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By Michael Alexander | September 13, 2007
As a giant American flag hung from a fire engine, waving in the ocean breeze, hundreds of residents gathered on the steps at Pier Plaza Tuesday to remember the nearly 3,000 Americans who died on 9/11, as well as the country’s soldiers and veterans. Public officials, veterans’ groups and members of the military spoke on the meaning of the 2001 terrorist attacks, praising the public safety workers on the front lines of any such disaster. But the city’s official Patriot Day observance also honored the city’s first responders, as Huntington Beach named its Officers of the Year.
January 21, 2009
The city has announced that two of its bond ratings have been raised from AA- to AA by Standard and Poor’s, meaning the potential for reduced interest costs for the city’s debt obligations. As of Jan. 9, the city’s judgment obligation bonds and lease for revenue bonds were raised as a result of good financial practices. The AA level is described as “a very strong capacity to meet financial commitments.“ “Not having any investment losses due to credit quality and maintaining liquidity in light of the recent credit market stress was an important factor in receiving the upgrade ratings,” City Treasurer Shari Freidenrich said.
August 8, 2008
Want to see Huntington Beach’s float in the 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade up close — really close? The city’s Centennial Committee is holding a contest to ride on the float, marking Huntington Beach’s hundredth year, on New Year’s Day. To sign up for a chance, go to and enter your name by Sept. 3. The site also explains how to volunteer to decorate the float and describes the city’s centennial festivities. Winners will join the mayor and other city representatives, riding on a stand mimicking Huntington Beach Pier amidst waves, surfboards, and even depictions of a family barbecue.
December 24, 2008
The idea that the City Council can better manage the home foreclosure business than the private sector is insanity or worse. Banks have a fiduciary responsibility to get the most out of each property. Cost of repairs to a novice is extraordinarily high. Then, purposely limiting the price to less than retail for any buyer is certainly a bad deal to local taxpayers. Let me remind everyone that all back taxes on any property sold must be paid first, and so Huntington Beach would get its back taxes at the time of the sale.
January 3, 2008
Ready to talk politics? The Orange Coast League of Women Voters is hosting a panel discussion on all seven proposals on the February ballot. For each initiative, speakers will cover the pros and cons, as well as taking questions from the audience. The luncheon is scheduled for noon Jan. 19 at Carrow’s Restaurant, 16931 Magnolia St. To make a reservation, call (949) 400-2183. Evangelical church welcomes new pastor The Evangelical Free Church of Huntington Beach is inviting community members to the installation of its new pastor Sunday.
October 7, 2008
Three Huntington Beach residents have won places on the city’s 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade float, which is being built in honor of the city’s centennial year. Huntington Beach Mayor Debbie Cook drew the names at this week’s City Council meeting, following a contest run by the city’s Centennial Committee. The float will be in the famous New Year’s Day parade. The winners were Patricia Pashich, Kenneth Bauer and Anita Jones. Three alternates, Sandie Justin, John Newton and Elizabeth Fok, would each ride on the New Year’s float if the winners were unable to attend.
July 8, 2008
The Huntington Beach City Council approved plans for a float in the 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade in honor of the city’s centennial next year. Council members voted 5-1, with Councilman Joe Carchio voting no and Councilman Gil Coerper absent, to approve a design that includes a giant surfboard on a huge wave, a family at a barbecue, seagulls, and other outdoorsy features meant to complement the city’s “Surf City USA” moniker. “It’s a very exciting design to showcase Huntington Beach,” said Community Relations Officer Laurie Payne, who presented the design on behalf of the city’s Centennial Committee.
May 13, 2010
Huntington Beach is expected to bring in an extra $200,000 a year after the City Council approved a new gas fee surcharge. The City Council approved an agreement with the Southern California Gas Co. 4 to 3 with Councilmen Joe Carchio, Don Hansen and Devin Dwyer voting against it May 3. The agreement tacks on a new 1% surcharge fee to users for the next 25 years to bring in an estimated $200,000 a year for the city’s general fund....
By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 16, 2014
Huntington Beach city officials had a jarring glimpse last year of what their pension contributions would look like over the next seven years. They bit the bullet again at an April 7 study session, where they learned how much the city's contributions to the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) will increase over three decades. Actuary John Bartel of Bartel Associates explained what it would take the city to pay off its unfunded liabilities - money not currently budgeted to pay toward pensions - by the 2044-45 fiscal year.
By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 8, 2014
A wave of changes in the world of paintball forced organizers to put on a smaller tournament in Huntington Beach last weekend. About 200 players participated in the Surf City Paintball Open, which was reduced to one playing field and included a new format that involved fewer participants. Despite the changes, the warm weather, cool ocean breezes and scenic view of the Pacific remained a draw for players and guests. "It's exciting to see this because it's paintball on the beach.
By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 1, 2014
Central Park was a bustling hub as the Huntington Beach Sister City Assn. hosted its first Japanese Cultural Festival, which was organized by an ambitious high school student. Hundreds of people gathered at the park Saturday were greeted by the sound of resonant taiko drums, the sight of traditional Japanese dances and the smell of various Japanese foods. Attendees had the option of buying a super-sized sushi roll or a heaping plate of nachos topped with spicy tuna from Samurai Burrito of Fountain Valley or a plate of steaming pork okonomiyaki - a Japanese pancake - from Gaja Moc in Lomita.
March 25, 2014
Public-private partnership is a term that political types bandy about as a salve for various problems that the government cannot easily solve alone. Though we hear this term emerge from the mouths of politicians all of the time, we rarely see it executed in truly meaningful ways. That's why we must credit Huntington Beach City Hall and Vans for paying more than lip service to this noble but rarely practiced idea and partnering to deliver a world-class skate park that will serve generations of Surf City skaters.
By Anthony Clark Carpio | March 25, 2014
Diversifying the business base, preparing for a possible rise in sea levels and shoring up the Huntington Beach Police Department to pre-recession levels are just a few concerns facing the city as it prepares to update its 18-year-old general plan. City officials hosted a kick-off party on the beach March 19 to garner public interest and opinion and let residents know they are an integral part of updating the city's future road map. "There's been a lot of changes since 1996, so we have to update it," senior city planner Jennifer Villasenor said of the document.
March 19, 2014
In conjunction with National Tsunami Preparedness Week, Huntington Beach will hold its first Tsunami Walk. Residents are asked to meet at 9 a.m. at Harbour View Park, at the corner of Saybrook Lane and Heil Avenue, on March 27, and will be escorted to the safe zone at Wieder Park, 16662 Lynn Lane. The city will also host a Tsunami Fair from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Wieder Park, where residents can learn how to be prepared in case of an emergency. On Monday, safety officials will test the AlertOC system, which messages or calls people registered in the system information about the location of their nearest evacuation zone.
By Anthony Clark Carpio | March 10, 2014
Huntington Beach council members have gotten a glimpse of what it would take to dredge a portion of the channels in Huntington Harbour and whether the city could partner with the county to reduce costs. During a study session March 3, city engineer Tom Herbel put the cost of the project - aimed at ensuring that vessels do not run aground while navigating the man-made harbor - at about $2 million. However, he added that city staff has yet to identify whether the work even needs to be done.
By Anthony Clark Carpio | March 3, 2014
The Huntington Beach Downtown Task Force is ready to bring its recommendations to the City Council. The committee has taken six months to brainstorm ways to improve downtown, making it safer for guests and residents in the surrounding neighborhood. The discussion has included addressing alcohol use and the resulting problems. "I think we do have some good recommendations, solid recommendations, for the council that will help improve the quality of life for the residents downtown," Councilwoman Connie Boardman said.
By Anthony Clark Carpio | February 19, 2014
Huntington Beach is closer to filling the void on the city map known as the Bolsa Chica lowlands. Council members voted, in three separate actions, to ask staff to prepare the documents needed to annex the 114-acre plot on Pacific Coast Highway between Warner Avenue and Seapoint Street. The area is owned by the county and operated by various local and state agencies. Staff was also given the go-ahead to begin negotiations with the county and other agencies with the goal of having them retain maintenance responsibilities in the area.
By Anthony Clark Carpio | February 12, 2014
A developer is ready to go ahead with construction of its hotel on a portion of the long-awaited Pacific City project on Pacific Coast Highway. The Huntington Beach Planning Commission voted 5 to 1 on Tuesday, with Commissioner Bob Dingwall dissenting and Commissioner Mark Bixby abstaining, to approve minor adjustments to the plans for the eight-story hotel, including adding tandem valet spaces in its underground parking garage and adjusting the...
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