On Monday, November 9, 2020, the Huntington Beach City Council launched a capital improvement project to rehabilitate Edison Community Center, located at 21377 Magnolia Street. Project plans call for significant interior improvements including a newly remodeled lobby entrance, multi-purpose rooms, kitchen, restrooms, and service windows, all of which will modernize the facility to meet the … Continue reading Huntington Beach City Council Kicks Off New Improvement Project to Modernize Edison Community Center
November 5, 2020 – Julian Harvey was named as Huntington Beach’s Interim Chief of Police by a 5-2 vote of the Huntington Beach City Council. A veteran law enforcement executive with 28 years of policing experience, Mr. Harvey previously served as Deputy Chief of Police for the City of Anaheim, where he oversaw 400 sworn … Continue reading Huntington Beach City Council Votes to Appoint Julian Harvey as Interim Chief of Police
For many years, our Fire Department has hosted an Open House during Fire Prevention Week, the week of October 9, with fun and educational displays and demonstrations in the station and on the training grounds. This event has traditionally brought an outpouring of support from our community and we always look forward to it every year. This year, due to the unprecedented times and to protect the safety of our community and firefighters, we are unable to host this year’s event in-person.
The City has been made aware of Saturate OC events taking place in Huntington Beach by Lifeguard Tower 20. Contrary to claims made by organizers, Saturate OC has not obtained the required City permits needed to hold their event. Furthermore, the Saturate OC event is currently operating in violation of State and County public health orders. Given those factors, the City has already issued a citation to the Saturate OC event organizer today.
On Monday, July 20, the City will institute modified operations as a proactive health and safety measure in response to the current spike in COVID-19 cases throughout Orange County. Under this modified operating plan, the City will continue providing all current services (including Police, Fire, development, and utility operations), but will close public access to City Hall, the Police Department, and most other facilities to limit the interactions that can spread COVID-19. Of note, all departmental operations will remain fully staffed, and the City will improve and expand the use of digital and telephone services to meet the community’s needs remotely.
With the upcoming 4th of July weekend, the City will be deploying an enhanced public safety presence at the beaches, while also proactively enforcing regulations against illegal fireworks during the holiday weekend. Additionally, the City will be engaging additional public outreach efforts to promote public health and safety to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, especially in light of recent spikes in coronavirus cases throughout Orange County.
On June 15, City Council approved the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Program to deliver grants of up to $10,000 to Huntington Beach businesses with 30 or fewer employees. The City will fast track the Program to provide immediate relief to local businesses that have experienced hardship due to COVID-19. Businesses must apply between June 22 to June 26, and grants will be awarded based on eligibility requirements and availability of funds. The City has partnered with the Orange County Small Business Development Center (OC SBDC) to administer this Program, which is entirely funded with $4.75 million of one-time federal CARES Act funds distributed to the City by the Orange County Board of Supervisors’ Chairwoman Michelle Steel.
*UPDATED 06/03* Given that the State is still restricting large special events, the City of Huntington Beach and the 4th of July Executive Board have been working together to create a modified 4th of July Celebration to ensure residents can safely take part in this long-standing tradition. The Celebration will include a revised parade route that will travel throughout Downtown Huntington Beach and various residential neighborhoods. The parade itself will be modified to avoid the use of large floats, bands, or other features that may promote crowding or close gatherings among participants or viewers. Rather, the modified parade will include smaller caravans of vehicles in comparison to the traditional parade. More details on these modifications will be released over the next several weeks. The Celebration will also include an expanded home decorating contest that will now be citywide and include businesses. These adjustments will maintain social distancing and allow the parade to continue onward, while still embracing the spirit of this beloved event that began in 1904.
Initial meeting to be held on May 29 from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., and will feature experts who will discuss business resources related to the Paycheck Protection Program run by the SBA. As part of the City’s ongoing efforts to help the Huntington Beach business community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City and Orange … Continue reading HUNTINGTON BEACH HOSTS FIRST VIRTUAL TOWN HALL MEETING TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES TOWARDS RECOVERY
State authorizes Orange County businesses to move to full Stage 2 reopening, allowing dine-in restaurants, shopping malls, and in-store retail to reopen safely. City launches new business reopening website (www.HBready.com/reopen) which consolidates all official reopening guidance documentation currently available and needed for businesses to reopen. On Saturday, May 23, the State authorized Orange County’s plan … Continue reading ORANGE COUNTY MOVES INTO STAGE 2 REOPENING OF THE LOCAL ECONOMY