| 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...
| 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....
| 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 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...
| Mar 5, 2013
| 12:29 PM
I wish every street in Huntington Beach had a Gwendoline Runyard.
She passed away in January at 90, a year after her husband, Bob, but left behind a remarkable trove of memories inspired by the neighborhood where she lived.
Runyard wrote in 1955:...
| Feb 19, 2013
| 12:16 PM
There is a clue on Warner Avenue near Bolsa Chica: a small street that leads into the shopping center where Ralphs is, next to McDonald's, called Airport Circle.
Many of you may know what that means, but I'm sure there are also a lot of newcomers that...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 11:07 AM
The twin towers will soon stand in Huntington Beach.
With a little luck and a lot more money, this Sept. 11 will see the unveiling of a remarkable sculpture in front of City Hall. It will feature metallic, exact scale replicas of the World Trade...
| Jan 29, 2013
| 2:27 PM
Beach and Edinger. Warner and Gothard. Heil and Bolsa Chica. At more and more intersections, I notice them, growing in numbers. Do you?
They are the forgotten and the fringe. The homeless and the hustlers. Some beg for money. Some just wander aimlessly....
| Feb 4, 2013
| 4:30 PM
For me, the best part about being an author is the chance to go to schools and not so much talk to kids (though I love doing that), but hear their questions.
As good or better than any interviewer that will sit down to talk with you, kids seem to cut...