City Administrators Weekly Report

November 23, 2009


Charter Review

On December 1, at 6:00 p.m. the Charter Review Commission will meet in the City Council Chambers to take public input on Section 612 (Measure C) of the City Charter.  Measure C was the citizen initiative that placed limitations on development in city parks and beaches.  On December 15, the Commission will meet in City Hall, Room B-8, to consider possible amendments to Section 612.  Also under consideration are amendments to the qualifications, duties, and powers of the City Clerk, City Attorney, and City Treasurer.   


Certified Municipal Clerk

City Clerk Joan L. Flynn is happy to announce that Senior Deputy City Clerks Caren Ferrera and Rebecca Ross have each recently earned their Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) designation from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) through studies at the University of California at Riverside.  The CMC requirements take a minimum of two years to complete.  The profession now generally requires a CMC for prospective City Clerks, but most cities rarely have more than one person who has attained certification.  In Huntington Beach, the total is now five senior staff members who have dedicated time and energy to achieving this prestigious certification.  It is our belief that the public and city staff we serve benefit by the extensive training and education the IIMC certification program provides.
Congratulations, Caren and Becky!


Customer Service Tip of the Week – Make It Personal

When someone emails you with an inquiry or request, always respond by using their name in the e-mail and thanking them first and foremost for their interest/business. Always include your email signature which has your direct e-mail address and a phone number.


Huntington Beach Art Center

The Huntington Beach Art Center would like to take this opportunity to offer a sincere thank you to all of its sponsors, donors, and patrons. The Art Center relies on the hard work, enthusiasm, and generosity of its supporters and volunteers who work tirelessly on our behalf.  We would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and we look forward to your continued support.
HB Reads Bookfair!
Just in time for holiday shopping, Huntington Beach Reads One Book is hosting a “Bookfair” from November 29 through December 5 at the Bella Terra, Barnes & Noble, to raise funds for the HB Reads community-wide reading program.  Funds are used to purchase copies of each year’s featured book for local high school students, to host readers’ events, and bring authors to Huntington Beach.  It’s easy and it doesn’t cost you one extra penny!  Just tell the cashier you are participating in the “Bookfair” for Huntington Beach Reads One Book and a percentage of the purchase price of any book, CD, or DVD you purchase will be donated to the HB Reads program.  For more information, go to or call 714-374-5307.  Pick up a great gift for someone on your holiday shopping list while supporting HB Reads!

Senior Services

Huntington Harbor Mobile Estates residents shopped early for Christmas.  They delivered 35 Christmas bags filled with goodies for our homebound seniors.  Social Workers will begin to deliver the Christmas bags to their clients after Thanksgiving.  Because of the care this community extends towards older adults, Huntington Beach is a great place to age.


Community volunteers are hard at work organizing a “Swim-A-Thon” at Huntington Beach High School.  All community members are invited to participate in the Swim-A-Thon, Sunday, December 6, 2009, to raise funds for the Community Aquatics Programs at Huntington Beach High School.  Registration is $15.00 and includes lunch served by the HB Firefighters.  A minimum of $50.00 in sponsorships is required for each swimmer.  The following three timeslots are available: 10am - 12pm, 12pm - 2pm, and 2pm – 4pm.  Registration forms and sponsor sheets can be picked up at the HBHS pool during any of the community programs.  For additional information or to print registration forms, visit  To reserve a preferred timeslot, registration is due by November 30, 2009.  Sponsor sheets and pledges can also be hand carried to “Check-In” at the High School pool on December 6, 2009. 


Surf City Savings Will Make Your Day…BLACK FRIDAY, That Is!

Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year, is just days away, and many of us are scanning advertisements and searching online in hopes of finding the most unique and cost-effective gift ideas for those on our holiday shopping lists.  While you’re at it, visit to find money-saving offers that Huntington Beach merchants have developed just for you!  More merchants and services are being added every week to this program, each offering discounts from restaurants, retailers, and a variety of service providers eager for your business.  Shopping at Surf City Savings merchants is not only good for your wallet, but it is also good for the community because shopping locally generates sales tax, which helps to pay for Police and Fire services, beach and park maintenance, senior services, library services, street and road improvements and more.  To find participating merchants, get a jump on your holiday shopping, and sign up to be notified when new merchants join the program, visit


Historical Records

Do you have an interest in the history of Huntington Beach?  Have you been looking for old photos?  The City Clerk's Office maintains 100 years of records and has historical photos to view or loan.  City staff have scanned and indexed photos into the City's computer database, which is now available to the public online.  Visit and enter “Historical Records / Photos”


November Happenings in the Children’s Library

What a busy month it’s been in the Children’s department of the library!  First, we are pleased to report that over 500 children and their parents attended two Halloween magic shows featuring Johnny “Ace” Palmer on October 28 at 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm.  The Main Street Library played host to the popular dog Wheely Willy and his owner Deborah Turner.  The pair made a special appearance at the branch on Saturday, November 14 at 2:00 pm, where Deborah read stories, sold Willy t-shirts and autographed his books.  Around 25 enthusiastic children and their parents were able to attend, some got their pictures taken with Willy and everyone got to pet him!

At the Oak View branch, Ronald McDonald himself read special stories and did some magic tricks during a 30 minute storytime on November 16 at 4:30 pm.  The place was packed, with around 88 kids and their parents in attendance.  Ronald made another appearance at the Central library on November 21 at 2:30 pm in the Tabby Theater, sharing his special “Book Time” of stories, magic and fun as part of a literacy tour to encourage children to read. 

Here at the Central Library, we are hosting the movie Coraline in the Tabby Theater, open exclusively to teenagers.  The movie screens on November 18 at 7:00 pm.  There is a suggested $2 donation at the door, and a fun-filled evening of pizza and prizes to be had by all! 

After such an exciting month, we are looking forward to the upcoming holiday season in the children’s department!  Tickets to the annual Nutcracker Ballet with Ballet Etudes, are sold out, with performances on December 15 and 16, at 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm.  Tickets are also sold out for the annual Tree Trimming party on December 5 at 10:30 am.  

For more information, call (714) 375-5107 or visit our website at:                    

November 24, 2009 Planning Commission

Staff is recommending that the review of Conditional Use Permit (CUP) No. 08-052 (Brethren Christian High School) be continued to a date uncertain, until BCHS exhausts their administrative appeals regarding the Administrative Citation.  A review of the CUP was initiated by staff and is on the agenda for the November 24, 2009 Planning Commission meeting.  As noted in the staff report, an Administrative Citation was issued by code enforcement staff on November 9, 2009.  BCHS has since submitted a letter contesting the citation which an Administrative hearing will be conducted through the City Attorney’s Office.  As a result, staff recommends the Administrative Citation and the administrative process be resolved prior to any possible review or action on the CUP. Also at this meeting, the Commission will consider a Zoning Text Amendment to modify the scope and composition of the Design Review Board.  A copy of the agenda and staff reports is available on the Planning Department website at:


The Friday after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday to all the stores and shopping malls. They expect to be full of shoppers for the start of the holiday shopping rush.  Keep in mind, the thieves know this also!

While this may sound like common sense, most items stolen from vehicles were left in plain sight and the vehicle was left unlocked.  These simple steps can make a difference.


Newland Street Widening Project Update

Newland Street, between Hamilton Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway, will be open to traffic with one lane in each direction on Thursday November 26.  After the holiday, work will continue on utility relocation and pedestrian facilities on the east side of the street.  The estimated date for full completion is the end of the year. 

Did you know?

Did you know the Historic ResourcesĀ Board has organized a Historic Walking Tour of Downtown Huntington Beach? Pick up your walking tour brochure today on the 3rd floor of City Hall! Check out the Historic Huntington Beach webpage for more information!

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