January 27, 2009
Quick Tip of the Week – When Customers Call
When customers call on the phone, we are provided with a tremendous opportunity to reinforce and grow the relationship. It makes good sense to take the extra time and effort to make these calls as meaningful and service oriented as possible.
COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Huntington Beach Senior Services
Income Tax Assistance – At Michael E. Rodgers Seniors Center, A.A.R.P. will be offering free income tax assistance for seniors 50+ from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning February 3 through April 14, 2009. Bring the following documents to your appointment: Driver’s license or I.D. card, current year’s tax forms and preparation booklet, a copy of last year’s income tax return, W-2 from each employer, unemployment compensation statements, SA-1099 form if paid social security benefits, all 1099 forms, all forms indicating federal income tax paid, dependent care provider information, social security numbers for all dependents, and all receipts or canceled checks if itemizing deductions. Appointments fill quickly. Call 714-536-9387 to schedule your appointment.
Surf City USA Marathon
The Surf City USA Marathon is coming to Huntington Beach this weekend with an Expo on Friday, January 30, and Saturday, January 31, followed by the run on Sunday, February 1. This is the 13th year for the Marathon, which features a Half Marathon, a 5K Run, and a Children’s Mile Run, in addition to the Marathon. This is Orange County’s only oceanfront marathon course.
The Expo is located in the Beach parking lot just south of Huntington Street and the start/finish is at PCH and Huntington. The Children’s Mile Run starts at PCH and Main. The event has been sold out with registration at 17,000. On the morning of February 1, Pacific Coast Highway will be closed from 2:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Other inland streets will be closed from approximately 6:00 AM until 10:00 AM to accommodate the runners.
Downtown Image Ad Hoc Committee
The Downtown Image Ad Hoc Committee will be meeting on Monday, February 23, 6:00 p.m. at the Huntington Beach Art Center. The Ad Hoc Committee was established by the City Council with the goal of improving the environment of Downtown on weekends, evenings and holidays. Council Members Carchio, Dwyer and Hansen have been appointed and will consider the appointment of a Committee Chair along with twelve additional at-large individuals to serve on the Committee. However, all interest is welcome and sub-committees may be formed. For further information, please call Simone Slifman at (714) 375-5186 or [email protected].
Worldwide Internet Use Passes Major Milestone
In December 2008, the number of worldwide Internet users passed the 1 billion mark for the first time, according to online researcher comScore Inc. The United States posted 163 million Internet users during that period.
The City of Huntington Beach Information Services Department is continuously working to improve the Internet-based services provided to citizens, visitors and those doing business with the city. See the eGov Services button on the city’s web site to learn about them.
LIBRARY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Saturday Film Forum Returns to the Huntington Beach Central Library
The popular Saturday film series returns to the Huntington Beach Central Library in February. This time we will be delving into the world of detectives and their different portrayals on film. The program will start on February 28th with a screening of The Maltese Falcon and continues with L.A. Confidential on March 28th, Chinatown on April 18th and Who Framed Roger Rabbit on May 16th. All programs are on Saturdays at 2:00 pm in the Central Library Theatre. And better yet, they are FREE! Mark your calendars and join us!
“Journey to the Past” with Native American Storyteller Jacque Nunez
Take a journey back in time to a California Indian Village of the Acjachamai. Storyteller Jacque Nunez, descendent of a real Southern California Indian tribe, teaches songs and shares her culture using authentic Indian costumes and instruments. Children can also make their own Native American headband and an Indian Stick Game.
REMINDER: This Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 4 pm at the Huntington Beach Central Library, in the Library Theater -- $4 Children & Adults plus $2 extra for craft workshop.
Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended!
Season’s Reading Donation to Literacy
Thank you Verizon Employees at the Slater Avenue facility who have made a wonderful donation of 150 brand new and gently used children’s books to the Family Literacy Program at Oak View Branch Library! The donation is part of Verizon’s Season’s Reading Campaign, one of the many ways Verizon supports literacy and education in communities all over the United States.
Season’s Reading is organized by the Verizon Foundation. Local Verizon employees collect books and donate them to local organizations. This is the third year the Family Literacy Program has been the recipient. The Family Literacy Program helps adults in the Oak View neighborhood improve basic reading, writing, and speaking skills in order to function better at home, on the job, and in the community. In addition to helping adults improve basic literacy skills, the program also encourages families to read together. Thanks to this and other donations, more than 175 children of literacy students received a brand new book of their choice this year during our holiday book giveaway.
Neighborhood Workshop on Wardlow and Lamb School Sites
Ranco Huntington LLC, the developer for the former Lamb School site at 10251 Yorktown Avenue, held a neighborhood meeting to solicit input on the proposal to develop the school site with 61 single-family residential units. The neighborhood meeting was held on Thursday, January 22 and conducted at the Newland Barn. Approximately thirty people were in attendance.
A second neighborhood meeting is scheduled to solicit input on the proposal to develop the Wardlow School site at 9191 Pioneer Drive with 40 single family residential units. The meeting is scheduled to be held on Thursday, January 29 at 7:00 pm at the Newland Barn, 19822 Beach Boulevard. For additional information, please contact Rami Talleh, Senior Planner, (714) 536-5271.
Retired Senior Volunteer Program
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) was created in 1994. The RSVP is comprised of men and women over the age of 55 who come from all walks of life. The reason most often given for volunteering is the desire to "give something back to the community." In retirement, these volunteers can share their time, energy, wisdom, knowledge, and talent with the Huntington Beach Police Department.
In 2008, the RSVP’s contributed approximately 12,699 hours within the police department. Some of the duties included are vacation house checks, sign removal, handicap and fire lane parking enforcement, special events, and assistance at the front counter of the police department and police substations.
Come join the RSVP team! To get more information about RSVP, visit the HB web site link: http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/government/departments/pd/employment_opportunity/volunteering_programs.cfm
Traffic Signal Improvements
During the past two weeks, contractors for the Public Works Department have completed work on three traffic signals. A new traffic signal at the intersection of Goldenwest Street and Rio Vista adjacent to Central Park became operational on January 13. Left turn arrows were added at two intersections last week: Springdale Street and Heil Avenue, and Center Avenue at One Pacific Plaza adjacent to Bella Terra.
These three locations and their corresponding changes were identified in the City’s Capital Improvement Program to improve traffic safety. It is particularly important for the public to be aware of the change in operations or controls during the first couple of months of operation as everyone adjusts to the new configuration.
Garfield Street Rehabilitation
Repairs to Yorktown Avenue between Main Street and Delaware Street are complete. Rehabilitation of Garfield Avenue from Beach Boulevard to Newland Street will be substantially complete this week. The next segment for rehabilitation is Graham Street from Edinger Avenue to Bolsa Avenue, which should be completed by late February.
The projects consist of removing failed pavement areas, reconstructing asphalt concrete pavement, and replacing traffic signing and striping. In addition to roadway rehabilitation, curb and gutter, and pedestrian walkway areas along the arterials will be reconstructed, where feasible, to meet current ADA requirements. Parkway landscaping will be removed and replaced in accordance with the recommendations from the Beautification, Landscape and Tree City Council Sub-Committee.
The project utilizes rubberized asphalt concrete (RAC) which contains crumb rubber derived from scrap tires. A 2-inch layer of RAC uses over 2,000 waste tires per lane mile. This project alone will divert over 30,000 waste tires, which otherwise would end up in a landfill.
Construction going on in your neighborhood? Huntington Beach City Code allows for construction with an open building permit Monday-Saturday, 7AM-8PM. Work not requiring a permit may be completed Monday-Saturday, 8AM-8PM, and Sunday, 9AM-6PM.