City Administrators Weekly Report

January 14, 2008


Quick Tip of the Week - Cut some slack

If a customer is being less than honest, don’t embarrass him with irrefutable evidence or an accusatory tone.  Instead, allow the customer to save face by providing facts and suggesting the matter is a mere misunderstanding.


HBFD Honor Guard Marches in the Rose Parade

The Huntington Beach Fire Department Honor Guard proudly marched in the 120th Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day. Our Honor Guard was privileged to accept the invitation and represented the city by carrying the Huntington Beach city flag which is normally posted at the city council chambers.

The Honor Guard was part of the California State Firefighter’s Association (CSFA) contingency which included the CSFA Steamer antique apparatus and California State Fire Marshal, Kate Dargan. You may have seen the Steamer in the city’s 4th of July Parade in previous years. Thanks to the following individuals who volunteered their time to march in the 5.5 mile parade: Randy Babbitt, Eric Forshay, Greg Funderburk, Kevin Prentiss, Chico Sanchez, and George Shinrock.


Neighborhood Workshop on January 21

The Departments of Planning and Economic Development will be holding a Neighborhood Workshop on Wednesday, January 21 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Central Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue, Room C.  The goal of the Neighborhood Workshop is to proactively inform residents of the City’s Neighborhood Preservation Program, Housing Rehabilitation, and Green Building efforts, the various tools and resources available through these programs, and to encourage residents to take active roles in preserving the quality of their neighborhood. For more information on the Neighborhood Workshops, please contact Neighborhood Preservation Manager Bill Zylla via e-mail at [email protected] or by telephone at (714) 536-5274.


City Gym and Pool Major Maintenance Complete 

While the City Gym and Pool was closed over the holiday vacation, it received a facelift. The basketball courts, hallways, lobby, and Room A’s wood floors were sanded and refinished.  At the same time, the pool was drained, bead blasted and refilled.  These procedures are performed to help sustain a clean and well maintained appearance as well as for preventive maintenance purposes.  The workmanship was high quality and well received.  The historical structure is open to the public for recreational activity. 


22nd Annual Authors Festival & Gala Reception at Central Library

The entire community is cordially invited to attend a gala afternoon reception at the Huntington Beach Library to celebrate the 22nd annual Authors Festival, Tuesday, January 27, 2009 -- 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM -- (Free of charge -- open to the public), sponsored by the Friends of the Children’s Library. 

Over twenty-five local authors and illustrators will have spent the day at schools in Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley. At 2:30 PM, in the Central Library, many of these authors and illustrators will attend a community reception to greet children, parents, local dignitaries, and the public. A selection of the authors’ books will be on sale for autographing. Festivities will include an award ceremony for the First Place winners of the Library Time Warp contest, at 3:45 pm in the Tabby Theater. Light refreshments will be served.

Join Huntington Beach Reads One Book 7 p.m., Thursday, January 22, at the Huntington Beach Public Library
Join HB Reads for their kick off reception for this year’s book, “the kids from nowhere,” at the Huntington Beach Public Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue, Lower Level, Rooms C & D.  Art from the Yu'pik people will be on display in the Library, you'll have a chance to hear their soulful music, and you can meet special guest, Arielle Leeder.  Arielle is the Affiliate Director of the California Future Problem Solving Program, the same program featured in "the kids from nowhere."  Also, as an extra treat, HB Reads promises a taste of “Akutaq”, the Yu'pik ice cream (see the recipe on  Please RSVP at [email protected]


Vietnamese Cooking Class
The Community Services Department is partnering with the owner of Xanh Bistro to offer a new Vietnamese Cooking Class on Jan. 28 and Feb. 4 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  This class will teach basic techniques and ingredients used to create those delicious Vietnamese dishes.  Registration will be taken at any Community Center and the class will be held at Xanh Bistro.  For more information, call 714-536-5486.

Huntington Beach Senior Services

Volunteer Escort Services is seeking volunteers.   The Transportation Program offers volunteer escorts to accompany seniors and lend assistance throughout a shopping trip, medical appointment, or errand.  This position requires a commitment of one morning or afternoon per week and completion of the Age Wave training class.  The next Age Wave Training class begins February 4, 2009.  Contact Diane Swarts 714-374-1544 or [email protected] to enroll or for more information.

Let's Bowl - Calling all bowlers!  The Michael E. Rodgers Senior Center bowling lane is now open.  The Huntington Beach Council on Aging has purchased a Nintendo Wii video game that has a fun, easy to play bowling game.  With this game, you actually stand and swing your arms as if you were at an actual bowling alley.  The video game detects your motion and rolls the ball down the alley on TV.  It can tell the amount of spin you put on the ball!  Senior players of all skill levels are welcome.  We will be forming league play soon so get your swing tuned up.  The game will be available for play Wednesdays, beginning January 7, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Call 714-536-9387 to sign-up or for more information.

Ebb & Flow Opens Friday, January 16, 2009
In honor of Huntington Beach’s 100th year, the Historic Resources Board will be presenting a special Centennial exhibition:  Ebb & Flow.  The opening reception will be held on Friday, January 16, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Huntington Beach Art Center. The exhibition will be on display from January 17 – February 22 during open gallery hours.

Guests can explore the history of Huntington Beach through photographs, documentary film, and historical artifacts depicting the city throughout the decades.  The exhibition will highlight influential families, including the Newlands and the Huffs, and how their contributions have shaped the city.  The prominent history of surfing and surf culture will be presented through photographs and surfboard displays.  

Ebb & Flow will also feature scale models from Boeing to demonstrate the contributions that Huntington Beach has made to the exploration of Space. Among the featured models will be the Boeing Delta II Rocket that launched the 1997 Pathfinder mission.  Photographs and artifacts from the Fire and Police Departments will be included.

The Huntington Beach Art Center is located at 538 Main St.  For full details regarding the Ebb & Flow opening reception or exhibition call 714.374.1650.  Open gallery hours are Wed. – Sat., 12 – 6 p.m., and Sun., 12 – 4 p.m.


Jack Marshall, City of Huntington Beach Information Services Director and Aaron Klemm, City Energy Project Manager addressed the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association meeting at the Huntington Beach Hyatt Hotel last week.  They explained how the City is reducing the energy costs of technology in use including PCs, printers, servers and data centers and securing credits and funding from energy companies for the energy reduction.

The Information Services Department has active and ongoing programs to reduce the number of shared computer systems (servers) and individual printers in use at City facilities.  PCs and data network equipment purchased conform to the Environmental Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) energy use standards.
Research is being conducted to replace the outdated and inefficient air conditioning equipment used in the City Data Center using energy reduction incentives.


Surf City Nights

Come out and enjoy Surf City Nights, a downtown street fair every Tuesday from 5 to 9 p.m. on Main Street. Stroll and shop for fresh veggies, fruits, tasty treats, arts and crafts, and much more.   Take the kids to watch family friendly entertainment and children’s activities.  Make sure to grab dinner at a local restaurant and stop in the retail stores for some great deals.     

Downtown Specific Plan Update

The Economic Development and Planning Department have been directed to update the Downtown Specific Plan (DTSP) and Downtown Parking Master Plan (DPMP). The DTSP contains provisions that regulate land use, development standards, and development intensity in the downtown.

The draft Downtown Specific Plan is available for review and comment.  The comments are due on January 23rd at 5:00 PM. An electronic version of the Draft Downtown Specific Plan as well as other pertinent information is available at  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Kellee Fritzal at (714) 374-1519 or Jennifer Villasenor at (714) 374-1661.

Did you know?

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.

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