City Administrators Weekly Report

November 09, 2009


Charter Review Commission Update

The Commission meets again at 6:00 p.m. on November 17 at City Hall in Meeting Room    B-8.  This meeting will be dedicated to discussing Sections 200, 307, and 400-404 of the Charter.  These sections of the Charter define the form of government (currently Council-City Administrator) and the powers and duties of the City Administrator.  On December 1, a public meeting will be held to take testimony on Charter Section 612 (Measure “C”).  This meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall at 6:00 p.m.


Customer Service Tip of the Week – Trust your Employees
Don’t try to train your employees to script every customer situation to produce a specific outcome.  Instead, help your employees understand the outcome desired, and give them the room, tools, and resources to find their own way to that outcome.  Trust them to get the results you want.  If your employees can be real, you'll get better outcomes.  More importantly, you'll get happier employees AND more loyal customers.


Veteran’s Day

Huntington Beach Veteran's organizations will be hosting a ceremony at Pier Plaza this Wednesday, November 11, at 11:00 a.m.  This annual Veteran's Day ceremony pays tribute to the courageous efforts of the men and women who have served in the military.

HB Reads Selects “They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky

Huntington Beach Reads One Book has selected “They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky” for its 2009 – 2010 community-wide read.  “They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky” is the true-life account of three “Lost Boys”, now living in Southern California.  After fleeing Sudan as young boys, Benson Deng, Alephonsion Deng, and Benjamin Ajak survived five years on their own before reaching a refugee camp in Kenya.  All under the age of seven, they survived armed invaders, vast deserts, drought, famine, disease, and wild animals. The authors, who are now young men, will visit Huntington Beach on March 11 to speak with readers.  This year’s book was selected with the help of local high school students, the HB Reads committee, members of the Human Relations Task Force, library and community volunteers, high school educators, and the Orange County Department of Education. 

Learn more about the book and HB Reads events at (turn the sound up on your computer!).  In addition to a “splashy” website, Huntington Beach Reads One Book is also on Facebook.  Click on the Facebook icon on the HB Reads website, or go to  If you’d like to receive HB Reads announcements via email, just send us a note at [email protected].  Find copies of the book at the Huntington Beach Library and Barnes & Noble at the Bella Terra mall.

Volunteers Needed for Senior Services

Volunteers are essential to the success of the programs of Huntington Beach Senior Services.  Currently, Senior Services is recruiting volunteers to deliver meals on Christmas and Easter for the Holiday Meal Program.  Senior Services clients, who are alone on the holiday, enjoy the short visit and festive meal.  This is a wonderful way to introduce giving to the family.  The meals are delivered between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Christmas Day. 

Volunteers are also needed from 6:30 p.m.– 1:00 a.m. for the fabulous New Year’s Eve Dance.  While enjoying music and dancing, volunteers serve food, tend bar, greet guests, and help clean-up. 

The Beach Clean-up season began November 7, 2009. This dedicated group of volunteers commits their time to keeping our beach beautiful during the fall and winter.  They meet each Saturday from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. between lifeguard towers 8 & 10.  Everyone is welcome.  Tools are provided and parking is free.  For more information about these or other volunteer opportunities contact Diane Swarts, Volunteer Coordinator 714-374-1544 or by email at [email protected].

Huntington Beach Art Center

Target sponsored Artsy Sunday November 15th - Our Artist-in-Residence, Carleton Christy, will be hosting a free two-hour family workshop this Sunday in the Art Center Studio from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Carleton is currently showing a series of prints in an exhibit entitled “Backyards and Kitchens”.  For those interested in learning the linocut process, this is a great opportunity to learn from a skilled artist.  No pre-registration is required.


On November 2, 2009, the City Council approved the Downtown Specific Plan Update and certified the Environmental Impact Report.  The Downtown Specific Plan will provide the development standards and zoning regulations for the downtown area over the next 20 years.  The Downtown Specific Plan Update will be forwarded to the California Coastal Commission for final action and certification as part of the City’s Local Coastal Program.    For more information contact Jennifer Villasenor at 714-374-1661 or Kellee Fritzal at 714-374-1519.


City of Huntington Beach receives “The Certificate of Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting”

The City of Huntington Beach received an award for its Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for the year ended September 30, 2008.  The PAFR is a high-level financial report intended for casual users that presents the City’s financial information in a user-friendly format.  The program started in the early 1990’s, and the City is one of few cities in the United States to prepare such a report.  The 2008 report met the GFOA’s requirements for creativity, presentation, understandability, and reader appeal.  This is the third year the City submitted this report for the awards program.


With the holidays around the corner, some may be considering a Fall housecleaning.  Did you know that the Surf City Pipeline provides information on special trash pickups, holiday collection schedules, obtaining additional trash carts/bins, recycling, and locations where you can take recycling?   Login to Surf City Pipeline at: and check out the Trash & Recycling category.


Access the Library 24/7

In an age when we shop, socialize, do our banking, make travel arrangements and apply for jobs online, more and more people use the library without actually coming into the building. From the convenience of your own home, you can now explore the library’s holdings and resources at On the library’s website you can search the catalog to see if a book is available, put yourself on a waiting list, or renew your books 24/7. In addition to managing your account, you can access exclusive research databases. These encyclopedic databases contain a wealth of magazine and newspaper articles, auto-repair manuals, business marketing information, and historical documents. Finally, try out the library’s newest virtual service, downloadable Audiobooks; you can listen to popular books on your computer or MP3 player. The library is a great place to visit, but don’t forget that when the building is closed, a world of information remains available online.


Beach and Edinger Corridors Study EIR at Planning Commission Study Session

The Planning Commission will review the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Beach Boulevard and Edinger Avenue Corridors Study at Study Session on November 10, 2009.  The EIR analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed Beach and Edinger Corridors Specific Plan.  The Specific Plan, which encompasses 459 acres, is intended to implement a clear and comprehensive vision for growth and change along Beach Boulevard and Edinger Avenue.  A copy of the staff report is available on the Planning Department website at:


Burglary Suspect in Custody

In October 2009, there were several residential burglaries in the southeast portion of Huntington Beach.  Over the past weeks, detectives working on these investigations developed several leads that led to the arrest of a suspect.  On November 6, 2009, detectives arrested Sky Gabriel Snyder, a 26 year old resident of Long Beach.   He was arrested for possession of stolen property from one of the burglaries and is believed to be responsible for several other burglaries in the area.  This is an ongoing investigation.


No Drugs Down the Drain Week

The state of California water industry wants everyone to think before flushing unwanted or expired pharmaceuticals.  This week is “No Drugs Down the Drain” week.  Medications dumped down the drain can leach into the water supply and harm the environment.  Wastewater treatment plants are designed to remove conventional pollutants such as solids and biodegradable materials; they are not designed to remove man-made pollutants such as medications. Therefore, one way to reduce the level of medications in surface water bodies is to reduce the amount of medications entering the wastewater treatment plant. Although the major concerns to date are increased bacterial resistance to antibiotics and interference with growth of some aquatic organisms, risk to humans and other environmental consequences are still being determined.  The best way to limit these risks is not to dispose of medicine in the sewer system.  This week is a statewide effort to educating residents and health care professionals that unused or expired medications should not be disposed of down the toilet or drain.  Unwanted medications can be disposed of inside the Police Department building at Civic Center or at the Household Hazardous Waste Center adjacent to Rainbow Environmental Services at 17121 Nichols Street, Huntington Beach.  

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