| 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...
| Apr 29, 2013
| 3:58 PM
Last Sunday will long stand out for me as a special one in this city.
It began at the wonderful Taste of Huntington Beach celebration, which supports the Children's Library. The organizers of the event were kind enough to have the winner of my annual...
| Apr 4, 2013
Mayor Keith Curry of Newport Beach has sent Huntington Beach Mayor Connie Boardman a letter. In it, he pitched the idea of agreeing to let his city become the "smoke free alternative" when it comes to beach bonfires, while letting ours assume our rightful...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 2:10 PM
The bonfire fight has never been hotter (or weirder) then it is right now.
On April 12, I went to visit Assemblyman Allan Mansoor in his Costa Mesa office. I have been in touch with a number of local elected officials about the looming draconian ban...
| Apr 9, 2013
| 9:07 AM
Right after I spoke at the Air Quality Management District board meeting Friday, several people asked me if I'd noticed what happened during my discussion with Chairman William Burke.
I had not. Evidently, the sergeant at arms at the meeting had...
| Apr 16, 2013
| 4:42 PM
My idea of a boat is a kayak, so that is the boat I own.
As I tool around Huntington Harbour during spring and summer, I still marvel at the many yachts that dwarf my blue plastic Ocean Kayak, so I was pleased to accept an invitation to ride in the...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 3:12 PM
Think of it as "The little library that could." That is, thanks to the help of some very dedicated people. If you haven't heard, the National Park Service recently listed the Huntington Beach Public Library on Triangle Park on the National Register of...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 5:12 PM
The La Bolsa Tile Co. The Holly Sugar Factory. The Pacific Broom Co. The Pacific Oil Cloth and Linoleum Factory. And it goes on.
These are the ghosts of Huntington Beach.
But then there are the actual physical traces scattered all over the city. The...
| 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...
| Apr 4, 2013
The Air Quality Management District's (AQMD) heavy-handed approach of ceremoniously banning fire rings in Huntington Beach (and across Southern California) without providing any specific evidence certainly seems suspicious and even underhanded. But...
| Oct 9, 2012
| 12:33 PM
It's hard to believe that this Friday marks one year. Do you remember where you were when you heard? I was driving back from Los Angeles, on my way to a vigil outside the home of beloved Ocean View High School coach Jim Harris, who would soon die from...
| Oct 15, 2012
| 11:44 AM
That a terrorist group would choose Huntington Beach not just as a base of operations, but also as ground zero for one of the most cataclysmic attacks in U.S. history, is hard to fathom. Yet as I read the story, it all seemed frighteningly simple and...