City Administrators Weekly Report

Sept 9, 2008


Huntington Beach Senior Services

The Aloha Seniors Club at the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors Center is instrumental in bringing the 1st Pacific Island Festival to be held in Orange County on September 20 & 21, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., at Huntington Beach Central Library.  Admission and parking are free.  The celebration of Pacific Island cultures features the islands of Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga, Aoteroa (Polynesia), Guam, Northern Marianas, Marshal Islands (Micronesia), and Fiji (Melanesia.)  There will be island villages with cultural demonstrations, live hands-on art projects, island music & performers, and storytelling.  Authentic island performances of song and dance will be featured on the center stage as well.  Come and enjoy traditional island cuisine, make a lei or tapa-cloth, listen to traditional drumming and chants, and enjoy exhibits of cultural artifacts.  Event sponsors include the Pacific Islander Health Partnership, the city of Huntington Beach, the Huntington Beach Council on Aging, the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, WINCART Hawaii – Marshall Islands, and the Center of Excellence Eliminating Disparities.  This is a great way for the entire family to experience and enjoy Pacific Island Communities here in Orange County.

4th Annual Plein Air Festival

The 4th Annual Plein Air Painting Festival began August 23 with more than 35 artists painting locations in Huntington Beach in preparation for the festival’s art exhibition and sale.  The festival’s goal is to celebrate the natural beauty of Huntington Beach and to raise funds through the sale of artwork for the benefit of the Huntington Beach Art Center’s exhibition and education programs.  The Festival’s events kick off on September 11 with a collecting lecture by Susan Cohn, entitled “Personalizing Your Space; How to Collect the Right Art” from 7 – 9 p.m.  The Art Center will host a Preview Reception and Meet the Artist Party on September 12, from 7 – 9 p.m.  September 13 is the Festival’s busiest day with the “Painting in the Streets” event from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., the Public Reception from 6 – 9 p.m., and a lecture by world renowned psychic Michael Kouri entitled, “Ghostly Encounters with California Impressionist Painters” from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  The exhibition and sale of artwork will continue from September 13 – 21.  The Art Center will extend its viewing hours and open gallery hours.  Special gallery hours for viewing the Plein Air Festival begin September 15 and include: Monday – Saturday from 12 – 6 p.m., and Sunday 12 – 4 p.m.  For full information regarding any of the 2008 Plein Air Festival events, please call (714) 374-1650.  The HBAC is located at 538 Main Street.

Susan Cohn’s Collecting Secret

Starting an art collection can be intimidating and continuing one can be even more so.  As part of the 2008 Plein Air Festival, the Huntington Beach Art Center has invited Susan Cohn to present a lecture entitled, “Personalizing Your Space; How to Collect the Right Art,” which will give valuable information to both new and seasoned collectors.  Designed to educate and entertain, Susan’s lecture will reveal how to tame the intimidation of art collecting, whether you are working with a small budget or a large one.  She will cover everything from places to find artwork, to examples of what to buy by drawing on her personal experiences as an artist and collector.  The lecture will take place on September 11, from 7 – 9 p.m., at the HBAC.  Admission for the event is free, and refreshments will be served.

38th Annual Surf Contest

The city of Huntington Beach Community Services Department, along with Huntington Surf and Sport, will be holding the 38th Annual Huntington Beach Surf Contest on Saturday, September 13, and Sunday, September 14, on the south side of the pier.  Surfing will start at 6:30 a.m.  Come and cheer your friends and enjoy a great day of surfing and sun!  This ‘locals-only’ event is made possible by generous donations from Huntington Surf and Sport and Dukes Huntington Beach.


Draft Flood Insurance Rate Map Available for Review

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has recently released a draft digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM) for a 30-day comment period which ends October 2.  FEMA has indicated that there are no changes to the city’s current flood zones.  The DFIRM is part of FEMA’s flood map modernization program to increase the usability of the flood risk data by allowing it to be incorporated into a Geographic Information System (GIS) technology.  In addition, the DFIRM now incorporates aerial photos.  FEMA anticipates that the DFIRM will become effective in approximately six months.  If you would like to review the draft DFIRM, please visit the Planning and Zoning counter on the 3rd floor of City Hall, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.


Partnership with ICE

The Police Department continues to maintain a cooperative partnership with the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) when addressing crimes of public safety.  These crimes can include acts of Domestic Violence, Assaults, Sexual Offenses, and Driving under the Influence (DUI).  The Police Department contacts ICE when subjects are arrested for these offenses.  Immigration holds are placed on individuals meeting the ICE criteria, and these subjects are returned to their country of origin.  For instance, DUIs have a serious impact on the overall safety of our community, and the Police Department maintains a high level of enforcement in this area.  Since July 2007, there have been 65 immigration holds placed on individuals arrested for DUI.  ICE and the Police Department will continue working together in an effort to maintain a safe community for all who live in, work in, or visit the city.


Newland Widening Project Underway

Work began last month on the utility installations for the widening of Newland Street between Hamilton Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway.  The project has been under design, planning, and environmental review for several years.  Agencies involved include the state, AES, Army Corps of Engineers, and the Orange County Sanitation District.  Wetlands mitigation was contributed to the Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy.  Current construction includes isolation of the channel around the bridge area.  The completed project will improve the sight distance over the small drainage channel.  All facilities on the east side of the street will remain accessible during construction.  Throughout the year-long construction period, various lane closures and traffic delays may occur, and alternate routes are advised.


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