City Administrators Weekly Report

February 3, 2009


3rd Battalion/1st Marines

The 3rd Battalion/1st Marines from Camp Pendleton (adopted by the City of Huntington Beach in April 2005) have a new website.  You can check it out at to see what activities and events are being scheduled for this year.


Quick Tip of the Week – Relaxify Your Workspace

“Relaxifying” your workspace may help make your day less stressful.  Make your workspace attractive to you, somewhere you enjoy being.  Clear the clutter, add plants (if possible), make it smell good (while not offending others), get a good chair, add a fan, think of other ways to personalize your space and make it comfortable to you.


HB Reads – “the kids from nowhere”
2 pm on Monday, February 9, 2009, join veteran storyteller and HB resident Mary Lou Hughes tell tales from the north to the little ones at the Bella Terra Barnes & Noble  Children’s section.  Mary Lou Hughes, a retired teacher/counselor from the Huntington Beach Union High School District, is one of the founding members of the "Grandparents and Books" program at the HB Library.  She’s also a fabulous storyteller!  This story time is for the primary grade level, but all are welcome.

Huntington Beach Senior Services

The DreamCatchers, an auxiliary of the Assistance League of Huntington Beach, have increased their annual donation to the Senior Services Care Management program by $3,000.  Since 2001, the DreamCatchers have focused one of their outreach programs to benefit senior citizens of Huntington Beach.  Through the Seniors Outreach Center, the DreamCatchers provide seniors with gift certificates to local stores and Orange County Transportation Access coupon booklets.  These gift certificates and coupons are dispersed by city social workers to very low-income seniors for transportation and to purchase groceries, personal items, and medication.  The increased donation amount allows the grocery gift cards to be purchased in $50 increments, especially important with rising food costs. 

The DreamCatchers Auxiliary began in 1993 with a group of working women who shared an interest in helping meet the needs of the local community, but had limited time to give.  Through their fundraising efforts, the DreamCatchers fund many philanthropic projects that assist both children and adults.


To commemorate the Huntington Beach Centennial, local families are invited to participate in Surf City Nights "100 Years/100 Families" Celebration.  This Centennial Celebration event will take place throughout the month of February on Surf City Nights, downtown Main Street, every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Bring your family to be interviewed and photographed for a lasting tribute to Huntington Beach’s family-oriented community. Interviews will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit for additional information.  Surf City Nights is open to the public and begins at 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM every Tuesday night. 


Budget Award

The City of Huntington Beach received the “Distinguished Budget Presentation Award” from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the Fiscal Year 2008/09.  While the Finance Department is the lead on the city’s budget process, it is the hard work of dedicated employees throughout the city’s departments working on the budget process that made the award possible.


Neighbors Rescue Couple from Fire

On January 27, 2009 at approximately 3:00 am, the fire department responded to an apartment fire on Garfield Ave.  Upon arrival, residents told the Fire Captain that the two occupants of the upstairs apartment were not only out of the building, but had been rescued by two other residents one of which was the on site manager/ maintenance man.
Apparently, the two occupants of the apartment were trapped in the fire unable to escape. Donald Snow, the on site manager, was awakened by someone yelling.  He saw the two occupants standing at their window yelling for help while smoke poured out over their heads.

 Without hesitation, Snow ran downstairs, got a ladder from the side of the building, and put it up to the window.  He stood in broken glass holding the ladder while the occupants climbed down. Another resident, Dave Yochem, dressed only in shorts and no shoes, ran through the broken glass, climbed the ladder, and assisted the female occupant out the window and down the ladder to safety.

Neither Snow nor Yochem were injured in this heroic effort to save their neighbors.  The occupants sustained injuries and were transported to the hospital. They were soon released.
There was heat and smoke damage throughout the apartment. 

Firefighters Run the Surf City USA Marathon

The fire department would like to congratulate the four firefighters that ran the Surf City USA Marathon on Sunday, February 1.  They were among the over 17,000 runners that participated in the event.  The runners are Travis Ponder, Travis Terich, Kevin Shanahan, and Zac Wright.  Several other firefighters also participated in the Half Marathon and the 5k Run.


Library’s Centennial

As part of the City’s Centennial Celebration and to celebrate 100 years of the Huntington Beach Library System, the Central Library offers a new display in the main lobby. “Library Architecture and Building” features a blueprint of the building’s main floor. Visitors can see that plan realized in an early architectural model of Dion Neutra’s original design. Finally, a series of “then and now” photos traces the evolution of the library through the decades. Please stop by this informative exhibit on your next visit, and don’t forget to purchase a commemorative canvas book bag with the library’s logo and our centennial motto: 100 Years of Education, Information and Culture.


Brethren Christian School Gymnasium

The 20-day comment period for the Brethren Christian School Gymnasium opened on January 28 and ends Tuesday February 17.  A copy of the document is available for review at the Planning Counter.  Copies are also available at the City Clerk’s office, the Main Street Branch Library, and on the Planning Department website:  

The proposed project involves the construction of recreational facilities and associated improvements at the existing private junior high and high school site. The components of the project include the construction of a 27,000 sq. ft. gymnasium, enhancements to existing landscape areas, displacement of 87 parking spaces for the construction of the gymnasium, construction of three new parking areas totaling 92 parking spaces, resurfacing existing parking lot areas, and expansion of the existing sport program to include evening football and basketball games.  For additional information, contact Rami Talleh, Senior Planner, (714) 536-5271.


“An Hour with the Experts”

The Huntington Beach Police Department will be participating in a seminar at Huntington Beach High School to educate and inform the parents of current and future teen drivers. The seminar is sponsored by the Huntington Beach High School PTSA and Our Teen Driver Foundation, a non-profit organization.

Professional representatives from the National Driving Instructors Institute (NDII), the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the California Department of Insurance, and the Huntington Beach Police Department will be addressing information important to parents of teen drivers.  These representatives will also be on hand to answer questions.

This event is being held at the Huntington Beach High School Student Center on February 11, 2009 at 7:00pm.  For additional information, contact Julie Engquist at Huntington Beach High School (714) 536-2514 #4601.


Water Line Projects Complete

Public Works Engineering teamed with crews from the Utilities Division to design and construct new water facilities on Gregory Lane, Laura Circle, and Pine Street.  The water crews have completed the installation of 2,400 feet of pipeline.  City street crews finished the projects by resurfacing and striping the streets.  Departmental cooperative projects improve teamwork, provide valuable construction experience, and enhance skill levels.   This expertise is necessary to repair key components in the water distribution system and will be essential in an emergency. 

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