HB Tomorrow’s March 2017 Newsletter

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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.

hb-magnolia-tank-farm
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:

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!

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