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Huntington Beach Happenings

by: Chris MacDonald
Posted: October 19, 2020


HUNTINGTON BEACH...Robert Handy, The Huntington Beach Police Chief who just announced his retirement after 7 Years with HBPD Said: I think the only thing I'd like to say to the community is thank you.  Thank you for their unwavering support of me, my family and our police department. They, the residents and business owners truly make it a pleasure top serve here in HB. 

From Huntington Beach City Councilman Patrick Brenden... 

1.      The next City Council meeting will be held on October 19th, with Study Session beginning at 4pm. The Study Session will provide a review of City Park Development Efforts. The regular meeting will begin at 6pm.

2.      Mayor Semeta will issue a proclamation recognizing October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

3.      Council will consider approving the appointment of three individuals to the Mobile Home Advisory Board, based on recommendations from the City Council liaisons Kim Carr and Mike Posey. Mary Jo Baretich and Jerry Bleiweiss are recommended to fill "Resident Representative" openings and Donald Hart is recommended as an At-Large Member Representative.

4.      Council will consider approving a construction contract in the amount of $897,524 for improvements to the Edison Community Center.

5.      Council will consider approving a contract with Kimley-Horn and Associates for preparation of the 2021-2029 General Plan Housing Element Update, contingent upon award of a $500,000 Department of Housing and Community Development Local Early Action Planning (LEAP) Grant.

6.      Council will vote to adopt a new Ordinance relating to the Prohibition on Repairs and Sales of Bicycles and Bicycle Parts on Public Property. This is the 2nd reading and, with approval, will go into effect in 30 days.

7.      In news outside of the City Council agenda, Huntington Beach Police Chief Robert Handy this week announced his retirement, effective 10/31/2020. Chief Handy leaves after seven years, during which time, he brought forward many positive changes including the adoption of Body Worn Cameras, community outreach efforts such as Shop with a Cop, establishment of the Huntington Beach Police & Community Foundation, and Use of Force changes that have been adopted by other Police agencies. We are grateful to Chief Handy for his dedicated service to our community and we wish him well in retirement.

8.      The City's budget impact of COVID-19 was originally estimated to be $20m but it now looks like that number will be somewhere between $13m and $15m. Along with the early retirement program that City Council approved recently, which has garnered interest from about 100 employees, it appears that our current fiscal year may end with a small surplus. More importantly, the retirements, coupled with reorganization, should mean that the City will not have to issue any layoffs.

9.      Construction of the Homeless Shelter/Navigation Center continues to move along on schedule and it is anticipated that the construction will be complete by the end of the month, with Mercy House (the operator of the facility) beginning their work on November 2nd. Intakes will begin in November.

10.  Outdoor dining continues to be extremely popular throughout the city and many restaurateurs with whom I have spoken are reporting sales exceeding prior year sales. With the cooler temperatures of winter coming soon, now is a great time to enjoy the many dining choices all over the city.

11.  Election day is now just a little more than two weeks away and voting has already begun. Ballots can be turned in at Official Ballot Drop Boxes located throughout the City and there will also be several Vote Centers where voters are able to vote in the traditional manner. There are many contested races this year and some important Propositions as well. I am advocating for a NO vote on Prop 15 along with YES votes on Props 20 and 22. Please take time to do your own research and, whether you agree with my positions or not, by all means, VOTE!

12.  For more information about the City Council candidates, click here.

13.  To see the latest City Manager's Report, click here.


Jeff Morin, a Huntington Beach City Council Candidate Said: I have proudly made my home in Huntington Beach for nearly 30 years. For the last 20 years my wife and I have lived in Northwest Huntington Beach, where we currently own and operate our small business. I care tremendously about the City and that is why I am running for City Council. I'm not a politician, and I've never run for elected office. I retired in 2019 after an extensive career with AT&T starting at the bottom and working my way up into executive management positions; from a Dial 0 Operator, Field Technician, Engineering, Corporate Procurement (with responsibility for more than $600 million annually-nearly twice the City's annual budget), Global Contracts, and Sales Operations.  Over the last dozen years of my corporate career, I was responsible for community relations and legislative public affairs throughout Orange County while working closely across party lines with local, state and federal elected officials throughout Orange County. As a result, I have built numerous long-term relationships that are necessary to move our City forward with collaborative solutions. I currently serve as a founding member and Vice Chairman of Huntington Beach's Jet Noise Commission, fighting against negative impacts from commercial jet traffic. Despite my retirement in 2019, I kept my commitment to the community and still serve as Chairman of the Board for a Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Anaheim-Cypress. And, I continue to serve as the Immediate Past President of the Coastline College Foundation - where I served 4 years as President during my 12-year tenure.  Additionally, I previously served on the Board of Directors for Girls Incorporated of Orange County.  I have also served on various other Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, including Anaheim, Costa Mesa, & Tustin, as well as the Vietnamese American Chamber of OC Strategic Advisory Board.  I believe that I have the knowledge, experience, commitment, and the leadership experience necessary to lead Huntington Beach into the future. And, I would be honored to have your vote for City Council.   Please visit: .


Huntington Beach City Historian Jerry Person presents Remembering When - 

The Fisherman Restaurant

Today if you ask someone to name a past eatery that was located next to the Huntington Beach Pier, they'll invariably name Maxwells by the Sea restaurant. As the years go by few remember that there was a restaurant prior to Maxwells and fewer will be able to remember its name.

This week we will be remembering "The Fisherman" that proceeded Maxwells as Huntington Beach's premier seafood eatery.

Howard A. Lutz and Paul T. Renius who held the lease on the old Pavalon spent over $200,000 to transform the city's ballroom into a chic seafood restaurant and to run this fancy restaurant they hired Mike and Georgia Liberty as the cafe's managers. The Libertys were experienced caterers and the two owners felt that their experience was just the thing they needed for their new restaurant.
 To kick off their enterprise Lutz and Remius held a three day VIP open house for their restaurant beginning on Monday night May 13, 1968.  
The preopening night featured a buffet starting at 5 pm and on hand for the gala event were Huntington beach Mayor Al Coen and his wife, the city council and their families,the city department heads and families and the Orange County Supervisors.

The next two evenings (Tuesday & Wednesday) were by invitation only and limited to business executives, Industrial leaders and professional people. Guess that leaves me out of that VIP party.

On the inside of the new restaurant, the decor colors for each of the three sections (bar, banquet hall and dining room) were tastefully done in gold, black and walnut.

Diners could now enjoy watching the surf from the balcony with its glass panels protecting them from the wind.

The Fisherman billed itself as "the South Coast's Finest Sea Food Restaurant Overlooking the Ocean.

The restaurant celebrated its first Easter on April 6, 1969 where you could have enjoyed a complete Ham Dinner for only $3.75. What a deal compared to today's prices.

Over the years many talented people performed in its Barnacle Lounge including The Inn Sounds with Rosemary and Eddie Ryan in 1971. Also performing in the lounge over the years were Harry Liszt and Dorothy Harpell, Don Rayl and the Norman Major Duo.

That same year of 1971, the Fisherman held fashion shows during their luncheon menu and unescorted ladies could have their cocktails at half price on Tuesday's Ladies Night.

By November of 1976 Howard Lutz assumed the duties of manager and on the Eleventh of that month sold the Fisherman and the building's lease to Charles Rivezzo.

Lutz closed the doors of his restaurant ending the short, but interesting period of history of the Fisherman Restaurant and when those doors were again opened, the restaurant sported a new name, a name most of us remember as Maxwells.

You can always E-Mail Jerry Your History Questions at: .


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