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HBT Annual Meeting Flyer

March 12, 2017

2017 Annual Meeting

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HB Tomorrow’s March 2017 Newsletter

March 1, 2017

Below is HB Tomorrow’s March Newsletter. Become a member and have these newsletters delivered to your inbox!


HB Tomorrow Newsletter
March 2017

Dear HB Tomorrow Members,

First, mark your calendars:

HB Tomorrow’s Annual Membership Meeting

March 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Central Library

Free to the Public
  • Please send your questions for Mayor Delgleize, City Manager Wilson, and HBPD Captain Reinhart via email, Facebook, or website.
  • Invite your friends and neighbors to attend.
  • Renew your membership, or join HB Tomorrow; good things in store!

Now to business. Here are some updates on items affecting our city.

Non-Toxic Huntington Beach Proposal:

Non-Toxic Huntington Beach

OC Weekly, Non-Toxic Irvine

HB Tomorrow has teamed up with Non-Toxic Huntington Beach in their shared goal to transition from toxic pest control to safer and more water-conscious and cost-saving organic measures. HBT and NTHB recently participated in a meeting at City Hall. We look forward to continuing to work with City leadership and with Irvine public works, where this program has already been successfully implemented, to advance this important issue.

BUT WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! Councilmembers depend on a show of enthusiasm, even for win-win initiatives such as this. Please contact us and info@hbtomorrow.org if you are willing to write or speak to the City Council in the coming months to show you want our parks to be non-toxic.

Legal troubles continue for the popular pesticide Roundup, used in our parks and common areas. A recent lawsuit charges that Roundup caused non-Hodgkins lymphoma (NHL) after EPA colluded with the chemical-maker, Monsanto. EPA issued a determination that glyphosate, Roundup’s active ingredient, as “not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.” But this is contrary to several reputable studies. For example:
  • An American Cancer Society study found people exposed to Roundup are 2.7 times more likely to develop NHL (Hardell, L., et al. 1999 Mar. “A Case-Control Study of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and Exposure to Pesticides,” J of the Am Cancer Soc, (85):6. p.1353).
  • A 2015 WHO study found Roundup is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
  • A 2002 study found that children born to parents exposed to glyphosate (Roundup) show a higher incidence of attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity. (Cox C. 2004. Journal Of Pesticide Reform Vol. 24 (4), citing Garry, V.F. et al. 2002. “Birth defects, season of conception, and sex of children born to pesticide applicators living in the Red River Valley of Minnesota.” Environmental Health Perspectives 110 (Suppl. 3):441-449.)
HBT continues to urge the City Council to follow the lead of the City of Irvine and the Costa Mesa school district to eliminate Roundup and other likely carcinogens from our public spaces.

Mobile Home Affordable-Housing Proposal:

Our Golden State Manufactured-home Owners League (GSMOL) Legislative Advocate Team is making recommendations tomorrow on proposed bills affecting mobilehome through the state. Currently, we are supporting four bills, five are in review, and one we oppose.

We have also discussed many of the Bills now being proposed on Affordable Housing, other than mobilehome parks.

HB Tomorrow is watching this issue.

Magnolia Tank Farm:
The first Community Meeting of the Magnolia Tank Farm Outreach Team was held on January 24th.  They will be hosting another meeting later this Spring. Based on community input from the first meeting, the Team has presented the following proposed concepts.  They are looking for neighbors to join a neighborhood advisory committee. If you are interested you may email them at info@magnoliatankfarm.com.

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Magnolia Tank Farm Site

Housing:

  • All For Sale Residential – No apartments
  • Will Not exceed 3 stories
  • 250 homes max
  • Will Not exceed Minimum 15-homes/acre

Lodge:

  • Not to exceed 4 stories
  • 175 rooms max

Open Space/Pedestrian Connectivity:

  • Squirrel Park will be retained and improved
  • Wok with the City and adjacent landowner to improve Magnolia pedestrian and  bike access
  • Create pedestrian and bicycle connections and trails

General Comments:

  • All uses will be per code
  • A neighborhood advisory committee will be formed

Traffic/Noise/Air Quality/Site Conditions:

  • Will be analyzed as part of the City EIR process

Old Rogers Senior Center Update:

The site of the former Rogers Senior Center at 17th Street between Pecan and Orange remains abandoned and unused. HB Tomorrow has learned there have been meetings with a variety of city officials and staff. Chief Handy and Community Services Director Janeen Laudenbeck are also expected to consider suggestions for interim use of the property while permanent plans are reviewed by the community services department.
HBT continues to watch this issue.

The Homeless Lawyer Up:

Orange County homeless are lawyering up, reports the OC Register. Legal Aid Society, ACLU, Public Counsel, and the Elder Law and Disability Rights Center are helping homeless file suits against local laws barring panhandling, sleeping, and camping in our public spaces. The lawsuits are a reaction to police “sweeps” of homeless encampments; the number of encampments and resulting sweeps have spiked in recent years.
One recent lawsuit halts a Santa Ana overnight-sleeping ban until more shelter beds or other housing options are made available. The city will now also provide more storage lockers for the homeless. The city may continue clearing out sites known to be drug havens.
Prohibitions against panhandling are also fraught with constitutional free-speech concerns.
An ACLU lawsuit against Laguna Beach over a ADA-noncompliant shelter and “aggressive” policing is set for trial in April.
According to the most recent county survey, Huntington Beach has the largest amount of unsheltered homeless, at 698, than any other district counted. Anaheim is second. Our city devotes two full-time police officers to homeless-related incidents, of which there were almost 800 in a 10-month period in 2015, an HBPD official said.
The most vexing problem: an incredible 80% of the homeless — a full 4 in 5! — want to stay homeless. “They want to be off the grid,” says Huntington Beach police Officer Gabe Ricci. In other words, making more low-income and extremely-low-income housing available, difficult as that is, only helps a distinct minority of the homeless population who actually want off the streets.
And while important to ensure adequate shelter is available, emphasis must be placed on making that shelter temporary, so as not to indulge the socially irresponsible choice to live on our streets.
Sources:
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/homeless-744836-people-city.html
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/homeless-702095-ricci-beach.html

CORRECTION: Beach-Warner Project:
Our February newsletter reported on the status of the Beach-Warner Project. A reader pointed out the project is no longer listed on the City’s Major Projects page. In response to HBT’s inquiry to the City, Planning Manager Jane James confirmed that the project at Beach and Warner is not listed on the pending projects list because it has been withdrawn by the applicant and the EIR was decertified by the City Council.

If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors of HB Tomorrow, please email info@hbtomorrow.org.

If you have any tips, or if there are any issues affecting Huntington Beach you would like to see addressed, please send us an email at info@hbtomorrow.org.

Please take a moment to renew your membership here.

Have a friend or neighbor who might be interested in getting more involved in our city? Please forward this email to them!

What Does HB Tomorrow Look Like?

February 16, 2017

As part of our continuing mission to promote and enhance the quality of life in our city, HB Tomorrow continues to actively promote and meet with councilmembers and staff to make Huntington Beach the next non-toxic city in Southern California, removing toxic herbicides and pesticides from our parks and other public spaces to keep our children, adults, and pets safe, save water, and protect the environment. It is a safe, effective, and cost-neutral option.

Read our letter to Mayor Delgleize and the City Council here.

Huntington Beach tomorrow should be a Non-Toxic HB.

Don’t you agree?

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HB Tomorrow’s February 2017 Newsletter

February 3, 2017

Below is HB Tomorrow’s February Newsletter. Become a member and have these newsletters delivered to your inbox!


HB Tomorrow Newsletter
February 2017

Dear HB Tomorrow Members,

We are only a month and a half until spring and HB Tomorrow’s annual membership meeting, which will be held March 30 at 6:00 p.m. at the Central Library. Please send your questions for the Mayor and City Manager via email, Facebook, or website.

Here are some updates on items affecting our city.

Poseidon’s Fee-Waiver Request Denied by Coastal Commission
At its January 2017 meeting in San Luis Obispo, the Coastal Commission denied a waiver of the coastal-development permit application fee of $286,649 submitted by Poseidon Water.  The basis of the denial was the cost to the Commission in an enormous amount of staff hours required to review upcoming plans, as well as the fact that Poseidon hasn’t expressed any financial hardship.
 
Poseidon had withdrawn its permit application in 2013.  They submitted the permit application again in September 2015, but a new desalination amendment adopted on May 6, 2015 significantly changed the permitting landscape, and even by September, it was still in the draft stage and not law.  This new desal amendment gave the Regional Board primary authority to determine whether a project has the best available site, design, technology and mitigation measures possible. Therefore, the Commission staff could not require evidence of conformance with the desal amendment as a permit filing requirement and deemed the application incomplete.
 
Poseidon finally submitted their permit application even though the Commission staff has more suggestions, one of them regarding the need for more data on sub surface intakes.  Poseidon denied that particular suggestion.  The Coastal Commission is most likely to require a number of extra assessments before the final decision is made on the project.   
 
In other Poseidon news, its Huntington Beach project was reportedly named on a list of the new Trump administration’s priority projects.

Beach-Edinger Projects:

Sonic Drive-In project: The popular drive-up/drive-thru burger joint will be located at the corner of Beach Blvd and Ronald Drive. There is the restaurant and small retail space along with a drive-up window and 15 covered parking spaces under which people can park their cars and enjoy food brought directly to them. Currently in the Planning Dept. but moving along.
Beach Blvd. Chrysler Dealership Expansion:  Plans are to add 3,000 square feet to the existing 1,800 square foot showroom.  This project is currently in the Planning Dept.
Marriott Springhill Suites Hotel: This project is at the corner of Edinger Ave. and Parkside Lane. It involves building a 4-story hotel with 128 rooms on the site of the former Big O Tire shop.  This project is currently under construction.


Beach-Warner Project:
The movie theater is now closed and so is the Chili’s restaurant.The new project will include the construction of two new retail buildings at the corner of Warner Avenue and Beach Boulevard, new mixed-use buildings along both Warner and Beach and two new parking structures. The existing 15-story, 196,000 square-foot office building will remain, along with the retail/restaurant building along Warner Avenue, the restaurant on Beach; and the 6-story, 863 stall parking structure on Sycamore and Ash. All other existing buildings will be demolished and replaced with new development.

It seems the city continues to bet on retail, despite concerns that that sector is likely to see a downturn as competition from e-tail continues apace. HB Tomorrow intends to question city leadership at our March annual meeting:  what is our city’s historical, current, and projected retail mix, what do the city manager and council deem to be an ideal mix, and mix do our neighboring cities have?

Mobile Home Affordable-Housing Proposal:

The GSMOL Legislative Action Team is working with our Legislative Activist (Lobbyist) and a few Legislators to solidify the final wording of Bills related to affordable housing, enforcement of laws, funding for rehabilitation and park purchasing, and a Mobile Home Residents and Senior Protection Act of 2017. They must be in by the 17th of this month.  Of course amendments will be made once they reach the various Committees in the Assembly and Senate.

More info will be available after the February 17th.

HB Tomorrow is watching this issue.

Non-Toxic Huntington Beach Proposal:
HB Tomorrow’s Board continues to  urge the City Council to consider supporting a proposal to transition away from toxic pest control to safer and more water-conscious and cost-saving organic measures.

 
Just this month, a Fresno judge ruled that the state may require Monsanto to label its popular Roundup product as a possible carcinogen. Roundup is among a number of toxic chemicals Huntington Beach uses in our parks and public areas where children, adults, and pets are exposed.
 
Zoning Medical Marijuana Dispensaries:
The California Supreme Court granted review in January of a published opinion in Union of Medical Marijuana Patients, Inc. v. City of San Diego (2016) 4 Cal.App.5th 103. The opinion holds that a zoning ordinance regulating the number and location of medical marijuana dispensaries was not a “project” subject to the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (Pub. Resources Code, § 21000 et seq.), and therefore the city was not required to conduct an environmental analysis prior to enacting the ordinance.
 
The state high court is expected to decide the following questions: (1) Is the enactment of a zoning ordinance categorically a “project” within the meaning of CEQA?  (2) Is the enactment of a zoning ordinance allowing the operation of medical marijuana cooperatives in certain areas the type of activity that may cause a reasonably foreseeable indirect physical change to the environment?
 
The decision could affect how the city may limit the placement of dispensaries.

Homeless Problem:


Who is working with young homeless stressing education? Two local groups support homeless minors & those to age 24 willing to go to school or seek to support themselves in two age groups here in Huntington Beach. If they work with a person here, it may be necessary to house them in another city where weekly rents in sober living homes cost less, but they offer bus passes and other means to help the person until they are able to be placed in housing  and able to finish high school then support themselves after high school if they do not continue their education. Both seek volunteers and welcome referrals.

Robyne’s Nest (Facebook: robynesnesthb) robyne@robynesnest.org is an all-volunteer organization without an office that works with students of the Huntington Beach Union High School District with the aim to keep them in school to graduation as many students face homelessness when they turn 18 and are not eligible for foster care or their parent/guardian no longer receives funds for their care. The student must keep passing grades and be drug free and willing to work toward graduation from high school. If they are still homeless, they might transition into the other program which is for 18-24 year olds.

Build Futures www.BuildFutures.org (kathy@BuildFutures.org) uses a structured program to
connect youths 18-24 to services and resources to obtain long term independence. It is a 501c3 with a good success rate. As with Robyne’s Nest, youths must stay on track avoiding drugs and overuse of alcohol.

Various & Sundry:
— California Policy Center published an interesting report showing the increases in compensation, even adjusting for inflation, for city, county, and state employees.

If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors of HB Tomorrow, please email info@hbtomorrow.org.

If there are any issues affecting Huntington Beach that you would like to see addressed, please send us an email at info@hbtomorrow.org.

Please take a moment to renew your membership here.

BANNING RANCH UPDATE: Coastal Commission’s revised findings to deny development permit

January 24, 2017

The agenda for the February 9 meeting of the Coastal Commission includes revised findings for the Commission’s September denial of the Banning Ranch project. Full text below.

HB Tomorrow has steadfastly opposed 19th St. Bridge from Costa Mesa to Brookhurst and supported a smaller project on Banning Ranch mindful of the environmental impacts, with traffic initiated in Newport Beach from this site not dumped into Huntington Beach. So far there have been no recent attempts to bring back 19th St. Bridge.

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See the agenda here.

Beach-Edinger Corridor: Then and Now

January 17, 2017

City leaders might have seen the congestion and unaffordable-housing problems coming back in 2009. HB Tomorrow did. In a 2009 letter, HBT urged the Council that taking more fees from developers in lieu of insisting on compliance with affordable-housing requirements would undermine our goals of offering more affordable housing, and would in turn increase congestion — employees serving our retail sector would be forced to commute from out of the area, rather than “shop, play, and stay” in Huntington Beach.

If you’d like to help our mission in urging sound policy to our City Council, please consider supporting and joining HB Tomorrow today!

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HB Tomorrow’s January 2017 Newsletter

January 10, 2017

Below is HB Tomorrow’s January Newsletter. Become a member and have these newsletters delivered to your inbox!


HB Tomorrow Newsletter
January 2017

Dear HB Tomorrow Members,

Happy New Year! While we await the impacts of the November elections, changes to setback and other building regulations in 2016 help ensure that development in Huntington Beach will be less dense. HB Tomorrow continues our efforts to make the City work within our communities’ expectations — that means the Council needs to follow the rules, and to seek our input before changing them.

Many other issues need our response. How will our City address affordable housing and the growing homeless problem? There are no easy answers but we are here to work together to make a difference.

To that end, each month the Board of HB Tomorrow will highlight a few items affecting our city.

Mobile Home Affordable-Housing Proposal:
Half the nation’s tenants spends more than 30% of their income on rent — the definition of unaffordable housing. Del Mar Estates’ HOA recently asked the Council to amend the City’s Affordable Housing Plan to allow Senior Mobile Home Parks to qualify for low-income housing. Some Del Mar residents’ monthly rents jumped from $695 in 2008 to $1050 in 2016 without a proportionate increase in fixed incomes. Allowing mobilehome parks to qualify as low-income would help the City reach its threshold. This would reduce the City’s need to build new low-income homes or apartments.

HB Tomorrow is watching this issue.

Non-Toxic Huntington Beach Proposal:
In December, HB Tomorrow’s Board urged the City Council to consider supporting a proposal to transition away from toxic pest control to more organic, water-conscious, and cost-saving organic measures. This proven alternative to exposing people and pets to harsh chemicals uses 30% less water, and is less expensive in the long run. Irvine is already employing these methods with success and no known issues.

Currently, Huntington Beach uses a number of toxic chemicals in our parks and public areas where children, adults, and pets are exposed. These include herbicides (e.g., Roundup Promax, Glyphsate 4 Plus, Oryzalin 4 Pro, etc.), insecticides (e.g., Criterior 75, Safari 20, etc.), rodenticides (e.g., Kaput D, Talpirid), and mulluscicides (Deadline T&O). Interactions among these chemicals are largely untested, as confirmed by the EPA, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Our children are most susceptible, and the most likely to come into frequent contact with these chemicals in our parks and playgrounds.

You can view HB Tomorrow’s letter to the City Council at our website here.

Homeless Problem:
As most of us know, the homeless problem is a pronounced one in Huntington Beach. Our City provides public facilities for the many tourists and beach-goers that visit, and these attract the homeless to our public places. To book the facilities at Lake Park, the City now requires residents to hire security after increased reports last year of drug-dealing homeless. But the problem is also severe in neighboring Costa Mesa; there, along the soundwalls of the 55 and 73 freeways, homeless encampments stretch for miles. The common areas at the Central Justice Center and County Building in Santa Ana are almost entirely populated by homeless. The new 200-bed year-round shelter set to open late 2017 in Anaheim, while much needed, will be a drop in the bucket.

The Orange County Commission to End Homelessness notes that only about half of the homeless population is homeless for more than a year, and that almost 40% cite job loss as the precipitating cause. This suggests a substantial share of homelessness happens at the margins, and can be addressed with improving the stock of housing and jobs at the county level. Unfortunately, even if homelessness is decreased, the remaining numbers still are likely to be drawn to Huntington Beach and its attractive public spaces and services.

[Also see this OC Register article: County’s first year-round homeless shelter to open late 2017 in Anaheim.]

If there are any issues affecting Huntington Beach that you would like to see addressed, please send us an email at info@hbtomorrow.org.