December 14, 2009
At the November 16 Council Meeting, City Council voted to close City Hall between Christmas and New Year’s, December 25 – January 3, as a cost-savings measure. It is estimated that the City Hall closure will save the City approximately $500,000. The savings will come from the four day furloughs that employees will be taking during this period. Public safety operations will continue as normal with police, fire, and marine safety personnel working to ensure residents and visitors are protected. Detailed information is available on the city’s website at: www.surfcity-hb.org.
City Clerk’s Records – a Year Later
In 2006, the City Clerk determined there was a need to make over a half a million pages of records readily accessible to the public in an effort to increase the transparency with which our citizens view city government. And, so began a long-term project to scan and index permanent records into SIRE, our electronic data management system. In late November 2008, citizens were finally provided full access to those records (minutes, resolutions, ordinances, historical photos, and contracts) via the city’s website at www.surfcity-hb.org.
We recently did an analysis of the number of times our records were viewed by the public between July 30, 2009, and December 10, 2009, and the results were quite surprising even to us. The total viewed-document count was 34,469. This total does not include the number of times documents were accessed internally by city employees outside the City Clerk’s office.
We have a long way to go as we’re still in the process of converting our permanent microfiche records to electronic images. However, to date, over 42,000 historic documents have been converted and indexed, and 1400 additional photos have been added for public use.
Customer Service Tip of the Week – Voice to Voice
Don’t hide behind e-mail. Pick up the phone and return phone calls.
COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Huntington Beach Senior Services
Holiday Party - Mele Kalikimaka! Join the Aloha Seniors on Tuesday, December 15 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. for a free island-style holiday celebration and 2010 Census kick off at Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center. Santa will be surfin’ in to give stocking gifts to the first 100 guests. Enjoy a hula performance by the Aloha Seniors. The Aloha Seniors meet every Tuesday at Rodgers from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. and extend the Aloha spirit to all by sharing and teaching the dance, crafts, and sounds of the Islands to all levels.
Flu Shots Rescheduled –Because the Health Care Agency of Orange County could not provide the vaccine, the flu shot clinic originally scheduled at the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center for December 16, 2009, has been rescheduled to Thursday, January 14, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the senior center. Senior Services advises anyone interested in obtaining the flu shot to seek other sources such as a personal physician. Once adequate vaccine supplies have arrived from the State, a calendar of additional community opportunities will be posted on www.ochealthinfo.com.
Last Chance to see “On the Road to Trona” at the Huntington Beach Art Center
Kelly McLane’s current exhibit has been described as “... a comprehensive collection of beautifully intricate artwork, both intimate and political”. The show features large scale paintings and drawings that are inspired by various landscapes. The work will be on display through December 20. This is the final week before the show closes, so make sure you don’t miss out. For further information, please call 714.374.1650 or visit http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/Visitors/art_center/.
Santa is coming to Downtown HB:
Bring the kids to meet Santa on the corner of Main Street and Olive from 6pm to 8pm on December 15 and December 22 at Surf City Nights. Bring your cameras for photos and enjoy the rest of the activity on Main Street. If you have questions please call the Huntington Beach Downtown Business Improvement District at 714.536.8300.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Applications are Available
The City of Huntington Beach has the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application for the first year (2010-2011) available at www.surfcity-hb.org/government/departments/ed/cdbg/. The Department of Economic Development must receive the completed signed application by 4:00 PM, Thursday, February 11, 2010. There are two application types: construction and/or development projects that include eligible public facilities and infrastructure projects, property acquisition, and other eligible renovation projects; and non-construction projects that include eligible public services, fair housing activities, and housing rehabilitation. Applicants needing clarification regarding project eligibility are encouraged to call Sidney Stone, Housing Manager at (714) 536-5901.
LIBRARY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Six Ways to Help Your Library This Season.
Library donations make great holiday gifts. Instead of giving another fruitcake or scarf, consider making a donation to the Huntington Beach Library in the name of your friend or loved one. You could also: 1. Decorate an ornament to hang on our Children’s Library holiday tree for only $5, 2. Join the Friends of the Children’s Library for only $10, 3. Donate Books! Visit our Amazon wish list to see what we need, 4. Paint a tile for our tile wall gallery for only $50 (or 2 for $80), 5. Buy a ticket to the Taste of Huntington Beach for $50 presale or $65 at the door, or 6. Volunteer to shelve books and/or read aloud to kids! Contact the Children’s Library at 714-375-5107 for more information.
Help the Library Go Green!
Go green by signing up for library email notices in lieu of printed notices. To sign up, go to http://catalog.hbpl.org, click on the My Account/Renew tab, then click on Profile, enter in your email address and click the Update button. The Library values your privacy so when you sign up, you will receive only emails regarding items that you check out. Email addresses supplied to the library will not used for marketing spam, junk mail, or shared with any third parties.
Beach and Edinger Corridors EIR Certified by Planning Commission
The Planning Commission certified the Environmental Impact Report for the Beach and Edinger Corridors Specific Plan at the December 8, 2009, meeting. Planning Commission action on the General Plan Amendment, Zoning Map Amendment, and Zoning Text Amendment for the Specific Plan was continued to the January 12, 2010 meeting.
Robbery Suspects in Custody
On December 13, 2009, at about 9:45pm, a robbery occurred at Valentino’s Pizza. The suspects were armed and took money from the employees and the business. The suspects fled in a gray colored Scion XB. A short time later a Huntington Beach police officer saw a vehicle matching the description in the area of PCH and Warner. The vehicle pulled over in the area of PCH and 8th Street in Sunset Beach. One suspect stayed in the vehicle and the other took off running between the houses. The Huntington Beach police helicopter was able to keep an eye on the suspect who ran from the vehicle. The helicopter pilots led the responding patrol officers to the suspect’s location where he was hiding next to a residence.
William Trapp, a 41 year old resident of Hawaiian Gardens and Mark Delgadillo, a 39 year old resident of Cerritos were both booked for robbery, use of a firearm during a robbery, false imprisonment, and various other charges. The loaded firearm and stolen money were recovered during the arrest.
Some very welcome rainfall has arrived. Please remember to adjust your sprinklers accordingly. Don’t redo what Mother Nature is already doing for your landscape. Please note that Huntington Beach’s new water management ordinance goes into effect January 6, 2010, as does Level 1 of the water management program. Automated irrigation will be restricted to one day per week between the months of November through March.
Day without a Bag is December 17
A Day Without a Bag is an education and grassroots event coordinated by Heal the Bay that involves businesses and individuals throughout Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties. On this day, holiday shoppers and retailers are asked to forgo single-use, plastic shopping bags in favor of reusable bags. Join thousands of shoppers in California in giving up disposable bags in favor of reusable totes for 24 hours. The third annual A Day Without a Bag is December 17, 2009. By raising consumer awareness about personal choices, the event’s short-term goal is to educate shoppers to adopt more sustainable practices during the holidays and coming year.
The long-term goal is to reduce the use plastic bags throughout California by empowering shoppers, and the community at large, to take simple and direct actions to eliminate unsightly debris and save taxpayer dollars. California municipalities spend nearly $25 million each year just to collect and dispose of plastic bag waste. Less than 5% of plastic grocery bags are recycled each year in Los Angeles, so the remainder clogs precious landfill, litters public spaces and harms animal life when the bags infiltrate waterways. Paper bags, while biodegradable, still require vast amounts of fossil fuels and water to produce, distribute, and collect for disposal. For more information go to: http://www.healthebay.org/nobagday/2009/about.asp.
The Planning Division offers Second Opinion Services should you feel you need further clarification or additional confirmation regarding your zoning matter.