Around Town: Safe Beach Day Website Launched for Huntington Beach Residents and Visitors

The City of Huntington Beach has launched a new website, Safe Beach Day, to provide real-time beach status information for city beaches and Sunset Beach.

Safe Beach Day is a digital dashboard that provides Huntington Beach residents and visitors with details on water hazards, wave heights, water temperatures, stingray activity and more.

The Huntington Beach Fire Department’s Marine Safety Division worked with Watchtower Solutions to be the first city in the United States to unveil this tool. Although it is designed to be a resource for beachgoers, it also helps direct staff resources and response.

The city plans to add beach parking conditions and capacity to the site soon, as well as conditions at Huntington Harbor Beach.

NMUSD Cloud Campus Registration Information Session Scheduled

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District is hosting an information session and building interest in enrolling for the upcoming school year on its Cloud Campus, which teaches students from TK to 12. The virtual information session will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, March 9 and start at 5 p.m.

For more information, visit and email [email protected] or call (949) 515-6690.

Huntington Beach City School District Hires Assistant Superintendent

The Huntington Beach City School District has hired Robert Miller as assistant superintendent of human resources.

Miller has 27 years of education experience, most recently serving in the same role for the Capistrano Unified School District. He is also a former middle school principal in the Ocean View School District and began his career as a teacher at HBCSD, Sowers Middle School.

“Huntington Beach City School District is an incredible organization with dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to improve outcomes for children,” Miller said in a statement. “I am honored to have been selected as Deputy Superintendent of Human Resources and look forward to working with all stakeholders to fulfill the district’s mission to support the academic and personal development of every student.”

Miller holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Cal State Long Beach and a master of arts in educational administration from Alliant International University.

The board approved Miller’s hire at its Jan. 25 meeting, and he will start on March 1. Patricia Hager, who has held the position since 2015, is retiring at the end of this month.

Huntington Beach will host a blood drive on March 5

Huntington Beach, in conjunction with UC Irvine Health, is holding a blood drive at City Hall on Saturday, March 5.

The blood drive will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Due to COVID-19 protocols, an appointment to donate is required.

The American Red Cross has declared a national blood crisis during the pandemic, with an overall drop of 10% in blood donations. The most requested blood group is type O.

“Your Health Matters OC” webinar scheduled for February 22

The Orange County Health Care Agency will host a YouTube talk show called “Your Health Matters OC” which will feature health professionals from the county agency and the community at large to talk of various health topics.

Members of the public are encouraged to view the webcast and submit questions in advance by emailing [email protected].

To view the online webcast on Tuesday, February 22 starting at 6 p.m., visit

Opening of Exer Urgent Care in Costa Mesa

Exer Urgent Care will open its third location in Orange County during its expansion to Costa Mesa next month. Physicians trained in emergencies and other medical personnel will be on staff at the facility.

Located at 235 E. 17th Street, Exer Costa Mesa will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with the last patient checked in at 8:30 p.m.

The opening celebration is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 9:39 a.m. on Wednesday, March 2.

OC Sanitation District appoints new director of operations

Riaz Moinuddin, a resident of Huntington Beach, has been named director of operations and maintenance for the Orange County Sanitation District, where he will assume responsibility for overseeing and managing 24-hour operations and maintenance of regional sewage facilities in Orange. County.

Moinuddin, who has worked for the Sanitation District for 18 years, recently served as engineering manager for its maintenance team.

“Riaz distinguished himself by his technical training, his management experience and his leadership qualities. He has been instrumental in improving process plant reliability and resiliency and we are thrilled to have him in his new role,” Chief Executive Jim Herberg said Wednesday in a press release issued by the Fountain Valley office.

Moinuddin holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois and a professional license in control systems engineering from the California Department of Consumer Affairs. He and his wife raised three children in Huntington Beach and recently welcomed their first granddaughter.

It’s time to plant tomatoes

Tomatomania! is back at Roger’s Gardens in Corona del Mar starting Friday and running through March 5. This is the 11th year that the gardens have hosted the sale of tomato plants.

More than 250 varieties of heirloom and hybrid tomato plants will be available in addition to more than 100 varieties of peppers.

For more information, visit

— Daily pilot staff

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