City Administrators Weekly Report

March 11 , 2008

COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Marine Safety

Sixty eight lifeguard hopefuls showed up Sunday morning by the pier for an opportunity to rescue swimmers this summer.  A slightly higher-than-usual number of participants raced on the sand and in the ocean around the pier.  Fifty-one swimmers successfully completed all three tryout events.  Approximately 36 candidates will be selected to participate in lifeguard training beginning March 22.  The Marine Safety Division anticipates hiring 15 new ocean lifeguards this summer.

Michael E. Rodgers Seniors Center - Centenarian

On Wednesday, March 12, Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center and Community SeniorServ are pleased to celebrate Olive King Harrison’s 100th birthday.  Olive King was born at home on a farm near Alexandria, Indiana, on March 12, 1908.  She was the 4th of 6 children – 4 girls and 2 boys.  Olive attended grades 1-8 in a small country school.  As a young adult, Olive graduated from secretarial training and then worked for General Motors where she met and married Wayne Harrison.  They lived in a house they had built just before the beginning of the Depression.  When their first child, Robert Wayne, was born, Olive became a full-time homemaker.  In 1942, their second child, Cynthia Ann, was born.  When Cynthia was a teenager, Olive returned to secretarial work at Ball State University until she retired in 1974.  After 69 years of marriage, Wayne passed away.  Shortly thereafter, Olive moved to live with her son in Huntington Beach.  Olive has four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.  Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ center will be hosting cake and refreshments following lunch at 12 noon.

Hats Off!

Huntington Beach Senior Services congratulates the following participants for completing Senior Services’ aging and volunteer training class on Wednesday, March 5, The Age Wave: Are you ready for the ride:  Charity Byrne, Pam Canaday, Harlene Carl, Susan Caron, Diane Feltman, Tracee Fisher-Friend, Gerry Hanson, Vickie Herron, C. Herstein, Ken Johnson, Sumi & Tad Kiyomura, Jane Kropp, Kristina Macdonald, Connie Martin, Jeanne Pribyl, Gloria Robertson, Cathy Schetne, Joe Surber, Julie Traxler, Brenda Emrick, and Jolene Wallace.  People take the aging class for a variety of reasons; some are interested in volunteering in the senior community, some are interested in learning more about their own aging process, and some are caring for an aging loved one.  The graduates enjoyed this five-week class, which helped them to better understand the aging population.  One graduate said, “The weeks went by really fast and it was fun, informative, and we were very well fed!”  Topics covered in the class include the myths and realities of aging; baby boomers & active aging; special needs of the homebound elderly; elder abuse; grief and loss; maintaining boundaries; stress management; Huntington Beach Senior Services, as well as county, state, and national senior resources.  After the class, a graduate said, “I am so proud of Huntington Beach for the outstanding care they give the senior community.”  The Age Wave class is free and will next be offered starting Wednesday, September 24, from 9 – 11 a.m., at Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center.  For more information, contact Diane Swarts at 374-1544.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

Lucky leprechauns will enjoy the Community SeniorServ St. Patrick’s Day Party on Monday, March 17, at 11:30 a.m.  A traditional Irish meal of corned beef & cabbage will be served followed by a shamrock dessert.  Pre-paid reservations are required--$2.50 for seniors 60+, and $3.50 for those under 60.  Transportation can be arranged for Huntington Beach seniors.  Don’t be green with envy, pre-pay your reservations today at the front desk of Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center, 1706 Orange Avenue.  For more information call 536-9387.

Project Self-Sufficiency Supporters

Project Self-Sufficiency staff and participants would like to recognize and thank the following professional service providers who have so generously supported the PS-S Program:

          Dr. Stephen Schumm – Dentist
          Dr. Michael DeCarlo – Optometrist
          Dr. Kevin Germundsen – Optometrist
          Ron Davis – Attorney
          Dr. John Bergman – Chiropractor

Scholarship Fund Donations

The Project Self-Sufficiency Foundation is beginning to contact potential donors to request scholarships for the Project Self-Sufficiency Program 2008 June Recognition.  At this yearly event, local businesses and community members contribute scholarship funds that are awarded to PS-S participants for educational needs, rental assistance, child care costs, or any other expenses that are incurred while they are enrolled in school.  If you are interested in donating scholarship funds, please contact the PS-S Office at 536-5439 or 536-5263.  Program staff extends its sincerest gratitude to all of the community members, businesses, and organizations that have so generously supported the PS-S Program in the past.

Youth Track Meet

The Annual Youth Track and Field Meet is scheduled for this Friday, March 14, at Huntington Beach High School.  Youth born from 1993 to the present are invited to participate in activities from traditional events like the long jump, high jump, and running races, to the 12” softball throw.  The ever-popular “Diaper Dash” will be part of the festivities.  The Diaper Dash traditionally takes place after the 400 meter events.  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.  All participants are subject to the following guidelines:

  • **Athletes may enter any two events; **
  • Only the top four finishers advance from the City Meet to the Orange County Meet;
  • A participant must compete in the division that compares with the year he or she was born;
  •   No bare feet or track shoes with cleats, spikes, or metal protrusions will be allowed.  Waffle shoes are legal;
  • Ribbons will be awarded at all city meets for places 1st through 8th;
  • Certificates will be sent out to participants breaking city records at the city meet;
  •   Huntington Beach Track & Field T-shirts will be available for $6.

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.

Youth Basketball

The city of Huntington Beach 2008 Youth Basketball season is winding down.  Leagues for players third through eighth grade have been playing at Ocean View High School, Murdy Community Center, Edison High School, Edison Community Center, and the City Gym and Pool.  Playoffs are scheduled to begin Saturday, March 15, and conclude on Saturday, March 29.  The purpose of the city of Huntington Beach Youth Basketball league is to provide a fun, safe, and competitive league in an instructional environment where the youth of the community can enjoy sports.

HB Art Center’s Spring Camp

This year’s Art at the Beach: Spring Camp takes campers on a virtual tour of art and cultures from around the world.  Campers will explore everything from traditional to contemporary art styles from the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa.  Art at the Beach is open to youth ages 6 - 12 and is held at the Huntington Beach Art Center the week of March 24 – 28.   Registration begins March 10 for mail-in, and March 17 for walk-in.  Camp fees are $190 ($170 HBAC members) for the one-week, full-day session; and $115 ($100 HBAC members) for the one-week, half-day session.  All art materials and one camp t-shirt per youth are included in the fee.  Full-day campers must bring their own snacks, lunches, and beverages.  For information and reservations, see the Sands brochure on the city’s website at http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov, call the Art Center at 374-1650, or visit us in person at 538 Main Street, Huntington Beach.

Register Today for HB Art Center Classes

The Huntington Beach Art Center offers exciting opportunities for everyone to discover the arts: fine art, music, dance, theater, photography, and more!  Mail in registration begins March 11.  Art Center members receive discounts on events, classes, tours, and workshops.  For information and reservations, see the Sands brochure on the city’s website at http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov, call the Art Center at 374-1650, or visit us in person at 538 Main Street, Huntington Beach.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The City Café

The City Café special for the week of March 10 is a low-carb breakfast: eggs, low-fat cottage cheese, and bacon for $4.25.  City Café will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by hosting a guessing game this week.  Come by and guess the number of M&M’s in the jar (no purchase necessary).  On Tuesday morning, March 18, the five winners will be contacted.  The prizes are: 1st- $50 City Café Gift Card, 2nd - $40 City Café Gift Card, 3rd - $20 City Café Gift Card, 4th – St. Patrick Dessert Treat, and 5th – A tray of cookies.  Come by, guess, and good luck to everyone!

PLANNING

Code Enforcement Activity for February 2008

For the month of February 2008, Code Enforcement staff opened 306 new cases, conducted 686 inspections, observed 335 violations, and successfully resolved 314 cases within an average of 31 days from initial complaint.  The following is a snapshot of code enforcement cases for the past twelve months:

Twelve Month Code Enforcement Case History
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Automated, Basic Code Enforcement Case Information Now Available 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week

The community can now receive basic information regarding current code enforcement cases 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, thanks to enhancements to the city’s Interactive Voice Recognition (IVR) and permitting system.  Interested parties can call the city’s Automated Inspection Line at 536-5241 and press “22.”  Callers can then enter in the Code Enforcement Case number (if known) or the address number and street name for a property to access information regarding the status of a particular case.  Information that can be obtained includes:

  • Description of complaint/violation and date the officer inspected the property
  • Status of the complaint (open, not valid, or in compliance)

After listening to the case status information, callers can also have this information sent to any fax machine by pressing “5” and entering their fax number.  Callers still have the option to speak to a staff person by calling 375-5155 during business hours or leaving a message after hours and have Code Enforcement staff respond the next business day.



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