City Administrators Weekly Report

February 13, 2007


1. Senior Center Design Criteria Committee - The Council on Aging Senior Center Design Criteria Committee has conducted four public meetings and two tours as part of the process for preparing recommendations for design criteria for the new senior center proposed for Huntington Central Park. The design criteria have been forwarded to Makar, which will be designing and building the senior center on behalf of the city. The committee will meet again once the Makar architect has prepared a preliminary plan for review.

2. Valentine Meals - On Sunday, February 11, Senior Services volunteers and their families delivered a delicious Valentine meal of swiss steak, mashed potatoes & gravy, mixed vegetables, and cherry cobbler to 76 frail Huntington Beach clients. Sunrise Senior Living prepared the meals at cost. The Assisteens handcrafted Valentine cards for each senior. The meals program is funded by the Handy Crafters and the Council on Aging. Holiday meals are delivered four times per year: Valentine's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The Senior Services' clients, pre-selected by social workers, look forward to the friendly visit as much as the meal. If you are interested in delivering Easter meals, please contact Diane Swarts 374-1544.

3. Friday Afternoon at the Movies - On February 16, enjoy a free afternoon at the movies with complimentary popcorn and drinks hosted by Michael E. Rodgers Seniors' Center, 1706 Orange Avenue, on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. This week, Rodgers will be showing a little romance for Valentine's Day, "The Illusionist," Director Neil Burger's screen adaptation of Steven Millhauser's short story of "Eisenheim the Illusionist." Eisenheim (Edward Norton) is a magician in early 1900's Vienna who falls in love with a woman well above his social standing. When she becomes engaged to a Crown Prince, Eisenheim uses his powers to free her and undermine the stability of the royal house of Vienna. Outstanding performances by Paul Giamatti (Sideways) and Jessica Biel. The film is a 2006 Academy Award nominee for cinematography, it is rated PG 13 for some sexuality and violence, and it lasts 100 minutes. For more information, please call 536-9387.

4. Huntington Beach Art Center - Don't miss the bugs! Sunday, February 18, is the last day to view the exciting exhibition of Centered on the Center, which is the annual, open call, unjuried exhibition of artworks created by the local and regional community. This year, 165 artists are represented, from the art student and local hobbyist to the professional artist, with more than 285 works presented salon-style in the galleries. Enjoy the eclectic variety of sculptures (including bugs!), paintings, ceramics, and photography as you support your local artist. Admission is free, and the galleries are open Wednesday through Saturday from 12 - 6 p.m., and Sundays 12 - 4 p.m. Call the Art Center for information at 374-1650.

5. Marine Safety - On January 26, Marine Safety Officer Claude Panis was on duty in Tower Zero on the Huntington Beach Pier. At 11:10 a.m., he observed a novice surfer drifting in the current toward the pier. Several warnings were given from the Tower Zero public address system, but the surfer ignored them and began to panic as he neared the pier. Officer Panis jumped from the pier, calmed and stabilized the victim, and safely assisted him to shore.


1. Rescue Systems One Certification - The Central Net Fire Training Center, a joint powers facility operated by the cities of Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley, recently earned a Rescue Systems One Certification, which is a state curriculum training module designed to prepare firefighters for advance rescue operations and disaster preparedness. In order to be state certified, a department must set up four separate training props or modules, purchase proper tools and rope rescue equipment, and pass a rigorous site inspection conducted by the state's Office of Fire Training. Central Net is now one of only three other certified facilities in the county that can train its own personnel in urban search and rescue operations and generate revenue by training other departments in Southern California.


1. Award for Overmyer Reservoir - The Overmyer Reservoirs Renovation project has been selected to receive the prestigious Outstanding Local Government Engineering Project Award by the Orange County Engineering Council. This project is being cited for innovation and cost efficiencies. The scope of the project included demolishing two smaller reservoirs and rehabilitating the 21.5 million gallon Overmyer 3. The concept of the project was unique in that it retained water reservoir capacity, reduced maintenance costs, and recovered nearly an acre of usable space in the Utility Operations Yard. One of the most difficult issues was bringing the perimeter wall system up to current seismic design code. A new technology called pneumatically placed concrete, or shotcrete, was employed and resulted in a savings of nearly one million dollars. The project engineer was Associate Civil Engineer Deborah DeBow. The award will be presented at the Annual Honors and Awards Banquet held at the Wyndham Hotel Orange County on February 17. Council members and members of the project team will attend to accept the award on behalf of the city. Thank you, Debbie, for your creative thinking.

2. Tree City USA - Huntington Beach has been named a Tree City USA community by the National Arbor Day Foundation to honor the city's commitment to community forestry. It is the fifth year Huntington Beach has received this national recognition. There are four standards to becoming a Tree City USA community: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance. The Tree City USA designation recognizes the work of elected officials, staff, and citizens who plan and care for the community forest. Huntington Beach is fortunate to have an active Tree Society that has supplied hundreds of trees and planting materials over the past years.

Did you know?

The City maintains 124 traffic signals. Report malfunctions to (714) 960-8861(City) or Caltrans (PCH & Beach Blvd) (949) 936-3600. You can also report a malfunction online.

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