City Administrators Weekly Report

September 21, 2009


Charter Review Commission

The next meeting of the Charter Review Commission is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6 in Room B-8 in City Hall. The Commission will be reviewing Charter Sections related to the city’s elected offices. These are: Section 300-Elective Offices (Directly elected Mayor), Section 302-Council Compensation, Section 304-Subsection (b) Council control of all legal business of the city, Section 305-306-Presiding Officer (Role of Mayor & Mayor Pro Tem), Section 309-City Attorney – Discussion on making appointed and/or adding qualification, Section 310-City Clerk - Discussion on making appointed and/or adding qualification, Section 311-City Treasurer - Discussion on making appointed and/or adding qualification, and Section 800-Transitions – Review as it relates to changes in the above sections.


Customer Service Tip of the Week – Relax, Then Relate

If you are relaxed you will put your customer at ease. If you are relaxed you will relate to them in an effective and powerful fashion. Otherwise you will miss the boat and not make the human connection you need to make. Top notch customer service is all about the human connection.


California Coastal Cleanup Day

488 volunteers arrived on Saturday, September 19 for the 25th Annual Coastal Cleanup to rid the city beach of trash and debris. This was the largest turnout since the event began; one family even traveled from Las Vegas, Nevada to participate in this annual event. The total collected for the three-hour event was 630 pounds of recyclables and 2,620 pounds of trash. The most unusual item picked up was a designer handbag covered in mussels and the luckiest find was a one hundred dollar bill pulled from the sand by a fifteen year old boy.

Huntington Beach Senior Services

Want to learn about e-bay? On Tuesday, September 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center is offering a computer class for first-time e-bay users. Get a taste of what this enormous auction web site is all about. This informative session will show you how to bid and how to buy and sell your items. A suggested donation of $5.00 for equipment and materials is requested on the first day of class. Prerequisite: You must have completed a Microsoft Windows Skills course, have good computer skills, be familiar with the Windows environment, and have experience using the internet. There is limited enrollment, so sign-up today at the Senior Centers’ front counter. For more information call 714-536-9387.

Huntington Beach Art Center

The Plein Air Festival Exhibition continues through Sunday, September 27. This is the final opportunity to view and purchase Plein Air Paintings produced during the Festival. Come and see the familiar sights of Huntington Beach as interpreted by our festival artists at the Art Center today. For more information call 714-374-1650.

39th Annual Surf Contest

The 39th Annual Huntington Beach Surf Contest was held this past weekend on the south side of the pier. There were 175 participants from the Huntington Beach area who competed for prizes and bragging rights. The contest was open to all age categories, but was limited to those residing in the Huntington Beach High School District area. The event was run by the City of Huntington Beach Community Services Department and had enormous support from local businesses. Huntington Surf and Sport donated prizes to winners as well as providing T-shirts to all of the participants. Java Point provided coffee and donuts both mornings. The event wrapped up with boxed lunches provided by Duke’s and HSS for all of the participants. Awards were given for 1st through 6th place in each division. The overall award was presented to Greg Eisle, winner of the Super Heat, who dedicated his performance to John Kissell. Other division winners included: Henry Noppenberger for Grand Masters, John Mitchell for Super Grand Masters, Logan Strook for Men’s, Craig Bartlett for Boys, Brook Daigneault for Women’s, Cody Wehrer for Masters, Shayne Nelson for Juniors, and Benjamin Seaberry for Menehune.

City of Huntington Beach Youth Sports – Fall Programs

The fall youth sports programs will begin Saturday, September 26 at 9:00 a.m. with league play for flag football at Murdy and Edison Community Centers. The City Gym and Pool will be hosting the second season of coed indoor volleyball beginning Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Both leagues meet every Saturday and continue through the first week of November. The City of Huntington Beach youth sports programs offer the youth of the community a great way to experience competitive sports in a fun and instructional environment.


First-Time Homebuyers Downpayment Assistance Program

The city has launched a new First-Time Homebuyers Downpayment Assistance Program, which consists of a Silent Second Mortgage Loan Program with an equity share for low to moderate-income first-time homebuyers, with the principal payments deferred. The program is income restricted for families or individuals making up to 120% AMI (for example, maximum income for an eligible family of 4 is $103,300). All properties in the city of Huntington Beach are eligible (up to a maximum sales price of $515,000) with the exception of mobile homes. Buyers must have good credit and be able to qualify for a 30 year mortgage. For information, please contact Sidney Stone, Housing Manager, at 714-536-5901 or the city’s non-profit partner, The Affordable Housing Clearinghouse, at 949-859-9255. Information and application materials can also be found on the city’s website:


Police Reports

Did you know that you can file certain types of Police Reports on Surf City Pipeline? If you’ve had a harassing phone call, a hit and run accident, lost property, been victim of a theft or vandalism, or had your vehicle burglarized you can connect to the city’s On-Line Police Reporting system by connecting to Police: On-Line Reports at and then follow the instructions provided.


Cleaning Up Together

Families from the Family Literacy Program joined forces with Youth Volunteer Corps of Orange County and Campfire on Saturday, August 29 to help with the Oak View Community Clean Up coordinated by Oak View Renewal Partnership. Streets and alleys were cleaned from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Volunteers enjoyed fruit, doughnuts, and coffee. The cleanup is a monthly effort by residents to keep the Oak View neighborhood clean and healthy. The Family Literacy Program was honored to help this month.

Big Surprise for Family Literacy Program

Literacy Volunteers-HBPL’s Family Literacy Program received a surprise $5,000 donation from one of its tutors, who wishes to remain anonymous. This tutor has been with the program for about a year, stopped by to let us know how they are doing and then handed us the check. What a great way to start out the school year!

Tools for School

Verizon Employees at the Slater Avenue facility collected school supplies for the Family Literacy Program as part of their Tools for School drive and donated them August 18. The program was able to give markers, crayons, pencils, and more to families taking part in our special Saturday Science classes targeting English Language Learner kindergarten through third graders from Oak View Elementary School.

National Day of Service and Remembrance – September 11

The Huntington Beach Central Library Children’s Department helped to promote this special day by inviting volunteers to participate in the Preschool Storytime and read stories aloud to the children. The theme of the stories and songs were about helping each other, working together and cooperation. The volunteer readers were Grandma Bobbie from the Library’s Grandparent Readers program and Raquel Ferreira-Caulkins, a professional volleyball player and coach, and a native of Brazil. Preschool Storytime closed with a puppet show narration of the book, Fox Stone Soup, wherein the animal characters work together and share what food items they had in order to make enough delicious soup for everyone. The story was performed by Miss Barbara, Children’s Librarian, Grandma Bobbie, and Raquel.


Special Planning Commission Meeting on Downtown Specific Plan October 6, 2009

The Planning Commission has added a special Public Hearing on the Downtown Specific Plan Update on October 6. Please note that the Public Hearing will begin at 6:00 p.m., an hour earlier than the normal Planning Commission meetings begin. The Commission is anticipated to act on the requisite entitlements for the project: Environmental Impact Report, General Plan Amendment, Zoning Text Amendment and Local Coastal Program Amendment. For more information on the Downtown Specific Plan Update, visit the Planning Department website at:


Police Volunteer Recognized

The California Crime Prevention Officers Association selected Richard “Dick” Swanson, of our Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), as their Volunteer of the Year for 2009. Dick Swanson was recognized at the annual conference held on September 16, 2009, in Long Beach.

Dick Swanson joined the RSVP program in 2001. His primary duties include, but are not limited to, conducting house vacation checks, issuing parking citations, and removing illegally posted signs including real estate signs left up past the allotted time. The illegal nuisance signs are discarded as trash. For the signs with value, Dick Swanson created a method to store the real estate signs so that undo costs are not incurred by real estate agents. He compiles a monthly report to the police department and forwards a copy to the Orange County Association of Realtors to facilitate getting the signs returned.

In addition, our community reaped another benefit from Dick’s over-the-top efforts. He has been able to return a few lost dogs to their owners by matching the “lost dog” posters in one part of the city with the “found dog” posters in another part. Dick acts as go between by calling the number on the missing dog poster, explaining who he is and giving them the number from the found dog poster. Another example of how Dick has helped so many people.

Removal of signs may seem like a small problem. But a neighborhood littered with illegally posted signs creates an image of a run-down neighborhood. Neighborhoods that appear run-down draw more crime. The work done by Dick Swanson and all the other RSVPs makes a big difference and is what helps to make Huntington Beach a great place to live.


Development Services Website Changes

The Development Services section of the Public Works website has been updated to provide more comprehensive information and accessibility. From the left side toolbar, visitors can access details for plan submittals, fees, permits and bond requirements. Potential developers can research water meter information and water quality management plan requirements. The update includes transportation information such as traffic counts, truck haul routes and street lights. Harbor information includes dock permit requirements, a wharfage map and links to harbor, boating, state regulatory agencies, and weather sites. County survey data, local utility contacts, and development assistance is linked as important information. The Public Works site also includes all current standard plans and an update of current capital projects on the front page. Thanks to the Information Services Webmaster for the revisions.