February 6, 2007
1. Civic Engagement - The volunteers for Huntington Beach Senior Services play a major role in delivery of services to the senior community. Over 400 volunteers keep the projects and activities running smoothly and efficiently at Rodgers Seniors' Center and Seniors' Outreach Center. The following is a breakdown of the nearly 42,455 hours of civic engagement in 2006:
|AARP Tax Assistance||536||Meals to the Home||6081|
|Adopt a Beach||193||Monthly COA Dance||163|
|Bright Outlook Mailing||609||Professional||2395|
|COA Board of Directors||2684||Project SHARE||150|
|Food Distribution||333||Singing Goodtimers||5548|
|Friendly Visitor||98||Tele-care Caller||62|
|Golf Tournament||50||TLC Kitchen||3425|
|Holiday Meals||55||Volunteer Training Classes||371|
For more information on volunteering at the Seniors' Center, please call 563-9387.
2. Children's Cooking Birthday Parties - Looking for a novel way to celebrate your 6 - 12 year old's birthday, why not let them cook? A participation cooking class for seven to twelve children is available at both Edison Community Center and the City Gym & Pool. The fee is $20 per child plus a $5 food fee. There are ten menus to choose from with six items each, including place settings and party accessories. Reserve your date by calling 960-8884.
3. Swimming for Slimming - Was it your New Year's Resolution to slim down a little? Swimming in an enjoyable exercise that not only revitalizes your cardiovascular system, but it also pares inches and pounds from your waistline. For $3 a visit, you can do lap swimming at the Huntington Beach High School Pool on Mondays & Wednesdays from 6 - 8 a.m., and on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. You may also purchase a 20-punch pass for $50. For more information, please call the City Gym & Pool at 960-8884.
1. Downtown Specific and Parking Master Plan - The Economic Development Department recently sent out requests for proposals to qualified urban planning/design and traffic consulting firms for an update to the Downtown Specific Plan and Downtown Parking Master Plan. The deadline for receipt of proposals was Wednesday, January 31, and a total of 14 proposals were received. The purpose of the update is to modify the current development regulations to promote development of underutilized parcels and to devise parking management strategies that reflect current and future shifts in the land use inventory.
2. Community Development Block Grant - Eighteen applications for funding through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program were received by the deadline of January 26. The CDBG program is administered at the federal level by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The total request for funding is approximately $1.6 million with 16.5% identified as public service programs. The CDBG program limits the amount of funding in this category to 15%. The cost for administration and debt service is not included in the funding requests. As the Department of Housing and Urban Development has not announced the amount of funding for the 2007/08 program year, the city is advised to plan to receive nearly the same amount as the 2006/07 year that is approximately $1.4 million or perhaps even 5% less that amount.
3. Surf CityTM Nights - The city of Huntington Beach, in partnership with the Downtown Business Improvement District and Conference & Visitors Bureau, is spearheading Surf City TM Nights, a Redevelopment Agency-sponsored event. Come join the fun on Tuesday nights beginning March 6 - May 22. Bring friends and family to take an evening stroll on Main Street and have a taste of local restaurants, sidewalk sales, farmer's market, children's activities, and live entertainment. Surf CityTM Nights will take place on Main Street between Walnut and Orange Avenues. The Main Promenade Parking Structure will offer two hours of free parking for this event.
1. City's Bond Rating Increases - Standard & Poor's Ratings Services raised its underlying rating (SPUR) to 'AA' from 'A+' on Huntington Beach's judgment obligation bonds and certificates of participation (COPs). The raised rating reflects continued economic growth within the city, a strengthening of the city's minimum general fund reserves policy, and management's expectation that over the medium term, the city will maintain healthy general fund reserve levels, which it has done since fiscal 2004.
The rating reflects the following overall credit strengths:
1. Annual Children's Author Festival - On Tuesday, January 30, over 500 booklovers of all ages converged on the Huntington Beach Library for the 20th Anniversary of the Annual Authors Festival. The whole community was invited to the library-wide book signing, with Barnes & Noble providing the authors' books for purchase. Over 40 authors acted as "authors-in-residence" for the day at 25 Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley schools. Twenty four of these authors came back to the Library to greet children, parents, and dignitaries. Festivities included special events such as author book signings, read-alouds in the Tabby Storytime Theater, and an awards ceremony. The Friends of the Children's Library and the Sand Scribes Children's Writing Group were overwhelmed by the response to their writing and illustrating contest with the themes "Locked in the Library" and "Get Caught Reading." Over 700 children in grades K to 8th submitted stories describing what might happen if they were locked in the library overnight. Seventy-two children were honored for their writing or illustrating. The winning entries will be displayed at the library through February 16.
1. Engineering Honors - Geraldine Lucas has been awarded the "Outstanding Civil Engineer in the Public Sector" award from the American Society of Civil Engineers for Region 9, which encompasses the entire state of California. This professional and peer group award was presented in Sacramento on February 5. Geraldine is the Principal Environmental Engineer responsible for the city's Urban Runoff Management and surface water quality issues. She is active in the Water Quality Task Force Committee as well as countywide water quality groups. Her major contributions to the city include guiding the preparation of a citywide Water Quality Master Plan and securing over $5 million in water quality project grants. This is well-deserved recognition for Geraldine and affirms the talented level of expertise the city of Huntington Beach is fortunate to have in its professional staff. Congratulations, Geraldine.
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