Red Bucket Equine Rescue Moves Horses out of Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center

: Susan Peirce of Red Bucket Equine Rescue walks Harlow from Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center in Huntington Beach to the trailer that would take her to her new home in Chino Hills. (STEVEN GEORGES, HB Independent / June 14, 2012)

The withdrawal of the application came after at least 44 letters arrived at the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Worries included the possibility of loitering, trash and, most of all, another liquor-serving establishment in a drink-heavy neighborhood.

Many of the letters were nearly interchangeable: "Enough is enough! It is time to consider the quality of life for our downtown residents." ... "There is an ongoing problem with people being drunk in public in the downtown Huntington Beach area." ... "The police force is currently unable to prevent these types of behavior, so increasing the availability of package liquor at this time seems very foolish."

In June, Plaza Almeria developer John Tillotson told the Independent that HB Neighbors' opposition didn't dissuade him.

"They can't stop legal commerce out there," Tillotson said at the time. "I don't drink, but I wouldn't deny you the right to have a drink if you go to a restaurant or another establishment that sells beer and wine."


Truck Hits Church

In June, a pickup truck crashed into the 106-year-old Warner Avenue Baptist Church at 7360 Warner Ave.

The truck ended up in the entryway of the church, smashing a post, but didn't actually go inside. A post comprised of wooden boards was used by firefighters to prop up the entryway.

The church's Pastor Steve Orman said it was the third time in 26 years a car has crashed into the building.


Fireworks in H.B.

In July, Huntington Beach council members voted 4 to 3 to put a measure on the ballot to prohibit the city from banning the sale and discharge of "safe and sane" fireworks, but at a second reading two weeks later it failed 4 to 3.

The council members had voted earlier in the year to have a two-year trial lift on the ban. In July, they decided it was time to go for it on a permanent basis, but the measure failed.

No shock to anyone, there was much controversy surrounding the issue. Council chambers were filled with community members who wanted their say on the issue.

"There was nothing but a war zone surrounding me," resident Joseph Lascola, who showed pictures of large fireworks going off in his neighborhood, said during one meeting.

Of course, organizations that had just gotten a taste of the money a fireworks booth could raise were concerned about the return of the ban.

But in the end, the council majority decided not to put the issue on the ballot. The council members still have authority over the sale of fireworks for the duration of the two-year trial period.


Teachers Convicted

On the disturbing side of the news, Daniel Alma Shepard, 63, and his wife, Gay Davidson- Shepard, 60, both former teachers who lived in Huntington Beach, pleaded guilty to having an unlawful sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student.