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Dear City Manager, Dear CouncilMembers,

I hope someone is asking how we can choose the right police chief for the job, if we haven’t even determined whether to outsource the HB police dept?

Isnt one related to the other?

How deep into the Chief’s selection process are we?

Don’t you think the public deserves an answer as to where the cities decision makers stand on outsourcing the HBPD; and why they have taken their respective positions.

How long was the chief out on medical leave?

It’s not like the city didn’t have time to evaluate the pros and cons of HBPD outsourcing before entering into the chief’s hiring process.

And if the city has made a decision on outsourcing, one way or another, and we have not heard any informed public comment on this; can we really say things are changing for the better?

If citizens have not heard, in OPEN SESSION, the pro’s the cons, the opinions, considerations and decision points of council and city manager and they have not heard our informed public comment, how can that be the good governance and with the transparency the city needs.

Also don’t you think the public deserves an analysis of the dismal crime statistics cited in the recent HB police association flyer?

Were those statistics real or were they just a method to establish a negotiating position.

My idea is that someone in authority respond substantively to these issues.

Thanks Anthony Higgins

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Anthony Higgins about 1 month ago

Mayor Campbell,

If it’s true the city passed a motion that effectively bypassed the normal mayor Pro-tem rotation; and did so without giving the public a chance hear any debate on the underlying reasons or offer public comment in advance of the decision, well that’s a bad decision that, whether it runs afoul of the brown act or not, should be revisited.

I’m sure most citizens believe the decision to select councilman Massey as mayor pro-tem should be vacated until it can be agendized and debated in the open session and the public is given a chance to speak on this.

Anthony Higgins

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Mayor Stacy Armato has vigorously touted the benefits of the parade of special events sponsored by for-profit organizations that now dominate the landscape of our plaza area beaches and downtown area 6-8 months a year.

Why don’t we just cut to the chase and have a vote to extend the plaza area central business district all the way to the High-Tide Line?

Commercial banners, for profit tent stores, and for-profit services are now common place on our beaches and in our public parks.

I know, it draws in lots of tourist dollars and usage fees fund our burgeoning city payrolls.

The formula is grow the business district, grow the city payroll and extract wealth and quality of life from vulnerable neighborhoods to pay for it.

My idea - Keep Hermosa Hermosa!

Anthony Higgins

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I'd like to see an outdoor exercise station somewhere down by the strand. For example, a location could be in Noble Park somewhere. It doesn't need to be big. I was thinking of something similar to what they have by the strand at Bruce's Beach in Manhattan, with pull-up bars, etc. This would be a nice complement to the training opportunities that the beach area has to offer.

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Plastic haters, it's time to brace yourselves. A bunch of studies find that paper bags are actually worse for the environment. They require cutting down and processing trees, which involves lots of water, toxic chemicals, fuel and heavy machinery. While paper is biodegradable and avoids some of the problems of plastic, Taylor says, the huge increase of paper, together with the uptick in plastic trash bags, means banning plastic shopping bags increases greenhouse gas emissions. That said, these bans do reduce nonbiodegradable litter.

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Newport Beach has a great system that allows dogs on the beach in the morning and evening. No dogs from 10am-5pm. This is awesome for local residents with dogs who love the ocean. It's such a beautiful place, wouldn't it be great if our dogs could enjoy it with us?

Allowing them only during these off times would keep tourists from disrespecting the area, but locals (who are more responsible and actually care for the ocean) could walk their dogs before/after work.

As someone who does regular beach cleanups, the amount of trash that tourists leave is atrocious! I would be out there cleaning up even more often if it could double as a dog walk.

Any dog owners out there agree?

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Cars fly through this stretch and there are two cross walks, but without speed bumps or flashing lights, cars rarely stop for pedestrians. I am on 29th street and there are numerous children and pet owners that walk towards the strand, but cars often don't stop because they don't realize there is a crosswalk.

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For about 3 years now, summer brings biting flies to the last block of Pier Avenue. I go there every day with my dog and my ankles are covered with welts from insect bites. They look like regular house flies, but they bite like mosquitoes. Because I tend to hang out with my dog (Sasquatch), people talk to me and a lot of tourists have complained about the flies. Even the bartenders, waitresses, have mentioned how bad they are. If you can't sit outside, the park benches and eating establishments are severely impacted. This is a tourist area. Not to mention us locals can't enjoy it. I'm not sure the cause or cost, but it's a major issue. I can't patronize the shops there unless I get food to go or eat inside or go late at night.

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John Gardner over 1 year ago

Greenbelt Infiltration

DO NOT INSTALL A TRAFFIC CIRCLE AT AVIATION & PROSPECT.