City Administrators Weekly Report

February 05, 2008

COMMUNITY SERVICES

Michael E. Rodgers Seniors Center Sweetheart Dance

On Friday, February 8, from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., the Seniors’ Center will be hosting its Sweetheart Dance.  Valentine attire is recommended at this Council on Aging’s monthly ballroom dance.  Featuring the Bob Warren Trio, the dance is held at the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center.  The cost is only $5 at the door, and there are seats available at the singles table.  For more information call 536-9387.

Project Self-Sufficiency Easter Adopt-A-Family

The Easter season brings an opportunity for the community to help low income, single parents have some great memories with their children by providing a gift basket for them to enjoy.  If you would like to adopt a Project Self-Sufficiency family for Easter, please call the office at 536-5439 or 536-5263.

Marine Safety

Marine Safety Officers provided medical assistance for participants in the ‘very wet’ Surf City USA Marathon on Sunday, February 3.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

CDBG & Home Allocations

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced its 2008/09 allocations to the city of Huntington Beach for its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the Home Investment Partnership program, commonly referred to as HOME.  The CDBG amount is $1,364,291, which is $54,980 (or 3.87%) less than this year.  The CDBG grant targets the needs of the low-moderate income households as prioritized in the city’s Consolidated Plan.  The CDBG public service cap, limited to 15% of the grant, is $204,644, which is $8,247 less than this year.  The HOME allocation, limited to preserving and developing affordable housing, is $747,168, which is $25,220 (or 3.27%) less than this year.   The Citizen Participation Advisory Board (CPAB), who are appointed to provide recommendations to City Council on the CDBG program, will hold its second public hearing on community needs at 7 p.m., on February 7, at City Hall, 2000 Main Street, in meeting room B-8.

FIRE

Kitchen Fire

On January 29, the Fire Department responded to the Casa Monterey apartments located at 6551 Warner for a reported kitchen fire.  Firefighters arrived to find smoke showing from an apartment located on the 2nd floor.  The fire originated in the area of a built-in microwave oven and was determined to be caused by a malfunction of the microwave.  It was quickly extinguished and did not extend beyond the kitchen area.  There were no injuries, but the estimated fire loss to the structure and contents is $10,000.

LIBRARY SERVICES

Main Street Branch Library Renovations

The Main Street Branch Library in downtown Huntington Beach has been recently updated with new tile flooring, carpet, and paint and soon will have completely remodeled restrooms.  Built in 1951, the library is a beautiful, historic building located at 525 Main Street.  Stop by to see our fresh, new look and to browse the library’s collection of fiction, nonfiction, children’s, and “Sight Saver” large print books or to use our public access computers.  We are in the process of obtaining new computers and new workstations for our computer lab and will be adding two additional terminals to the four now available for public use.

PLANNING

Scoping Meeting on the Ripcurl EIR this Thursday

A Scoping Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, February 7, to take comments related to the scope of the environmental issues to be analyzed within the Draft EIR.  The Scoping Meeting will be located at the Huntington Beach Central Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue, in Rooms C and D.  The Ripcurl project is proposed at 7302-7400 Center Avenue across from Goldenwest College.  The applicant, Red Oak Investments LLC, proposes to develop the 3.8 acre site with approximately 440 luxury residential units in five residential stories located above approximately 15,000 square feet of street level retail and commercial uses.  Open space amenities will be included.  Questions or comments should be directed to the project planner, Tess Nguyen, at 374-1744, or tnguyen@surfcity-hb.org.  A copy of the Initial Study is available for review at City Hall, the Central Library, and on the Planning Department website, http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/government/departments/planning/major/Ripcurl.cfm.

PUBLIC WORKS

Newland Street, Adams Avenue, and McFadden Avenue Pavement Projects

The repaving of Newland Street from Atlanta to Yorktown Avenues, and Adams Avenue between Newland and Magnolia Streets is nearing completion.  As of the end of January, all the concrete work is in place, and the asphalt base sections are complete.  The final paving and striping for both streets will be completed by February 8, subject to weather conditions.  Final tree planting, utility cover adjustments, and traffic signal loops will occur the following two weeks.  The last street, McFadden Avenue from Graham Street to Edwards Street, will start construction within the next two months.  Traffic lanes in the area will be reduced, so alternate routes are suggested.  The projects are funded with $4.5 million from State Gas Tax receipts.

Proposition 1B Street Funds

In 2006, California voters approved the transportation bond that provides a total of $950 million to counties and cities for local street and road maintenance purposes.  Funding is determined by the agency population as of January 2007.  Huntington Beach will receive a total of $6.3 million, with $3.2 million available this year.  Arterial rehabilitation projects will be submitted for funding.  The Public Works Department will prepare applications and annual & final reports for the projects.

County Proposition 42 - City Aid Program for Street Maintenance




Did you know?

Did you know the Historic ResourcesĀ Board has organized a Historic Walking Tour of Downtown Huntington Beach? Pick up your walking tour brochure today on the 3rd floor of City Hall! Check out the Historic Huntington Beach webpage for more information!


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