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June 17, 2010
Coming before the City Council of Huntington Beach on Monday will be the Ward Garfield Specific Plan No. 16. This project will remove an existing nursery, located under Edison's high-voltage tension wires, and replace it with 395 recreational vehicle (RV) parking spots. This storage facility will be directly behind a senior citizen mobile home park in a residentially zoned neighborhood. Besides the obvious fire danger of parking highly flammable RVs under power lines in a residential neighborhood, the closest RV spots will be only five feet from the mobile homes.
NEWS
May 27, 2010
The Fire Department responded to three RVs burning in a storage yard Sunday afternoon, officials said. Witnesses driving by the 19000 block of Gothard Street called 911 at 1:28 p.m. Sunday after seeing black smoke, spokeswoman Martha Werth said. Three fire engines and a truck responded to the call and found three large diesel RVs inflamed, Battalion Chief Bob Brown said. "It was ragin'," Brown said. The blaze created a large plume of smoke that smelled like burning rubber, witnesses said.
NEWS
By Purnima Mudnal | April 20, 2006
A last-minute compromise quelled the anger of RV users who filled a usually empty City Hall on Monday to protest changes to the city's parking restrictions. Police Chief Kenneth Small had proposed changing the parking-limit ordinance for recreational vehicles, passed by the city last year, to help residents who complained of RV owners parking their unused RVs in front of their homes for long periods of time. City rules allow an RV owner to park for a maximum of eight consecutive days at a time and no more than 16 days in a month with a special permit.
NEWS
October 28, 1999
Ellen McCarty FOUNTAIN VALLEY -- Perry Goldstein was alarmed when he noticed an RV's power cord draped across his sidewalk in August -- right in the path of where children play and ride their bikes. "At best case, the children trip on it," he said. "At worst, a bicycle chain pierces the cord and the child gets electrocuted." The recreational vehicle also blocks the view of children playing in the street, he said. Goldstein called police and City Hall to report the problem, but learned there are no laws restricting recreational vehicles in Fountain Valley.
NEWS
June 8, 2000
-- Torus Tammer The Fountain Valley City Council came one step closer to resolving the issue of recreational vehicle parking on city streets. A committee of 10 people -- five RV owners and five nonowners -- was announced at Tuesday's council meeting. The Recreational Vehicle Ad Hoc Committee's purpose will be to develop a workable compromise between proponents and opponents of RV parking on city streets. Under city law, RVs must be moved every 72 hours.
NEWS
May 11, 2000
Angelique Flores FOUNTAIN VALLEY -- After more than a decade of battling over recreational-vehicle parking on city streets, the issue may finally be put to rest. The City Council is expected to decide at Tuesday's council meeting whether to adopt an ordinance restricting RV parking, put the issue on the ballot for residents to decide or leave the issue as it is. "We just want to settle it once and for all," Mayor Guy Carrozzo said. "Something has to be done."
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | March 12, 2010
The City Council will vote Monday on a proposal to reduce a nursery and put in an RV storage lot behind residents’ houses — a move residents are concerned will cause coyote problems, among others. The council will vote on the Ward Garfield Specific Plan, which would turn a portion of land owned by Southern California Edison and being used by the Village Nurseries Landscape Center into a storage lot able to house 557 RVs and a rental office. Residents are concerned that when the nursery, which backs up to their houses, is replaced, it will drive coyotes into their neighborhood.
LOCAL
By Mike WeberCommunity Correspondent | June 9, 2008
Mike Thompsons RV Super Stores of Fountain Valley was recognized May 12-14 as the No. 1 top Itacsa (Winnebago Industries) dealer in the western United States.  Only one dealer is given this award every year.  This is MTRV's (Mike Thompsons RV Super Stores) sixth in a row.  MTRV started carring the Itasca motorhme in 2001.  Ever since they started selling Itasca they have out sold every other dealer west of the Mississippi River.  This is a huge award given to a local business.
NEWS
February 24, 2005
MEDICAL MARIJUANA 6-1 The council enacted a temporary ban on the issuance of building permits to medical marijuana dispensaries looking to locate in Huntington Beach. The council also approved the ban at its Feb. 7 meeting, but didn't receive the required 80% approval required to enact the ban. Debbie Cook voted against moratorium. WHAT IT MEANS The ban will last 30 days and the planning department will not be allowed to issue building permits to anyone seeking to build a dispensary.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | March 18, 2010
Residents are concerned that a proposal to replace a nursery with an RV storage lot behind their houses would attract coyotes and lower property values. The Ward Garfield Specific Plan would turn a portion of land owned by Southern California Edison and used by the Village Nurseries Landscape Center into a storage lot with room for 557 recreational vehicles and a rental office. Residents worry that when the nursery is replaced, it will drive coyotes into their neighborhood.
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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.
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NEWS
By Mona Shadia | January 11, 2012
A Huntington Beach man pleaded not guilty Tuesday for allegedly strangling a 21-year-old woman to death and then leaving her body in his RV parked outside his parents' house. Police began searching for Ean Keith Brown, 38, on Sunday after his parents became suspicious and called the Huntington Beach Police Department to inspect the RV, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Brown was out on parole for burglary at the time he allegedly strangled the woman, whom police identified as Dolores "Arias" Fagan.
NEWS
Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | June 23, 2010
The City Council on Monday unanimously denied a project that would have allowed an almost 400-space RV storage lot behind a senior-living mobile home park, a decision that satisfied some residents. The council denied the Ward Garfield Specific Plan after more than two hours of public hearing. Councilman Don Hansen said the proposal was like trying to fit a circle into a square peg. "It's too intense a use for the neighborhood. It's too intense a use of the mobile home park," Hansen said calling for a denial of the project.
NEWS
Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | June 22, 2010
The City Council on Monday unanimously denied a project that would have allowed an almost 400-space RV storage lot behind a senior-living mobile home park to resident's satisfaction. The council denied the Ward Garfield Specific Plan following a more than two-hour public hearing. Councilman Don Hansen said the proposal was like a circle going into a square peg. "It's too intense a use for the neighborhood. It's too intense a use of the mobile home park," Hansen said calling for a denial of the project.
NEWS
June 17, 2010
Coming before the City Council of Huntington Beach on Monday will be the Ward Garfield Specific Plan No. 16. This project will remove an existing nursery, located under Edison's high-voltage tension wires, and replace it with 395 recreational vehicle (RV) parking spots. This storage facility will be directly behind a senior citizen mobile home park in a residentially zoned neighborhood. Besides the obvious fire danger of parking highly flammable RVs under power lines in a residential neighborhood, the closest RV spots will be only five feet from the mobile homes.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes @latimes.com | June 16, 2010
The City Council is expected to vote Monday on a proposal to replace a nursery with a recreational vehicle storage lot behind a residential community. The proposal has neighbors up in arms, despite concessions by the developer. The Ward Garfield Specific Plan would turn a portion of land owned by Southern California Edison, and used by the Village Nurseries Landscape Center, into a storage lot for less than 400 RVs and a rental office. The original proposal was slated to fit more than 557 RVs behind Mariner's Pointe Mobile Home Park and Aragon Circle, a residential neighborhood near Yorktown Avenue and Ward Street.
NEWS
May 27, 2010
The Fire Department responded to three RVs burning in a storage yard Sunday afternoon, officials said. Witnesses driving by the 19000 block of Gothard Street called 911 at 1:28 p.m. Sunday after seeing black smoke, spokeswoman Martha Werth said. Three fire engines and a truck responded to the call and found three large diesel RVs inflamed, Battalion Chief Bob Brown said. "It was ragin'," Brown said. The blaze created a large plume of smoke that smelled like burning rubber, witnesses said.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | April 29, 2010
Residents have gathered more than 200 signatures on a petition against a proposal to replace a nursery with an RV storage lot behind their houses, citing concerns about public safety and other issues. Residents on Aragon Circle, a neighborhood near Yorktown Avenue and Ward Street, are trying to stop the Ward Garfield Specific Plan from being approved by the City Council. The proposal would turn a portion of land owned by Southern California Edison and used by the Village Nurseries Landscape Center into a storage lot with room for 557 recreational vehicles and a rental office.
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