First and foremost, I am thrilled to announce that City Hall has reopened for in-person services. On Tuesday, January 4 2022, the City of Huntington Beach joined other coastal cities in temporarily closing City Hall and other City facilities due to the substantial increase of COVID-19 cases. While most City services remained in place, in-person services were unavailable. More information on the reopening can be viewed on Surf City Break.
At last night’s City Council meeting, I was happy to work with Councilmember Carr and Councilmember Kalmick in bringing forward an item that furthers our goals of assisting our City’s senior residents. It has become clear recently that many seniors living within Huntington Beach may be experiencing financial hardships due to increased costs of living. Thanks to the support of my fellow City Councilmembers, an item was approved to direct staff and community partners to work together in hosting a senior Resource Fair in HB. The Resource Fair, which we hope to hold in March, would connect seniors with information and resources that may reduce their financial burdens. Be sure to check back on Surf City Break as more event details become available.
Lastly, I want to reiterate the statement I made last night at the City Council meeting condemning the hateful anti-semitic flyers that were received by some residents within our community. I know we can all agree that the messaging contained within the flyers does not reflect the values or ideas we believe here in Huntington Beach. We have zero tolerance for hateful rhetoric or prejudice within our community. I want to ensure our community that the HBPD has been investigating the incident. Additionally, our Human Relations Committee has been made aware and will be looking into this incident further.