City Administrators Weekly Report

February 23, 2009


Cash Handling Workshop Trains Staff from 35 Government Agencies


On February 18, the City Treasurer hosted two “Association of Public Treasurers of the US & Canada (APT) Cash Handling” Workshops at the Central Library.  The workshop was designed to train Treasury and Finance Officials, Cashiering Supervisors, and front-line Cashiers in proper cash handling techniques including cash, checks, credit cards, and money orders.  Each participant received a copy of the APT Model Cash Handling Manual and an APT Cash Handling Certificate of Completion.  The class trainer, Anthony Francisco, is also the author of the manual.  With over 25 years experience in the government agency financial sector, Anthony Francisco has been the Finance Director of Norman, Oklahoma since 1996, as well as serving on several pension boards.  Participants of the class included individuals from as far away as Oceanside to San Luis Obispo.  The class was a great success!


Sands Brochure

The new SANDS Community Services Guide will be arriving at your home soon!  The publication is mailed to 78,000 households and businesses in Huntington Beach, offering opportunities to residents to enhance their quality of life through the great variety of open space programming, leisure time opportunities, helpful services, and community facilities that the City of Huntington Beach provides.  Check out the new SANDS brochure on line at!


surfcity night

To commemorate the Huntington Beach Centennial, local families are invited to participate in Surf City Nights "100 Years/100 Families" celebration, taking place in the downtown Main Street this Tuesday.  Tonight, February 24th, from 5:30 p.m.-8:00 PM will be the last Tuesday for 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. Participants will receive goody bags.  Visit for additional information.  Surf City Nights is open to the public every Tuesday and begins at 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 


Save Time and Money! Access Consumer Reports from Home

In tough economic times, consumers are especially interested in price and value, and magazines like Consumer Reports supply the information that makes good decisions easier. Did you know that you can access full-text Consumer Reports articles online through the library's databases? Simply go to, click on the Databases button, put in your library card number, and pin number then click on the Gale Cengage link and type in your search terms.

A list of articles will appear that contain your terms. To limit your search to one magazine (like Consumer Reports), click on the General Onefile icon and put in your search terms along with “Consumer Reports” in the publication title. Only articles from that magazine will appear. Another option is to click Publication Search, type in a magazine title, and read the entire issue online. Take a minute to explore this database and experience the world of information available through your library.

Saturday Film Forum at the Central Library CANCELLED

Unfortunately, the Watching the Detectives Saturday Film Forum scheduled at the Huntington Beach Public Library has been canceled, and there will be no screenings on February 28th, March 18th, April 18th or May 16th.

HB Reads Comes to the Children’s Library!

This past Thursday, February 12, our Children's Library Storyteller, Danielle Walker, welcomed HB Reads committee member LeRoy Lucian as a special guest to her Crafty Kids Club story time.  Children in grades K-3 were treated to an up-close encounter with artwork and artifacts from the Native Alaskan Art currently on display here at the library.  Mr. Lucian read the children some fun books about Alaska, and for the craft project children made their own pair of Yu'pik "snow goggles.”

Friends of the Library Authors’ Luncheon Celebrating 100 Years

The Friends of the Library will present Chris Epting, Robert Mayer, and Kai Weisser at the authors’ luncheon on Friday, March 6, 2009.

Chris Epting, author of Huntington Beach Then and Now the 100-year history of Huntington Beach – a rich blend of agriculture, oil, surfing, beach culture, aerospace, and small-town America, highlighting some of the most defining views ever captured of Surf City.

Robert Mayer is an author and local developer. Robert has brought his vision of a Huntington Beach world-class destination resort complex to life with “The Waterfront”, consisting of the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort and the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spas. Mayer is the author of Without Risk There’s No Reward.

Kai Weisser, author of Huntington Beach Lifeguards. This book features vintage photographs, including snapshots of lifeguards, surfers, and world-class events.  It illustrates how uniforms, lifeguarding, and equipment have changed and advanced through the years. Weisser is a former Huntington Beach lifeguard and was president of the Huntington Beach Surf Life Saving.

Central Library - $18 per person - Reservations required.  Checks must be received no later than Monday, March 2.  Please make checks payable to FOTL and mail to:

 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 or deliver to Friends Gift Shop.

For questions, please contact the Friends Gift Shop at (714) 375-8429.


Bookings in the Huntington Beach Jail

The number of people booked into the Huntington Beach jail for 2008 was 5,867, a 2% increase from the 5,715 booked in 2007.  This is also the highest number of bookings by the Huntington Beach Police Department since 2003.

The total number of arrests for 2008 was 6,469.  The number of arrests is different from the number of bookings due to incidents such as juvenile arrests that are not booked into jail.



Oakview Preschool Construction Equipment Show


On February 19, the Public Works Street Maintenance Section staff hosted the 3rd Annual "Equipment Show" for the Oakview Preschool at the Corporation Yard.  The audience included 240 preschool children (ages 3 to 4), teachers and parents who walked from Oakview Preschool to the Corporation Yard on Gothard Street.  Two groups, one morning and one afternoon, spent a fun filled day viewing dump trucks, street sweepers, backhoes, rollers, motor grader, and a front end loader. The yard was set up with traffic controls for safety.

This was a great opportunity for the kids to learn about basic construction equipment and get to know some of the awesome City staff. The month of February is Construction Month at Oakview Preschool and this event was a great way to tie it all together for the kids. Candy and dump truck hand stamps were a big hit!  A special thanks to Vivianna Jelinek, Oakview Preschool Supervisor and the Street Maintenance crews for putting a smile on so many faces in one day. 

Homeowners Association  Water Forum

The H2O for HOAs Water Forum will be held on Thursday March 26, 2009 at the Fountain Valley Recreation Center.  Seven Orange County water agencies, including the City of Huntington Beach, will host the event that targets large irrigation water usage.  The event is structured to help HOAs and large landscape owners to save water, reduce costs, decrease runoff, and maintain beautiful landscaping. 

Decision makers from local homeowner's associations are invited to be a part the free workshop.  Among topics to be discussed are water reliability, possible water restrictions, conservation ideas, available rebates on new technology, landscaping recommendations, and urban runoff regulations.  Reservations are required, as lunch is included.  Interested HOA representatives may contact Amanda Gavin at (949) 631-1205 or [email protected] to reserve a space.

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