City Administrators Weekly Report

July 17, 2007


Senior Deputy City Clerk - After 16 years with the city of Huntington Beach, 13 with the Fire Department and 3 in Public Works, Caren Ferrera is moving to the City Clerk's office as its latest Senior Deputy City Clerk in charge of records management. Caren brings a comprehensive understanding of the overall city records management process and a familiarity with the software used by the Clerk's office to electronically manage files dating back as far as 1909. She is looking forward to the challenge of a new career opportunity and will be a much welcomed addition to the Clerk's staff.


Cure for Summer Boredom - If you’re hearing “Mom, there’s nothing to do” this summer, take a look at the day camps offered in the summer SANDS. Just a few include: Mad Science Summer Camps; Surf Camp; Spiker Camp; Track and Field Summer Camp; Filmmaking; Cheer-nastics Camp; Creative Art and Crafts Camp; Chess Camp; Dance; and Skyhawks Sports Camps. There something for every interest.

Surf Fest 2007 Features Dogtown and Z Boys, Friday, July 20, 7:30 p.m., HB Art Center - In this extremely popular action sports documentary, director Stacy Peralta (one of the most famous Z Boys) tells the inspiring story of surfer/skaters through interviews, archival film footage, and stunningly beautiful still photographs. Scheduled to attend are Z Boys Jeff Ho, Nathan Pratt, Craig Stecyk, Paul Constantineau, Chris Cahill, Allen Sarlo, Baby Paul Cullen, Wentzel Ruml, Cris Dawson, Paul Hoffman, Z Girl Peggy Oki, and Ray Flores. Admission is free.

Family Camp Out - Community Services offered its second overnight camping event at Central Park on July 14 and 15. A total of 200 adults and children participated in the event. Campers were invited to attend organized activities, drop-in activities, or just kick back and enjoy the beautiful area. The activities offered included: REI program, nature crafts, nature hike with visit to Shipley Nature Center, games, and a visit to Adventure Playground. The evening campfire included guests who entertained and educated the participants. Mary Pat Gonzalez entertained everyone with stories and songs. Bob Tres brought snakes and mammals and presented information about predatory relationships. Participants are looking forward to next year’s event!

Senior Softball at the Central Park Sports Complex - This past weekend saw a mix of clouds, sunshine, and warm weather as the city hosted its 19th Annual Senior Softball Tournament. The tournament continued to have inter-state appeal as teams from Las Vegas and Arizona joined teams from Moorpark, Palm Springs, and of course Huntington Beach for a relaxing and fun time in the city. There were 32 teams competing in 7 divisions for the claim to the best of the Southland in their competition level. The event was held at the Central Park Sports Complex. All participants received the very popular special edition commemorative shirt, celebrating the anniversary of this event. Local teams fared well with Full Count based out of Westminster topping the Fountain Valley Outlaws team for their fourth straight tournament championship. The Just 4 Fun team from Phoenix outlasted Centerfield from Huntington Beach in extra innings. The Classics from Carlsbad topped the SoCal Cruisers to win their second title in three years. Two City of Huntington Beach teams took home championships. The Huntington Beach Rebels took home top honors in Division IV, while the Fullerton Blues took the Division VI. The So. Calif. Patriots from San Clemente took top honors in Division V. Many of the participants in this year’s event commented on how much they enjoy the tournament and are already planning on next year’s tournament at the Central Park Sports Complex.


Surfcity Nights Logo Surf City Nights - Join the fun on Downtown Main Street tonight, July 17, from 5 - 9 p.m., between Pacific Coast Highway and Orange Avenue. The Downtown Business Improvement District has selected a new market that will start tonight. As the weeks continue, expect to see more activity on Main Street! Check out the fun as there will be additional entertainers, arts & crafts, kids’ activities, specialty foods, limited finger foods, exhibitors, and more! The farmer’s market offers roasted peanuts, kettle corn, organic veggies/fruits, fresh cut flowers, cookies, spices, organic olive oil, and more. Make a night of it and grab dinner at a downtown eatery and shop at our local stores. The City Parking Garage offers two hours of free parking from 4:00 – 8:30 p.m. Due to county health regulations, dogs are not allowed.


Central Library Renovation is Beginning - After some months of planning and preparation, renovation of the Central Library began on Monday, July 9. This phase of the renovation will include painting (mostly external), repair of the skylights, and replacement of ceiling tiles. It is expected to continue for six to eight weeks. The work may result in some noise and inconvenience (including parking) but will do much to keep the building safe and attractive. This work is very important and any inconvenience is temporary. Patrons’ patience is appreciated. PLANNING

Environmental Board Vacancies - The city of Huntington Beach Environmental Board is seeking applicants for two vacancies. The Environmental Board is a volunteer board consisting of nine residents appointed by the City Council. The Environmental Board is empowered and has the duty to study the environment of the city of Huntington Beach and investigate all actual and potential threats to a clean environment for the city and its inhabitants. An interested person must be a resident of Huntington Beach and should be available to attend regularly scheduled meetings. The Board meets the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in Room B-7 of the lower level of City Hall. Individuals interested in the Environmental Board positions may go online at to fill out an application. The vacancies are open until filled. For any questions regarding the Environmental Board, please contact Rosemary Medel, Environmental Board Secretary, at 374-1684.

Coastal Commission Hearing on Parkside Estates Postponed - The California Coastal Commission postponed the July 11 hearing on the Parkside Estates until October or November. The October hearing is scheduled for October 10-12 in San Pedro, and the November hearing is scheduled for November 14-16 in San Diego. The date of the hearing will be included in this newsletter when it is announced. For more information, visit the Coastal Commission webpage,


Public Works Employees Rescue Woman - On July 11, Public Works Water Utilities Technicians Tony Rizco and Greg Wells were driving south on Edwards Street when they noticed a car had gone through the fence and into the flood control channel north of Warner Avenue. Their first thoughts were to help with traffic control, but the men soon realized that the driver was still in the car. Tony, along with two other citizens, entered the channel and removed an 87-year-old woman from her car and stayed with her until Police and Fire arrived. Wells stayed on the street and controlled traffic. Tony said the woman was remarkable. She did not panic and requested that someone “remove her groceries from her trunk and someone needed to pick up her grandson.” This is not the first time Tony has been involved in heroic efforts. In 1995, he and fellow Public Works employee Greg Ketcham helped evacuate 25 residents from an apartment complex after children set fire to a Christmas tree. Tony received a Public Safety Award for his quick action at the apartment complex.

Construction Projects - Roadway work has begun on the Goldenwest Street Rehabilitation Project between Warner and McFadden Avenues. During construction, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction between the hours of 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily. Two lanes of traffic will be open in the evening and on weekends. Part of the project includes work in the intersection of Goldenwest Street and Edinger Avenue that will take place during the overnight hours. Notices will be sent out to affected businesses and residences prior to the night work beginning. This project is expected to be completed in early October. At the conclusion of the Goldenwest work, construction will begin on Bolsa Chica Street.

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