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  1. Hail covers H.B. sand; voluntary evacuations in NewportRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Mar 2 | Huntington Beach Independent

    Hail fell along some Orange County beaches Monday, and warnings about lightning strikes prompted voluntary evacuations near the water in Newport Beach. Small hail fell an inch deep in Huntington Beach, according to the National Weather Service .


  2. Around Town: Free parking for downtown customers this weekendRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Feb 11 | Huntington Beach Independent

    Caleb Oden of Huntington Beach, right, joins Ed Linck of Newport Beach, Mariana Loya of Newport Beach and Danielle Fowler of Irvine, from left, in wearing traditional kimonos for brides and grooms at the Japanese Kimono Festival & Benefit Fund Drive on Sunday at Irvine Valley College. Proceeds from the event will benefit victims of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami.


  3. Around Town: Assemblyman Harper trying to repeal state plastic bag banRead the original story

    Wednesday Feb 4 | Huntington Beach Independent

    Assemblyman Matthew Harper has introduced legislation to repeal California's ban on the use of plastic grocery bags, his office said Tuesday. The measures followed a decision last month by the Huntington Beach City Council, on which Harper served from 2010 to 2014, to start the process to revoke the city's plastic bag ban.


  4. Newport Beach man arrested in 'rolled-sleeves bandit' bank robberiesRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 30, 2015 | Huntington Beach Independent

    A Newport Beach man is suspected of being the "rolled-sleeves bandit" responsible for stealing more than $21,000 from seven banks on the Southern California coast, authorities said Friday. Police arrested Damian Newhart, a former orthodontist, on Thursday at a dental office in Inglewood after someone recognized him from security footage the FBI distributed to local media, according to an affidavit filed in federal court.


  5. Retail Therapy: Summertime treats in JanuaryRead the original story

    Jan 27, 2015 | Huntington Beach Independent

    Free fro: Expect long lines at Yogurtland locations from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, as fans gather for the annual Frozen Yogurt Day celebration. Visitors will be handed a commemorative cup to fill to the brim with free yogurt and toppings.


  6. New Assemblyman Harper pursues residents' ideas: global-warming, bag-ban repealsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 26, 2015 | Huntington Beach Independent

    Since leaving the Huntington Beach City Council after his election to the state Assembly in November, Matthew Harper has been asking his constituents what state laws they would like him to try to create, modify or remove. Harper , was sworn in Dec. 1 to represent the 74th Assembly District, which includes Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach and parts of Huntington Beach.


  7. Budding scientists get a lesson outdoorsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 26, 2015 | Huntington Beach Independent

    With a field guide in hand, Michael peered into the jumble of native and invasive plants before him and tried to identify each species, as Banning Ranch became an outdoor classroom for a half-dozen high school students Monday. Wedged between Newport Beach and Huntington Beach, the ranch is an expanse of scrub- and grass-covered bluffs overlooking the ocean near Pacific Coast Highway and the mouth of the Santa Ana River.


  8. Big surf forecast for SaturdayRead the original story

    Jan 23, 2015 | Huntington Beach Independent

    After weeks of small surf, the National Weather Service is forecasting big waves along the Orange County coast this weekend. The weather service issued a high-surf advisory Friday, saying a large westerly swell will build through Saturday, resulting in surf of up to 10 feet at some local beaches.


  9. Conflict-of-interest complaint against O.C. Water District board member dismissedRead the original story

    Jan 22, 2015 | Huntington Beach Independent

    The state's political watchdog dismissed a complaint by former Huntington Beach Mayor Debbie Cook, saying it did not show that Orange County Water District board member Stephen Sheldon had a conflict of interest in dealings with an ocean desalination project. In a Jan. 15 letter to Cook and Sheldon, Gary Winuk, enforcement division chief of the state's Fair Political Practices Commission, wrote that the complaint "failed to establish Mr. Sheldon's economic interests in Poseidon [Water] in 2014 and did not provide the government decision in which he allegedly participated in."


  10. No flooding from king tides in Newport, H.B., Seal BeachRead the original story

    Jan 20, 2015 | Huntington Beach Independent

    The king tides that rolled into Orange County beach communities Tuesday morning did not result in any flooding, officials said. Newport Beach Public Works placed sand berms along lower beach areas to prevent flooding on Balboa Island and the bay side of the peninsula.


  11. High tides could bring minor flooding Tuesday, Wednesday, forecasters sayRead the original story

    Jan 19, 2015 | Huntington Beach Independent

    Newport Beach likely will see "king tides," or above average high tides, starting Tuesday that could reach 6 to 7 feet, said Newport Beach lifeguard Capt. Brain O'Rourke.


  12. Newport TV doctor denies he threatened to kill H.B. manRead the original story

    Jan 15, 2015 | Huntington Beach Independent

    A Newport Beach physician who is a panelist on the daytime TV talk show "The Doctors" denied a Huntington Beach man's allegation that he threatened to kill him. Peter Scalisi filed a report with Huntington Beach police in December, claiming that Dr. James Sears threatened him after Scalisi picked up his ex-girlfriend, who is dating Sears, according to TMZ.


  13. Growing efforts to help the homeless in coastal citiesRead the original story

    Dec 30, 2014 | Huntington Beach Independent

    Parra, 54 and unemployed, often sleeps in a tent in the Newport Beach city yard. But Sunday night, frigid temperatures drove him to seek a warm bed at the Lighthouse Outreach Ministries in Costa Mesa, which offers interim shelter in inclement weather.


  14. Briefly In Sports: Charger Baseball Camp for youth kicks off MondayRead the original story

    Dec 17, 2014 | Huntington Beach Independent

    A two-day Charger Baseball Camp for players ages 9 to 14 will run Monday and Tuesday at the Edison High baseball field. The camp is from 9 a.m. to noon both days and costs $80 per player.


  15. Retail Therapy: A gem of a deal at Ruby'sRead the original story

    Dec 16, 2014 | Huntington Beach Independent

    Shooby-dooby down: Ruby's Dinette, 428 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, will celebrate the company's 32nd anniversary by selling a classic RubyBurger for 32 cents from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. Guests also will receive a return incentive.


  16. H.B. woman pleads guilty to role in fatal shooting at parkRead the original story

    Dec 12, 2014 | Huntington Beach Independent

    Marissa Star Bilotti, 23, pleaded guilty Dec. 5 to voluntary manslaughter, assault with a deadly weapon and burglary. She also admitted to being armed with a gun, according to Orange County Superior Court records.


  17. Resolution Run is Sunday at Edison High SchoolRead the original story

    Dec 10, 2014 | Huntington Beach Independent

    The event, held at Edison High School, starts with a 5K at 8:30 a.m. A 1-Mile Fun Run follows at 9 a.m. The cost is $40 per adult and $30 per student for the 5K, and $20 for the Fun Run. Prizes and trophies will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers running the 5k.


  18. Coastal cities ready berms, sandbags as storm and high surf approachRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 10, 2014 | Huntington Beach Independent

    Authorities in coastal cities warned residents to brace for a winter storm expected to lash the region with strong winds, big surf and rain into the weekend. A high-surf advisory will be in effect for Orange County through late Saturday, the National Weather Service said.


  19. Water official has H.B. desalination project conflict of interest, complaint allegesRead the original story

    Dec 3, 2014 | Huntington Beach Independent

    Former Huntington Beach Mayor Debbie Cook has filed a complaint with the state's political watchdog, alleging that an Orange County Water District board member has a conflict of interest regarding a proposal to build an ocean desalination plant in the city. Cook says in the complaint, filed Nov. 18 with the California Fair Political Practices Commission, that Stephen Sheldon should be prevented from voting on any decisions regarding Poseidon Water, which has been trying since 2006 to build a nearly $1-billion facility next to the AES power plant at Pacific Coast Highway and Newland Street.


  20. Man dies after being pulled from water off HuntingtonRead the original story

    Dec 2, 2014 | Huntington Beach Independent

    Lifeguards pulled Christopher James, 54, out of the water near Sixth Street at about 3:20 p.m. They performed CPR on James, who was taken to Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, where he was pronounced dead, Marine Safety Lt. Michael Beuerlein said.


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