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HUNTINGTON BEACH...There can only be one word for Friday morning , May 6th...RAIN.



HUNTINGTON BEACH...The last privately owned acres of the Bolsa Chica Mesa in Huntington Beach will be preserved in their entirety under a breakthrough agreement reached between developer Signal Landmark and the Bolsa Chica Land Trust (BCLT).

Under the agreement announced today, a lawsuit filed by BCLT against the City of Huntington Beach will be dismissed, clearing the way for fundraising to begin to acquire the entire 11.1-acre property. BCLT is partnering with The Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit organization that works with communities to acquire and protect open spaces, to complete the project.

The agreement gives The Trust for Public Land 18 months, to raise funds to purchase the land from its two owners: Signal Landmark, which owns 4.9 acres, and the Goodell Family Trust, which owns the remaining 6.2 acres. The purchase price will be determined by an independent, third-party appraisal.

Remains found on the mesa near Warner and Bolsa Chica in 1976. Public Information Officer Bill Reed checks out the bones.


“Bolsa Chica is a local treasure,” said Gina Fromer, California State Director of The Trust for Public Land. “Everyone who lives in, or visits Huntington Beach should be able to experience both its natural beauty and deep historical presence. We look forward to saving this important piece of California’s landscape for generations to come.”

‘Agreement is a Very Exciting Milestone’

“This agreement is a very exciting milestone that underscores the commitment so many people have to the outright preservation of this culturally significant and ecologically sensitive habitat,” said Kim Kolpin, executive director of the Bolsa Chica

Land Trust. “We are confident that together with The Trust for Public Land, our robust fundraising campaign will help raise the funds needed to purchase and protect this land.”

Close-up of the remains found in 1976


Anthony Morales, tribal chief and chairman of the Gabrielino Band of Mission Indians, said he looks forward to a final resolution that will protect the remaining piece of Bolsa Chica.

“Our ancestors called Bolsa Chica home for generations, and this site is very meaningful to us,” Morales said. “We simply want the history of our tribe and the memory of our ancestors honored, and this agreement is a very positive and major step.”

An Alternate Track if Funding Falls Short

The agreement contains a fall back plan if BCLT and The Trust for Public Land are unable to raise the funds needed in time. Under this alternative, Signal Landmark would develop 2.5 acres for residential uses, and preserve the remaining 8.6 acres as permanent open space. The open space lands would be dedicated to the public as passive open space.

However, all parties in the agreement are committed to the purchase and preservation of the entire 11.1-acres -- and BCLT and the Trust for Public Land already have launched a comprehensive fund-raising campaign.

‘We Want the Acquisition to Succeed’

“Everyone involved in this agreement worked very hard to get to this point, and we want the acquisition of the Bolsa Chica Mesa to succeed,” said Todd Cunningham, a representative of the property owners. “It’s encouraging to see everyone working toward the same goal, and we’re proud to have developed a partnership with individuals and organizations who are so passionate about Bolsa Chica and this very special part of Huntington Beach.”

Under the dual track approach in the agreement, as the BCLT and the Trust for Public Land work to purchase the property, Signal Landmark will concurrently start the approval process for townhome development on 2.5 acres. Safeguards are built into the agreement to minimize the potential impacts from development on cultural and biological resources in the area, including the preservation of the remaining 8.6 acres as passive open space.

“This land has world-class archeological value, so it is of the utmost importance that these resources are protected in perpetuity,” said William R. Hildebrandt, Ph. D., an archeologist with the Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc. “If development ultimately occurs, a meticulous plan will be drafted to protect and appropriately handle any findings on site, as required by the agreement.”

Representatives of all parties in the agreement stressed that, should any residential development occur under the alternate track, the parcel’s high-value archeological resources would be protected. Photos:HBarchives



HUNTINGTON BEACH...Grand Ole Opry star and future country music legend Emi Sunshine performs LIVE at Don The Beachcomber in Huntington Beach, CA on May 4 at 8:00 PM!

Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM • $20.00–$40.00, plus several VIP options • all ages
Don The Beachcomber, 16278 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92649
(562) 592-1321 Wednesday, May 4 at 8:00 PM in PDT

A Polynesian Paradise. Longboard Room. Hidden Village Room. High Chiefs Room.
Our 15,000 square feet of Hawaiian themed restaurant include two waterfalls, hundreds of feet of bamboo, hand carved Tikis, Hawaiian Tapa wall art and unique Hawaiian Tapa lighting. We have two large banquet rooms in the rear of our property.

Emi performs at the Opry with Marty Stewart


The Hidden Village and The High Chief’s Room. Our Hidden Village has a waterfall, Coconut Bar and can accommodate 50 to 120 guests. Our High Chief’s room has a dance floor; it’s own Bamboo Bar and can accommodate 50 to 130 guests. Both rooms can easily be combined to host larger events nicely. We also have several more intimate rooms for your convenience. We are a full service event property and would be delighted to take you away to the Islands right here on the mainland for your next event.



HUNTINGTON BEACH...Graduate for Más® named Marina High School a regional winner of a $2,500 educational grant in its year-long Graduate for Más® Challenge, one of only 89 schools nationwide to earn that honor.  In total, Graduate for Mas is distributing $250,000 in grants to high schools across the country during the 2015-16 school year. 

Graduate for Más® was founded in 2013 through a partnership of the Taco Bell Foundation and Get Schooled to create more accessibility to educational resources and the inspiration all young people need during key life milestones, like graduation.

This year’s competition reached more than 1.7 million students from 1,386 high schools across the country.  To participate, students were required to make the promise to graduate from high school on, and engage regularly with online educational activities to earn points. Activities are designed to empower young people to follow their path to reach their personal, educational and career goals and include resources like SAT or ACT prep questions, tips on how to pay for college and career exploration tools. 

During The Challenge, students from Marina High School made the promise to graduate and earned the Unlock the Box grant.  As students logged onto the Graduate for Más® website and earned points for their schools, they were able to see the impact of their effort on the Graduate for Más® leaderboard. 

At Marina High School, students and teachers were involved in earning the grant. Students logged on individually and in the classroom.  They read articles, played games, and took quizzes on a variety of college and career resources.

“This grant award reflects a commitment to college and career readiness by the entire school community,” said Diana Miler, Counselor.   “We are grateful to the Taco Bell Foundation for their commitment to our school community.  “We plan to use the grant money to fund resources for students to assess, explore, and pursue their college and career interests.” 

 “We know today’s youth are eager to make a difference and make their mark, they just need a platform to be heard and the support needed to stay on track,” said Frank Tucker, Chief People Officer, Taco Bell Corp. and President, Taco Bell Foundation. “Graduate for Mas is a program that continues to evolve to what youth need and want. And Marina High School is a great example of youth making that commitment to themselves with the commitment to graduate.”

In addition to Marina High School, 88 high schools around the United States were named regional winners and earned $1,500 grants.  An additional 185 high schools earned $500 grants because more than 30 percent of the students in their school became involved in the Challenge. 

To date more than a half a million students have joined Graduate for Más® and more than 95 percent of students who have participated in the program have gone on to graduate from high school.* To learn more about Graduate for Mas® and to see a list of the regional winners, go to
*Based on a statistically valid sample of 1,000 Graduate for Mas 2013-15 graduates conducted in January 2016.





HUNTINGTON BEACH...The following people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of an intoxicant. They have only been arrested on suspicion of a crime and, as with all crimes, are considered innocent until proven guilty.

  • Kassidy L. Young, 22, Huntington Beach
  • Juan C. Higuera II, 25, Menifee
  • kevin M. Layman, 20, Huntington Beach
  • Max P. Mayer, 22, Huntington Beach
  • Binh V. Tran, 48, Monterey Park
  • Shaun P. Pizzolatto, 36, Fountain Valley
  • Juan L. Hernandez Jr., 28, Los Angeles
  • Jahan B. Noor, 29, Westminster
  • Jose A. Hernandezvazquez, 19, Westminster
  • David L. Beard, 58, Huntington Beach
  • Ronald C. Jackson, 33, Transient
  • Gabriel T. Wahl, 33, Costa Masa
  • Joel D. Orosz, 37, Tustin
  • Tessla E. Milligan, 21, Anaheim
  • Brian J. Deloach, 30, Huntington Beach
  • Darryl J. Terrones Jr., 27, Huntington Beach
  • Richard A. Ogas II, 24, Huntington Beach
  • Theodore M. Campos, 35, Los Angeles
  • Cristian A. Salinas, 23, Brea
  • Ryan A. Felicien, 27, Tamarak, FL
  • Bryan Muratalla, 26, Huntington Beach
  • Oakland F. Falealili, 25, Harbor City
  • Allison R. Harris, 25, Costa Mesa
  • Lonnie, 24, Garden Grove
  • Raymond G. Jones, 45, Wellington, FL



HUNTINGTON BEACH...The Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Committee held their Attic Treasures sale on Saturday, April 30th in the back parking lot at the Huntington Harbour Mall.

From antiques to footwear, from housewares to jewelry, items were found and snatched up with the proceeds benefiting the HH Philharmonic's Youth Music Education Programs.

At one table a spring-wound wall clock had an asking price of $200 and nearby items were selling from 50¢ to $1. Two framed tapestries were only $100 each.

The male buyers heated for the electronic tables, while dvd movies were attracting a number of buyers too.

The Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Committee is one of 23 committees supporting the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. The mission of the Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Committee is to foster, promote and increase the knowledge and appreciation of the arts by the residents of Orange County through the presentation of performances by musical artists of national and international stature and the development and implementation of a wide variety of music education outreach programs.



HUNTINGTON BEACH...All day Saturday, April 30th and into the night, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life held runs and events for everyone at Huntington Beach Central Park west.

Signing up for the events


Jack's Pledge booth


Who is this masked man?



It offered everyone an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Teams of people camp out at a park and take turns walking or running around a path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. The Huntington Beach relay runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

A long line formed at the left for grilled hot dogs from the Huntington Beach Firefighters Association's grill


A group poses in front of the event's HOPE sign


People of all age groups walk in the Relay for Life event


Whole families participate in the events


Teams of people from all walks of life had fun while raising the much-needed funds to fight cancer and raise awareness of cancer prevention and treatment.


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