Archive | December, 2010

Surf City: 2 inches of rain last night, 7 inches in past week; street closures noted

Surf City: 2 inches of rain last night, 7 inches in past week; street closures noted

The following weather update was released by the City of Huntington Beach at 11 a.m. this morning.

Last night the City had the heaviest rain this year with nearly 2 inches of rain as recorded by our pump stations.  This adds to a total of 7.03 inches for the last seven days.  The forecast is heavy rain today but clearing up the remainder of the week.  Public Works crews have been dispatched the last two nights addressing localized flooding, tree down calls, potholes, and building roof leaks.  The flood pump stations have worked well with no loss of equipment with

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Wikileaks: Rohrabacher subverted U.S. foreign policy & shilled for friends on Honduras trip

Wikileaks: Rohrabacher subverted U.S. foreign policy & shilled for friends on Honduras trip

By John Earl
Surf City Voice

Confidential State Department memos released through Wikileaks and the New York Times show that Surf City’s congressman, Dana Rohrabacher, tried to obtain special favors for his friends while undermining Obama’s foreign policy during a visit with Honduran coup d’état leaders in the later part of January and start of February last year.

A military coup had recently overthrown the democratically elected president, Manuel Zalaya, who remains exiled to this day. Representatives of the new government, under the titular leadership of President Porfirio Lobo, pressed

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Beverages Bottled in PET Plastic Maybe Not Safe to Drink

Beverages Bottled in PET Plastic Maybe Not Safe to Drink

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

The simple fact that Americans consume 1500 single-serve water bottles per second made of PET plastic has sufficed to make these disposable bottles a target of environmentalists concerned about the impact of so much trash. Until very recently, however, it has been assumed that the PET bottles pose no direct health risk to humans who drink from them.

New evidence that PET drink bottles can leach substances into the contents that mimic the sex hormone estrogen – phthalates and antimony – has

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Mayor Carchio Appoints Self to County Boards: Salary could increase by over $15,000

Mayor Carchio Appoints Self to County Boards: Salary could increase by over $15,000

By John Earl
Surf City Voice

Joe Carchio’s first act as the new mayor of Surf City will be to appoint himself as the city’s representative on the governing boards of four county agencies, giving him a combined salary increase of $15,040, according to a proposal he has submitted to other members of the city council. The increased responsibility and accompanying boost in pay would be a significant although temporary career advancement for Carchio, whose term as the new mayor lasts for one year.

The draft document was leaked to the Surf

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Mixed Court Decision on Senior Center Appeal by City

The following information relating to the City’s appeal of a 2009 court ruling curtailing the the use of Quimby funds and on the validity of the City’s Enviornmental Impact Report for the proposed senior center for Central Park was just recevied by the Voice from the City. The Voice has not had time to review the details but will follow up on the issue later.

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Pacific City: Stalled downtown development would provide about $20 million for a proposed senior center in Central Park.

From: McGrath, Jennifer
To: CITY COUNCIL; Executive Team; CITY ATTORNEY; Payne, Laurie
Sent: Mon Dec 13 16:38:52 2010
Subject: Fw: Parks Legal Defense Fund v. HB (Decision in Senior Center Appeal)
I am pleased to report the Court of Appeals issued a favorable ruling in the Senior Center case today. As noted below, the City prevailed on the Measure C issue so there is no need for a new vote to proceed with construction. The City also prevailed on the right to use all of the Pacific City Quimby Fees to construct the Senior Center based on the statute of limitations.

These two issues were the core issues in the case.

Parks Legal Defense prevailed on the EIR and General Plan causes of action. The City has the opportunity to do a Supplemental EIR and General Plan amendment.

We are analyzing the impact of the decision on the attorney’s fees and the deadline for filing an appeal of the decision.

Jennifer

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From: Fujii, John
To: McGrath, Jennifer
Cc: Field, Scott
Sent: Mon Dec 13 16:14:32 2010
Subject: Parks Legal Defense Fund v. HB (Decision in Senior Center Appeal)
Jennifer,

The Court of Appeal just issued its opinion in the Senior Center appeal. The Court of Appeal ruled it the City’s favor on the Measure C and Quimby Act claims. However, the Court of Appeal ruled in favor of Parks Legal Defense Fund on the CEQA and General Plan claims, which means that the City must certify a supplemental EIR and amend the General Plan. We need to determine how this opinion affects the attorneys’ fees appeal. A further memo with more in-depth analysis will follow.
John M. Fujii
Sr. Deputy City Attorney
Huntington Beach City Attorney’s Office
2000 Main Street, 4th Floor
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
phone: (714) 536-5623
fax: (714) 374-1590

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Joe Shaw: gay, but not the ‘gay councilman’

Joe Shaw: gay, but not the ‘gay councilman’

By John Earl
Surf City Voice

After being sworn in last Monday for his first term on the Huntington Beach City Council, Joe Shaw, who is openly gay, said he wasn’t surprised that he was elected.

“When I first came to Huntington Beach with my then partner eight years ago,” he reminisced in his acceptance speech , “we opened a business downtown and at once we were warmly embraced by the people of downtown, our customers and people from all over the city.”

Shaw says he and his partner were accepted

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New Huntington Beach Mayor, Joseph John Carchio: ‘These are big shoes to fill’ (but a good deal too)

New Huntington Beach Mayor, Joseph John Carchio: ‘These are big shoes to fill’ (but a good deal too)

By John Earl
Surf City Voice

Councilmember Joe Carchio will drive his shiny white (and, finally, fully licensed) 2010 Toyota Venza into the Huntington Beach mayor’s official parking space for the next year, thanks to the same council member who had hoped (informed sources say) a few months ago to put him out of office.

Don Hansen was supposed to be mayor, with Carchio following next year, according to Resolution 6320, which says that council members will rotate based by seniority to serve as Mayor and

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How to Shrink America’s Energy Footprint

How to Shrink America’s Energy Footprint

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

Americans today are generally aware that we consume far more energy per capita than most of the world’s peoples, over four times the world average and double that of regions like Japan and Europe which enjoy a similar standard of living. Most of us reflect on home gas and electric bills plus the fuel pumped into our cars’ gas tanks when judging our personal energy footprints.

But in reality it is

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