City Administrators Weekly Report

May 13, 2008


Huntington Beach Art Center’s 8th Annual Live Art Auction

The Huntington Beach Art Center’s (HBAC) 8th Annual Benefit Art Auction, themed ARTini Time III, takes place Friday, May 16, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m., offering patrons an opportunity to buy fantastic art at excellent prices.  This lively event features delicious food and wine, the famous ARTini Bar, playful praxis by the artist collective Finishing School, an outdoor installation on the HBAC facade, and most of all fun and friendly bidding wars during the Live Auction.  Admission is general $50; HBAC members $45.  This event helps support art education and exhibitions.  For more information or tickets, please call the Art Center at 374-1650.  To view available work online, visit

Ol’ Fishin’ Hole Derby

The Ol’ Fishin’ Hole Derby for children with disabilities was held on Friday, May 9.  The Derby was held at Carr Park with 170 children participating.  Over 50 volunteers from various organizations and individual volunteers assisted them.  It was a great day for fishing at the lake, and over 90 fish were caught.  Rods and reels were raffled off, and a fun time was had by all.  The school with the most fish was Stacey Clegg with a total of 49.75 lbs of fish caught.  Awards were also given to the top three students.  This annual event is co-sponsored by the City of Huntington Beach and the Huntington Beach Kiwanis Club.  City employee organizations, including the MEO, POA, HBFA and MEA, donated funds to make this event happen.  The Huntington Beach Kiwanis Club and Fred’s from Huntington Beach provided lunch.  Other organizations that supported the event were the Huntington Beach Fishing Club who sent many volunteers; and the Department of Fish & Game provided poles, fish, and volunteers.  This event would not be possible without the generosity of the groups and individual volunteers who give so much of themselves for the benefit of others.

Huntington Beach Senior Services

Join the casual and friendly Wednesday Morning Life Story Writing Group and leave a written legacy for your family.  The group will motivate you, make you laugh, bring a tear to your eye, and trigger long forgotten memories.  In-class and at-home writing exercises are the tools for finding individual themes running through each of our life stories.  You will write and share stories and have fun too as we continue on the path to self discovery.  The group meets at Michael E. Rogers Seniors Center the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. in Room C.  Call 536-9387 for more information.

Earth Day Beach Clean-Up Day

Beach Operations reports over 200 volunteers showed at the City of Huntington Beach on April 26 to participate in the Earth Day beach clean-up.  Volunteers worked from 9 a.m. to noon picking up over 1,000 pounds of trash and debris.  Though volunteer numbers were down this year, the event was a big success.  At the end of the clean up, staff presented checks to our 19 volunteer groups that participate in our annual Adopt-A-Beach program where non-profit groups are obligated to clean a designated section of beach once a week from November 1 - March 31 each year.  Special thanks to the following groups for hard work and dedication:  Huntington Beach High School Surf Team, Huntington Beach Exchange Club, Costa Mesa High School Annex Class, Mesa View Middle School, Boy Scout Troop 568, Cub Scout Pack 278, Cub Scout Pack 290, Cub Scout Pack 470, Dwyer Middle School Surf Class, International Organization Jobe’s Daughter Bethel, Westminster High School French Club, Council On Aging, Cub Scout Pack 284, Huntington Harbor Philharmonic, Huntington Beach High School CA Scholarship Federation, Bolsa Chica Land Trust, Golden West College Adult Transition Program, Westminster High School Entertainment Unit, and a Costa Mesa High School class.

Huntington Beach 2008 Youth Character Awards – Bella Terra Huntington Beach

The Children’s Needs Task Force, together with the City of Huntington Beach, is sponsoring the 8th Annual American Youth Character Awards program to honor young people whose lives and achievements demonstrate an enduring commitment to qualities associated with good character.  This award was developed by the Josephson Institute of Ethics for the purpose of honoring young people who are the real and proper role models for their generation.  The names of the nominees and honorees will be announced at the 2008 Youth Character Award Recognition Ceremony at Bella Terra Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 24, at 10 a.m.  Officials from the city, schools, community groups, and residents will be present for the ceremony.


Garage Fire

On May 8, firefighters responded to a garage fire on Bermuda Drive.  The evening prior to the fire, the resident had wiped down his wooden patio furniture with boiled linseed oil.  He then placed the oily rag into a plastic milk crate containing other rags and placed the crate on a shelf in his garage.  The linseed oil soaked rag spontaneously combusted spreading the fire to the other rags in the container.  The fire then spread to the contents in the garage and eventually to the structure itself.  There were two vehicles parked in the garage at the time of the fire and both are determined to be a total loss.  The residents (family of four and one dog) were sleeping at the time of the fire but were awakened by a concerned neighbor who alerted the family to the fire by screaming and pounding on their front door.  The same neighbor then attempted to extinguish the fire with a garden hose but was unsuccessful.  The concrete tile roof of the garage collapsed.  The intense heat from the fire and the light weight supporting structure for the recently installed concrete roofing tiles may have contributed to its collapse.  No Fire personnel were inside the garage when it collapsed, and there were no citizen or Fire Department personnel injuries reported as a result of this fire.  The estimated structural loss was $50,000, and the estimated contents loss was $50,000.


Code Enforcement Activity for April 2008

For the month of April 2008, Code Enforcement staff opened 351 new cases, conducted 704 inspections, observed 362 violations, and successfully resolved 393 cases within an average of 31 days from initial complaint.  The following is a snapshot of code enforcement cases for the past 12 months:

Twelve Month Code Enforcement Case History

code_enforcement case history

Coastal Commission Action on Parkside Estates

On May 7, the Coastal Commission voted to approve the revised findings and modifications as suggested by Coastal Commission staff on the Parkside Estates project, a development of approximately 50 acres on the west side of Graham Street, south of Warner Avenue, which is owned by Shea Homes.  In addition, the Commission approved the changes requested by Shea Homes clarifying the findings and conditions.  The next step is to bring the approved Land Use Plan to the Council for acceptance of the Commission’s modifications.  This item is anticipated to be agendized in the next few months.


City Reduces Park and Landscape Irrigation

All Californians are being urged to make saving water a lifestyle change.  Up to 50% of home water usage goes to the landscape.  In Huntington Beach, most landscaping needs irrigation two or three times per week for approximately 15 minutes.  Reducing your cycle by just one day per week can result in a 20% savings in outdoor water use.  The City of Huntington Beach has reprogrammed all irrigation systems in the 707 acres of parks and all landscape medians to one day per week less.  Public Works Maintenance staff is also diligent about sprinkler adjustments and overspray.  If you observe water overflow or broken sprinkler heads on city property, please report the problem to the City Yard at 536-5480.

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