City Administrators Weekly Report

October 16 , 2007


Sensational Summer Saturdays - Don’t let the summer end!!  Take your child out to Shipley Nature Center for interactive sensory activities.  You’ll explore sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures of nature with your toddler (ages 1 - 5 years).  They’ll develop a respect for the environment at an early age.  The fee is $20 for a family of four.  Classes are available on November 10 and December 1 from 9:30 -10:30 a.m.  Sign up at Murdy Community Center.

Artist Reception for “Shelf Life” Exhibition Takes Place October 19 – The Huntington Beach Art Center presents Shelf Life, a solo exhibition of paintings, sculpture, and installation by Los Angeles-based artist Mark Dutcher.  The exhibition includes 10 new, large-scale paintings; three sculptural pieces; and an installation containing both objects and paintings.  The artist reception takes place Friday, October 19, 7 – 9 p.m., and is free to the public.  The exhibition runs October 20 through December 16.  The Art Center is located at 538 Main Street and is open Wednesday through Saturday 12 - 6 p.m., Sunday 12 - 4 p.m., and closed Monday and Tuesday.  For more information, please call 374-1650 or visit

Enjoy a Free Afternoon of Activities at “Family Arts Day” – On Sunday, October 21, from 12 - 4 p.m., the Huntington Beach Art Center will host Family Arts Day, an afternoon of entertainment and art activities designed for all ages.  The event features papermaking, ceramics, mask making, collage, painting, and drawing, in addition to 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.  Please call 374-1650 or visit for more information.

Surf City Strummers – In the spirit of Aloha, the Surf City Strummers ukulele group jam each Friday, from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., at Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center.  New members are welcome to join the group.  For more information, please call 536-9387.

Friday Afternoon at the Movies - On Friday, October 19, at 12:30 p.m., the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors Center, located at 1706 Orange Avenue, will show a spirited romantic comedy, Just Like Heaven.  When David (Mark Ruffalo) moves into his new San Francisco digs, the last thing he wants is company.  Then an unwelcome visitor, winsome Elizabeth Martin (Reese Witherspoon), materializes insisting the apartment is hers until…she promptly vanishes!  David is convinced he has a ghost haunting his apartment as Elizabeth continues to appear and disappear at will.  Elizabeth believes she's very much alive.  In their quest to solve the spectral mystery, their relationship changes from resentment to romance.  The movie is free, and free popcorn and beverage make this a must see event.  Come early for the Community SeniorServ lunch at 11:30 a.m..  There is a $2.50 recommended donation for adults 60 years of age and older.  On Friday, October 19, enjoy gumbo soup, lemon fish, and coleslaw.

A Tasteful Event - The Project Self Sufficiency Foundation partnered with Citibank NA, Miramonte Winery, and The Gallery HB to present “A Tasteful Event” to benefit Project Self-Sufficiency.  The event was held Saturday, October 13, from 7 - 9 p.m., at The Gallery HB located at the Huntington Beach Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa.  The event allowed guests to enjoy fine art, fine wine, and fine friends, and featured the artwork of Todd White, Toreen West, and Dean Torrence!  One hundred percent of the proceeds from the silent and live auction will be donated to the Project Self-Sufficiency Foundation to be used for educational expenses, job training, childcare, healthcare, transportation, and general support assistance for PS-S participants.  Project Self-Sufficiency and the Project Self Sufficiency Foundation are a public-private partnership whose mission is to assist motivated, low-income, single parents to achieve economic independence from government assistance through a variety of community resource networks.  Many thanks to The Gallery HB for their generous contribution to the Project Self-Sufficiency Foundation.



Text Box:Surf City Fest Weekend – “Then & Now” Car Show - Come join the fun on Main Street on October 20-21 for the “Then and Now” Car Show created in partnership between the city, Downtown Business Improvement District, and the Auto Dealers Association.  This Unique Car Show will showcase new cars from “the Beach Boulevard of Cars” side-by-side with the classics.  The event hours on Saturday are from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., and on Sunday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.  Family fun activities include:

Classic and New Car Show
Custom and Classic Motorcycles
Classic Fire Truck and Police Car
Live Entertainment
Food and Outdoor Dinning
Classic Car Art
Kid’s activities

For additional information, call the Economic Development Department at 536-5582 or visit the following websites:,, or


City of Huntington Beach Receives “The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” – The Accounting Division of Finance received this award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).  This is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.  The city has received this award for 21 consecutive years.


Children’s Library Programs - Almost 300 people attended the Children’s Library’s September puppet show, “Bugsy Brown, Private Fly.”  It was a fitting end to the detective-themed Summer Reading Program.  On October 3, Miss Mary-Pat gave a story time demonstration for prospective Grandparents and Books volunteers at their quarterly workshop/luncheon.  Later, she gave a new recruit a tour of the children’s department.  Tickets are already sold out for our October 17 Halloween Magic Show with Johnny Ace Palmer.  After the show, library patrons will be given a special treat when the magic show attendees parade around the library in their festive costumes.  The tickets for our popular November 14 bubble show, Bubble Mania, go on sale that day.


Code Enforcement Activity for September 2007 - For the month of September 2007, Code Enforcement staff opened 268 new cases, conducted 572 inspections, and successfully resolved 187 cases.  The following is a snapshot of code enforcement activity for the month:

Top Ten Violations for the Month of September


Did you know?

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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