June 22, 2009CITY ADMINISTRATOR
City to Test 'Alert OC' Emergency Community Notification System
On June 25, 2009, the City of Huntington Beach will conduct its first test of ‘Alert OC’ a mass notification system designed to keep residents and businesses informed during emergency situations. The test will be a phone call from the City which will go to resident’s home phone numbers with a recorded message.
'Alert OC', funded by the County of Orange, will give City officials the ability to communicate with residents and business owners about time-sensitive issues, which could include planned events, public-safety messages, and unforeseen emergencies. Alert OC allows officials to record, send and track personalized voice messages to residents, and businesses via a single phone call. ‘Alert OC’ also allows information to be sent as text messages to cell phones, PDAs, e-mail accounts and special receiving devices (TTYITDD) for the hearing impaired.
‘Alert OC’ messages can be sent from any computer with Internet access, or by telephone, ensuring that the City can communicate vital information to residents and business from anywhere at any time. Publicly available residential and business phone numbers are automatically included in the ‘Alert OC’ database. However, residents and business owners can opt-in to provide up to three phone numbers, two e-mail addresses, and can indicate if they have a TTY/TDD device. To opt-in visit the City Web site at www.surfcity-hb.org and clicking on the ‘Sign up for Alert OC’ link. Anyone who has already signed up will receive the recorded test message through the contact information provided.
Residents with call blocking can insure delivery of ‘Alert OC’ messages by adding (714) 960-8881 to their listed of approved numbers.
Quick Tip of the Week – Quote of the Week
”Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” - Henry Ford
COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Summer Fun has Begun!
As residents of Surf City make decisions about how to live our lives, “quality of life” is usually in the forefront! How does our desire for a happy, healthy life affect our choices about daily activities? How do we want to spend our time outside the workplace? Do we enjoy connecting with family and friends? Do we crave peace and tranquility after a hectic day at the office? Or does a night of Swing Dancing sound like a great way to unwind? Contained within the pages of the SANDS brochure are a variety of opportunities to enhance quality of life through an array of programs, classes, special events, and family activities. What better way is there to celebrate the Centennial than to enjoy the many benefits the Community Services Department has to offer? Pick up your SANDS brochure now, or check out http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/sands to view the electronic version.
Funtime Day Camp
Summer is here! If anyone is looking for a fun activity to get the kids out of the house, the Community Services Dept. has the answer. The Funtime Day Camp still has plenty of room. These fun-packed one-week camps will definitely keep kids ages 6-12 busy. Activities each week include: bowling, swimming, arcade games, miniature golf, a movie, skating, and one day at a major amusement park. All activities are included in the fee! Camp lasts from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with extended care available, if needed. The cost per week is $155 and an additional $25 for extended care. For additional information and registration, please check the city’s website at www.surfcity-hb.org or call your local Community Center.
Summer Swim Schedule
The schedule for the Summer Swim Program is now available on the surfcity-hb.org website. This year the Community Services Department will be offering a complete program at Marina High School, Edison High School and the City Gym and Pool. Lap swim will continue at the Huntington Beach High School Pool throughout the summer. Please check the city website for the schedule and registration information.
Adventure Playground is up and running again this summer. If the kids don’t mind getting a little dirty while having lots of fun, this is the place! It will be open until August 13 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday - Saturday. Hidden up the hill to the east of the Central Library, it has a pond for rafting, fort building area, mud slide, and more. The entrance fee is $3.00 per child. Close-toed tennis shoes must be worn. For more information, contact Adventure Playground directly at (714) 842-7442.
Huntington Beach Art Center
Centered on the Center Opens June 26
Centered on the Center is the Art Center’s annual non-juried exhibition produced especially for artists looking to publicly display their artwork. This salon-style exhibition attracts nearly 200 artists who work in a variety of media including paintings and installations. The opening reception takes place June 26, 6 – 9 p.m., and the exhibition continues through July 19. Centered on the Center also helps raise funds for future exhibition and education programs by charging a minimal fee for artists to participate. For further information, please call 714-374-1650 or visit http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/Visitors/art_center/.
Centered on Alzheimer’s Family Services Center Reception Event on June 27 The Huntington Beach Art Center, in collaboration with AFSC, is presenting a special exhibit - Centered on Alzheimer’s Family Services Center. The work by Alzheimer’s patients will be on display through July 19 in the Art Center Project room. The Alzheimer’s Family Services Center is an independent, non-profit agency dedicated to improving quality of life for families challenged by Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia through services tailored to meet individual needs. The AFSC has been helping families since 1980. The reception for this event will be held on Saturday, June 27 from 4 – 6 p.m.
ART AT THE BEACH Summer Camp Has Exciting New Themes in 2009 The popular ART AT THE BEACH art camp for children ages 6-12 is returning by popular demand! Each week of the summer program has an exciting new theme that allows campers to explore the latest in art techniques, as well as the old masters. Our professional art instructors and camp staff choose daily projects that include drawing, painting, music, dance, sculpture, installation, and other art media in order to make each week exciting, fun, and educational. Full and half-day sessions are available for Art at the Beach. The themes of this month’s Art at the Beach summer camp are: EXPERIMENTING WITH THE BASICS and CENTENNIAL WEEK. For more information and registration details, please call the Art Center at 714.374.1650 or consult the Sands Community Brochure at http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/sands.
On Thursday, June 25 at 7:00 P.M. the Centennial Committee will present a program at the Huntington Beach Art Center, which will feature Sandra Robbie and her documentary film about desegregating the Westminster Elementary School District. In attendance will be Gonzalo Mendez, one of the children on whose behalf this case, the Mendez Case, was filed.
We will also have a presentation by Don Han from the Orange County Human Relations Commission who will discuss the program at Huntington Beach High School that shows the Hispanic parents how to help their children attend college. In addition Zayda Garcia, Executive Director of the El Viento Foundation, will discuss the successes of the Golden West scholarship program for students from Oakview School in the Oceanview School District.
For further Information call 714-536-5577
Downtown Image Ad Hoc Committee
The Huntington Beach Downtown Image Ad Hoc Committee will hold its next meeting at City Hall on Monday, June 29 at 6:00 pm in B-8. The Committee was established by the City Council with the goal of improving the environment of the Downtown on weekends, evenings and holidays.
At this meeting the Committee will be voting on recommendations made by the various sub-committees which include: public safety, culture, maintenance, and business attraction/variety and nightlife. The Committee is comprised of 23 members including Council Members Don Hansen, Joe Carchio and Devin Dwyer. For further information, please contact Simone Slifman at (714) 375-5186 or [email protected]
On Sunday, June 21, a first-alarm response was dispatched to a reported structure fire at a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant located on Brookhurst. Fire apparatus from Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, and Newport Beach responded to the incident. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find a grease fire burning in the kitchen. Fire crews extinguished the fire by manually activating the kitchen hood system and by using portable fire extinguishers. The fire damage was contained to the cooking area of the kitchen and is currently under investigation.
On Monday, June 22, a concerned city resident drove to Warner Fire Station and informed firefighters that her cat was stuck between the floor and ceiling joists in her two-story home. She asked for their assistance to free her confined kitty. Huntington Beach Engine 47 answered her call for assistance. When firefighters arrived, they heard a distressed cat meowing for help in the ceiling above the dining room. Firefighters removed a ceiling light fixture and rescued the trapped tabby. No damage was done to the residence or the rescuers. Although the cat appeared agitated and ungrateful about the rescue, the cat’s owner was very appreciative.
INFORMATION SERVICESThe City’s Fourth of July parade is only a couple of weeks away. Did you know that Surf City Pipeline provides information about all of the events to take place that day, along with how to stake out a spot along Main Street to watch the parade?
Check out 4th of July Parade/Run/Expo/Fireworks
LIBRARY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
What a Celebration!
A real feeling of celebration characterized the Library Centennial party on Friday, June 12. More than twice the expected number of visitors poured into the Library to watch the precision book cart drill team, have a slice of cake and some ice cream, view historical exhibits, and see a film about the library’s history. Library patrons wrote on a “memory wall” while children made pinwheels and were entertained in the story time theater. The Library Centennial Committee members are to be congratulated for this great program and the fantastic response from residents is itself something to celebrate.
Are You Compatible?
Emerging technologies bring a sense of fun and challenge to our lives, but seem to include some challenges as well. Downloadable audio books have become an exciting alternative to books on CD, allowing users to get books online from the library without making a visit, and without six or twelve discs to damage or lose. The catch came when licensing issues prevented owners of the world’s most popular listening device, the iPod, from being able to access titles from many publishers. The library’s online audio book vendor announced today that is changing. New software will allow most of our current and future holdings to be accessed by iPod, as well as other MP3 players. If you love to listen to books, visit us again soon at www.hbpl.org for even more choices – no matter what device you’re plugged into!
Newsrack Ordinance Amended
At their June 15, 2009 meeting, the City Council approved amendments to the city’s Newsrack Ordinance, establishing design criteria for all newsracks citywide. The adopted changes provide for:
For additional information, please contact Senior Code Enforcement Officer Mike Fuentes, Planning Department, at [email protected] or (714) 536-5261.
Special Olympics Torch Run
On Friday, June 12, 2009 seventeen police officers, communication operators, and record clerks from the Huntington Beach Police Department participated in the Special Olympics Torch Run as it crossed through our city. Fountain Valley police officers handed the torch off to the Huntington Beach officers at Beach and Talbert. Our employees ran the torch 11.5 miles through our city before handing it off to Seal Beach police officers at Pacific Coast Highway and Broadway. The torch relay eventually ended at California State University - Long Beach to open the Special Olympics 2009 Summer Games on June 13-14.
The runners were supported by a follow team of our police cadets and Huntington Beach Search and Rescue. The run is supported by police officers across the nation to raise funds supporting the Special Olympics Games. All department employees donate their own time to participate in this event.
Installation of Microwave at HBPD
On June 9, 2009 the 800 MHz Countywide Coordinated Communications System (CCCS) for the police department was upgraded to interface the primary radio communications, Green-1 and Green-2 talk groups, with the CCCS microwave backbone. The microwave provides a more stable and reliable platform by replacing phone lines that are susceptible to outages due to repair. The city will realize a cost savings of several thousands of dollars per year by replacing the telephone lines with the microwave radio since the County of Orange provides access to the microwave system free of charge.
Visitor’s Kiosk at the Pier
The Visitor’s Kiosk located at the base of the pier was completed on May 29, 2009. The Marketing & Visitor’s Bureau (formerly the Conference & Visitor’s Bureau) will make the remaining tenant improvements and begin operations by early July. The kiosk will be staffed by the Huntington Beach Bureau and operate under a lease agreement with the City. The project was 100% funded by the Redevelopment Agency in a cooperative action with the Bureau. The building was fabricated off site and erected onsite. This process will be followed in the future with installation of three new pier buildings. The project will begin in the late summer.
Water Conserving Landscape Installed at the Central Library
During the past budget year, Capital Improvement Reserve funds were approved to provide landscaping in the east parking lot of the Central Library. In an innovative action to continue the project and save general funds, the water conservation staff worked with the city’s landscape section to create a beautiful example of water saving plantings. The parking lot islands have a variety of succulents, grasses and even roses that are adaptive to a low water use environment. The areas provide a demonstration of landscaping possibilities that bring color and texture, while limiting irrigation needs. Residents are encouraged to take some of these ideas into their home gardens. For more information visit the city’s water conservation website for water wise landscaping ideas.
Zoning Administrator meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. Meeting Agendas, Action Agendas, and Minutes are available to view online.