City Administrators Weekly Report

April 29, 2008

COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Presale Tickets Available for the HBAC Benefit Art Auction thru May 8

The Huntington Beach Art Center’s (HBAC) 8th Annual Benefit Art Auction takes place May 9 – 16, offering patrons an opportunity to buy fantastic art at excellent prices while helping to support art education and exhibitions.  The Benefit features an exhibition of emerging to established artists; the 3 Inch Going Once, Going Twice, Gone! Exhibition of Small Works; a site-specific outdoor installation on the HBAC façade; a casual Meet the Artists Party; a week of continuous silent bidding; delicious food and wine; and a fun and friendly Live Auction.  The Meet the Artists Party takes place Friday, May 9, 7 – 9 p.m., and is free to the public.  Silent bidding continues May 9 – 16 until the Live Auction Party on Friday, May 16, 7 – 9:30 p.m.  General admission through May 8 is $40, and the cost for HBAC members is $35.  General admission after May 8 is $50, and for HBAC members is $45.  For more information or tickets, please call the Art Center at 374-1650.  To view available work online, visit http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov after May 1.

2008 Home Tour - Purchase Your Tickets Today!

The Huntington Beach Art Center (HBAC) and the Huntington Beach Education Foundation invite you to spend a spectacular day on Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., touring, lunching, and shopping.  Home Tour 2008 presents a tour of six prestigious Huntington Beach homes, a gourmet buffet lunch and desserts, and a Mother’s Day Boutique at the HBAC.  Tickets are $50 per person.  Proceeds benefit the Huntington Beach Education Foundation.  Please call the HBAC at 374-1650 for information and reservations.

HBAC Hosts Display of Student Art

The Huntington Beach Art Center (HBAC) recently hosted two student art displays, providing a professional venue for young artists to show their work to the public.  Students from the Huntington Beach Union High School District participated in the week-long “Creative Visions” exhibition which focused on works created by students from seven local high schools.  Also exhibited was Imagination Celebration’s “Photography and Multimedia” display created by students throughout Orange County.  The work included stunning visual images in a variety of media including photography, animation, digital art, film, and computer graphics.  The HBAC celebrates the creative work of students each year during the month of April.

HB Senior Serve Computer Classes

The popular computer classes offered to older adults through the Michael E. Rodgers Senior center now offer a new learning tool.  Students can now get a DVD of their class with their full-paid donation.  The DVD has a continuous screen that capture’s their instructor’s PC during class and shows the student in movie format what occurred during their class.  In addition, there is a voice-over explanation that accompanies the screen capture.  Registration for computer classes is offered through the Sands Bulletin.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Downtown Parking Master Plan Workshop

Approximately 60 people attended the Downtown Specific Plan workshop presented on April 23 to discuss the Downtown Parking Master Plan.  The workshop was conducted jointly by RRM Design Group, which is the city’s consultant for the entire Downtown Master Plan project, and Kimley-Horn Associates, a consultant specifically charged with conducting data collection and formulation of recommendations for the Downtown Parking Master Plan.  Representatives of Kimley-Horn presented detailed statistics about downtown parking and presented a variety of recommendations that could be considered for the future.  Those in attendance posed numerous suggestions to staff and the consultants, touching on issues such as residential neighborhood impacts, increasing structure capacity, beach parking, utilization of satellite lots and shuttles, and more.  The presentation, as well as presentations from previous workshops, is available on the Economic Development Department website.  The next workshop, which will be scheduled for late June or early July, will be an opportunity for the consultants to present the draft specific plan.  For further information, please contact Kellee Fritzal, Deputy Director of Economic Development, at 374-1519.

City Café’s Special

With the purchase of any lunch sandwich or salad, receive a free cookie.  The special item is a hot dipped pastrami sandwich on French Roll or Sourdough bread.  The Café has added additional salads to their menu; try the new strawberry salad or BBQ shrimp salad.

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Apartment Fire

On the evening of Sunday, April 20, a fire was reported on Sycamore Avenue.  Four units from Huntington Beach and two units from Fountain Valley responded to a single-story, duplex apartment.  On arrival, the Fire Captain was told by bystanders that there was still someone inside the apartment.  Firefighters immediately began search and rescue efforts.  There were no victims found, and the fire was quickly extinguished.  However, during the search two dogs were found in the apartment.  The dogs were removed, and resuscitation efforts were initiated.  Despite resuscitation efforts, both dogs died as a result of the fire.  Several cats were also removed from the involved apartment.  They were alive and were returned to the occupants.  Three people were evaluated by Paramedics for a variety of symptoms.  All three patients declined transport and signed medical releases.  The fire started in the living room and spread down the hall toward the bedrooms.  The fire was extinguished prior to getting into the bedrooms.  The entire apartment sustained smoke damage, and the estimated loss was $100,000.  Fire investigators were unable to determine the exact cause of the fire, but they determined the fire originated in the living room.  A total of 12 people from two families were displaced by the fire.  They were assisted by the American Red Cross.  Firefighter/ Paramedic Justin Schrey was injured in the fire.  He was transported to the hospital and released the same evening.  He is expected to make a complete recovery.

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Veteran’s Recognition Award

The California State Commanders Veterans’ Council will be hosting a Veterans Recognition Luncheon celebration on Wednesday, May 7.  The purpose is to recognize veterans residing in the local communities who have significantly contributed to their community.  Each designee will be honored, recognized, and presented a certificate at the luncheon.  The Police Department and city are proud to announce Officer Richard Wright has been selected from this district to receive the Veteran’s Recognition Award.  His dedication to the community and city are appreciated by everyone.

Police Promotions

The Police Department is proud to announce two recent promotions.  Russell Reinhardt was promoted from Sergeant to Lieutenant and will be assigned to a Watch Commander position.  Russ started with the Huntington Beach Police Department in 1986 as a Police Cadet.  After graduating from the Golden West College Police Academy, he became a Police Officer in 1987.  He has worked a variety of assignments including Patrol, CSI, Bicycle Patrol, Canine Handler, Field Training Officer, and Detective.  As a Police Sergeant, he supervised Patrol, the Special Enforcement Team, and the Directed Enforcement Team.  He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science.  Dale Shields was promoted from Officer to Sergeant and will be assigned to the Patrol Bureau.  He has been a Police Officer since 1983 and began working for HB in 1991.  During his career in Huntington Beach, he has been a Field Training Officer, a Community Policing Officer, and a Motorcycle Officer.  He has received 10 MADD awards in the past 11 years for between 50 and 250 DUI arrests.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.

PUBLIC WORKS

Downtown Street Detours

On Wednesday, April 30, construction crews will close the intersection of Orange Avenue at Third Street.  Orange will have restricted traffic movement with a flagman metering the flow.  Bus routes will be unaffected.  On Monday, May 5, the street work will require limiting traffic flow on both Main Street and Orange Avenue.  Closures during working hours also will occur in the vicinity of Orange and Third/Lake Streets next week to complete asphalt removal and base paving.  Alternate routes are advised.

Water Conservation Awareness

You cut coupons.  You cut back on junk food.  Now cut back your water usage.  The fact is, years of record dry conditions and the state’s fragile water supply and delivery system are affecting our supply.  Even rain won’t wash away the need for all of us to use less water, but you can make a difference.  For more easy tips on how to permanently use less water, go to bewaterwise.com.  This is the message from Metropolitan Water District to help reduce water consumption in Southern California.