| Jul 1, 2013
| 4:27 PM
It seems like it's becoming a bittersweet ritual here in Huntington Beach. Students going back to the grade schools to wander abandoned buildings and overgrown fields to say goodbye.
Recently this paper did a story on students returning to Wardlow...
| 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...
| Apr 4, 2013
| 5:21 PM
OK, hot off the presses, grim lowlights from the new Air Quality Management District (AQMD) staff report, published Wednesday, with proposed amended rules for 444, the beach bonfire ban.
To anyone that has not quite grasped just how agenda-driven this...
| Mar 18, 2013
| 10:35 AM
The author Michael Crichton said, "If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree."
And so I think he would've been impressed by the many messages I received last week in reaction to my...
| Mar 26, 2013
| 10:55 AM
I did something this week I haven't done in ages. I signed a petition. For a variety of reasons, it's normally not something I do, but when I heard that there was a movement to remove all fire rings from Southern California beaches, I could not resist....
| Mar 27, 2013
| 12:37 PM
By the time Jay Asher successfully submitted his novel "Thirteen Reasons Why," he had 12 good reasons to call it quits.
The author of the young adult novel, which was chosen as this year's HB Reads selection, got a less-than-encouraging response the...
| Mar 12, 2013
| 1:27 PM
I will never forget, several years ago, when a friend directed me down to the beach adjacent to about Ninth Street to discover a vital piece of Huntington Beach history. There, embedded in the ground, are remnants of the old train tracks that supported...
| 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...
| 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 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...
| 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 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....