City Administrators Weekly Report

August 21, 2007


Fall 2007 Sands – It’s just out, and it’s 52 pages of fun!!  It’s the Sands Community Services Guide for fall with city news, cultural & historic services, beach information, human services, recreation facilities, special events, workshops, adult and teen classes, youth classes, preschool classes, sports programs, tennis, and swimming.  There is fun for everyone.  The Sands was delivered to mailboxes last week as well as at community centers, libraries, the art center, and city hall.  Pick up a copy and sign up for some fun for you and your family.  Mail-in registration continues to September 4, and thereafter in person registration will be accepted at Murdy and Edison Community Centers, City Gym & Pool, Huntington Beach Art Center, and Rodgers Seniors’ Center.

Children’s Cooking Birthday Parties – If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate your child’s (6-12 years) birthday, this is it:  a participation cooking class with ten menu choices of six items each, place settings, and party accessories.  The fee is $20 per child with a $5 food fee per child.  Classes are for seven to twelve children and are available at Edison Community Center or the City Gym & Pool.

Sensational Summer Saturdays – A new class is being offered at the Shipley Nature Center in Huntington Central Park where you and your toddlers (ages 1-5 years) will explore sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures of nature.  Children will develop their naturalist intelligence as well as gain a respect for life.  The fee is $20 for a family of four.  Classes take place on Saturdays: October 13, November 10, and December 1, from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.  Register at Murdy Community Center.

Free Movie Night at HB Art Center Features Absolute Mexico, Friday, August 24, 7:30 p.m. – Surf Fest 2007 continues with a film that explores what happens when the world’s best surfers descend on a small Mexican community during a perfect swell.  Sheer Magic!  Witness insane tube rides, interviews with top pro-surfers and locals, and one of the biggest days ever filmed at Puerto Escondido.  Filmmaker Josh Pomer and rider Kenny “Skindog” Collins received the Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards Ride of the Year and the Monster Tube Award for this film.  Absolute Mexico is distributed by Studio 411; produced by Tim Hoover; directed by Josh Pomer; and stars Kenny “Skindog” Collins, Bobby Martinez, Toby Martin, Cory Lopez, Danny Wills, Kelly Slater, Joel Parkinson, Andy Irons, Bruce Irons, Chris Ward, and Coco Nogales.  The HB Art Center is located at 538 N. Main Street.  Please call 374-1650 for more information.

Meals on Us – On Monday, August 27, Huntington Beach Senior Services will host a backyard barbecue to celebrate the 100+ meals to the home volunteers.  Meals to the Home volunteers provide office support, pack the SeniorServ meals into coolers, as well as transport the meals to the seniors’ homes.  In addition, especially during the summer, vacationing children & grandchildren regularly accompany and help their parent or grandparent to the delight of the seniors receiving the meals.  The efforts of these volunteers and their summer helpers enable Senior Services to provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner each weekday to 150 frail, elderly clients in Huntington Beach who can no longer shop or cook for themselves.  Huntington Beach Senior Services wants to serve a simple summer lunch of barbecued hot dogs and potato salad to say thank you to these volunteers & summer helpers who provide a big service to Huntington Beach seniors.

Distance Derby a Success – The 53rd Annual Distance Derby was held on August 18, with the 10-mile run beginning at 7 a.m. and the 5-mile run beginning at 8:30 a.m.  Over 1,200 runners registered for this city-run event, and over 100 volunteers worked together to make it a great success.  Many thanks to the early-rising individuals who came out to help, along with volunteers from PS-S Foundation, Huntington Beach Lion’s Club, Huntington Beach Elk’s Lodge, O’Hana Christian Fellowship, National Charity League, Experience Church, Assisteens of the Assistance League, and many dedicated staff members.  Proceeds from the event benefited Project Self-Sufficiency.


City Café – Are you craving a cool, refreshing treat to beat this hot summer heat?  The City Café is now selling ice cream!!  The varieties offered range from Haagen Daz ice cream bars, to drumsticks, Nestle Crunch bars, and many others.  The City Café is also offering a Daily Bakery Special:  All Bakery Items are 20% off after 3 p.m.!!!  Come down to the City Café today!!!


Beach and Edinger Corridor Study Community Meeting - The city’s Economic Development and Planning Departments will hold a community meeting on the Beach Boulevard/Edinger Corridor Study area on Monday, August 27, from 5:30 - 9:00 p.m., at the Central Library, Lower Level, Rooms C & D.  This third community workshop will focus on traffic and transportation issues for Beach Boulevard and Edinger Avenue.  The notice is available on the city’s website at  If you live, work, or do business along or near Beach Boulevard or Edinger Avenue, we want to hear from you.  For more information, contact Rosemary Medel, Associate Planner, at 536-5271, or Paul DaVeiga, Project Manager, at 536-5544.


Intersection Closure - Pavement rehabilitation on Bolsa Chica Street began last week and will go through the end of September.  The project begins at Warner Avenue and ends at Rancho Road near Boeing.  This week, the work at the intersection of Edinger and Bolsa Chica Avenues will impact through-traffic.  This type of road reconstruction does not allow for traffic flow during times of asphalt removals and replacements.  On Tuesday, August 21, and Wednesday, August 22, vehicular traffic will be detoured to alternate routes.  The closure will be in effect approximately between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. but should not significantly impact the morning and evening peak traffic flows.

Street Rehabilitation Progress - Arterial roadway rehabilitation work on Goldenwest Street from Warner Avenue to McFadden Avenue is almost complete.  Final work includes installation of traffic signal loops, permanent striping, and adjustment of valve and manhole covers.  This completes the second of the three rehabilitation projects.

Did you know?

The Huntington Beach Fire Department conducts free home fire safety inspections for seniors.  You can also get a free smoke detector with a 10 year battery and carbon monoxide detector installed.  This free service is provided by Project SHIP senior home inspection program volunteers. You can schedule an appointment online or call 714-374-1615.

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