City Administrators Weekly Report

August 31, 2009


Quick Tip of the Week – It’s OK Not To Know, It’s Not OK Not To Address

Admit when you don’t know something BUT follow through with finding out the answer for them – not passing them on to someone else. Nothing will form a bond with your customer quicker than you revealing that you are human.


California Coastal Cleanup Day

California Coastal Cleanup Day is the premier volunteer event in the country focused on the marine environment. In 2008, more than 70,000 volunteers worked together to collect more than 1,600,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches, lakes, and waterways. California Coastal Cleanup Day has been hailed by the Guinness Book of World Records as “the largest garbage collection”. Since the program began in 1985, over 800,000 Californians have removed more than 13 million pounds of debris from California’s shorelines and coast.

On Saturday, September 19, the City of Huntington Beach will be hosting its own beach cleanup between 9:00 a.m. and noon. The third Saturday of September is considered the official California Coastal Cleanup Day. Volunteers will be meeting at Pacific Coast Highway and First St. in front of Lifeguard Headquarters. For more information, call (714) 536 5614.

Huntington Beach Senior Services Travel and Tips

The Huntington Beach Council on Aging is sponsoring a trip to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Deep Space Complex on Tuesday, October 7, 2009. Join Dennis Napier, former professor at Long Beach City College, for a tour of the Mohave Desert and a docent-guided tour of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex. Dennis will also provide an in-depth explanation of the “living” desert including geologic and geographic phenomena, climatology, and wildlife. Lunch is included at Goldstone’s cafeteria. Photo I.D. is required; non U.S. citizens must have proper documentation. The bus departs Rodgers Seniors’ Center at 7:00 a.m. and returns at approximately 6:30 p.m. The cost is $72 per person. Register in advance beginning on September 1, at the front counter of the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center on Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. or Thursdays and Fridays from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 714-536-9387.

Civil War Days

The Huntington Beach Historical Society will present Civil War Days this weekend, September 5 and September 6, in Huntington Central Park. This popular annual event features battles, living history demonstrations, weapons demonstrations, music, and food. The event opens at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday with battles scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., followed by a special twilight concert. On Sunday, there is a church service at 8:00 a.m. and camps open at 9:00 a.m. Battles are scheduled for 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m.

Huntington Beach Art Center

The Land Sea Air Exhibit will remain open until September 6. This contemporary show features three site-responsive installations. Land is explored by Robert Wysocki; Sea is explored by Peter Segerstrom; and Air is explored by PRANA. This weekend is the last opportunity to see the show. For further information, please call the Huntington Beach Art Center at 714-374-1650 or visit

Target is sponsoring Artsy Sunday this Sunday, September 6 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Artist Patti Kent will be hosting this free two-hour family workshop in the Art Center Studio. This is a great opportunity to bring the family together and learn new art techniques. Pre-registration is not required.


Surf City Savings

The Surf City Savings Program continues to offer discounts to Huntington Beach shoppers. Originally created as a pilot program at Bella Terra, Five Points, and Old World Shopping Center, the City Council recently approved expansion of the program citywide. Soon the Surf City Savings logo will begin to appear in other businesses within the community as merchants request the opportunity to participate in this voluntary program, which is offered free of charge. The money saving offers currently available at include discounts for restaurants, activities, apparel, holiday items, gifts, and more. The program was designed to encourage shopping locally, which helps to increase sales tax dollars that are invested right back into the community to support the vital services citizens rely on each day, including public safety, beach and park maintenance, library services, senior services, and more. Stay tuned for updates as the program expands and visit to print coupons that will keep a few extra dollars in your wallet and in Huntington Beach.


Strike Teams Deployed

On August 31, 2009, two Strike Teams were deployed to the Oak Glen Fire in Yucaipa located in San Bernardino County. At this time, no Strike Teams have been sent to the Station Fire located in the Angeles National Forest.


Trash & Recycling

With school starting soon and the holidays around the corner, some may be considering a fall housecleaning. Did you know that Surf City Pipeline provides information on special trash pickups, holiday collection schedules, obtaining additional trash carts/bins, recycling and locations where you can take recycling? Check out Surf City Pipeline at: or on the city’s website: for more information.


The National Day of Service and Remembrance - September 11

Congress has formally named September 11 as The National Day of Service and Remembrance. The President and First Lady have been actively involved in inspiring citizens to begin volunteering and publicly acknowledging and celebrating those who currently volunteer.

The National Day of Service and Remembrance is a day for citizens to volunteer, perform good deeds, or engage in other forms of charitable service. It is also a day to acknowledge those people in the community who are dedicated and committed to helping organizations across the nation make this country a better place in which to live.

The Huntington Beach Public Library would like to send special thanks to all those volunteers who give their time and talent to the library system. Currently the library has over 400 active volunteers who volunteer over 47,000 hours of service each year. Library volunteers assist with shelving books, tutoring students, helping adults improve literacy skills, storytime reading, raising money, and increasing community awareness that helps sustain and expand the library’s collection and programs. Our volunteers are truly the backbone of the library; we simply could not provide the quality of programs and services without them.

Summer Reading Program - Home Run Readers Final Score

On August 25, Home Run Readers from the Huntington Beach Library and many other libraries throughout the county gathered at Angels Stadium to celebrate the end of another successful summer Reading Program. Fifty lucky kids were selected to go on the field to be recognized for all the reading that they did this summer. Five librarians, including our own Mary-Pat Gonzalez, herded the excited Home Run Readers to stand along the first base line while the crowd applauded and cheered. What a thrill!


Special Planning Commission Study Session on Downtown Specific Plan Update -- Downtown Core

On September 1, 2009, the Planning Commission will hold a special Study Session on the Downtown Specific Plan Update, Book 1, Chapter 3, District 1 (the Downtown Core.) The Study Session will discuss proposed changes in development standards and permitted uses in the Downtown Core. The meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. A copy of the agenda and staff report is available on the Planning Department website: For additional information on the Downtown Specific Plan Update, contact Jennifer Villasenor, Associate Planner, (714) 536-5271.


Enforcement of cell phone laws

The California Legislature enacted a law on July 1, 2008, prohibiting the use of a cell phone during the operation of a vehicle unless it was a hands free device. Effective January 1, 2009, the California Legislature also added texting and emailing from cell phones as prohibited activity while operating a vehicle. A violation of this law is considered an infraction and punishable by a fine.

The Huntington Beach Police Department has actively enforced the law against the usage of cell phones while operating a vehicle. So far in 2009 we have issued 1,322 citations for a violation of this section of the Vehicle Code.


Town Hall Meeting Focuses on Water Issues

A Town Hall Meeting was held at the Central Library on Thursday, August 27 to present “Water in HB.” The well-attended forum began with opening remarks from Mayor Bohr and questions from the audience on non-water related topics. This was followed by a brief presentation by staff providing information on the City’s water system and supply and the effect of regional water issues on Huntington Beach. This included such topics as: groundwater, imported water, water cost to the City and the consumer, water quality, drought, desalination, and conservation. After the presentation, staff members responded to questions and comments from attendees.

The meeting was taped and when ready, will be available for viewing on the city’s website at: and also shown on Channel 3.

Did you know?

The city has over 1,000 parking spaces near the beach!  You can purchase the Annual Beach Parking pass that allows discounted parking prices near the City beach.  Learn more about this beach parking pass.

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