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June 3, 2010
Hoag Health Center Huntington Beach, one of seven health centers overseen by Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, celebrated its 20th anniversary with an outdoor reception May 25. The center at 19582 Beach Blvd., which broke ground in May 1990, maintains a staff of 45 physicians in 16 specialties, including family practice, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery and internal medicine. "We have always been a part of this community, and we're grateful to the city of Huntington Beach for being our partner for the past 20 years," said Richard Afable, the president and chief executive of Hoag Hospital, in a release.
By Michael Miller | January 8, 2014
When George Freeth arrived in Huntington Beach a century ago, it wasn't Surf City yet. Not even close. On June 20, 1914, Freeth attended the dedication of the Huntington Beach Pier and gave a demonstration of a sport that few, if any, of those present had likely seen. Henry Huntington, the businessman whose name graced the city, had invited Freeth to "walk on water," as the promotions put it back then. This year, Huntington will commemorate 100 years since the Hawaiian surfer first brought his board to town.
By Michael Miller, | July 28, 2010
The U.S. Open of Surfing is set to descend on Huntington Beach on Saturday — and with it, one of the largest tourist crowds of the year. To the city's beachfront hotels, that means reservations filling up by May or June. To drivers, it means gridlock around Pacific Coast Highway. To restaurants, it means a bonanza of potential customers. And to the city's Marketing and Visitors Bureau, it means just that: plenty of marketing and plenty of visitors. "It brings a lot more foot traffic to the community to spend dollars in the community, including staying in the hotels," said Steve Bone, the bureau's president.
By: ROBERT GARDNER | October 9, 2005
You'd think Surf City invented surfing. No way. When Surf City consisted of a few miles of oil wells and a saltwater plunge, there was surfing in Newport Beach. One day in the early 1920s, Duke Kahanamoku, world-famous Hawaiian royalty, Olympic swimming champion and currently a movie star, was driving along the coast and saw a long sandbar that reached out from what is now the main beach at Corona del Mar. He made note of the beautiful surf that built up on that sandbar and when the Corona del Mar bath house was built in 1924, the Duke and some of his more muscular friends -- they had to be muscular to handle those 250-pound mahogany boards -- began surfing at Corona del Mar and leaving their boards at the bath house.
October 16, 2003
Jenny Marder Huntington Beach residents voted overwhelmingly to boot Gov. Gray Davis out of office and replace him with actor and former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger. Of the more than 65,000 Surf City voters who went to the polls for last week's election, 75% were in favor of the recall. Schwarzenegger grabbed 41,429 votes in Huntington Beach as of Wednesday, 49% more than democratic front runner Cruz Bustamante, who trailed with 9,072 votes.
December 30, 1999
-- Eron Ben-Yehuda Coca-Cola became the city's official beverage in February, sparking concern that Surf City had turned into "Slurp City." The 10-year partnership agreement -- reportedly the first of its kind involving a city government and a corporation in the nation -- offers the soft drink maker exclusive naming rights. Giving new meaning to its slogan "Always Coca-Cola," the company's trademark red and white logo may appear on lifeguard towers, beach lockers and concession stands, as well as parks and other recreation facilities.
April 7, 2005
Dave Brooks Eight miles of beach, a thundering tide and throngs of bikinis immortalize Huntington Beach as Surf City. Dean Torrence just gives it a little more credibility. Every town has its own celebrity, and Huntington Beach is no exception, home to the second half of surf-music icons Jan and Dean, who put this city on the map with the 1963 hit "Surf City." A key figure in Huntington Beach's turf battle with beachside Santa Cruz over which city is the true Surf City, Torrence is directing his energies back to the creative side with a 6 p.m. show Saturday of re-released vintage surf images at the Gallery HB, located at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa. The focus of the opening will be the unveiling of his latest piece, a print of a Woody surf car popular in the 1950s and '60s for moving bodies and boards down to the ocean.
September 23, 2004
Dave Brooks Don Hansen is on top of the world right now. The Huntington Beach City Council candidate has just secured the endorsements of two of the city's three most powerful employee unions and has been given the thumbs up from three standing City Council members. He's been successful at raising money, revving up his grass-roots political engine and getting his name out to voters. Things couldn't be going better. "I think he has an excellent chance this year," Mayor Cathy Green said.
By Candice Baker | April 15, 2009
Surf City will bring back a slice of local flavor on April 26, with this year’s Taste of Huntington Beach from noon to 4 p.m. at the Huntington Beach Outdoor Sports Complex, 18100 Goldenwest St. The charity event includes samples of foods from local restaurants, paired with sips from the state and city’s own wineries and breweries, live entertainment and a silent auction. Organizers have created a new website, , which includes a hall of fame of past award winners; a list of participating vendors; ticket information; and information on how to sponsor or sign up for next year’s Taste.
By: Dave Brooks | September 1, 2005
Most of the world's problems can be solved over a can of peaches and a warm campfire. Just ask Ike, the hero from "Tapping the Source" a great novel on 1970s surf culture by Kem Nunn. Although the book is set on the gritty streets of "old Huntington Beach," one scene in the novel has Turner sneak up to Santa Barbara with surfer-turned-biker Preston to trespass on to The Ranch, an outlaw surf-spot famous for its long waves and reliable point break.
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