City Administrators Weekly Report

July 10, 2007

CITY CLERK’S OFFICE

1. City Historian - The city is currently searching for a new City Historian!  This individual will assure that the city’s history is preserved, while providing quality service to the community.  The City Historian must be a resident of Huntington Beach for at least five years and able to serve a four-year term limit, renewable by City Council.  If you or someone you know is looking for a very desirable, volunteer position in a friendly work environment, you may obtain the Opportunity Notice and Application & Supplemental Questionnaire in the City Clerk’s Office or at http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/ElectedOfficials/CityClerk/City_Historian.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Linda Suraci at 536-5210.

2. Senior Deputy City Clerk - The City Clerk’s Office is happy to announce the recent arrival of its newest employee, Linda Suraci.  Linda has been with the city for 27 years; two years in Administration and 25 years in the Economic Development Department.  Over the past three years, Linda has managed the city’s Inclusionary Housing Program.  In the City Clerk’s Office, Linda’s primary responsibility will be attending and recording all City Council meetings.  Please join the City Clerk staff in welcoming Linda in her new career adventure!

COMMUNITY SERVICES

1. Create 3D Sculptures at Artsy Summer Sundays Workshop - At the Artsy Summer Sundays Workshop, artist Diana Markessinis will introduce participants to sculpture using every day found objects.  The workshop takes place July 15, 1-3 p.m., at the Huntington Beach Art Center, and is designed for children of all ages.  Children must be accompanied by a parent.  Registration is not required, and class size is limited to 20 participants and is free.  Please call 374-1650 for more information.

2. “On Board” Exhibition Continues through September 9 - The Huntington Beach Art Center explores the concepts of water, boards, and surfing through the thought-provoking work of four international artists: Rob Sweere from the Netherlands, Nguyen Minh Thanh from Vietnam, and Alfredo Ramos Fernandez and Kasia Badach from Cuba.  The exhibition features various mediums including photographs, video, and installations, and is accompanied by a 24-page catalogue.  For information, http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/Residents/recreation_culture/Art_Center.cfm, or 374-1650.

3. Huntington Beach Reads One Book - The Huntington Beach Human Relations Task Force (HRTF) and the Huntington Beach Library Board of Trustees (LB) have selected Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and award-winning journalist David Oliver Relin for a citywide Huntington Beach Reads One Book project.  The idea behind this reading program is for all adult readers, students, and families in Huntington Beach to read the same book at the same time.  This creates a citywide conversation and understanding about the issues raised in the book.  The reading program and the book were endorsed by the City Council last month.  Three Cups of Tea is an engaging tale of American Greg Mortenson—a mountain climber turned humanitarian, his introduction to a culture very different from his own, and a chronicle about how one person can make a difference.  Go to www.threecupsoftea.com to read the book summary and learn about Mortenson’s work.  Residents are invited to read the book this fall and participate in events and discussion groups.  The program culminates with a special visit by author Mortenson in February 2008.  The HRTF and LB are seeking sponsorships to help underwrite program elements such as printed materials, book purchases for student groups, author travel and honorarium, and related events.  Program volunteers also are needed to help plan and implement events.  Please contact program chair, Fred Provencher, at 960-1985 or email Creel@socal.rr.com for further information.

4. Surfing Birthday Party – Looking for an innovative way to celebrate your child’s (5 -17) birthday?  Try a Surfing Birthday Party put on by the Surf Academy.  For $50 per child, they get a surfboard, wetsuit, surf lessons, and three hours of fun beach games.  Please call 960-8884 to arrange a date.

5. Adult Softball - The city hosted its 25TH Annual Citywide Softball Tournament on July 7 and 8 at the Central Park Sports Complex featuring teams from only the city of Huntington Beach adult softball leagues.  There were six teams in the Upper Division and 16 teams in the Lower Division competing for top honors and bragging rights in the city.  The Unforgiven Dementia team went undefeated in the Upper Division, turning away 2005 champions Big Fatties in the championship game to claim the title.  The Unforgiven Dementia team had to endure one of the toughest tournaments in some time.  In going 4-0 for the tournament, Unforgiven Dementia outscored their opponents by only 7 runs.  The championship game featured a tough battle between Dementia and the Big Fatties.  The game ended 16-15 as Unforgiven Dementia held Big Fatties scoreless the last two innings of the game to claim the title.  This was their first team title after playing nearly 15 years in the tournament.  In the Lower Division, the title was up for grabs as several new teams played in the tournament this year.  Once all of the dust had cleared, the Longboard Restaurant and Pub team came out on top of the Lower Division with a perfect record of 5-0.  They battled the Wailers team in a close game until opening it up late in the championship game.  The Wailers team’s only losses for the tournament came at the hands of the Longboard team.  After losing 7-6 to the Longboard team in a very close game, the Wailers earned the right for a rematch after they knocked off the upset-minded Wanna Be team, which ended up in third place after losing on Saturday and having to come through the loser’s bracket and finally being stopped by the speed and defense of the Wailers.

Surfcity Night logoECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

1. Surf City Nights - Join the fun on Downtown Main Street tonight, July 10, from 5 – 9 p.m.  Starting this evening, Surf City Nights will add an additional block, making it a three-block event from Pacific Coast Highway to Orange Avenue.  Check out the fun as there will be additional entertainers, exhibitors, and more!  The farmer’s market offers roasted peanuts, kettle corn, organic veggies/fruits, fresh cut flowers, cookies, spices, organic olive oil, and more.  Make a night of it and grab dinner at a downtown eatery and shop at our local stores.  The City Parking Garage offers two hours of free parking from 4 – 8:30 p.m.  Due to county health regulations, dogs are not allowed. 

























Did you know?

The City maintains 124 traffic signals. Report malfunctions to (714) 960-8861(City) or Caltrans (PCH & Beach Blvd) (949) 936-3600. You can also report a malfunction online.


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