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September 23, 2002 | MIKE ANTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Forget about what's in the secret sauce that has enticed beach bums for generations. Perhaps the most important ingredient in making a success of selling hot dogs, hamburgers and soft ice cream on the Huntington Beach boardwalk is knowing when not to try. For Jack Clapp, that time of year is nearing--the off season when the coastal fog lingers past noon, the ocean serves up a nippy breeze and the beach is so empty you could land a jumbo jet on it.
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March 1, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
After the founder of the International Surfing Museum dipped a toe in the beautiful, blue Pacific, she never bothered to hang the other nine. It was too cold, and the last thing a Canadian farm girl wanted in California was cold. Even so, Natalie Kotsch was intrigued by surfing culture, in love with the town that calls itself Surf City, and unrelenting in her drive to establish a museum devoted to the sport. Kotsch, an effervescent real estate broker who grew up more than 600 miles from the nearest ocean and never swam, much less surfed, in the Pacific, died Feb. 20 at her home in Huntington Beach.
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October 30, 2011 | By Mike Ives, Special to the Los Angeles Times
  Three years ago, Quentin Derrick was eating clams at a beach-side restaurant in Da Nang. As he gazed east at the South China Sea, he couldn't believe what was rolling in. Derrick has lived in Vietnam for eight years and surfed a good part of the Vietnamese coastline. But he didn't think it compared - surfing-wise - with the coastlines of Spain, France, Scotland, Morocco, Indonesia or his native Australia. He hadn't expected to find good waves in Da Nang, Vietnam's fourth-largest city, but the ones breaking off Non Nuoc Beach looked eminently carve-able.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2014 | By Anthony Clark Carpio
The founder of the funky but memorabilia-rich surf museum in downtown Huntington Beach has died after a lengthy battle with cancer. Natalie Kotsch never surfed but fell in love with the sport and the lifestyle that surrounded it. She had battled cancer for a decade. She died Tuesday at the age of 76. Kotsch was the founder of the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum and earned a spot in the beach city's Surfing Walk of Fame for her effort to preserve the memorabilia and artifacts of the surfing culture.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1997 | STEVE CARNEY
Ruby's Surf City Diner at the end of the Huntington Beach Pier combines the ambience of a '40s-style diner--chrome, glass and red vinyl booths--with touches that pay homage to city's surf heritage. Old photos of surfing greats line the walls, and surfboards serve as columns in the center of the restaurant. "We think it really enhances the end of our pier," said Peggy Blatter of Huntington Beach after lunching there with her husband, Richard, last week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2003 | Dana Parsons
I walked a stretch of Coast Highway on Monday afternoon, wondering if that big yellow thing in the sky was ever going to get down to business this summer and start shining. Past the yacht shops and shrimp shacks, past the fancy restaurants and the burger joints of Newport Beach, I strolled up and back and let my mind wander about this wonder known as Southern California. No fresh reporting here; it's all been said before.
NEWS
February 6, 1990 | ROBERT A. JONES
In Southern California, history tends to be perishable. The writer Carey McWilliams once remarked that Southern California re-created itself so often that history never had the opportunity to take root. The past seemed to provide no comfort to people here, McWilliams wrote, and so the evidence of our history was regularly obliterated and forgotten. That gets us to Huntington Beach.
NEWS
January 27, 1995 | FAYE FIORE
In one corner of the cavernous office of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, just to the left of his vast desk, stands a four-foot trophy proclaiming the four-term Huntington Beach Republican "Best Surfer in Congress, 1994." "Hmmm," replies a visitor invited to peruse this prize. "Weren't you the only surfer in Congress?" "I'm afraid so," admits the congressman, ever candid. But 1995 brought more than just a change in the majority party around here.
OPINION
September 30, 2006
YOU'D THINK, WITH ITS FORMER mayor sentenced in a condo conversion scam and a distraught teenage girl shot and killed last month by police, that Huntington Beach has bigger legal fish to fry than a dispute about T-shirt slogans. But this month, the city's Conference and Visitors Bureau sicced its lawyers on a Santa Cruz shop for selling shirts that said: "Surf City Santa Cruz California USA."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1998
In what has become one of the more appealing rites of summer, the Surfing Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach has inducted seven new members. Those living outside California may think of surfers as beach layabouts with no interest in anything but wave height. Indeed, movies and advertising have latched onto the surfer's word "dude" and transformed it into the signature utterance of someone whose intelligence is less than top-drawer. The reality, fortunately, is different.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall, Anh Do and Joseph Serna
Despite a violent end to the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, the event's executive producer said organizers want the competition to remain in Surf City. James Leitz, executive producer of the surfing competition, blamed an otherwise successful event on a small group of unruly beachgoers. "It comes down to a few people," he said. "They play a game of cat and mouse. They'll start something here then go there. And that's exactly what happened. " PHOTOS: Huntington Beach disturbance Leitz said a downtown task force of residents and business owners would look for ways to make the event safer in the future.
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July 29, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Huntington Beach resident Michael Heh said he was in awe at the scene on Main Street late Sunday. At the front of this sea of young, alcohol-fueled humanity packed into a two-lane street of storefronts was a row of what Heh estimated to be 150 shirtless “tough guys” taunting the outnumbered police. “Just not enough at all,” Heh told The Times in an interview Monday. PHOTOS: Huntington Beach disturbance He estimated maybe 20 officers were initially downtown Sunday to deal with the aftermath of the U.S. Open of Surfing when the crowd on Main Street turned violent and broke windows and looted businesses.
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July 4, 2013 | By Brittany Woolsey
Huntington Beach's annual Fourth of July parade and festival gets underway at 10 a.m. Thursday, one of many Independence Day events. Meanwhile, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti will take part in Westchester's annual July 4 parade beginning at 11 a.m. Actor Ed Asner will be grand marshal of the Pacific Palisades parade, starting at 2 p.m. GUIDE: Where to see July 4 fireworks in the Southland Santa Monica's parade begins at 9:30 a.m....
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October 30, 2011 | By Mike Ives, Special to the Los Angeles Times
  Three years ago, Quentin Derrick was eating clams at a beach-side restaurant in Da Nang. As he gazed east at the South China Sea, he couldn't believe what was rolling in. Derrick has lived in Vietnam for eight years and surfed a good part of the Vietnamese coastline. But he didn't think it compared - surfing-wise - with the coastlines of Spain, France, Scotland, Morocco, Indonesia or his native Australia. He hadn't expected to find good waves in Da Nang, Vietnam's fourth-largest city, but the ones breaking off Non Nuoc Beach looked eminently carve-able.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2011 | By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
It was impossible to tell if Molly Godiva really had any interest in being champion surf dog. What was clear was that she was having a pretty good time Sunday, trying to drag her owners into the water and barking at any dog playing catch nearby. "She's real quiet at home," her owner Tom Maioli said. "She's excited. " In just a few minutes the 8-year-old chocolate Lab would be competing for the first time at the Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach, along with at least 22 other canines, including several seasoned competitors.
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August 4, 2010 | By Britney Barnes, Los Angeles Times
Emotions ran high as the Huntington Beach City Council voted late Monday to annex neighboring Sunset Beach over the cries of residents who tried to block the decision in hopes of keeping the funky, unincorporated beach town independent. The council voted 5 to 2 to direct city administrators to complete an application with the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission to acquire Sunset Beach, the city's northern neighbor along Pacific Coast Highway. Mayor Cathy Green and Mayor Pro Tem Jill Hardy dissented.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2006
The city's Conference and Visitors Bureau has asked a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit challenging its "Surf City USA" trademarks, officials announced Wednesday. A Santa Cruz company that runs beach shops filed suit in Northern California last month after the bureau told it to stop selling Surf City T-shirts. The bureau has asked for the case to be dismissed or moved, in part because a Northern California jury would be "hostile," officials said. A hearing is scheduled for Jan. 9 in San Jose.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 1991 | BILL BILLITER
Unofficially, Huntington Beach has for many years been called "Surf City." And now the city plans to capitalize on that sobriquet and make it official. The City Council is scheduled at its meeting tonight to discuss a "marketing plan" that promotes Surf City as a vacation and resort haven. Moreover, the council is scheduled to vote on making the term the city's "official theme and marketing title."
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July 30, 2010 | By Britney Barnes, Los Angeles Times
The Huntington Beach Police Department is considering posting the names of drunk-driving suspects on its website as part of a stepped-up strategy to address the problem downtown and citywide. In a report submitted to the City Council this month, police said drinking and driving is a "significant problem" in Surf City and suggested that publicly posting names sends a message that police are cracking down. "It's not a wall of shame we're looking to put up," said police Lt. Russell Reinhart.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2009 | Dana Parsons
Nobody would ever call Huntington Beach anti-dog. Far from it. The city has a mile-plus stretch of beach where dogs can frolic, catch some rays and, if they're of a mind to, surf. A cafe in a city park has a dog menu. At least two major hotels provide doggy beds. It has a great veterinarian-to-dog ratio. The city takes to dogs like Seattle does to clouds. No surprise, then, that Huntington Beach is the reigning "DogTown USA" among mid-sized cities, as chosen this year by Dog Fancy magazine.
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