City Administrators Weekly Report

October 9 , 2007


Credit Card Payments - Pay your Municipal Services (Utility) Statements by credit card over the phone!  An automated telephone system for payment of this statement by credit card is now up and running!  If you would like to pay your Utility Statement by credit card, call 1-877-309-4915.  All credit card payments will be credited to your account the next business day.  Just have your complete account number and the amount you want to pay ready for your call.  Follow the automated instructions to make your payment.  It’s that easy!  If you need to make a payment credited the same day, you’ll need to come into City Hall and can pay by check, cash, or credit card.  In addition, we have a telephone at the counter table by the wall in the Civic Center lobby where you can also call the 877 number directly.


Retirement Planning - Do you have questions about taxes, avoiding probate, outliving your money, or Social Security?  Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center offers seniors free financial planning sessions on Thursday mornings with a retirement specialist from Guardian Financial.  Call 536-9387 for an appointment.

Bewitching Ballroom Dance – Dance the night away on Friday, October 12, from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., at Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center.  The Bob Warren Trio will play your ballroom favorites.  Seats are available at the singles table, and Halloween attire is welcomed.  The cost is $5.  For more information call 536-9387

Santa’s Home Visits – The very popular Santa Home Visit Program is in full swing.  To schedule a visit, call 536-5486 and reserve a time between 6 – 9 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, December 5 - 21; or between 12 - 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, December 8 - 22.  The fee is $30 for fifteen minutes for up to five children.

Parking & Camping - On September 6, the “Surf City” Ronnie Kovach’s Fishing Enterprise tournament was held at the beach in front of Zack’s Beach Concession.  The Beach Boulevard parking lot entrance opened at 4:45 a.m., and by sunrise over 300 cars had parked for the event.  This semi-annual event draws dedicated surf fishing enthusiasts of all ages.  A couple of miles further up the beach, the Sunset Vista Campground had a sold-out opening weekend.  Campers were extremely happy to be back relaxing at their favorite beach campground.  Reservations have been constant since August, and camping is sold out every weekend through December 2007 including the holidays: Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s.  Staff is constantly working with the city’s webmaster to improve camping information on the website and is working toward on-line reservations.  Also, staff is handing out survey forms to get camper feedback that will help meet the needs of patrons as staff continues to improve customer service.  The Main Promenade Parking Structure will continue 2-hour free parking for Surf City Nights and the Main Street Fair.  Sunset Vista Camping, Beach Parking, and the Main Promenade Parking Structure information is available on the city’s website at or by calling 536-5281.


“Then and Now” Car Show October 20 and October 21 - Come join the fun on Saturday, October 20, from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; and Sunday, October 21, from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.  Bring your family and friends for a great time on Main Street.  For this event, traffic will be closed between Walnut and Orange Avenues.  This unique car show is sponsored by the city of Huntington Beach, in partnership with the Huntington Beach Downtown Improvement District, the Conference and Visitors Bureau, and the Huntington Beach Auto Dealers Association, and will showcase new cars from “the Beach Boulevard of Cars” side-by-side with classics from various decades.  Additional features include custom and classic motorcycles, a classic police car, classic car art, live entertainment, food, outdoor dining, and activities for both the young and young at heart.  For additional information, call the Economic Development Department at 536-5582 or visit the following websites:,, or


Be an O.C. Water Hero - As part of the water conservation public outreach program, the Orange County water agencies have developed a website for children.  To become an O.C. Water Hero, the child pledges to save 20 gallons of water per day.  The interactive site provides colorful, useful tips on how we all can save water.  A free Water Hero kit contains a badge, a “fix it” ticket pad, shower timer, and activity sheets.  With commitment from a parent or guardian also to save 20 gallons, the Water Super Hero will receive a free T-shirt.  This project is fun and educational.  The website is


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