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NEWS
June 23, 2005
Dave Brooks A city project tied up in controversy came one step closer to completion this week. The Huntington Beach City Council unanimously approved a plan Monday night to hire contractors with Major League Softball Inc. of Burbank to complete batting cages on the Sports Complex. The plan comes months after the contractor originally hired for the job abandoned the project with nearly $1 million of the city's money. The batting cages planned for the Sports Complex will bring in additional revenue to the project, which utilizes revenue bond financing where the money generated by the project is used to pay off its long-term loan.
FEATURES
October 27, 2005
For many residents of Huntington Beach, and especially those who watch City Hall closely, the debacle involving the city's Sports Complex neatly summed up problems with city government. A seemingly routine check of Joe O'Connor, the contractor hired to build the second part of the complex -- including batting cages, roller hockey arenas and concession areas -- would have revealed that he'd abandoned several similar projects and that he faced a felony arrest warrant in Michigan.
NEWS
October 7, 2004
City officials did nothing wrong in handling the development of the sports complex, Huntington Beach's new City Administrator Penny Culbreth-Graft said Wednesday following a month-long investigation into how nearly $1 million got misspent on the project. Instead she said a shortage of staff and lack of procedural checks and balances were partially to blame for the spending fiasco. Culbreth-Graft became aware of the sports complex problem during her first City Council meeting in June.
NEWS
August 26, 2004
Dave Brooks A court hearing in Oregon on Tuesday may provide Surf City a chance to see what happened to the $950,000 it gave to contractor Joe O'Connor to build the second phase of the Sports Complex. O'Connor is due in court to disclose how he spent nearly $250,000 of Kalamazoo soccer club owner Chris Keenan's money. During that hearing, O'Connor will have to disclose any money he's earned in recent years, including money from Huntington Beach. City Atty.
NEWS
April 22, 2004
The controversial $18-million Sports Complex will finally open its gates to the public on Saturday. "This grand opening is a culmination of an effort of the City Council, the Community Services Commission and the community over the past decade, working together to make a dream come true for the city," Community Services Director Jim Engle said. "The community has wanted a sports complex for many years and it's finally coming to fruition." But only a portion of the park will be ready for use after the event.
NEWS
April 28, 2005
GIFT LIMITATION BAN Councilwoman Debbie Cook is asking the council to further amend the city's gift ban ordinance to bring it into full compliance with state law. WHAT TO EXPECT Changing the law will create a single set of standards for city employees and elected officials. The council will likely pass the ordinance. ACCESS GATE AT CENTRAL PARK Councilmen Gil Coerper and Dave Sullivan are introducing an ordinance to temporarily open a 6-foot tall emergency-access gate between the sports complex and the library.
NEWS
April 28, 2005
Dave Brooks Millions of dollars earmarked by voters for infrastructure are being spent to repay loans on several city projects, including the controversial Sports Complex. Voters approved a measure in March 2002 requiring the city to spend 15% of its annual $150 million general fund budget on infrastructure needs, but a recent memo from the Public Works Department shows that nearly $5.4 million of the fund is being used to make loan payments for beach improvements, City Hall, an Orange County Emergency Communications system, expansion of the library and the Sports Complex.
NEWS
July 28, 2005
The City Council should vote against the proposed desalination project. It is shocking that the city of Huntington Beach, hot upon the heels of the Sports Complex scandal, is now even considering the approval of the Poseidon desalination project. The Poseidon project has the potential to make the Sports Complex fiasco look harmless. Poseidon's record in Tampa Bay is a clear and present warning of what can happen here in Huntington Beach. The Tampa Bay desalination project is still not operating, and no one seems to be able to fix the filtering system.
NEWS
May 5, 2005
MARIGAYLE CIRCLE Residents on Marigayle Circle near Edwards Street and Ellis Avenue asked the Huntington Beach City Council to reconsider a recent denial of their request to amend a building permit and allow them to expand their rear yards. City Councilman Dave Sullivan helped reintroduce the ordinance, arguing that he wouldn't have voted against the project if he had visited the site beforehand. Debbie Cook was the lone vote against allowing the modification, arguing that the homeowners should have already known the rules when they bought the property.
NEWS
By Elaine Parker | April 30, 2009
This is in response to several inquiries we have had since moving the Taste of Huntington Beach from the Hyatt Hotel to the Sports Complex. We left the Hyatt simply because we had outgrown the ballroom. With more participants each year and larger attendance, moving the Taste was in the best interests of both the Hyatt and the Taste. It was with regret that we had to leave the Hyatt, but we are pleased with our new setting and attendance has continued to grow. So if you haven’t tried the Taste at the Sports Complex — look for us next year — we’ll be there, under the tent on the grassy field, with the beautiful sun and a cool breeze.
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NEWS
March 27, 2013
The annual Easter Egg Hunt and Family Fun Day will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Sports Complex at Huntington Beach Central Park, 18002 Goldenwest St. The free event is sponsored by the city of Huntington Beach Community Services Department and the Kiwanis Club of Huntington Beach. Activities will include game booths, fire department displays, refreshments, Easter Bunny photos, live entertainment and more. For information and hunt times, call (714) 960-8895 or visit http://www.hbkiwanis.org . * Sunrise Service at the Pier An Easter Sunrise service will be held from 6:15 to 7:45 a.m. Sunday at Pier Plaza, 325 Pacific Coast Hwy. The free event is church organized and will include music, prayer and Christian celebration.
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SPORTS
Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com | June 23, 2010
Michael Mutrie is hoping that this is the first of many. Beginning Tuesday, the Surf City Showdown, a boys' lacrosse tournament, gets underway at the Huntington Beach Sports Complex. It's the first such tournament hosted by Huntington Beach Blackhawks Youth Lacrosse, and Mutrie envisions more to follow. "We're really looking forward to hosting the two-day event and hope that this grows into a yearly staple here in Huntington Beach," said Mutrie, president of Huntington Beach Blackhawks Youth Lacrosse.
NEWS
By Elaine Parker | April 30, 2009
This is in response to several inquiries we have had since moving the Taste of Huntington Beach from the Hyatt Hotel to the Sports Complex. We left the Hyatt simply because we had outgrown the ballroom. With more participants each year and larger attendance, moving the Taste was in the best interests of both the Hyatt and the Taste. It was with regret that we had to leave the Hyatt, but we are pleased with our new setting and attendance has continued to grow. So if you haven’t tried the Taste at the Sports Complex — look for us next year — we’ll be there, under the tent on the grassy field, with the beautiful sun and a cool breeze.
NEWS
By Topper Horack | August 17, 2006
In November, we will go to the ballot box to decide if we want a Senior/Community Center in Central Park. This is really a minor part of getting a new Senior Center. The vote by the City Council was 5-2 to put a Measure C vote on the ballot. The whole process and ballot wording was done to, in many cases, mislead voters. This council was so adamant about putting it on the ballot without any financial disclosure on how it would be paid for, that you can bet when it comes up for a vote to go ahead with the Center, the votes will be there.
FEATURES
October 27, 2005
For many residents of Huntington Beach, and especially those who watch City Hall closely, the debacle involving the city's Sports Complex neatly summed up problems with city government. A seemingly routine check of Joe O'Connor, the contractor hired to build the second part of the complex -- including batting cages, roller hockey arenas and concession areas -- would have revealed that he'd abandoned several similar projects and that he faced a felony arrest warrant in Michigan.
NEWS
July 28, 2005
The City Council should vote against the proposed desalination project. It is shocking that the city of Huntington Beach, hot upon the heels of the Sports Complex scandal, is now even considering the approval of the Poseidon desalination project. The Poseidon project has the potential to make the Sports Complex fiasco look harmless. Poseidon's record in Tampa Bay is a clear and present warning of what can happen here in Huntington Beach. The Tampa Bay desalination project is still not operating, and no one seems to be able to fix the filtering system.
NEWS
June 23, 2005
Dave Brooks A city project tied up in controversy came one step closer to completion this week. The Huntington Beach City Council unanimously approved a plan Monday night to hire contractors with Major League Softball Inc. of Burbank to complete batting cages on the Sports Complex. The plan comes months after the contractor originally hired for the job abandoned the project with nearly $1 million of the city's money. The batting cages planned for the Sports Complex will bring in additional revenue to the project, which utilizes revenue bond financing where the money generated by the project is used to pay off its long-term loan.
NEWS
May 12, 2005
Dave Brooks A citizens committee is trying to determine how money earmarked by voters for infrastructure was used to pay off loans on several controversial capital improvement projects without anyone noticing for two years. In April, the Public Works Commission, a seven-member body appointed by the City Council to oversee the Public Works Department, discovered that nearly $5.4 million from a voter-approved infrastructure fund was being used to make an annual loan repayment on the struggling Sport Complex, beach improvements and an emergency communication system.
NEWS
May 5, 2005
MARIGAYLE CIRCLE Residents on Marigayle Circle near Edwards Street and Ellis Avenue asked the Huntington Beach City Council to reconsider a recent denial of their request to amend a building permit and allow them to expand their rear yards. City Councilman Dave Sullivan helped reintroduce the ordinance, arguing that he wouldn't have voted against the project if he had visited the site beforehand. Debbie Cook was the lone vote against allowing the modification, arguing that the homeowners should have already known the rules when they bought the property.
NEWS
April 28, 2005
Dave Brooks Millions of dollars earmarked by voters for infrastructure are being spent to repay loans on several city projects, including the controversial Sports Complex. Voters approved a measure in March 2002 requiring the city to spend 15% of its annual $150 million general fund budget on infrastructure needs, but a recent memo from the Public Works Department shows that nearly $5.4 million of the fund is being used to make loan payments for beach improvements, City Hall, an Orange County Emergency Communications system, expansion of the library and the Sports Complex.
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