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Surf City’s Mayor Will Take Heavenly Flight


 

By John Earl
Surf City Voice

Surf City’s number one pilot, the Honorable Mayor Joe Carchio, who has been dubbed by the Voice as “the best mayor Surf City has ever had,” may very well reach the peak of his political career on Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. when he jumps into the city’s police helicopter, HB1, and is carried to the heavens for a two-hour fact finding and brainstorming tour.

Carchio requested the lift so that he can discuss the city’s helicopter outsourcing contracts with Newport Beach

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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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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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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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EXCLUSIVE: Bill Clinton Visits Downtown Surf City


By John Earl
Surf City Voice

Former United States of America president Bill Clinton was in town yesterday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on PCH for a meeting of unknown content and purpose. Clinton was spotted by the hotel’s hard working staff—one of whom confided in the Voice—as he walked by in the lobby. Clinton exchanged greetings with the workers by mutual hand waving. It is not known at this time if the former two-time (and two-timing) president spent

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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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Not So ‘Wise Guy’ Jersey Joe Takes City $, Threatens 9-11 War When Caught


By John Earl
Surf City Voice

Sunday, Sept. 26, was a hot day in Surf City.

For me, however, most of the heat came from a chance encounter on a street corner with a local politician, not from the late blooming summer sun.

That politician, Joseph John Carchio, a.k.a. Jersey Joe, possible former owner of Jersey Joe’s Italian Eatery at 424 Olive Street, would insult my integrity as a person and a journalist multiple times; no problem there, that goes with the territory.

But I was shocked—and

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Not So ‘Wise Guy’ Jersey Joe Carchio Takes City $, Threatens ‘9-11’ War When Caught


By John Earl
Surf City Voice

Sunday, Sept. 26, was a hot day in Surf City.

For me, however, most of the heat came from a chance encounter on a street corner with a local politician, not from the late blooming summer sun.

That politician, Joseph John Carchio, a.k.a. Jersey Joe, possible former owner of Jersey Joe’s Italian Eatery at 424 Olive Street, would insult my integrity as a person and a journalist multiple times; no problem there, that goes with the territory.

But I was shocked—and

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The Cost of Emergency Care in Surf City: Is America’s system the best?


By John Earl
Surf City Voice

“America has the best health care system in the world.”

That’s what we’re often told by the faithful followers of the “free market” economy whenever health care reform advocates call for a single payer health care system in America like the one that exists in Canada or a government run “socialized” system like Norway has.

My recently turned 90-year-old father has been in good health for most of his life. Although he became more fragile in recent years, he still walks around the

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What is Organic Food and Is It Worth It?


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

Presented with two equal-priced apples or cheeses – one organic and the other produced with conventional methods – which would you choose?  Does upping the cost of the organic product by 10 percent change your mind?  How about 40 percent?

Such decisions have become routine for even mainstream shoppers who’ve never set foot in a specialty health food store, now that Wal-Mart and major supermarket chains are competing with their own organic product lines and corporate giants, such as General Mills and Kraft, have jumped into

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