PAYING THE RENT
The Huntington Beach City Council is making an effort to help families
find affordable housing in the city. The council recently approved a deal
with Habitat for Humanity to build three homes. It also agreed to loan
money to Shelter for the Homeless to help buy and renovate a four-unit
apartment complex. It's a start.
PAINTING THE WAY
Gail Pelliccioni and the Parent-Teacher-Student Assn. of Huntington Beach
High School are determined to see the math and science building at the
school repainted over spring break. The Painting the Way campaign is more
than halfway to its goal of $14,000. "We can't change the world,"
Pelliccioni said, "but shame on us if we don't try and do a few things."
ALMOST A DONE DEAL
After months of impasse, Huntington Beach City School District and
teachers association negotiators have agreed on a contract settlement. If
it's ratified by both sides, the two-year contract will give the teachers
a 1% plus cost of living raise for the 1999-2000 school year and a cost
of living raise in the 2000-2001 school year with an added 1% tacked on
in February 2001. With the contract covering two years, neither side will
have to go back to the table until spring 2001.
GOODBYE, CAPTAIN JACK
Jack Haley, the unofficial mayor of Sunset Beach, died at age 65 after a
long struggle with cancer. Haley, owner of Captain Jack's restaurant on
Pacific Coast Highway, won the first-ever U.S. Open surfing championship
in 1959. "It was this community, this beach and the water that defined
him," said Sondra Haley, his daughter.
OLDEST HOUSE IN ASHES
Huntington Beach lost a piece of history when the Northam Ranch Building
by Yorktown Avenue and Lake Street burned to the ground March 22. Northam
Ranch was the oldest house in the city. A group of residents from the
Huntington Beach Historical Society had hoped to restore the abandoned
home, but owner PLC Land Co. planned to demolish the property to make
room for 17 homes. Fire officials suspect transients are to blame for the