City Administrators Weekly Report

June 08, 2009


Charter Review Commission

Over 45 applications were submitted for the 15 seats on the newly created Charter Review Commission.  Current plans call for interviews of the leading candidates at a special City Council meeting to be held at 3 PM on Monday, June 22.  It is hoped that the Commission members will be selected and ready to begin work on this important task by the end of summer.  If you have questions regarding this commission please contact Pat Dapkus at (714) 536-5579 or at [email protected].


Quick Tip of the Week – Customers as Individuals

Think of customers as individuals.  Once we think that way, we realize our business is our customer, not our product or services.  Putting all the focus on the services our organization offers leaves out the most important component: each individual customer.  Keep those individual customers in mind!

Resetting Your Recession-era Budget

Need some helpful financial advice during these tough times?  Check out the newly updated City Treasurer’s website, where you’ll find information on the Mayors’ National Dollar Wi$e Campaign which encourages financial education for America and an article called “Financial Planning Perspectives to Consider.”

Get your Utility Bill Inserts Online!

Go to and select “Utility Statement Inserts” from the left-hand sidebar.  You can view all of our monthly utility bill inserts from any internet source!  It’s that easy!


59th Annual Pier Swim

The Community Services Dept. will hold the 59th Annual Huntington Beach Open "Rough Water" Pier Swim this Saturday, June 13.  The first race is for ages 16-31and will start at 8:45 a.m.  The second race is for Masters through Ultra Masters and starts at approximately 9:30 a.m. followed by the Junior Men and Junior Women, 12-15 years of age at 10:15 a.m.

Trophies will be awarded, first through third places, in each of the eleven divisions with the Gene Belshe Memorial Perpetual Trophy going to the winning team and a trophy to the first Huntington Beach boy and girl.  This is one of the first regular ocean swims of the season.  Almost 400 contestants participated last year.

The public is invited to participate or come and watch the competition.  Registration will be taken at the beach on June 13 between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. ($15 without a shirt).  A limited number of shirts will be available for purchase.  For further information, please call 714-536-5486.

Huntington Beach Senior Services

Come spend the day next Friday, June 19, at the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center.  Start with Community Senior Serv’s lunch at 11:30 a.m. Enjoy a Father’s Day menu of pot roast, potatoes and gravy, and apple pie!  Suggested donation for 60+ is $2.50; cost for under 60 is $3.50.  Follow lunch with the free Friday Afternoon at the Movies showing the laugh-out-loud comedy, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, staring Kevin James. After the movie, at 2:00 p.m., there will be a special slide presentation with pictures and descriptions of the future 2009 trips planned by the Huntington Beach Council on Aging’s Travel and Trips program.  Refreshments will be served. For more information or to register for the presentation, call 714-536-9387.

Funtime Day Camp

Summer is here!  If anyone is looking for a fun activity to get the kids out of the house, the Community Services Department has the answer.  There are many fun camps and activities that are still available!  The Funtime Day Camp has plenty of room.  These fun-packed one-week camps will definitely keep kids ages 6-12 busy.  Activities each week include: bowling, swimming, arcade games, miniature golf, a movie, skating, and one day at a major amusement park.  All activities are included in the fee; Camp is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with extended care available if needed.  The cost per week is $155 and an additional $25 for extended care.  For additional information and registration please check the city’s website at or call your local Community Center. 



The third Huntington Beach Trader Joe’s - the second to open locally in less than a year - will open Friday, June 12 at Huntington Harbor Mall, located at 16821 Algonquin Street, just off of Warner Avenue.  A “lei” cutting ceremony will be held from 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM in front of the store.  The Eliminators Surf Band will perform from 9 AM to noon, followed by a visit from the Marina High School Band at 1:15 PM.  The celebration will continue inside the store as well, including face painting from 10:00 AM to noon along with food tasting and a children’s coloring contest throughout the day.  To celebrate the arrival of their new neighbor, mall merchants will also have special displays and in-store giveaways from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. 


Firefighter’s Help Out Future Soldier Event

On May 30, the Huntington Beach Firefighter’s Association participated in the Southern California Recruiting Battalion Mega Future Soldier Event. The event, organized by Council Member Coerper, was held at the city beach near Zack’s concession stand. Several local businesses generously donated all of the food for this event. Approximately 800 new recruits took part in activities such as pushups, sit ups, water balloon grenades, relays, volleyball, and other team building competitions. The HBFA provided their BBQ trailer and cooked chicken and hamburgers for all of the attendees. Good luck to all of the new recruits, as they begin their training to be a member of the United States Army! 

Firefighters Honored by American Red Cross

Firefighter Paramedics Don Boland and Paul Fredericks were honored at the Bravo for Bravery Awards sponsored by the American Red Cross.  Don Boland was honored for his off duty lifesaving CPR performed on General William Lyon at a fundraising event.  Paul Fredericks was honored for his off duty actions during last fall’s firestorms.  Even though his own home was being threatened, Paul assisted in keeping the fire from burning his neighbor’s homes.  Both men attended the awards breakfast on June 4 at the Marconi Automotive Museum in Tustin.  Congratulations to both.


Did you know that you can file certain types of Police Reports through Surf City Pipeline?  If you’ve had a harassing phone call, a hit and run accident, lost property, been victim of a theft or vandalism, or had your vehicle burglarized, you can connect to the City’s On-Line Police Reporting system via the city’s website at, go to Police: On-Line Reports, and follow the instructions provided.


Festival of Folktales

In conjunction with opening day of the Summer Reading Program, the Festival of Folktales will offer storytellers presenting tales from around the world; performances of international music, including a steel drum band; a puppeteer; dancers; crafts; face painting, and children’s theater .This event will be on Tuesday, June 23 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Huntington Beach Central Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue.  Tickets vary by event: 50 cents - $2.00. (11 tickets for $5.00) Tickets can be purchased in advance or on the day of the event.  Food will also be available for purchase.  For more information call (714) 375-5107 or visit


Community Meeting for Former Patty’s Preschool

Irwin Pancake Architects, on behalf of Burke Real Estate Group, the property owner of the former site of Patty’s Preschool, will be holding a community meeting for a proposed Senior Assisted Living Facility at that site: 17200 Goldenwest Street (adjacent to the Ocean View High School athletic fields - south of Home Depot).  This meeting will be held Thursday, June 11 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the Maddy Room of the Central Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue.  The meeting is part of an informal outreach effort by the property owner for the proposed 144 bed, 121 dwelling unit senior assisted living facility.  Once City staff completes review of the proposal there will be formal hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council.  For additional information, please contact Ethan Edwards, Associate Planner (714) 536-5561.


Police Investigations

ON the evening of June 6, 2009, a Quincenara was interrupted by a group of males attempting to force their way into the party.   A security guard monitoring attendance attempted to stop the intruders.  The guard was attacked with bats and clubs by several of the males.  People from the party attempting to assist the guard were also attacked.  The suspects fled prior to the responding officer’s arrival. 

The guard was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released for his injuries.  Detectives and officers are following up on leads to identify and arrest the suspects.


Arterial Rehabilitation Complete

All segments of the $6,000,000 Arterial Rehabilitation Project are substantially complete. Four miles of arterial highway segments including Graham Street (Edinger to Bolsa), Yorktown Avenue  (Main to Delaware and Brookhurst to Ward), Ward Street (Yorktown to Garfield),  Garfield Avenue  (Ward to Bushard and Beach to Newland). This project required approximately 43,000 tons of new asphalt including 18,000 tons of rubberized asphalt. Over 50,000 old tires were used in the process of the asphalt mixture. Roughly 85% to 90% of the debris, which includes concrete and old asphalt were recycled. The City will be reimbursed nearly $150,000 for work performed in the City of Fountain Valley. The project was completed three weeks ahead of schedule and within the original project budget.

Did you know?

Huntington Beach has 75 parks and these parks have 754 acres!  You can find information about the City parks by viewing our City Parks Locator.

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