City Administrators Weekly Report

October 14, 2008


City Hall to Be a Polling Place

The Office of the City Clerk has again arranged for an early voting opportunity for the November 4 election to be held at City Hall for any registered Orange County voter.  The dates and times are:

Monday, October 20, through Friday, October 24, and
Monday and Tuesday, October 27 and 28
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day
Room B-7 - Lower Level

Identification:  You are only required to provide proof of residence if this is the first Orange County election in which you are voting.  However, you must provide your correct address as stated on your voter registration record, as well as your correct full name.  If your name is not found in the voter registration database, you will not be able to vote early.

Additional Services:  You may drop off your filled out, vote-by-mail ballot at the early voting polling place.  If you prefer to vote in person, you may either destroy the ballot at home or surrender it at the polling place.  You will be asked to sign a waiver indicating your vote-by-mail ballot was not used and that you will vote in person instead.

Voting Provisionally:  Provisional voting will not be allowed at any early voting site.


Allied Arts Award

The Allied Arts Board will be hosting their biennial Arts Award program on Thursday, October 16, from 7 – 9 p.m.  The Allied Arts Award recognizes distinguished, local honorees in the field of the Arts including: Education, Visual and Performing Arts, Business Support, and Volunteerism.  The public is invited to help celebrate the honorees for their valued contributions to the Arts.  All honorees reside or work locally with dedication and commitment to enhancing the Arts in our community.

2332 Opens October 17

The Huntington Beach Art Center will be holding an opening reception on Friday, October 17, from 7 - 9 p.m. for our group exhibition inspired by baseball, 2332.  There will be a performance talk in the Art Center’s parking lot, from 5 - 6 p.m., featuring a whiffle ball game with artists, writers, and staff.  The exhibition will then be on display from October 18 – December 21.  2332 features the work of nine artists representing the nine players on the field.  The objective for the 2332 exhibition is to utilize the concept of baseball—the facts, the food, the field, the sounds, and even our idea of home—to create a multi-media exhibition.  From the four-year-old little leaguer who is just beginning to experience the game, to the 90-year-old fan, people of all ages are invited to share the spirit and energy of the sport in a contemporary art environment.  For more information regarding upcoming exhibits and open hours of operation, call (714) 374-1650.

Family Arts Day

Spend Sunday, October 19, 12 – 4 p.m., at the Huntington Beach Art Center participating in a variety of free family activities for children of all ages including, papermaking, ceramics, mask making, collage, painting, and drawing.  You’ll also enjoy live music and dance performances throughout the afternoon.  The event is sponsored by Target and is FREE to the public.  The Art Center is located at 538 Main Street.  Call (714) 374-1650 or visit for more information.

Parking & Camping at Sunset Vista

The Sunset Vista campground opened October 1.  Weekends for the month of October 2008 were sold out the first day reservations were taken in August.  Campers enjoyed great weather the past two weeks, and many are staying extra nights.  Weekdays are averaging 75% capacity.  Sunset Vista patrons are glad to be back enjoying the ocean atmosphere, endless sunsets, and the convenience of shopping and dining in downtown Huntington Beach.  Sunset Vista Camping information is available on the city’s website at or by calling (714) 969-5621.

54th Year of the Distance Derby

On October 18, the city of Huntington Beach will hold its 54th Annual Distance Derby, the oldest race in Orange County.  Once again, the event will benefit Project Self-Sufficiency.  The 10-mile run will begin at 7 a.m. at beautiful Pier Plaza and head south for 2.5 miles along the service road.  Runners will return to the starting point and will then run north for 2.5 miles eventually finishing the run back at Pier Plaza.  At 8:30 a.m., the 5 mile run/walk will begin, followed by the Surf Kids Fun Run at 10 a.m.  The event takes place on a flat course with a spectacular view of the ocean!  Registration will be accepted the morning of the race starting at 6 a.m.  Come and run with us or stop by and encourage your friends!  For more information, call the Huntington Beach Community Services Department at (714) 536-5486.


City of Huntington Beach Receives “The Certificate of Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting”

The city of Huntington Beach received an award for its Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) from the Government Finance Officer’s Association (GFOA) for the year ended September 30, 2007.  The PAFR is a high-level financial report intended for casual users that presents the city’s financial information in a user-friendly format.  The program started in the early 1990’s, and the city is one of few cities in the United States to prepare such a report.  This is the second year that the city has received this award.  The 2007 report met the GFOA’s requirements for creativity, presentation, understandability, and reader appeal.


Beach/Edinger Corridor Study Session on October 20

At the October 20 City Council study session to be held at 4 p.m., the Beach and Edinger Specific Plan document will be introduced by consultants Freedman, Tung, and Bottomley.  They will review and discuss the primary contents of the document.  The document will be made available online by Friday, October 24.  The Study Session will be held in the Council Chambers.

Future Neighborhood Workshops Scheduled

Staff from the Planning and Economic Development Departments will hold their fourth Neighborhood Workshop this week on Thursday, October 16.  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.  The workshop will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Central Library in the Maddy Room.  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.


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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