Founded in the late 1880s, Huntington Beach was incorporated as a Charter City in 1909. Huntington Beach has a City Council/City Manager form of government. The City Council has seven members, each of whom are elected to four-year terms.
City Council Members are limited to two consecutive terms. There are three elected department heads, the City Attorney, City Clerk and City Treasurer. The position of Mayor is filled on a rotating basis.
The City of Huntington Beach is a full service city. Its major departments include the City Managers's office, Building and Safety, Planning, Library Services, Public Works, Community Services, Economic Development, Human Resources, Finance, Information Services and Police and Fire. The city has approximately 1,000 employees and a total budget of more than $300 million.
Solar chimneys are passive solar ventilation systems. Shafts connect the interior and exterior of the building. The functioning can be improved by glazing and using thermal mass materials.