OC Water District & Poseidon Project Update

On July 18, 2018 the Orange County Water District voted to approve a prospective term sheet with Poseidon, to buy desalted water and distribute it to local water agencies.

“The 6-2 vote established the terms for a contract if plant builder Poseidon Water receives final permits necessary from the Regional Water Quality Control Board this year and the California Coastal Commission next year,” according to the Daily Pilot (read the full article here).

OCWD Board Member Cathey Green represents Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley and she voted in favor of the revised term sheet.

OCWD Board members voted 6-2 to approve a term sheet with Poseidon


OCWD Meeting details by the numbers…

–70+ people filled out comment cards to speak out on the issue. The overwhelming majority of speakers were opponents of the proposed project, including dozens of Huntington Beach residents.

–Five activist groups were represented among the speakers including: HB Huddle, Orange County Coast Keeper, Residents for Responsible Desal (R4RD), the Orange County Sierra Club and the Surf Rider Foundation.

–One minute: OCWD President Denis Bilodeau cut the public speaking time from three minutes to one minute, so speakers had to revise their prepared comments

–150+ people attended: There was standing room only at the meeting. Dozens of community members wore “No Poseidon” stickers and a handful of folks held up “No Poseidon” signs.

A sign from the meeting…

–10+ HB Huddle members attended. Big thanks to HB Huddle members and friends of the Huddle who showed up and spoke out: Karen, Mary Ann, Bethany, Pam, Linda, Cynthia, Kirk, Bill, Karl, Steve, Carol and others.

–Two “no” votes. Board member Bruce Whitaker, who represents Fullerton, and Roger Yoh, who represents Buena Park, La Palma, Placentia and Yorba Linda, both dissented.

–One Mayor Mike Posey, the Mayor of Huntington Beach, signed a letter in favor of the project with ten other local officials including leaders of the Orange County Tax Payers Association, Mesa Water District, LA/OC Building Trades and others. HB Mayor Pro Tem, Erik Peterson spoke out against the project (his full quote is below).

Watch a full video from the meeting courtesy of OC Earth Stewards on Facebook. The Board of Directors speak at 2:00 hours into the video.

Local News outlet Voice of OC also hosted two recent podcast episodes about this Poseidon project. Listen here. 

Some quotes from the meeting: 

“The proposed site is located on an earthquake fault in a flood and tsunami zone next to a toxic waste dump. This makes the project extremely vulnerable to natural disasters and hazardous wastes…

The need for 56,000 AFY of water from the Poseidon project is also not supported by fact. OCWD is relying on unsubstantiated need estimates identified in their 2015 Groundwater Management plan and long term facilities plan…Poseidon is just one of many options for obtaining 6,300 AF/year. All these options are far less expensive than Poseidon and should be fully implemented first.”

-Ray Hiemstra, Associate Director, Orange Couny Coast Keeper in a letter to the OCWD

(the letter was distributed at the meeting)


“I’m not here as a representative of the city because our council has not taken a stand on this, I’m here as a citizen. I am telling you that a 35 or 30 year contact is not good. That is not what we do.

I know there’s a lot of free market capitalists up here and it’s not your job to use tax payer money to make someone perform a good. So, if you’re going to buy water, buy it as you need it.

Also the distribution that you have, I’m glad that you put it back to Poseidon but if you do that you’re going to have to bond or pay for it somehow…that again is using the tax-payer to pay for a for-profit company. These are issues I have with this tonight.”

– Erik Peterson, Huntington Beach City Council Mayor Pro-Tem


“One minute really? This is worse than speed dating…

…We heard you wanted our input, we came up with a process to do that, that process was basically shut down, unilaterally….just to be blunt.

…I strongly recommend that you all table this item and direct your staff to work with the producers, get the input that you were looking for and begin the dialogue.

It’s pretty sad that after all these years, I’m saying ‘begin the dialogue’ but that’s where we are. That’s what I believe. It’s not too late, we should be doing that right now, to get the answers to  some of these questions, to make us feel better about whether we should be going forward and what we should be going forward with. We don’t have to do this today.”

-Paul Cook, General Manager, Irvine Ranch Water Ranch District

JUNE event: Potluck & Film Screening

Our next event is coming up on June 30th. We’ll be hosting a potluck and we’ll have a free screening of the film The Anthropologist. Here are the meeting details:

Saturday June 30

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

(doors open at 9:30 a.m.)

Carden Conservatory Elementary School

5702 Clark Dr. HB 92647

Click Here for Facebook Event

Can you bring a dish to our June 30th event? We’ve broken down the items by last name (see listing below). Please email admin@hbhuddle.com with a quick note of what you plan to bring. Or sign-up using this link to our Google doc.

Please plan to bring the following items based on the first letter of your last name.

A-E – Appetizer
F-H – Salad
I-N – Main dish
O-R – Side dish
S-U – Desert
V-Z – Drinks



May Meeting: Here’s the winning Chili Cook-off Recipe!


Congratulations to Winner
Adrienne Low!
HB Huddle May 19, 2018 Chili Cook-off

Veggie Chili Recipe

1 TBS Olive Oil
1/2 Medium Onion, Chopped
2 Bay Leaves
1 tsp Ground Cumin
2 TBS Dried Oregano
1TBS Salt
2 Stalks Celery, Chopped
2 green Bell Peppers, Chopped
2 Jalepeno Peppers, Chopped
3 Cloves Garlic, Chopped
2 (4 oz) cans chopped Green Chile Peppers, drained
3 (28 oz) cans Whole Peeled Tomatoes Crushed
1/4 Cup Chili Powder
1 TBS Ground Black Pepper
2 (15 oz)cans of Kidney beans, drained
1 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans, drained
2 (15 oz )can of black beans, drained
1 (15 oz) can whole kernel corn

1.   Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Stir in the onion, and season with bay leaves, cumin, oregano and salt.  Cook and stir until onion is tender.

2.    Add the celery, green bell peppers, Jalapeño peppers, garlic and green Bell peppers.  When vegetables are heated through reduce heat to low, cover pot and simmer for 5 minutes.

3.    Mix the tomatoes into the pot.  Season with chili powder and pepper.  Stir in the kidney beans, garbanzo beans, and black beans.

4.    Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes.

5.    Stir in Corn and continue cooking for 5 minutes before serving.

Thanks so much for the BYOB event.  I am so fired up for June 5th and the November election.  We have some awesome candidates.

April City Council Meeting Recap

This week City Council members Mike Posey and Erik Peterson used their non-partisan offices to seek national political attention, when they led the council to a 6-1 vote to have the City Attorney file a lawsuit, and work with other municipalities, to challenge SB-54 the “Sanctuary State” bill. Read the full Daily Pilot article here.
BUT the council also voted to extend the organic turf management pilot program in Central Park. This is the next step towards making our public spaces free of toxins by using holistic turf management methods instead of chemicals. 

City Council meeting videos are part of the public domain. Here is a clip of four community members speaking out. You can also watch the full video on the City of Huntington Beach website (if you have trouble viewing the video on the city website try using Chrome as your browser). Council Members responses take place around 4 hours and 25 minutes into the video.


“I’ve been coming to these meeting throughout my life, and I am repeatedly told that we have limited resources and limited funds…I’m appalled, as a tax payer, that you want to take my tax dollars to litigate something that is already being litigated at a much higher level.”

-Cathey R., HB resident since 1985




“I understand the concerns of some members of the community about the impact SB 54 may have on crime and legality of the of the law. However, repeated academic studies have shown that having immigrants – both documented and undocumented – actually DECREASES crime in a community. I work as a data analyst and have a Masters from Oxford University with an emphasis in statistics, so I know data. Recent academic studies have shown that being a sanctuary county has positive impacts on communities. In addition to increased economic benefits, there are, on average, 35.5 fewer crimes committed per 10,000 people in sanctuary counties compared to nonsanctuary counties. This is largely due to the fact that there is increased trust between immigrants and law enforcement, so they are more likely to report crime and cooperate in investigations.”

-Aubrey R., HB Huddle #NoBanNoWall Team (here’s a link to her sources)


“I think there are more of us who are compassionate, who think and who will vote, then there are the hateful ones….be weary of how you vote tonight because your political futures definitely depend on it.”

-Bill M., Orange County resident






“Our country is so tribal right now, you can feel it in the room, there’s so much fear and there’s so much divisiveness and it’s sad to see city officials wanting to stir that up in their hometown… I hope we can get away from that in the future…”

-Cynthia R., 3rd generation Huntington Beach resident




Here are some key numbers:
-1 City Council Member, Jill Hardy (D), opposed the lawsuit
-$53,000: the estimated cost of continuing the turf management pilot program in Central park, which was approved 7-0.
-70+ postcards delivered to City Officials thanks to the HB Huddle Environment Team
-30+ Huddlers and local activists: the approximate number of folks present at Council Chambers on Monday
-13 Huddlers stayed in Council Chambers after 10:00 PM for the Toxic Free HB agenda item
-6+ hours: the amount of hours Huddlers spent in council chambers

Recap: Get To Know Your Candidates IV

We hosted our fourth Q&A with 48th district congressional candidates on Oct. 21, 2017 at Carden Conservatory. This time we’ve uploaded all the videos on to Youtube in case you missed it. Check it out:

Brandon Reiser Opening Statements

Michael Kotick Opening Statements

Kevin Kensinger Opening Statements

We had our fourth Q&A event with 48th District congressional candidates on Saturday October 21, 2017. Roughly, 70 people showed up to hear Michael Kotik (Democrat), Brandon Resier (Libertarian), and Kevin Kensinger (Independent) answer questions at Carden Conservatory Elementary from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. For all videos from the Candidate Forum, check out our new YouTube channel.

Doors opened at 9:30 a.m. and participants had the chance to enjoy our “Fair-Style” set up, where our five action teams set up booths to display information, advertise upcoming opportunities and answer questions about local issues.


Our five action teams then provided updates.

Environment Team Updates (Karen Coyne):

Karen shared we have received our first check from OhmConnect sign-ups for $261. She advertised the need for more people to sign up for OhmConnect and SkyDrop. For more information on both of these opportunities to not only help the HB Huddle earn some money, but to also help the environment, see this handout.

Karen also shared the environment team hosted a successful Bolsa Chica Tour fundraiser and thanked those attended the State Lands Commission meeting the day prior to oppose Poseidon.

Additional Environment Team updates and events are list on their webpage:

Healthcare Update (Gayle Poynter):

Gayle shared they Healthcare Team held their first meeting. the benefits of single-payer healthcare and advocated that “Healthcare is a Human Right”. She advocated for California’s statewide bill SB-562, which make California’s healthcare system single-payer. She shared that the Healthcare Team joined with other activist groups and unions hosting the “Medicare-for-All Weekend of Action” event in all 80 CA districts across the state last weekend gathering names in support of a Petition to send our state legislature assembly. She also shared that to help support this bill, Gayle shared you can take the following action steps:

  • Attend Town Halls and SB-562 Campaign events to get the word out to build public support and correct misinformation!
  • There will be a SB-562 Hearing and Rally at the State Capital in Sacramento on Oct. 23 & 24th in support of the Bill.
  • Please call our Assembly member, Travis Allen, to pressure him to invite the Nurses Association to speak at the hearing.

The healthcare team will meet the first Friday of every month, starting in November.

Local Elections Team Updates (Brendon Perkins):

Brendon shared the Local Elections team will host Moonlight Mourning on November 8 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the first fire pit south of HB Pier and Lifeguard Tower S. They are encouraging everyone to come together on the anniversary of the election and write a note about something they’d like to leave behind in 2017 to leave in the fire.

NoBanNoWall Update (Aubrey Roy):

Aubrey shared that members of the NoBanNoWall Team attended HB City Council meeting in response to hydrogen sulfide (stench in OC) and that city council formed a committee to investigave. She also announced a fundraiser for the Oak View Literacy Program called Wine and Words on October 27. Members of the NoBanNoWall Team also plan to volunteer at Oak View’s Trunk or Treat Event on October 28. The NoBanNoWall Team has two BridgesNotWalls shirts left (women’s size medium and women’s size small) for $25. Contact hbnobannowall@gmail.com if interested.

Women’s Rights Update (Hayley Buchanan/Libby Frolichman):

Libby shared the shirt they have designed which says, “Silence is NOT an option.” She explained this shirt is applicable not only for Women’s Rights, but for all issues we’re currently facing. The Women’s Rights team is selling shirts for $20 to raise money for Planned Parenthood. They will hosting a potluck in the park to discuss community issues. It will be at Huntington Beach central park. On the south side of the library. Bring chairs or blankets to relax on. Light snacks and refreshments will be available. For more information, see the Facebook event page.

Our next meeting is on Saturday, November 18 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Carden Elementary School, doors open at 9:30 a.m. We will be hosting three local female advocates for an event entitled, “Women’s Rights Are Human Rights. Okay, now what?”






Repeal The Repealers

Meeting Minutes #1

For our first meeting we started with a Sit-Down/Stand-Up Welcome Exercise where people were able to share their concerns and motivations to get involved.

Then we had Doris Powell from Indivisible OC 48 give a brief talk about their recent actions which include weekly trips to Rohrbacher’s Main St. Offices every Tues. Click here for their website. We also passed out packets of the Indivisible Guide.

Next we broke into 5 groups according to issues people were most passionate about working on. The groups were:

  1. Local Elections: Making our reps accountable
  2. The Affordable Care Act
  3. Women’s Rights & Reproductive Rights
  4. #NoBanNoWall (Immigration, Refugees & Boarders)
  5. The Environment

Each group did a Vision Board Exercise as an ice breaker and then talked about timelines & the next steps toward formation. Here are some notes from each group:

  1. Local Elections (here are their ideas for local action)
  • Register voters at Golden West College
  • Expand voter registration
  • Reach out to “non-voters”
  • Mobilize voter turnout
  • Find a viable, qualified candidate to run
  • Encourage early voting
  • Funding drive for the democratic candidate
  • Walk precincts and hand out literature, yard signs
  • Daily communication through social media
  • Social media used organize flash demonstrations
  • Use Social Media effectively to defeat the GOP candidate
  • Weekly communication with representatives via email and twitter
  • Work together with other local districts to swing difficult districts
  • Force representatives to town halls, make open public appearances and talk to /answer all constituents
  • Work together with area groups to give fewer actions and more punch! (big Marches!)
  • Showing up physically at reps offices, meetings, town halls and marches
  • Standing up and supporting representatives who are taking care of all Americans needs
  • Praising representatives who make and made the right choices for women’s rights
  • Identify Issues, educate the public
  • Position new candidate as having demonstrated/offered solutions
  • Media Coverage – highlight strong opposition
  • Sway endorsements neighborhood by neighborhood to get our election outcome!
  • Engage people to become active and participate
  • Make phone calls to congress
  • Canvass neighborhoods to explain the issues
  • Use canned video evidence on our cell phones/ipads to show others what their President and reps said
  • Learn and teach liberals the key words /approach to use with conservatives
  • Support organizations who have formed for months to ensure we win the Congress back in 2018 (e.g. brand new Congress for both parties)
  • Volunteer and support groups who want to specifically change their district representative
  • Volunteer to create easy way to coordinate and bring OC or LA groups together for larger purposes.
  • Call all Senators
  • Write Facebook/Twitter posts
  • Business boycotts

2) The Affordable Care Act (they sketched out actions by month)


  • Create a sub-huddle to work solely on saving the ACA and Medicare
  • *Create letter templates so those who want to write letters about ACA have a guide
  • *Keep calling Congressional Representatives and Senators
  • List Representatives that voted against ACA
  • Create memos explaining the ACA
  • Don’t be quiet – Let people know what you think
  • Phone banking to organize townhall to support ACA
  • Find true articles on evolution of the ACA
  • *Send postcards to Congressional Representatives
  • Gain high level understanding of function of ACA funding and impact


  • Visit senior centers to talk about safeguarding Medicare and ACA.
  • Take letter templates. 
  • Submit editorials to local newspapers on benefits/importance of ACAHost informational meetings/open forums to discuss health care options
  • Educate the public about important aspects of the ACA and ways to make positive changes
  • We need ideas on how to make Obamacare affordable  (Need economist and smart people)
  • Continue to blanket Congressional Representatives and Senators with postcards and calls
  • Have next group huddle
  • Educate, educate, educate the young
  • Hold town hall meetings to discuss ACA
  • Put on the pressure by calling writing and mobilizing others
  • Obtain and review voting records of Congressional Representatives and Senators to understand their positions
  • Swamp Congressional Representatives and Senators with letters
  • Create a YouTube video dispelling myths about ACA
  • Organize Marches


  • Educate via social media
  • Keep visiting Rohrabacher’s office
  • Schedule a speaker who is well versed on ACA to address the oppositions to ACA so that we can publish the truths to the public
  • Educate the ignorant, talk to neighbors
  • Join marches if ACA is in imminent peril
  • Continue writing Congressional Representatives and Senators
  • March for Obamacare

3) Women’s Rights & Reproductive Rights (no group report turned in! If you have one to add send it to cyn)

4) #NoBanNoWall (Immigration, Refugees & Boarders)

  • We want to engage the immigrant community and work with community partners (we need to get in touch with groups, if anyone has information about groups to work with, please let us know)
  • Work with Oakview Library literacy – start volunteering (We’re going to talk to them to get more information for us)
  • We want to hand out information of phone numbers for people to call/know their rights (if anyone has numbers, information, we can put thsi together)
  • Sign up here to be a citizen co-sponsor on Kamala Harris’ Access to Legal Counsel Bill: http://go.kamalaharris.org/ page/s/access-to-legal- counsel-act
  • We’d like to organize an OC March
  • We’d like to find/help with fundraising for those needing legal counsel and paths to citizenship
  • We created an email account to send out information hbnobannowall@gmail.com if anyone else would like to stay up to date on what we’re doing.

5) The Environment

Upcoming Events and ideas

March:  8th – women’s walk out  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bw6BkS7ufQc

April: 15th – Tax Walk out (demand T disclose tax info) http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2017/01/the_trump_taxes_march_on_april_15_let_s_make_it_happen.html

22nd – March for Science Official website:  https://www.marchforscience.com/

Link to local Santa Ana march: https://www.facebook.com/events/1423906310974865/

Other ideas: there are some environmental issues in HB that are ongoing – Something involving the Banning oil field, and the Desalination site (Merle Moshire was mentioned as a possible person to contact)

We talked about perhaps working with an after school program (maybe boys and girls club?), or volunteering or starting some kind of environmental education for younger children/ students.

Also discussed possibly assisting with school gardens.

Discussed with one group member the possibility of sponsoring some little free libraries near schools. Doing a book drive, etc.

Grad student at UCI volunteered to perhaps do some talks for kids.

Engineering student mentioned she would be interested in helping tutor students

Someone in the group knits pussy hats and would be interested in a knitting/crocheting group to continue making them together.

Also spoke after the meeting with Karen Coyne, who runs the CIA club (compassion in action) http://www.theciaclub.com/


Find out about local march for science. If it already exists, get in contact with the leadership and volunteer to help, perhaps run a kids table, etc.

Start FB group to share environmental info / updates

Send out list of companies and banks to divest from.

So: here is that list. As best I can find it:

Defund the Pipeline – banks to divest from and new banks to support : http://www.defunddapl.org/defund

Boycott Trump : http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-boycott-retailers-sell-trump-products-2017-1/#buildcom-10

(Nordstrom is an update from this list. Support Nordstrom!)

Here’s another list: http://www.arbiternews.com/2016/11/16/boycott-trump-retailers-carry-trump-family-products/

Here’s an app that tells you what not to buy if you don’t want to put money in T’s pocket:


(disclaimer: I have not used this app, though if it’s effective could be better than combing through numerous online lists)

Companies that support T, whether or not they sell his products: http://www.arbiternews.com/2016/06/27/boycott-trump-list-pro-trump-businesses/

(Yuengling Brewery & Coors, ) are on this list


After group reports we filled out postcards and decided on our next meeting which is going to be on Sat. March 11th at the library once again. Donations were given to cover the cost of renting the room.






Meeting One…

Well we had 81 people show up to our first Huddle Meeting on Feb. 11, 2017.

We broke into five groups focused on the following issues:

  1. Local Elections
  2. Women’s Reproductive Rights
  3. The Affordable Care Act
  4. #No Ban/No Wall – Immigration & Boarders
  5. The Environment

Next steps:

As soon as I get the small group reports from our facilitators I’ll be sending out the meeting minutes, with action items and events. In the meantime, we’ll have a Volunteer Survey email out in the next couple days and another email going out to those interested in working on the stirring committee.

Will also start inputting upcoming events onto our Calendar Page