City Administrators Weekly Report

November 25, 2008


The City Centennial Committee is auctioning a once-in-a-lifetime Tournament of Roses® package. The package includes four tickets to the Rose Parade, four tickets to a VIP tailgate party, four tickets to the Rose Bowl game between the 40 and 50 yard lines and a Rose Bowl parking pass. The City’s float in the Rose Parade is the kickoff of a year full of Centennial celebrations and the online auction’s proceeds will go toward the Centennial events. Bidding closes December 18th. To bid or learn about all of the Centennial events, visit


Quick Customer Service Tip – Take the HEAT

Apply the “HEAT” method when dealing with customer complaints:
Hear what the customer has to say.  Empathize with the customer.  Apologize for the problem or inconvenience.  Take ownership of the problem and make sure it is handled appropriately and immediately.


Huntington Beach Senior Services

Talking Turkey - Each November, for the past 11 years, an anonymous donor delivers 25 frozen turkey breasts to Huntington Beach Senior Services. In time for Thanksgiving dinner, Outreach Social Workers deliver the turkeys to their low-income clients who are still able to cook.  On Thanksgiving Day, Volunteers will deliver Holiday Meals to 70 select clients who are no longer able to cook for themselves and will be alone on the holiday. Sunset Senior Living prepares a traditional turkey dinner and Huntington Terrace provides the pumpkin pie.  In addition to the delicious dinner, each older adult will receive a greeting card handcrafted by Girl Scout Troop 2144. The Holiday Meal program is sponsored by the Handy Crafters and the Huntington Beach Council on Aging.  It is through the community partnership of individuals and community organizations that Huntington Beach Senior Services is able to promote independence and dignity for local seniors.

Huntington Beach Reads One Book

Beginning Friday, November 28 through Saturday, December 6, Barnes & Noble at Bella Terra will be hosting a Bookfair in support of the HB Reads programJust tell the cashier you are participating in the HB Reads One Book Bookfair and a percentage of your purchase is donated to the program.  This applies to any book, CD, or DVD you buy!To learn more about the program and this year’s selected book, “the kids from nowhere”, go to   

Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center (HCPEC)

A special thank you goes out to the city’s HCPEC who was able to provide shelter for 23 horses during the recent fires.  They provided a week of free boarding, feed, and day care services so that families could focus on other areas in their lives that needed immediate attention during the fires. 

Enjoy Art After You Celebrate Thanksgiving!

The Art Center will be open on Friday — Sunday this Thanksgiving weekend, the 28th—30th .  After you enjoy your Thanksgiving Feast, come to the Art Center to enjoy our current 2332 exhibition.  2332 is a contemporary art exhibition featuring nine artists who depict the correlation between art and baseball.  Admission to the galleries is free.  Open hours for Friday, November 28 and Saturday, November 29 are 12 – 6 pm. Open hours for Sunday, November 30 is 12 – 4 pm.  For more information about the Art Center, call 714.374.1650.

Huntington Beach Art Center Presents:  “Art for Lunch”

City employees are invited to join the Huntington Beach Art Center staff for hot dogs and Cracker Jacks on Tuesday, December 2, 2008, anytime between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.  This is a great opportunity to view the current exhibition, 2332 now showing in the Art Center Galleries.  2332 is a contemporary group art exhibition demonstrating the correlation between art and baseball through the work of nine artists.  Hot Dogs are limited, so RSVP to Charlene Clary at [email protected] today! 


HBFD deployed to wildfires

The Fire Department provided mutual aid assistance during last week’s brush fires that occurred in Montecito, Sylmar, and Orange County.  Huntington Beach units were assigned in strike teams with other Orange County cities to all three fires.  A strike team is comprised of five engines and one Battalion Chief. Initially, one engine was sent to the “Tea Fire” in Montecito November 13. A second engine was assigned to the “Sayre Fire” November 15 in Sylmar.  When the “Triangle Fire Complex” in Orange County started late Saturday morning, four additional engines and two battalion chiefs were assigned.  After the winds calmed, the first units were released on November 17 and the rest returned on November 18.  Several of our firefighters worked in excess of five 24 hour shifts during these wildfires.

Off duty police officer and firefighter paramedic honored

Firefighter Paramedic Don Boland and Detective Jayson Lewis were presented a lifesaving award on November 20 by the Orange County Fire Authority.  Both were off duty attending a charity function at the Hilton Hotel in Irvine.  Homebuilder William Lyon, Chairman of William Lyon Homes, who has spearheaded numerous local political and philanthropic groups, was delivering a speech during the Orangewood Children’s Foundation’s 11th Annual Ambassadors luncheon when he suddenly collapsed.  Don Boland and Jayson Lewis immediately rushed to the stage.  Mr. Lyon was not breathing and he did not have a pulse.  Don began giving him mouth to mouth resuscitation while Jayson performed chest compressions.  A hotel staff member located an AED defibrillator. After performing CPR, Don and Jayson used the defibrillator, keeping him alive until the paramedics arrived.  He was transported to the hospital and was released several days later.  Even though Don and Jayson were off duty, they used their experience and training to provide crucial life saving assistance.


Reading Movies

If you’ve been exposed to virtually any media this month, you know that the film “Twilight” opens this week. Did you know the film comes from Stephanie Meyer’s novel and series of the same name? The hugely popular book led a couple of years later to the film, which has now made the book hugely popular again! This book/film interaction drives much of the library users’ demands for things in the media: the book, the film, the audiobook, the soundtrack, the novelization, and whatever media permutation might be next. Recent examples of books becoming films include:
Atonement (from the novel by Ian McEwan)
The Spiderwick Chronicles (from the popular children’s series by Tony DeTerlizzi and Holly Black)
Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist (from the young adult novel by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan)
“21” (from the non-fiction bestseller Bringing Down The House by Ben Mezrich)
The Secret Life of Bees (from the novel by Sue Monk Kidd)


With the arrival of winter, the Marine Safety Division is preparing to respond to storm related incidents. All of the City’s Marine Safety Officers are certified Swift Water Rescue Technicians who are trained to utilize Marine Safety flood boats and equipment to perform flood and swift water rescues.


Rainbow Environmental Services Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration Available for Review

Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND No. 06-006), which analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with a request by Rainbow Environmental Services to allow a phased expansion of the existing transfer station and material recovery facility (MRF) to include approximately 193,150 square feet of new building area including two transfer stations, a secondary recycling building, office, and enclosure of existing MRF canopy, is available for public review starting today and ending Dec. 19, 2008.  The document can be viewed at the zoning desk, City Clerk, Central Library, Oakview Branch Library, and city website at


Department supporting move toward “green” environment

Effective November 17, 2008, the Police Department changed their shredding provider to Landmark Services, Inc. – Goodwill of Orange County.  Goodwill provides jobs to individuals with disabilities, thus assisting them in obtaining productive and valuable training and employment.  The department wants to contribute to and participate in that goal.

Goodwill’s document destruction service uses locked bins and requires federal background checks for every employee.  Their shredding facility is access controlled and under 24-hour surveillance.  Shredding containers are locked and secured at the department, during transport and while at the Goodwill facility waiting to be shredded.

In support of a greener environment, Goodwill Clients sort through paper documents, separating the white paper from the colored paper, preparing them for shredding and eventual recycling.  This process allows for a faster turnaround of the shredded paper back into useable everyday items. 

Goodwill also provides a program to collect, re-use and recycle electronic items. Their e-waste program offers a safe and easy way for both consumers and businesses to dispose of their electronics free of charge.       

Department bids farewell to Craig Junginger

Captain Craig Junginger completes 23 years of dedicated service to the City of Huntington Beach this week.  Craig will be retiring from the city to become Chief of Police at Gresham, Oregon.  We wish him well in his new career endeavors and thank him for all he has contributed to the city and department.


Thanksgiving Holiday Affects Street Sweeping and Trash Collection

Thursday, November 27 is Thanksgiving Day and is a “No Sweep” holiday.  If your street is usually swept on 2nd and 4th Thursdays, your street will not be swept this week.  Streets that are not swept due to holidays are not rescheduled.  There is no make-up schedule for street sweeping. 

Trash will not be collected on Thanksgiving Day.  Residents on Thursday’s route should place their trash for collection on Friday.  Friday’s route will be collected on Saturday.  The regular schedule resumes on Monday, December 1.  Due to the holiday schedule, in some areas of Huntington Beach trash collection and street sweeping may happen on the same day.  Residents in the affected areas should still place their containers at the curb in the regular collection spot before 7 a.m.  The street sweeper will go around the containers in the street.  Tickets are not issued for trash carts that are at the curb when the sweeper passes; however, vehicles are still subject to citation.

Warner Avenue Gravity Sewer Project

Interim work on the Warner Avenue Gravity Sewer Project is complete with the exception of final roadway striping.  Final roadway striping will take place the week of December 1, 2008.  As of Monday November 24, 2008, the segment of Warner Avenue between Brightwater Lane and Pacific Coast Highway is open to unrestricted traffic.  Staff will continue to work out a permanent engineering solution for the balance of the project over the next year or two.  The press release on the City website will be updated with this information.

2007/08 Arterial Rehabilitation Project

Work is progressing well on the 2007/08 Arterial Rehabilitation Project, which started construction two weeks ago.  Yorktown Avenue between Main Street and Delaware Street is nearing completion with only final striping, incidental adjustments to utility boxes, and traffic signal detection loops remaining.  Garfield Avenue between Beach Boulevard and Newland Street will start the week of December 1, 2008 and should take approximately 45 days to complete. Graham Street (Edinger Avenue to Bolsa Avenue) will begin after Garfield Avenue is nearing completion, followed by Yorktown Avenue (Brookhurst Street to Ward Street), Ward Street (Yorktown Avenue to Garfield Avenue), and Garfield Avenue (Ward Street to Bushard Street).  Thank you for your patience.

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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