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  1. O.C. district to work toward water-purchase deal with proposed desalination plantRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday May 15 | Huntington Beach Independent

    The Orange County Water District approved a term sheet Thursday with Poseidon Water that the two agencies can use to negotiate the cost of water from Poseidon's proposed Huntington Beach ocean desalination plant if the district determines it would be worthwhile. After several hours of public comments, the district board of directors voted 7-3 during a special meeting to approve the document, .

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  2. Seal Beach's 100 years trace evolution from wild to mildRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday May 13 | Huntington Beach Independent

    To some, Seal Beach is Mayberry by the sea. It isn't hustle and bustle like Huntington Beach, nor is it full of high-end homes and shops like Newport Beach.

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  3. Huntington finalizes repeal of city's plastic bag banRead the original story

    Tuesday May 5 | Huntington Beach Independent

    In about four weeks, shoppers in Huntington Beach will again be able to choose plastic bags and not have to pay 10 cents if they use paper. The City Council voted 6-1 on Monday, with Mayor Jill Hardy dissenting, to finalize its repeal of the city's ban on plastic bags as well as the 10-cent paper bag fee.

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  4. Huntington moves ahead on repeal of plastic bag banRead the original story

    Apr 21, 2015 | Huntington Beach Independent

    Huntington Beach is on track to become one of the first cities in California to repeal a ban on single-use plastic bags. City Council members voted 6-1 on Monday to approve an ordinance that would allow supermarkets and retail stores to pack items in plastic bags.

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  5. 2 arrested after high-speed police chase in Newport, H.B.Read the original story

    Apr 20, 2015 | Huntington Beach Independent

    A driver was arrested after being pursued at high speeds Sunday by Newport Beach police while his passengers yelled at him to stop, authorities said. Officers said they saw a gray Chevrolet sedan with its headlights off speeding along West Coast Highway near 63rd Street in Newport Beach around 11 p.m. When the driver pulled over near the border of Newport Beach and Huntington Beach, an officer noticed the car's engine was running even though no key was in the ignition, according to Newport Beach police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella.

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  6. 90 mph chase through Newport, Costa Mesa ends in H.B. man's arrestRead the original story

    Mar 31, 2015 | Huntington Beach Independent

    A driver whom police suspect was on drugs was arrested after a chase through Newport Beach and Costa Mesa that reached 90 mph early Tuesday, authorities said. Investigators are trying to determine whether Luis Alfonso Rivera, 21, of Huntington Beach is linked to a robbery on the Balboa Peninsula minutes before the pursuit began.

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  7. Busy weekend for beach rescues at Newport, HuntingtonRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 30, 2015 | Huntington Beach Independent

    Newport Beach lifeguards over the weekend rescued a record number of beachgoers for this time of year, and Huntington Beach Marine Safety officers had their busiest weekend since last summer as warm water and big surf drew crowds to the coast. Lifeguards pulled struggling swimmers from the water 185 times as more than 150,000 people flocked to Newport Beach Saturday and Sunday, according to lifeguard Battalion Chief Mike Halphide.

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  8. F.V. nursing facility sued over death of former patientRead the original story

    Mar 25, 2015 | Huntington Beach Independent

    A lawsuit against a Fountain Valley nursing facility claims that a former patient was injured and died because of insufficient care at the facility. Attorney Stephen Garcia of Long Beach law firm Garcia, Artigliere & Medby alleges in a suit filed March 19 in Orange County Superior Court that Arlayne Hoover died of injuries suffered at ManorCare Health Services at 11680 Warner Ave. The complaint alleges elder abuse, negligence, negligent hiring and supervision, fraud and wrongful death.

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  9. Assemblyman Harper's bills target state plastic bag ban, paper bag fee for repealRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 23, 2015 | Huntington Beach Independent

    As crowds of residents and tourists spent their morning on the warm sands of Huntington Beach, state Assemblyman Matthew Harper said Friday that he has introduced two bills aimed at repealing the state's ban on single-use plastic bags. During a news conference at Pier Plaza downtown, Harper announced Assembly Bill 190, which would rescind the prohibition on plastic bags, and AB 191, which would remove the mandate that grocers charge customers 10 cents for a paper bag.

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

    Mar 2, 2015 | 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 .

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

    Feb 11, 2015 | 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.

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

    Feb 4, 2015 | 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.

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  13. 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.

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  14. 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.

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  15. 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.

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  16. 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.

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  17. 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.

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  18. 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."

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  19. 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.

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  20. 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.

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