August 10, 2009
BUILDING AND SAFETY
During July 2009, the residential building sector showed the largest gains in months with a total valuation of $6,066,148. This was a 33% percent increase over the corresponding period last year. Four single family homes were permitted; the first since September 2008. Local homeowners and builders pulled permits in July for block walls, reroofs, doors, windows, and patio covers totaling over $2,000,000 in improvements and repairs. Counter activity remains steady with 1663 visits during the month of July.
On Friday, September 4, at 7 p.m., Councilwoman Jill Hardy and former Mayor Debbie Cook will be hosting a special lecture on Permaculture presented by Earthflow Design Works Director Larry Santoyo, at the Huntington Beach City Library. For more information or to RSVP contact Debbie Cook at [email protected] or (714) 842-1873.
Quick Tip of the Week – Under Promise & Over Deliver
Never promise more than you can deliver. It’s always better to exceed customer expectations than to disappoint them.
COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Huntington Beach Senior Services - Luau
Over 170 seniors will dawn their muu muus and Aloha Shirts and gather at Community Senior Serv’s popular summer Luau on Thursday, August 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors Center. This event, sponsored by the Huntington Beach Council on Aging, Bristol Park Medical Group, Carmel Village, and Palm Island Senior Apartment Homes, sells out each year. The luau features a delicious island menu of beef teriyaki, rice, Capri vegetables, and tropical fruit salad. Senior Service volunteers blend non-alcoholic Polynesian drinks at the Tiki bar. Traditional entertainment is provided by the Aloha Seniors and Tupua, a Micro-Polynesian cultural group.
Community Senior Serv provides a hot lunch each day at the senior center for a recommended donation of $2.50 for 60+ and a cost of $3.50 for those under 60. New this year are volunteer teams who provide table service and truly pamper the diners. Monthly menus are in the Bright Outlook and online at www.hbcoa.org. For more information, call 714-536-9387.
Huck Finn Fishing Derby
Saturday was a great day at the pier for 250 kids and their families in the 46th Annual Huck Finn Fishing Derby. As the children, up to age 15, grabbed their lucky spot, parents watched on and untangled fishing lines. Sponsors donated so many prizes that no one went away empty handed. The top prizes were bikes donated by Sport Chalet along with a full assortment of fishing gear and fishing trips. Let’s Go Fishing donated enough bait for everyone. Members of Fish Talk Radio presented many prizes and secured donated items including fishing trips, poles, and other tackle. Poles and assistance were available from the Department of Fish and Game.
Mobile Home Advisory Board Member Recruitment
The Mobile Home Advisory Board (MHAB) is seeking applications to fill several vacancies on the board. These vacancies are the result of member resignations and term expirations. The MHAB strives to be comprised equally of mobile home residents, park owners, and community at-large representatives. Board Members currently meet quarterly in January, April, July, and October on the fourth Monday at 6:30 p.m. to review mobile home park issues and provide a forum for communication on matters affecting the city’s 18 mobile home parks. Applicants for the current vacancies must be Huntington Beach residents, mobile home park residents, or mobile home park owners. Anyone interested in obtaining an application should contact the Economic Development Department at (714) 960-8831. Applications are also available online at www.surfcity-hb.org.
Surf City Pipeline - Events and Entertainment
Did you know that you can use Surf City Pipeline to find out about events and city facilities that are available this summer? Whether it’s a Surf Contest, activities at the Central Sports Complex, field rentals, the Dog Beach, renting a Moon Bounce for that summer party, information on the Surfing Museum, or what’s going on at the Art Center, you can find it all on the Surf City Pipeline. You can access Surf City Pipeline on the city’s website: http://www.ci.huntington-beach.ca.us
LIBRARY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Children’s Library to Host Concert for Record Breaking Summer Reading Program’s Participants!
This year’s Summer Reading Program, “Home Run Readers”, is already breaking previous year’s records. The final tally for the 2008 program was 5056 participants. So far, with still another 9 days to go, an amazing 5123 children have signed up for the 2009 program! Sponsored by the Angels Baseball Foundation and the Beach Pit BBQ, this year’s program has been wildly popular. With so many children signed up, the children’s librarians are extra appreciative of the teen volunteers. Upwards of 200 young adults have volunteered their time to staff the prize desk, read aloud to children, help at Storytime or shelve books this summer. This is another record breaker, as last year’s volunteers tallied in at around 160. To top it all off, on August 14, the final day of the program, children’s musical performer “Razzle Bam Boom” will be making a special appearance outside at the Central Park Bandstand. There will be two shows at 11 am and 1 pm, free for anyone who participated in the program and their family members. Hot dogs, drinks, and snacks will be on sale. Since this day will most likely be a scorcher, guests are advised to bring sunscreen and hats!
Downtown Specific Plan Update
The Planning Commission will discuss proposed changes in development standards to the Downtown Specific Plan, Book I, Chapter 3, Districts 2-7, at a study session on August 11, 2009, at 5:00 P.M. The Study Session will take place in the City Council Chambers. A copy of the staff report is available on the City website at
http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/government/departments/planning/PJB/pcl/pcagenda081109.cfm. For additional information, contact Jennifer Villasenor, Associate Planner, at (714) 536-5271.
Public Comment Meeting on Downtown Specific Plan Draft EIR
The Planning Department and Economic Development Department will hold a public comment meeting on Thursday, August 13 at 6:00 P.M at City Hall, Room B-8, to take comments related to the adequacy of the environmental issues analyzed in the Downtown Specific Plan Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Hodge & Associates, the consultant who prepared the Draft EIR, along with city staff, will be present to answer questions and record comments on the Draft EIR. A copy of the Draft EIR is available on the Planning Department website at:
http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/government/departments/planning/major/DTSP.cfm. For additional information, contact Jennifer Villasenor, Associate Planner, at (714) 536-5271.
Vandalism in Gibbs Park
Gibbs Park, also known as Butterfly Park, is on the west side of Graham between Warner and Heil Avenue. During this past weekend an unknown person(s) broke the tops off about ten of the younger trees in the park. These trees had recently been planted by a Boy Scout troop. The police department is looking into this vandalism, but at this time there are no suspects or witnesses to what occurred. The police department is also making extra patrol checks of the park, which has a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. park curfew.
Water and Huntington Beach Informational Meeting
An informational evening of dialogue and discussion on water issues will be held Thursday, August 27 at the Huntington Beach Central Library. The panel will feature Mayor Keith Bohr, Director of Public Works, Travis Hopkins, and Utilities Manager, Howard Johnson. Topics to be addressed include the current water shortage, water costs, water rationing, supply reliability, and desalination. All interested residents, home owners association members, and special interest groups are invited to attend. The discussion is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in meeting rooms C and D on the lower level of the library. Central Library is located at 7111 Talbert Avenue, between Goldenwest Street and Gothard Street. For more information call 714.536.5921 or visit the water website. When entering the library from Gothard Street, please notice the newly installed water-conserving landscaping that beautifies the parking lot islands.
The Huntington Beach Fire Department conducts free home fire safety inspections for seniors. You can also get a free smoke detector with a 10 year battery and carbon monoxide detector installed. This free service is provided by Project SHIP senior home inspection program volunteers. You can schedule an appointment online or call 714-374-1615.