Legislation by a local assemblyman to "save" beach bonfires along the coast is dead ... at least for this year. Assembly Bill 1102 by Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) was aimed at thwarting efforts by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to move or eliminate hundreds of fire ri ... More >>
A Newport Beach chrome plating and anodizing company for the aerospace industry may receive a state order to reduce toxic emissions.
The California Assembly on Monday approved a bill that encourages the South Coast Air Quality Management District to work with beach cities on a compromise to tough restrictions on beach bonfires. The bill compels the AQMD to work with cities and oversight agencies like the state Coastal Commission ... More >>
The South Coast Air Quality Management District's Technology Committee could award a contract as soon as Friday to two companies that will create propane and natural gas beach fire rings along the Orange County coast. The panel's agenda for Friday's meeting at the AQMD headquarters in Diamond Bar ... More >>
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Two freshman Orange County Assembly members have crossed the aisle to co-introduce legislation to "protect beach bonfires for all Californians." Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach), seen here burning up over fire pits, and Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) say Assembly Bill 1102 will exempt beach ring ... More >>
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BREAKING, JULY 12, 1 P.M.: The South Coast AQMD Governing Board just voted 7-6 to impose new restrictions on beach bonfires. Check back for more details...ORIGINAL POST, JULY 11, 3:05 P.M.: Proponents (professional and otherwise) of beach fire rings are lighting a fire under the public to attend Fri ... More >>
This Friday, the South Coast Air Quality Management District will hold a meeting at its Diamond Bar headquarters to determine what regulations it'll impose on Orange County's beach fire pits. It's an issue that's been raging all this year, the subject of my news story this week (a profile of columni ... More >>
The movement to preserve beach fire rings obviously caught ... wait for it ... fire. Now with endangerer Newport Beach having withdrawn its application to remove the 60 from that city and state agencies expressing willingness ranging from keeping them as is to tweaking them so they are less pollutin ... More >>
How a mild-mannered Huntington Beach columnist became OC's fiercest critic of a proposed beach fire pit ban
The City of Newport Beach, which in March 2012 lit what has become a burning statewide issue to save or permanently douse beach bonfires, is now withdrawing its application to remove 60 smoky cement holes. In a letter to the California Coastal Commission, whose staff recently (and for the second tim ... More >>
See Update No. 2 on page 2 about a proposal from the mayors of Santa Ana and Newport Beach to reduce the number of fire rings in the beach city and convert some remaining into cleaner-burning pits. Update No. 1 on the next page is about air-quality regulators softening their hardline stance before t ... More >>
A joint resolution to honor California beaches and protect access to them as well as their fire rings was adopted today by the California Legislature with unanimous consent.Assembly Concurrent Resolution 52 by Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) does not go to the governor for a signature ... More >>
Is Santa Ana's Mayor-for-Life the last, best hope to save the county's beach tradition from NIMBYers?
I can't believe I'm about to write this, but SanTana Mayor-for-Life Don Papi Pulido just might be the last, best hope to save OC's beach fire pits from the idiots at the South Coast Air Quality Management District--and I'm rooting for him to do it. Excuse me while I vomit...BLECCH. I just praised t ... More >>
Call it "A Tale of Two City Takeaways:" Newport Beach and Huntington Beach's mayors, at opposite ends on whether to remove fire rings along their beaches, heard--and reacted differently to--state data indicating what's emitted from a pit over one evening equals the pollution spewed by a heavy duty d ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post about the other GOP assemblyman, state senator and "Surfin' Congressman" attending Sunday's beach bonfire. Also, the original post has been corrected to reflect the panel the AQMD board chairman resigned from and the date of the AQMD hearing on fire rings.If yo ... More >>
If you know Chris Epting, you know that the Huntington Beach author and columnist for the Huntington Beach Independent prefers to write about the past: about rock stars, about murals, and especially about baseball. But don't let his easygoing ways fool you: piss Epting off, and he'll unleash his inn ... More >>
South Coast Air Quality Management District chairman William Burke isn't an OC resident, but methinks he's already on the short list for this year's Scariest People issue. He probably would've ended up on the list anyway for his board's laughable move to try and ban the fire pits in Newport Beach an ... More >>
You seen Change.org mentioned on this site for various petition drives, from those calling for the firing or reprimanding of all six Fullerton Police officers involved in the Kelly Thomas murder to a Seal Beach massacre victim's husband seeking tighter gun control law--to even a plea for gender-neut ... More >>
Deciding it wants to await a state Air Quality Management District decision on Newport Beach's fire rings, the California Coastal Commission on Wednesday postponed its own ruling on the controversial pits.Meeting at a San Diego resort--commission meeting sites rotate up and down the Golden State's v ... More >>
Who knew the California Coastal Commission was lord of the rings?Fire rings, that is.Specifically, the 60 fire pits the City of Newport Beach wants removed from the Balboa Pier area and Corona del Mar State beaches because they are proving to be a liability in these sue-happy times.
In the wake of the Carlos Bustamante scandal, more sex-related allegations have hit the top levels of Orange County management, most recently a lawsuit filed against a former high-ranking official at South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD, which counts OC as part of its jurisdiction).Th ... More >>
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California has filed a federal lawsuit in Santa Ana against the Orange County Board of Supervisors on behalf of an Anaheim gadfly who periodically turns up in OC Weekly.Based on the struggles of William Denis Fitzgerald to speak at public me ... More >>
Put the key in the ignition, press it forward, hear that click, then the bronchial "ruhr-ruhr-ruhr," then the mechanical whimper and finally this lament screamed into the overhead lamp: "This car is a piece of crap."Been there.Ironically, a piece of crap may soon power your car.
Courtesy of Newport Beach Police DepartmentDanae Marie Miller is accused of killing bicyclist.It's our weekly look at things said about or from Orange County on the Interwebs:Pedal Power Outage in Newport Beach An urban bicycling enthusiast sees a disconnect between Newport Beach shutting down th ... More >>
If attendees took anything other than swag away from the inaugural CleanTech OC Conference & Expo in Irvine Monday, it was this: the green revolution is back, baby. After a red hot 2008, the clean technology industry was battered for a spell by the recession, but banks are back to lending, ve ... More >>
Finky the Blogger told us how for months and months, something smelled really bad in Mission Viejo, and the same source of the funk--think rotten eggs, high school locker rooms, Taco Bell kitchens--has been blamed for stinking up Rancho Santa Margarita.No, that's not a reference to the RSM City C ... More >>
Newport Beach got a little greener this week with the opening of its first natural gas fueling station and word that plans are set for a luxury electric automaker's takeover next month of a former Rolls Royce dealer's lot on Pacific Coast Highway.A $1-million compressed natural gas (CNG) facility ... More >>
Safety-Kleen System Inc. is a national distributor of cleaning solvents. Their products have names like Ecopower motor oil, Icebreaker windshield washer fluid, Khameleon antifreeze and KleenMist II wastewater treatment. They say they are green, well, they better be made of it, because they owe $1 ... More >>
The Orange County Register reports this morning that the Irvine-based Beckman Foundation has donated $20 million to the City of Hope in Duarte, to help finance cancer research. The Foundation has an excellent sense of timing– because, as every other newspaper in the state is reporting this mor ... More >>
Courtesy of the state Dept. of Toxic Substances Control... Orange County Polluter Sentenced to 16 Months in State Prison Westminster - The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced today that an Orange County Superior Court sentenced Steven Craig Booth, of Anaheim, to 16 m ... More >>
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