City Administrators Weekly Report

October 23 , 2007


Halloween Activities - On October 27, the city of Huntington Beach Community Services Department will team up with Bella Terra to present the Halloween Costume Contest at Bella Terra Amphitheatre for children 12 and under.  Check-in will start at 12:30 p.m., and Judging will begin at 1 p.m.  Prizes will be awarded for Scariest, Funniest, Cutest, and Most Original costumes.  On October 31, come and visit the Community Services Department downtown as we join in the Halloween festivities.  Staff will be on hand to guide children through fun seasonal crafts.  For further information, please call 536-5486.

Whale of a Story - A whale carcass was spotted last Wednesday almost two miles out from the Newport pier by a Newport Beach police helicopter at about 11 a.m.  They passed information onto the state beach and the city of Huntington Beach that a large whale carcass was traveling northbound at about a mile an hour.  State and city beach personnel were advised that the carcass would possibly hit the beach somewhere between Brookhurst and Newland Streets late in the afternoon.  Thursday morning, state Beach Maintenance called for assistance from the city Beach Maintenance Division to bury the whale that had beached at Brookhurst Street.  State and city equipment started digging about 9 a.m.  By 5 p.m. that afternoon, a 12-foot hole had been dug, and the carcass was buried.  The carcass was so damaged and decomposed that the type of whale was indistinguishable.  Staff said it had been approximately 50 feet long and had a yellow tow strap around the tail indicating that another agency had tried to tow it out to sea.  This was a successful cooperative effort between government agencies and a job “whale” done.

HBAC “Art of the Brew” Event to be Held October 25 - For the sixth straight year, the Huntington Beach Art Center (HBAC) will host its “Art of the Brew” event inviting community members to experience the refreshing flavor of the brew along with discovering its fascinating history and evolution.  The event takes place at the HBAC on Thursday, October 25, 6 - 8 p.m.  Throughout the evening, brewers from the top four brewing establishments in Huntington Beach--BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery, BrewBakers, Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Company, and the Huntington Beach Beer Company--will give casual presentations about the history of the brewing process, the unique qualities of brew varieties, and the most effective way to taste and distinguish between brew types.  Guests will also sample brews and munchies, participate in ongoing raffles, and are invited to view the current art exhibition in the HBAC galleries featuring the work of Los Angeles-based artist Mark Dutcher.  Admission to “Art of the Brew” is $15 person, and pre-paid reservations are recommended.  Please call 374-1650 or visit for ticket information.  The Art Center is located at 538 Main Street in Huntington Beach.

Shelf Life Exhibition Opens at the Huntington Beach Art Center - The exhibition Shelf Life, featuring Los Angeles-based artist Mark Dutcher, continues through December 16 at the Huntington Art Center (HBAC).  The exhibition includes 17 new, large-scale paintings; five sculptural pieces; and an installation containing both objects and paintings.  Dutcher’s work has been exhibited throughout California galleries and museums, most recently at Santa Monica Museum of Art, Torrance Art Museum, and SolwayJones in Los Angeles.  His work was also included in the 2004 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art.  The Art Center 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

Marine Safety - At 8:48 p.m. on Sunday, October 22, an intoxicated 37-year-old woman jumped off the pier into six-foot surf on a dare.  Marine Safety Officer Chris Clarke responded into the darkness on the north side of the pier with a paddleboard.  MSO Clarke contacted the subject approximately 25 yards away from the pier where she was clinging to a surfer’s board.  MSO Clarke directed the subject to grab onto the handles of the paddleboard as a large wave approached.  He advised the surfer to paddle to a safer location outside and away from the pier.  The wave broke just outside of MSO Clarke and his subject who lost her grip on the paddleboard as the wave passed over.  MSO Clarke then paddled to the subject as another large wave was approaching and directed her again to "hold onto the paddleboard handles and don’t let go."  The large surf ripped the paddleboard from Clarke and the subject.  He swam her to the surface and placed her in a cross chest carry.  The subject was combative, scared, and smelling of alcohol.  MSO Clarke and the subject were struck by at least five more waves before reaching safety on shore.  The pier jumper received a medical evaluation from the paramedics and a citation from the police.

Dedicated Volunteer - While delivering her meals last week, a long-time Huntington Beach Senior Services Meals-to-the-Home volunteer noticed that one of her clients was in distress.  She called the paramedics from the client’s home and waited until the paramedics arrived and transported the client to the hospital before continuing her route.  Besides bringing daily meals to Huntington Beach frail elderly, a Meals-to-the-Home volunteer provides a daily check, a human touch and caring.  For many of the homebound seniors, the Meals-to-the-Home volunteer may be the only person they see and talk to that day.  Meals-to-the-Home volunteers are trained to notice any unusual behavior or activity and report back to Seniors’ Outreach staff for follow-up.  They are also trained in what to do in case of an emergency, as in this case.  Emergencies are very rare, but there is a daily need for a caring volunteer to provide a meal and a smile.  Through the Seniors’ Outreach program, Meals-to-the-Home volunteers deliver meals in their own vehicle to Huntington Beach elderly.  Shifts are two hours, one day each week, or as a substitute.  Meals are delivered Monday - Friday between 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.  Meal routes are structured by residential area throughout the city.  Volunteers are also needed to pack coolers and prepare the route board.  For information about volunteering, please call Diane Swarts at 374-1544.


Surf City Nights Update - Bundle up and join us on Downtown Main Street tonight, October 23, from 5 - 9 p.m.  Check out the fun as there will be live entertainers, arts & crafts, specialty foods, limited finger foods, exhibitors, and more!  The farmer’s market offers roasted peanuts, kettle corn, organic veggies/fruits, fresh cut flowers, cookies, spices, and organic olive oil.  Kids’ activities include riding in a hand-crafted train, inflatable bounce houses and slides, and balloon artists.  Make a night of it and grab dinner at a downtown eatery and shop at our local stores.  Coming soon is the Surf City Nights talent show featuring local kids, tweens, and teens!  The City Parking Garage offers two hours of free parking from 4:00 - 8:30 p.m.  Due to county health regulations, dogs are not allowed.


Main Street Evacuation – On Tuesday afternoon, October 16, the fire department responded to a gas leak located at 214 5th Street.  A backhoe operator had accidentally ruptured a 1-inch natural gas line.  The leaking natural gas hazard prompted the evacuation of Main Street between Walnut and Olive.  All businesses in that area were closed as was Surf City Nights.  The Gas Company responded and repaired the ruptured line.  Main Street and all businesses were reopened by 7 p.m.  There were no injuries


Informational Meeting on the Flood Control Project- The Orange County Resources and Development Management Department will hold a public presentation meeting on Monday October 29, at 6 p.m.  The location is the multipurpose room at the Marine View Middle School, 5682 Tilburg Drive.  Improvements to the East Garden Grove Wintersburg Channel will be discussed.  Topics include the engineering and permit process, condition of the levee, and the installation plan.  The Emergency Operation Plan for 2007/08 winter season will be discussed.  A notice has been sent to local residents and property owners.  Questions about the meeting should be directed to Phil Jones at 834-2599.

Did you know?

Construction going on in your neighborhood? Huntington Beach City Code allows for construction with an open building permit Monday-Saturday, 7AM-8PM. Work not requiring a permit may be completed Monday-Saturday, 8AM-8PM, and Sunday, 9AM-6PM.

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