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April 24, 2008
Become a community correspondent. We urge you to visit the new page we have launched on the Huntington Beach website called TownHall that will be the home of citizen journalism and reporting from Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley community members. The TownHall page can be found by going to . This page will feature news stories, photos and events generated by community correspondents and submitted directly onto our online newspaper and published in the community or town the story originated in. This information will then be considered for publication in the print edition.
June 14, 2001
AT ISSUE: The Huntington Beach Independent has a new look and attitude. This is what readers had to say about it. Congratulation on your impressive new design, layout and photography. We like the editorials on page 2. Outstanding! Thank you. TOPPER and MARINKA HORACK Huntington Beach Please, please, please! Bring back the old format. It was special, small and easy to read. I didn't think it was possible to get more ads, but with new format you did it. The reasons not to read the paper are increasing.
September 12, 2002
The Huntington Beach Independent went to Murdy Community Center in Huntington Beach and asked children, 'What are you looking forward to about school' "I actually have two things I am most excited about. I'm looking into starting sewing and I want to see who is in my class. CLAIRE GALLAGHER, 8 "I like to do recess and math even though everyone hates math in my class." JOEL GARY, 10 "Going back to school is pretty much like going back to everything -- to everything I like best.
June 9, 2005
The Huntington Beach Independent went to Perry Elementary and asked fifth-graders, "What are you most looking forward to this summer vacation?" "I'm looking forward to going to the beach." KELLY KUHN, 10 Huntington Beach "Going to Las Vegas ... I'm going to see my uncle." RICHARD PHAM, 10 Huntington Beach "Going back to golfing school. The teachers encourage you.... If you can't do it, they help you until you can!" NICKOLAS NGO, 11 Huntington Beach "I'm looking forward to going to Mexico."
October 2, 2003
The Huntington Beach Independent went to the Hebrew Academy and asked second-graders in Susan McCoy's class, 'What do you think of first when you think about New York?' "I think about my uncle because he was there when the Twin Towers crashed." EDEN AMOR, 7 "I think about all the people who died and the mean people who tried to kill us." NATALIE LANDIS, 7 "All the people who died that didn't deserve to die. And my cousin." SHAINA MAGINOT, 7 "My cousin Renee because she lives far away and I never get to see her anymore."
January 9, 2003
The Huntington Beach Independent went to Grace Lutheran School to ask sixth-graders, 'What's your New Year's resolution?' "I want to get straight A's in school for the next trimester." LEAH RUSSELL, 11 Huntington Beach "To get straight A's, because I've never gotten straight A's." KRISTEN THORNE, 12 Huntington Beach "To be a better overall student." MATT ELLER, 11 Garden Grove "To reach high A on the trumpet."
January 15, 2004
The Huntington Beach Independent went to Harbour View Elementary School and asked fifth-graders, 'If you could invent a new snack, what would it be?' "Green chips that taste like Cheetos." Chad Grams, 10 Huntington Beach "Blueberry- flavored chips that are blue." Jerid Pandita, 10 Huntington Beach "I say they make flat chips that taste like Cheetos and are green, but they're edible for people and dogs." Cassie Bickford, 10 Huntington Beach "I would like a brand of chocolate that's sour and sweet."
March 11, 2004
The Huntington Beach Independent went to Smith Elementary School and asked second-graders, 'What do you like to do after school?' "I like to play videogames." Garrett Goebler, 8 Huntington Beach "Play videogames, like my SP. It's like a laptop but it's real small." Spencer Streips, 7 Huntington Beach "Play with friends." Ariana Bountour, 7 Huntington Beach "I like to play Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen on my Playstation with my brother."
By John Canalis | February 12, 2014
The Huntington Beach Independent is expanding into Seal Beach. Los Angeles Times subscribers who live in Seal Beach will receive the Independent with their papers every Thursday. The Independent will also be inserted into copies of The Times sold in newspaper racks and at retail locations, such as grocery stores and cafes. Since the Independent already circulates in neighboring Sunset Beach, as well as Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley, we found adding a neighboring beach town a natural fit for our newspaper group.
By John Canalis | February 4, 2014
Many of our readers, particularly those who often made a special trip to the supermarket to grab the paper, asked us to put their Huntington Beach Independent back into copies of the Los Angeles Times so they could get their local, regional, national and world news in one place. We heard you and want you to know there are now several ways to read the Independent on Thursdays in print and, of course, daily online. The first is to subscribe to The Times and have the Independent delivered, with The Times, to your home.
From staff reports | May 22, 2013
Alisha Gomez has been named managing editor of Los Angeles Times Community News (TCN) in Orange County, Editor John Canalis announced Wednesday. Gomez will help oversee the staff of 24 that produces the Huntington Beach Independent, Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot and the Daily Pilot, which have a combined print circulation of 137,000. She previously served as managing editor of the Independent and Coastline but on June 3 will add the Daily Pilot to her duties as part of a planned newsroom reorganization.
By Alicia Lopez | November 29, 2012
I'm thrilled to be back. My first journalism job had its roots in Huntington Beach. I was living with my father at the time and former Huntington Beach Independent City Editor Tony Dodero was the first to answer my call for work. He ushered me in to meet the higher ups at Times Community News, and I got the job. After some time touring in the Southern California newspaper world, I returned to Huntington Beach, at the old office on Beach Boulevard, where I was a features editor and page designer.
By Chris Epting | January 19, 2011
Once again, Huntington Beach was splashed all over the news. And once again, it found itself wiping away more proverbial egg from its face. Little did Robert Rizzo imagine how different life would soon become last March when he was arrested after crashing into a mailbox in the 1900 block of Pine Street — not far from his home. He had a blood-alcohol level of .28, more than three times the legal limit, and as reported in this paper, "He was allegedly so intoxicated and stumbling around 'that the officer could not have him finish the field sobriety test,' said Susan Kang Schroeder, chief of staff at the Orange County district attorney's office.
By Steve Virgen | June 3, 2010
Los Angeles Times Community News (TCN) is planning an open house at the Orange County plant in Costa Mesa. The staffs of the Huntington Beach Independent, Daily Pilot and Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot are inviting readers, advertisers and community members to visit their respective operations from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 10. Readers will have the chance to preview the new Los Angeles Times Community News websites for the Orange County newspapers and...
By Chris Epting | May 12, 2010
“I screamed.” That’s how Marina High School junior Lauren Delcoure said she reacted when she got the news that she’d won the first annual Huntington Beach Independent/In The Pipeline essay contest I announced in March. Lauren was answering a question posed by KOCE-TV anchor Ed Arnold who, along with co-host Ann Pulice, interviewed Lauren and I for an edition of their local news show, “Real Orange.” Show producer Maria Hall-Brown was kind enough to arrange the appearance as part of what the winner got to experience.
By John Canalis | March 20, 2010
Those of you who follow us on Facebook may have noticed some inconsistencies in how frequently we update our pages. Some days we update them, some days we don?t. That changes now. We are making social media a priority for the Huntington Beach Independent, the Daily Pilot, the Coastline Pilot and O.C. Now ? a site that aggregates news and sports from those three newspapers, as well as from the Los Angeles Times and our media partner, OCLNN.Com . Thanks to our talented Web editor, Jamie Wetherbe, each of the Times Community Newspapers in Orange County has a new Facebook page.
By John Canalis | March 4, 2010
On a recent weekend, my little family unit of three took a drive down Coast Highway. Traffic was light, the skies clear. We sailed past Huntington Harbour, Main Street, West Newport and toward our destination: Lido Isle. There’s a small waterfront playground on the island that is just perfect for little ones to play. We got out of the car and my 3-year-old daughter, Natalie, charged the swings, jungle gym and slides. Then it was off to the balance beam, with some hand-holding from Mom and Dad to keep her steady.
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