City Administrators Weekly Report

March 27, 2007

COMMUNITY SERVICES

Easter Adopt-A-Family - Project Self-Sufficiency is currently conducting its Spring/Easter Adopt-A-Family program. If you or your group are interested in providing a gift food basket for a PS-S family for the Easter season, please call the office and speak to either Susan (536-5439) or Ann (536-5263). Thank you for your continued generosity.

Wanted: Volunteers and Sponsors - The Community Services Department is looking for volunteers and community sponsors for the 53rd Annual Distance Derby, which is scheduled for Saturday, August 18. The 10-mile run will begin at 7 a.m. at Pier Plaza. The 5-mile run/walk will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the Surf Kids Fun Run at 10 a.m. The race proceeds will go to support Project Self-Sufficiency, a city program that provides support for low-income, single parents and their children. There are many opportunities for individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations to become involved in this fabulous community event. If you are interested in being an event sponsor or a volunteer, please contact the Project Self-Sufficiency office at 536-5439, and thank you.

Nineteenth Annual City Golf Tournament - On April 28, the city of Huntington Beach Community Services Department will sponsor its Nineteenth Annual Golf Tournament at Meadowlark Golf Course. Registration will be $80 and will include green fees, shared golf cart, tee prizes, and a food/drink coupon. The tournament is open to all men and women whether you have a handicap or not. Awards will be given to the top ten players for low gross and low net. Registration is limited to 80 golfers, and the last day to register will be April 9. Register by mail or in person at 2000 Main Street on the 5th floor. For more information or for a registration form call 536-5486.

Annual Easter Hunt - Weather permitting, the city of Huntington Beach Kiwanis Club and the Huntington Beach Community Services Department will be presenting the annual Easter Hunt on Saturday, April 7. The free hunt is for children up to nine years of age, but there are plenty of activities and displays to entertain the whole family! The activities will be held in Huntington Central Park, located off Edwards Street between Inlet Street and Central Park Drive. The starting times for the children’s Easter hunt are as follows:

9:30 a.m. for children with disabilities
10:00 a.m. for ages 2 and under
10:30 a.m. for ages 3 & 4
11:00 a.m. for ages 5 & 6
And 11:30 a.m. for ages 7, 8, & 9
Please have each child bring a container for collecting their Easter treats. Bunny photos, snacks, and drinks will be available for a small fee. Additional activities scheduled to occur throughout the morning include: game booths; face painting; musical entertainment; and displays by the Fire and Police Departments, the Marine Safety Division, and the Public Works Department.

Project Self-Sufficiency - PSS is pleased to let the community know that two of our single parents have been honored by the Soroptimists, (a women’s philanthropy organization). Chelsea (for the Huntington Beach Soroptimists) has won the Women’s Opportunity Award for $1,000 and has been further selected to go onto the next level at the Soroptimist Annual Conference in April. She will be the winner of either an additional educational scholarship of $3,000 or $5,000. If she should win the top honor ($5,000), she will compete internationally for a $10,000 award. The Westminster Soroptimists have also selected a Project Self-Sufficiency winner, and we are very proud of Janet (mother of four) for being their recipient of the Women’s Opportunity Award ($1,000). We send our warmest congratulations to both of these deserving single parents.

Youth Track Meet - Great weather greeted the participants in the city’s 2007 Youth Track Meet. For the first time in three years, rain did not threaten this annual event. What participants found was wind, blue skies, and a great evening for a track meet at Huntington Beach High School. Nearly 250 participants were able to compete in the event. Boys and girls competed in a variety of running events as well as the high jump, long jump, and softball throw. The top four finishers from each event qualified to advance to the Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation - Orange County Track Meet on Sunday, May 6, at Trabuco Hills High School. They have earned the privilege to compete against qualifiers from other cities throughout the county. Staff would like to thank Lamppost Pizza of Huntington Beach for their continued support of the annual Track meet. Staff would also like to thank the members of the Huntington Beach track team that helped fill several key jobs assisting with the field events, timing, and staging. These volunteers and the city staff proved to be a very valuable part of a successful event. All of the volunteer and staff efforts were very appreciated by the participants of the event.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Surfcity Logo Surf City Nights - KIDS SHOWCASE - March 27 - Join the fun on Downtown MainStreet tonight, March 27, from 5 – 9 p.m. This week features four child entertainers ages 8 - 14 (two are local HB residents) who will perform right in the heart of the street fair, alternating every hour. It’s forecasted to be a chilly evening, so come prepared and bundled up for the street fair. In addition to the KIDS SHOWCASE, friends and family can enjoy an evening stroll through the street fair that features a certified farmer’s market, live entertainment, bounce houses, trains, balloon artists, sidewalk sales, and outdoor grilling. The farmer’s market offers kettle corn, organic veggies/fruits, fresh cut flowers, spices, organic olive oil, and more. More live entertainers will perform with various acts that may include twin tap dancing brothers, a magician, a contemporary acoustic artist, Frank Sinatra & Nat King Cole impressionists, and a rock flamenco guitarist duet. 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 for this event. Due to county health regulations, dogs are not allowed.

Mixed-Use Projects Tour - On March 15, the Economic Development Department hosted a City Council tour of three new mixed-use projects in Orange County. The City Council, city staff, and several other attendees toured the Broadway Arms and Stadium Lofts mixed-use developments in the city of Anaheim, and the City Walk at Vantis live/work development in the city of Aliso Viejo. The purpose of the tour was to view the emerging mixed-use trends in newer developments in Orange County.

Citizen Participation Advisory Board (CPAB) Tour - CPAB members and staff toured the 2007 proposed Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) projects on March 22. The tour included all of the facilities for the public service proposals, an example of how the Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program works with the Code Enforcement program and Senior Outreach services to assist a low-income household, exhibited where the proposed public street improvements will be made, and showed how Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramps improve the mobility of disabled persons. The proposed ADA ramp improvement projects will assist the city in meeting these ADA obligations. All proposed projects meet the CDBG eligibility requirements.

PUBLIC WORKS

Arterial Rehabilitation on Adams Avenue - Major road construction will begin April 2 on Adams Avenue from Magnolia Street to the Santa Ana River, Goldenwest Street from Warner Avenue to McFadden Avenue, and Bolsa Chica Street from Warner Avenue to Rancho Road. Construction starts first on Adams Avenue, with completion scheduled for late May. Adams Avenue will be particularly difficult due to the intersection of Adams Avenue and Brookhurst Street and the portion of roadway between Brookhurst Street and the Santa Ana River Bridge. This bridge is a major connection across the Santa Ana River to and from Huntington Beach. The intersection work will take place over two evenings and early morning due to the high volume of daytime traffic in the intersection. Actual dates have not been determined. During construction, Adams Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction during the day and two lanes overnight. The section of Adams Avenue between Brookhurst Street and the Santa Ana River will have all lanes open during the late afternoon and morning rush hours. Changeable message boards will be in place one week prior to construction to inform regular travelers of the construction.

We are advising the public to use alternate routes, if possible, during this construction. Alternate routes across the Santa Ana River are Hamilton Avenue to the south, Talbert Avenue to the north, I-405, and Pacific Coast Highway. Minor sidewalk work will occur on Goldenwest Street and Bolsa Chica Street while Adams Avenue is under construction. The roadway work on Goldenwest Street will begin in June. Work on Bolsa Chica Street will take place after Adams Avenue is substantially complete. Goldenwest Street and Bolsa Chica Street will have similar traffic-related issues during construction. Again, traffic delays are to be expected, and alternative routes should be used. Schedule updates will be provided when transitioning to Goldenwest Street and Bolsa Chica Street. These street segments were selected for reconstruction by the condition rating identified in the Pavement Management Program as well as available funding sources.

Funds for the $7 million major roadway rehabilitation project have been provided by a federal grant and Gas Tax funds. The entire project should be completed in fall of 2007. Design includes the use of recycled rubber in the finished product, which will result in a smoother ride, protection against potential water damage, and reducing reflective cracking. This is one of the major causes of roadway failure

















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