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HUNTINGTON BEACH/CERRITOS...Last Saturday and Sunday was truly a weekend for Huntington Highs, with orange balloons, banners, T-shirts and tablecloths filled with all manner of foods galore. Pop-up tents shaded former students from the sun and lush green grass gave a welcome release from the work-a-day world.

High school grads of all years gathered around their fellow classmates to talk of the days they spend at Huntingtons. There were guys who remember playing on the school's football teams and making that winning touchdown while that special girl watched and cheered.

People renewed old friendships this weekend by checking nametags and then smiles and hugs resulted as the hours passed with talk of old school memories.

You may have noticed the 's' after Huntington above that's because both Huntington Beach High and Huntington Park High held their all-class picnics here in Southern California.

Huntington Beach High gathered their classmates together at Lake Park on Sunday, July 27th and Huntington Park High gathered theirs at Cerritos Regional Park on Saturday, July 26th.

The schools and the cities share some common history as we shall see.

Both schools have the color orange as one of their two base colors. The other color is almost the same. Huntington Beach has black as their second color and Huntington Park has gray. Many of those attending the two picnics had black hair once that has now turned to gray.

At each picnic there were many pictures being taken by both alumni to be treasured in later years.

Huntington Beach was first called Pacific City with its crossroads at Main Street and Ocean Avenue and Huntington Park's main street is named Pacific Boulevard. Taking one word from each city we have Pacific Ocean.

In 1958 Huntington Park High's Principal was W. Noble Waite while back in Huntington Beach at 201 Main Street, Noble J. Waite owned Waite's Drug Store at the same time. Yes they were father and son with the son dispensing pills and advice.

Both cities had passenger transportation that came into town by Henry Huntington's Pacific Electric streetcars and both cities can claim that they received their names from Henry's last name.

In the 1970s there was a cafe on Florence Avenue in Huntington Park where some students hung out called the Sugar Shack and back in Huntington Beach surfer from far and wide and local students would gather for breakfast or lunch at the Sugar Shack on Main Street.

So if next year some alumni for one Huntington High happens to be at the others picnic, they will be welcomed by a common bond of  friendship and history.


HUNTINGTON BEACH...City Council to hold Special Meeting Monday, July 28 at 2:30 p.m. Council Members Sullivan and Katapodis brought forward an item on rent stabilization in mobile/manufactured home parks in Huntington Beach. The resulting motion (which was approved 5-2 -- Harper, Carchio -- No) was to direct the City Attorney to prepare a resolution, ballot title, statement and impartial analysis for City Council’s consideration at a Special City Council meeting no later than 7/28/14 to establish an additional Charter Amendment (#7) to City Charter Section 803 that grants a limited exemption for mobile/manufactured park real estate.

The limited exemption establishes guidelines for mobile/manufactured home owners whose monthly rent payment exceeds 33% of their gross monthly income from all sources. Annually, people qualifying cannot be charged more than a 6% increase or the CPI for the Los Angeles - Orange County - Riverside Urban index, whichever is higher. This exemption includes, but is not limited to, seniors, veterans, and the disabled.

There was a second motion to hold a Special Meeting to conßsider the adoption of the resolutions which would place the mobile/manufactured home parks’ rent stabilization item on the ballot for the November General Municipal Election. That motion called for that Special Meeting of the City Council to be held on Monday, July 28, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. This motion was approved 7-0.

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH∫...The Huntington Beach Police Department will be hosting a community meeting regarding the US Open on Wednesday July 30th. The meeting will take place at the City Library - Downtown Branch at 6:30 PM. Staff will be on hand to address concerns and solicit the community's input heading in the final weekend of the event.

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH...Canyon Capital Realty Advisors LLC (Canyon Realty) has commenced funding of a $37 million mezzanine construction loan to an affiliate of DJM Capital Partners, Inc. (DJM), to complete the construction and lease-up of a 191,100 square foot destination lifestyle retail center known as Pacific City in Huntington Beach, CA.

“Canyon looks to establish long-term relationships with best-in-class developers, and as such we are thrilled to back DJM on this exciting project. DJM is a premier retail owner and operator in Southern California, and consistently delivers industry-leading properties”

Pacific City is located in the heart of Huntington Beach, adjacent to the downtown area and directly facing the world-famous Pacific Coast Highway. Pacific City is also directly across from the world-famous Huntington Beach Pier, a landmark attracting millions of visitors each year and home to the annual U.S. Open of Surfing. “We are thrilled to provide the financing for this exciting project, which will draw members of the affluent local Huntington Beach community and visitors from throughout the region to shop, dine, exercise, and gather in a truly unique beachfront environment,” said Charlie Rose, Director of Canyon Realty. “With an adjacent boutique hotel and high-end residential development also under way, Pacific City will transform the surrounding community.”

“Canyon looks to establish long-term relationships with best-in-class developers, and as such we are thrilled to back DJM on this exciting project. DJM is a premier retail owner and operator in Southern California, and consistently delivers industry-leading properties,” said Rose.

DJM owns and manages over 2 million square feet of retail and office property, with major assets including Bella Terra Shopping Center, La Habra Marketplace and Village Del Amo. DJM is also redeveloping Lido Marina Village, a 128,000 square foot boutique retail property and adjoining 47-slip marina located in Newport Beach, California.

Construction of Pacific City began in the fourth quarter of 2013, with an opening scheduled for summer 2015. Upon completion, Pacific City will include an approximately 29,000 square foot health club, 116,000 square feet of shop space and 45,000 square feet of restaurant space. Pacific City will also be home to Lot 579, a marketplace location similar to Chelsea Market in New York City or the Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco, which will sell produce, prepared foods and retail products. The property is pre-leased to tenants including Equinox and Bear Flag Fish Company. Pacific City is located immediately adjacent to an upscale 250-room hotel being developed by Pacific Hospitality Group and R.D. Olson Development.

“We are excited to work with Canyon Realty on this complex transaction. Their expertise in structuring and ushering complex transactions across the finish line has already been key to the success of Pacific City,” said Eric Sahn, Senior Vice President and CFO of DJM. “We look forward to continuing our relationship in the future.”

 

THOUSAND OAKS...Andria Buffkin of Huntington Beach is one of 745 students who made the Dean's List at California Lutheran University for the spring semester.

Buffkin is a global studies major.

Students qualify for the Dean's List by maintaining a 3.6 grade point average in their academic subjects.

CLU is a selective university based in Thousand Oaks, California, with additional centers in Oxnard, Woodland Hills, Santa Maria and Berkeley. With an enrollment of 4,300 students, CLU offers undergraduate and graduate programs within the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Management, Graduate School of Education, Graduate School of Psychology and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. Members of the CLU student body come from across the nation and around the world and represent a diversity of faiths and cultures. For more information, visit callutheran.edu.

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH...On Saturday, July 26, 2014, the Huntington Beach Police Department received several calls related to a telephone scam. A male subject who speaks with a southern accent calls and identifies himself as a member of either HBPD or Orange County Sheriff's Department. The suspect has called several victims using two different mobile phone numbers with 714 and 949 area codes. When he uses the 714 number, he identifies himself as a HBPD officer. When he uses the 949 number, he identifies himself as a lieutenant with the OCSD. Both of the numbers are pre-paid phones with Verizon.

He asks for the resident by name. He tells them they have outstanding traffic violations, and a bench warrant will be issued if the fine(s) aren't paid. He asks that the money be paid via “Net Spent Reload.” It is unknown how or what he is using to obtain the victims’ names and phone numbers.

When the victims call the number given by the suspect, they reach a recording that states “you have reached the HBPD (or OCSD), all our lines are busy as we have a high call volume, please leave a message.” The voice recording is of a male with a southern accent.

What to do:
• Share this post. Tell your family, friends and neighbors who may not receive this warning from our post.
• If you receive a call from this suspect, do not make any payments. Call the HBPD non-emergency phone number: (714) 960-8825 to report that you were contacted by this suspect.

 

SYRACUSE, NY...Madison Snow from Huntington Beach CA recently graduated from Le Moyne College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. Le Moyne's 64th commencement took place on Sunday, May 18 on the College's campus. Approximately 600 members of the class of 2014 participated in the ceremony. Located in Syracuse, N.Y., Le Moyne is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States.

Located in a suburban setting on a picturesque 160-acre campus in Syracuse, N.Y., Le Moyne College is one of only 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Offering more than 30 majors, Le Moyne provides a values-based education that helps students explore their potential through academics, experience and service. In 2014, for the first time ever, Le Moyne was ranked by The Princeton Review as one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to "The Best 378 Colleges." A Le Moyne education provides students with the intellectual skills necessary to succeed in the world and the will to use their abilities to promote a more just society.

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH...The Fair Housing Foundation will be holding a Walk-In Clinic for housing issues at the Huntington Beach City Hall- Economic Development Conference Room – 5th Floor at 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 from 3-5pm on August 4, 2014. This service is free and open to the public. Fair Housing Foundation will have a housing counselor present to counsel residents with housing issues or questions. This can include landlord/tenant disputes, lease agreements, discrimination, repairs, evictions, security deposits, disability modifications, rent increases, occupancy issues, etc..

The Fair Housing Foundation services residents of the city of Huntington Beach. We are contracted by the city of Huntington Beach and receive funds through the Community Development Block Grants. We educate the public about Fair Housing rights and responsibilities through workshops, trainings, and community events. FHF provides mediation and counseling services through our housing assistance hotline 1-800-446-FAIR and walk-in clinics. We also investigate issues of discrimination related to housing.

 

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