While there is strong pressure from the developers on the Huntington Beach City Council to build a new senior center far from the beach, the real question is whether Huntington Beach's seniors are adequately served by the present center. The answer to this question, while no, results not from an inadequate facility but from inadequate services, a lack that will not be remedied by throwing money into developers' and politicians' hands.
The existing center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and a half-day on Saturday, and is closed on Sundays. These are hours I remember well from when I was employed full time. But I am not employed and see little distinction among the days of the week. I wake at 6 a.m. (actually at several times during the night, when I sometimes go for walks) and am in bed at 9 (let's not forget my afternoon nap). These hours are not uncommon for those past a certain age. Some of my friends babysit their grandchildren during the day when the parents are at work. They'd like a place they could hang out after working hours.