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October Ballot Party: Get Your Tickets!

Tickets are now available for our upcoming Ballot Party on Saturday Oct. 20, 2018.

You can purchase tickets here through Eventbrite.

We’ve all been working hard to get our OC candidates elected. Whether it’s canvassing, phonebanking or writing postcards we’ve been doing all we can to GOTV (Get Out The Vote).

Now we’re coming together to fill-out our mail-in ballots and take a night off to eat, drink, and play table games for great prizes.

After we fill-out our ballots and have some fun, we’ll create a social media tsunami by taking selfies with our favorite candidate (yes, they’ll be there too!) and sharing them on social media. $35.00 gets you admittance, play money for casino games, three drink tickets (beer & wine) and a plethora of delicious appetizers.

By your tickets by 10/18/2018 and receive $40.00 of extra play money. Casino night prizes include A beautiful get-away in Park City Utah, sports tickets, gift baskets and more! Bring your ballot and let’s have some fun!

 

Day of Action & Casino Night Save The Date

We are hosting our biggest event of the year this Saturday! The future governor of CA, Gavin Newsom, is joining the HB Huddle for a “Day of Action” to help our slate of down ballot candidates. 

Please use this link to officially RSVP for this event: https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/gavinnewsom/event/16491/

 

We are thrilled to have local candidates, Harley Rouda, Duke Nguyen, Tom Umberg for State Senate, Josh Lowenthal and Cottie for State Assembly and their volunteers come together for this important GOTV event. 

The time has come to put it all on the table and fight for the world we believe in. The day will start with a short program of motivational words from our amazing candidates and then we’ll get to work! 

Whether it is canvassing, phone banking, text banking, or writing postcards to local voters, we will have lots of easy ways to help our candidates with “Get Out The Vote” efforts. 

Each campaign will also have tables so you can come pick up your bumper stickers, buttons, yard signs, donation envelopes etc. 

HB Huddle will provide water and snacks (please bring your own refillable water bottle.) If you plan to textbank, phonebank or canvass you will also need a fully charged phone or tablet and/or laptop.

Save The Date: HB Huddle Casino Night & Ballot Party

On Saturday October 20, 2018 our next event will be a fundraiser and ballot party from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m . Join us for a night of food, drinks and fun! We’ll have more details on candidate appearances and tickets soon. Mark your calendar and check our weekly newsletter for more info. Click here to sign-up for our weekly email! 

 

City Council Candidate Questionnaire

In August, the HB Huddle Local Elections Team and Steering Team developed a questionnaire for Huntington Beach City Council candidates. The questionnaire was sent to all 15 candidates running for HB City Council. We received responses from seven candidates. The following are their unedited answers to our questions. Their answers are presented here in alphabetical order.

As advocates for informed voting, we hope these responses will educate community members about city issues and where the candidates stand on those issues. The election is coming up on Nov. 6, 2018 and voters will be able to vote for up to four City Council candidates.

1) How would you create affordable housing in our city? Does high density housing fit into those plans? If so where can this type of housing be built?

Kim Carr: READ MORE

Barbara Delgleize: READ MORE

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick: Read More

Shayna Lathus:Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More

 

2) Where do you stand on Regional Housing Needs Assessment issues?

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick:Read More

Shayna Lathus:Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More

 

3) What is your plan to regulate assisted living and sober living facilities in our city?

Kim Carr:Read More

Darren Elllis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick: Read More

Shayna Lathus: Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More

 

4) Do you support the establishment of a city sponsored homeless shelter? Why or why not?

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick:Read More

Shayna Lathus:Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More


 
5) Per the city website the last Infrastructure Report was completed in 2000. How will you make infrastructure planning a priority?

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick: Read More

Shayna Lathus: Read More


 
6) Going beyond the Poseidon controversy, how can the city work with OCWD and what can the city do towards comprehensive management of our water resources?

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick:Read More

Shayna Lathus: Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More


 

7) Sea level rise is threatening our coast. What steps can the city take to forestall this problem?
Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick: Read More

Shayna Lathus: Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More


 

8) Do you support adopting the Community Choice Energy Program? Why or why not?

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick: Read More

Shayna Lathus: Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More

 

9) What is your plan for abatement of traffic congestion?

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick:Read More

Shayna Lathus: Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More


 

10) What is your plan for abating airport noise?

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick:Read More

Shayna Lathus:Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More


 

11) What role does the city play in maintaining our wetlands?

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick: Read More

Shayna Lathus: Read More

Billy O’Connell:Read More


 

12) What other ideas do you have for making Huntington Beach the greenest city in the county?

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick: Read More

Shayna Lathus: Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More


 

13) Do you support having cannabis dispensaries in the city? Why or why not?

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick: Read More

Shayna Lathus: Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More


 

14) Do you support SB 54? Why or why not?

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis:Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick:Read More

Shayna Lathus: Read More


 

15) What plans do you have to manage pension liabilities?

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick: Read More

Shayna Lathus: Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More


 

16) What are your top budget priorities and why?

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis:Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick: Read More

Shayna Lathus: Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More


 

17) The recent Janus decision may affect the city’s agency shop agreement with the Huntington Beach Municipal Employees’ Association. What are your plans for this eventuality?

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick: Read More

Shayna Lathus: Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More


 

18) How do you plan to stay in touch with your constituents?

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick: Read More

Shayna Lathus:Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More


 

19) Please comment on other issues that are important to you.

Kim Carr: Read More

Barbara Delgleize: Read More

Darren Ellis: Read More

Amory Hanson: Read More

Dan Kalmick: Read More

Billy O’Connell: Read More

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)

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“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

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“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 Recap & July Happenings

Were you there?

Our screening of the documentary The Anthropologist, drew about 50 enthusiastic supporters to our HB Huddle on Saturday, June 30 at Carden Conservatory Elementary School.

It was a great feast of potluck delicacies and engaging conversations with kindred spirits. HB Huddle local elections team leader, Brendon Perkins, challenged us to step out of our comfort zone explaining that to win this next election – that’s what we all need to consider.

“What makes you feel just a little uncomfortable?”

In his case he shared his journey overcoming a fear of public speaking in order to run for office.

 

“Activism pays off, the results pay off.” -Josh Lowenthal, Candidate for 72nd State Assembly District

Josh Lowenthal, a candidate for the 72nd State Assembly District, reminded us that when we speak from our hearts and from the values we hold as humans, we don’t create more divides, we might actually build alliances.

74th State Assembly Candidate Cottie Petrie-Norris challenged Huddle members to take election day off work in order to volunteer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Candidates Tom Umberg, Cottie Petrie-Norris and Duke Nguyen were also present, thanked supporters, and shared their excitement around not only moving OC slowly from red to blue, but also doing so because of basic shared human values.

The movie served to remind us that when we seek to understand other cultures and other perspectives, we learn.

We can all be anthropologists in our own backyards, observing and trying to understand one another instead of judging. Only then can we find where we all share common ground and start a new, fresh and peaceful conversation.

Thank you to all who attended!

July Happenings…

The HB Huddle is going dark in July, which means will not be meeting at Carden on the third Saturday of the month, but this doesn’t mean that we’ll stop taking action!

On Wednesday July 18, 2018, several HB Huddle environment team and steering team members will be speaking out at the Orange County Water District meeting. The agency will consider approving the term sheet for the Poseidon desalination project and several members will voice their concerns.

Here is a quick video from California Desalination Facts, which details some of the concerns:

Even if you can’t make the meeting it is still important to speak out. Please email oceandesalexploration@ocwd.com and voice your concerns before the meeting.

You can also use this form from OCWD to state your opposition.

 

 

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

 

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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. 
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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

Feb. Meeting & Steering Update

We’re getting back to issues-advocacy for our big February meeting. Our Healthcare Action Team is bringing in Dr. Bill Honigan to discuss the Healthy California Act (SB-562) at a free public event titled “What’s the deal with Single-Payer?”

This will be the first event of our new “What’s the deal…” series, which will highlight different progressive issues through a local lens. Here are the meeting details:

“What’s the deal with Single-Payer” 

Saturday February 17, 2018 

Carden Conservatory Elementary School   

5702 Clark Dr. H.B. 92649 

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

(Doors open at 9:30 a.m. come early to chat with our Action Teams)

This is a FREE event. No tickets required but Facebook RSVP’s are apprieciated. Click Here for the Facebook Event 

Here’s more info on our speaker:

Dr. Bill Honigman has been a practicing Emergency Room Physician in Orange County CA for over 30 years. He has been active in Democratic Party politics since his youth, and is currently an organizer for the grassroots group Progressive Democrats of America PDA, acting as California State Coordinator and Orange County Chapter Leader, and is a Coordinator for PDA’s national Healthcare Human Rights Issue Organizing Team.

Some Steering Team Highlights:

Official Minutes from the January Steering Team meeting are being finalized but Cathey has written up some some key take-aways: 1_23_2018 Steering Committee

-We will be participating in the Great America Write In event on March 24. Libby will be the lead and the Women’s Rights Team will provide support. Each action team will create writing statements that can be used.

-For March we plan to hold a Candidate Forum for the 72nd and 74th State Assembly Districts. All candidates will be invited to attend. We will use our candidate forum model that we established during the 48th Congressional Forums.

-April Huddle is being planned by the Environment Team.

-We are considering adding an Operations/Facilities Use Team.

-A resale license is also being considered. We voted to acquire a HB Huddle credit card to facilitate online purchases and for making deposits.