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Mailbag: LeBard changes will benefit community

November 06, 2012

Recently, a letter to the editor was printed in the Independent that made statements about the Huntington Beach City School District and the LeBard project plan ("District not being responsible with funds," Mailbag, Oct. 18). Unfortunately, many of the statements made in the letter were inaccurate and misleading. HBCSD's plan for LeBard would rebuild many features in the park, including tennis courts, a tot lot, permanent restrooms, a snack bar and six Little League fields, providing the league with permanent fields. It would increase available parking and provide more than five acres of new park for the city of Huntington Beach. This project would also provide a more centrally located district office and a safer working environment for our employees. This plan will pay for itself and may even provide additional funds for facilities maintenance for our school sites.

HBCSD encourages you to see the plan for yourself on our website and not confuse this project with other districts selling school facilities in our community. The LeBard plan is available on our website at http://www.hbcsd.k12.ca.us.

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Gregory Haulk

Huntington Beach

The writer is the superintendent of the Huntington Beach City School District.

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Missing the bird and veggie beat

I was very upset to read of the impending closure of the Lou Murray/Vic Leipzig column in the Huntington Beach Independent. I have always looked forward to reading about Lou's efforts in growing vegetables at the community garden and at her home, and about Vic's bird-watching forays. This is the one column I looked forward to each week, as it is both informative and humorous. I always learned from it. It was a painless way to receive information about how to care for our environment and how to grow healthy vegetables.

I regret very much the loss of the local flavor of our news media.

Norma Brandel Gibbs

Huntington Beach

The writer is the former mayor of Huntington Beach.

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