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September 18, 2012
Is Drew Kovacs a wannabe Tim Geddes? His letter ( "Tim Geddes for City Council?" Mailbag, Sept. 6) would suggest that his envious carping might conceal some personal agenda of his own. I personally don't have one, but if sticking up for the community or promoting good government is evidence of a "my way or the highway" mentality, then I guess I plead guilty. The fact that my "jaded commentary" often contains proposed solutions and ideas along with constructive criticism is conveniently overlooked.
NEWS
April 1, 2014
My husband and I walk the beach path in Huntington Beach often and were pleasantly surprised recently to see workmen installing a new bench. The donation that was endowed by Norman L. Mayer was a welcoming site at a spot on the walk where the path splits and goes up a slight incline. We always thought that would be a great respite but could never find a seat nearby. Since it is a good halfway spot for us, we believe we were the first to test the bench out. Of course we immediately looked online to get all the particulars about the generous donor.
NEWS
May 30, 2012
A couple of days ago, I received a political flier from Troy Edgar, who is running for the state Assembly. On the back of the flyer were endorsements from Republicans. The first name cited was that of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher. In his 22-plus years in Congress, Rohrabacher has always been an "establishment" Republican, a "yes man" who is ready to jump upon any command from the establishment Republican leadership. Rohrabacher has never been a true conservative by never standing up against the establishment leadership.
NEWS
May 15, 2013
I live on Huntington Street and I live with the smoke and soot caused by the incessant daily beach fires. It's horrible, the air quality is being adversely affected. My window sills are black with the soot from the fires. My screens are black, my house is black and I have to hose the house down weekly. I live in Huntington Beach so I can get some nice ocean air. The people that come here burn anything they can get their hands on - railroad ties, plastic, contaminated wood products, anything that is free and can burn.
NEWS
March 14, 2012
As a resident of Huntington Beach, I am extremely excited that Occupy Orange County is coming to HB, and my family stands ready to join the movement in the peaceful demonstrations I have been a part of already ( "Occupy eyes Surf City," March 8). We will continue to work together, including cleaning up the community after the demonstration. As we get closer to the elections, we feel it is vital to spread the word now more than ever. We cannot continue to just sit back any longer.
NEWS
November 19, 2013
If you dispose of your clothes after wearing them once and you throw out your plate at the end of each meal, then our city's new rules regarding shopping bags might seem unnecessarily burdensome. However, if you use your apparel and plates many times, then your shopping bags should be reusable too. While cleaning the items we use on a regular basis can certainly be inconvenient, it is the proper and sensible thing to do. Chris Borg Huntington Beach * Polystyrene ban would make sense Councilman Matt Harper will not support a ban on polystyrene and asks what prohibition will be next.
NEWS
February 19, 2014
Thank you, 2005 Huntington Beach City Council, for the recreational vehicle parking compromise . Isn't it encouraging to know that if you simply want to add some square footage to your existing living space all you have to do is roll in a 40-foot home on wheels, pick your own imaginary property lot on the street and weigh anchor for five months out of the year, no questions asked. Most homeowners are completely flummoxed as to how this ordinance was passed that year, since it exempts motor homes from the California code , which says a vehicle can stand without movement for a 72-hour period only.
NEWS
January 5, 2011
I just wanted to weigh in on the discussion about the proposed solar panels at Dwyer Middle School ("Parents protest solar panel site," Dec. 23). I am a Huntington Beach resident, too. I love historic buildings. Dwyer is no exception; it's fantastic. I have recently completed a solar panel installation class at Orange Coast College. It was unbelievably informative. From what I have learned from the class about the importance of placement of solar arrays, there is a problem with each of the alternate locations at Dwyer.
NEWS
September 18, 2013
In Mayor Pro Tem Matthew Harper's commentary ("Time to add more freedom to the Fourth," Mailbag, Sept. 12), regarding his desire to have the ban on fireworks lifted in Huntington Beach, the very clear message he is sending is that he values money over the quality of life for residents and the pets that these fireworks terrorize. I, too, believe in students who need funds to benefit music, athletics and other programs at our high schools. I also care about our students being able to reach their goals and achieve.
NEWS
September 11, 2013
Regarding Huntington Beach's plan to sue over the planned rave, would it not be more sensible to simply demand that the state provide adequate protection for our residents and property? Isn't this what the Orange County Sheriff's Department has authority to do? Given recent history, it is understandable that folks are fearful of any event that could lead to repeat activities. However, unless Huntington Beach can cite specific state statute that says cities have jurisdiction over specified activities within California parks, a lawsuit would be frivolous and costly.
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NEWS
April 30, 2014
Editor's note: This email was also sent to Huntington Beach Councilman Jim Katapodis, who responds below. Let me start with this basic question of Councilman Jim Katapodis: What is the difference between plastic bags and Styrofoam containers environmentally? Why is it you voted to ban bags but voted against a polystyrene ban? Why don't council members want to allow the residents their given right to vote on issues that affect them? Do you not represent the taxpayers? At least let us decide the direction we should take and not force us to follow an anarchistic approach based on your own interests and agenda.
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NEWS
April 16, 2014
Consumers have incredible power to help the environment through their buying habits. If we set standards for our purchases, stores will respond by making more eco-friendly products available. First, we should only buy fast-drying towels because it takes less energy to dry them. They are surprisingly absorbent and luxurious. Second, to reduce plastic pollution, we can buy certified compostable green bags for our trash and pet waste. Other plastic bags should be recycled. Reusable products have been around for many years.
NEWS
April 1, 2014
My husband and I walk the beach path in Huntington Beach often and were pleasantly surprised recently to see workmen installing a new bench. The donation that was endowed by Norman L. Mayer was a welcoming site at a spot on the walk where the path splits and goes up a slight incline. We always thought that would be a great respite but could never find a seat nearby. Since it is a good halfway spot for us, we believe we were the first to test the bench out. Of course we immediately looked online to get all the particulars about the generous donor.
NEWS
March 25, 2014
Patrice Apodaca's column " Clear air about vaping " (March 20, Huntington Beach Independent) was interesting to read, although heavily slanted. Vaping has gotten a large amount of press on the downside, and I agree it can be harmful if misused. Parents should make it a priority to be aware of what their children are doing and warn them of the dangers of misuse. But there is also an upside to vaping. My daughter started smoking cigarettes 20-some years ago and was unable to stop, although she tried many times.
NEWS
February 19, 2014
Thank you, 2005 Huntington Beach City Council, for the recreational vehicle parking compromise . Isn't it encouraging to know that if you simply want to add some square footage to your existing living space all you have to do is roll in a 40-foot home on wheels, pick your own imaginary property lot on the street and weigh anchor for five months out of the year, no questions asked. Most homeowners are completely flummoxed as to how this ordinance was passed that year, since it exempts motor homes from the California code , which says a vehicle can stand without movement for a 72-hour period only.
NEWS
February 5, 2014
The Surf City USA Marathon attracted 21,000 runners to Huntington Beach on Sunday. These athletes — who had come from 33 countries and 50 states to enjoy Southern Calfornia — were welcomed to the streets by 2,300 volunteers and more than 100 coordinators from all over Orange County. On behalf of the management of the race, I'd like to personally thank the volunteers and coordinators who made this experience so memorable for our the participants. The largest contingencies of volunteers came from the fantastic local Key Clubs of Westminster, La Quinta, Bolsa Grande, Marina, Fountain Valley, Segerstrom and Pacifica high schools.
NEWS
January 28, 2014
A disheartening blow was delivered by four Huntington Beach councilmen who voted against the polystyrene ban on Jan. 21. It seems they had already made up their minds before the City Council meeting. Unfortunately, they would not be swayed by the public comments about the dangers of polystyrene pollution presented by passionate and knowledgeable speakers. The council majority used the excuse that they were concerned about the effect on small restaurants. Evidently, they had not read the ordinance, which includes a hardship clause.
NEWS
January 22, 2014
In the Jan. 16 Huntington Beach Independent, Assembly candidate Emanuel Patrascu writes that it was Keith Curry and his fellow members on the Newport Beach City Council who brought the fire rings issue to the Air Quality Management District. This is false. Councilman Curry, the Newport Beach council and the city never initiated any request for regulation or rule making by the AQMD. If Patrascu has any evidence to the contrary, he should present it. If not, he should immediately apologize to Curry, the council and the voters of the 74th Assembly District for these false and reckless charges.
NEWS
January 15, 2014
Inadvertently, writer Linda Newton ("Stop fighting the plastic bag ban," Huntington Beach Independent, Jan. 9) makes one of the bag-ban opponents' many valid points. Yes, the bags "were never really free" but rather part of the costs "passed on to the consumer. " Indeed, they still are being passed on. We pay the same as before the ban, but we don't get the bag we still pay for. And on top of that, we have to buy whatever bags we need. Great, more expense for hard-pressed consumers and we didn't even get to vote on this.
NEWS
January 9, 2014
We cannot allow people who have no concern for the environment reverse the progress that Surf City has made with its bag ban. Here are some things to consider. The 10 cent charge is an incentive to do the right thing, not an illegal tax or a fee for bad behavior. Bags were never really "free. " The cost for plastic or paper bags has been passed on to the consumer. Also, plastic and polystyrene are made from petroleum, from which we need to break our dependency. In addition, our discarding of plastic and polystyrene for six decades has created a man-made ecosystem in the Pacific Ocean, twice the size of Texas.
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