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New Pacific City Owner Could Bring Project Changes

New Pacific City Owner Could Bring Project Changes

By John Earl
Surf City Voice

Pacific City has a new principal owner: Farallon Capital Management. Currently the project is in limbo, but it could be in for some plan changes, city officials say.

The limping, $850 million redevelopment project, approved by the Huntington Beach City Council in 2004, was supposed to be built by Makar Properties on 31.5 acres of downtown land bordered by Pacific Coast Highway, First Street and Atlanta Avenue.

Stalled mainly by financing problems that trickled down from the peak of the recent worldwide economic boom/bust, Pacific City could

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Poseidon Desal Deal? Govt. May Rescue Junk Bond Project

Poseidon Desal Deal? Govt. May Rescue Junk Bond Project

By John Earl
Surf City Voice

Due to soaring cost estimates and lack of private financing for a proposed 50-million-gallon per day Carlsbad desalination project, a government water agency may negotiate a takeover deal with the project’s developer, Poseidon Resources, Inc.

Poseidon Resources is a budding multi-national water baron that also has an identical desalination plant in the dock for Huntington Beach, next to and functionally linked with the AES power plant, on Pacific Coast Highway and Newland Avenue.

What happens in Carlsbad will indicate what could be in store

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Eric Kufs: Surf City Voice Artist of the Month

Eric Kufs: Surf City Voice Artist of the Month

By John Earl
Surf City Voicee

Eric Kufs, folk singer, is the Surf City Voice artist of the month. Kufs performs in downtown Huntington Beach on Main St. most Tuesdays from 6-9 pm. He dishes out his own original, catchy, and sometimes blues-like, folk songs with a great countertenor voice, guitar, and wit. He sings all the pop tunes too and knows how to entertain, but isn’t afraid to play uncensored Woody Guthrie, even behind the Orange Curtain, and realizes that, in the end, it’s all about the music. As this video shows,

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City Charter Review: What should be on the agenda?

City Charter Review: What should be on the agenda?

First part of an ongoing series of video and written reports that will appear between now and election time (November) about the city charter review process and how it could affect Huntington Beach residents. In this second section (see Mark Bixby, first section), committee member and chair person Dick Harlow talks about his reasons for trying to or not trying to get various issues placed on the ballot for consideration by Huntington Beach residents in November. This interview was conducted by John Earl of the Surf City Voice in Jan. 2010 at city hall after one of the review committee meetings

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City Charter Review: What should be on the agenda?

City Charter Review: What should be on the agenda?

First part of an ongoing series of video and written reports that will appear between now and election time (November) about the city charter review process and how it could affect Huntington Beach residents. In this first section, committee member Mark Bixby talks about his reasons for trying to or not trying to get various issues placed on the ballot for consideration by Huntington Beach residents in November. This interview was conducted by John Earl of the Surf City Voice in Jan. 2010 at city hall after one of the review committee meetings had finished.

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Americans, with 100 ‘energy servants’ each, share blame for Gulf oil spill

Americans, with 100 ‘energy servants’ each, share blame for Gulf oil spill

By Sarah (Steve) Mosko
Special to the Surf City Voice

There’s no shortage of finger pointing as the now worst oil spill in U.S. history continues its assault on the Gulf Coast’s ecology and economy.

A USA TODAY/Gallop Poll taken in late May, for example, found that 73 percent of Americans feel that British Petroleum (BP) is doing a ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’ job of handling the crisis, and 60 percent evaluated the federal government’s response in the same unfavorable terms.

Confronted with images of birds swathed in

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Free the Bolsa Chica Mesa Now? Not likely, but there’s always ‘purposeful grading’

Free the Bolsa Chica Mesa Now? Not likely, but there’s always ‘purposeful grading’

By John Earl
Surf City Voice

The upper Bolsa Chica mesa’s mile-long ridge demonstrates the mixed grandeur of the Surf City region with a wide view of the Santa Ana river basin below, where the largest wetlands restoration project in California is locked between urban sprawl and the Pacific Ocean.

The mesa has changed a lot since its first human settlers arrived over 9,000 years ago to create the Acjahemen Nation. Soon, it will change again by the hands of a more powerful, corporate, nation.

Parts of the mesa have revealed

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