Mailbag: Numbers don't add up in H.B.

September 22, 2010

Regarding your article "City makes information easier to find" (Aug. 26), the salaries and benefits you described seem quite generous to me. Now, the city should take the next step in its effort to provide us with more information. Why not outline the content of the benefits packages?

Secondly, I disagree with the city's definition of a loan. According to the Webster's School Dictionary, a loan is: "money lent out at interest" or "something loaned for the borrower's temporary use."

Based on this information, if what the city calls a loan does not have to be paid back while individuals remain in service, wouldn't you agree that the term "salary enhancement" might be more appropriate?


If cutbacks have to be made, they should begin at the top so that an example is set for those who have to be furloughed — or what I call "temporarily laid off."

Michael P. Di Gennaro

Huntington Beach

Park will bring community together

Thank you, reporter Mike Reicher, for the comprehensive story on the new nonprofit corporation Orange Coast River Park ("Talks flow for decade-old river project," Sept. 2). We, the founding members, are very excited to now be in a position to work with the other stakeholders in this wonderful area at the mouth and lower reach of the Santa Ana River to fulfill the vision of an integrated park made up of the separate areas owned by the County of Orange and the cities of Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach, in addition to the Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy.

Supplementing the information contained in the article, it is important to note that each of the stakeholders has accomplished much in the Orange Coast River Park. Costa Mesa has made great strides in Fairview Park, creating a park of which to be proud. Across the river, the city of Huntington Beach and the Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy have moved to restore and improve both wetlands on the coast and parks inland. Moving down the river, the County of Orange, OC Parks and OC Flood have been working in the Talbert Nature Preserve, restoring habitat and creating walking trails. Finally, at the mouth of the river, the city of Newport Beach is moving forward on Sunset Ridge Park, which anchors the south corner of the Orange Coast River Park.

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