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News | August 10, 2000
Theresa Moreau HUNTINGTON BEACH -- A review of City Atty. Gail Hutton's office noted "significant improvements" in recent years, but it also showed the office is plagued with some of the same problems it had during a 1985 audit. The report -- released last week as part of a seven-month management audit -- offered 33 recommendations to improve operations. Those suggestions include hiring an experienced litigator as deputy city attorney, implementing office procedures and training programs to improve customer service, and requiring a supervising attorney to be in the office at all times.
NEWS
September 7, 2000
Theresa Moreau HUNTINGTON BEACH -- Sauntering down the aisle of St. Bonaventure Catholic Church with a collection basket in hand, Mayor Dave Garofalo -- all 5 feet and 4 inches of him -- spreads himself around. A wave here. A wink there. Even tousling the hair of a youngster sitting on the edge of a pew. Personality plus. A self-deprecating amateur comedian whose favorite target is himself. Even after his second open-heart surgery in as many years, Garofalo wisecracked last spring, "Many people in the community were surprised I had a heart."
FEATURES
By Chris Epting | January 16, 2010
I?m sitting here trying to make sense and write this column about what I witnessed last week ? the two services I attended for Jimmy ?The Rev? Sullivan, drummer (who wrote and sang) for the Huntington Beach-based band Avenged Sevenfold. If you saw the column I wrote a few months back about Joe and Barbara Sullivan, Jimmy?s parents, you?ll remember that this tight-knit family knew early that the little boy banging on toys in the tub was destined for something percussive ? but as the member of a spectacularly popular band?
NEWS
By CHRIS EPTING | May 10, 2007
"What's in a name?" wrote Shakespeare. If the playwright was residing in Huntington Beach today, a few lawyers would let him know, that's almost for sure — thanks to a battle over a slogan and a small T-shirt shop. Maybe you're aware of the lawsuit being stoked like fire-pit embers on a midnight beach; a line in the sand drawn between our own Huntington Beach and an upstart from the north, Santa Cruz. Some background: In 2004, Doug Traub, president of the Huntington Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau, filed 12 trademark applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office giving Huntington Beach exclusive rights to promote itself as Surf City USA. Traub's plan also included the creation of a boatload of Surf City USA branded goods and services, like clothing, bicycles, financial services and volleyballs.
NEWS
June 3, 2004
Associate in Arts Degree Summer 2003 Susan Marie Berthold RaSheda Marie Bittok Carissa Beth Bohm Kristine A. Bottiroli Sarah Grace Bradford Kallie Marie Buccola Tu-Anh Bui Khiem Xuan Cao Shirley Cisneros Jamie Anne Corrigan Vanessa Marie Cortez Ghaida Dakar Ngocson Nguyen Dang Michelle Dass Vinh The Do Christopher Nathan Dolloff Taylor Lane Draper...
NEWS
November 22, 2001
Michele Marr The spotlight is on Ramadan this year. Since the day of the terrorist attacks against the U.S. on Sept. 11, by men who regarded themselves as Muslims, non-Muslims across our nation have wondered vocally just what Islam practices and believes. The Tolerance Foundation on Beach Boulevard is prepared for these questions. Its members have been making an effort to share how they live and worship, as well as to explain their beliefs, since the foundation was established in Huntington Beach in October 1999.
NEWS
June 9, 2005
Mike Sciacca Allison Ulrich says she'll never forget the phone call she received in early May. It was one that left her in a brief state of disbelief. It also made her cry. Most importantly, it allowed her to continue the pursuit of her dream, to dance professionally. That call came from the admissions department at the Juilliard School, and it went to Ulrich's cellphone, to let her know she had been accepted to the prestigious academy.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | May 30, 2012
Folks in Laguna Beach and Newport Coast won't have to journey to the Balboa Peninsula anymore to get their sensational, fresh fish tacos from Bear Flag Fish Co. This casual restaurant and seafood market has opened a location in the Crystal Cove Promenade. Just like the original, it's been packed since the day it opened. Owners Thomas and Erika Carson created the company based on "the love of the ocean and, most of all, the love and knowledge of fresh seafood. " Thomas, a Newport native, grew up working on his dad's fishing boat called Bear Flag.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | November 5, 2013
What started as a board designed to teach Peter Hamborg's children how to surf on land has turned into a hefty business for the Huntington Beach man after an appearance on the TV show "Shark Tank. " The 53-year-old Orange County Fire Authority firefighter created the surfboard-shaped object more than a dozen years ago using skateboard trucks - metal axles that hold the wheels, allowing the rider to turn the board when weight is applied to one side - and eventually called it the Hamboard.
NEWS
By Chris Epting | October 14, 2013
More than 8,000 miles away, in India, a groundbreaking is taking place thanks to someone who lives here in Huntington Beach. Father Angelos Sebastian, who was born in Kerala, India, in 1975, left his home at age 14 to join the minor seminary in the mission Diocese of Ajmer and was ordained in 2001. Until recently, Sebastian had been with St. Bonaventure in Huntington Beach. Today, he has moved over to Blessed Sacrament Church in Westminster. But ask anyone here who ever saw him preach, and you'll discover quickly the impact he has made on this community.
NEWS
March 30, 2000
With the restoration of Huntington Beach's historic gym and pool more costly than initially estimated, the City Council approved an additional $328,050 this month, bringing the total cost to about $2.5 million. While renovating the recreational facility at the intersection of 16th Street and Palm Avenue, workers found extensive areas of dry rot and deterioration in the wooden building, according to March 20 memo. The building had been considered to be in overall good condition, the memo states.
NEWS
October 17, 2002
RACE FOR THE CITY ATTORNEY Name: Ron Davis Age: 59 Occupation: Attorney at law Family: Married to Karen; two adult children by prior marriage; four grandchildren and one on the way Community activities: Previously very involved with Downtown issues and the Downtown Subcommittee; drafted ordinances, licenses agreements, enforcement memos to the police department, represented four council members in...
NEWS
By Michael Alexander | December 5, 2007
When the bombs started falling Dec. 7, 1941, all the scrawny little guy from Iowa knew was that instead of being at breakfast he was suddenly at war. A Marine radar operator for all of six months who had never left his home state before that year, he wouldn’t be your first pick for a hero. But like everyone around him, Bob Wilkinson pulled out his bolt-action Springfield rifle, climbed onto the roof and started shooting into the sky. He was my grandfather, and he had more guts in that moment than anyone I can imagine.
NEWS
September 16, 2004
JERRY PERSON This week, the weather has been so hot here in Huntington Beach that I thought I would take a little motor trip up Railroad Avenue to see what is, what was and what might have been. First, let me explain that, at one time, Lake Street was called Railroad Avenue because railroad tracks ran its entire length from Pacific Coast Highway (Ocean Ave.) to the Yorktown (Mansion Ave.) viaduct. We'll get into our old Ford Model-T, give it a crank to get it going and begin our look back.
NEWS
October 14, 1999
Ellen McCarty About 100 local surfers banded together Sunday to protest ocean pollution but, in the same stroke, said that no matter how polluted their aquatic playground becomes, nothing will keep them on dry land for long. Not even the threat of disease. "We're not going to stay out of the water. If the waves are good, we'll surf," said Keith Ashbury, a local surfer and editor of Five Star Surf, a publication that organized Sunday's Broken Pipe Masters surf contest in Huntington Beach.
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