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March 14, 2012
The family of a boy who sustained severe burns after falling into a Huntington Beach fire pit has sued the city, according to the Orange County Register. Six-year-old Seth Richardson fell backward into the smoldering fire pit at Huntington City Beach about 6 p.m. April 17 while flying a kite, attorney Rob Gibson said in August. The family filed a claim against the city Aug. 10 asking for $500,000. The lawsuit was filed in Orange County Superior Court on Feb. 15, according to the Register.
NEWS
July 10, 2013
A lawsuit filed against the city of Huntington Beach by a family whose child was burned after he fell into a fire pit two years ago may have been settled, according to the Orange County Superior Court. A hearing is to take place on Aug. 26, when the judge may dismiss the case. Huntington Beach City Attorney Jennifer McGrath said the two parties reached a settlement this week, but are still awaiting court approval, which could take months. "Since the plaintiff is a minor, the court requires that the judge makes sure the settlement is fair," she said.
NEWS
By Julie Sandercock | May 21, 2013
It's sad to me that people are painting such an ugly picture of Newport Beach residents who are concerned about the health of their families. This debate about the fire pits is not about wealthy Newport Beach residents trying to keep people from visiting the beaches. My husband and I are not wealthy and we don't live in Newport Beach. We are residents of Huntington Beach and are very concerned for the health of our baby, who breathes in this smoke on an ongoing basis. If you had a baby and walked into his or her bedroom and it smelled like smoke, would you be concerned?
NEWS
By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | August 24, 2011
The family of a 6-year-old boy who sustained severe burns to his arm and chest after falling into a rundown fire pit at Huntington City Beach is asking the city for $500,000. Seth Richardson fell backward into the fire pit, which still had smoldering fire within, about 6 p.m. April 17 while flying a kite at the beach, said attorney Rob Gibson, who is representing Seth and his father, Jason Richardson. The family is holding the city responsible for Seth's injuries in a claim filed Aug. 10. Gibson said the city failed to properly maintain and monitor the fire pit. "I think the pits need to be properly maintained.
LOCAL
March 18, 2010
A 10-year-old boy from Temecula is asking for more than $500,000 after he allegedly burned the bottom of his foot in a fire pit in Huntington Beach. Chad Kanow, through his parents, filed a claim March 5 for an unknown amount. A claim is the precursor to a lawsuit. Chad was at the beach near Brookhurst Street and Pacific Coast Highway, walking to the ocean when he stepped on a fire pit covered with sand about 9:30 a.m. in September, according to the claim. He suffered second- and third-degree burns from the fire pit, which was still hot, according to the claim.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | June 11, 2013
On the chili cook-off circuit, Craig Brown's family goes by the team name LBL Shenanigans — an allusion to the jokes played on one another and the initials of the maiden and paternal names of his family. Their chili, however, is serious business. Brown, 43, and his family are looking to take their prize-winning chili to the sixth annual Surf City Chili at the Beach competition in hopes of walking away with $500 and a plaque. About 20 teams will be vying for first place during Saturday's chili cook-off in downtown Huntington Beach, according to Huntington Beach Business Improvement District manager Susan Welfringer.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | March 23, 2011
If they gave out an Academy Award for "most congenial hospitality in a food service establishment," hands down, the Oscar would go to Maro Wood Grill. The dramatic makeover of the former site of A La Carte in Laguna Beach has turned the little deli into a gorgeous, fashionable, hip, new boite. Walking up to the open patio, you are immediately drawn in by the flaming light of the outdoor fire pit and then greeted with a welcome normally reserved for royalty or celebrities by Fiore Molteni, Maro's sister.
NEWS
May 18, 2011
AREA 1 Phone Lane: A grand theft was reported in the 16500 block at 10:55 a.m. Friday. The caller said their white Toyota pickup was stolen. Belfast Lane: A disturbance involving juveniles was reported in the 15800 block at 1:01 p.m. Sunday. The caller said kids threw rocks at his car, which also hit the neighbors' car. When the caller went to speak with the parents, the parents got upset. AREA 2 Queens Lane and Slater Avenue: A physical fight was reported at 4:54 p.m. Friday.
NEWS
By Chris Epting | April 9, 2013
Right after I spoke at the Air Quality Management District board meeting Friday, several people asked me if I'd noticed what happened during my discussion with Chairman William Burke. I had not. Evidently, the sergeant at arms at the meeting had appeared just behind me. A gentleman in the crowd, Randy Brown (who also spoke against the proposed beach bonfire ban) explained to me that the "enforcer" was there to potentially deal with me, I suppose, because I was speaking somewhat forcefully to the chairman, and they were nervous about that.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | March 17, 2014
LONG BEACH - The California Coastal Commission will support a state bill that aims to protect beach fire pits along the coast by giving commissioners authority over the South Coast Air Quality Management District on the issue. Commissioners voted 10 to 1 on Wednesday to support the pending legislation, which would essentially negate an amended rule enacted by the South Coast Air Quality Management District in July. AB 1102, authored by Assembly members Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach)
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NEWS
July 10, 2013
A lawsuit filed against the city of Huntington Beach by a family whose child was burned after he fell into a fire pit two years ago may have been settled, according to the Orange County Superior Court. A hearing is to take place on Aug. 26, when the judge may dismiss the case. Huntington Beach City Attorney Jennifer McGrath said the two parties reached a settlement this week, but are still awaiting court approval, which could take months. "Since the plaintiff is a minor, the court requires that the judge makes sure the settlement is fair," she said.
NEWS
By Chris Epting | June 20, 2013
As you may have heard, the South Coast Air Quality Management District is leaning toward a recommendation that would essentially allow Huntington Beach to maintain its fire rings and Newport Beach and Corona del Mar to get rid of theirs. While this is by no means a done deal, it is certainly encouraging and amplifies the need for all interested parties to attend the July 12 meeting in Diamond Bar to voice their opinions before the final vote. The AQMD apparently is leaning this way because its initial monitoring revealed what many of us have thought all along: There simply is no great health hazard being caused by the fire rings in Huntington Beach.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | June 11, 2013
On the chili cook-off circuit, Craig Brown's family goes by the team name LBL Shenanigans — an allusion to the jokes played on one another and the initials of the maiden and paternal names of his family. Their chili, however, is serious business. Brown, 43, and his family are looking to take their prize-winning chili to the sixth annual Surf City Chili at the Beach competition in hopes of walking away with $500 and a plaque. About 20 teams will be vying for first place during Saturday's chili cook-off in downtown Huntington Beach, according to Huntington Beach Business Improvement District manager Susan Welfringer.
NEWS
By Julie Sandercock | May 21, 2013
It's sad to me that people are painting such an ugly picture of Newport Beach residents who are concerned about the health of their families. This debate about the fire pits is not about wealthy Newport Beach residents trying to keep people from visiting the beaches. My husband and I are not wealthy and we don't live in Newport Beach. We are residents of Huntington Beach and are very concerned for the health of our baby, who breathes in this smoke on an ongoing basis. If you had a baby and walked into his or her bedroom and it smelled like smoke, would you be concerned?
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 17, 2013
Officials at the South Coast Air Quality Management District will postpone its hearing regarding the removal of beach fire rings in Orange and Los Angeles counties after the city of Huntington Beach received a letter from the California Coastal Commission. The district decided to delay the consideration of the fire ring ban until June 7, from May 3, so long as Huntington Beach could provide it with documented correspondence from the Coastal Commission, as earlier reported by the Daily Pilot . Mayor Connie Boardman said Monday that the city received the letter confirming the delay from the commission last week and plans to invite AQMD board members to Huntington Beach for public testimony.
NEWS
April 10, 2013
Melville tells us in the opening lines of "Moby Dick:" "Let the most absent-minded of men be plunged in his deepest reveries — stand that man on his legs, set his feet a-going and he will infallibly lead you to water, if water there be in all that region. " He speaks to the magic of the sea. Add the magic of a bonfire and you understand why fire rings are needed for one's deepest reveries. The beaches are forever public and not the front yards of those privileged beachfront dwellers.
NEWS
By Chris Epting | April 9, 2013
Right after I spoke at the Air Quality Management District board meeting Friday, several people asked me if I'd noticed what happened during my discussion with Chairman William Burke. I had not. Evidently, the sergeant at arms at the meeting had appeared just behind me. A gentleman in the crowd, Randy Brown (who also spoke against the proposed beach bonfire ban) explained to me that the "enforcer" was there to potentially deal with me, I suppose, because I was speaking somewhat forcefully to the chairman, and they were nervous about that.
NEWS
March 14, 2012
The family of a boy who sustained severe burns after falling into a Huntington Beach fire pit has sued the city, according to the Orange County Register. Six-year-old Seth Richardson fell backward into the smoldering fire pit at Huntington City Beach about 6 p.m. April 17 while flying a kite, attorney Rob Gibson said in August. The family filed a claim against the city Aug. 10 asking for $500,000. The lawsuit was filed in Orange County Superior Court on Feb. 15, according to the Register.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | August 24, 2011
The family of a 6-year-old boy who sustained severe burns to his arm and chest after falling into a rundown fire pit at Huntington City Beach is asking the city for $500,000. Seth Richardson fell backward into the fire pit, which still had smoldering fire within, about 6 p.m. April 17 while flying a kite at the beach, said attorney Rob Gibson, who is representing Seth and his father, Jason Richardson. The family is holding the city responsible for Seth's injuries in a claim filed Aug. 10. Gibson said the city failed to properly maintain and monitor the fire pit. "I think the pits need to be properly maintained.
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