 at the Art Center. Call 374-1650 for Art Center hours. Admission to the reception and exhibition is free to the public.

PUBLIC WORKS

Water Consumption March 2007 - The dry winter is taking its toll, all the more reason to conserve. City-wide consumption is up nearly 12% from this time last year. March alone saw a 19% increase in consumption over 2006.

Water Graph

Construction Work on Adams Avenue - Pavement rehabilitation on Adams Avenue continues on schedule. Over the next three weeks, two westbound lanes are subject to closure during working hours. Alternate routes are Garfield Avenue or Yorktown Avenue to the north, and Indianapolis Avenue or Banning Avenue to the south. Crews will be working on Adams through the end of May, but traffic delays can be minimized. Please use alternate streets.