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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.
NEWS
August 8, 2012
A man died of a gunshot wound Aug. 2 at an indoor shooting range in Huntington Beach, in what police are calling an apparent suicide. The Huntington Beach Police Department responded to the shooting at 12:16 p.m. at the Firing-Line Indoor Shooting Range, 17921 Jamestown Lane, said Lt. Chad Nichols. The shooting occurred while the gun range was crowded, said Lt. Mitch O'Brien. He would not say whether the victim used his own gun or a gun from the range. A man who answered the phone at the range declined to comment.
NEWS
July 11, 2013
A Huntington Beach woman was arrested and booked into the city jail Monday on various charges, including suspicion of burglary, fraud and possession of stolen property, according Huntington Beach Police. Krystal Rae Smith, 26, was also booked on suspicion of possession of narcotics and driving under a suspended license for driving under the influence. Police were tipped off about Smith after she tried using what appeared to be a counterfeit credit card to check into the Waterfront Hilton around 3:23 p.m. Monday, according to the statement.
NEWS
By Chris Epting | March 12, 2013
I will never forget, several years ago, when a friend directed me down to the beach adjacent to about Ninth Street to discover a vital piece of Huntington Beach history. There, embedded in the ground, are remnants of the old train tracks that supported the Pacific Electric Red Cars that started running here more than 100 years ago. My son Charles, a USC sophomore who is working on his first history book (which comes out later this year) had an idea recently based on the Red Car trains.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Epting | August 6, 2012
"A cement-covered marshmallow. " That's how Katherine Coones describes her husband Rusty, a 6-foot-5 biker bear of a man who, despite what some might consider to be an intimidating presence, is disarmingly warm and engaging. On Goldenwest Street right near the 405 Freeway is Illusion Motorsports, the world this couple (along with Rusty's business partner, Rodrigo Requejo) has been building for more than a decade. They call it "the premier motorcycle customizing shop of Orange County," and after a tour, it's obvious why. Though they'll do tune-ups and other bike maintenance here, it's the design and building that they're primarily focused on. Several dozen bikes in various stages of creation and design are on display, including one $80,000 beauty that Rusty is customizing for a local businessman.
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.
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