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June 13, 2002
Jose Paul Corona Cleanup of contaminated soil at Marina and Fountain Valley high schools is set to begin. The Huntington Beach Union High School District Board approved a contract at its meeting Tuesday night with Environmental Geosciences Services to begin the initial cleanup. In July of 1998 the district removed underground storage tanks at Marina and Fountain Valley High School. After the tanks were removed the district learned that gasoline from the tanks had leaked into the surrounding soil.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lindsey Dobruck | November 23, 2012
Soon after the tragic events of 9/11, artist Gary Simpson was inspired to create a large conceptual piece combining cement with soil from every member state of the United Nations. He called the project "Common Ground 191. " He relied on volunteers and embassies from around the world to gather soil from culturally or historically significant locations in each country. He received his first sample in 2003. In 2011, he completed the collection in person by traveling to North Korea. Working with Andrea Lee of Uri Tours, a travel agency that specializes in trips to North Korea, Simpson was granted approval to visit the country to collect the soil.
NEWS
January 10, 2002
WHAT HAPPENED: City Council voted to hire the engineering firm Brian A. Stirrat & Associates to estimate the cost of soil cleanup and demolition of concrete tanks on two 4.5-acre parcels of land adjacent to the AES Huntington Beach site on Newland Street. The city has an option in its agreement with AES to buy one of the two parcels for $350,000. WHAT IT MEANS: The firm will study levels of hazardous materials in the soil such as lead and asbestos and the effects on the soil from earthquake fault lines.
NEWS
By VIC LEIPZIG AND LOU MURRAY | March 8, 2006
Rain poured in buckets last Friday morning, falling at nearly 2 inches per hour for a short time. For once, Vic and I weren't out in it, but 80 students from Edison High School weren't so lucky. They had scheduled a big planting session at Bolsa Chica for Friday and Saturday, funded by a grant from Toyota Motor Sales. They got drenched. The storm blew in Friday morning with a howling fury. The Bolsa Chica Conservancy's building shook from rain that beat down with a frightening intensity.
FEATURES
By VIC LEIPZIG and LOU MURRAY | May 7, 2009
Vic and I have three areas in which we grow fruits and vegetables: here and there throughout the entire backyard, a strip along the sidewalk in the front yard and a strip at the side of the driveway. When we moved to our present house in 1988, the side strip was growing evergreens. It had an Italian cypress and several low-spreading junipers. At least, I think that’s what they were. I don’t know much about ornamental evergreens, other than they’re drought tolerant.
NEWS
October 2, 2003
Jenny Marder A neighborhood group is demanding that development of Pacific City on the former Chevron Co. oil field be halted until groundwater and soil are fully tested for contaminants by an independent firm. The Pacific City Action Coalition, an organization of about 30 area residents, has committed to serving as watchdogs for the project that is slated to be built on the 31-acre field bordered by Pacific Coast Highway, Atlanta Avenue, Huntington and 1st streets.
NEWS
September 25, 2003
Jenny Marder A project that would stretch across three city blocks was denounced Tuesday night by a handful of residents who fear that grading and construction will place their children, family members and neighbors in danger of breathing toxic fumes. The latest plans for Pacific City, a 31-acre project that would include a luxury resort, 516 residential townhouses, upscale shopping, restaurants and office space, were outlined by city planners at a study session on Tuesday.
NEWS
October 24, 2002
NATURAL PERSPECTIVES In July, we wrote about Huntington Beach's own Milagro Beanfield War. We said that we hoped it wouldn't take a milagro -- a miracle -- to save it from development. Historically, the low-lying bean field west of Graham Street between Warner and Slater avenues was a wetland. It was part of the Wintersburg Creek riparian corridor. But a lot happened to that little field over the last 100 years -- most of it bad. Old maps show that by 1910 the dense willow thickets covering the land had been cut down to create an agricultural field.
NEWS
By Vic Leipzig and Lou Murray | February 16, 2011
Editor's note: This removes the paragraph regarding the water tanks, which will be above ground, not in pits that were to be no larger than 8 feet deep. Vic and I learned early this week that the California Department of Fish and Game has extended the comment period on the plans for the Bolsa Chica mesa to March 17. As we reported in our column last week, the Bolsa Chica Land Trust proposes to disc, or plow, the lower bench of the mesa three times a year. It plans to build four Terra-Farms of 1 acre each on this 118-acre portion of the ecological reserve.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Lindsey Dobruck | November 23, 2012
Soon after the tragic events of 9/11, artist Gary Simpson was inspired to create a large conceptual piece combining cement with soil from every member state of the United Nations. He called the project "Common Ground 191. " He relied on volunteers and embassies from around the world to gather soil from culturally or historically significant locations in each country. He received his first sample in 2003. In 2011, he completed the collection in person by traveling to North Korea. Working with Andrea Lee of Uri Tours, a travel agency that specializes in trips to North Korea, Simpson was granted approval to visit the country to collect the soil.
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NEWS
By Vic Leipzig and Lou Murray | February 16, 2011
Editor's note: This removes the paragraph regarding the water tanks, which will be above ground, not in pits that were to be no larger than 8 feet deep. Vic and I learned early this week that the California Department of Fish and Game has extended the comment period on the plans for the Bolsa Chica mesa to March 17. As we reported in our column last week, the Bolsa Chica Land Trust proposes to disc, or plow, the lower bench of the mesa three times a year. It plans to build four Terra-Farms of 1 acre each on this 118-acre portion of the ecological reserve.
FEATURES
By VIC LEIPZIG and LOU MURRAY | May 7, 2009
Vic and I have three areas in which we grow fruits and vegetables: here and there throughout the entire backyard, a strip along the sidewalk in the front yard and a strip at the side of the driveway. When we moved to our present house in 1988, the side strip was growing evergreens. It had an Italian cypress and several low-spreading junipers. At least, I think that’s what they were. I don’t know much about ornamental evergreens, other than they’re drought tolerant.
NEWS
By VIC LEIPZIG AND LOU MURRAY | March 8, 2006
Rain poured in buckets last Friday morning, falling at nearly 2 inches per hour for a short time. For once, Vic and I weren't out in it, but 80 students from Edison High School weren't so lucky. They had scheduled a big planting session at Bolsa Chica for Friday and Saturday, funded by a grant from Toyota Motor Sales. They got drenched. The storm blew in Friday morning with a howling fury. The Bolsa Chica Conservancy's building shook from rain that beat down with a frightening intensity.
NEWS
October 2, 2003
Jenny Marder A neighborhood group is demanding that development of Pacific City on the former Chevron Co. oil field be halted until groundwater and soil are fully tested for contaminants by an independent firm. The Pacific City Action Coalition, an organization of about 30 area residents, has committed to serving as watchdogs for the project that is slated to be built on the 31-acre field bordered by Pacific Coast Highway, Atlanta Avenue, Huntington and 1st streets.
NEWS
September 25, 2003
Jenny Marder A project that would stretch across three city blocks was denounced Tuesday night by a handful of residents who fear that grading and construction will place their children, family members and neighbors in danger of breathing toxic fumes. The latest plans for Pacific City, a 31-acre project that would include a luxury resort, 516 residential townhouses, upscale shopping, restaurants and office space, were outlined by city planners at a study session on Tuesday.
NEWS
March 27, 2003
The Independent hit the streets of Huntington Beach to ask people their opinions. "No, I think that they are pretty good over there. They are not stupid enough to come over here with all our security." NYKOLE RUBLE Costa Mesa "Well, of course, it's scary, but I think we are kind of far from that." RYAN DONC Chino "I think it's scary to think about that it could happen here. One thing, and we could be all wiped out. If there was one small glitch."
NEWS
October 24, 2002
NATURAL PERSPECTIVES In July, we wrote about Huntington Beach's own Milagro Beanfield War. We said that we hoped it wouldn't take a milagro -- a miracle -- to save it from development. Historically, the low-lying bean field west of Graham Street between Warner and Slater avenues was a wetland. It was part of the Wintersburg Creek riparian corridor. But a lot happened to that little field over the last 100 years -- most of it bad. Old maps show that by 1910 the dense willow thickets covering the land had been cut down to create an agricultural field.
NEWS
June 13, 2002
Jose Paul Corona Cleanup of contaminated soil at Marina and Fountain Valley high schools is set to begin. The Huntington Beach Union High School District Board approved a contract at its meeting Tuesday night with Environmental Geosciences Services to begin the initial cleanup. In July of 1998 the district removed underground storage tanks at Marina and Fountain Valley High School. After the tanks were removed the district learned that gasoline from the tanks had leaked into the surrounding soil.
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