City Administrators Weekly Report

April 22, 2008


Healthy Living Self-Management Workshop

A free six-week workshop, developed by Stanford University Patient Education Research Center, will begin May 1, at 1:30 p.m., at the Michael E. Rodgers Senior Center, in Room C.  This self-management program is designed to assist those with arthritis, diabetes, heart and lung problems, high blood pressure, and other chronic conditions.  The material is presented through detailed mini-discussions dealing with fatigue, exercise, relaxation techniques, medication usage, and how to be a partner with one’s doctor.  Those who are attending must make a commitment for the once-a-week class for six weeks.  Classes will be held May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and June 5.  Space is limited, so call now to register at (310) 514-6687.

City Safety Employees Honored

The California Surf Lifesaving Association (CSLSA) was honored to present awards to three Huntington Beach Police Officers and one Huntington Beach Lifeguard at their Spring Board of Directors Meeting at the Shoreline Yacht Club in Long Beach on Thursday, April 10.  CSLSA is an organization of professional, open water lifesavers from the southwest.  As part of their mission, CSLSA presents awards to lifeguards and non-lifeguards for actions that result in the saving of a life.  Huntington Beach Police Officers Frankie Choyeski, Francisco Jimenez, and Michael Thomas received awards for placing themselves at extreme risk to save a woman who had jumped from the Huntington Beach Pier.  The following is a synopsis of their actions.  At approximately 4:50 a.m. on August 8, 2007, Officers Choyeski, Jimenez, and Thomas responded to the Huntington Beach Pier in response to a 9-1-1 call for a swimmer in distress at the end of the pier.  Lifeguard personnel are off-duty between Midnight and 0600 hours.  Upon arrival, they observed a 56-year-old female in the water who had jumped from the pier while fully clothed in an apparent suicide attempt.  After removing and securing their gun belts and some clothing, Officers Choyeski and Thomas jumped from the pier and swam to the victim to keep her afloat.  Meanwhile, Officer Jimenez responded to Lifeguard Headquarters where he acquired a Rescue Paddleboard and entered the water to assist the two rescuers and the victim back to shore.  For their heroic, decisive, and timely action, the CSLSA awarded Officers Frankie Choyeski, Francisco Jimenez, and Michael Thomas HEROIC ACT AWARDS.  Huntington Beach Lifeguard, Greg Eisele, received an award for the performance of an off-duty rescue of three individuals near the Huntington Beach Pier.  The following is a synopsis of his action.  Greg, a Huntington Beach City Lifeguard, received an award for his actions in the prevention of three potential drownings when three fully-clothed, non-swimmer teenagers jumped from the end of the Huntington Beach Pier in the blind spot of Lifeguard Tower Zero on the pier.  Greg was off duty surfing on the west side of the pier on May 5, 2007, when he observed the jumpers and immediately recognized that two of the three were non-swimmers and in extreme distress.  He immediately paddled out to the three, a distance of about 200-300 yards, put them onto his surfboard, and paddled them away from the pier to a location where he and the victims could be seen by the guard in the Tower Zero.  Marine Safety personnel were dispatched and completed the rescue; however, without Greg’s immediate assistance the outcome could have been fatal.  For his decisive and timely action, the CSLSA awarded Lifeguard Greg Eisele a MERITORIOUS ACT AWARD.

Project Self-Sufficiency

The National Charity League Coasters of Huntington Beach hosted an afternoon tea for several Project Self-Sufficiency moms on Sunday.  The tea was held in the beautiful home of one of the Coasters.  It was an elegant afternoon of delicious teas (the black current tea was scrumptious), scones with lemon curd and Devonshire cream, tea sandwiches, petit fours, pastries and tarts, and enriching conversation with Coaster members.  PS-S participants were pampered and treated to a gorgeous and relaxing setting, soft music, and inspiring stories.  PS-S staff is very appreciative of the variety of ways that community members find to honor the PS-S participants.

Free Family Movie Night

The City Gym and Pool held its first ever free “Family Movie Night” on Saturday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m., featuring the “G” rated animated hit on wheels, CARS!  This classic cartoon starred the voices of Paul Newman, Owen Wilson, Cheech Marin, Tony Shalhoub, Jennifer Lewis, George Carlin, and Michael Keaton.  As the sun went down on Saturday night, approximately 40 participants packed up their beach chairs and blankets to enjoy a free night out with the family.  Popcorn and drinks were also available for a nominal fee.


Oceanview Promenade

The property management company for Abdelmuti Development Company has completed the 2007 reconciliation of rent payments for Oceanview Promenade.  The Owner Participation Agreement required that the Redevelopment Agency pay for a rent differential payment between the guaranteed rent and contract rent.  The good news is that for the fourth consecutive year, the Agency is not required to make any rent differential payments.


Fiscal Services

As of March 31, Business License revenue is up 7.4% over the same period in FY 06/07.  The mid-year Business License revenue figure of $1,120,464 is a historical high for the city.  These revenue totals can be attributed to enhanced Business License tax audits and enforcement.  Business License currently audits data received from the Franchise Tax Board, State Board of Equalization, Department of Real Estate, Orange County Fictitious Name Filings, and various city departmental databases.  Field enforcement audits continue and have been significantly more successful with the utilization of a digital camera, which provides necessary proof of business activity and businesses being brought into compliance.  As of March 31, there were 123 Administrative Citations issued by Fiscal Services compared to 131 citations issued for all of FY 06/07.  It is a violation of Huntington Beach Municipal Code Section 5.08.010 to conduct business activity in the city without first having obtained a business license.