City Administrators Weekly Report

September 14, 2009


Golden Bear Reunion

Tickets are still available for the Centennial Celebration sponsored Golden Bear Reunion Concerts on September 25 and 26. Concert organizers will reprise the rock, country rock, and blues sounds that filled the Bear during its heyday from the 1960s through the mid 80s. Friday September 25, Honk, David Lindley, Ray Manzarek of the Doors, and special guests will perform two shows: 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 26, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Chris Hillman and Herb Pederson and special guests will perform at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The concerts will be held at the Hilton Waterfront Resort and are limited to 300 seats each performance. For more information visit: or call 714-960-7904 for tickets.


Quick Tip of the Week – What's The Next Step?

Before ending a call, make sure that both of you and the customer have a mutual understanding of what has/will be done to resolve their issue.

FDIC Extends Insurance Waiver on Business Bank Accounts

FDIC extends waiver on insurance limits for businesses and public agencies with checking account balances until June 2010. Once the FDIC insurance increase has expired, California State Law currently requires public agency depositories to collateralize all deposits above the FDIC insured limits at 100% or greater to protect public funds. After June 30, 2010, the transaction accounts by business will be subject to the same limits as other individual deposit accounts, which is $250,000 until 2013. The Transaction Account Guarantee (TAG) is part of the FDIC’s Temporary Liquidity Program, which was established in October to improve stability in the banking system. While the TAG is a voluntary program, more than 7,100 banks (including the City’s depository bank) are participating. The program provides unlimited deposit insurance coverage on an estimated $700 billion in transaction account balances for participating banks that normally wouldn’t be covered. The City’s depository, Union Bank, has passed on the additional charge from the FDIC of $.2433 per thousand dollars for this coverage to the City.



Plein Air Festival 2009

The Huntington Beach Art Center’s 5th Annual Plein Air Festival continues this week with a reception on Friday September 18 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The public is invited to meet the artists and enjoy the beautiful paintings of Huntington Beach’s stunning landscapes. Included in the exhibit will be paintings of historical landmarks that celebrate the city’s centennial. The exhibition and sale of art work will continue through Sunday, September 27.

The reception and exhibition will be held at the Art Center located at 538 Main Street. There is no charge for admission. The Art Center is open Wednesday through Saturday, 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., and closed Monday and Tuesday. Funds raised help support the Art Center’s exhibition and education programs. For information, call 714-374-1650 or visit

Senior Services

Friday, September 18, the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors Center will be showing the PG-13 rated movie 17 Again at 12:30 p.m. Mathew Perry and Zac Efron star as Mike O’Donnel, a 40-something on the brink of a midlife crisis who wishes he could have a “do-over” which a chance encounter with a mystical high school janitor provides. The movie and popcorn are free! Seniors on the Go provides transportation for movies and other activities at the Rodgers Seniors’ Center. To reserve a ride, call 714-374-1742.

California Coastal Cleanup Day

It’s not too late to sign up for California Coastal Cleanup Day coming up this Saturday, September 19th. The City of Huntington Beach will be hosting its beach cleanup from 9:00 a.m. until noon. The third Saturday of September is considered the official California Coastal Cleanup Day. Volunteers will meet on the sand in front of Lifeguard Headquarters at 103 Pacific Coast Highway. For information please call 714-536-5614.

Pacific Islander Festival

The 2nd Annual Pacific Islander Festival will be held in Huntington Central Park (below Huntington Central Library) this weekend, September 19-20, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This free event features cultural traditions, performances and the arts of the Pacific Islands, along with storytelling, drumming, crafts, and food. Enjoy Island Villages with cultural demonstrations and live hands-on art projects. In addition, the event will feature food preparation and the cuisines of the Pacific. Free parking is available in the Central Park Library lot.

September 11 Ceremony

A ceremony organized by city Public Safety departments and the local Veterans organizations will be presented at Pier Plaza this Friday, September 11 at 6:00 p.m.  The ceremony is intended to honor the efforts of those who risked their lives in the tragedy of 9/11.  It will feature speakers from the Fire, Police, and Marine Safety Departments along with presentations by the Veteran’s organizations and local officials. 

Huntington Beach Art Center Plein Air Events

Painting in the Streets, September 12, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Watch Plein Air artists as they take to the streets to paint downtown Huntington Beach.  Artists will work within the first three blocks of Main Street.

Workshops at Historic Landmarks, September 13 -The public is invited to register for Intro to Plein Air Workshops scheduled for Sunday, September 13th.  Festival artists Diana LoSchiavo and Pam Panatonni will hold practical demonstrations at the Newland House and at the City Gym and Pool.  Pre- registration for this free class is required and a materials list will be provided at time of registration. Please call 714-374-1650 to register.

Plein Air Dining, Thursday, September 17, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. -The Huntington Beach Art Center Foundation is hosting a fundraising dinner at the Art Center as part of the 2009 Plein Air Festival.  Award winning Chef Jeff Littlefield of the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort will be serving a gourmet menu with fine wines. Tickets are $85 per person and can be purchased by contacting Charlene Clary at 714-536-5258.


Finance staff presented the City’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2009/10 at the September 8 City Council meeting. The budget was adopted by a 7-0 vote with the only modification being the 10% reduction to the City Council’s personal stipends. The adopted General Fund budget is balanced and totals $181,333,941, a nine percent decrease from the fiscal year 2008/09 adopted budget. The budget was greatly impacted by the continuing recession, State takeaways, and decreases in almost all of the City’s revenue streams.

In response to this decrease in revenues, the adopted budget required difficult decisions and sacrifice throughout all levels of the organization. The Finance Department wishes to thank the department heads and all staff members for their hard work.

Anyone interested in further information on the budget is encouraged to contact Jennifer Lampman at x 5674.


Off Duty Firefighter Rescues Woman

On Tuesday, September 8, 2009, at approximately 5:30 p.m., off duty Fire Protection Specialist Darrin Witt was driving home from work when he witnessed a four car accident on the 22 freeway in the city of Orange. He immediately pulled over and noticed that one of the vehicles was on fire with a victim inside the vehicle. The fire was in the area of the gas tank with gasoline spilled on the freeway and burning. Witt exited his vehicle and radioed Metro Net dispatch of the accident. When he arrived at the driver’s door of the vehicle there was a passer-by that was unable to open the door. Darrin had to forcibly open the door to remove the injured female victim out of her vehicle. A passer-by offered a fire extinguisher which Darrin used to extinguish the fire that was under the injured female victim’s vehicle. Once the fire was extinguished, he notified dispatch of the status and then began assessing and treating the victim with the assistance of a private ambulance that had been on the freeway. When the Orange Fire Department arrived on scene, he briefed them of the accident, his actions, and the patient status of the four victims before he left the scene.


Business Licenses

Are you considering starting a business? Did you know you can obtain information about what is required and who to contact to start a business through Surf City Pipeline? Type in “Business License” in the Quick Find Section at or on the city’s website for more information about Business Licenses.



Children’s Library continues to reap the rewards of a generous community

The community reaction to the selling of fraudulent tickets to the Taste of Huntington Beach continues to be amazing. Immediately after the news broke, two anonymous residents donated $5,000 to the Friends of the Children's Library. And just last week another concerned citizen donated $200. Then this week a gentleman came in to give another generous donation to make up for the amount missing due to the fraudulent tickets. He said that he and his wife have attended the Taste since it was held in the Library itself and were shocked that someone would defraud the Children’s Library in that way. They hoped that their anonymous donation of $2,500 would help to make up for the loss. What a wonderful, supportive community we have!

Surf City’s Own Film Festival Celebrating 5 Years in Huntington Beach

The SoCal Film Festival: Celebrate the culture and art of film with more than 130 movies being screened at the Huntington Beach Central Library Theatre, including feature films, shorts, documentaries, action movies, thrillers, dramas, comedies, as well as sport and surfing films September 14 -23. Admission is $4.00 - $6.00 - All-Fest Pass: $35.
For tickets and show times, visit:


Al Brady voted to Code Enforcement Board

Code Enforcement Officer II, Al Brady was voted to the Board of Directors for the California Association of Code Enforcement Officers (CACEO). He will be one of three representatives for Region 7 (Orange County). Al has been with the City of Huntington Beach for 11 years.

Comment Period Open for the Ridge Project


Police Sergeants Recognized

The police department is proud to recognize two of our police sergeants who recently graduated from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SBSLI). Sergeant Sam Lopez graduated on August 14, 2009, from Class 258 and Sergeant Jim McLean graduated on September 11, 2009, from Class 260.

Leadership is a dynamic phenomenon requiring the integration of numerous attributes and skills. The leaders of today must maintain their effectiveness in an ever changing society. The SBSLI provides first line supervisors with a high quality training experience allowing them to fine tune their leadership skills.

The SBSLI is a program designed to stimulate personal growth, leadership, and ethical decision-making in California law enforcement front-line supervisors. Designed and implemented in 1988 through the efforts of California law enforcement professionals and top educators and trainers, the SBSLI is an intense program based on experiential learning techniques. Students are challenged to learn new ways to resolve issues through group and individual work.

Water Forum Online

The Water and Huntington Beach Town Hall meeting was held August 27. For those that missed this informative session regarding water supply, the entire meeting is available on the front page of the City website at: The meeting includes a brief overview of water issues and covers questions from residents

Did you know?

The city has over 1,000 parking spaces near the beach!  You can purchase the Annual Beach Parking pass that allows discounted parking prices near the City beach.  Learn more about this beach parking pass.

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