City Administrators Weekly Report

MAY 25, 2009


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Marine Safety

On Monday, May 11th, 2009, the Make A Wish foundation teamed up with Dukes Restaurant and the Huntington Beach City Marine Safety Department to grant the wish of a young girl suffering with Leukemia.  Ashley, a five-year-old from Texas, submitted a request to meet Rock Legend Elvis Presley on the beach.  George Thompson aka “Elvis” was driven out to the Pier Plaza with Marine Safety Officer Claude Panis, who made a loudspeaker announcement for Ashley to come to the lifeguard truck.  “Elvis” emerged and began to dance and sing a medley of famous Elvis hits.  Ashley, who became a fan of the rock icon while watching Elvis movies during her treatment, was thoroughly surprised and even sang “Teddy Bear” word for word with the singer.  The event was then moved into Dukes Restaurant, whose staff graciously hosted a party with refreshments while Elvis continued to serenade Ashley.  The staff of the Make A Wish Foundation were thrilled with the event and convey their thanks to all involved.

“Departure” 9th Annual Benefit Art Auction 

The Huntington Beach Art Center’s Departure 9th Annual Benefit Art Auction and Exhibition, featuring the contemporary work of select emerging and established artists, is scheduled for May 29 – June 5. The event will begin on Friday, May 29th, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. with the “Meet the Artists Party”, a free event where the community can mingle with exhibiting artists to learn more about their work.  This is also the first chance for patrons to view and purchase the small works offered in the purely aesthetic event, a unique opportunity to own one-of-a-kind pieces by auction artists.  For more information please call the Art Center at 714.374.1650.
Jazz at the Center with Ernie Andrews

The Huntington Beach Art Center proudly presents Jazz at the Center featuring the stunning sounds of Ernie Andrews performing in an intimate cabaret-style setting, Sunday, May 31, from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.  A living-legend, 80-year old Andrews performs with a hard swinging, unique bluesy style.  General admission is $25; or $20 for members.  Prepaid reservations required for guaranteed seating.  Call 714.374.1650 for ticket information. 

Artsy Sunday on May 31

The Huntington Beach Art Center will be holding “Artsy Sunday”;  a free family workshop on Sunday, May 31.  The Workshop runs from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Families are invited to come in and learn new art techniques and create a work of art to take home.  Sponsored by Target, “Artsy Sunday” is a series of free, drop-in art workshops for children and their parents.  The May 31st workshop will be taught by guest artist, Luisa Cohrs.  Registration is not required.  Call 714.374.1650 for more information, or see the Sands Community Brochure at

Huntington Beach Senior Services

The next trip planned by the Huntington Beach Council on Aging Travel and Trips is to the Huntington Library and Gardens, on Wednesday, June 17.  The bus will depart from Rodgers Seniors Center at 9:00 a.m. and return at 4:30 p.m.  The day will be spent at the beautiful Huntington Library and Gardens and includes an estate tour that will cover the central area of the estate and highlight the new Chinese Gardens and renovated Huntington Art Gallery.  In addition, see a special exhibit that celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.  The optional tea lunch in the Rose Garden includes a selection of finger sandwiches, scones, fresh fruit, and dessert.  You may also lunch on your own in the Huntington Café.  Price per person is $69.00 or $99.00 to include the tea lunch.  Register in advance at the Rodgers Seniors Center front counter, 1706 Orange Avenue, Tuesdays 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. or Thursday and Friday from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.  For more information call: 714-536-9387.

Summer SANDS Community Services Guide is Here!

The latest edition of the SANDS Community Services Guide offers many excellent year-round and summer activities!  The Summer SANDS brochure contains information on Children’s “Art at the Beach” Camps, Summer Surf Camps, Beach Volleyball Camps, and a myriad of other classes.  Check out the swim classes and recreation swim at Edison High School, Marina High School, Huntington Beach High School, and the City Gym & Pool.  There is so much to do and explore in the city – something for every age level and interest - so consider which programs will enhance your summer experience!  You can “go green” and access the SANDS paperless brochure online at:


Huntington Beach Restaurant Week – May 22-June 2

HB Restaurant week is officially underway!  From May 22- June 2, a total of 27 participating local restaurants will be offering unique fixed-price, three-course lunch and dinner menus, plus a chance to win a Progressive Surf City USA Dinner Showcase valued at more than $2,000.    All proceeds derived from the week of celebrating our community’s epicurean offerings will benefit Project Self-Sufficiency.  HB Restaurant Week is sponsored by the Huntington Beach Restaurant Association and the Huntington Beach Marketing and Visitor’s Bureau.  For more information visit:


Citizen Helps Save a Life

On Monday, May 11, the fire department responded to an adult male in full cardiac arrest at a local establishment.  According to patrons, the man was leaning on the bar and fell to the floor.  Upon the fire department’s arrival, a bystander was performing CPR on the patient.  Paramedics continued CPR, defibrillation, intubation, and cardiac medication therapy.  The man regained a pulse and was attempting to breathe prior to being transported to the hospital.  A few days later he was welcoming visitors, sitting up and laughing.  He is expected to be released soon.

Firefighter Paramedics Honored During EMS Week

Orange County EMS uses Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week to recognize the work we do in delivering emergency medical services.  The fire department was honored by having Don Boland, Berkley Northrop and Chad Stewart nominated for awards.  Don Boland was nominated for saving a life by performing CPR when he was attending a function off duty.  Chad Stewart and Berkley Northrop were nominated for their team work in EMS.  Anne Stratton, who recently retired, was recognized for her years of service in the Orange County EMS system and received the “Richard L. Hoech Award” presented to the individual that best exhibits leadership and mentorship in the EMS community.

Arson Fire at State Beach

At 11:49 pm on May 22, the fire department responded to a building fire at Huntington State Beach.  The location of the incident was near the Brookhurst Street entrance at Pacific Coast Highway.  Firefighters arrived on-scene to find a restroom facility on fire.  Seven units brought the fire under control in approximately 10 minutes.  The fire damage to the building is estimated at $150,000.  Three male suspects who were observed fleeing the scene were taken into custody for suspicion of arson.  The investigation is being handled by both fire and police department investigators.


Quest Therapeutic Camps Summer Program

Quest Therapeutic Camps will be providing a summer program June 22nd through August 14th, 9 am-noon at the HB Central Library in the Maddy Room.  Quest utilizes a comprehensive therapeutic system that provides treatment plans individualized for each child.  Assessments combine mental health support, social skill development, and occupational therapy to provide optimal services.  Quest Camp is meant to be fun!  Through the day camp activities, children learn to have a good time while counselors assist them with problem solving and increasing confidence.  Sports such as rock climbing and soccer, games, arts & crafts, singing, and special "Fabulous Friday" activities entertain, while providing learning experiences at camp.  Education about the importance of good health through exercise and nutrition is also included in the program.  Field trips include beach days, kayaking, Knott's Berry Farm, the Long Beach Aquarium, Discovery Science Center, and an experiential high-ropes course.  Both boys and girls 6 - 18 years of age participate in the camp.    Quest campers may struggle finding stable relationships or consistently achieving their goals.  They may have diagnoses of ADHD, anxiety, Asperger's Disorder, difficulties with sensory processing and sensory integration, depression, learning disabilities, or social problems.  Many campers have no diagnosis and just need help developing self-regulation, social skills, and self esteem.

Flyers are available at the HB Central Library or for more information contact:
Dr. Jodie Knott PhD, 714/490-3428 - e-mail:  [email protected]


Attempted Murder Suspect Convicted

On May 6, 2007 a victim was stabbed while attending a party in the area of Yorktown and Huntington. The suspect used a pocket knife and stabbed the victim repeatedly, nearly killing him. Huntington Beach police officers and paramedics were dispatched to the scene.  The paramedics worked to stabilize the victim until he was transported to the hospital.  Patrol officers began investigating the crime and developing leads.  The investigation was later turned over to Detective Ellis and the Crimes Against Person unit of the police department.  Detective Ellis was able to identify the suspect, have him arrested and submitted the case to the District Attorney’s office.  On May 13, 2009, after a two week trial, Jacob Michael Barnes, aka Jake Pelle, 21 years old, was convicted of attempted murder with gang enhancements.  He will be sentenced in July.  The gang he belongs to is called “Sesame Street Crew”. 

This is the second conviction where the Huntington Beach Police Department and the District Attorney’s office were able to show “Sesame Street Crew” was a gang.  While their chosen name sounds ridiculous, the crimes they take part in are very serious.  It started out as a group of young local males that liked to crash social parties and start fights.  Over the years, their crimes and violence have escalated. They are now considered a criminal street gang.

On April 24, 2009, Jake Pelle’s younger brother, Joshua Pelle, 19 years old, was convicted of robbery with gang enhancements.  Co-defendants in the robbery case are Matthew Patton and Wade Biangone, all who are members of the “Sesame Street Crew” street gang.


Parkside Residential Project

The Parkside Residential Development, proposed on an approximately 50 acre site for the west side of Graham St. adjacent to the East Garden Grove-Wintersburg Flood Control Channel, was approved by the City Council in October 2002 for the development of 170 single family homes, approximately 3.7 acres of open space conservation area, an approximately 8 acre active/passive park and numerous infrastructure improvements.   In 2008 the California Coastal Commission (CCC) approved a Local Coastal Program Amendment (LCPA) for the Land Use Plan that modified the 2002 City action by reducing the amount of land available for development from approximately 37.4 acres to 26.4 acres and increasing the amount of open space conservation area from 3.7 acres to 23.1 acres.  
Subsequently, the City Council formally accepted the CCC’s action and amended the City’s Coastal Element accordingly.  In accordance with the CCC’s and City’s 2008 actions on the Land Use Plan, the developer, Shea Homes, has submitted a request to modify their project to include 111 homes, a 1.57 acre park, restored wetland and buffer areas, other open space and trails.  The public hearing for the revised plans is scheduled for the June 1, 2009 City Council meeting.

Environmental Impact Report No. 97-2 (EIR), certified by the City Council in 2002 for the project, found no effects of Project development (then 170 units) to be significant unavoidable impacts.  Likewise, the CCC found that the Land Use Plan amendment would not result in significant adverse environmental impacts.   Notwithstanding that these two environmental reviews have been completed, City staff has had an evaluation of the revised project prepared within the context of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  City staff has determined that Addendum EIR is the appropriate level of CEQA review for the revised project. 

Pursuant to CEQA, Addendum EIRs are provided for informational purposes and do not require approval via a public hearing.  Addendums are not circulated to the public for comment nor do they have a public comment period.  Given the past interest in this project, staff is posting the Addendum on the City’s website for informational purposes only, effective May 20th.   In addition, the Addendum is available at the Planning Department and City Clerk’s office. 


Public Works Week

Across the country, public works departments provide clean water, safe streets and transportation services, and well-maintained parks.  Flood control, public building maintenance, sewer, and refuse services are always ready to serve the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.   The third week in May is “Public Works Week”; this year’s theme is “Revitalize, Reinvest, Renew.”  Revitalizing infrastructure means finding new ways to sustain performance, use new materials, and increase efficiency.  Reinvesting in the infrastructure will ensure safety, longevity, and a positive quality of life.  Renewing means replacing and reinvigorating the systems and structures on which we depend.  The City of Huntington Beach has several billion dollars invested in infrastructure.  The Public Works Department will continue to find innovative and sustainable ways to meet public need. 

Did you know?

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