Monday, June 20, 2011

Free Shuttle to Down Town Huntington Beach

Well it's back, this past Tuesday (the 14th) marked the first night of the 2011 season for the Surf City Downtown Shuttle! The Shuttle will operate on Tuesdays during Surf City Nights from 5:30pm -10:00 pm, providing free rides from the Huntington Beach Civic Center to downtown. And on Saturdays and Sundays, and Labor Day the Shuttle will operate from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. Look for the
"Free Shuttle Parking" signs at the Main Street and Yorktown entrances to the Civic Center, take advantage of the free parking, and hop on board for a fun ride to the downtown! The Civic Center shuttle stop is adjacent to the Police Station and City Hall. For more information, visit , or call (714) 536-5542.

Coming up next week is a Business and Growth Seminar on June 22 from 8-9am with Gorden Gates, President and CEO of H&R Block Business Servies. The address is 18377 Beach Blvd. in Huntington Beach. RSVP is a must (limited seating) at 714-374-2218 or 714-964-7996. As President and CEO of H&R Block Business Services, Gorden Gates is responsible for overseeing the operations and business functions of this privately owned franchise in Huntington Beach, including strategy and planning, account management, finance, HR and new business. Gordon also has taken care of putting together the living trust for my mother, and although it has nothing to do with business growth, I can tell you the professionalism of Gordon and how at ease he made my mom feel makes me more than happy to refer him to others and recommend any seminar he puts on. Gordon usually charges $150 an hour to consult on small business topics, so don't miss this opportunity to take advantage of a free seminar!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Dwyer Middle School - WHAT ARE THEY THINKING!

Submitted by: Honorable John Briscoe, Trustee /

Trustee John Briscoe has been hard-at-it again! CHILDREN ARE AT RISK IN HUNTINGTON BEACH!

The Huntington Beach City School District has confessed its true, real, and actual locker room usage at Dwyer Middle School. In Period Two Physical Education the HBCSD is cramming 121 boys into one locker room in one period. The Huntington Beach Fire Department has calculated the legal room occupancy to be only 23 persons including the teacher.

YES! HBDSD is stuffing 121 boys into a room that legally holds only 21 persons ! ! !

This is unsanitary, it is certainly not private, and it is NOT SAFE. 121 boys in a locker room meant for only 23 is ILLGEAL. Citizens and Taxpayers of Huntington Beach must rise up and demand better for our children.

Call the Superintendent Kessler at 714.964.8888 extension 2010 and share YOUR thoughts!

Shipley Nature Center Supports Environmental Education

The Friends of Shipley Nature Center is a non-profit group of volunteers who maintain and program the 18 acre Nature Preserve located in Huntington Beach Central Park. The education program is a major focus of the group and depends upon support from the public. Groups of all ages, grandparents and children are welcome to participate in the various education programs found in the Center building and on the trails. Volunteers have created engaging challenges to teach about the animals, birds, water features and plants. Volunteer docents provide information and may be scheduled to provide tours.

Watch for your water bill for an opportunity to help maintain and grow these programs. Donations are welcome at all times of the year but the June water bill is a reminder of how important is your support and membership. You may also log onto, click “donate” and make your contribution in this manner.

The Center just completed a successful Spring Festival, which featured face painting, basket weaving, animal care and up close encounters with turtles, snakes and many other critters. Music was provided by the Islanders – a community ukulele group that created a joyful atmosphere. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Mayor Joe Carchio spoke in support of this grass roots effort.
The group was founded in 2002 with the following mission statement:
The Friends of Shipley Nature Center is a non-profit organization formed to manage the nature center as an ecological sanctuary for California native plants and wildlife and to provide environmental education in an urban setting in partnership with the City of Huntington Beach, the local community, and with the wider world.

Please contact the Center at or phone (714) 842-4772 for further information, or to schedule an interview with Kathryn Goddard, President.

Friday, June 10, 2011

updates for Huntington Beach

With summer right around the corner are you finding that you are having unexpected guests come to town to take advantage of our perfect weather? Most who have guests come to town either have to put them up in their home or are expected to assist in finding lodging, right? Did you know you can make your hotel reservations for places all around here in one easy stop on TheLocalHB ?? Well just in case you didn't, you can make easy, safe & secure reservations through your favorite local site :-)
The direct link to my hotel reservation page is: - please check it out, save some money on hotel reservations, pass the word on to others! I appreciate it! You can even call and get a live person to help you out. You are not just another number like so many of the online reservation systems are! They are even local here in Southern CA.

Have you been paying attention to all the work that is going on with the construction of our new Costco? My friend, local HB photographer Steve Alfano, has been documenting the progress. If you'd like to keep up with what is going on, here are 3 of his links to the photos: part 1 - ; part 2 - and part 3: . He definitely has some great shots, lets you see what is going on behind that construction fence!

You all have heard me talk about the Pups-N-Pinot wine tasting event coming up on June 26... the site with all the info is: Well, this plea is for you to put on your thinking caps. Who do you know (maybe it is actually you) that would like to get some extra exposure by being part of this great event? We are looking for food & beverage suppliers. Any kind of restaurant or food store; beverages, esp wine, but any will do; places that sell edible goodies..... all those work. If someone wants to be a vendor and will pass out "tastes", there will be no vendor fee. You get a 10x10 spot. You need enough to supply about 500 people... a modest size event. You can't beat the deal as most places charge to be part of an event like this. We are also still looking for a plate sponsor. We have real cool take home plates we'd like to be able to hand out, but without a sponsor, we won't be able to do them. Go to the site on the sponsors page to see the mock up sample. And lastly, we are also looking for silent & live auction items. Anyone donating to the event will have the item described on our prize page with a logo linking back to their website. And, let me give a big shout out to a couple of our vendors/sponsors who are really stepping it up to help us out: PK Real Estate, Celebrations Mobile DJ, Albertsons (at Beach & Adams) and Love N' Bloom. Please consider helping out this event. It is such a great cause....and did I mention a super fun event? Besides the wine & food, we will have live music, wiener dog races and dog contests!! All for only $30 (tickets also available on site). Please pass on the word, and feel free to like us on facebook: . THANK YOU THANK YOU.

Don't forget to check out calendar section for all that is going on locally around Huntington Beach and mark your calendar for next Tuesday, June 14 from 11am to 1:30pm, for the once a month networking lunch by RBN: Meet and Network with 100+ Businesses in Expo Format, sit down luncheon, 20 second commercials, gifts & more! Held at the SeaCliff Country Club, 6501 Palm Ave here in Huntington Beach. CLICK HERE To RSVP. It's a great location, food & lots of networking! For address & directions, click here .

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

stuff for Huntington Beach

The big deal coming up this weekend is the ribbon cutting of our new HB Mercado Certified Farmer's Market . Their first day was May 21, but this weekend they are being officially welcomed to the city, 10am on Saturday the 4th. This is a Healthy Surf City Marketplace located on the campus of Ocean View High School (Gothard & Warner parking lot) and will be open every Saturday from 9am to 1pm, rain or shine. Join family, friends and neighbors in this weekly celebration of community, health and wellness that features farm fresh produce, hot and prepared foods, local artisans, live music, community services and resources as well as activities for the whole family!

And don't forget this Thursday, June 2 from 5pm to 8pm is Orange County’s Major Business Expo with 130 Companies Exhibiting, 15 Great Restaurants with Complimentary Food, Over 1,400 attending AND LOTS OF NETWORKING! Held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Orange (100 The City Drive South). Admission is $20 at the door. Includes everything. Open to Everyone - No RSVP is required to attend. For more information and directions go to

And right around the corner is the Pups N Pinot Wine Tasting at the Newland House, June 26 from 2 to 6pm. This is a great deal at $30/person (in advance) for lots of libations and food goodies. All to benefit A Leg Up Rescue. Go to their site, (I did the website for them by the way) and check out all the vendors who will be participating (the list is still growing) and the awesome live & silent auction items available. You can buy tickets on the site now, and please visit us and like us on facebook: Thanks for all the support.

And since some of you have asked, yes I build websites for people. And yes, they are very affordable. Here's one, check out - Baja Sonora Mexican restaurant with two locations.... those locations may be in Long Beach, but they have some great food, and they cater a lot of events, so here in HB is certainly not too far for their catering to show up. Keep them in mind if the need arises.