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June 27, 1995 | DEBRA CANO
The City Council has taken the first step toward asking voters whether the city treasurer and city attorney should be appointed to office. Both offices are now elected. Huntington Beach has the only elected city attorney in Orange County. A three-person council committee has been appointed to work with city staff to develop the charter amendment needed to effect the change, which will be on the March, 1996, ballot. Because Treasurer Donald L. Watson has announced that he will retire Sept.
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January 27, 2001 | TINA BORGATTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Huntington Beach officials closed City Hall before noon Friday to save electricity, inconveniencing dozens of residents who showed up to pay water and trash bills, pull permits or apply for passports. "What? I can't believe it," said Youssef Ibrahim, who had hoped to get a building permit for weekend renovations to an office he owns. Instead, he found a sign posted at the front entrance: "Due to an emergency power interruption, City Hall is closed." "Now I've lost two days," Ibrahim said.
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November 27, 2000 | Tariq Malik, (714) 965-7172, Ext. 13
The city's Public Works Department has been chosen by the Southern California Chapter of the American Public Works Assn. to receive the 2000 Project of the Year award. The award, which recognizes outstanding programs in community involvement, rewards efforts to broaden the department's role in the community, such as starting up the Citizens Infrastructure Advisory Committee, the annual Public Works Open House and the "Heartbeat of Huntington Beach" television series, city officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2000 | Tariq Malik, (714) 965-7172, Ext. 13
The city's Public Works Department has been chosen by the Southern California Chapter of the American Public Works Assn. to receive the 2000 Project of the Year award. The award, which recognizes outstanding programs in community involvement, rewards efforts to broaden the department's role in the community, such as starting up the Citizens Infrastructure Advisory Committee, the annual Public Works Open House and the "Heartbeat of Huntington Beach" television series, city officials said.
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December 19, 1992 | BILL BILLITER
One slow-growth advocate has been appointed to the Huntington Beach Planning Commission, and a second is scheduled to be named to the commission in January, city officials said Friday. Gary Gorman, executive director of the nonprofit Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy, was appointed to the Planning Commission this week by new Councilman Victor Leipzig.
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December 31, 1992 | BILL BILLITER
Newly appointed Councilman Ralph Bauer said Wednesday that he plans to appoint environmental activist Debbie Cook to the city's Planning Commission. Cook, 38, was a founding member of Save Our Parks, an environmental organization formed in 1989 to try to halt proposed developments in city parks and on public beaches. Save Our Parks succeeded in getting enough voter signatures to put an initiative on the city's 1990 ballot. That initiative, called Measure C, was approved by 70% of the voters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1992
The city has purchased 13 variable-fuel vehicles as part of a State Energy Commission pilot program that seeks to promote the use of alternative fuels. The vehicles--eight sedans and five vans--are powered by a combination of 85% methanol and unleaded gasoline. They were purchased with state grant money and city funds. The vehicles are used by a number of city departments. Officials said they also plan to use the vans as part of the city's employee car-pooling program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 1992 | JOHN PENNER
The city Planning Commission last week elected Jan Shomaker to become its chairwoman for the coming year. Shomaker, who was appointed to the commission by Councilman Don MacAllister, had been the vice chairwoman for the past year. She succeeds Kirk Kirkland as head of the commission. A former president of the Huntington Beach-Fountain Valley Board of Realtors, Shomaker has favored the rights of property owners and developers over city regulation while serving on the commission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1990 | BILL BILLITER
City Hall now has a new branch of government: the Library Department. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to create the new department and thus remove the city's library system from the Community Services Department. In the same omnibus motion, the council named current Library Director Ron Hayden as the head of the newly created Library Department. Supporters of the change, including Friends of the Library, said the department status will enhance the city's library system.
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January 19, 1997 | RUSS LOAR and GEOFF BOUCHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For years, this seaside city was viewed as a Camelot in law enforcement circles, boasting a police department with robust budgets, cutting-edge technology and cream-of-the-crop officers hired away from other agencies. Now, Camelot is under siege. First, budget cuts forced layoffs and curtailed services in recent years.
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November 21, 1996 | RUSS LOAR
Three City Council members have been appointed to a panel that will study the feasibility of creating a police commission to oversee policy and respond to citizen complaints. Mayor Dave Sullivan appointed himself and council members Tom Harman and Shirley S. Dettloff to serve on a council subcommittee that will consider the pros and cons of forming what would be the only police commission in the county.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1996 | DEBRA CANO
After operating for three years as a temporary panel, the city's Mobile Home Review Committee will become a permanent commission studying issues affecting mobile-home park owners and tenants. "This gives a forum for owners and residents to discuss problems they're having and find solutions," Mayor Dave Sullivan said at Monday's City Council session, when the change was approved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1995 | DEBRA CANO
The City Council has taken the first step toward asking voters whether the city treasurer and city attorney should be appointed to office. Both offices are now elected. Huntington Beach has the only elected city attorney in Orange County. A three-person council committee has been appointed to work with city staff to develop the charter amendment needed to effect the change, which will be on the March, 1996, ballot. Because Treasurer Donald L. Watson has announced that he will retire Sept.
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July 25, 1994 | DEBRA CANO
The members of Mayor Linda Moulton Patterson's Children's Needs Task Force figure they have a difficult but essential task. "I don't think we'll solve all the problems, but I think we can make a step forward and try harder to meet the needs of children in our community," Moulton Patterson said. The 17-member task force, created by the mayor in April, met for the first time last week to brainstorm and develop a way to aid local youth.
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August 4, 1993 | ROBERT BARKER
Spurred by the promise of faster response times and cost savings, the City Council early Tuesday voted for a second time in recent weeks to form a city-run ambulance program. The council, on a 4-3 vote, authorized a first-time expenditure of $468,000 to buy three new ambulances, hire 18 employees to drive the ambulances and buy communications equipment. The program will be operated by the Fire Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1990 | BILL BILLITER
The City Council is scheduled to act tonight on a recommendation that the city's public library system be made a separate department of city government. The library system currently is part of the Community Services Department. City Administrator Michael T. Uberuaga has proposed making the library system a separate entity to "improve communication, effectiveness and efficiency." Uberuaga also proposed that incumbent Library Director Ron Hayden be named as the head of the new Library Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1991 | JOHN PENNER
A consultant who has conducted a sweeping study of the city's budget recommended this week that the city dramatically increase most of the fees it charges for various services. Douglas Ayres told members of the City Council and its Budget Review Task Force that the city for years has been spending more to provide services than it has been collecting in return.
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March 2, 1993 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trying to get to Long Beach's Blue Line is such a problem for commuters here that the city's Environmental Board is seeing red. The board told the City Council on Monday night that it takes at least two bus transfers for a Huntington Beach resident to get to the Blue Line light rail system in Long Beach. The process also takes more than two hours and defeats the purpose of trying to get more people out of their cars and into mass transportation.
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