City Administrators Weekly Report

November 12, 2008


Quick Customer Service Tip – Under Promise and Over Deliver

When a co-worker asks when you might have a project finished, offer a deadline you know you can meet – then strive to deliver before the time promised.  By delivering on time, or before, you will build credibility with your co-workers as a dependable and reliable team player.


Flag Football

On Saturday November 8, the City of Huntington Beach youth flag football league held its annual city wide championship.  All three championship games had a representative from both Murdy and Edison Community Centers, bringing to a close another successful season.  In keeping with the philosophy of sportsmanship and competition, this season was the first in which all teams that did not advance the playoffs were awarded with a city wide bowl game.  Bowl games were played by teams of equal ability levels, and all players received a participation award along with a fun conclusion to a great season.

Huntington Beach Senior Services - Annual Flu Shot& Health Fair

It’s that time of year again!  The Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center will be having their Annual Flu Shot & Health Fair for older adults 60+ on Monday, November 17, from 8 a.m. until noon or while supplies last.  At the health fair, Sears Eye Care will provide eyeglass repair kits, nose pads for glasses, vision screening, and they will be collecting used eyeglasses.  MD Care Health Plan will provide bone density testing.  Orange Coast Memorial Hospital will provide a carotid artery testing.  Ears to Hear will provide hearing screening.  Fountain Valley Hospital will provide lung function screening.  Transportation is provided for Huntington Beach seniors to the Autumn Health Fair and flu shot clinic by HB Senior Services Seniors on the Go program.  Unique to this flu shot clinic is the opportunity for elders too frail to wait in line to be inoculated from the comfort of their bus seats.  Seniors on the Go will pick the seniors up their homes, bring them to the center where a nurse will board the bus, and give shots to all who remain seated.  Then they will be bussed back to their homes.  To schedule transportation, call (714) 374-1742.

HB Art Center - Paul Smith, World Class Pianist, Performs at Jazz at the Center

The Huntington Beach Art Center (HBAC) presents Paul Smith on November 16, 4 – 6:30 p.m., as part of the HBAC’s Jazz at the Center series.  Paul Smith is a world class pianist whose genius is celebrated for his fascinating artistry and entertaining style.  A master of improvisation, his ability to incorporate many songs into one unique composition truly sets him apart from all others.  Now 83 years old, Paul will dazzle the audience as he performs with bassist Jim DeJulio and drummer David Tull in an intimate cabaret style setting.  General admission tickets for Paul Smith at the Huntington Beach Art Center on November 16 are $25; HBAC members $20, and prepaid reservations are required for guaranteed seating.  Please call (714) 374.1650 for tickets and information.  The HBAC is located at 538 Main Street in Huntington Beach. 


HBPL in the Blogosphere

As the 21st century public library serves so many of its users online, we continue to explore new ways of connecting with our customers in cyberspace.  Where book displays may have once shown visitors what the library owns, today’s librarians are creating buzz about our programs and materials through blogs.  At the library’s home page (, visitors will find links to not only our hours, policies, and catalog, but blogs with current information about film, music, and young adult services.  The Film Blog talks about classic and popular films in the library’s DVD collection along with information about film programs here in the building.  The young adult blog, Teen Space, reviews new books for teens and offers updates about the teen reading program.  The Music Blog examines new or significant recordings among the library’s vast collection of CDs.  Thousands of visitors have viewed these blogs in the last two years and have learned more about library services and programs than ever before.

Children’s Department Celebrates Halloween with Magic and Costumes

The children’s library had their annual Halloween Magic Show with Johnny Ace Palmer on Wednesday, October 29, for two shows at 4 and 7 p.m.  Children and parents alike enjoyed a live-action magic show in the big Library Theater, and the kids paraded around the library in their Halloween costumes listening to scary songs like the “Monster Mash” on a spooky CD soundtrack.  They were led by a magic bunny in a black hat, and at the end of their tour they could meet and pet her.  As usual, this popular yearly tradition sold out within a few weeks of going on sale, and a fun time was had by all!  Visit our website at for a listing of all scheduled library events or call (714) 375-5107


The Departments of Planning and Economic Development will be holding a neighborhood workshop on Wednesday, November 12, at 7 p.m., at Talbert Middle School, 9101 Brabham Drive.  The goal of the Neighborhood Workshops is to proactively inform residents of the city’s Neighborhood Preservation, Housing Rehabilitation, and Green Building efforts; the various tools and resources available through these programs; and to encourage residents to take active roles in preserving the quality of their neighborhood.  For more information on the Neighborhood Workshops, please contact Neighborhood Preservation Manager Bill Zylla via e-mail at [email protected] or by telephone at (714) 536-5274.


The Police Department Welcomes Three New Officers

On November 4, the Chief swore in three new police officers and welcomed them as employees of the city and Police Department.  The officers all have prior law enforcement experience and will be positive additions to the organization.  Beginning their careers with the city are Officer Bernard Atkins (from El Monte PD), Officer Jesse Crawley (from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office), and Officer Scott Kansaku (from Hermosa Beach PD).  We look forward to having them as part of our team providing years of service to the community.

Robbery Suspect Arrested

On Saturday, November 8, at about 3:22 p.m., the Huntington Beach Police Department received a report of a robbery at the Wells Fargo Bank located in the area of Beach Boulevard and Edinger.  Officers and detectives responded and determined the lone suspect was the bandit identified as the “Top Button Bandit.”  Investigative leads were developed, and it was learned the suspect was located in the city of Santa Ana.  With the assistance of Santa Ana Police Department, detectives from HBPD arrested Patrick M. Lawrence (Top Button Bandit).  Lawrence (31 years old) is suspected of robbing two banks in Huntington Beach and one bank in the city of Santa Ana.

On-Line Police Reporting

The On-Line Police Reporting Service continues to provide a convenient means for the public to file reports.  During the month of October 2008, 70 reports were filed using this service.  The following incidents can be reported using this system:  harassing phone calls, hit and run accidents, lost property, theft, vandalism, and vehicle burglary.  Additional information on this program is available at


Magnolia Street Improvements

Work began November 3 on a project to address pedestrian movement along Magnolia Street.  The construction consists of the installation of sidewalks, curb and gutter, and pedestrian lighting alongside the existing paved street from Pacific Coast Highway to the Huntington Channel.  The walkway on both sides of Magnolia will be protected from the wetland area by a 42" high vinyl coated fencing.  Two lookout areas are included in the design.  Total project costs are approximately $550,000, with funding from the Southeast Redevelopment Area.  Project completion is scheduled for late February 2009.

Residential Water Consumption October 2008

Adjust your clocks, adjust your sprinklers.  The change from daylight savings is a good time to adjust timers on your irrigation system.  With cooler temperatures and reduced sunlight hours, your landscape needs less water.


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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