City Administrators Weekly Report

February 26, 2008

COMMUNITY SERVICES

Youth Track Meet

The Annual Youth Track and Field Meet is scheduled for Friday, March 14, at Huntington Beach High School.  Those born from 1993 to the present are invited to participate in activities from traditional events like the long jump, high jump, running races, and the 12” softball throw.  Once again, the ever-popular “Diaper Dash” will be part of the festivities.  The Track and Field Meet will start at 4 p.m., and the cost for participating in the event is $10 per participant and $1 per spectator.  There is no charge for the Diaper Dash participants.  All participants must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian and are subject to the following guidelines:

Because no events are being offered at the Orange County and SCMAF levels, no relay races will be offered again this year.  Rain date for the track meet is Sunday, March 16, starting at 1 p.m.  Track flyers and information can be downloaded from the city’s homepage.  For more information, please call 536-5486 or 536-5230.

Huntington Beach Council on Aging Membership Drive

The Huntington Beach Council on Aging (COA) has a long history of service to seniors in Huntington Beach.  Together with the city, the COA has worked to develop the best transportation program in the county, the highly popular computer classroom, and numerous other activities and programs for seniors.  The mission of the COA is to work with city staff and volunteers to enhance the dignity and quality of life of city seniors through comprehensive support, education, and advocacy aimed to empower and meet the needs of a diverse population.  Currently, the COA is having its annual membership drive.  With your $5 donation, you can add your say to the voice of senior citizens as well as receive a subscription to the monthly Bright Outlook, a newsletter of the activities and programs of Huntington Beach Senior Services.  To join the COA, you can mail your $5 donation to the Huntington Beach Council on Aging, 1706 Orange Avenue, Huntington Beach, 92648.  For more information, visit their website at www.hbcoa.org or call 536-9387.

Transportation Volunteers

The Huntington Beach Senior Services Transportation program needs volunteer drivers to transport seniors in city vehicles to medical appointments, shopping, classes, and activities.  Transportation is a vital issue for seniors nationwide.  The award winning Seniors-on-the-Go transportation program provides transportation five days a week, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Volunteers typically work one morning or afternoon each week, and training is provided.  Transportation volunteers are requested to provide an H-6 form from the DMV and must also be fingerprinted.  For more information, contact Diane Swarts, volunteer coordinator, at 374-1544, or dswarts@surfcity-hb.org.

PLANNING

Downtown Community Workshop

On February 20, the Departments of Economic Development and Planning held a community workshop to solicit community input and discuss the planned update of the Downtown Specific Plan.  Approximately 80 residents, property owners, business owners, and other interested parties attended the nearly three-hour long workshop at the Huntington Beach Art Center.  RRM Design Group, a consultant hired by the city to assist with the Specific Plan update, provided a summary of issues discussed at the prior workshop, presented initial concepts and strategies, and facilitated a discussion of ideas for improving the Downtown area, including a hands-on exercise involving maps of the Downtown.  RRM’s PowerPoint presentation will be made available on the city’s website along with a workshop summary.  A third workshop to focus on  parking-related issues is planned for late March or early April.  For additional information, contact Paul DaVeiga, Project Manager, at 536-5544 /  pdaveiga@surfcity-hb.org, or Ron Santos, Associate Planner, at 536-5561 / rsantos@surfcity-hb.org.

Zoning Administrator Approves Permits for Magnolia Sidewalk Improvements

The Zoning Administrator approved the Coastal Development Permit and Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Magnolia Sidewalk improvements at the February 20 meeting.  The Coastal Development Permit would allow the project, which would increase the overall street width of Magnolia Street from 64 ft. to 80 ft. wide.  The project would install sidewalk, curb, and gutter alongside the existing paved street within the existing street right-of-way.  The project request also includes the installation of catch basins, look-out points, and a 42-inch high fence/barrier on both sides of Magnolia Street at the perimeter of the right-of-way.  The Mitigated Negative Declaration analyzed the potential environmental impacts associated with the implementation of the proposed project.

PUBLIC WORKS

Americans with Disabilities Act Facilities Review

The City of Huntington Beach is conducting an ADA self-evaluation and transition plan for city facilities and programs.  Evaluation areas include access and accommodations and policies and procedures.  A draft transition plan has been completed and is available for review at the Public Works front counter at City Hall, the Central Library, and the Corporation Yard located at 17391 Gothard Street.  The draft plan evaluates 31 city public buildings and parks.  Surveys for individuals and organizations are available on the Huntington Beach Website under What's New, ADA Transition Plan.  Questions can be directed to Maintenance Operations at 375-5024 or JJones@surfcity-hb.org


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