January 15, 2007
COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
At Risk Seniors
On Thursday morning, January 10, Huntington Beach Senior Services, Emergency Management & Homeland Security, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers, and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) volunteers joined together for a drill on establishing a command center at Michael E. Rogers Seniors’ Center in order to implement the Emergency Plan for At-Risk Seniors. Following the drill, the Huntington Beach Council on Aging provided lunch for all the participants. That Emergency Plan for At-Risk Seniors was created in a joint departmental effort to ensure that pre-identified frail and elderly who are without support are checked on and assisted through an emergency or disaster. Through the educational efforts of Senior Services Social workers, the list of pre-identified, at-risk seniors has been reduced from over 100 when this plan was first developed to almost half of that. Social workers counsel elders to select a neighbor or near friend to check on them in case of an emergency. When support is established through a personal relationship, the senior is no longer considered at-risk. This preparatory work will allow the At-Risk program to expand its parameters in a disaster to provide assistance to senior facilities as well as to provide checks on seniors whose families have phoned in concern from out of the area. Senior Services staff will use the training provided in this drill to train Senior Services Volunteers to be Response Team Leaders as well as Response Team Volunteers. In November 2008, Senior Services staff and volunteers will again participate with CERT, RACES, and the EOC in a joint exercise.
HB Art Center - Peter Seivewright Piano Recital
The Music Teacher’s Association of California (Orange County West Branch) presents British-born pianist Peter Seivewright, performing on Sunday, January 20, 1 p.m., at the Huntington Beach Art Center. With performances throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and Russia, Peter has appeared as concerto soloist with leading British orchestras and in solo recitals. His performances include selections by J.S. Bach, Baldassare Galuppi, Charles Ives, Cyril Scott, and Moritz Moskowski. Admission is $10 per person. Contact Anna Hanh Pham at (626) 216-3867 for ticket information.
Community Development Block Grant
The applications for the 2008//09 CDBG grant year are available at http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/government/departments/ed/cdbg/. The CDBG funds are allocated to the city of Huntington Beach by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The deadline to receive the applications in the Department of Economic Development is Friday, January 18, by 4 p.m. All applications will be evaluated for CDBG eligibility.
The rehabilitation of the patio decks in the Emerald Cove Apartments is nearing completion, and installation of the rain gutters will soon follow. All work should be completed by the end of February 2008. The completion of this work will ensure the safety of residents and prevent water damage to the patio decks and the apartments.
Downtown Specific Plan/Parking Master Plan Update
The departments of Economic Development and Planning will be hosting a community workshop to obtain input from residents, property owners, business owners, and developers in preparation for updating the Downtown Specific Plan and Parking Master Plan. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 20, at the Art Center (538 Main Street) from 6 - 9 p.m. (location subject to change). The purpose of the update is to modify the current development regulations to promote development of under-utilized parcels and to devise parking management strategies that reflect current and future parking demands. For additional information on this meeting, please contact Paul DaVeiga, Project Manager, Economic Development Department, at 536-5544; or Ron Santos, Associate Planner, Planning Department, at 536-5561.
Planning Commission Elects New Officers
At the January 8, 2008, regular Planning Commission meeting, the Commission held its annual reorganization. Former Vice-Chairman Tom Livengood was elected as the new Chairman replacing John Scandura. Elizabeth Shier-Burnett was elected as the new Vice Chairman. The Planning Commission roster for 2008 is:
Tom Livengood: Chairman
Elizabeth Shier-Burnett: Vice Chairman
Devin Dwyer: Commissioner
Blair Farley: Commissioner
John Scandura: Commissioner
Joe Shaw: Commissioner
Fred Speaker: Commissioner
Records’ public fingerprinting hours are being expanded to also include Monday, Friday, and Saturday appointments. Fingerprinting hours are 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The public can call 536-5641, extension 0, to make an appointment.
Electronic Waste Disposal
Old electronic equipment can be recycled. The free computer/electronics round-up for residents and businesses will be held on January 25 and 26 at the Sports Complex at Huntington Beach Central Park. Operating hours are 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Friday, January 25, and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 26. Residents and businesses can unload old computer and electronics responsibly without even getting out of the car. Acceptable items include computers, printers, televisions, calculators, phones, stereos, and most other electronic devices. The Sports Complex is located at 18100 Goldenwest Street in Huntington Beach. The program is sponsored by the city of Huntington Beach in conjunction with SoCal Computer Recyclers. Businesses with a large amount of e-waste can contact SoCal Recyclers at (310) 626-8180, or www.socalrecyclers.com. Save landfill space, keep our groundwater clean, and create new products through recycling your used electronics.
The Huntington Beach Fire Department conducts free home fire safety inspections for seniors. You can also get a free smoke detector with a 10 year battery and carbon monoxide detector installed. This free service is provided by Project SHIP senior home inspection program volunteers. You can schedule an appointment online or call 714-374-1615.