City Administrators Weekly Report

June 26, 2007


Parking Pass – Attention beachgoers, the city parking pass, which is valid at both city beach lots and the Main Promenade Parking Structure, goes to $75 on July 1. The seniors’ pass is $30. Passes may be purchased at either Moorhouse Lifeguard Headquarters, 103 Pacific Coast Highway, or at City Hall on the fifth floor offices of Community Services.

Lunch Program – The TLC/Feedback Foundation provides a delicious, nutritious lunch each weekday at Rodgers Seniors’ Center. A $2.50 per meal donation is suggested for those 60 years of age or older and $3.50 for those under 60. The lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. Please call 536-8404 for more information.

Overnight Family Campout – If you couldn’t get into Yosemite National Park this year, try Huntington Central Park. Families are invited for a low-cost, weekend camping experience beginning July 14 at noon. The cost is $10 per space and $8 per person, which includes dinner, snacks, and a breakfast on July 15 before checkout at 11 a.m. There will be games and fun for the whole family. Please call 536-5486 for more information and to get a reservation form.


City Café – The City Café is now offering wraps with a variety of choices: tuna, chicken, or turkey for only $4.95. You also have a choice of flour or sun-dried tomato tortillas. Try it out today!


Man Saved From Burning Car – On June 17, the Fire Department responded to a car that had rolled over and was on fire near the intersection of Magnolia and Atlanta. Fortunately for the victim, he was pulled from the vehicle prior to arrival by two citizens driving by. Two men entered the vehicle after forcibly removing the damaged windshield where they found the victim hanging upside down with his foot trapped in the front end of the wreckage. As the two men attempted to free the victim, the engine compartment caught on fire, filling the vehicle with smoke. Even though the inside of the vehicle was on fire, the two Good Samaritans did not leave the victim and remained inside with him until he was free and pulled from the wreckage. If not for the quick actions of the citizens, the victim would have been seriously burned and could possibly have died from smoke inhalation. He suffered multiple facial lacerations with heavy bleeding. The two citizens also received cuts from broken automobile glass. The victim was transported to a local hospital.

Woman Rescued From Submerged Car - On June 14, the Fire Department was dispatched to a traffic accident involving a car overturned in the water at the Bolsa Chica wetlands. On arrival, firefighters observed a vehicle upside down almost completely submerged with only the wheels showing. The victim was sitting on the bank with minor hand lacerations. She was the driver and the only occupant in the vehicle. Two civilians traveling on PCH witnessed the accident. They pulled over, and without hesitation and consideration for their own safety entered the water and pulled the woman from the submerged back seat of the vehicle. One of the citizens sustained a minor laceration to his left hand. The woman was transported to a local hospital. These two men certainly saved the life of the driver.


Crimes Targeting Liquor Stores - The Huntington Beach Police Department is in the process of sending letters out to all liquor stores in the city to raise awareness about a crime trend recently occurring in Orange County. The crime occurs more frequently during summer months. The theft occurs when the group enters and disperses throughout a store. Several members of the group will begin acting suspiciously, as if they are going to steal items. This draws the clerk’s attention away from other members of the group who enter the rear office and pry open desks and cabinets looking for cash. Additional information may be obtained from [email protected].


Public Works Director Retiring - After nine years as the city of Huntington Beach Public Works Director, Robert F. Beardsley will retire effective June 30. Bob has a cumulative 33 years in public service. A graduate in Civil Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona, he later earned a Masters of Public Administration degree from Cal State University Long Beach. He quickly passed the difficult exams and earned his registration as a professional engineer. Under Bob’s watch and direction, the Public Works Department was able to take on and complete several enjoyable challenges. Among them was guiding the city through the development and rehabilitation of several new reservoirs and water wells, building a Sports Complex over a very old landfill, and the design and complete reconstruction of a $22 million Public Beach Parking and Facility Improvement project. And, as of last week, the 30-year-old elevators at City Hall have been replaced. By implementing a sewer user charge, Bob assured long range funding to rehabilitate the city’s aging sewer system. He has remained active in professional organizations such as City Engineers' Association of Orange County, American Society of Civil Engineers, and the American Public Works Association. Bob and his wife Sharon have three grown children and five grandchildren. Bob and Sharon, also recently retired, are making a long list of activities to enjoy over this new phase of life. The city of Huntington Beach and the Public Works Department have been fortunate to have Bob’s leadership and talent over the past nine years. With sincere appreciation, we wish Bob joy and contentment in this next exciting phase of his life.

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The Public Works Graffiti Removal program responds to over 2,500 reports of graffiti on public and private property throughout the city.  Request Graffiti removal online.

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