May 31, 2012
A Sacramento County Superior Court judge Wednesday afternoon refused to side with a group of California cities in their battle with the state over hundreds of millions of property tax dollars that used to flow to local redevelopment agencies. Judge Timothy M. Frawley said he would not grant the request from Huntington Beach, Glendale, Pasadena and other cities for an injunction that would have prevented the payout of property taxes Friday to schools and other local governments.
May 8, 2003
While the word redevelopment has struck fear into hearts of many Southeast Huntington Beach residents -- who suddenly had visions of more industrial giants billowing pollutants and of a city government turned overly powerful -- the designation could mean a needed revitalization to the area. Residents, who have long felt that their section of the city has been a dumping ground of sorts, are equally eager and skittish. The City Council will have to act wisely, openly and carefully to ensure that the fears of redevelopment don't develop into reality for those living within this zone, which is bounded by Newland Street to the west, Hamilton Avenue to the north, Magnolia Street on the east and Pacific Coast Highway on the south.
April 10, 2003
John Scott The Cityscape Roundup headline in the Independent on April 3 read, "Southeast area sets its priorities." That headline leaves the impression that Southeast Huntington Beach is united behind the committee's priorities. The reality is that the vision the committee has for this area and the vision that residents of the area have are very different. The committee's initial meetings here always began with a redevelopment presentation after which residents were invited to share their views.
November 2, 2000
Tariq Malik John Thomas was a two-term councilman, serving from 1978 to 1986. He and his family have been residents for about 35 years and have operated a local business for 40 years. Thomas said he can use the practical knowledge he's garnered from his business life and time on the City Council to attract new businesses into Huntington Beach. While Thomas is concerned about crime, redevelopment and the preservation of the Bolsa Chica wetlands and other coastal environments, drawing new business into the city will provide a number of benefits.
June 17, 2004
ON THE AGENDA Here are some of the items the council will consider Monday at their meeting: SALE OF 214 5th ST. The council, acting as the redevelopment agency, will consider approving one of two buyers for the city-owned parcel at 214 5th St. It is being recommended that that LGB Investments, LLC, be selected as buyer rather than developer Robert J. Koury. No projects are yet proposed for the empty lot, which is zoned multi-use and, like most properties Downtown, must have walk-in commercial retail on the first floor and residence or offices on the second floor.
October 24, 2002
Jose Paul Corona The Strand project, slated to revamp Downtown Huntington Beach, was given the green light by the City Council Monday night by a 4-2 vote. Unless an appeal of plans for the 226,500-square-foot project is filed with the California Coastal Commission, it will be built. James A. Lane, spokesman for the project's main opposition, a group called Citizens Against Redevelopment, said they have not yet decided if they will mount opposition.
July 13, 2000
Kenneth Ma HUNTINGTON BEACH -- Nearly 500 signatures have been collected by Burlington Coat Factory in its attempt to stay on as a tenant at the soon-to-be-redeveloped Huntington Center. The company placed a full-page advertisement in the Independent July 6 asking people to sign a petition at its Huntington Beach store and to call members of the City Council, Planning Commission and city staff to support Burlington's efforts to be part of the new mall, which will be renamed The Crossings at Huntington.
January 15, 2004
Jenny Marder To some, Perqs is a seedy, prehistoric dive bar that detracts from the upscale image that city officials are working to promote Downtown. But for Babette Comee, Perqs is a haven, homey and unpretentious, the essence of Surf City history. A former brothel, local hangout and home to legendary blues guitarist Walter Trout, Perqs bar at 117 Main St. is the oldest bar in Huntington Beach. So old that owners aren't required to serve food with alcohol, as they are in every other bar Downtown.