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Huntington Beach Happenings

by: Chris MacDonald
Posted: February 18, 2019

HUNTINGTON BEACH...Seal Beach's Newest District 1 City Councilman Joe Kalmick is being sworn in on Monday February 25th, 2019 at The Seal Beach City Council Meeting.

A very Happy Birthday to the following people. They are: Sunset Beach Woman's Club President Dawn McCormack, Sunset Beach Calvary Chapel Of The Harbour Member Pat Nelson-Carvalho and Huntington Beach Bolsa Chica Land Trust Member Carrie Thomas.

From Huntington Beach City Councilman Patrick Brenden… CITY COUNCIL MEETING PREVIEW, 02/19/2019

The upcoming meeting will be held on Tuesday because of Monday being Presidents Day. Study session begins at 4pm with a Mid-Year Budget Update and report on the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). Regular meeting starts at 6pm with a presentation from our City Clerk on the Safe and Sane Fireworks Stand Application and Lottery Process for 2019.

Council will consider approving a 5-year Lease Agreement with Primo Nosh Chefs LLC for operation of the food concessions at the HB Sports Complex. The Agreement includes an option for an additional 5 years. This lease has a starting rate of $15,000 per year in base rent with an additional amount based on a percent of gross sales ranging from 8% to 12%.

Council will consider adoption of Ordinance 4163 related to Alarm Systems in residential and commercial locations. This Ordinance seeks to address an ongoing problem with false alarms that put undue stress on Police resources. Council will consider adoption of Ordinance 4166 which is designed to expedite the Permit Process for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations on private property. Because of the growing number of EV charging station permit requests, this streamlining will lessen the time it takes to process permits, thus creating an easier process for our residents and businesses while reducing the labor hours required by staff in the Community Development Department.

Council will consider approving mid-year budget adjustments to the 2018/2019 Revised Budget. Council will consider adoption of Resolution 2019-07, increasing fees for burglar alarm false alarm fees. This item was continued from a prior meeting because Council requested that the fee scheduled be adjusted to provide a reduced fee for senior citizens.

Council will consider two options for reviewing the City’s Charter. It has been 10 years since the last Charter Review was conducted. At that time, the Council convened a Commission composed of 15 appointees, 7 of which were directly appointed by Council members (1 per) and 8 that were selected by Council through an application and interview process. When the Charter Review Commission convened in 2009, the City hired a consultant to facilitate the process. It is estimated that this approach could cost approximately $40,000 this time. Council may consider avoiding this cost by having the process facilitated by existing City Staff. Council will also consider an alternative approach whereby three Council Members would form an adhoc committee to assess what parts of the Charter might require modification, if any.

Council will vote on formal approval of a new labor agreement with the HB Police Officers Association. The negotiations leading to this agreement have been ongoing for almost two years as the current contract expired on September 30, 2017. This new agreement will cover the period from October 1, 2017 through December 31, 2019. The proposed agreement, which has been approved by both sides, includes no salary increases or any other increases that would contribute to unfunded pension liability. The POA members will see an increase in the amount contributed by the City towards their healthcare.

Huntington Beach Planning Commissioner Michael Grant Said: At the 10/03/2018 Planning Commission workshop the idea of returning planning commission to 6 PM was discussed. The time change has since been implemented. The idea is the earlier start time will potentially reduce cost to tax payers.

Huntington Beach Republic Services Community Relations Manager Debbie Killey Said: There is a New State law (AB 1826) requires businesses and apartment complexes that generate a certain amount of organic waste to arrange for organic waste* recycling.

Use and save money where you shop Locally. You can save money from Balboa BBQ, The Cake Box Pastries, Crunch HB Gym, Shoe Repair, Mumbi's Designs, Action Carpet Care, Sentry Pest Management and The Surf City Store.

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