January 7, 2009
Quick Tip of the Week – At Your Fingertips?
Organize your workspace so that the reference information customers most often request is readily available. This will allow you to respond quickly to their queries, for which customers will be appreciative. .
Public Comment Period on Arco Service Station opens January 8
The Public Comment Period for Environmental Assessment No. 2008-007, an Arco Service Station, opens this Thursday, January 8. The project site is located at 21452 Brookhurst Street (northeast corner of Brookhurst Street and Hamilton Avenue). The proposed project involves the demolition of an existing service station, including removal of underground storage tanks and soil remediation as necessary, and construction of a new service station with a 2,400 sq. ft. convenience food market including the sale of beer and wine with an attached 960 sq. ft. automated car wash.
The Draft Negative Declaration will be available for public review and comment for thirty (30) days commencing Thursday, January 8, 2009 and ending Friday, February 6, 2009. A copy of the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration is on file with the Planning Department, City of Huntington Beach City Hall, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, California. A copy of Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration No. 08-017 is available for review at the Central Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, California, and the City Clerk’s Office, 2000 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Huntington Beach, California and on the internet at: http://www.surfcityhb.org/government/departments/planning/PJB/eac/EAC.cfm.
Goodell Property Pre-zoning and Annexation
Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration No. 08-017 analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with the pre-zoning and annexation of approximately 6.2 acres of property located at the terminus of Bolsa Chica Street, south of Los Patos Avenue, an unincorporated area of Orange County on the upper bench of the Bolsa Chica Mesa, adjacent to the City of Huntington Beach. The Orange County Local Area Formation Commission (LAFCO) is requiring the City of Huntington Beach to annex the subject property into the City to avoid creating an “island” of unincorporated County area surrounded by the City of Huntington Beach.
Prior to submittal of an annexation application to LAFCO, the City must establish zoning for the property and adopt the annexation by resolution. Pre-zoning of the subject site includes a Zoning Map Amendment to establish zoning designations of approximately 3.4 acres of Residential Low Density (RL), 0.47 acres of Open Space – Parks & Recreation (OS-PR) and 2.3 acres of Coastal Conservation (CC) for the 6.2 acre site. The entire site will also have a CZ (Coastal Zone) Overlay designation. No development is proposed for the site. Once the pre-zoning of the site has been established and annexation has been approved by LAFCO, the property would also require a general plan amendment and a local coastal program amendment, subject to approval by the California Coastal Commission, to establish land use designations in the General Plan Land Use Element and the City’s Certified Local Coastal Program.
The Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration will be available for public review and comment for thirty (30) days commencing Thursday, January 8, 2009 and ending Friday, February 6, 2009. A copy of the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration is on file with the Planning Department, City of Huntington Beach City Hall, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, California. A copy of the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration No. 08-017 is also available for review at the Central Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, California, the City Clerk’s Office, 2000 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Huntington Beach, California and on the internet at http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/government/departments/planning/PJB/eac/EAC.cfm .
New Police Officer Honored as Top Recruit
Police Officer Jesse Garber was sworn in as one of Huntington Beach Police Department’s newest police officers on December 30, 2008. Last week he graduated from the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy at the top of his class and received the special achievement award as Top Recruit. He also received special achievement awards in Arrest & Control and Firearms Proficiency.
COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Huntington Beach Senior Services
Holiday Meals – On Christmas morning nine Senior Services Volunteers delivered Christmas meals and cheer to 90 Huntington Beach senior clients selected by social workers because they were alone for the holiday. Erika’s Catering provided a festive meal of ham, scalloped potatoes, mixed vegetables and Christmas cookies. Girl Scouts and Brownies crafted greeting cards and napkin rings for each senior. Delivering Holiday Meals is often a family event and the seniors look forward to the short visit as much as the delicious meal. The Handy Crafters and the Huntington Beach Council on Aging fund the Holiday Meal program. Holiday Meals are also delivered on Valentine’s Day, Easter and Thanksgiving.
Rose Parade Excursion
On January 1, 2009, the Community Services Department escorted 200 people to the Rose Parade; double the number of people as in prior years. This is an annual event for the department, but was unique this year as the City of Huntington Beach presented a beautiful float. The float was entered into the Rose Parade as a part of the city’s Centennial celebration. At 6:45 a.m., when the busses were boarded, everyone was notified that the city’s entry had received the Mayor’s Award! It turned out to be a wonderful day and everyone was impressed to see Huntington Beach represented with such a beautiful creation.
Progress on Document Imaging
Administrative staff in the Public Works Department is making great progress in scanning large format maps into the SIRE system. To date, over 70,000 images have been scanned and indexed into the easy to use cross reference system. Search categories include Tract Improvement Plans - New Developments, Public Works Plans-Rebuild of Existing Home or Site, and Improvement Plans-City Projects.
A similar system has been created for maps which include County Recorded Tract Maps, Record of Survey, Parcel Maps, Brown Books, District Maps, Field Survey and Tie Books. The SIRE network is accessible to public works employees enabling them to reference any of these documents without having to disturb the original documents. During the input process blueprint papers, some dating to the 1920s, have been sealed in protective plastic. The images have been saved on backup CDs as well as the SIRE network. All original maps will be stored offsite in a secure location. In addition to being available to engineering staff, this system will assist field personnel in making routine maintenance and emergency repairs.
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.