be fine, but we are Huntington Beach and have been since 1904.
ALICIA M. WENTWORTH
* Alicia M. Wentworth is a retired city clerk and Huntington Beach
Thank you, Skip Pedigo -- whoever you are. I, too, am constantly
irritated by the Independent referring to Huntington Beach as Surf City.
Each time I see Surf City used, I ask myself why -- why are they doing
It's not our name. To me, Surf City sounds like a city of "beach
bunnies" and "surfer dudes." We are more than that!
I've lived here for 38 years and am pleased and proud to be a resident
of Huntington Beach. I would think the Independent -- a fine local
newspaper -- would feel the same.
I totally agree with Skip Pedigo regarding the name Surf City. To me,
it sounds tacky. Huntington Beach has a long established reputation for
its beaches, Harbour, family atmosphere, well kept homes, good schools
If people want to refer to Huntington Beach during the big surfing
contests in July/August, as Surf City, fine, but don't rename it, not
without the approval of a majority of the residents.
Editor's note: We're sorry if we made things gnarly for our readers
and we'll do our best to tone down our use of the Surf City moniker. But
lest we be blamed for creating that title, we must remind the readers
that in 1991, Huntington Beach City Council members officially adopted
the name of Surf City as part of a marketing campaign to promote the
town's image. In fact, former mayor and then Assemblyman Tom Mays,
himself a surfer, proposed legislation to get state recognition of the
Surf City name.
Parents thankful for board's vote
Thank you to the Ocean View School District board members for voting
"yes" to move forward with the gymnasiums at the middle school sites
("Ocean View board OKs gym study," April 5). We are fortunate to have a
school board that is thinking of our children today and also in the
As a parent of a College View student, I would like to applaud the
Ocean View School Board for its vote on the gyms. It is nice to know that
the needs of our children were put first.