Joseph Jeffrey, a Huntington Beach resident, filed an appeal on
Aug. 22, the day after a judge sided with the council. Jeffrey said
he is encouraged by the fact that his appeal was accepted.
"Our request has not been denied, the city has been instructed to
respond to our complaint," he said.
Jeffrey contends that by delaying the vote, the council is going
against the wishes of the 22,000 registered voters who signed the
petition to put it on the ballot.
"The judge in my estimation should have seen what the city was
doing. Even if their action was legal, it was morally wrong," he
An appellate court judge will now either deny the appeal or decide
if oral arguments will be heard, said Richard Barnard, deputy city
While it is not exactly known when the appeals court will issue a
ruling, it is believed that it will be done soon so that the issue
can be resolved prior to the November election.
"They are not going to drag it out," Barnard said.
Councilwoman Shirley Dettloff is optimistic that the appeals court
will side with the council, she said.
"I think we got a very fair ruling," she said. "I think that the
reason it was fair was that having a later date allows citizens to
get all the facts."
-- Jose Paul Corona
Strand project to go before city board
The Huntington Beach Environmental Board will
hold a special meeting
tonight to discuss the draft of the environmental report for the
proposed Strand project, which is slated to replace the first couple
of blocks of Downtown.
The Strand would take nearly three acres of land Downtown bounded
by Main Street, Pacific Coast Highway, Walnut and 5th avenues and
convert the area into a retail venue with big-name stores, offices,
restaurants and a 152-room hotel.
A 397-space underground parking lot would also be built beneath
project if it's built.
The report was issued in July, and the 45-day public comment
period will expire next week, said Ricky Ramos, an associate city
When the public comment period ends and if the environmental board