City Administrators Weekly Report

August 03, 2009


In our on-going effort to become energy efficient, the city has instituted a new energy initiative.  The desks at the Central Library were using 67 incandescent light bulbs.  These light bulbs consumed 75 watts each.  If every one of the 67 bulbs were in use at one time, they would draw over 5,000 watts.  The city has recently installed new compact fluorescent bulbs that draw only 13 watts, for a total of 871 watts (if all are in use), a reduction of over 75%. If the lamps are used 2,000 hours per year, this project will save the city about $1,000 per year. 


Kathy Baldwin Promoted to Cashiering Supervisor

Please join us in congratulating Kathy Baldwin who was just promoted to the position of Account Technician Supervisor - Cashiering.  Kathy has been with the City for about 2 years, and prior to that spent over 15 years with Bank of America.  She has a strong background in ensuring the safety of negotiable instruments, and this will be an asset as we focus on the safety and processing of public funds.  Congratulations, Kathy!

Quick Tip of the Week – First Impression

Introduce yourself in a positive manner right after answering the phone. Saying your name right away gives the customer confidence and established a more personal rapport with the customer.


Centennial Youth Sports Expo

The City of Huntington Beach continues to celebrate its Centennial with the Youth Sports Expo scheduled for Saturday, August 8, 2009, at the Huntington Central Park Sports Complex from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  This FREE event will feature instruction by local youth sports organizations and scrimmages for Lacrosse, Soccer, Field Hockey, and Volleyball.  There will be a softball game featuring the North and South Huntington Beach Girls Softball league 14 and under teams; a performance by the Active Skateboard team presented by Skatedogs; and FREE use of the Sports Complex Batting Cages for all youth from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  For more information, please contact the Community Services Office at 714-536-5486.

Huntington Beach Senior Services

Information and Referral – Senior Services provides referrals to seniors and their families for services in Huntington Beach and the county.  Information about a wide range of senior concerns such as housing, in-home care, or caregiver assistance is available.  Professionally trained staff work with seniors, families, caregivers, and senior service providers to help develop a plan for facing late-life transitions and to facilitate independent living.  For more information call 714-960-2478.

Huck Finn Fishing Derby

The Huck Finn Fishing Derby will be held on the pier this Saturday, August 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  This event is free for children up to the age of 15.  Registration will be held from 8:00-9:00 a.m. on the pier. Many sponsors have donated great prizes.  Awards will be given for the top three largest fish in each category, for overall winners, and for Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher dress.  Registration forms may be obtained at the Community Centers or on the pier at the event.  Additional information can be obtained by calling the Community Services Dept. at 714-536-5486 or by listening to KLAA AM 830 on Sunday night from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.     

Softball Registration

Registration for the Fall 2009 Adult Softball leagues is now underway. The registration deadline is August 6, 2009. Senior leagues are offered on Sundays; Men’s leagues are offered on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; Coed leagues are offered on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The leagues will start play August 17 and will conclude in October or November.  For more details or information, please contact the Community Services office at 714-536-5230 or go on-line and download the information from the Surf City Softball page:


Movies at the Beach – Pier Plaza   
Starting this Thursday - during the month of August, the Huntington Beach Downtown Business Improvement District will present Family Fun Movies at the Beach at Pier Plaza beginning at dusk.  Enjoy a unique outdoor theater experience with an oceanfront view – pick up dinner, bring your blanket and chair and get comfy.  The following movies are scheduled for the month of August; for more information log on to
August 6th     Wall-E
August 13th    Kung-Fu Panda
August 20th    The Wizard of OZ
August 27th     Monster vs. Aliens     
Surf City USA Welcomes 25 Degrees
Huntington Beach welcomes 25 Degrees, a Burger & Wine Bar that opened on Saturday, July 31, 2009.  25 Degrees refers to the temperature difference between a medium-rare and well-done burger. 25 Degrees adds an upscale twist to the traditional burger joint, offering unique burger toppings. 25 Degrees is located in downtown Huntington Beach, at 412 Walnut Ave, off Main Street and directly across from the newest development The Strand, which overlooks the famous Huntington Beach Pier and the Pacific Ocean.

Second Alarm Fire

On July 29th at 3:46 a.m., firefighters from Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Anaheim, and Orange County Fire Authority responded to a second alarm fire at 5451 McFadden Ave.  It took firefighters one hour and 30 minutes to extinguish the fire.  During the defensive attack, the roof collapsed.  Fortunately there were no injuries to either firefighters or civilians.  The fire is being investigated by both Fire and Police investigators.  The damage was estimated at $12 million.

1st Annual Burger Battle of the Badges
The Huntington Beach Fire Department are the champions of the 1st Annual Burger Battle of the Badges held on Friday, July 31at 25 Degrees, a new restaurant downtown on Walnut Street.  The opposing teams were the Police Department and Marine Safety.  The restaurant donated $10 for every burger eaten to the UCI Burn Association on our behalf.  The winning fire team consumed 16 - 9 oz. hamburgers to win the competition.  The Police Department devoured 14 burgers, and the lifeguards put away 13 burgers.  The winning fire team members were Bob Culhane, Greg Lopez, Darin Maresh, Jeff Lopez, Jason Geiger, and Dan Elder. 


Free SAT Practice Test to be Held at Huntington Beach Public Library

As skilled test-takers know, the key to success is practice, practice, practice. The library, in partnership with Kaplan is sponsoring a FREE full-length practice SAT/ACT test on Saturday, August 8, from 9:30-1:30 at the Huntington Beach Central Library. The practice test will be followed by a Test Results/ Workshop Night for students and parents on Thursday, August 20, at 7:00 pm.  Space is limited to 50 students, so reservations are required. You can reserve your space by contacting John Peterson from Kaplan at 949-756-2950, ext. 3017, or Lia Hernandez at Central Library, 714-374-1669.

Children’s Library Summer Reading Program “Home Run Readers” is a Success!

There has been an extra incentive this year for kids to join the library’s Summer Reading Program – a chance to win tickets to a baseball game!  And that’s not all -- thanks to the generous donations of the Angels Baseball Foundation and Beach Pit BBQ, kids have walked away with great prizes such as Angels night lights, beach mats, bobble heads and wall clocks – just a few of the prizes they can chose from after reaching a “home run,” either by reading for 20 hours or reading 50 books. So far over 4,950 children have signed up!   A few weeks ago, the Summer Reading Program passed its half way point, and kids have begun to reach their home runs.  But the fun doesn’t stop there.  There are still up to four more chances after that to come back “just for a visit” and get even more great coupons generously donated by local restaurants and other kid-friendly businesses, not to mention a prize from the grab box! 

At the Main Street Branch this past Wednesday, July 29th, over 240 kids and their parents were treated to a special outdoor comedy magic show by a real live wizard – Professor Rumbledoor himself!  The show, which featured five year old audience member Lowen being levitated in the air, was held on the lawn outside of the beautiful library, and included card and scarf tricks, and a stuffed rabbit popping out of a hat.  Afterward, in recognition of famous wizard Harry Potter’s birthday, guests enjoyed cake and cookies provided by the Main Street Library’s Miss Robin.  A spectacular time was had by all!


Circulation Element Update

The City of Huntington Beach is proposing to update the City’s adopted General Plan Circulation Element. The purpose of the Circulation Element Update is to evaluate the long-term transportation needs of the city and present a comprehensive plan to accommodate those needs. The entire Circulation Element is being updated including goals, policies, and objectives pertaining to the issues above and Level of Service standards.  The proposed Circulation Element covers various circulation issues such as regional mobility, roadway circulation, neighborhood traffic management, public transportation, transportation demand management, parking, pedestrian, bicycle, and equestrian paths, waterway facilities, and scenic corridors.

The citywide traffic model was also updated. The traffic model identifies year 2030 projected average daily traffic volumes on the City’s Arterial Highway Plan including nineteen intersections that will require long-term improvements to accommodate projected traffic volumes. Several roadway segments are proposed for classification change and changes are proposed to the County of Orange Master Plan of Arterial Highways.

The Initial Study concluded that an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is necessary. The Notice of Preparation, Initial Study, and Draft Circulation Element will be available for public review and comment for thirty (30) days commencing Thursday, July 30, 2009, ending Friday, August 28, 2009, at 5:00 p.m.  A copy of the Notice of Preparation, Initial Study, and Draft Circulation Element is available on the Planning Department website at  For more information, contact Ricky Ramos, Senior Planner at (714) 536-5271.


Driver Crashes into Stopped Police Cars and Arrested for DUI

On August 2, 2009 at 11:01 p.m., two Huntington Beach police officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation.  While the officers were conducting their investigation, a fourth vehicle came up behind the police cars and crashed into the rear police car, knocking it into the front police car.  The driver of the vehicle that crashed into the police cars was treated by the Huntington Beach Fire Department personnel and subsequently arrested for DUI.  One officer received minor injuries as a result of the driver of the first car jumping out of the way of the chain reaction of colliding vehicles, and into one of the police officers.  That driver was shaken up, but uninjured.


Temporary Sidewalk on Huntington Street

In response to resident requests, Makar, the developer for Pacific City, partnered with the City to install a new temporary asphalt sidewalk along the west side of Huntington Street from Atlanta Avenue to Pacific View.  Construction began in late June and much of the sidewalk was open by the Fourth of July holiday weekend.  The sidewalk is now complete.  Due to physical constraints along adjacent portions of the Pacific City site, the sidewalk was not extended to Pacific Coast Highway.  The City continues to work with the developer to continue the sidewalk limits in the future.  For their safety, pedestrians should cross Huntington at Pacific View to access the sidewalk along the Hilton Hotel property. 

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