City Administrators Weekly Report

February 19, 2008

COMMUNITY SERVICES

Lifeguard Tryouts

If you are interested in a challenging and rewarding job this summer, the city of Huntington Beach is seeking responsible men and women to provide first line protection for the city’s beaches.  The Huntington Beach Marine Safety Division will be holding tryouts for new ocean lifeguards on Sunday, March 9, at 8 a.m.  The tryouts will be held at Lifeguard Headquarters, 103 Pacific Coast Highway, one block south of the Huntington Beach Municipal Pier.  The starting pay is $15.92 per hour (plus 5% for EMT certification and 5% for passing bilingual examination).  All applicants must be 17 years of age by June 1, 2008.  The tryouts consist of 3 physical events: a 1,000-yard ocean swim, a 500-yard ocean swim, and a 1,500-yard run-swim-run.  All events are conducted in prevailing conditions around and through the Huntington Beach Pier.  Applicants must satisfactorily complete all tryout events to be eligible for further consideration.  Upon successful completion of the tryouts, up to 36 qualifiers will be allowed to register for the lifeguard candidate training program.  The training program will be held on March 22, March 24 – 30, and April 5 & 6.  Applications are available at Lifeguard Headquarters or online at www.surfcity-hb.org/jobs.  Please call 374-1752 for further information.

Marine Safety

On February 11, a 75-year-old bicyclist was on the bike path near 15th Street and suffered an apparent heart attack.  Bystanders called 911, and lifeguard dispatch was alerted via the fire pager.  Off-duty Lifeguard II Tim Stuart was one of the first people on scene and administered successful CPR.  Paramedics arrived and began advanced lifesaving measures before transporting the patient to Hoag Memorial Hospital where he was admitted.

Huntington Beach “Reads One Book” Program

On Thursday, February 21, at 7 p.m., the HB Reads One Book program, sponsored by the Huntington Beach Human Relations Task Force and the Library Board of Trustees, culminates in the Huntington Beach High School gymnasium, located at 1905 Main Street, with a special visit by author Greg Mortenson.  The story of American Greg Mortenson—a mountain climber turned humanitarian—is an engaging tale of his introduction to a culture very different from his own and a chronicle about how one person can make a difference.  The event is presented free of charge.  Reservations are not required to hear the author discuss the stories in the book, his work in Central Asia, and to meet him for a book signing after his talk.  Seating is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.  Doors will open at 6:15 pm, and parking is located on the south side of the high school or in the City Hall parking lot located across the street.  Carpooling is encouraged!

PLANNING

Planning Department Staff Changes

Herb Fauland and Mary Beth Broeren have both been promoted to Planning Manager in charge of the Current Planning Division and Advance Planning Division, respectively.  Herb has been with the city since 1988 when he was hired as an Administrative Aide, and Mary Beth was hired in 1994 as an Assistant Planner.  Additionally, Rich Massi has been selected as the Planning Department’s newest Senior Code Enforcement Officer.  Serving in this new role, Rich will be able to draw upon his 14 years of code enforcement knowledge and expertise to enhance the Code Enforcement Division’s capabilities to efficiently and effectively address quality of life and neighborhood issues.  These promotions are part of the City Council approved department reorganization, which is intended to make the entitlement process more efficient and provide more effective supervision of code enforcement.

Code Enforcement Activity for January 2008

For the month of January 2008, Code Enforcement staff opened 330 new cases, conducted 782 inspections, and successfully resolved 423 cases.  The following is a snapshot of code enforcement activity for the month:

Top Ten Violations for the Month of January

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PUBLIC WORKS

Residential Water Consumption for January

Conservation Tip – Do not  irrigate when Mother Nature is doing it for you.  Adjust irrigation systems when it rains and manually override the schedule if necessary.  Better yet, invest in weather satellite controlled irrigation system.  Rebates are available to recoup some, or even all, of the cost.  Call the Public Works Utilities Division at 536-5921 for more information.

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