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Features | By By Kreg Muller | January 26, 2006
Leave it to the Huntington Beach Independent to make our new employee feel so welcome ("Police hire officer linked to beating"). Let me begin by stating something that the Independent seemed to gloss over. Bijan Darvish was never accused of any excessive force or beating. Darvish and his family went through a living hell as the Inglewood Police Department and the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office investigated the videotaped incident. Did the paper do the slightest bit of an investigation before publishing this sensationalized article?
NEWS
May 16, 2002
Paul Clinton Bouquets of yellow and pink flowers are clustered along the brick wall at Nichols Street and Wagon Drive. Colored candles with religious images form a cross on the sidewalk. Families and friends of Oscar Gaytan, 18, and Heriberto Tapia Vasquez, 16, two Huntington Beach boys killed in a gangland shooting Saturday, have blanketed the sidewalks where their loved ones perished. Flowers, candles and framed pictures of the fallen teenagers now act as a reminder of the heartbreak and trauma that inevitably follows street violence.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Josh Aden | October 25, 2007
Theater people are superstitious. In fact they?re so superstitious that many traditions ? like never saying ?Macbeth? in a theater or ?good luck? before a show ? are firmly cemented as part of the drama culture. Not surprisingly, it?s rare to find an old theater that doesn?t have a ghost story or two associated with it. Huntington Beach High School?s historic theater is haunted by a ghost named George. Students of the school?s Academy of Performing Arts have dealt with this mischievous specter for decades.
NEWS
July 14, 2005
Lauren Vane An employee of a Westminster towing company was arrested after an investigation by Huntington Beach police alleged that the company had illegally towed vehicles from private properties in Huntington Beach, police said. Mark Alan Mathis, 45, of Westminster, the night supervisor at Medlin's Towing, allegedly conspired with his friend, Sean Edwin Hyepock, 36, also of Westminster, to tow cars from private properties without property owners' permission, pulling in extra dollars in tow and storage fees.
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 | October 1, 2013
The Orange County coroner's office Tuesday identified the electrical worker killed in an underground vault in Huntington Harbour. Brandon Orozco, 28, of Whittier, died Monday when electricity suddenly began flowing through the vault he was working on as part of a five-person crew and it caught on fire, according to authorities. No other injuries were reported, Huntington Beach Fire Department Capt. Bob Culhane said Tuesday. He said Orozco's body was removed from the area about 5:15 p.m. Monday and transported to the Orange County coroner's office.
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...
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