City Administrators Weekly Report

July 31, 2007


New Director of Human Resources - The city of Huntington Beach is pleased to announce that Michele Carr has joined the Executive Team as the Director of Human Resources. Michele is a skilled personnel professional who is coming to us from serving as the Assistant City Manager/ Director of Human Resources for the city of Delano. Michele has an impressive list of qualifications including: 17 years of progressively responsible human resources and administrative experience; six years of municipal government management experience; and technical expertise in the fields of contract negotiations, recruitment, retention, training benefits administration, risk management, and classification and compensation administration. Michele was with the city of Delano for more than seven years. Prior to that, she was employed by Porterville College as the Director of Human Resources for seven years, and Target Inc. as Personnel Manager for four years. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management and the California Public Employers Labor Relations Association. She has two daughters, ages 22 and 19 years old.


Pier Plaza Presents – The last two Summer Sunday Concerts at Pier Plaza are coming up August 12 – Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic, and August 19 – Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps. Concerts begin at 1 p.m. Bring a hat, sunscreen, beach chair, and enjoy!!

Summer Swimming – Beat the heat at the City Gym and Pool. Recreational swimming for all ages: Monday and Wednesday – 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., and Saturday – 2:45 - 4:45 p.m. The fee is $2. Adult fitness swimming: Monday and Wednesday – 8:00 - 8:30 p.m. The fee is $2. Senior citizen swim: Friday – 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., and it’s free.

New Recreation Leaders – Huntington Beach Senior Services welcomes two new recreation leaders to the staff at Rodgers Seniors’ Center, Carole Davis and Jean Faulkner. Both Jean and Carole are long-time volunteers for Senior Services. Jean has volunteered at the Rodgers front desk for over seven years. For the last several years, she provided the volunteer support for the Huntington Beach Council on Aging membership program. Carole has volunteered for the meals program since 2005. Last year, she gave over 200 hours in volunteer service. Carole cherishes her meal route and intends to keep delivering meals to seniors on Wednesday mornings. Jean’s experience and Carole’s compassion for seniors will make them excellent front desk staff additions at Rodgers.

Volunteer Escorts – In January, the Seniors-on-the-Go Transportation Program added a volunteer escort service for those seniors needing a little extra assistance on their errands. Since its inception, the demand for Volunteer Escorts has doubled. Volunteer Escorts meet a senior at their home; board the city vehicle with them; and accompany them throughout their errands, shopping trip, or medical appointment. They provide a steadying arm, read the small print, or carry purchases, among other companion assistance. There are currently 15 escorts in the program, and there is a need for additional escorts on the Thursday and Friday shifts. For this volunteer position, a fingerprint, background check, and volunteer training are required. The next volunteer training class begins at Rodgers Seniors’ Center on September 26. For more information about volunteering, please contact Diane Swarts, Volunteer Coordinator, at 374-1544.

Friday Afternoon at the Movies – Join the summer splash with a free viewing of Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl on Friday, August 3, at 12:30 p.m., at Rodgers Seniors’ Center, 1706 Orange. The first in the Pirates series is a thrilling adventure with a twist. The roguish yet charming Captain Sparrow’s (Johnny Depp) idyllic pirate life capsizes after his nemesis, the wily Captain Barbossa, steals his ship, the Black Pearl, and later attacks the town of Port Royal, kidnapping the governor’s beautiful daughter Elizabeth. In a gallant attempt to rescue her and recapture the Black Pearl, Elizabeth’s childhood friend, Will Turner, joins forces with Jack. It’s rated PG-13 for action/adventure. Free popcorn and a beverage make this a must-see event. Popcorn volunteers are needed. Bring your grandchildren and/or come early for lunch. The SeniorServ lunch on Friday will be a Cheeseburger. There is a recommended donation of $2.50 for seniors and $3.50 for those under 60. Sign-ups for lunch begin at 11 a.m., with service starting at 11:30 a.m. For more information, please call Rodgers at 536-9387.


Left Turn Signal Projects Begin – Traffic signals at three busy intersections will soon have new left turn safety improvements. Work began this week to install east-west protected left turn arrows on Warner Avenue at Gothard Street and also at Edwards Street. The final component of the project will install north-south left turn arrows at Gothard Street at Edinger Avenue. These intersections were found eligible for funding under the Hazard Elimination Safety program administered by the Federal Highway Administration and the California State Department of Transportation. Approximately 50% of the $350,000 cost is grant funded. The balance of the cost will be paid with the city’s Gas Tax allocation. The work includes new traffic signal poles, signal heads, and conduit required to accomplish the new signal operation. All three locations should be complete by the end of September

Did you know?

Zoning Administrator meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. Meeting Agendas, Action Agendas, and Minutes are available to view online.

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