Archive | June, 2011

Commentary: Why Desalination is Dead in California

Commentary: Why Desalination is Dead in California

By Conner Everts
Desal Response Group

Drinking water from the Sea?

Sounds like a great idea. JFK once said that it would be a greater achievement than putting a man on the moon, and most polls have shown a 70 percent acceptance rate of the idea.

So what is the problem?

The corollary to JFK’s statement would be “when economically and environmentally feasible” and therein is the challenge.  However, the first question that should be asked is do we need ocean water desalination (often called desal) in California and

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Concerts in the Park: Free Summer Series 2011 starts June 26 5 PM

Concerts in the Park: Free Summer Series 2011 starts June 26 5 PM

Sundays at 5 PM – Free

Huntington Beach Central Park behind the library

The Huntington Beach Concert Band has been performing for Southern California audiences for thirty-eight years. Founded by John Mason in 1973, this non profit volunteer community concert band today is conducted by Thomas Ridley and provides concerts to the greater Orange County area throughout the year.  The Band’s purpose is to provide a creative opportunity for all musicians

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Coastal Commission to Surf City: Reassess parking and stop beach curfew

Coastal Commission to Surf City: Reassess parking and stop beach curfew

By John Earl
Surf City Voice

Photo: Visitors find a use for the Strand, otherwise largely devoid of business on a Sunday afternoon (June 16)

Surf City planners and council members got a step closer to realizing their dream for a supersized downtown tourist mecca last Wednesday (June 15) when the California Coastal Commission unanimously approved the revised Downtown Specific Plan (DTSP) with mostly minor modifications.

The city’s new plan would increase allowable commercial densities, according to the commission—up to 400,000 square feet in the core Pier/Main Street area

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Surf City’s Stimulus Plan (Get Tourists Drunk) Captured on Film

Surf City’s Stimulus Plan (Get Tourists Drunk) Captured on Film

By John Earl
Surf City Voice

Surf City’s now infamous reputation for drunk driving and rowdiness, most of it stemming from its bar infested downtown, is usually expressed in statistics and as a necessary side effect of the city’s plan to stimulate economic development through tourism.

An HBPD study released last year clearly implicated the high concentration of combined restaurant/bars in the downtown area as a major cause of the problem.

Huntington Beach has the highest number of DUIs for any California city in

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Bixby Report: Usmania Halal Restaurant Entices, Exceeds Expectations

Bixby Report: Usmania Halal Restaurant Entices, Exceeds Expectations

By Mark Bixby
Special to the Voice

Tonight Julie and I dined at Usmania Halal (Pakistani/Indian) Restaurant in Westminster after both of us independently discovered it on Yelp today.

It’s located in a scruffy part of town on the forlorn southeast corner of Westminster and Olive. Despite there being a large pole sign on the corner, Julie and I both drove right by it initially (we were driving separately because she was going to the OC Arts Center afterwards with her mom)

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Curb Exposure to Harmfull Chemicals by Changing Your Diet

Curb Exposure to Harmfull Chemicals by Changing Your Diet

By Sarah (Steve) Mosko
Special to the Voice

Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are synthetic substances known to play havoc with hormone and organ systems in lab animals, and it’s well-documented that the urine of most Americans  tests positive for an alarming number of them. EDCs are found in a wide array of everyday consumer products and also find their way into air, dust and even foods.

A new study confirms for the first time that dietary practices – like whether you select fresh versus canned fruits and vegetables, microwave foods in plastics, or

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Response to Mayor Carchio: Good first step, but more needs to be done about downtown

Response to Mayor Carchio: Good first step, but more needs to be done about downtown

By Angela Rainsberger

Editor: Rainsberger is the director of Huntington Beach Neighbors.

Dear Mayor Carchio:

Thank you for the letter regarding your proposed solutions to reduce the DUI fatalities coming from the downtown establishments. I believe this is a step in the right direction to reduce the DUIs and I hope that we will see some meaningful reduction over time. I believe the key is to make certain that these voluntary suggestions become requirements of entertainment permits as they come up for renewal or

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Mayor Sets New Rules for Downtown Bars and Restaurants

Mayor Sets New Rules for Downtown Bars and Restaurants

By Joe Carchio
Mayor of Huntington Beach

Editor: The following letter was sent by Mayor Joe Carchio to all restaurant/bars with entertainment licenses in downtown Huntington Beach.

One of my primary goals during my term as Mayor of the City of Huntington Beach is to enhance and improve public safety for our residents and visitors. Information released by the California Office of Traffic Safety revealed that there were 195 fatal an injury related traffic accidents in our city involving driving under the influence in 2009. That number resulted in Huntington Beach being

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Surf City Goth: Developer turned novelist rewrites downtown plans

Surf City Goth: Developer turned novelist rewrites downtown plans

By John Earl
Surf City Voice

A handful of residents sat in the audience section of the city council auditorium in the early evening of May 11. The room was dimly lit and the ambiance was boring, even a bit depressing.

Each person in the tiny group waited quietly for a turn to tell the Community Services Commission to reconfirm the name—Triangle Park—given 99 years ago to a 1.1 acre triangular-shaped patch of parkland that encloses the historic Main Street Library on the northern end of downtown Huntington Beach.

Sitting quietly among

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Water Privatization & Desalination: Lessons from Australia

Water Privatization & Desalination: Lessons from Australia

By Ian Douglas
Special to the Surf City Voice

Australians are battling to come to terms with the impacts of the oft-criticized process of national water reform. The ongoing, abrasive debate surrounding the Basin Plan being drafted by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, outrage over the spiraling costs of currently redundant desalination plants and public protests about sky-rocketing water charges typify the predicament.

Australian water

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