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Huntington Beach Happenings

by: Chris MacDonald
Posted: July 16, 2018

HUNTINGTON BEACH...A very Happy Birthday to the following people. They are: Huntington Beach History Author Mike Heywood, Former Huntington Beach Mayor Dave Garofalo, Huntington Beach Coldwell Banker Realtor Kendra Nemitz Lakin and Miss Huntington Beach Alyssa Welfringer.


Huntington Beach Public Works Department Director Travis Hopkins Assistant Kirsty Wapner Said:

I-405 Widening Project:

Efforts are continuing with the I-405 Widening project with efforts in design, right-of-way acquisition and construction all occurring simultaneously for different portions of the work effort. Actual physical construction is starting to become more evident, especially along the mainline of the freeway where widening work and concrete rail installations are occurring in preparation of traffic lane shifts. Very soon, some of the smaller arterial street bridges will be demolished as the bridges are fully removed and reconstructed. On larger arterials, the bridges will be built in 2 stages, maintaining traffic flow throughout construction. For Huntington Beach, the first bridge that will be removed is the McFadden bridge. The City officially received a 60 day notice of the bridge work, placing the start of demolition around mid-September. OCTA and Caltrans are continuing to work with property owners to complete a few property acquisition transactions in Huntington Beach. These range from temporary easements for construction, to some relatively small property acquisitions. Information is available to the public through OCTA’s public outreach efforts with a project e-mail address, Facebook page, Twitter account and a call-in helpline. All project information can be found on the OCTA project website at

Shea Homes Provides Upgrades

For Existing Public Works Facilities Model homes of the ‘Parkside Estates’ will be available to view in August/ September of this year. Out of the 111 homes to be constructed, there will be four floor plans to choose from throughout the phased community. As a private development project, Public Works Construction plays a part in the inspection of the work performed in the public right-of-way, streets, curb, gutters, sidewalks, signals, including any infrastructure facilities that will be operated and maintained by various groups within the Public Works Utility Department, in this case, pump stations and storm drains:

·  Sewer Lift Station – The Shea project will install a new sewer lift station, which will accommodate the flows from the new Shea Homes while also absorbing the existing flows that are currently being handled by the existing, aging lift station, which will be taken out of service. To date, the wet well, valve vault, and meter vault have been completed. The pumps and piping have been installed and tested. Electrical duct bank installation activities are currently underway. Final testing of the motor control cabinet is in progress at the manufacturer and is scheduled to be delivered this week. Final station electrical, testing and start-up is anticipated later this summer.

Major Components of a Sewer Lift

·  Storm Drain Pipeline Upgrade
– The storm drain facilities are being upgraded to not only capture the new flows generated from the new Shea Homes project, but will also accommodate the existing flows using in some places a pipeline diameter as large as120 inches in size.  Phased progress of the reinforced concrete box (RCB) beneath the Wintersburg Channel is as follows:

-  Phase 1 (north side of channel)
is complete.

- Phase 2 RCB xwill begin in the next couple of weeks. The RCB box will be completed within the dry season.

- Phase 3 (south side of channel) will begin in the next couple of weeks. The RCB box will be completed within the dry season.

- Phase 4 (south side of channel, Slater Pump Station) is complete.

· Slater Storm Drain Pump Station Upgrade – The pumping capacity at the pump station is being increased to handle both the flows generated from the new Shea Homes and existing flows.  The storm drain (RCB) has been completed within the Slater Pump Station and backfilled. Pump Station work will begin late summer / early fall. Slater Pump Station work includes two new cascade pumps inside the existing pump building and two new sump pumps outside that will pump storm water to the on-site natural treatment system.


Huntington Beach Mayor Mike Posey Said: A report on my Town Hall which occurred on Thursday July 12th, 2018, Mayor Mike Posey delivered the welcome address to the Citizen's Academy speaking about his role on City Council. The Mayor discussed his pathway to City Council which inluded serving on the Fourth of July Executive Board and the Planning Commission prior to his election in 2014. The Mayor also reviewed his role on City and Regional Committees emphasizing his interest in Legislative Affairs. A preview of the July 12th Town Hall topic on CalPERS was revealed that resulted in a lively question and answer session.


Huntington Beach City Council Member Barbara Delgleize Said: The Corner Market is now open at 601 11th Street in Huntington Beach...check out this wonderful video by Joe Anello... Click on this link:


From Huntington Beach City Councilman Patrick Brenden,  these are highlights from the Agenda for the upcoming City Council meeting, to be held on July 16th.


1) Chief Handy will present a report on the Police Modernation Project.

2) Staff will present a report on their analysis of the Public Cable Television Authority mission of providing public access to community programming and support for resolving cable subscribers complaints.


1) Adoptable pet of the month.

2) Mayor Posey will proclaim July as “Parks Make Life Better Month”.

3) Mayor Posey will recognize Rick and Roslyn Bashore for efforts in beautifying the entrance to the Fashion Shores tract.

4) Finance Director Gilbert Garcia will present July Mayor’s Award to Senior Accounting Technician Elisabeth Ferguson.


1) Staff will introduce the work plan for implementing the new zoning designation of Research and Technology Zone.

2) Police and Fire Departments will provide reports on 4th of July impacts.


1) Approval of minutes from July 2, 2018 City Council meeting.

2) Consideration of six month agreement with City of Costa Mesa for Public Safety Helicopter Services.

3) Consideration of agreement for consultant services with City of Fountain Valley for an Emergency Medical Services Manager.

4) Consideration of agreement with Braver Players Musical Theater Foundation for non-exclusive use of the Huntington Beach Central Library Theater.

5) Consideration of agreement for On Call Architectural Engineering Services with IDS Group, Inc. in an amount not to exceed $250,000.

6) Consideration of acceptance of corrections to the Windward Specific Plan.

7) Consideration of recommendations from the Intergovernmental Relations Committee for City Council positions on legislation being considered by the California State Legislature: SB 946, SB998, SB623, and AB448.

8) Consideration of agreement with State Lands Commission for operation and maintenance of the Huntington Beach Pier and related Concesssions

9) Consideration of resolution 2018-46 confirming the report of the Public Works Director regarding the costs for weed abatement on private property within the City for the 2018 season.

10) Consider adoption of resolution
2018-47 approving the Certification of Special Assessments
for collecting Delinquent Civil Fines for Municipal Code

11) Consider adoption of resolution 2018-48 amending resolution 2018-29 which established a Consolidated Comprehensive Citywide Master Fee and Charges Schedule to make permanent the parking rate modifications for the Great Pacific Airshow and set a policy for annual parking pass holders during events where the parking gate has been increased.


1) Accept Rainbow Environmental Services’ proposal for a Commercial Organic Waste Recycling Program including a 2.18% Commercial Trash Rate Adjustment.

2) Discussion of City Council Travel Protocol and Policies.

3) Consider adoption of Ordinance No. 4164 establishing a 120-day moratorium on dockless shared mobility devices.


1) From Councilman Brenden, a proposal to recognize the community contributions of recently passed Father Christian Mordor and Pastor Sumo Sato.

Huntington Beach City Councilman Patrick Brenden also stated that: The Air Traffic Noise Working Group (ATNWG) has now met 10 times since January 31, 2018. The next step in the process for the group is a presentation to City Council during an upcoming Council Meeting Study Session. Date is still TBD. At that time, The ATNWG will present findings and recommendations. Recommendations might include

1) to develop proposals to the FAA for modified approach procedures for Long Beach Airport and LAX inbound flights,

2) to establish a Aviation Commission to monitor air traffic noise issues and pursue remedies in the future,

3) to engage the services of outside consultants to assist the City in pursuing remedies in the future. Through the efforts of the ATNWG over the past six months, much has been accomplished in terms of identifying the issues, gathering data, establishing lines of communication with collaborative partners, finding outside consultants with experience in FAA noise issues, and communicating findings with the public. Following the upcoming Study Session presentation by the ATNWG, City Council will need to decide whether or not to commit additional resources to continue the pursuit of remediation.

If you want to enjoy The Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, it started las Friday and runs through Sunday August 12th. Make sure you add to your calendars to come to The Forever Young Show at The Hangar on Thursday August 9th, 2018 at 2:30pm. Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel and Huntington Beach City Council Member Patrick Brenden are going to be presenting Elmer Thill, America's Oldest Living Musician at 104 Years Young a proclamation. Elmer still plays the clarinet and is a life long resident of Anaheim California. I Hope you all can make this.

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