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H.B. restaurant gets city OK to sell alcohol, despite protests to state over license

A restaurant that moved into downtown Huntington Beach last summer received permission from the city Tuesday night to sell beer and wine,...

Huntington pursuing freeze on Beach, Edinger residential projects

The Huntington Beach City Council is looking to freeze new residential developments along Beach Boulevard and Edinger Avenue in order to...

Huntington police pitch tighter rules on massage parlors

The Huntington Beach Police Department outlined proposals Tuesday for strengthening the city's regulations on massage establishments.

Consultants pick 258 properties for H.B.'s historic sites list

A revised list of candidates for Huntington Beach's list of historic properties was reviewed by the Planning Commission on Tuesday.

Pacific City apartment developer drops request for reduced parking

Pacific City apartment developer drops request for reduced parking

Much to the surprise of the Huntington Beach Planning Commission and residents, apartment developer UDR withdrew its request for fewer...

Huntington Beach repeals permit parking downtown

With little discussion, the Huntington Beach City Council voted Monday to repeal a recently imposed parking-permit district in the...

Nonprofits' fireworks sales are one step closer after initial City Council OK

Nonprofits' fireworks sales are one step closer after initial City Council OK

The Huntington Beach City Council took its first step Monday toward allowing local nonprofit groups to sell state-approved fireworks for the...

Request for reduced parking at Pacific City apartments draws neighbors' concern

Request for reduced parking at Pacific City apartments draws neighbors' concern

Residents near the site of an apartment complex that will be the last portion of the long-awaited Pacific City project asked the...

Free-speech supporters in H.B. draw on Charlie Hebdo attack for inspiration

Free-speech supporters in H.B. draw on Charlie Hebdo attack for inspiration

About a dozen people answered a call to demonstrate for free speech Saturday at the Huntington Beach Pier.

New Assemblyman Harper pursues residents' ideas: global-warming, bag-ban repeals

New Assemblyman Harper pursues residents' ideas: global-warming, bag-ban repeals

Since leaving the Huntington Beach City Council after his election to the state Assembly in November, Matthew Harper has been asking his...

Development OKd to replace Huntington's first City Hall

Development OKd to replace Huntington's first City Hall

A development project approved for downtown Huntington Beach will result in the loss of the city's first City Hall.

New councilman targets H.B. plastic bag ban for repeal

New councilman targets H.B. plastic bag ban for repeal

A newly elected Huntington Beach City Council member is looking to remove one of the most highly debated city ordinances of the past five...

Will you be drinking ocean water? O.C. Water District to discuss buying from desalination plant

Will you be drinking ocean water? O.C. Water District to discuss buying from desalination plant

The Orange County Water District will begin talks with Poseidon Water to determine whether buying water from the company's proposed...

Conflict-of-interest complaint against O.C. Water District board member dismissed

The state's political watchdog dismissed a complaint by former Huntington Beach Mayor Debbie Cook, saying it did not show that Orange...

New H.B. mayor lives her dream — again

New H.B. mayor lives her dream — again

Jill Hardy knew at a young age that she wanted to be a mayor. But not just for any city. She wanted to be mayor of Huntington Beach, where...

Huntington Beach's top stories of 2014: asbestos, coyotes and changes at City Hall

Huntington Beach's top stories of 2014: asbestos, coyotes and changes at City Hall

From the Ocean View School District's asbestos problems to the groundbreaking of a long-awaited senior center, the past year has been a busy...

New council wavers on increasing trash franchise fee

New council wavers on increasing trash franchise fee

The Huntington Beach City Council postponed a final decision on whether to increase the franchise fee the city collects from its waste...

Historical City Hall building should be preserved, H.B. panel says

A historical building that a developer...

OCTA board delays 405 widening contract

The Orange County Transportation Authority's board of directors agreed this week to delay until February a vote on whether to approve a...

New H.B. council, city attorney take office; Hardy is new mayor

New H.B. council, city attorney take office; Hardy is new mayor

The city of Huntington Beach conducted its ceremonial changing of the guard as it ushered in five newly elected officials at Monday night'...

New Huntington council members, city attorney take seats Monday

Huntington Beach's four new City Council members and new city attorney will be sworn in during Monday's council meeting.

Trash franchise fee to rise to help pay city pension costs

Huntington Beach has found a way to help pay down its growing employee pension costs.

Huntington OKs $11.6 million construction pact for new senior center

Huntington OKs $11.6 million construction pact for new senior center

The Huntington Beach City Council took the final step Monday toward making the city's long-awaited new senior center a reality.

Huntington breaks ground on long-awaited new senior center

It has been eight years since Huntington Beach voters decided in November 2006 that Central Park would be the location of a new senior...

Departing city officials look back — and ahead

A new political chapter will open in Huntington Beach on Dec. 1, as four new council members and a new city attorney are ushered into place.

Lawsuit challenges H.B. plan for downtown permit parking district

A Huntington Beach resident has filed a lawsuit against the city, alleging that a recently created parking district in the downtown area...

Fireworks legalization measure wins in Huntington

It appears that Huntington Beach residents will be able to light their own fireworks next Fourth of July.

Incumbents voted out in H.B. council, city attorney elections

Incumbents voted out in H.B. council, city attorney elections

The third run for the Huntington Beach City Council was the charm for three candidates in Tuesday's election. But for all three incumbents...

Huntington voters facing busy ballot on Election Day

Huntington Beach voters will have plenty of options to choose from when they're at their local polling places Tuesday. Eleven candidates are...

Park improvements a top campaign issue for H.B. Councilman Shaw

Park improvements a top campaign issue for H.B. Councilman Shaw

Huntington Beach Mayor Pro Tem Joe Shaw likes having relaxing parks around the city for families to enjoy. If he is reelected in Tuesday's...

Councilwoman Boardman would target housing density if elected to third term

Councilwoman Boardman would target housing density if elected to third term

Huntington Beach Councilwoman Connie Boardman has worked with residents to address problems downtown. Now she says she's looking to do the...

Politics no longer taboo for Huntington council hopeful Kenney

Politics no longer taboo for Huntington council hopeful Kenney

When Brendon Kenney was younger, he didn't want anything to do with politics.

3 questions: Where Huntington Beach City Council candidates stand on the issues

Two incumbents and nine challengers are running for four spots on the seven-member Huntington Beach City Council. The Huntington Beach...

Foes of coyote trap-and-kill policy email and call Seal Beach officials

Foes of coyote trap-and-kill policy email and call Seal Beach officials

Animal-rights activists coordinated an email and phone campaign last weekend to voice opposition to the Seal Beach City Council's decision...

H.B. council hopeful Posey wants fewer prohibitions, more businesses

H.B. council hopeful Posey wants fewer prohibitions, more businesses

Huntington Beach City Council candidate Michael Posey says he's had enough of the council banning consumer items — from plastic bags...

H.B. to seek federal money to repair low-income apartment complex

Huntington Beach city staff got the green light from the City Council on Monday night to apply for federal funds that would help repair an...

Candidates for H.B. council, city attorney stake out positions at final forum

More than 100 people gathered at the Huntington Beach Central Library on Thursday evening to hear candidates for City Council and city...

Huntington council candidates to appear at forum Thursday

The League of Women Voters of Huntington Beach and the American Assn. of University Women of Westminster/Fountain Valley/Huntington Beach...

Candidate Bixby aims to balance preservation and growth

Candidate Bixby aims to balance preservation and growth

It all started with a flier that landed on the doorstep of his Huntington Beach home in 2001.

Huntington to explore ways to slow housing projects along Beach, Edinger corridor

In response to residents' concerns about rapid development growth, the Huntington Beach City Council voted to look into possible revisions...

Permit parking OK'd for downtown Huntington neighborhood

Permit parking OK'd for downtown Huntington neighborhood

After about three hours of public comments, the Huntington Beach City Council voted Monday night to create a parking district in a...

Candidate O'Connell hopes 'diverse support' lifts him to H.B. council after two losses

Candidate O'Connell hopes 'diverse support' lifts him to H.B. council after two losses

William "Billy" O'Connell thinks his third run for the Huntington Beach City Council will be the charm.

Council candidate Peterson rocks a financial perspective

Council candidate Peterson rocks a financial perspective

Huntington Beach City Council candidate Erik Peterson, a punk rocker back in his teenage days, still enjoys a TSOL concert every now and...

Schools trustee sues H.B. over campaign sign restriction

Schools trustee sues H.B. over campaign sign restriction

Ocean View School District Trustee John Briscoe has sued the city of Huntington Beach, claiming its ordinance regarding campaign signs is...

'Professional peacemaker' Polsky eyes H.B. council

'Professional peacemaker' Polsky eyes H.B. council

Alexander Polsky believes recycling is a good thing — except when it comes to Huntington Beach's civic leaders.

Former Huntington Beach Mayor Alvin Coen struggles with Alzheimer's disease

Former Huntington Beach Mayor Alvin Coen struggles with Alzheimer's disease

Felicia Coen has been married to her husband, Alvin, for 53 years. Yet every day that passes, she feels like she's losing the love of her...

Huntington council hopefuls debate pensions, housing, bans

Pension costs, housing density and the city's plastic bag ban were among the topics discussed during a Huntington Beach City Council...

Council candidate Semeta looks to advocate for lower-cost government

Council candidate Semeta looks to advocate for lower-cost government

Throughout her career, lawyer and Huntington Beach Planning Commissioner Lyn Semeta has been guided by what she thinks is a simple...

Huntington studies alcohol, business regulations

The Huntington Beach City Council received updates this week on key issues related to the downtown area to get a better sense of how to make...

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