City Property for Private Development?

By Dan Jamieson Huntington Beach city staff are set to interview developers who could build on parts of the civic center, the public works yard on Gothard St., and the Lake Street fire station. In return, the developer would revamp the civic center, police headquarters, the public works yard, the lifeguard headquarters and the fire …

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HB Stressing Over Covid

By Dan Jamieson City officials are concerned that with the run-up in Covid cases, residents might not get ambulance service when they call 9-1-1. "We may not have resources to respond" when residents call, said city manager Oliver Chi during a December 21 city council meeting. Fire chiefs across the county are worried they won't …

HBPD Chief: We Didn’t Anticipate BLM “Counter-Protesters”

By Dan Jamieson HBPD police chief Robert Handy gave a mea culpa of sorts at the June 15, 2020 city council meeting in describing how the police handled the May 31 Black-Lives-Matter protest in the downtown. Handy said the department's plan to police the event didn't anticipate that BLM "counter-protesters" might attack some of the …

CalPERS Policies Lost City $22 Million, HB Claims

By Dan Jamieson Policies that excluded investments in tobacco companies, South Africa and other investments have cost Huntington Beach pension plans managed by CalPERS about $22 million in lost profits, according to a draft report from the City's Finance Commission and City staff. A subcommittee of the Finance Commission, working with City staff, used a …

HB Residents Protest Poseidon Desal Project

HB residents came out in force on Dec. 6, 2019, to urge the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board to deny water discharge permits to the proposed Poseidon desalination project. The OC Register's Martin Wisckol has a good report and background on the project.