Politics

O'Connell leads Huntington council hopefuls in campaign funding

William "Billy" O'Connell, executive director of Colette's Children's Home, led all Huntington Beach City Council candidates in amassing...

Huntington council candidate alleges 2 incumbents caused gift violation

A Huntington Beach City Council candidate has filed a complaint with the state's political watchdog, saying two incumbents' living...

City attorney candidates air positions at forum

Potential legal challenges and the relationship between local and state governments were among the topics debated at a recent Huntington...

Council authorizes $16.4 million bond for new senior center facility

After months of study sessions and planning, the Huntington Beach City Council took two major steps Monday toward making a long-awaited...

No changes to plastic-bag ban as effort to lower fee fails

Huntington Beach Councilman Joe Carchio failed Monday to convince enough of his colleagues to cut a fee imposed on paper bags as part of the...

H.B. enacts stricter water usage rules

In the midst of a statewide drought, Huntington Beach unanimously voted to declare a level one water supply shortage to conserve water.

Is this a lawn-watering day? In Seal Beach, you'll have to know

Is this a lawn-watering day? In Seal Beach, you'll have to know

In response to the statewide drought, Seal Beach City Council members Monday voted unanimously to implement increased restrictions on...

Rarity in Huntington: a hot city attorney race

Jennifer McGrath is no stranger to a challenge.

Huntington council kills ballot measure on mobile-home rent control

The Huntington Beach City Council decided during a special meeting Monday to remove a ballot measure that would have asked residents whether...

Huntington council to consider taking rent-control measure off ballot

Huntington Beach's City Council will hold a special meeting Monday to decide whether to pull a rent-control measure off the November ballot.

Huntington mayor raises more than Assembly opponent, who questions expense report

After a slow start to campaigning, Huntington Beach Mayor Matthew Harper has announced that he raised about $9,000 more than his opponent in...

Huntington proposes $52.1 million for roads, parks, beaches

The Huntington Beach City Council focused on projects to improve the city's roads, parks and beaches as it continued discussions of the...

Logo chosen for Seal Beach's 100th anniversary

Seal Beach has a winner of its centennial logo contest.

Seal Beach sends utility-tax cut to voters

Seal Beach will let voters decide whether the city should reduce its utility users tax while updating the list of services it could tax.

Voters to decide on mobile-home rent control

Huntington Beach will allow voters to decide whether the city should amend its charter to allow rent control in mobile-home parks.

Rising pension costs loom over new Huntington budget

Huntington Beach's finance department forecast another balanced budget for the coming fiscal year, though it reminded City Council members...

Surf City Nights expanding to Fifth Street

Huntington Beach Surf City Nights received the green light Monday to expand its nighttime street fair onto Fifth Street.

City wants to put mobile-home rent control to a vote

Huntington Beach took a step this week toward protecting seniors and veterans living in mobile home parks from being priced out by rent...

Voters may decide fireworks' legalization

Voters may decide whether to legalize so-called safe and sane fireworks in Huntington Beach.

Will fireworks be allowed? City to consider letting voters decide

Huntington Beach will hold a special meeting Monday to decide whether residents should be given the final say over whether to ban fireworks.

Council eases stance on restaurant hours

The Huntington Beach City Council voted Monday to ease up on a proposed zoning change focused on new downtown bars and restaurants that sell...

City council supports memorial for Robin Samsoe

There was hardly a dry eye in the Huntington Beach council chambers Monday during a discussion of whether to create a memorial honoring a...

Senate committee OKs fire ring bill

An Assembly bill that aims to protect fire rings in Southern California has passed out of a legislative committee.

Wintersburg makes the endangered list

Wintersburg makes the endangered list

Efforts to save the Wintersburg site in Huntington Beach took a big step forward this month when it was designated one of the most...

H.B. ends some funding of Poseidon studies

The Huntington Beach City Council took a defiant stance against a major water retailer Monday as Poseidon's controversial desalination...

H.B. ponders cap on downtown liquor licenses

In its continuing effort to crack down on downtown disturbances, the Huntington Beach City Council decided Monday to look into restricting...

Bolsa Chica rezoning dead for now

Minutes after California Coastal Commission staff recommended denying a request to rezone part of the Bolsa Chica mesa for residential use,...

City considers new rules on vacation rentals

The Huntington Beach City Council voted unanimously Monday to have staff look into the feasibility of legalizing and regulating short-term...

OCWD to look into desalination

The Orange County Water District will look into the cost of buying water from a proposed desalination plant in Huntington Beach.

Council draws line on alcohol permit

Kathy May's Lakeview Café, in Huntington Beach Central Park, will not be able to serve alcohol.

Exotic animals still barred from city

The circus is not coming to town.

Curry, Harper likely headed to run-off

Curry, Harper likely headed to run-off

As poll workers Tuesday collected the last trickle of votes in a statewide primary expected to draw one of the lowest turnouts in...

Memorial Day event draws crowd, elected officials

Memorial Day event draws crowd, elected officials

Hundreds of people gathered at Huntington Beach Pier Plaza on Monday to honor the fallen during the city's annual Memorial Day ceremony,...

Council rejects campaign donation restriction, repeals sex offender law

In an effort to make the Huntington Beach City Council more transparent, Mayor Pro Tem Joe Shaw suggested to his colleagues that they...

H.B. rejects plan to directly elect mayor

The Huntington Beach City Council opted Monday to continue to rotate the mayor's seat yearly and keep the positions of city attorney,...

Harper wants city to vote on chance to elect the mayor

Huntington Beach Mayor Matthew Harper announced late Tuesday that he is seeking a charter amendment to allow Surf City residents to directly...

Rohrabacher tours 3-D printing plant

Rohrabacher tours 3-D printing plant

At a Costa Mesa-based 3-D printer manufacturer, humans help in the process, but otherwise it's a scene where machines make machines.

County could charge more for dog licenses

The Orange County Board of Supervisors this week voted to consider fee hikes to bridge a budget shortfall in what staff members and...

City says funding will be available for senior center

Piece by piece, Huntington Beach's city staff has worked meticulously to find the funding to build the long-awaited senior center in Central...

State and city agree to discuss future beach events

State and city agree to discuss future beach events

In the wake of a rave the city tried to stop at the 11th hour, Huntington Beach and the state have signed a letter of agreement to...

Council members discuss details of reimbursements

The Huntington Beach City Council is still fleshing out the details on how to restore its reimbursement pay.

LeBard school site to have 15 homes

The city of Huntington Beach has entered into an agreement that will limit the number of single-family homes planned for the former LeBard...

City leaders kill proposed fireworks ordinance

City leaders kill proposed fireworks ordinance

The debate on whether Huntington Beach should continue to ban state-legal fireworks continues to burn brightly in the city's council...

Political Landscape: Assembly veterans committee supports O.C. cemetery

A bill that would allow the establishment of a state veterans cemetery in Orange County earned unanimous support in the Assembly's...

Residents oppose garden plots at Irby Park

Huntington Beach residents made it clear Monday that they don't want a community garden in the heart of Irby Park.

Supervisorial candidates spar at Feet to the Fire forum

Supervisorial candidates spar at Feet to the Fire forum

Candidates for the Orange County Board of Supervisors' 2nd District seat sparred over pensions, problem-solving and their community ties...

H.B. council likes fireworks crackdown

A proposed Huntington Beach ordinance would hold a home's occupants responsible for fireworks set off on the property.

Downtown task force turns over its report

After six months of brainstorming, the Huntington Beach Downtown Task Force on Monday presented to the City Council its recommendations...

Plastic bag ban unlikely to get on ballot

Plastic bag ban unlikely to get on ballot

An effort to end Huntington Beach's recently adopted ban on plastic bags is failing to gain momentum.

74th Assembly candidates meet at Feet to the Fire forum

74th Assembly candidates meet at Feet to the Fire forum

Working well in Sacramento and sending money back to Orange County were among the ideas marking the 2014 election season's first Feet to the...

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