City Administrators Weekly Report

September 11 , 2007


Addition to our Staff - Welcome to Sandy Henderson, our new Administrative Assistant in the City Administrator’s Office.  Sandy came to the City in October of 2004 and previously worked in Human Resources and Planning.  Sandy lives in Huntington Beach with her husband and two teenaged daughters.  Sandy is the Administrative Assistant to Deputy City Administrators Paul Emery and Bob Hall.  She can be reached at Ext. 5265.  Please join us in welcoming Sandy to the City Administrator’s Office!


Welcome Sandie Frakes! – The City Treasurer’s Department has recently hired Sandie Frakes as the new Administrative Assistant to the City Treasurer.  Sandie was born and raised in Huntington Beach and has lived all over California but always comes back “home.”  Professionally, Sandie has been an office manager for several companies, such as Dowler-Gruman Architects in San Francisco, KKJZ-FM in Long Beach, and most recently at American Specialty Cars in Huntington Beach.  Sandie has a passion for motorcycles and cars.  You might see her riding to work on her Suzuki SV650.  She also teaches the Beginning Riders Course for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation on the weekends.  Please join our staff in welcoming Sandie to the City Treasurer’s Department


Wedding Couples – If you’re planning to get married in the near future, you may want to take the wedding dance class on September 15 at Murdy Community Center.  Bring your music and brush up on your first dance song.  The cost is $60 per couple.  The class is on Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon.

Beat the Heat – Cool off with lap swimming at the Huntington Beach High School Pool - Monday and Wednesday from 6 - 8 a.m., or Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.  The cost is $3 per visit payable at the pool or purchase a 20-punch pass at the City Gym & Pool for $50.

Parking & Camping – Huntington City Beach was the place to be over Labor Day Weekend as temperatures inland soared into triple digits.  The beach crowds were estimated at 105,000 per day.  The lots quickly filled, and people were forced to park as far as a mile inland.  On Saturday and Sunday, the lots filled and re-filled until 8:30 p.m.  Everyone was enjoying a reprieve from the inland heat.  Parking/Camping trained staff kept traffic flowing, and the public appreciated their efforts.  It was a nonstop effort to keep people from trying to save parking spaces and RVs from extending their pop-outs or setting up tables and chairs in parking slots.  This is a violation of the municipal code and is intended to provide equal access parking for everyone.  Listed below are the three-day Labor Day weekend vehicle and attendance totals:
Beach Parking Lots - 12,573 cars
Main Promenade Parking - 8,203 cars
Estimated Beach Attendance - 315,000

Sign-up Today for Classes at the Huntington Beach Art Center – Immerse yourself in “Polynesian Dance” . . . capture life in “Everyday Photography on Location” . . . find your voice in “For the Love of Music.”  Join hundreds of local art enthusiasts by signing up for one or more of the Art Center’s many educational classes.  The classes are designed for people of all ages at the beginner to intermediate levels.  There’s a class for everyone!  Art Center members receive discounts on events, classes, tours, and workshops.  Please call 374-1650 for more information, or check out the Sands brochure at the city’s website  The Huntington Beach Art Center is located at 538 Main Street, just five blocks from the HB Pier.

Summer Surf Contest – Sign ups are over, but you can still be a spectator at the 37th Annual Huntington Beach City Surfing Championships on Saturday, September 15, and Sunday, September 16.  This is the popular “locals only” surf contest.  Come on out and root for your favorite.

Rose Parade Excursion – Two buses have been chartered to take 100 people to the 2008 119th Annual Rose Parade.  Tickets are available for $95 a person in Community Services on the fifth floor of City Hall, which includes transportation and grandstand seating.  Buses depart at 6:45 a.m. from the Civic Center and return at approximately 3 p.m.

Senior Services Weathers the Heat Wave - On September 4, after a weekend of 90 degree temperatures, the Senior Services Care Management team checked on their frail clients to ensure their safety.  Mary McBride, Social Worker, called or visited all of her caseload clients, bringing water and Gatorade.  Ten percent of her clients had issues with the heat.  Mary stopped by to check on a 94-year-old client whose mobile home felt like a “tuna can on a barbecue.”  Even though her client had fans operating and the windows open, the sun baking the surrounding blacktop heated the poorly insulated mobile home to temperatures greater than outside.  Dressed in long-sleeve polyester, her client looked pale, listless, and overheated.  Mary helped her to change into a cooler house dress, gave her two iced glasses of Gatorade, placed her on a cool sheet instead of the hot blanket she had been resting on, and brought her cool wet cloths to bath her skin.  After an hour, her skin tone was normal and her client said, “This is much better, much cooler.”  Before Mary left, she went over the instructions of her client’s Emergency Response Button in case she started to feel poorly again.  Mary called the paramedics for two of her clients due to the heat.  Paramedics transported the first, a 75-year-old female, to the hospital where she was put on I.V.s due to dehydration.  Mary met the paramedics at the home of the other client, an 84-year-old man who was also dehydrated, weak, and frail.  The Senior Services Care Management team provides help to a caseload of over 200 Huntington Beach elders.  Senior Services Care Management is looking forward to the new Senior Center where a cooling center can be offered to frail clients.

Senior Saturday – A total of 2,000 seniors and their families enjoyed the festivities at the Pier on Saturday, September 8.  The Huntington Beach Council on Aging (COA) sponsored this 20th annual community festival.  The sold-out event included 76 booths with information for seniors.  Councilmember Joe Carchio opened the celebration with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Entertainment was provided all day and included a Pa Kua Yoga Demonstration, the Singing Goodtimers, Riff Raff, Sam Sings Frankie, and vocal stylist Janice Gerard.  Participants enjoyed a $2 continental breakfast as well as a $2 hot dog lunch barbecued by the HBFD.  COA President Cathy Meschuk said of the event, “All of the hard work really paid off, as this was a truly wonderful event!”  The Huntington Beach Senior Services booth passed out information on Senior Services programs, magnets, Gatorade, and fans that proclaimed, “I am a fan of Huntington Beach Senior Services.”  Over 260 visitors to the booth answered a quick survey that asked among other questions, “If you could come up with a new term for senior citizen, what would it be?”  Some of the creative responses included, “Young Bunch, Aged Teen, Mature Swingers, Elder Expert, Happy Feet, Cool Cats, Wonderfolk, Live Wires, Forever Young, Super Adult, Top Dog, Experienced Person, Resourceful Citizen, Wise People, Been around the Block Kids, and Over 21.”


City Café – Get your coffee cup sleeves ready!!  Beginning on Monday, September 10, the City Café will be stamping every coffee/espresso bar drink purchase on cup sleeves.  Once you get 10 stamps, your 11th cup is free!!!!  Be sure to save your cup sleeves.

Surf City Fest Weekend – Surf & Art Walk - Come join the fun on Main Street on September 15-16 for the Surf and Art Walk created in partnership between the city, Downtown Business Improvement District, Huntington Beach Art Center, and the International Surfing Museum.  The event hours on Saturday are from noon to 9 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.  Activities include:



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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