Archive | May, 2011

Political Loitering: HB City Council duo proposes another sex offender law

Political Loitering: HB City Council duo proposes another sex offender law

By John Earl
Surf City Voice

On May 16 the City Council directed City Attorney Jennifer McGrath to craft an ordinance that will limit the presence in city parks and beaches of convicted sex offenders who have been released from prison.

The intended ordinance, introduced on behalf of the Orange County District Attorney by Councilmembers Matt Harper and Mayor Joe Carchio, models after a recently passed county law that bans all sex offenders from using county parks and beaches without written permission from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and offers jail time and

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Court Issues Tentative Decision For Surf City on Downtown Lawsuit

Court Issues Tentative Decision For Surf City on Downtown Lawsuit

By John Earl
Surf City Voice

A Superior Court judge has issued a temporary ruling against all counts of a lawsuit challenging the city’s revisions to its Downtown Specific Plan (DTSP) approved in late 2009 and early 2010 and its environmental review of those revisions.

The lawsuit was brought by Huntington Beach Neighbors, a 2,000 member citizens’ group concerned with living conditions in the downtown area. The case had its day in court last March.

The area in question covers a patchwork of about 336 acres of downtown land extending

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Will the Justice Dept. Prosecute Bank of America JPMorgan, Wells Fargo for Mortgage Fraud?

Will the Justice Dept. Prosecute Bank of America JPMorgan, Wells Fargo for Mortgage Fraud?

The Huffington Post has revealed that a set of confidential
federal audits accuse the nation’s five largest mortgage companies of
defrauding taxpayers in their handling of foreclosures on homes
purchased with government-backed loans. The audits conclude the banks
cheated the government by overvaluing their losses on foreclosed homes
and submitting faulty and defective documents to get federal
reimbursement. According to the audit, the banks—Bank of America,
JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup and Ally Financial—violated the
False Claims Act, which protects the government from fraudulent billing.
The

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Viewpoint: Surf City Ideologues Reject Pension Savings, Opt for Fire Service Cuts Instead

Viewpoint: Surf City Ideologues Reject Pension Savings, Opt for Fire Service Cuts Instead

Editor’s note: At a public meeting on March 31 City Manager Fred Wilson and Mayor Joe Carchio were asked about the city’s budget, contract negotiations with public employees unions and “unfunded liabilities” for employee pensions.

“Absolutely not. I think what they did wasn’t the right way to do things. I think that what we’ve done is to try to address the budget challenge more methodically. We’ve looked at outsourcing, but it’s on a very limited [basis], but trying to do it very inclusively with everybody at the same time. There

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The Poop on Biosolids: OC Sanitation District garners awards and fierce criticism

The Poop on Biosolids: OC Sanitation District garners awards and fierce criticism

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

People flush the toilet maybe five to 10 times a day. Ever wonder where it all goes and, once it gets there, what they do with it?

On a per capita basis, Orange County homes, businesses and industry together generate over 80 gallons per day of raw sewage from toilet flushing, bathing, housekeeping and discharging industrial waste into drains. Most of us care not to think about sewage once it’s out of sight.

However, thinking about sewage, and what best do with

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Please Support Your Local Buskers: Without them, Surf City Nights would be a duller event

Please Support Your Local Buskers: Without them, Surf City Nights would be a duller event

By John Earl
Surf City Voice

Every Tuesday night from 5 – 9 pm you can visit downtown Huntington Beach on Main Street and be entertained by the buskers who perform for Surf City Nights, the city’s weekly street fair.

Buskers are people who make their living by performing for you on streets, sidewalks, subways, parks and other public places. In Huntington Beach, you’re most likely to find buskers in the downtown area, on any given day, but especially on Tuesday evenings at Surf City Nights.

Buskers have a proud tradition, mostly.

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