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HUNTINGTON BEACH...Thursday morning, November 26th., started out chilly as the sun peeked over the horizon and the temperature was below the 50 degree mark. In Surf City a bunch of turkeys (adults and kids) gathered for the sixth annual Causelife Turkey Wobble.

Taking time out for a photo shoot before the start of the event.


The 1K, 5K and 10K run and walk event sponsored by Causelife is a fundraiser to bring attention to people around the world that need clean drinking water.

The event started at 7 a.m. with the first group of runners of the morning as they headed off from the beach parking lotl at Beach Blvd and PCH. Walking and running north towards the Huntington Beach pier in groups every 20 minutes until 9:30 a.m.

Group 2 wait at the starting line


There off and going


The 1K for kids and the 5K (3.1 miles) and the 10K (6.2 miles) was sure to build up an appetite for that big bird roasting in the oven as the main course for a family's Thanksgiving meal.

Nearly 1 billion people in the world lack access to clean water. This has attributed to over 2 million unsafe drinking water deaths every year, and most are children. Every day, 4,500 children die from water-related illnesses such as diarrhea, malaria, typhoid, cholera, worms, and parasites. Their greatest need is clean water.

Group 1 heading towards the finishing line


Proceeds of this event will help to provide wells or water projects for those who have no access to clean water. The registration fee from the event provides 2 people with fresh water for about 20 years.

In the past 5 years, the Huntington Beach Turkey Wobble has raised enough money to drill 25 wells in developing countries. Wells have been dug in Haiti, Uganda, India, Guatemala, Honduras and the Philippines. Each well gives clean, fresh water to 1,000 – 1,500 people.



HUNTINGTON BEACH...The tide comes in and the tide goes out every day. This past Wednesday, Nov. 25th., some residents of the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach just can't wait for it to go out.

Bayview Drive on Thursday morning


A waterlogged pathway along Broadway


Tide water inches over the sidewalk along Pacific Coast Highway


An 8 foot high tide washed over sidewalks, across Pacific Coast Highway, into garages and some homes and patios. City work crews manned pumps from Coral Cay north to Broadway as water continued to lap at some structures of Huntington Harbour area.

City crews were out doing the same thing on Thursday morning, Thanksgiving Day, as water in some parts of Sunset Beach rose and flowed in homes along a part of Bayview Drive and Broadway.

A tour boat gives tourists a view of the flooding


This tide, commonly called the King Tide happens when the moon is closes to the Earth. Thursday's 7.5 inch tide did little damage except for a few soggy feet.

But not everyone was unhappy with the high tide water. A couple of surfboarders were out having fun slipping under the bridge on Broadway between PCH and Bayview as the water inched up to the bottom of the bridge.

This surfer's board flipped while going under the bridge abd dunking the rider


Not much room under the bridge for this surfer


Ricardo Ayala, the contractor who enlarged the concrete berm along PCH kept watch and fingers crossed that the water level stays below the berm.

Ricardo Ayala checks his concrete work as the water inches up


Sunset Beach resident Bill McCoy didn't mind the tide as it gave him a little time to do some fishing along Pacific Coast Highway Thursday.

Sunset Beach fisherman Bill McCoy trys his luck with his pole from PCH


Coastal flooding around Sunset Beach is not unusual for this time of year and most residents have over the years taken measures to prevent damage to their property.



HUNTINGTON BEACH...A new plaque has been placed on Central Park Drive to honor the 100th anniversary of the Huntington Beach Woman's Club and gateway to West Central Park.




HUNTINGTON BEACH...Not everyone had a day off for Thanksgiving. These two fire vehicles are rushing to an emergency on Florida Street on Thursday noon. Many of the City's Fire, Police and Public Works personnel had to fore go their family's Thanksgiving meal on Thursday so all of us could.



HUNTINGTON BEACH...On November 11, 2015, officers responded to a residence in Huntington Beach regarding a call of child molestation. Through investigation and evidence, 37 year old Gualberto Torres-Vargas, was arrested for several sexual assault charges on a female child.

After further investigation by detectives, another female victim was discovered and new/additional charges are anticipated. Both children are under 10 years old. The suspect was not related to the children, but did live in close proximity to them. Due to this investigation being ongoing, no photograph is being released. Torres-Vargas is being held at the Theo Lacy jail on $1 million bail and is set to appear in court Dec. 11.



HUNTINGTON BEACH...The Fair Housing Foundation will be holding a Walk-In Clinic for housing issues at the Huntington Beach City Hall- Business Development Conference Room - 5th Floor at 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 from 10am-12pm on November 30, 2015. 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.



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.

  • Francisco D. Herrera, 18, Westminster
  • Thomas C. Bird, 56, Huntington Beach
  • Anthony J. Allison, 26, Huntington Beach
  • Carlos J. Barriga, 36, Huntington Beach
  • John D. Pederson, 57, Huntington Beach
  • Gary G. Tuey, 57, Ladera Ranch
  • Taylor L. Johnson, 23, Huntington Beach
  • Anthony V. Paisley, 34, Torrance
  • Robert L. Davis, 51, Costa Mesa
  • Ayala T. Espinoza, 26, Huntington Beach
  • Ryan M. Jones, 34, Huntington Beach
  • Dennis J. Wurst, 48, Huntington Beach
  • Kristina R. Moreau, 25, Laguna Hills
  • Beth L. Winterfield, 24, Huntington Beach



HUNTINGTON BEACH...NuVision Federal Credit Union announced that the credit union and its Chief Executive Officer, Roger Ballard, have been honored as part of the official Congressional Record by U.S. Congresswoman Mimi Walters.

Congresswoman Mimi Walters (right) presents NuVision Chief Executive Officer Roger Ballard with the official Congressional Record honoring the credit union for 80 years of outstanding service and leadership in the community.


On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Walters recognized NuVision for 80 years of providing outstanding service to its members, and for the organization’s philanthropic support of the communities in which it operates. She also recognized NuVision’s long-time CEO, Roger Ballard, for providing exemplary leadership of the credit union since 2004. Congresswoman Walters’ remarks became a part of the Congressional Record, the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress.

Ballard accepted the recognition on behalf of NuVison Federal Credit Union at a ceremony at the Congresswoman’s office in Irvine last month.

“I accept this tremendous honor on behalf of the outstanding employees at NuVision who bring a member-centric focus to their work everyday,” said Ballard. “I believe our longevity and strength as a financial institution stems from our steadfast commitment to our members and our communities. It is a focus that has not waived since NuVision’s founding 80 years ago.”

Congresswoman Walters is currently serving her first term as the U.S. Representative for California’s 45th congressional district. She was previously a member of the California State Senate from 2008 to 2015, and a member of the California State Assembly from 2004 to 2008. Photo:NuVision



SANTA ANA...On November 19, 2015, the Orange County Sheriff's officers remembered a fallen hero, OCSD Deputy Ezra Stanley.

On the night of November 19, 1940, Deputies Ezra Stanley and Carl Pryor were patrolling Pacific Coast Highway between Sunset Beach and Huntington Beach when their car was struck from behind by a drunk driver. The car skidded as the gas tank caught fire. Deputy Stanley was unconscious and wedged tightly in the car. Deputy Pryor's attempted to free Deputy Stanley, but his efforts were in vain. Stanley will continue to be remembered by his fellow officers



HUNTINGTON BEACH...People should take time out of their busy lives to learn about the history of their community no matter where they live. Learning about the people and events that shaped the passage of time as a city or town evolved.

Six-grader Emilie from Pegasus School did just that when she took a tour of the historic Newland House Museum on Sunday, November 22nd.

Emilie at first just wanted information on the historic area where today the Bella Terra Shopping Mall stands, but after learning the rich history of the Newland family from docent Jerry Person, she changed her mind and her school report will be on the pioneer Newlands and their contribution to Huntington Beach's history.



HUNTINGTON BEACH...The Handy Crafters will offer a beautiful selection of their handmade sweaters, scarves, hats, and baby clothes for sale in the lobby of City Hall on Thursday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All the proceeds from the sale benefit the Huntington Beach Senior Services Holiday Meals program. Qualified Huntington Beach Senior Services clients receive a short visit from a volunteer, a traditional holiday meal and seasonal gifts. These older residents are no longer able to cook for themselves and appreciate the good cheer and dinner. Your purchase of a blanket or scarf will bring warmth to a homebound seniors holiday.

The Handy Crafters meet every Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors Center, 1706 Orange Avenue. Their beautiful work is on display in the lobby at the senior center and can be purchased from the front desk any weekday. A broader selection is available during their Friday meetings. The Handy Crafters also donate baby items to Western Medical Center, baby hats to CHOC, and blankets to the V.A. hospital and to the homeless. Beginners are welcome to join this great group. Materials and instruction are provided. For more information, call the senior center at 714-536-9387.


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