| Jun 12, 2013
| 10:55 AM
Joe Haakenson grew up a Los Angeles Dodgers fan. His allegiance was to Dodger Blue.
At the time, he knew of but didn't closely follow that other Major League Baseball team one county away in Orange County. Now he knows plenty about that organization....
| Jun 12, 2013
| 2:37 PM
This may be the year when Huntington Beach votes on what HB Reads.
The organizers of the annual program, which encourages students and others to read a book with a diversity theme, have opened up the 2014 selection for public input. Between now and July...
| Jun 20, 2013
As you may have heard, the South Coast Air Quality Management District is leaning toward a recommendation that would essentially allow Huntington Beach to maintain its fire rings and Newport Beach and Corona del Mar to get rid of theirs.
While this is...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 4:45 PM
Huntington Beach loves its history.
Since my column a couple of weeks ago about my goal to locate old buildings as the first stage in trying to create a historic marker program around the city, I have received some truly fascinating emails from people...
| May 7, 2013
| 9:21 AM
How strange to be sitting at lunch at the site of the old Meadowlark Airport with the man whose name will be forever intertwined with it.
For years I've read about Yukio "Dick" Nerio, who purchased the airport in 1947. But it was his son Art Nerio...
| May 15, 2013
| 11:10 AM
People keep asking me whether I think the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) will vote June 7 to ban beach bonfires in much of Southern California.
I've been invited to speak before several groups in the last few weeks, and the...
| May 20, 2013
| 11:30 AM
The playoffs are upon us. I'm not referring to the NBA or the NHL, though there are some terrific series taking place in those leagues. I'm talking about Little League baseball here in Huntington Beach, where, as the Jeff Pratto-led Ocean View team showed...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 11:52 AM
I took our dog out at about 11 a.m. Sept. 30 for our usual walk around the block, including the street that runs parallel to ours. We passed a group of young male workers who were in the neighborhood to do some underground work on the electrical system....
| Oct 14, 2013
| 4:31 PM
More than 8,000 miles away, in India, a groundbreaking is taking place thanks to someone who lives here in Huntington Beach.
Father Angelos Sebastian, who was born in Kerala, India, in 1975, left his home at age 14 to join the minor seminary in the...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 9:15 AM
Whenever I see an email from Bob Chatt, I never pause before opening because I know it will be something interesting.
I've written about Chatt before. He's the antique military collector in Huntington Beach who had his own reality show and boasts a...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 9:05 AM
On a balmy, breezy and drizzly morning, Suzanne Messina-Cervellone walked me around Bartlett Park.
The 28-acre park, located just behind the Newland House along Coldwater Lane, is a hilly, rugged and densely overgrown oblong plot that occupies land once...
| May 28, 2013
| 11:20 AM
"My father worked on the takeoff mechanism for the Wright brothers back in 1906. He was a blacksmith and when Wilbur Wright came into the shop he got right to it."
Philip Hodgetts, 93, is at least as interesting as his dad.
We're sitting in his...