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Huntington Beach Happenings

by: Chris MacDonald
Posted: July 15, 2019


HUNTINGTON BEACH...Huntington Beach Public Works Department Project Manager Ken Dills Said: Work has begun on the reconfiguration of Murdy Park.  The project will include additional sports fields and accompanying lighting to meet the demand for youth sports practices and games.  In addition, the current picnic shelter will be converted to bocce ball courts. The estimated completion date is November 2019.


From Huntington Beach City Councilman Patrick Brenden, these are highlights from the agenda for the July 15th City Council meeting:

Study session begins at 4pm with presentations on Prop 68 competitive projects and RHNA update.

At the regular meeting, starting at 6pm, Council will review and approve an update to the June 2019 Strategic Plan.

Council will consider recommendations from the Intergovernmental Relations Committee for five measures pending before the state legislature. The IRC is recommending a position of Support for S. 2012, AB 1779, SB 438, and SB 667. IRC recommends a position of Oppose on SB 330.

Council will consider appointment of Jeffrey Dahl to the Design Review Board for a term that expires on July 2023.

Council will consider reappointment of Richard Moore and Faith Vogel for additional term to the Library Board.

Council will consider authorizing a construction contract with Corral Construction and Development, Inc. in the amount of $141,999 for Central Library Restroom Access Compliance.

Council will consider approving a Ten-Year Lease Agreement with Kathy May's Lakeview Restaurant in Central Park.

Council will consider adoption of a Resolution (2019-46) to establish Permit Parking District "Y" affecting residents on Marken Lane between Slater Avenue and Holland Drive.

Council will consider adoption of a Resolution (2019-47) making official the City's withdrawal from the Public Cable Television Authority.

Council will consider approval for introduction, Ordinance 4185 which repeals the HB Municipal Code Section 2.101, thereby dissolving the Allied Arts Board. This body will be replaced by a new Public Art Task Force.

The next regular meeting of the Council after July 15th will be August 5th. There is also a special Closed Session meeting of the City Council scheduled for 1:30pm on Friday July 26th for the purpose of continuing the selection process for a new City Manager.


Huntington Beach City Historian Jerry Person Said: American Legion HB Post 133 turns 100 this year.

I hope some of you who celebrated our Independence Day had an opportunity to start the day off right with a visit to the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast in Lake Park.

While I was there Thursday morning, American Legion member Tina Bauer handed me a card flyer for the organization's upcoming 100 years of service to our community.

So this week is a good time to learn some of the history of American Legion Huntington Beach Post #133.

Hundred and one years ago, World War I, "the war to end all wars" ended and our doughboys were coming home from camps across America and from the trenches and camps in Europe.

During the war many servicemen became good friends and many wanted to keep in touch with each other.

To keep that friendship and comradeship alive, a new service organization developed in America, the American Legion.

American Legion Posts began forming in cities and small towns across America in 1919.

In that year five posts of the Orange County Service Men's Organization decided to affiliate with the newly organized American Legion.

It was on December 18, 1919 that the Huntington Beach chapter was formed and officially named the Joseph Rodman Post #133. Lewis W. Blodget guided the post as its first Post Commander.

During the first few months, twenty members met in the basement of the old Andrew Carnegie Library at the corner of Eighth Street and Walnut Avenue.

They would later meet in the Odd Fellows Hall on Main Street and later when the Civic Center was built in the early 1920s between Fifth and Sixth Streets and Orange Avenue, the members met in a hall at the fire station that was located there.

But that came to an end when the fire station purchased new equipment and needed the extra room, so the members again moved to a new location, this time into a small building at 124 Third Street.

In the middle 1920s when Huntington Beach High School was being modernized with new buildings, American Legionnaires made a bid for the soon to be demolished music room, a small wooden building.

Having now got the building, the legionnaires needed a place to put it and a lot was found at the corner of Alabama and Hartford.

By 1930 the legion entered into an agreement with the city to rent the second floor of Memorial Hall that was located in the Civic Center for $5,000.

Vern Keller was selected to lead the organization as Post Commander in 1931, but by 1934 membership grew from 20 members to 156 with only three of the original members remained. They included Donald Larter, L.E. Mitchell and R.L. Reeves.

The next year, 1935, Roy F. Patrick became Post Commander. During World War II younger members left to fight the war while its older members kept the service organization going on the home front.

When the war was over members returned to the organization along with new members joining. But again the younger members left as the Korean  (war, conflict, police action) what ever you want to call it, shipped young men to Korea in the early 1950s.

During the 1950s, Midway City had its own American Legion Post #555 at 14582 Huntington Beach Boulevard (Beach Blvd)

With the advent of the 1960s, the members had left Memorial Hall's meeting room when the city was demolishing the old civic Center buildings for a meeting room in a building at 527-12th Street.  Memorial Hall was demolished in the early 1980s.

Membership again decreased as former servicemen went to war in Viet Nam and in the Middle East.

On September 21, 2019 American Legion Huntington Beach Post #133 will be celebrating 100 years strong from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rodgers Center 1706 Orange Avenue in downtown Huntington Beach. Free admission and parking.

They will be honoring William Kettler and Fran Ritchey, both World War II veterans.

The post is still in need members of former service men and service women to fill its membership list. 

Their motto is "To Protect our history, our pride, our honor and our flag." What better way then being a legionnaire at American Legion Post #133.


Cheryl Coleman with Keller Williams International Realty Said: "Don't count on Zillow for the estimate of a home especially in beach cities. Zillow does not take into effect views, boat docks, RV parking and extensive upgrades all of which can greatly increase a property value. A home on one side of the street not on the water may be estimated the same as a home on the other side of the street on the water with a boat dock that could sell for 100k more. Always consult your Realtor for the true market value of your home or a home you intend to purchase. Questions, call Cheryl at: (714) 717-1728.

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