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By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | February 23, 2011
Editor's note: This corrects who gave the dissenting vote in the street performances issue. The Huntington Beach City Council has directed its staff to revise a resolution to limit alcohol-related problems downtown. The council voted 4 to 2 in favor of bringing back the resolution for revision after a heated argument among those who wanted to ease the restrictions and council members Connie Boardman and Joe Shaw, who wanted to maintain the status quo. Councilman Devin Dwyer was absent from Tuesday's meeting.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | December 9, 2013
The Huntington Beach Downtown Task Force is shifting its attention to the influence of sales of small bottles of alcohol on the problems in the area. The committee Thursday asked City Atty. Jennifer McGrath to see if banning sales of the 1-ounce bottles of liquor at convenience stores has worked to curb problems elsewhere in the state. "I have seen these little bottles all over the parking structure," task force member Moe Kanoudi said. "If you're driving [into downtown] on a Sunday morning, from the night before there are lots of these bottles all over.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Greer Wylder | September 26, 2012
Ever since Air debuted in grocery stores, organic markets, beverage shops and convenience stores throughout Orange County, it's upping the ante on carbonated water by making it more exciting. Air is the first sparkling water infused with alcohol that comes in natural fruit flavors like berry and citrus. It's low calorie - just 95 calories - and with only 4% alcohol it's a perfect beverage option for a healthier lifestyle. Think a light club soda drink with an alcohol content similar to light beer.
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By Britney Barnes | January 14, 2010
The City Council will get back to work after almost a month-long hiatus Tuesday with a number of issues, including a resolution for tougher conditions of approval for downtown businesses selling alcohol or providing entertainment. The council approved a resolution to increase fines for entertainment permit violators in December, and another resolution is on the table to standardize conditions for new entertainment permits and alcohol sales permits, according to city documents. The changes are meant to “change the current nightclub atmosphere, which has created a public safety issue along with compromising the surrounding neighborhoods’ quality of life,” according to the documents.
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July 13, 2000
Kenneth Ma HUNTINGTON BEACH -- The council's approval of a plan to have a code enforcement officer ensure compliance of a city law permitting Downtown businesses to serve alcohol on public property has drawn stiff criticism from merchants who will have to pay for it.A split City Council voted 4 to 3 to hire a part-time code enforcement officer who will be paid from a new fee that will require businesses to pay $4 per...
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By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | January 26, 2011
The Huntington Beach Planning Commission denied a downtown burger joint's request on Tuesday to serve beer and wine to its customers. Bomburger Restaurant, which has been serving burgers, fries and onion rings at 200 Main St. for almost a year, applied for the alcohol permit to help boost business, said owner Rob Sleenhof. The request, however, violates a city resolution designed to limit alcohol-related issues in downtown. The resolution, which was approved in January 2010, requires any restaurant or bar serving alcohol to close at midnight.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | February 20, 2013
Huntington Beach parents could potentially be fined for serving alcohol to minors at gatherings. Council members voted Tuesday night to add a social hosting ordinance to the city's "loud party" law, giving police the ability to fine those who knowingly serve alcohol to underage persons. Preliminary approval of the item, submitted by Councilman Joe Carchio, passed in a 5-2 vote, with Councilwoman Jill Hardy and Mayor Pro Tem Matt Harper dissenting. "The kids in high school are begging for something to be in place," Carchio said, believing that teens will feel safer going to parties knowing that a law would deter parents from serving alcohol.
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January 22, 2004
Andrew Edwards Substance abuse in the Huntington Beach City School District is declining, according to a survey of seventh-graders taken last spring. The California Healthy Kids Survey measured rates of drug, alcohol and tobacco use. It also gathered information on campus safety and whether students participated in healthful activities such as regular exercise. Answers from 627 district seventh-graders were included in the confidential survey.
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From the Los Angeles Times | August 17, 2012
Former porn actress Jenna Jameson pleaded guilty Thursday to driving under the influence in Orange County after crashing into a light pole in Westminster, the Los Angeles Times reports . Jameson, 38, whose given name is Jenna Marie Massoli, was taken into custody by Westminster police May 25 after her Range Rover struck the pole. Jameson's attorney entered the guilty plea for his client. The charges were misdemeanors, and Jameson was not required to appear in court.
NEWS
July 22, 2004
Andrew Edwards A survey on substance abuse and safety in the Huntington Beach City School District shows drug and alcohol use among Surf City students is on par with other California communities, with slight spikes in alcohol and cigarette use. But educators found positive indicators that suggest local children are learning to lead healthy lives. "We have around average amounts in the areas of alcohol, tobacco, drug use," said Lynn Bogart, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 8, 2014
The executive producer of the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach stuck to his word and presented to city officials last week a plan for a considerably smaller event this summer. The July surfing competition would do away with the live-music stage, significantly limit the number of vendors and disallow alcohol in the VIP areas, said James Leitz, IMG Action Sports vice president and executive producer. During a meeting April 3 of the city's Specific Events Committee, its members — from various departments including police, fire, business development, public works and community services — provided suggestions for how to make this summer's surfing competition tamer than last year's.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | January 13, 2014
Another round of alcohol-related discussions dominated the Huntington Beach Downtown Task Force meeting Thursday as the committee talked about the possibility of new rules for bars, restaurants and liquor stores in the area. The city would accomplish this by passing a "deemed approved" ordinance, which would tack on another layer of regulations focusing on nuisance-based problems. A number of California cities and counties are adopting such ordinances as a means of having more enforcement tools to use against "grandfathered" businesses.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | December 9, 2013
The Huntington Beach Downtown Task Force is shifting its attention to the influence of sales of small bottles of alcohol on the problems in the area. The committee Thursday asked City Atty. Jennifer McGrath to see if banning sales of the 1-ounce bottles of liquor at convenience stores has worked to curb problems elsewhere in the state. "I have seen these little bottles all over the parking structure," task force member Moe Kanoudi said. "If you're driving [into downtown] on a Sunday morning, from the night before there are lots of these bottles all over.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | November 6, 2013
The Huntington Beach City Council approved the salary of the newly appointed police chief Monday. Soon-to-be former San Bernardino police Chief Robert Handy made his first public appearance in Surf City, thanking the council members for the opportunity to serve the city. "It truly is an honor to have been selected to serve alongside the men and women of the Huntington Beach Police Department," Handy said. "I look forward to working with them as well as the city team to help make our community safer.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | October 14, 2013
Huntington Beach city officials and residents have repeatedly said that the downtown suffers from an alcohol-use problem. At Thursday's Downtown Task Force meeting, Police Chief Ken Small backed up the contention with statistics. A total of 1,915 incidents were reported in the area from Jan. 1 to Aug. 31, according to Small. Of those reports, police arrested 550 people for alcohol-related violations such as public drunkenness, driving under the influence and having an open container.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | September 16, 2013
Revelers hollered, jumped and pumped their fists as a disc jockey bumped remixes of Nirvana, Macklemore and M.I.A. at one of the three stages at the Wet Electric dance party Saturday at Huntington State Beach. Contrary to the fears of many Huntington Beach residents and city officials, the electronic music festival went on without any major incidents. About 6,000 people attended the event, at Brookhurst Street and Pacific Coast Highway, according to Steve Thacher, president of event organizer Premiere Media Group.
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September 13, 2013
Alcohol will not be served at Saturday's Wet Electric event at Huntington State Beach, according to a state official. California Alcoholic Beverage Control spokesman John Carr said the music festival was denied a permit to sell alcohol because it posed a safety threat to the public. "The alcohol service plan that was submitted, along with not enough time to coordinate all effective allied law enforcement in the area created public safety concerns," he said. "We determined that we would deny the application for sales of alcohol.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | July 3, 2013
Stricter laws for certain Huntington Beach bars and restaurants in the downtown area are on their way. In a 6-1 vote, with Mayor Pro Tem Matthew Harper dissenting, the City Council voted to change city changed the regulations on downtown establishments to try to reduce alcohol-related crime in the area. The approved changes to existing law were recommended by Police Chief Ken Small. New or existing businesses seeking a permit to serve alcohol must abide by these rules: admit no new customers beginning 30 minutes before closing, offer last call no later than 15 minutes before closing and serve only individual drinks after midnight.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | June 7, 2013
Downtown Huntington Beach business owners are expressing mixed emotions about the recommendations the chief of police has made to curb alcohol-related incidents. A few believe Chief Ken Small is on the right path to stopping the riffraff in the area while others have concerns about a few of his suggestions. Small discussed his approach during a study session Monday. He wants a new downtown business ordinance that would ban new bar and restaurant patrons during the last half hour of business, require "last call" be made no later than 15 minutes before closing and suggest businesses install and maintain surveillance cameras.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | May 29, 2013
The Huntington Beach police chief is looking to curb alcohol-related nuisances downtown and wants council members to approve a few changes he has suggested. Chief Ken Small submitted a report Tuesday that he said outlines ways the city can remedy the number of drinking-related incidents in the area. He has suggested readopting an older resolution that would place stricter rules on establishments that sell alcohol, use overtime funding for foot-patrol officers and crack down on patrons drinking off-site.
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