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May 10, 2001
The Orange County Sanitation District announced Tuesday its plan to conduct extensive testing of the coast of Huntington Beach during the summer season. A multimillion-dollar effort between several agencies will attempt to identify the origin of high bacteria counts that forced beach closures in 1999. The summer research is the first in many steps to critically evaluate the hypothesis presented in mid-November by a group of researchers from the UCI. It is also part of an ongoing effort by the Orange County Sanitation District to track the treated waste-water plume released from the five-mile ocean outfall pipe and continue to enhance the sanitation district's ocean water monitoring program.
NEWS
November 4, 2008
The first election returns are being tallied in Huntington Beach. At 8:45 p.m., two incumbents were neck-and-neck in the city council race for three open seats; Keith Bohr was in the lead with 23.2% of the votes, followed closely by Don Hansen with 23.1%. Bohr, a real estate broker and consultant, seeks to adopt a longterm financial strategy in his next four years on the council. Hansen, a finance executive who studied international relations, is also the director of the Orange County Sanitation District.
NEWS
December 16, 2004
HAPPENINGS A traditional treat "The Nutcracker" runs through Christmas Eve day at Golden West College. B1 ALSO: World-renowned jazz guitarist Peter White plays Huntington Beach Sunday. B1 John Volo samples the warming foods of Java City Cafe. B5. Tom Titus lauds his top pick at the Huntington Beach Playhouse in 2004. B3 CITYSCAPE Fat fine The Orange County Sanitation District faces a possible $160,000 fine for a sewage spill that dumped nearly 1.6-million gallons of treated wastewater in the Santa Ana River.
NEWS
August 26, 1999
Eron Ben-Yehuda With the spreading ocean contamination closing another section of beach to swimmers, sanitation workers will begin drilling for water samples at a new location today. "It's a new lead," said Michelle Tuchman, a spokeswoman for the Orange County Sanitation District. "We look at every lead as something promising." Ground-penetrating radar showed "a blip on the screen" at a previously untested section of parking lot at Huntington State Beach near Newland Street and Pacific Coast Highway, she said.
NEWS
September 23, 1999
John Scott At a recent mayor's breakfast, Rich Barnard, standing in for the mayor who was at a press conference with our local politicians, pointed to dogs and birds as source of the ocean pollution after investigation determined that Orange County Sanitation District's sewer lines at the beach were not the culprit. Perhaps I am a bit cynical, but I interpreted that as a ploy to focus the attention of residents on something other than the decrepit state of Huntington Beach's sewer system.
NEWS
February 28, 2002
Bryce Alderton The price of sewer line repairs is the aggravation of road construction. Something drivers in Huntington Beach can expect a lot of this spring while the Orange County Sanitation District installs a larger sewer pipeline. The district will begin installing a 108-inch concrete pipeline in May that will extend from its plant at Brookhurst Street in Huntington Beach to an existing pump station at Bushard Street and Ellis Avenue in Fountain Valley.
NEWS
October 4, 2001
Now that three cities have gone on record against the waiver I hope that the Orange County Sanitation District will start thinking ahead -- before November, 2002 -- to what they can do to lessen the effect of the untreated sewage on the Pacific Ocean. It takes time to build infrastructure and the sanitation district should be planning right now for a beneficial change in treatment. Our ocean resources are finite. We must not continue to treat the ocean like a poor cousin.
NEWS
By Purnima Mudnal | April 6, 2006
Sandwiched between a power plant, a sewage treatment plant and a toxic dump site,, southeast Huntington Beach "takes the burden for the rest of the county's dirty work," said Jon Ely, longtime resident and member of the Southeast Huntington Beach Neighborhood Assn. Now, residents fear, the area may become smellier as well. As part of budget cuts totaling $474 million, the Orange County Sanitation District plans to cut $65 million from its odor control measures ? including those in effect at the sewage treatment plant at Brookhurst Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway.
NEWS
September 20, 2001
Danette Goulet Amid a flurry of public support, the City Council unanimously agreed Monday night to oppose a waiver that allows the Orange County Sanitation District to pump partially treated sewage 4 1/2 miles off the city's shores. "We need to protect the beaches," said Mayor Pam Julien Houchen simply. It was Julien Houchen who put the resolution to oppose the waiver before the council Monday night. The waiver allows the district to dump 236 million gallons of sewage in the ocean each day. Half of the sewage has only had the solid waste removed, leaving it rife with bacteria, environmentalists say. The offshore discharge creates a plume that can be up to six miles long, two to three miles wide and 100 feet thick.
NEWS
By Merle Moshiri | March 1, 2007
I am upset with the editorial regarding the Poseidon desalination plant ("Water fight runs dry," Feb. 22). I was hoping with a change of the guard taking place at the Independent, new blood would see a need for caution and care in long-term planning regarding the use of the coastline and ocean, and that those of us who voice this opinion would get a fairer shake. Contrary to your opinion, I think each and every one of us is an Erin Brockovich. If our forefathers had taken a defeatist attitude (i.e.
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By Erik Holmes | February 9, 2010
The Parthenon it is not. There are no monumental facades, ornate columns or elaborate sculptures. And set back from Ward Street in Fountain Valley behind a screen of trees and bushes, it’s barely even visible to passersby. You’ve likely never seen it, but the Orange County Water District’s Groundwater Replenishment System is an architectural gem. Just ask the folks at Mammoth, an architecture blog that in January named the facility to its list of the best architecture of the decade.
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NEWS
October 29, 2009
Huntington Beach’s Charter Review Commission voted last week to recommend making the city’s mayor a directly elected position rather than one appointed by the City Council every year. According to the commission’s staff liaison, the change would have almost no impact on the mayor’s powers or duties, but would give him or her more clout in dealing with other politicians in the region. On paper, the proposed change looks like a mere formality. But many local leaders, including current and former mayors, expressed strong feelings on both sides of the issue.
NEWS
November 4, 2008
The first election returns are being tallied in Huntington Beach. At 8:45 p.m., two incumbents were neck-and-neck in the city council race for three open seats; Keith Bohr was in the lead with 23.2% of the votes, followed closely by Don Hansen with 23.1%. Bohr, a real estate broker and consultant, seeks to adopt a longterm financial strategy in his next four years on the council. Hansen, a finance executive who studied international relations, is also the director of the Orange County Sanitation District.
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By Merle Moshiri | March 1, 2007
I am upset with the editorial regarding the Poseidon desalination plant ("Water fight runs dry," Feb. 22). I was hoping with a change of the guard taking place at the Independent, new blood would see a need for caution and care in long-term planning regarding the use of the coastline and ocean, and that those of us who voice this opinion would get a fairer shake. Contrary to your opinion, I think each and every one of us is an Erin Brockovich. If our forefathers had taken a defeatist attitude (i.e.
NEWS
By Purnima Mudnal | April 6, 2006
Sandwiched between a power plant, a sewage treatment plant and a toxic dump site,, southeast Huntington Beach "takes the burden for the rest of the county's dirty work," said Jon Ely, longtime resident and member of the Southeast Huntington Beach Neighborhood Assn. Now, residents fear, the area may become smellier as well. As part of budget cuts totaling $474 million, the Orange County Sanitation District plans to cut $65 million from its odor control measures ? including those in effect at the sewage treatment plant at Brookhurst Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway.
NEWS
By By Dave Brooks | November 3, 2005
Environmental activists need to work more closely with industry, supervisor says.Environmentalists need to move away from traditional activist functions and more openly engage traditional adversaries such as big business and private industry, Orange County Supervisor Tom Wilson said last week in an address at the Headwaters to Ocean Conference in Huntington Beach. Community leaders should facilitate the process, he said, encouraging all stakeholders to sit at the table and reach a compromise before environmental debates degrade into mudslinging battles.
NEWS
December 16, 2004
HAPPENINGS A traditional treat "The Nutcracker" runs through Christmas Eve day at Golden West College. B1 ALSO: World-renowned jazz guitarist Peter White plays Huntington Beach Sunday. B1 John Volo samples the warming foods of Java City Cafe. B5. Tom Titus lauds his top pick at the Huntington Beach Playhouse in 2004. B3 CITYSCAPE Fat fine The Orange County Sanitation District faces a possible $160,000 fine for a sewage spill that dumped nearly 1.6-million gallons of treated wastewater in the Santa Ana River.
NEWS
November 6, 2003
Dean Albright This is to the electorate of Huntington Beach: Districts will not work for Huntington Beach, because of the makeup and location of Huntington Beach as a coastal city. Right now, the major issues are located in the Southeast portion of the city. For example Pacific City, AES Huntington Beach power plant, proposed Poseidon plant, Ascon toxic dump site, Orange County Sanitation District outfall pipe and the Orange County Water District or the Ground Water Replenishment System project.
NEWS
October 17, 2002
RACE FOR THE CITY COUNCIL Name: Cathy Green Age: 54 Occupation: Businesswoman/nurse Family: Husband of 32 years, Peter; two children, Teresa and Tom. Community activities: Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce -- Huntington Beach Citizen of the Year Founding member of Amigos de Bolsa Chica Board of directors: The American Cancer Society The Huntington Beach Hospital (vice chair)...
NEWS
August 29, 2002
Fed up with sewage and now chemicals Last Thursday, the Independent featured as its "Top Story" an article by Paul Clinton regarding sewage treatment. The article accepted that the ocean is an appropriate place for us to dispose of our sewage. The question raised was how to treat it so that it doesn't make us sick when we take a swim in that same ocean. On Saturday, residents in southeast Huntington Beach awoke to a beautiful, sunshiny day, a perfect day to spend at the beach, only to read in the paper that their beach at Magnolia was again rated "F" (if you swim in it, you will probably get sick)
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