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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 Anthony Clark Carpio | December 20, 2013
Setting up a showdown with an official from neighboring Newport Beach, Huntington Beach Mayor Matthew Harper announced Friday that he plans to run for state Assembly. Harper, a Republican, wants the seat Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa) is vacating in his bid for 2nd District county supervisor. Also in the 2014 race for the 74th Assembly District, which spans Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Irvine and Laguna Beach, are outgoing Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry, 2010 Laguna Beach City Council candidate Emanuel Patrascu and 2012 Santa Ana City Council candidate Karina Onofre.
By Anthony Clark Carpio | December 18, 2013
The Huntington Beach City Council welcomed a new police chief and said goodbye to a longtime employee Monday. Mayor Matthew Harper swore in Robert Handy as head of the Huntington Beach Police Department. Handy was joined by his wife and two daughters as well as officers from Surf City, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego. Handy was formerly the police chief for San Bernardino and spent most of his law enforcement career in Phoenix. As the department begins a new chapter with Handy at the helm, the city also said farewell to its spokeswoman, Laurie Frymire, who will be retiring at the end of the year and moving to Hawaii in January.
By Anthony Clark Carpio | December 3, 2013
With a nomination from a former mayor and a second by a rookie council member, the votes were cast and a new Huntington Beach mayor was named. The City Council voted unanimously Monday, with Councilman Joe Carchio absent, to name Matthew Harper the 59th mayor of Surf City. Outgoing Mayor Connie Boardman will serve the rest of her term as a councilwoman. "Growing up here was a very special experience, and I am truly humbled and honored by my colleagues for allowing me to serve as mayor for the city of Huntington Beach," Harper said.
By Anthony Clark Carpio | November 27, 2013
Perched atop Johnny's Saloon is a rather subtle sign with a simple message, "Thank a veteran for your freedom," and the National League of POW/MIA Families logo next to it. That reminder to Huntington Beach residents is being threatened after city code enforcement asked owners of the establishment to produce the proper permits for the sign or remove it. According to a statement prepared by the city, a notice was left on the establishment's door...
By Anthony Clark Carpio | November 26, 2013
Downtown Huntington Beach's Christmas tree may be a fraction of the size of those found in neighboring cities, but it still garnered cheers and applause from those attending Sunday's lighting ceremony. Hundreds of residents packed Main Street between Walnut and Olive avenues for the Huntington Beach Business Improvement District's fourth-annual lighting event. With help from Santa Claus, who stood on the second-floor balcony of the parking structure near Hurricane's Bar and Grill, the 20-foot artificial tree came to life, its multicolored light bulbs flickering.
By Anthony Clark Carpio and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | November 20, 2013
Talks over whether to ban polystyrene food containers and other products in Huntington Beach will wait until the new year. The City Council voted 5 to 2 on Monday to table discussions on banning products commonly known by the brand name Styrofoam until the second meeting in January. Officials want more time to consult with business owners and study the possible effects of a ban. Mayor Pro Tem Matthew Harper and Councilman Joe Shaw voted in opposition. "I just don't think that we need to do any more hocus-pocus and ramrod this stuff down our residents' throats like we have done in the past," Councilman Joe Carchio said.
By Anthony Clark Carpio | October 29, 2013
A college career test helped set newly named Huntington Beach Police Chief Robert Handy on what would ultimately be his correct path. "I was a biology major originally in college," said Handy, 45, who ended up graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in public administration. "I wasn't one of those guys that were always destined to be a policeman. " But the Phoenix native soon found himself attracted to the adrenaline-pumping nature of police work. "It's such a diverse career where you can do so many different things," Handy said.
September 24, 2013
Huntington Dog Beach will host the canine equivalent of the U.S. Open this weekend, as owners bring their pets for an annual surfing competition. The Surf City Surf Dog contest, now in its fifth year, will start with opening ceremonies and a fashion show Friday and continue the next day with dog yoga and canine costume and owner look-a-like contests. The final day, Sunday, will feature surfing competitions in the morning and afternoon. An expo featuring more than 40 pet-related vendors and organizations will run Saturday and Sunday.
By Anthony Clark Carpio | September 23, 2013
Huntington Beach's new assistant city manager is bringing a range of expertise to the position. Ken Domer, who has held a similar position in Placentia, believes that his ability to oversee multiple departments - such as economic development and planning and building - played into his getting the job. He also was tapped to take on the role of development services director in Placentia because of cuts in staffing. After looking at about 150 candidates, Huntington Beach City Manager Fred Wilson said Domer's overall experience in economic development helped seal the deal.
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