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By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | March 23, 2011
Independent photographer Scott Smeltzer has been named a finalist in the California Newspaper Publishers Assn.'s Better Newspapers Contest for his photo of ex-Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo being arrested at his home in Huntington Beach. Smeltzer captured the image Sept. 21 as Rizzo, who is charged with misappropriating $5.5 million in city funds from Bell, was led away from his Surf City home by police. The association named Smeltzer's image a finalist in the Breaking News Photo category, meaning it will place either first or second when the winners are announced April 16. Smeltzer, a photographer for Times Community News since 2009, previously worked for the Press-Telegram in Long Beach and the Daily Press in Victorville.
BUSINESS
December 3, 2009
Huntington Beach Independent Editor Brady Rhoades has left the paper after two and a half years. Rhoades had overseen operations at the Independent and its sister papers the Coastline Pilot and the Daily Pilot since October 2008. Dan Evans, editor of Times Community News papers the Glendale News-Press, the Burbank Leader and the La Cañada Valley Sun, has stepped in as acting editor of the Independent. Times Community News, a division of the Los Angeles Times that owns the Independent, has begun a search for a new, permanent editor.
NEWS
August 30, 2001
As part of the Independent's redesign, several staffing changes have been made to the paper's editing and reporting staff. Danette Goulet, who has been a reporter at the Daily Pilot, the Independent's sister paper in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, has been named assistant city editor. She will coordinate the paper's coverage as well as report on City Hall, the business community and other issues affecting the city. Goulet joined the Daily Pilot in October 1999 after working as a reporter and columnist at the Boca Raton News in Florida.
NEWS
October 2, 2003
Huntington Beach Independent City Editor Danette Goulet has been named city editor of one of the paper's sister publications, the Daily Pilot. She will remain city editor of the Independent, as well. Goulet has been city editor of the Independent for two years. Under her watch, the paper has won eight statewide journalism awards. Among those awards was one for an environmental story Goulet wrote. "Danette is an excellent journalist and will be great Pilot city editor," Pilot Editor Tony Dodero said.
NEWS
March 2, 2000
THE ISSUE: Forty-nine city employees made more than $100,000 in 1999; 224 are in the 100K club with their benefits factored in. The Independent listed their names, positions, salaries and total incomes. Your recent front page article on employee salaries for the city of Huntington Beach reaches a new height of irresponsible journalism for the Independent ("What you pay them," Feb. 17). Your obviously biased article was not only unjust to the named and unnamed employees, but to the citizens of Huntington Beach.
NEWS
November 16, 2000
Thank you. We say it so often that you'd think the overexposure would threaten its meaning. If you aren't saying it, then perhaps it already has. The Independent is seeking submissions of 100 words or less, explaining why you are thankful this year. We'll print some of them in an upcoming issue. Responses may be mailed to the Independent, 18682 Beach Blvd., Suite 160, Huntington Beach, CA 92648; faxed to (714) 965-7174; or sent by e-mail to o7 hbindy@latimes.
NEWS
April 19, 2001
Have you always thought your opinion on the movies was better than Roger Ebert or Joel Siegel? If you like giving your thoughts on movies, good or bad, then we're looking for you. In our continuing effort to bring more community news to our readers, the Independent is looking for Huntington Beach residents to review the latest movies for us on a weekly basis. If interested, please send a sample movie review of no more than 500 words to: Independent, Att. Reel Critics, 18682 Beach Blvd.
NEWS
August 12, 2004
Sara Washburn As a resident of Huntington Beach, I love reading the Independent and regard it as a healthy source for keeping up on community news. However, I am writing to express distaste for Danette Goulet's Editor's Notebook, "City officials should have dug deeper" (July 29). I agree with all of Goulet's points and similarly share frustration regarding the issue with Joe O'Conner and his Community Parks Foundation. However, why is it that every time somebody does something awful, illegal or controversial in our city, somebody at the Independent has to be cutting and degrading while reporting it?
NEWS
June 7, 2001
The more things change, the more they stay the same. For 35 years, the Independent has given Huntington Beach readers news that really is close to home. You've read about local politics, education, sports and in general, just about life in the community. Through it all, the Independent was there. But when you picked up today's edition, it was definitely different -- but at the same time, remotely familiar. Sure, we changed the size and format of the paper, and regular features such as Ron Davis' "Through My Eyes" is now on the cover.
NEWS
By Julie Bixby | March 23, 2011
At the Bolsa Chica Land Trust town hall meeting on the Community Promoted Restoration, or CPR, plan, Independent columnist Lou Murray crossed the line from environmental defender to self-serving personal vendetta. An overflow crowd of 150-plus came to hear about the plans to restore the lower bench of the Bolsa Chica mesa, demonstrating once again how much the community cares for its environment. After a presentation of the major highlights of the plan and a short break, there was a question-and-answer session.
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NEWS
June 12, 2013
The Huntington Beach Independent's digital presence is constantly changing and improving, and we're excited to announce a new feature we hope will help our readers get the news they want faster and better. We're bringing back breaking news alerts, which will go out to subscribers via email. The alerts will quickly get out the basics of a breaking news story — such as a major car crash, fire or school lockdown — as soon as we become aware of it. We'll continue to update the story on our website as we get information, but the alerts will now be the first source of information.
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NEWS
December 12, 2012
What has happened to the "Huntington Beach" in the Huntington Beach Independent? You eliminate a popular column (Natural Perspectives) written by Huntington Beach residents, on matters that concern many Huntington Beach residents, and what do we get instead? On Dec. 6, what we got instead was two columns from people who live in Newport Beach, another column from someone who lives in Costa Mesa, and a column on the Newport Beach boat parade from the Daily Pilot. Huntington Beach is also bordered by Westminster and Seal Beach — will they be represented in the Independent next week?
NEWS
By Mona Shadia | September 26, 2012
He is the only incumbent running in a crowded field of 12 candidates on the Huntington Beach City Council ticket, and while he likes to please the Orange County GOP, Councilman Devin Dwyer says he votes for city first and party second. "I like to continue what I'm doing," he said. "I'm working hard for Huntington Beach and want to see some things completed. " His willingness to publicly align with liberals at times has put him in hot water with the Republican Party. The most notable example is when Dwyer, 49, supported the city's plastic bag ban, which the party faithful and many businesses opposed.
NEWS
July 16, 2012
Congratulations are in order to Mayor Don Hansen and the other four city councilmen who voted in January of this year to lift the ban on the sale and use of "safe and sane" fireworks in the city of Huntington Beach. I know this is going to be disturbing to the two liberal members of the City Council who voted against the lifting of the ban, but when adult citizens are left to be adult citizens, they tend to act like adult citizens. Maybe even more disturbing to the left in this city is the symbolism that comes with an entire city, block by block, enjoying a freedom that they had been denied for almost a quarter of a century.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | September 28, 2011
A political watchdog group has joined forces with the Citizen's Assn. of Sunset Beach in its appeal of a recent court decision regarding the community's annexation to Huntington Beach. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn., which formed in 1978 to defend taxpayers' rights, plans to prepare the briefs and oral arguments for the association's appeal of Orange County Superior Court Judge Frederick P. Horn's August decision to allow Huntington to annex the neighboring seaside community.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | April 6, 2011
Disputes between Huntington Beach and its employees over workers' compensation can now be resolved through independent medical examiners rather than by the state. The City Council on Monday voted to enter into an alternative form of dispute resolution, which lets police officers and firefighters in the middle of disputes with the city to opt out of the state compensation program's medical review process. The agreement allows independent medical examiners to review the case and make a decision that the city and the employee would have to accept, said Human Resources Director Michele Carr.
NEWS
By Julie Bixby | March 23, 2011
At the Bolsa Chica Land Trust town hall meeting on the Community Promoted Restoration, or CPR, plan, Independent columnist Lou Murray crossed the line from environmental defender to self-serving personal vendetta. An overflow crowd of 150-plus came to hear about the plans to restore the lower bench of the Bolsa Chica mesa, demonstrating once again how much the community cares for its environment. After a presentation of the major highlights of the plan and a short break, there was a question-and-answer session.
NEWS
By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | March 23, 2011
Independent photographer Scott Smeltzer has been named a finalist in the California Newspaper Publishers Assn.'s Better Newspapers Contest for his photo of ex-Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo being arrested at his home in Huntington Beach. Smeltzer captured the image Sept. 21 as Rizzo, who is charged with misappropriating $5.5 million in city funds from Bell, was led away from his Surf City home by police. The association named Smeltzer's image a finalist in the Breaking News Photo category, meaning it will place either first or second when the winners are announced April 16. Smeltzer, a photographer for Times Community News since 2009, previously worked for the Press-Telegram in Long Beach and the Daily Press in Victorville.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | June 30, 2010
Bob Mandic has always had a front-row seat to the annual Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade. Growing up on Main Street, Mandic's family would stay home for the holiday to watch the parade from his front yard. When he got into his teens, Mandic said, he would sell soda pop for a couple of nickels to the parade watchers. He also watched the parade for several years from the inside out. As a city councilman and a mayor in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Mandic was part of the parade.
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