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DUI suspects don't deserve shaming

November 24, 2010

Apparently we have a city councilman in Huntington Beach who is unfamiliar with the United States Constitution, much less the concept of "innocent until proven guilty." Councilman Devin Dwyer likes the idea of publicly "shaming" those who drive drunk, and, per your report ("Council approves garden lease," Nov. 18), that applies to arrestees. I mean, why wait for a conviction or a plea when everyone knows that the police wouldn't arrest you if you weren't guilty. Right?

Gene Axelrod

Huntington Beach

City fumbled cell tower issue

It should be noted that the city was under no legal obligation to allow cell towers in our public parks ("Judge holds fate of cell towers," Nov. 18). For whatever reason, the city allowed T-Mobile to place its towers in our parks. Had the city taken the time to consider and evaluate the negative impact of these towers on the parks and the surrounding neighborhoods, it would have (should have) denied the projects. The city made a mistake. As a result, unless trial results indicate otherwise, the city may be obligated to honor agreements it made with T-Mobile.

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However, the city's first obligations are to its residents, and as evidenced by the voting results on Measure Q (a resounding "no"), the residents don't want cell towers in their neighborhood parks. As such, regardless of the outcome of any suit by T-Mobile, the city has to correct its mistake and prevent by whatever means necessary the construction of cell towers in our neighborhood parks. If this, at the worst, means paying T-Mobile to go away, then the city should step up and do it. It owes it to its residents to own up to its mistakes and do the right thing.

Don Obert

Huntington Beach

Car show an instant classic

I'm not sure if you made it out to the Surf City Beach Cruise on Saturday, but it was successful beyond our beliefs ("Classics fueling this charity event," Nov. 11). We had over 240 vehicles pre-registered for the show, but between 400 and 500 showed up. We took up over a mile of the beach in Huntington Beach.

There were thousands of spectators from all over at the show, plus media organizations from all over the world and numerous local media groups, along with specialty automotive media. I also provided interviews to media groups from Italy and New Zealand, among others. Over 500 of the West Coast's best classic cars and hot rods came to the show.

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