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December 19, 2012
Thank you for publishing your recent article, "OCTA kills proposed 19th Street Bridge," acknowledging the role of former Huntington Beach Mayor Don Hansen in the successful removal of the proposed Banning/19th Street Bridge from the Orange County Master Plan of Arterial Highways. With their vote, the OCTA Board of Directors has ended this issue. Due to term limits, former Huntington Beach Mayor Don Hansen is no longer eligible to serve on the OCTA Board. The mayors of Orange County's Second District have chosen me to be named to the vacancy on the OCTA Board of Directors.
By Alicia Lopez | November 29, 2012
I'm thrilled to be back. My first journalism job had its roots in Huntington Beach. I was living with my father at the time and former Huntington Beach Independent City Editor Tony Dodero was the first to answer my call for work. He ushered me in to meet the higher ups at Times Community News, and I got the job. After some time touring in the Southern California newspaper world, I returned to Huntington Beach, at the old office on Beach Boulevard, where I was a features editor and page designer.
October 17, 2012
The Huntington Beach City Council adopted a proclamation Monday declaring October as National Bullying Prevention Month in Surf City. The Huntington Beach Human Relations Task Force drafted a report on bullying in the city and recommended adoption of the proclamation as a first step in combating bullying. The task force also developed the proclamation, according to a news release. The proclamation encourages schools, students, parents, community organizations and religious institutions to stay aware and find ways to prevent bullying in an effort to make Huntington Beach a safer place for everyone.
By Mona Shadia | October 17, 2012
He'd rather be playing senior softball. But at 75, Dave Sullivan says he instead wants to help Huntington Beach thrive, and it's why he's running for City Council for the fourth time. The more-than-four-decade resident is worried about the city's fiscal state and says his most important mission, should he be elected, is to help fix pensions. Though he spent 12 years on the council - from 1992 to 2000 and from 2002 to 2006 - Sullivan said he was always on the losing end when it came to pension spending.
By Mona Shadia | October 10, 2012
Eleven of the 12 candidates for Huntington Beach City Council offered their divergent views Thursday at a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Orange Coast and the American Assn. University of Women. The forum addressed almost every hot topic involving Surf City, from the senior center to pension reform and property taxes. All candidates except for Bruce Brandt were in attendance during the forum, which took place at City Hall's council chambers, the place where three seats are up for the taking this November.
By Michael Miller | October 10, 2012
With all the surf culture icons gathered by the Huntington Beach Pier on Sunday morning, it may take the creator of the universe to steal the show. Of course, that's the intention. At the fifth annual Blessing of the Waves, an interfaith service sponsored by the Diocese of Orange, Tom Morey - the inventor of the Boogie Board - will represent the Baha'i Faith. Singer-songwriter Summer Watson, who has toured California and Hawaii to promote the Toes on the Nose clothing brand, will play a solo acoustic set. For that matter, Dean Torrence of Jan & Dean - whose song "Surf City" gave Huntington Beach its official nickname - has recorded an audio greeting to help publicize the event and plans to attend for the fifth year in a row. When the songs and speeches are all done, the crowd will stand at the water's edge to sing a final song: "God Bless America.
By Mona Shadia | October 3, 2012
Tim Ryan counts himself a friend of development. Since his appointment to the Huntington Beach Planning Commission, the City Council candidate has not voted against a single project. "I didn't vote no on anything," said Ryan, a consumer attorney who works in Huntington Beach. "The interesting thing is, these projects, they've been vetted to death. You have so many regulations out there. " Ryan, who led all candidates in fundraising at the end of June, said he deeply cares about Huntington Beach - a community that has offered him a good life - and wants the chance to give back.
By Joe Haakenson and By Joe Haakenson | September 12, 2012
The calendar says this weekend is the last weekend of the summer. The first day of fall is Sept. 22, which also happens to be my 50th birthday. Anyway … what better way to spend the last weekend of the summer hanging out at the beach doing beachy things? The city of Huntington Beach will host the Surf City Days - sponsored by Dukes - on Saturday and Sunday with all kinds of activities and contests both in and out of the water. The highlight of the event is the "Surf Race to Victory," part of the SUPCross Series.
By Michael Miller | September 4, 2012
Next year, as in the past, the HB Reads program will spotlight a group of people who are often invisible in everyday life. This time, though, they won't be miles away in Sudan or Afghanistan, toiling on a migrant farm or secluded in a special-education class. The citywide reading program, which selects a book every year with a diversity and human-rights theme, has turned its attention for next year to victims of bullying - a group that may include countless members of the readership, even if they don't let their credentials show.
By Mike Sciacca | July 25, 2012
It has been billed as the place to be, worldwide, for action sports enthusiasts. Year in and year out, it hasn't failed to live up to that claim. The Nike U.S. Open of Surfing launches nine days of continuous action Saturday at the Huntington Beach Pier. Many of the world's top surfers and action sports athletes are in Surf City for an event that last year drew record crowds to the pier, plus a record more than 3.6 million webcast viewers. This year, the Open, which runs through Aug. 5, is coming up bigger and better, said James Leitz, vice president of IMG which owns and produces the U.S. Open of Surfing.
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