City Administrators Weekly Report

October 28, 2008

CITY CLERK

October 28 is the Last Day for Early Voting

The turnout for early voting here at City Hall was a tremendous success last week as evidenced by the more than 700 people who cast their electronic ballots during this special election period.  Another 45 voters turned in their vote-by-mail ballots to our election workers.  The feedback received from those who have participated so far indicates voters are very happy to have avoided Election Day lines and crowds and to be able to participate in person at a time convenient for them.  The City Clerk’s office strongly encourages registered Orange County voters to take advantage of this opportunity.  However, today, October 28, is your last chance.  The polls, located in the Lower Level in Room B-7, will be open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

CITY TREASURER

Quick Customer Service Tip – Think Like a Customer

Evaluate how you sound to customers by adopting a customer’s viewpoint.  Ask yourself, “How would I respond to a customer service rep who sounds like I do right now?”  If the answer is negative, it’s time for a change.

COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

No Tricks . . .but Lots of Treats!

The Huntington Beach Youth Board will be coming around to all Civic Center departments with a “goody cart” full of delicious cakes, cookies, and treats on Wednesday, October 29, from 8 a.m. - 12 noon.  Your generous donations help support Youth In Government Day.

120th Rose Parade

The City of Huntington Beach will be celebrating its 100 years by entering a float into the 2009 Rose Parade.  We know that you will want to participate in this great event, so we have ordered extra tickets.  Tickets include transportation to and from the event so you don’t even need to worry about finding a parking place.  We have limited, reserved bleacher seats, which are located at 2000 E. Colorado.  The price is $95 per ticket and may be purchased at City Hall on the 5th floor.  The buses will leave at 6:45 a.m. and are scheduled to return at approximately 3 p.m.  Bus parking is located at 2180 Walnut, so be prepared to walk up to ½ mile.  All registrants under 17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.  Call Community Services at 536-5486 for more information.

Birds of Prey Event at Murdy Community Center

Come to Murdy Community Center and get up close and personal with several species of LIVE birds of prey.  This Saturday, November 1, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m., participants from 11 years of age to adult will learn the basics of falconry and many facts about various bird species.  See registration information in the Fall SANDS Community Services Guide (page 21) or call Murdy Community Center (714) 960-8895 for details.  Bring a camera for photo opportunities with the birds.

Youth Indoor Volleyball

The City of Huntington Beach youth indoor volleyball season will conclude next weekend, November 1, with the citywide championship tournament.  The citywide tournament will begin at 9:15 a.m. at the City Gym and Pool, with the last match starting at noon.  The first volleyball season, since moving the outdoor leagues from Murdy and Edison Community Centers to the indoor courts at the City Gym and Pool, has been a smashing success.  The youth sports leagues continue to progress with the community, and this season seven teams in two leagues are competing for the inaugural championship.  We look forward to continuing a fun, instructional, and competitive indoor volleyball league for youth between grades 5 and 8.

Halloween Costume Contest at Bella Terra

The City of Huntington Beach Community Services Department and Bella Terra had its first Halloween Costume Contest on Saturday, October 25.  Participants enjoyed crafts, face painting, and trick-or-treating throughout the mall.  The 1st through 3rd place winners were given trophies and certificates from merchants.  The winner of the 3 and under category is Alia Pasternall.  The 4 to 6 year old winner is Madison Moore, and the 7 to 11 age winner is Nicholas Alt.

Huntington Beach Senior Services - 2008 Southland Senior Olympics

The City of Anaheim partners with the cities of Bellflower, Huntington Beach, Long Beach, and Orange to present an exciting array of events for older adults (50+) to compete representing their city for bronze, silver, or gold.  The city of Huntington Beach and the Huntington Beach Council on Aging will host the surfing competition on Saturday, November 1, south of the Pier at PCH & Main.  The first heat starts at 7:30 a.m.  Judges look for wave selection, maneuvers, fluidity, and style.  “A surfer must execute the most radical, controlled maneuvers in the critical section of a wave with speed and power throughout.  The surfer who executes such maneuvers on the biggest and/or best waves for the longest functional distance shall be given higher scores.”  Athletes will compete within a five-year age group: 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, and 75+.  The registration of $25 includes an athlete T-shirt, goody bag, and Olympic medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.  Advance registration was required by October 26.  For more information or to receive an application, please contact event coordinator Chris Cole at (714) 374-1710, or ccole@surfcity-hb.org.

“Night of White” at Gallery HB to Benefit Project Self Sufficiency

On Saturday, October 25, renowned Artist Todd White showed his work at Gallery HB located at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach.  Todd's work has gained such international favor that he has become one of the most collectible artists working today.  Those who know of his work had a rare opportunity to meet him at the Gallery HB, which holds the largest inventory of his productions.  A portion of the proceeds from this event, sponsored by Citibank, benefits Project Self Sufficiency.

LIBRARY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Literacy Video Receives a Commendation

The Huntington Beach Library Literacy Services has received a commendation from the California State Library for the Literacy Video developed by Literacy Board Member Peggy Rogers.  Peggy interviewed many tutors and adult students over a several month period.  The video can be seen on the library webpage www.hbpl.org.  Go to Volunteers, Literacy Volunteers.  The video has also been shown on HB3 TV and is on YouTube.  The literacy program has also received notice of the first installment of CA State Library funding for the Adult Literacy Services, English Language Literacy Intensive, and Families for Literacy Services.  This annual funding was threatened during the state budget crisis, and many Literacy Volunteers throughout California contacted their legislators in support of Library Literacy Services.  The Huntington Beach Library Literacy Services at Central Library and Oak View Library currently serve 375 volunteers and adult students and hundreds of children who attend story times at Oak View, with attendance of 2,000 per month.  Adult students come to the library to improve their reading, writing, and speaking skills.  They get new jobs, go on to other education, and help their children.

Library Participates in Literacy Picnic

On October 22, three Children’s Library Grandparent readers and Children’s Librarian Janet Judson attended the Golden View School’s annual “Literacy Picnic.”  The grandparents read to children outdoors while they sat on picnic blankets and enjoyed good books and healthy snacks.  Janet provided brochures and library applications for parents and children alike.  Over 700 children attended.  The principal and teachers were pleased to partner with the Library for this and the upcoming Friends of the Children’s Library-sponsored Authors’ Festival, which takes place in January each year.

PLANNING

Beach and Edinger Corridors Draft Specific Plan Available

The much awaited Beach and Edinger Corridors Draft Specific Plan is online at http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/government/departments/planning/.  It can also be reviewed at City Hall at both the City Clerk’s Office and the Planning Department.  Citizens will also find a hard copy at Central Library.  On October 20, a Joint Study Session was held with the City Council and the Planning Commission to introduce the Specific Plan document’s primary elements.  The city’s consultant, Michael Freedman of Freedman, Tung and Bottomley (FTB), presented a powerpoint as an overview of the document.  The powerpoint can also be found on the city’s website.  The Environmental Impact Report is being drafted, and it is anticipated that the public review process will commence in Spring of 2009.

Oak View Farmer's Market - Approved by The Zoning Administrator

On October 22, the Zoning Administrator approved, on a temporary basis, a weekly Farmer’s Market at Oak View Elementary School, 17241 Oak View Lane.  The market is scheduled to be every Saturday, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., in the parking lot area of the school with 16 to 18 vendors participating.  The Temporary Use Permit for the market was submitted by Alejandro Tovares, representing the Oak View Renewal Partnership, and was approved for five years.  If you would like any additional information, please contact Andrew Gonzales, Project Planner, at (714) 536-5271.

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Mayor’s Award

Detention Administrator Dale Miller received the Mayor’s Award for Exemplary Service during the City Council meeting on October 20.  Dale has worked in this position for 4 ½ years and oversees 19 employees.  During the past year, 5,742 arrestees were processed through the jail with 76% of those subjects arrested for alcohol-related offenses.  Dale oversees three separate state and county inspections, which regularly result in outstanding reviews.  He also operates an efficient “pay and stay” program, which generates additional funds for the city.  In addition to his duties with the City of Huntington Beach, Dale has served in the United States Air Force Reserves for 23 years.  He is a Colonel and has been awarded the Bronze Star for exceptional service to the country.  In November 2007, he was activated to full duty and placed in charge of a prison camp (Camp Bucca) located in Iraq.  He served in this capacity until July 2008.  Camp Bucca was highlighted on CNN for their innovative, effective, and successful methods of operating a prisoner of war camp.  Dale is deserving of this award, and we appreciate his dedication to the city and country.

DUI Checkpoint

On Friday evening, October 24, the Police Department conducted a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) checkpoint in the area of Beach Boulevard and Blaylock.  Between 10:00 p.m. - 2:30 a.m., nine individuals were arrested for DUI, and one was arrested for being an unlicensed driver.  Nine vehicles were impounded.  A total of 1,704 vehicles drove through the checkpoint, and 330 were screened for DUI.  MADD and the Automobile Club of Southern California donated educational pamphlets, which were handed out to drivers who entered the checkpoint.  The police department will continue conducting traffic safety programs throughout the city with the next DUI checkpoint scheduled for late November 2008.

PUBLIC WORKS

Storm Drain Project Completed

Two projects that improve street drainage in localized areas have been completed.  The first project is on Parkside Lane where a new storm drain line was installed parallel to the existing line.  Storm water flow is improved by the addition of new laterals, manholes, and junction and transitions structures within existing streets.  Water is moved from the streets past Sun View School and into the Murdy Channel.  The project on Slater Avenue constructed a new parallel storm drain line from Beach Boulevard to east of Morgan Lane.  Improvements include installing junction and transitions structures as well as the installation of an enclosed storm drain box culvert.  Both projects were funded by the Redevelopment Agency at a cost of approximately $1.2 million.

In-Road Flashing Sidewalk Installation

The city’s first in-road flashing crosswalk at the intersection of Bushard Street and Yellowstone Drive is now operational.  The pilot project was funded by the City Council earlier this year to help support school pedestrian activity as well as assist local residents to cross Bushard Street in the area.  Additional work will continue at the intersection over the next couple of weeks to make final adjustments.  The Public Works Department encourages residents to provide feedback on the operation over the coming months in order to help evaluate this pilot project.  Comments may be directed to the Public Works Department, Transportation Division, at (714) 536-5431.














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