City Administrators Weekly Report

April 24, 2007


Successful Youth in Government Day - April 19 saw another successful Youth in Government Day conducted at Huntington Beach Civic Center for City Council, staff, and over 190 high school students from Edison, Huntington Beach, Marina, and Ocean View High Schools. From the morning’s exciting program and introduction of staff, the students’ internships and mock Council meeting, to the delicious lunch from Buca di Beppo, and the guest speaker from the Police K-9 Unit, it was a great example of how city government operates. Thanks to Administrative Aide Gisela Campagne and the 2007 Youth Board members for another excellent Youth in Government Day.

Summer Sunday Concert Series - Mark your calendars for the following summer performances at Pier Plaza which start at 1:00 p.m. and are sponsored by Farmers & Merchants Bank:

May 13 Swing Kings (swing)
June 17 Bob Malone (New Orleans-style blues)
June 24 Mariachi Divas (mariachi)
July 8 Lee Rocker (rockabilly)
July 15 Venice (rock)
August 12 Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic (zydeco)
August 19 Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps (Texas blues/rock with a Louisiana flavor)

Embrace Your Creativity through Cartooning - This hands-on workshop provides an opportunity for students to learn and practice cartooning in a small class setting. The class is open to students ages 7 to 13. Instructor and illustrator Pati Kent is a past recipient of the city of Huntington Beach Artist of the Year and Educator of the Year awards, has been recognized with multiple local and national awards for her illustrative work, and is a graduate of Art Center College of Design. The one-class Cartooning Workshop is offered on May 22 and June 5 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. The class fee is $30, or $25 for HBAC members. A $7 material fee is paid to the instructor, and enrollment is limited. Please call 374-1650 for enrollment information.

Project Self-Sufficiency - Project Self-Sufficiency has been the very fortunate benefactor of the Staples store located at Seacliff Village. A PS-S participant, who works part time at Staples, suggested to the store manager that the donation of surplus items would be greatly appreciated by the program. The response has been tremendous. Several donations have been received including plastic file cabinets, desk sets, children’s art supplies, binders, markers, Post-its, etc. It is wonderful to have the support of Huntington Beach retail businesses, in addition to the great help received from the residents of the community. PS-S staff wishes to thank Andres Rives, General Manager, for the generosity that Staples has bestowed.

Earth Day Beach Cleanup - This year’s Earth Day Beach Cleanup was a huge success as reported by Tim Dugan, Beach Operations Crewleader, who spearheaded the event. Over 300 volunteers helped clean Huntington city beach for the three-hour event. Environmentalist Marty Haber, who was on hand assisting Mr. Dugan in the city’s information booth, was busy passing out ocean pollution brochures advising what steps the city is presently taking to reduce polluting runoff and what the public can do to help. Mr. Dugan couldn’t believe the enthusiasm of the volunteers, which really showed at weigh-in with over 1,500 pounds of trash and debris collected.

Volunteer Appreciation - A total of 200 Huntington Beach Senior Service volunteers enjoyed an elegant lunch at Meadowlark Golf Course on April 20. These volunteers were honored for their 40+ hours of service in 2006. In all, volunteers gave 43,407 hours of service to Huntington Beach seniors. The Academy of the Performing Arts-Beach City Singers performed Broadway classics concluding with a medley from Grease. Mayor Gil Coerper and Huntington Beach Council on Aging President Cathy Meshuck thanked the volunteers for their many hours of service to Huntington Beach Seniors.


Emerald Cove Capital Repair Project 2007 - In 1986, the city of Huntington Beach built the 164-unit Emerald Cove Senior Apartment Complex to provide affordable housing for senior residents. A recent inspection of the site has determined that several major repairs are now needed. This includes general repairs to the site, the building exterior—especially the exterior wood components found on the balconies and decks, the roof, and plumbing repairs. Economic Development and Public Works staff worked with Gafcon, Inc., the construction manager for the project, to formally solicit bids for the project. On April 2, the City Council awarded the $606,920 construction contract to AAA Restoration. Work will begin on the project in mid-May, and it is estimated that the project will take four to six months to complete.

Surf City Nights Logo Surf City Night - Join the fun on Downtown Main Street tonight, April 24, from 5 - 9 p.m. The headliners this week include the Huntington Beach High School jazz band performing at 5 p.m., a Scottish pipe and drum team will march into the Main/Olive intersection in full dress sometime before 7 p.m., and the break dance troop Adrenaline. Additionally, you can enjoy an evening stroll through the street fair that includes a certified farmer’s market, bounce houses, trains, balloon artists, sidewalk sales, and outdoor grilling. The farmer’s market offers roasted peanuts, kettle corn, organic veggies/fruits, fresh cut flowers, cookies, spices, organic olive oil, and more. More live entertainers will perform with various acts that may include twin tap dancing brothers, break dancing group, Frank Sinatra & Nat King Cole impressionists, and a rock flamenco guitarist duet. Make a night of it and grab dinner at a downtown eatery and shop at our local stores. The City Parking Garage offers two hours of free parking from 4 - 8:30 p.m. Due to county health regulations, dogs are not allowed. For more information in participating as a performer, send an email to [email protected].


Siren Test May 4 at Noon - The city recently upgraded its warning siren system and will begin testing it again on May 4. The sirens, located at all fires stations throughout the city, will be tested the first Friday of each month, (rather than the last Friday as has been done in the past) at 12 noon. The purpose of the siren system is to warn residents and visitors of an impending threat such as a tsunami, a hazardous chemical spill, or the failure of the Prado Dam, for example. When sirens are sounded (other than the first Friday of each month at noon), citizens should immediately turn on an AM/FM radio and tune into KWVE 107.9 FM, the Emergency Alerting System, which is the recognized system that governments use for disseminating emergency information to the public. This is the system that one often hears tested on an AM/FM radio. On May 4, it is recommended that every resident go outside at noon and listen for the siren test. This will help them become familiar with the siren sound. The siren tests are part of the city’s emergency preparedness program and are maintained to ensure that residents are kept informed about threats to their safety.

Juvenile Starts Fire - On April 13, the Fire Department responded to an apartment fire on Koledo Lane. The fire started in a bedroom where a six-year-old boy had gone under the bed and lit the mattress on fire with a lighter. An uncle, who was in another room, attempted to put the fire out and was burned in the process. He was transported to the hospital, but the little boy was not injured.

Arson Fire - On April 11, someone entered the city of Huntington Beach “Luis Ochoa” Community Job Center by breaking a window. They opened and tipped over three, 5-gallon size water bottles, soaking the carpet and floor of the structure. An intentionally set fire was started using several paper towels located in a metal enclosed paper towel holder attached to the interior wall of the bathroom. The fire burned and then self extinguished due to lack of fuel. Heat damage was noted on the wall of the bathroom. Total structural damage was less than $750, and contents damage was less than $250. No witnesses or suspects have been identified at this time.

Boat Fire - On April 15, a 1977 Pacific 44 named "Popeye" caught fire approximately one mile off the coast of Bolsa Chica State Beach. Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol responded to the incident and extinguished the fire. After the boat was towed to Alamitos Bay inside the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station, it caught fire again. The fire was extinguished a second time by Harbor Patrol and Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station Fire Department. The boat was then towed to the Harbor Patrol Station inside Huntington Harbour, and the Fire Department was dispatched to ensure that the fire was extinguished. The fire completely destroyed the salon, bridge, and flying bridge areas of the boat, and the staterooms and berths below deck were heavily damaged by smoke and heat. At this time, the cause of the fire is undetermined but started below deck in the engine compartment.

House Fire - On April 16, a structure fire response was dispatched to Portland Circle. Upon arrival, firefighters reported smoke and flames coming from the second story window of a duplex. The 19-year-old resident stated that he and some friends arrived at the house to have lunch after school at approximately 1:15 p.m. His parents were out of town, and he was staying in the house by himself. He stated he heard a "beeping" sound but did not investigate where it was coming from. This sound later turned out to be the smoke detector. Approximately 5 to 10 minutes later, a neighbor advised him that his house was on fire. He said he entered the home, saw a haze in the living room area, but found nothing. He ran upstairs, opened his bedroom door, and was met by thick, black smoke. He admitted to having a large candle wrapped in bamboo on the table next to his electronic appliances, which he had been burning. He did not recall whether or not he extinguished the candle before leaving for school that morning. The fire caused extensive smoke, heat, and fire damage to the room where the fire started, and a pet ferret owned by the son died in the fire. The remainder of the second story sustained extensive smoke and heat damage to the ceiling, walls, and contents. The first floor of the unit of origin sustained water damage with some minor smoke damage.


Senior Center EIR Scoping Meeting - On Thursday, April 19, a scoping meeting for the Senior Center Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was held in Room B-8 at City Hall. The meeting was held to discuss environmental issues to be addressed in the EIR. Agencies, property owners, and interested parties were invited to attend and comment on the scope of environmental analyses to be included in the EIR, areas of anticipated significant environmental effects, and feasible mitigation measures to reduce or eliminate impacts. Twenty people were in attendance and provided comments related to Biological Resources, Aesthetics/Visual Quality, Traffic/Transportation, Noise, Cultural Resources, and Hydrology/Water Quality. The draft Environmental Impact Report is scheduled to be available for public review by August 2007.


Night Closures at the Adams/Brookhurst Intersection - Pavement rehabilitation on Adams Avenue is progressing rapidly. The intersection of Adams Avenue and Brookhurst Street will be closed to most traffic on Monday, April 30, and Tuesday, May 1, during the evening hours of 10 p.m. - 6 a.m. During this time, Brookhurst will be closed to all traffic, while Adams will have one lane open at all times. The contractor will distribute notices on April 24 to the nearby residences and businesses to inform them of the night work. The night work is an effort to mitigate public inconvenience at a major intersection.