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Surf City Weekly – March 22

Edinger Avenue Sewer Construction Begins

Construction crews have started a large project on Edinger Avenue to replace a sewer pipeline. This project is essential due to a sag in the current sewer line, which is causing grease buildup and consequently reducing capacity. To rectify this issue, a $5 million investment will be made to replace the existing 8 and 10-inch sewers with 8 to 15-inch ones, eliminating the sag and restoring the system to its full capacity.

Commuters traveling the area should anticipate delays, as construction will occur both during the day and overnight, with traffic reduced to a single lane. Specifically, work in front of The Residences at Bella Terra, from the railroad east of Gothard Street to Sher Lane, will occur during daytime hours. Conversely, the segment from Sher Lane to the east of Beach Boulevard will undergo construction in the evening. The project is anticipated to be complete in summer 2024.

Huntington Beach Fire Department Participates in Career Day

On Monday, March 11, Fire Department personnel participated in Career Day at Stacey Intermediate School. Department members spoke with students about the different career paths associated with fire and marine safety services. Students were also informed about the Junior Lifeguard and Fire Explorer programs, which are youth-based programs that provide an introductory exposure to lifeguard, fire, and emergency medical services.

Officer Ladjimi Receives the “10851” Grand Theft Auto Award

During the City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 19, Officer Ladjimi received the prestigious “10851” Grand Theft Auto Award. Named after the California Vehicle Code section on motor vehicle theft, this award recognizes law enforcement officers who excel in recovering stolen vehicles and arresting auto theft criminals. Sponsored by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and AAA Insurance, it honors Officer Ladjimi’s proactive effort in tackling auto theft in California.

Over the course of 12 months, from November 4, 2022, to November 4, 2023, Officer Ladjimi recovered six rolling stolen vehicles as well as six abandoned vehicles and arrested six suspects for grand theft auto.

Please join us in giving a big round of applause to Officer Ladjimi for earning his first “10851” pin!

Marine Safety Division Trains New Lifeguards

On Saturday, March 16, and Sunday, March 17, the Marine Safety Division held its first of six weekend academy sessions for 24 new Ocean Lifeguards.

The first weekend of training included several ocean swims, instruction on emergency medical response skills, and an overview of Division policies and procedures. Upcoming weekends will cover technical ocean conditions, rescue techniques and the perimeter defense system.

All training will be complete and the new Lifeguards will be ready for assignment by June 1, in time for another busy summer season.

Blippi Visits Huntington Beach

The internationally known character Blippi visited Huntington Beach to film an episode featuring the Huntington Beach Fire Department. Aimed at preschoolers, this episode features Blippi and his friend Meekah, as they learn about fire safety, prevention and more. The cast and crew filmed at the Gothard Station as well as the Lake Street Station, and the episode will air in early 2025 on Blippi’s channels – Hulu, YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and more. He has 20 million followers on his YouTube channel alone.

Blippi inspires curiosity through relatable, accessible and fun content. The wonderful world of Blippi has captivated preschoolers and parents alike, making learning fun and exploration endless. With Blippi, kids can experience real-life places while discovering real-life facts as they watch. Blippi (and all his friends) help foster curiosity and wonder while demonstrating how to learn through play. He also encourages kids to ask questions about the world around them.

Central Library Receives Commendation for Hummingbird Protection

The Huntington Beach Public Library is thrilled and honored to receive a commendation from Sea and Sage Audubon, the Orange County chapter of the National Audubon Society, recognizing the bird strike window film installed at Central Library in 2023. After local residents drew attention to the number of hummingbirds killed by flying into the library windows the face the fountains, a collaborative effort was born to address it. From the dedication of local volunteers to an anonymous donation facilitated through the HB Wetlands Conservancy and the efforts of the City’s Public Works Department and Library staff members, this incredible project was shepherded through.