City Administrators Weekly Report

December 16, 2008


Congratulations to Lucas Pakes!

Please join the Office of the City Treasurer in congratulating Lucas Pakes in his recent promotion from Acct. Tech. II to Senior Accounting Technician in the department.  In his new role, he will be the lead cashier and taking on more complex problems and customers, as well as developing procedures and training of new cashiers.  Lucas has been with the city for over three years and was in the position of Acting Sr. Account Technician for one of those years.  Additionally, a special thank you goes to Joe Kearby who was in the Acting Sr. Account Technician position for the past four months.


Learn to Surf Program

This 90-minute (4 lessons) program is ideal for the beginner who wants to learn the basics of paddling, standing up, surfing etiquette, ocean safety, and understanding the ocean.  The cost is $160 per person, and boards and wetsuits are supplied.  Classes are from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.  There is still plenty of room in the January, February, and March classes.  Sign up through The Sands Bulletin.

Skateboarding in Huntington Beach

Skateboarding has long been an interest for the youth in Huntington Beach.  The city of Huntington Beach Community Services Department has teamed up with Skatedogs to offer classes at the Sports Complex.  These classes are designed to help children ages 8 and older learn safety while learning all of the hot moves in the mobile skate park.  The Skatedogs will have a demonstration on Saturday, December 20, at 2 p.m., behind Edison Community Center.  Come see the “Hot” moves and learn more about the programs that are offered through the Community Services Department.  The day will include goodies and a raffle.

Huntington Beach Senior Services

Friday Afternoon at the Movies – On Friday, December 19, at 12:30 p.m., the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center, located at 1706 Orange Avenue, will be showing the movie Mama Mia.  This film has been nominated for two Golden Globes including best picture and is rated PG-13.  Movie and popcorn are free!  Come early, by 11:30 a.m., and enjoy the Community Senior Serv lunch of turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy for a recommended donation of $2.50 for seniors 60+.  Seniors on the Go provides transportation for the movies and other activities at Rodgers Seniors’ Center.  To reserve a ride, call (714) 374-1742.


A Time Machine at the Children’s Library

Wait!  What’s that other thing, you ask, that big, colored, spotted thing with all the knobs and dials?  Well, it’s a time machine, my friend!  ‘Tis the time portal that will carry our children either forward or backward 100 years so they can spin us their stories of their library adventures – all in celebration of the Library’s Centennial!  Entries for this “Library Time Warp” writing and drawing contest are due to the Children’s Library on December 20 at 4 p.m.  For more information, please visit our website at , or call (714) 375-5107.

Children’s Cooking Classes Offered at the Central Library

The Gourmet Child is offering two, two-day courses during Winter Break at the Central Library for children ages 6 and up.  Christmas Holiday Camp, December 22 and 23, provides an opportunity for students to create simple hor d’ouerves and traditional international dishes.  Winter Holiday Camp, December 29 and 30, will focus on winter foods and New Year’s Eve traditions.  Students will work with professional chefs learning basic culinary techniques and kitchen safety, while developing confidence and self-esteem in a FUN atmosphere.  The cost for each two-day course is $79.  For more information or to enroll, call (714) 849-9164 or visit

Come See the Children’s Library Christmas Tree

On Saturday, December 6, the Friend’s of the Children’s Library hosted the annual Tree Trimming Party at the Central Library.  Two hundred sixty-eight children and their parents gathered in the Tabby Theater to watch a puppet show and visit with Santa.  The young library patrons then made a selection of ornaments and decorated the Children’s’ Library Christmas Tree.  Come and see their handiwork!


Deadline For Comments on Beach/Edinger Specific Plan This Friday

The deadline for interested persons to submit comments on the Beach Boulevard/Edinger Avenue Draft Specific Plan is Friday, December 19.  Comments should be sent to Rosemary Medel, Associate Planner in the Planning Department, at City Hall, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, 92648 or [email protected]


Recognition of Police Officer

The Huntington Beach Masonic Lodge is awarding Officer Eric Ramsey with their “Volunteer Police Officer Award.”  The recognition dinner event will be on December 17 at Huntington Beach Lodge No. 380.  Officer Ramsey is being recognized for his volunteer work with the Huntington Beach Search and Rescue Explorer Post #563, which is sponsored by the Huntington Beach Police and Fire Departments.  It is a co-ed youth program designed to expose high school and college age men and women to careers in the emergency services field.  Officer Ramsey has been with the Huntington Beach Police Department for nine years after coming to our department from the Los Angeles Police Department.  Officer Ramsey is currently assigned as a pilot with the Huntington Beach Aero Unit.


Residential Water Consumption 

It’s important to remember that water conservation is not just for times of drought.  Using less water helps us to become more flexible during times when there is a water shortage.  Conserving water is simple and inexpensive.


Did you know?

The Huntington Beach Fire Department charges for emergency medical services and ambulance transportation.  However, residents can join the FireMed Program and protect their out-of-pocket costs!  Read more about the FireMed Program.

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