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By Anthony Clark Carpio | May 30, 2013
The California State Legislature is on course to make a stand in support of fire rings by passing a resolution set to be heard by the Senate next week. Assemblyman Travis Allen's non-binding resolution asks state legislators to support the protection of important beach traditions, "such as fire rings," he wrote. The document, ACR 52, passed the Assembly's Committee on Natural Resources on May 24 and awaits a reading by the Senate. If passed by the Senate, the resolution will formally support fire rings, recognizing their significance in the state.
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?
By Anthony Clark Carpio | May 15, 2013
Two Huntington Beach councilmen are looking to take on bigger roles in Orange County. Mayor Pro Tem Matthew Harper is considering running for the 74th Assembly District, while Councilman Joe Carchio is contemplating throwing his name into the Orange County Board of Supervisors election. This comes on the heels of Assemblyman Allan Mansoor's (R-Costa Mesa) consideration of replacing Supervisor John Moorlach in the 2nd District, an area that encompasses Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and Newport Beach.
By Chris Epting | May 15, 2013
People keep asking me whether I think the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) will vote June 7 to ban beach bonfires in much of Southern California. I've been invited to speak before several groups in the last few weeks, and the question persists. I get daily emails from all kinds of people - young adults to a 92-year-old man. I even heard from an AQMD employee who was just as fed up because of the very real perception that some board decisions appear to be made for political rather than scientific reasons.
By Alisha Gomez | May 8, 2013
Need last-minute Mother's Day gifts? Island Cowgirl in Huntington Beach just celebrated five years and has plenty of options for mum, according to designer and owner Heather Kraty. The shop originally began as a flagship store for Kraty's own line of inspiration jewelry, Kraty said in an email. "As time went on, I began carrying artists from around the U.S.," she said. "Most of them are friends' work that I have admired for years. " A big seller is anchor-type of jewelry, according to Kraty.
By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 29, 2013
Politicians and residents gathered Sunday to cook hot dogs and roast marshmallows at Huntington State Beach in a message to air-quality regulators that they wouldn't give up the city's fire rings without a fight. Hundreds, including politicians like organizer Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach), showed up to oppose the South Coast Air Quality Management District's proposed ban on fire rings in Orange and Los Angeles counties. "The community is completely united in keeping our fire rings," Allen said.
By Chris Epting | April 22, 2013
The bonfire fight has never been hotter (or weirder) then it is right now. On April 12, I went to visit Assemblyman Allan Mansoor in his Costa Mesa office. I have been in touch with a number of local elected officials about the looming draconian ban on beach bonfires about to be imposed by the Air Quality Management District (AQMD). By now I'm sure you've heard the story. Mansoor told me that on April 14, he would be releasing a letter addressing this issue to California Attorney General Kamala Harris.
April 17, 2013
This year's sixth annual Surf City Splash raised $100,000 for several charities, according to a news release from the Surf City Rotary Club of Huntington Beach. More than 230 guests attented the event at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, enjoying dinner, dancing and auctions. Half of the money raised will go to the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington Valley's Building Dreams campaign to build a "family campus" at Golden West College. The family campus would include a new preschool, gymnasium and Boys & Girls Club for school-age children.
April 16, 2013
I have been a citizen of Orange County for 37 years and have frequently enjoyed the beach and the fire rings. Never have I heard of a problem until this year. It appears that the rich of Newport Beach have convinced themselves that they are being inconvenienced again (special airport regulations) and have discovered that they can use the Air Quality Management District (AQMD) to their advantage. I urge you to reject any attempts to ban the use of the wood-burning fire rings on Orange County beaches.
By Chris Epting | April 4, 2013
Mayor Keith Curry of Newport Beach has sent Huntington Beach Mayor Connie Boardman a letter. In it, he pitched the idea of agreeing to let his city become the "smoke free alternative" when it comes to beach bonfires, while letting ours assume our rightful stance as the city that still embraces common sense, tradition, economic strength - and a distaste for the "nanny" state. I'm wondering if Newport is starting to regret letting the Air Quality Management District (AQMD) genie out of the bottle.
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