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Differences of opinion among elected officials should be valued and respected because they contribute to the legislative process, but they should also be scrutinized. Two council members recently expressed opinions worthy of scrutiny while discussing...
After years and years of hard work and planning, the Huntington Beach Tree Society is holding a rededication ceremony for Butterfly Park. It's officially Norma Gibbs Park, and Norma Gibbs is expected to be present at the celebration. She was the first...
Tags: Politics, Interior Policy, Substance Abuse
While Measure Z clearly removes a tax, the issue is indeed far from simple. But first, the easier part to understand: Currently residents and businesses alike subsidize the employee portion of our public employee pensions though an assessment included...
The persistent and pervasive attempt by shadowy conservative outside special interests to meddle with Huntington Beach politics and civic affairs reared its ugly head again recently with a scurrilous hit piece put out by reactionary Atlas PAC targeting...
Tags: Local Elections, Politics, Elections, Interior Policy
While many of the candidates for the Huntington Beach City Council speak of reforming pension, Erik Peterson says he's studied the issue inside and out and knows how to fix it. "I've been studying it for four years," said the planning commissioner, one...
Regarding "Pro tax group gets signs up," Sept. 20: After reading this article, it was crystal clear to me why California cities are collapsing one after another. And Huntington Beach will be next to fall if the electorate does not wake up and see what is...
I am a resident who has lived in Huntington Beach for 45 years, and I will be voting no on Measure Z ("Pro tax group gets signs up," Sept. 20). I live here because this is one of the best cities in California. Why? We have the best parks, cleanest...
Tags: Politics, Elections, Interior Policy, Voting
If the head negotiators from the Huntington Beach police and fire associations had had a podium of their own during Monday's night's Surf City Tea Party candidate forum, it might have turned into the free-for-all of the year. Instead, the employee groups...
Save Our HB members walked en masse at midnight Monday to make known their opposition to a ballot initiative that would repeal a special property tax. The tax helps fund the retirements of public safety employees. Measure Z on the November ballot would...
Tags: Safety of Citizens, Politics, Elections, Interior Policy, Voting
An initiative to eliminate a Huntington Beach property tax that pays for public safety employees' pensions has qualified for the November ballot. The City Council voted Monday to adopt a resolution to place the measure on the ballot, and three council...
Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa) told a conservative group Monday that he believes his Republican opponent in the June 5 primary will bow down to unions and special-interest groups in Sacramento. During a Surf City Tea-sponsored forum in the...
Thanks to the payouts for sick pay and vacation time he received upon retirement, Huntington Beach's former fire chief earned the highest paycheck among municipal fire chiefs statewide in 2009 — the most recent year for which there is data —...
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