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By Mona Shadia | August 1, 2012
The live-in boyfriend of Huntington Beach City Attorney Jennifer McGrath said he is weighing a run for the city clerk's office. Ed Pinchiff, an attorney, has until Aug. 10 to officially declare his candidacy. McGrath, who is elected to her position, said the city attorney and city clerk's offices are separate, and if Pinchiff won, it would not be a conflict of interest for either office. Though the offices are separate, they do frequently interact. City Clerk Joan Flynn said she has on many occasions sought the city attorney's advice on various issues, especially during election time.
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By Mona Shadia | July 27, 2012
The Huntington Beach city clerk has asked the proponents and opponents of a controversial property tax ballot measure to correct and clarify some of their arguments. Enough signatures were gathered to place the measure on the November ballot to revoke a pre-1978 public safety employee retirement tax, which levies $15 per $100,000 of assessed property value and brings the city's general budget $4.2 million a year, according to city records. Most of City Clerk Joan Flynn's objections targeted the pro side of the argument.
NEWS
May 27, 2004
She is the most beloved elected official the city of Huntington Beach has. Residents adore her, City Council members rely on her and, despite butting heads over procedure now and then, co-workers enjoyed her and respected her commitment to the job and city. Her humble, quiet manner is endearing and her perfectionist attitude toward her work and attention to detail made her an exceptional city clerk. Connie Brockway vacated the post of city clerk she has held for 16 consecutive years this week because of a family illness.
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By JERRY PERSON | September 14, 2006
I was recently saddened by the news of yet another of our longtime resident's passing — that of former city clerk Alicia Wentworth. I have known Alicia for some 30 years and I must admit you couldn't find a nicer or more helpful person. She was the first city official I met when I attended City Council meetings on Monday nights way back in the Stone Age before they were televised on the city's cable channel. Don MacAllister was mayor of the city at the time and you could count on Alicia being there to answer any questions the council may have had. Alicia also holds the distinction of being the city's first female city clerk.
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By Mona Shadia | September 19, 2012
The live-in boyfriend of Huntington Beach City Attorney Jennifer McGrath has withdrawn his initial plans to run for city clerk and instead is seeking a seat on the Huntington Beach Union High School District's board. Edward Pinchiff, an attorney, filed his candidate statement Aug. 9 and was qualified to run two days later, according to the Orange County Registrar of Voters. "As a long-term resident of Huntington Beach raising two future HBUHSD students, I want to ensure that our children receive a top-tier college preparatory curriculum and practical vocational training in a safe environment," he said in a statement.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 3, 2013
Huntington Beach council members gave the city attorney the go-ahead Monday to write an ordinance regarding campaign documents. The item passed in a 4-2 vote, with Mayor Pro Tem Matthew Harper and Councilman Jim Katapodis dissenting. Councilman Joe Carchio was absent during Monday's meeting. Introduced by Councilman Joe Shaw, the law would require campaign mailers or "hit pieces" to be filed with the city clerk's office to give candidates the opportunity to respond to statements made about them or their positions on issues.
NEWS
February 3, 2000
I have asked Fountain Valley City Clerk Susan Lynn to identify the many responsibilities assigned to the city clerk's office and to explain a little about her function. She has also provided a historical perspective of the clerk's role. If you have specific questions for Susan or her staff, please call 593-4445. Perhaps no other municipal role is as misunderstood as that of the city clerk. Far from being someone in the steno pool (as the name might suggest)
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By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | June 23, 2010
Huntington Beach residents will vote in November on whether to change their city's charter, which has not seen major updates since the 1960s. The city clerk's office released the formal ballot language Monday, two weeks after the City Council voted to include the charter revisions on the November General Election ballot. The ballot will contain two measures, one covering multiple revisions to the charter and another covering infrastructure funds. Among the proposed revisions in the first measure are changing the city administrator's title to city manager; tightening the eligibility rules for city attorney, city clerk and city treasurer; and raising the minimum price that would require voters' approval for a construction project on a park or beach.
NEWS
January 10, 2002
WHAT HAPPENED: City Council voted to hire the engineering firm Brian A. Stirrat & Associates to estimate the cost of soil cleanup and demolition of concrete tanks on two 4.5-acre parcels of land adjacent to the AES Huntington Beach site on Newland Street. The city has an option in its agreement with AES to buy one of the two parcels for $350,000. WHAT IT MEANS: The firm will study levels of hazardous materials in the soil such as lead and asbestos and the effects on the soil from earthquake fault lines.
NEWS
March 21, 2002
Jerry Person One of the most important and underpaid jobs in Huntington Beach or, for that matter, any local city, is that of city clerk. It is their tireless duty to provide, at a moment's notice, any type of municipal record, which a current council person may require. It has been my great pleasure to know some of these tireless, hard working individuals, Alicia Wentworth and Connie Brockway, both past and present city clerks for Huntington Beach.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | September 3, 2013
Anyone can brush up on old stories, but according to Huntington Beach city historian Jerry Person, a good historian needs to have lived it. "You can't just have a degree in history. You have to have lived in the town or city for at least 20 years," he said. Person, 70, said he has earned his title, having lived in Huntington Beach for 40 years. He's also given tours of the Newland House for the past 31 years. In addition, he helped found the Historical Resources Board in 1987, is a lifetime member of the Historical Society and wrote history columns for the Huntington Beach Independent for 12 years.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 16, 2013
Huntington Beach council members on Monday made multiple changes to the initial draft of an ordinance regulating campaign documents. The item introduced by Councilman Joe Shaw passed on a 4-3 vote, with Mayor Pro Tem Matthew Harper and councilmen Joe Carchio and Jim Katapodis dissenting. The ordinance, whose language is based on a law that was repealed in 2008, would require candidates to file campaign documents with the city clerk. Right off the bat, council members had issues with the way the item was written.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 3, 2013
Huntington Beach council members gave the city attorney the go-ahead Monday to write an ordinance regarding campaign documents. The item passed in a 4-2 vote, with Mayor Pro Tem Matthew Harper and Councilman Jim Katapodis dissenting. Councilman Joe Carchio was absent during Monday's meeting. Introduced by Councilman Joe Shaw, the law would require campaign mailers or "hit pieces" to be filed with the city clerk's office to give candidates the opportunity to respond to statements made about them or their positions on issues.
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By Mona Shadia | September 19, 2012
The live-in boyfriend of Huntington Beach City Attorney Jennifer McGrath has withdrawn his initial plans to run for city clerk and instead is seeking a seat on the Huntington Beach Union High School District's board. Edward Pinchiff, an attorney, filed his candidate statement Aug. 9 and was qualified to run two days later, according to the Orange County Registrar of Voters. "As a long-term resident of Huntington Beach raising two future HBUHSD students, I want to ensure that our children receive a top-tier college preparatory curriculum and practical vocational training in a safe environment," he said in a statement.
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By Mona Shadia | August 1, 2012
The live-in boyfriend of Huntington Beach City Attorney Jennifer McGrath said he is weighing a run for the city clerk's office. Ed Pinchiff, an attorney, has until Aug. 10 to officially declare his candidacy. McGrath, who is elected to her position, said the city attorney and city clerk's offices are separate, and if Pinchiff won, it would not be a conflict of interest for either office. Though the offices are separate, they do frequently interact. City Clerk Joan Flynn said she has on many occasions sought the city attorney's advice on various issues, especially during election time.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia | July 27, 2012
The Huntington Beach city clerk has asked the proponents and opponents of a controversial property tax ballot measure to correct and clarify some of their arguments. Enough signatures were gathered to place the measure on the November ballot to revoke a pre-1978 public safety employee retirement tax, which levies $15 per $100,000 of assessed property value and brings the city's general budget $4.2 million a year, according to city records. Most of City Clerk Joan Flynn's objections targeted the pro side of the argument.
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By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | February 23, 2011
Silvia Saldarriaga almost couldn't get back to the United States from Colombia in January. The 20-year-old recreational traveler, who likes to visit her native country and explore other cultures around the world, had her passport expire just three weeks after she left the states, and coming back was a hassle, she said. "My passport expired a week before my flight back," she said. One of the first things on her list when she got back was to get a new passport — and her place of choice was Huntington Beach City Hall, where the city clerk's office also operates as a passport-accepting facility for residents and the surrounding communities.
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By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | November 17, 2010
Huntington Beach residents have voted against approving two cell towers to be constructed in public parks, but it remains to be seen what that vote will mean for the city. As of Friday, 56.4% of voters had rejected Measure Q, which the ballot describes as an "advisory" on whether to allow two towers in Harbour View and Bolsa View parks. The city, however, is mired in a court battle with T-Mobile over the towers, and voters' opinion may have no bearing on the outcome of the case, City Atty.
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By Michael Miller and Britney Barnes, michael.miller@latimes.com ; britney.barnes@latimes.com | November 3, 2010
Connie Boardman, Joe Carchio, Matthew Harper and Joe Shaw had the lead as of Wednesday morning in the race for Huntington Beach City Council, although the city clerk said some votes have yet to be counted. Boardman, a former mayor and councilwoman, led all contenders with 9.3% of the vote, followed by Carchio, the race's lone incumbent, with 8.8%. Harper, a trustee for the Huntington Beach Union High School District, came in third with 7.2%, while Shaw, one of Boardman's running mates in the Team Huntington Beach coalition, had 6.8%.
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By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | June 23, 2010
Huntington Beach residents will vote in November on whether to change their city's charter, which has not seen major updates since the 1960s. The city clerk's office released the formal ballot language Monday, two weeks after the City Council voted to include the charter revisions on the November General Election ballot. The ballot will contain two measures, one covering multiple revisions to the charter and another covering infrastructure funds. Among the proposed revisions in the first measure are changing the city administrator's title to city manager; tightening the eligibility rules for city attorney, city clerk and city treasurer; and raising the minimum price that would require voters' approval for a construction project on a park or beach.
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