City Administrators Weekly Report

February 16, 2009


Did you know that California has more passport applicants than any other state?

The U.S. Department of State reported a significant drop in passport applications in California (36%) due to the economic climate. Although the City Clerk’s office’s application numbers also decreased in 2008, we are still busy with applicants and field questions daily.  Staff is available to assist customers - without long lines - Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. (except for holidays). 

The City Clerk staff would like to remind prospective travelers that effective June 1, 2009, the rules will change for land crossings and cruise passengers.  As of that date, travelers will be required to present passports or other secure documents when traveling to Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, or Bermuda.  A passport card ($20 for adults, $10 for children under 16 yrs) may also be used to reenter the U.S. from the destinations listed above, by land and sea, but not by air.  To apply for either document, stop by the City Clerk’s Office on the second floor of City Hall. 


Quick Tip of the Week – A Smile Speaks Louder than Words

Smile while you’re talking to customers.  It helps make certain that your tone of voice is in sync with your words.  Remember, your tone of voice can completely contradict your message.


Marine Safety

If you are interested in a challenging and rewarding job this summer, the City of Huntington Beach is seeking responsible men and women to provide first line protection for the City’s beaches.  The Huntington Beach Marine Safety Division will be holding tryouts for new ocean lifeguards on Sunday, March 1st at 8:00 a.m. The performance exam will be held at Lifeguard Headquarters, 103 Pacific Coast Highway, one block south of the Huntington Beach Municipal Pier. The starting pay is $15.92 per hour (plus 5% for EMT certification and 5% for passing a bilingual examination). All applicants must be 17 years of age by June 1, 2009. 

The performance exam consists of 3 physical events: a 1000-yard ocean swim, a 500-yard ocean swim, and a 1,500-yard run-swim-run.  All events are conducted in prevailing conditions around and through the Huntington Beach Pier.  Applicants must satisfactorily complete all performance exam events to be eligible for further consideration. 

Upon successful completion of the performance exam, approximately 25 qualified candidates will be allowed to register for the lifeguard candidate training program.  The training program will be held on April 4, 5, 11, 18, 19, 25, 26 and May 2, 3, 9, 10, 2009. Applicants will be compensated during training at the pay rate of $15.92 per hour. 

Applications are available at Lifeguard Headquarters or online at  Please call (714) 374-1752 for further information.

Huntington Beach Senior Services

Friday Afternoon at the Movies - On Friday, February 20, 2009 at 12:30, the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center will show Flash of Genius at the weekly free Friday Afternoon at the Movies. Flash of Genius stars Greg Kinnear in the true life story of college professor Robert Kearns taking on the giants of the auto industry when they fail to give him credit for his invention.  Free popcorn and beverages make it a must see.  Come at 11:30 for a hot Community Senior Serve lunch.  A donation of $2.50 for the lunch is recommended for 60+, a cost of $3.50 is charged for those under 60.  For more information, call Michael E. Rodgers Seniors' Center at 714-536-9387.

Surf City Senior Providers Network – On Thursday, February 19, 2009 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Huntington Beach Senior Services will host the Surf City Senior Providers luncheon at the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center.  Senior helpers will provide lunch and the Dayle Macintosh Center will give a presentation on Vision and Aging.

The Surf City Senior Providers Network is a forum founded by Huntington Beach Senior Services to address senior issues and concerns, facilitate access to needed services, provide advocacy on behalf of older adults, and improve communication between interested professional and community organizations.  The network’s goals are to promote and strengthen interagency communication, provide educational opportunities for network members and the community at large, while meeting the needs of the older population.  Senior Service providers interested in attending may call Seniors Outreach 714-960-2478 for more information.

Huntington Beach Art Center

Surf Film and Music Event - The Ebb & Flow exhibition will close with a Surf Film and Music Event at the Huntington Beach Art Center.  The event will take place on Sunday, February 22, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. We invite you to join us for music, a free screening of Bruce Brown’s classic film “Endless Summer”, and a conversation with dignitaries of the film.  The 1966 documentary film revolutionized the genre of surf film and has been amazing audiences since its release.  Admission for this event is free, but space is limited to 85 people and will be first come first served.  For more information about the Surf Film event, and all other events related to the Ebb & Flow exhibition, call 714.374.1650.  All event details are subject to change.

Mush!  Iditarod Sled Dog demonstration at Bella Terra Mall Plaza

Bring the family to meet a real Iditarod sled dog at the Bella Terra Mall (7777 Edinger) outdoor amphitheater at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 25.  Huntington Beach Reads One Book brings this year’s book, “the kids from nowhere”, to life with a furry visitor from Adventure Quest Institute, Inc. 

Made famous by the annual Iditarod race and the historic race for medicine by the sled dog Balto, sled dogs have an important place in the history of arctic survival.  Adventure Quest will provide a tail-wagging, one-hour program with a live working sled dog and hands on equipment displays.  Adventure Quest instructor Robert Stradley comes to Huntington Beach from his home base in Wrightwood where he offers dog sled tours through the wilderness.  Stradley’s dog team trains for the annual Iditarod race logging over 1,000 miles in the cold at trail elevations of up to 8,000 feet.

Learn more about “the kids from nowhere” and HB Reads events at (Please note: Event subject to change without notice.  Please check the day of the event at 714-897-2534).


To commemorate the Huntington Beach Centennial, local families are invited to participate in Surf City Nights "100 Years/100 Families" celebration, taking place downtown on Main Street every Tuesday in the month of February on the 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th from 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.  Bring your family to be interviewed and photographed for a lasting tribute to Huntington Beach as a 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. 


Fire on Rogers Dr.

February 10th, a passer by noticed smoke coming from a house on Rogers Dr.  Neighbors attempted to gain entry into the home to ensure no one was home. The fire department arrived and found heavy black smoke from ceiling to floor. The fire was located in a bedroom and quickly extinguished.

During the investigation, it was determined that the fire started in a bedroom with no signs of suspicious activity. At this time the cause of the fire is undetermined, with the most likely cause being an electrical failure in an extension cord. The residents had two aquariums plugged into a multi-plug adapter which was plugged into an extension cord which was then plugged into a three prong outlet which plugged into the wall outlet. The exact cause is pending further electrical testing that will most likely be done by the resident’s insurance company. There were no injuries and no further investigation at this time. The property loss is estimated at $100,000 and contents estimated at $50,000.


Adult Literacy

Literacy Volunteers-HBPL at Central Library graduated 12 new literacy tutors.  Each new tutor has completed the 15-hour tutor training workshop and is working with an adult who wants to improve his or her reading, writing, or speaking skills.  Nearly 400 tutors and students currently participate in the Central Library Adult Literacy and Oak View Library Family Literacy services.

Family Literacy

Nine literacy tutors and students spoke on behalf of the Family Literacy Program at the February 5th Public Hearing on Community Needs regarding Community Development Block Grant funds. The five students spoke of how much they appreciate the program, especially their tutors, and expressed that their lives are much better now that they are learning to understand, speak, read, and write English.   Four tutors spoke about their experience working with adult students in the program reporting successes such as parents now volunteering in their child’s classroom, reading more with children in English, being able to communicate better at work, increased confidence, and passing the citizenship exam. 

Children’s Programs

In collaboration with the Orange County Department of Education, the Library presents:
The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming: A Kid-Friendly Workshop on Caring for the Earth

  1. Huntington Beach Central Library, Huntington Beach, Saturday, February 21 at 1:00 p.m.

Do you want to learn how to help save the planet?  Join us as we welcome Cambria Gordon, author of The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming, for a fun hands-on workshop to discover how you can make a difference.  Each family will receive a copy of Ms. Gordon’s book!

  1. Cost:  $15 per person, $25 per family
  2. Inside the Outdoors Foundation Member: $12 per person, $20 per family
  3. Advance registration is required. To register, please call: (714) 708-3885

Jim Gamble Puppet Productions’  "Peter and the Wolf"

Jim Gamble's delightful marionette show, “Peter and the Wolf" comes to the Huntington Beach Public Library on Wednesday, February 25 at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.  Follow the adventures of Peter in this classic orchestral fairy tale by Sergy Prokofiev.  See what happens after Peter ignores the warnings of his grandfather and tries to capture a wolf with the help of his friend, the bird -- all with exciting results!
Tickets are $4.00 per person, and the 4 pm show is SOLD OUT.  For more information call (714) 375-5107.

Digital Book Kickoff at Central Library!

Tuesday, February 24th, the Overdrive Digital Bookmobile will be coming to the Huntington Beach Central Library to celebrate the launch of the library’s downloadable audio book program. Take this opportunity to find out about downloadable audio books, learn how to load titles into your MP3 player or iPod, and enter to win a free MP3 player!

To help spread the word, the high-tech bookmobile will be open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm. It will be equipped with broadband Internet-connected PCs, high definition monitors, premium sound systems, and a variety of portable media players.  Upon entering the digital bookmobile you will be greeted by display screens with a welcome video that explains the what, who, where, and the how of downloadable materials.

Please join us for this exciting event


Neighborhood Workshop on February 25

The Departments of Planning and Economic Development will be holding a neighborhood workshop on Wednesday, February 25 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Pegasus School, Multipurpose Room C, 19692 Lexington Lane.  The goal of these Neighborhood Workshops is to proactively inform residents about the City’s Neighborhood Preservation, Housing Rehabilitation, and Green Building efforts, the various tools and resources available through these programs, and to encourage residents to take active roles in preserving the quality of their neighborhood. For more information on Neighborhood Workshops, please contact Neighborhood Preservation Manager Bill Zylla via e-mail at [email protected] or by telephone at (714) 536-5274.


Pier Sewer and Water Lines Completed

The City contractor, Jamison Engineering, has replaced and rehabilitated most of the sewer and water pipes that serve the pier.  Unique bridge maintenance equipment allowed the crew to access the lines underneath Life Guard Tower Zero, the restrooms, bait shack and kite shop. The lines also were readied for the installation of the new permanent buildings on the pier.   This project assures that critical facilities on the pier will continue to function properly and reduces the likelihood of future utility breaks to protect the beach from potential pollution. 

Electronic Waste Drop off Event

On Friday, February 20, Huntington Beach businesses and residents may dispose of any small electronics at the Huntington Sports Complex Parking Lot at Central Park, off the Goldenwest Street entrance.  Sponsored by Electronic Recycling Services and the Public Works Department, the service is available from 10 am to 6 pm, rain or shine.  Accepted materials include televisions, monitors, computers, video players, telephones and electronic components.  Call 714-375-5010 for further information. 

Rainfall Summary

The storms that began on Friday dropped an average of approximately one inch of rain over the Huntington Beach area.  Rainfall is measured at each of the 15 city storm water control pump stations that located throughout town.  The greatest amount, 1.10 inches, was recorded at the Marilyn Station in the middle of the city.  The least amount, 0.66 inches, was received at the Meredith Station in the southeast section of the city.  Most of the rain fell on Monday.  All stations functioned efficiently and without incident.

Did you know?

The amount of solar energy that strikes the Earth in one hour is more than enough to provide all of the Earth’s energy needs for a complete year.  Learn more about Solar.

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