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By Anthony Clark Carpio | September 23, 2013
Pete Bradshaw and Kiele Iverson were making a respectable amount of money as an auditor and marketing analyst, respectively. But their jobs didn't give them a hop in their step. Looking to do something more adventurous, the two friends decided to trade in their 9-to-5 jobs and open Get Air Surf City, Huntington Beach's first indoor trampoline park. The venue, at 5142 Argosy Ave., is tucked away in a quiet industrial park on the northwest side of town. The company had a soft opening earlier this month and will have its grand opening Saturday.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | September 10, 2013
Ed Begley Jr. was one of the estimated 20 million Americans who overran streets, parks and universities during the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. His venue of choice was Pershing Square in Los Angeles. That was also the year when he embarked on a personal protest against environmental degradation. Having spent the '50s in the San Fernando Valley, Begley was no stranger to smog. And trips to the Santa Monica Bay regularly refreshed his ideas about pollution. So he turned vegetarian, began recycling and composting, purchased biodegradable soaps and detergents and hopped onto a bus or bicycle to travel across Hollywood.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | August 28, 2013
If you name a classic muscle car, Tim Miller will tell you he probably owns it. And if you ask him if you could look at it, he'll most likely say yes. The owner of Surf City Garage opened the shop's doors to the public Sunday for its fifth annual car show, hosted by the Orange County Mustang Club. "We do three or four car shows a year," said club President Frank Morales. "We do one in Brea, where about 15,000 come out to that event. This is our third year [at Surf City Garage]
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | August 13, 2013
Improvements to roads, parks, beaches and public safety in Huntington Beach were the focus of a City Council study session last week on the proposed 2013-14 budget. City administrators have proposed allocating about $37.5 million for the Capital Improvement Program, which pays for infrastructure programs through a combination of city, state and federal funds, according to city engineer Tom Herbel. Funding for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, should be on par with the $38 million allocated in 2012-13 and $34.7 million in 2011-12.
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By Chris Epting | August 6, 2013
Ten years ago, the city of Huntington Beach decided to cut all funding for its Sister City program. As you may know, Anjo, Japan, is our sister city. We also have a new sister city: Manly, Australia, which is known as Surf City down under. While I know that our city has many budget challenges, it always seemed a shame to me that Sister City was cut out. At $10,000 a year, it represented just .0001% of the city budget. Thankfully, Carmen Erber refused to let the program go away.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | July 31, 2013
Huntington Beach residents made it clear to council members on Tuesday that not only does the U.S. Open of Surfing need to change, but so does the overall atmosphere of the downtown area. Surf City's council chambers were packed to the gills for the town hall meeting city officials called for, where 51 residents addressed concerns about the disturbance after the end of the nine-day surfing competition and offered solutions to prevent such an action from happening next year. Many residents, including surfing legend Peter Townend, said the U.S. Open isn't a surfing competition anymore, but more of a place for teens and young adults to party and be seen.
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By Mike Sciacca | July 17, 2013
The stage is nearly set, and the festivities are about to launch. Action sports return in a big way to Surf City this weekend with the start of the 2013 Vans U.S. Open of Surfing at the Huntington Beach Pier. The nine-day spectacle, which runs through July 28, features surf, skate, BMX, art and music. Vans is making its debut as the title sponsor of the US Open. Hurley, Nike and Converse previously held that role. "The US Open is alive and well and we're excited to enter into a new era with Vans as the official title sponsor," said James Leitz, vice president of IMG Action Sports.
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By Brittany Woolsey | July 2, 2013
Huntington Beach's annual Fourth of July parade and festival will feature more than 125 participants, including floats, performers and military groups. Themed "Surf, Sun & Celebrate," this year's event will encompass the personality of Huntington Beach, said parade assistant director Stacey Newton. "Huntington Beach is all about surfing, being in the sun, and the event will celebrate the Fourth of July," she said. The celebration will welcome celebrity guests Lou Ferrigno ("The Incredible Hulk")
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | June 26, 2013
Last year marked the first time in 25 years that residents could sell and discharge legal fireworks in Huntington Beach for the Fourth of July. But with the change came the issuance of more than a dozen citations, the confiscation of almost 200 pounds of illegal fireworks and one reported injury. City ordinance has allowed local nonprofits to sell the legal pyrotechnic devices on a trial basis for two years, but that will come to an end July 5, and council members will have to decide the future of fireworks in Surf City.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | June 20, 2013
Huntington Beach is looking to change its water rate structure over the coming years in response to a new state mandate and to promote conservation. With that in mind, council members and city staff met for a study session Monday at which public works director Travis Hopkins offered a few options the city could choose from. Hopkins said the cost of a new cashiering and billing system is estimated at $1.2 million, with the process taking up to two years. Huntington Beach has 52,616 accounts and uses a uniform rate system, charging about $1.75 per 100 cubic feet, or 748 gallons, of water and a meter fee of $11.24.
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