City Administrators Weekly Report

May 06, 2008

CITY CLERK

Municipal Clerks Honored - May 4 through 10

City Clerk Joan L. Flynn announces Municipal Clerks Week, which features activities aimed at increasing the public’s awareness of Municipal Clerks and the vital services they provide for local government and the community.  In 1984 and 1994, Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, respectively, signed a proclamation officially declaring Municipal Clerks Week the first full week of May, recognizing the essential role Municipal Clerks play in local government.  Clerks perform some of the principal functions of the democratic process.

Municipal Clerk Certification

City Clerk Flynn is pleased to announce that Assistant City Clerk Robin Lugar and Senior Deputy City Clerk Rebecca Ross have graduated from the University of Riverside’s Technical Track for Clerks (TTC), a two-year achievement which provides education relevant to Municipal Clerks in the area of public service, elections, organization, administration, communication, and records management.  They now qualify to apply for their Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) credential, a prestigious accomplishment for Municipal Clerks.

COMMUNITY SERVICES

Ol’ Fishin’ Hole Derby

Volunteers are being sought for the Ol’ Fishin’ Hole Derby scheduled for May 9 at Chris Carr Park.  The city of Huntington Beach Community Services Department and the Huntington Beach Kiwanis Club sponsor this event.  Approximately 180 children with disabilities are expected and will need a lot of help.  Many of these children have never been fishing before, and it has proven to be a fun event for both the children and the volunteers.  Fred’s will provide lunch.  Volunteers are asked to arrive at 8:30 a.m. and bring a net if they have one.  Please call 536-5486 to sign up to volunteer.

HB Senior Services Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

On Wednesday, April 30, the Huntington Beach Council on Aging (COA) and Huntington Beach Senior Services hosted the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at Meadowlark Golf Club for over 200 senior service volunteers who had volunteered 40 or more hours in 2007.  The luncheon highlighted Volunteer Appreciation Week during which Senior Services recognized the over 400 volunteers who donated 47,333 hours to senior services in 2007.  At the luncheon, the theme “You Make a Difference” resounded when Diane Swarts, Volunteer Coordinator, announced that the 2007 dollar value the Bureau of Labor statistics estimated for a volunteer’s time is $19.51 per hour, making the total monetary contribution or these 400 volunteers close to $1 million.  The estimate helps acknowledge the volunteers who dedicate their time, talents, and energy to making a difference and quantifies the enormous value volunteers provide.  However, as Keith Bohr, Mayor Pro Tem and COA liaison stated in his remarks, “Volunteers are priceless.”  In addition to Mayor Pro Tem Bohr, the volunteers were honored by the attendance of Mayor Cook, as well as Council Members and COA liaisons Cathy Green and Gil Coerper, and Council Member, Joe Carchio.  BJ’s Restaurants, Duke’s Restaurant, and Marie Callendar’s sponsored the event.

Michael E. Rodgers Senior Center Computer Classes

In order to keep up with the demand for the popular computer classes offered to older adults through the Michael E. Rodgers Senior Center, COA platinum sponsor and computer instructor Victor Cohn donated three additional computers.  The Huntington Beach Council on Aging (COA) then purchased new monitors and reconfigured the computer room furnishings so that it can accommodate 12 students.  Registration for computer classes is offered through the Sands.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Surf City Nights won the CALED’s (California Association for Local Economic Development) Grand Prize for the 2007 Award of Excellence in the category of Economic Development Partnerships on May 1.  Congratulations!

FIRE

Library Evacuated

The Central Library was evacuated on Friday, May 2, after an employee reported a suspicious package outside the main entrance.  Approximately 500 – 600 persons were evacuated, including Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Assemblyman Jim Silva who were attending a Small Business Fair held in the library.  The adjacent Sports Complex was also closed.  The Huntington Beach Fire and Police Departments, along with the Orange County Bomb Squad and the FBI, responded to the incident.  The Bomb Squad discovered a secondary device, but both devices turned out to be a hoax.  The incident is under investigation.  Fortunately, there were no injuries.

POLICE

Open House

Please join us for our annual:

            HUNTINGTON BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT OPEN HOUSE
            SATURDAY, MAY 17 --- 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
            CIVIC CENTER - 2000 MAIN STREET @ YORKTOWN

Don’t miss any of the festivities and invite your family and friends.  Some of the activities will include: tours of the jail, dispatch, and crime lab; Child Fingerprinting; Officer McGruff (the crime dog); and our helicopter, motorcycles, and patrol vehicles will be on display.  We will also have representatives from Missing & Exploited Children, MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), Animal Care Services will have pets available for adoption, and much more.  One of our recruitment Officers will be available to answer any questions you might have about a career in law enforcement.  Be sure to stop by, say hello, and pick up some information.  Make plans to have lunch while you look around.  Justin Doreen will be selling ¼ lb hot dogs with grilled onions and peppers, chips, and drinks.  Don’t miss out on all the fun and remember to bring your camera.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nilda Patiño de Berndt, HBPD Community Relations Specialist, at (714) 536-5933 or by e-mail at nberndt@hbpd.org