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September 12, 2002
WHAT HAPPENED: The Planning Commission went against city staff recommendations and granted Keith Bohr a conditional-use permit to build a 8,455-square-foot, two-story retail office building on a 5,650-square-foot vacant lot at 428 Main St., south of Pecan Avenue. WHAT IT MEANS: Bohr will build a 8,455-square-foot, two-story retail office building that Associate City Planner Paul Da Veigaf feared would have a negative effect on future proposed development in the area because 10 parking spaces will be eliminated.
NEWS
By: | August 4, 2005
o7Here are some items the Planning Commission will consider tonight: f7 CONDO CONVER- SION PARKING The commission will consider requiring more parking spaces when property owners want to convert duplexes into condos for sale. The city now has two different parking requirements for new projects -- one for properties in the coastal zone and old Corona del Mar, and another for the rest of the city. When duplexes are converted, they're required to meet only the standard in place at the time they were built.
NEWS
March 7, 2002
Bryce Alderton Residents may be able to study the proposed face-lift of a two-block area of Downtown by the end of the month, city planners said. An Environmental Impact Report for the The Strand project is expected to be completed by the end of March and will be followed by a 45-day public comment period, said city planner Jane James. If approved the project will revamp a prominent section of Downtown hemmed in by Main Street, Pacific Coast Highway, Walnut and 5th avenues.
NEWS
October 28, 1999
Eron Ben-Yehuda HUNTINGTON BEACH -- With cars already zooming down Pacific Coast Highway, a city plan to add more lanes to the busy thoroughfare is driving some nearby residents nuts. "It's going to be a speedway," said Rhonda Jones Pisani. Not only will driving the highway become more harried, but Pisani is concerned it will become even more dangerous for beach-goers who jaywalk across the highway. A number of pedestrians have been struck -- even killed -- by passing cars over the years.
NEWS
By: Michael Miller | September 28, 2005
The Costa Mesa Police Department is ticketing parents who stop illegally at Davis Elementary School while dropping off or picking up their children. On Monday afternoon, the department stationed officers along Presidio Square, a back street outside Davis, where parents often stop before and after school. By mid-afternoon Tuesday, the officers had cited 13 drivers for stopping or parking in the red zone, which extends along a row of parking spaces.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | June 15, 2011
The California Coastal Commission was scheduled to vote Wednesday on the Huntington Beach Downtown Specific Plan Update. The commission's staff has made recommendations to the update, which is expected to expand the downtown area and bring in more visitors, businesses and residents. The staff disagrees with the city in a few areas, including parking availability, but City Planning and Building Director Scott Hess said they will not stand in the way of the city's vision. "We're quite pleased with the staff's efforts on this project," Hess said.
NEWS
January 10, 2002
After months of public hearings and several drafts, Huntington Beach's Downtown Parking Master Plan has complied with California Coastal Commission standards. The coastal commission approved changes the city made to the language of the Downtown Parking Master Plan, which the commission suggested when it first approved the plan in June. Coastal commission approval is needed as Downtown falls within the coastal zone, which it controls. The major change increased the development area of Downtown from 500,000 square feet to 715,000 square feet for commercial, retail, restaurant, office and parking area, said city planner Wayne Carvalho.
NEWS
July 12, 2001
VOTE: 7-0 WHAT HAPPENED: The commission unanimously approved the annual review of the Downtown parking master plan. WHAT IT MEANS: This yearly study addressed building activity between June 1, 2000 and June 1, 2001 in Downtown Huntington Beach, specifically the area bounded by Pacific Coast Highway, Sixth Street, Acacia Avenue and Second Street. City officials first approved the parking plan five years ago, which set a 500,000-square-foot cap on development Downtown and the parking it required.
NEWS
By Purnima Mudnal | November 30, 2006
The city may offer visitors two hours of free parking in downtown Huntington Beach to compensate for the loss of 88 parking spaces on Main Street when it will be closed temporarily for five weekends and 12 Tuesdays. Free parking would be available in the Main Promenade parking structure during the weekends when Main Street will become a pedestrian mall. A flat-fee rate or a lower cost of parking per hour is also being reviewed. City officials are expected to make a decision about the parking in coming weeks.
NEWS
February 27, 2003
Jenny Marder The long-awaited Bella Terra will launch the first phase of its transformation to a Italian-style plaza on Sunday when the East Coast Kohl's department store opens it doors. Kohl's will open 27 of its stores throughout the West on the same day. "They're going to come here with all their guns blazing," said Gus Duran, housing and redevelopment manager for the city. Milton Swimmer, partner of J.H. Snyder Co., one of the project's developers, said that the 95,000-square-foot store will have a large array of merchandise to offer the residents of Huntington Beach at affordable prices.
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By Mona Shadia | September 26, 2012
A divided Huntington Beach Planning Commission voted Tuesday to approve a beachside auto auction that will take place for 11 days in June for each of the next five years. The planners split 4-2, with commissioners Mark Bixby and Robert Franklin dissenting and Erik Peterson absent. The city's zoning administrator approved the Russo & Steele Auto Auction in August. But Bixby appealed the project, saying it was inconsistent with guidelines in two city planning documents, the Downtown Specific Plan and Coastal Element.
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NEWS
By Michael Miller | January 11, 2012
The Woman's Club of Huntington Beach got mixed reviews from residents Tuesday at a Planning Commission study session, as some hailed the club for its community work while others called its longtime clubhouse a sore spot in the neighborhood. Nearly a dozen speakers addressed the commission as it considered the club's application to rebuild its headquarters at 420 10th St. that burned down in April. The structure stood for more than 100 years before a fire, apparently caused by an electrical malfunction, destroyed most of it. Mike Orr, who lived next door to the clubhouse and had his own home severely damaged in the fire, acknowledged that the club's inhabitants sometimes caused noise and parking difficulties, but said he mostly considered the club a good neighbor.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | November 9, 2011
It was sundown in a mostly deserted parking lot tucked off Westminster Boulevard. The skateboarders had stopped, as they do every Thursday, to listen to the man with the Bible. A single lamppost shone over the makeshift skate park, where ramps and wooden ledges sporting the words Gravity Youth covered the parking spaces. Two dozen or so skateboards littered the ground as their riders sat on the curb. Above them, Aaron Morgan held the book open on his left hand and asked how many people had come for the first time.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | June 15, 2011
The California Coastal Commission was scheduled to vote Wednesday on the Huntington Beach Downtown Specific Plan Update. The commission's staff has made recommendations to the update, which is expected to expand the downtown area and bring in more visitors, businesses and residents. The staff disagrees with the city in a few areas, including parking availability, but City Planning and Building Director Scott Hess said they will not stand in the way of the city's vision. "We're quite pleased with the staff's efforts on this project," Hess said.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | January 12, 2011
The Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum holds a treasure trove of surfing's history and is the hangout for some of its legends, but for the last couple of days, it was the haunt of someone more notorious. Disgraced ex-Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo, 56, has been volunteering his services as a security guard for the museum's miniature parking lot at Olive Avenue and Fifth Street. "We told him any day he wants to do it, we're here," said Gary Sahagen, the museum's director at large.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | March 11, 2010
Huntington Beach is looking to test-drive a free downtown shuttle program this summer to help relieve parking problems on the city’s busiest days of the year. The program will free up more than 400 parking spaces on the weekends and some holidays for residents and visitors shopping and dining downtown, said Stanley Smalewitz, director of economic development. “We know we’re not in the transportation business, but we know that parking is an issue in the downtown,” Smalewitz said.
NEWS
By Purnima Mudnal | November 30, 2006
The city may offer visitors two hours of free parking in downtown Huntington Beach to compensate for the loss of 88 parking spaces on Main Street when it will be closed temporarily for five weekends and 12 Tuesdays. Free parking would be available in the Main Promenade parking structure during the weekends when Main Street will become a pedestrian mall. A flat-fee rate or a lower cost of parking per hour is also being reviewed. City officials are expected to make a decision about the parking in coming weeks.
NEWS
By: Mark R. Madler | October 1, 2005
Bids for a new valet and self-park parking lot at Bob Hope Airport came in at double what the airport authority has budgeted for the project, sending officials back to the drawing board. The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority on Monday approved redesigning its plans for the 27-acre Star Park property and will put the project back out to bid in early 2006. The airport budgeted $13 million to improve the site but bids for the work came back in at $26 million.
NEWS
By: Michael Miller | September 28, 2005
The Costa Mesa Police Department is ticketing parents who stop illegally at Davis Elementary School while dropping off or picking up their children. On Monday afternoon, the department stationed officers along Presidio Square, a back street outside Davis, where parents often stop before and after school. By mid-afternoon Tuesday, the officers had cited 13 drivers for stopping or parking in the red zone, which extends along a row of parking spaces.
NEWS
By: Darleene Barrientos | August 27, 2005
Residents opposed to a California Chicken Cafe moving into their neighborhood have filed an appeal protesting the Burbank Planning Board's unanimous approval of parking exceptions and allowing the restaurant's patrons to bring their own alcohol. Neighbors of the proposed restaurant, planned for 2921 W. Magnolia Blvd., will meet Monday to discuss the restaurant's impending arrival. "Since the city Planning [department] staff had recommended not approving the application, we felt we should pursue this further, just to make sure," said Penny Church, who lives along Niagara Street, which intersects Magnolia.
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