Archive | August, 2010

Secret E-mail Revealed: Keith Bohr bashes the City Attorney, she responds

Secret E-mail Revealed: Keith Bohr bashes the City Attorney, she responds

Editor’s note: The following e-mail from Huntington Beach City Councilmember Keith Bohr was sent to City Attorney Jennifer McGrath, other members of the City Council and other city officials on Aug. 12 as a response to McGrath’s previous e-mail questioning the eligibility of her election opponent, T. Gabe Houston. In his e-mail, Bohr chastises McGrath for allegedly breaking a promise not to oppose turning the City Attorney’s office into an appointed rather than elected position. He also questions her integrity and motives for challenging Houston’s credentials.

The e-mail has not

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Who Will Control Surf City? The Election of City Attorney – Is T. Gabe Houston Eligible?

Who Will Control Surf City? The Election of City Attorney – Is T. Gabe Houston Eligible?

John Earl
Surf City Voice

Editor’s note: This article is the second of a three part series.

On August 6, the last day for local candidates to file papers, T. Gabe Houston came to Huntington Beach City Hall and officially became incumbent City Attorney Jennifer McGrath’s opponent in the November election.

When he handed City Clerk Joan Flynn his list of 24 qualifying signatures, Huntington Beach City Councilmember Devin Dwyer’s name was at the top.

Who is T. Gabe Houston, anyway?

T. Gabe Houston

Houston’s official candidate’s statement says he is an attorney, business owner, financial professional and member of the Huntington Beach Finance Board—he was appointed by councilmember Keith Bohr.

But a quick look at Houston’s professional web site (his lean campaign web site was uploaded just before press time) proves that he is not likely to be the candidate who Red County blog publisher Chip Hanlon bragged McGrath would probably face:  “the strongest challenger she could imagine this Fall (sic)…Extremely close in [Republican] party politics…close to the Rohrabachers…very recognizable name…connected to the donor community in a big way,”  a person who would make McGrath faint when she received the news.

Houston has none of those qualities.

In fact, he is a defense attorney, licensed for little over two years, with a business web site that is tagged with choice Republican voter turn-off terms like CraigslistPimp, HBHookers, HBPimps, Hookers, OC Hookers, OC Pimps, Pandering, Pimping, Prostitution, Selling Sex, etc. Continue Reading

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Who Will Control Surf City? – The Republican wrath against Jennifer McGrath (Part 1)

Who Will Control Surf City? – The Republican wrath against Jennifer McGrath (Part 1)

By John Earl
Surf City Voice

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a 3 part story

Since 1957 a vote of the people has decided who would be the Huntington Beach City Attorney. Since 1978 no incumbent holding that office has lost an election. Gail Hutton, who defeated incumbent city attorney Don Bonfa in the city election that year, easily remained in office until her retirement 24 years later in 2002.

Her replacement, Jennifer McGrath, was elected to the office next with 48.2 percent of the vote in a race against three opponents,

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A Seed Fallen to Earth: Thomas Grams gave his life helping people in Afghanistan

A Seed Fallen to Earth: Thomas Grams gave his life helping people in Afghanistan

Medical Charity Identifies Aid Workers Killed in Afghanistan

The International Assistance Mission has released the names of its medical aid workers who were killed in Afghanistan last week in an ambush. The attack against the Christian charity has been described as “the worst crime targeting the humanitarian community that has ever taken place in Afghanistan.” The dead included optomistrist Dr. Tom Little, sixty-one, of Delmar, New York; thirty-two-year-old Cheryl Beckett of Owensville, Ohio; Dan Terry, sixty-three, of Janesville, Wisconsin; forty-year-old Glen Lapp of Lancastger, Pennsylvania; twenty-five-year-old freelance videographer Brian Carderelli of Harrisonburg, Virginia; and the fifty-one-year-old dentist Thomas

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Special Event: Jim & Sylvia Gallagher on the Birds of Bolsa Chica

Renown birder Sylvia Gallagher and photographer Jim Gallagher will be the guest speakers at a town forum hosted by the Bolsa Chica Land Trust. Sylvia’s birding classes are always in high demand, so this is an outstanding opportunity for birders and nature lovers to hear from Sylvia and Jim about the awesome avians that frequent the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Orange County.

7pm
September 23, 2010
at: Huntington Beach Public Library Room C/D
7111 Talbert Ave (at Goldenwest)

more info: Bolsa Chica Land Trust, 714-846-1001, www.bolsachicalandtrust.org

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Surf City Earns Energy ‘Smarter City’ Status

Surf City Earns Energy ‘Smarter City’ Status

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

Residents of Huntington Beach can take pride in being the only Orange County city that landed a spot this year on a list of 22 ‘Smarter Cities’ nationwide being recognized by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) for setting good examples for the rest of nation in the areas of green power, energy efficiency and conservation.

The announcement came at the end of July, and Long Beach is the only other city in southern California earning this distinction. The NRDC extended

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Fed Farm Subsidies Favor California Agribusiness

Fed Farm Subsidies Favor California Agribusiness

By Chris Hinyub
Special to the Surf City Voice

New data compiled by the Environmental Working Group shows that the majority of federal subsidy dollars granted to California farmers are being collected by the state’s largest agribusinesses. The new figures highlight the skewed priorities and rampant waste inherent in the USDA’s current subsidy program. In their own analysis of the numbers, the EWG calls for a more “intelligent and equitable strategy” to funding all areas of California’s diverse agricultural system.

Last year the

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Addressing the Prison Industrial Complex with a Rational Drug Policy

Addressing the Prison Industrial Complex with a Rational Drug Policy

By Chris Hinyub
Special to the Surf City Voice

What is a “Public Health and Safety Approach to Drug Policy?” To find the answer, the California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities hosted a one day Conference last week. Organized by the Drug Policy Alliance and California Society of Addiction Medicine, guest speakers included physicians, therapists, administrators, policy makers and law enforcement officials.

Attendee, Alternet.org blogger and physician specializing in addiction medicine, “doctork”, chronicled the event in a

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Just In: Former Mayor Connie Boardman runs for HB City Council

In a major event that is likely to change the dynamics of the upcoming election for city council, former councilmember and mayor Connie Boardman has announced at the 11th hour that she is running for city council, becoming the third member of a slate that also includes Joe Shaw and Blair Farley.

The following announcement is from the slates official website:http://teamhuntingtonbeach.com/index.php/page/C7/29/

Former Mayor Connie Boardman announced today that she was running for Huntington Beach City Council and was joining candidates Joe Shaw and Blair Farley to form Team Huntington

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The Days of Our Lives: Will Joe Carchio become Surf City’s next mayor? Will Don Hansen become a journalist?

The Days of Our Lives: Will Joe Carchio become Surf City’s next mayor? Will Don Hansen become a journalist?

By John Earl
Surf City Voice

Informed and “reliable” sources have told the Voice that Joe Carchio has stated his understanding that, following his self-assumed reelection to the Huntington Beach City Council next November, he will become the city’s mayor for 2011.

According to practice established by the city council in 1991, however, councilmembers rotate in set order into the mayor’s docket for one-year terms. According to policy, it would be Councilmember Don Hansen’s turn to be mayor in 2011, followed by Carchio the next year.

The resolution was passed to

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