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By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 15, 2014
A teen from Lakewood drowned Monday off Sunset Beach, authorities said. Damian Frierson Jr., 19, was pulled from the water by Huntington Beach city lifeguards and transported to Huntington Beach Hospital, where he died at around 7:21 p.m., according to the Orange County coroner. Family members told authorities that Frierson was not a swimmer and might have gotten caught in the strong rip currents, Marine Safety Lt. Michael Beuerlein said. It took about 25 lifeguards - 15 from the city and additional units from Bolsa Chica State Beach and Seal Beach - about 47 minutes to locate Frierson, who was found submerged in about 10 to 15 feet of water, Beuerlein said.
NEWS
August 12, 2013
Members of a Sunset Beach family were displaced Wednesday after a fire damaged their garage and parts of their two-story house, according to a Huntington Beach Fire Department official. The fire caused about $10,000 in damage, Fire Capt. Bob Culhane said. No injuries were reported. Huntington Beach and Orange County Fire Authority firefighters responded to a call in the 16000 block of 23rd Street around 10:20 a.m. and found smoke coming out of the windows of the garage. They were able to contain the fire by 10:46 a.m., Culhane said.
NEWS
By Phyllis Maywhort | March 30, 2011
Recent comments in the Independent by Jack Markovitz of the Citizen's Assn. of Sunset Beach give the impression that most of the residents of Sunset Beach are opposed to being annexed by Huntington Beach ( "Sunset annexation hearing postponed," March 3). Let me point out some important facts. What are the motivations of those opposing annexation? 1. Economic: Many property owners rent out their properties on a weekly basis, especially in the summer. Very often, the renters invite their friends to large parties right next to homes inhabited by families with children.
NEWS
August 6, 2013
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a man believed to have participated in the U.S. Open of Surfing disturbance July 28, according to a Facebook post from Huntington Beach police. Authorities are looking for 20-year-old Eli Rueven Jackson, a transient whose last known address is Sunset Beach. He allegedly participated in several acts of vandalism and "riotous" behavior, according to the statement. Jackson also goes by the name Eliyahu Jackson. According to authorities, the suspect was identified by his family and an arrest warrant was issued Friday.
NEWS
November 10, 2010
The county approved a resolution Tuesday transferring about $550,000 in taxes to Huntington Beach in preparation of annexation, officials said. The county passed a property tax exchange with Huntington Beach that gives the city the majority of the 1% property tax levied on the small beach community and 100% of a fire and library tax. The city will take possession of the funds, which are estimated to be $10,000 more than Huntington Beach originally...
NEWS
December 1, 2010
A Long Beach man was sentenced Monday to life in prison for the 1988 stabbing of a Sunset Beach man to death before setting him and his apartment on fire. Paul Gentile Smith, 50, was sentenced to life in state prison without the possibility of parole for the torture and murder of his high school friend Robert Haugen, 29, at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. A jury found Smith guilty Nov. 2 of special circumstances murder with torture and a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon.
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By Michael Miller | September 28, 2011
A political watchdog group has joined forces with the Citizen's Assn. of Sunset Beach in its appeal of a recent court decision regarding the community's annexation to Huntington Beach. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn., which formed in 1978 to defend taxpayers' rights, plans to prepare the briefs and oral arguments for the association's appeal of Orange County Superior Court Judge Frederick P. Horn's August decision to allow Huntington to annex the neighboring seaside community.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | November 20, 2012
The opponents of new taxes in Sunset Beach are seeking another day in court, and they have the Tea Party behind them. Not the Tea Party from 2010. The one from 1773. Attorneys for the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Foundation, which is backing the Citizen's Assn. of Sunset Beach, have called for a rehearing of the appellate court's decision that upheld the new taxes Sunset residents have to pay after being annexed by Huntington Beach. The petition filed Oct. 22 starts with a historical reminder of the perils of taxation without representation, which some Sunset residents feel is now the case for them.
NEWS
October 26, 2000
Torus Tammer The Orange County Sheriff's Department has stepped up to the plate and responded to the safety concerns of residents in Sunset Beach. The beach town has, in the past, rarely needed an intense police presence, but many residents changed their minds about that when a group of children found a small paper envelope containing what may have been methamphetamine while they were playing outside about six months ago. Robbie Faris took the role as spokesman for 20 households that united out of mutual concern for the community's safety.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 16, 2014
Two years after a privately run junior lifeguard organization ended its operations at Sunset Beach, a new state-funded program has set up at Bolsa Chica State Beach and is looking for students. California State Parks lifeguard and junior lifeguard program coordinator Chris Egan said the classes in Bolsa Chica will fill the gap that the California Junior Lifeguards program left behind. In February, members of the California Junior Lifeguards pleaded with Huntington Beach to allow the business to keep running in the Sunset Beach community after its permit to operate expired.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 15, 2014
A teen from Lakewood drowned Monday off Sunset Beach, authorities said. Damian Frierson Jr., 19, was pulled from the water by Huntington Beach city lifeguards and transported to Huntington Beach Hospital, where he died at around 7:21 p.m., according to the Orange County coroner. Family members told authorities that Frierson was not a swimmer and might have gotten caught in the strong rip currents, Marine Safety Lt. Michael Beuerlein said. It took about 25 lifeguards - 15 from the city and additional units from Bolsa Chica State Beach and Seal Beach - about 47 minutes to locate Frierson, who was found submerged in about 10 to 15 feet of water, Beuerlein said.
NEWS
By Chris Epting | December 17, 2013
It's a mystery that goes back at least to the mid-1980s, when a Sunset Beach diver named Greg Lacey first discovered what he called treasure tides. As the Los Angeles Times described in 1986, Lacey had been discovering lots of loot in the predawn surf, including plenty of cold, hard (and wet) cash. Where did the money, shoes, wallets and blankets all come from? One Coast Guard captain chalked it all up to high tide or heavy rains flushing out debris from inland. Lacey, who grew up in this area, today lives in Arizona along the Colorado River.
NEWS
August 16, 2013
Calvary Chapel of the Harbour and Surfriders Academy will host their first Labour of Love Music Festival during Labor Day weekend. The one-day event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 31 at the north end of Bolsa Chica State Beach. More than 50 vendors will set up shop, and eight bands will provide live music throughout the day, said Marcus Barrera, founder of Surfriders Academy and a member of Calvary Chapel of the Harbour, in Sunset Beach. Free surf lessons will be given to the first 40 children who arrive, he said.
NEWS
August 12, 2013
Members of a Sunset Beach family were displaced Wednesday after a fire damaged their garage and parts of their two-story house, according to a Huntington Beach Fire Department official. The fire caused about $10,000 in damage, Fire Capt. Bob Culhane said. No injuries were reported. Huntington Beach and Orange County Fire Authority firefighters responded to a call in the 16000 block of 23rd Street around 10:20 a.m. and found smoke coming out of the windows of the garage. They were able to contain the fire by 10:46 a.m., Culhane said.
NEWS
August 6, 2013
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a man believed to have participated in the U.S. Open of Surfing disturbance July 28, according to a Facebook post from Huntington Beach police. Authorities are looking for 20-year-old Eli Rueven Jackson, a transient whose last known address is Sunset Beach. He allegedly participated in several acts of vandalism and "riotous" behavior, according to the statement. Jackson also goes by the name Eliyahu Jackson. According to authorities, the suspect was identified by his family and an arrest warrant was issued Friday.
NEWS
July 24, 2013
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Anthony Clark Carpio | May 8, 2013
From a distance, they appear to be expressionist paintings of musicians and marine life. But upon closer inspection, light reflects off the dual-pane window and exposes a crisp image - looking as if it were a print on glossy paper. Huntington Beach artist Joshua Serafin's oil paintings on recycled glass, along with canvas-based work, will be featured in the upcoming Sunset Beach Art Festival. Serafin, along with almost 200 other artists, will showcase his art pieces along the Sunset Beach green belt from 6th Street to Broadway (14th Street)
NEWS
April 1, 2013
The Sunset Beach Business Assn. is holding its first Restaurant Week now through Sunday. The event, themed "Sea You at Sunset Beach," is designed to promote Sunset Beach as a tourist destination and to turn it into an annual draw. Restaurants and businesses have been encouraged to offer dining, hotel and merchandise specials throughout the week. For information about participating restaurants, visit sunsetbeachbiz.info/Restaurant_Week.php . J. King Neptune's Restaurant is headquarters for Sunset Beach Restaurant Week, and the Sunset Beach Business Association  will hold a Restaurant Week Mixer at Neptune's from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday.
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