Where we work: We are based in Huntington Beach but are involved in other local OC areas.
What we do: Help educate our communities on current issues, advocate for causes that represent our values, and help elect candidates from local to national that represent progressive ideas.
When we meet: Typically, on the 3rd Saturday morning of the month from 10am to noon--currently on Zoom.
How we work: We have Action Teams. You can see them listed on the top menu on our header. Each Action Team has monthly meetings where we either schedule speakers or actions.
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Handed out 10,000 postcards (to be mailed in Februrary), handed out over 200 signs, had 30 volunteers for community chats and 28 volunteers to canvass! See below for more volunteer opportunities.
For the exact wording on the ballot that we will get this February for the March election click here.
An editorial in the Daily Pilot/LA Times, October 24, 2023 by nine former HB mayors is a significant rebuff to the current city council. See full text on the NEWS page or go to: www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/opinion/story/2023-10-24/commentary-current-huntington-beach-council-majority-sending-city-in-wrong-direction
The mayors held a Press Conference at City Hall on November 1, 2023. See www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/story/2023-11-01/protect-huntington-beach-group-seeks-to-stop-charter-amendments
See video of Press Conference here: drive.google.com/file/d/1nOvle0g5QfiOCVY9AFkwf5qT1hSWDtiy/view?fbclid=IwAR34pzLHFe8qHyoKw2zdmoZZEyhFOqLSjvLMfXZ_SF3-b3QPEHGTDEI2saE&pli=1
HB CITY COUNCIL IS PROPOSING THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION AT ITS OCTOBER 17 MEETING Regretably the resolution below passed 4-3 despite a majority of public comments against it. The reality is that no one quite knows how it will be implemented.
Daily Pilot in LAT, 10/14/23 by Matt Szabo: www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/story/2023-10-13/huntington-beach-city-council-to-consider-review-board-to-stop-some-books-from-hitting-public-library-shelves
SO, WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PUSH FOR CHARTER AMENDMENTS?
Thank you to those of you who spoke and wrote against this ill conceived plan. Your efforts made a difference. Instead of 13 poorly written and crazily bundled charter amendments, we have three discrete amendments. See below for the likely wording on the March ballot.
A rewrite of an amendment that was on the ballot in 2022. The current city council majority urged a NO vote in this amendment in 2022. Update archaic language in the city charter
Change of election regulations so that in person voters would have to show ID, cameras would be installed to monitor official OCRegistrar of Voters drop boxes, and the addition of 20 residential voting stations. This amendment will most likely have strong legal challenges and require Huntington Beach to pay for holding their own elections. Cost to taxpayers is unknown.
Enshrine the current flag ordinance, limiting the flags to flown, into the charter and requires a unanimous vote of any future councils to change. NOTHING in our current charter requires a unanimous vote
WHAT NEXT? WE NEED TO GEAR UP A HUGE CAMPAIGN AGAINST AMENDING THE CHARTER IN THE MARCH PRIMARY. Be sure to check in to ProtectHB website protecthb.org/ for fundraising and planning. Ballots will be mailbed February 5.
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The hearings will be held on Thursdays September 14, 21, 28 and October 5 at 6pm at the city council chambers. There will be opportunities for 3 minute public comments before the meetings, and 1 minute comments after the meeting. These public contact moments do not signify real discussions of the issues. Nor can the newly appointment committee comprised of the MAGA council members substitute for a duly constituted Charter Amendment Commission which must consist of a number of HB citizens.
On September 14th, the Huntington Beach City Council held the first of four planned special meetings to “discuss“ several proposed charter amendments. What a farce! Public speakers were given just 90 seconds to express their concerns. There was a staff-created powerpoint to outline the public comment process. Mayor Strickland decreed that there would be no discussion from the council members.
Then, after Councilman Kalmick insisted, the public once again had 90 seconds to speak. There were 39 speakers, and only five of them supported the ad hoc committee's proposed city charter amendments.The vast majority of email communications were also opposed to the proposed amendments.
Coming up this week, there will be two city council meetings that we need people to attend.
Tuesday (9/19) will be the regular meeting, with 17 items on the agenda. There will be a report on the success of the Navigation Center for the homeless. Item #10 contains an annual report on the Community Block Grant, which provides funding for community development and housing. It should be very interesting to hear how the majority responds to this report.
Thursday (9/21) at 6:00 p.m., please plan to come to the council chambers for the second Proposed City Charter Amendment meeting. This is where we really need you to take action. Send another email, attend the meeting, prepare public comments, and be bold enough to go to the podium.
WHAT ARE THE MOST PRESSING ISSUES?
Any changes to the City Charter are PERMANENT and nearly impossible to reverse because any changes would require new amendments that would have to be voted on by HB citizens. This would be a costly endeavour and huge workload for HB City staff.
One of the proposed amendments is a change from elections being run by the OC Registrar of Voters (one of the top ten registrar offices in the nation) to city run elections. This would create myriad problems. See questions below. Has a cost analysis been done? Was there fraud in the last election (which brought the F4+G)? Is this a solution in search of a problem? Or is this another part of the power grab?
Below is a letter from Rob Bonta, CA Attorney General informing the HB City Council of the implications of changing elections protocols.
Another amendment would limit the flags that could be flown in city venues to the US, California and MIA flags. Currently the MAGA F4+G instituted a city ordinance on this issue. This is interpreted as a repudation of flying the Pride flag that has always demonstrated our city's inclusiveness. BUT it also means that should we be fortunate to be designated as a 2028 Olympic venue for surfing, WE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO FLY THE OLYMPIC FLAG!
What can you do about this?
Attend the meetings and voice your opinions. If you can't attend in person, call, write or email the city council members repeatedly if need be. You will find their emails at www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/government/elected_officials/city_council/
Also, keep up with what the press coverage is by going to our internal page: sites.google.com/view/orange-coast-huddle/voter-engagement/from-the-press
Friends of the Huntington Beach Library have been actively supporting HB library since 1971. The recent threats from the HB city council shines a spotlight on their efforts to educate, organize events and raise funds benefiting our community treasure. Members of the Orange Coast Huddle are pleased to share their link in support of them. Please visit their site and more importantly their store in the library to help.
To honor Kent and his work please consider making a donation to Self-Help Interfaith Program, P.O. Box 9294 Fountain Valley CA 92728. Check this website to provide a meal and/or become a Personal Advisor, or donate online: www.shipinoc.org
HOLDING ELECTED LEADERS ACCOUNTABLE
In February we sponsored a program on this extremely timely topic. HB is a hot spot right now, but other governmental entities are also vulnerable. In any case, the right thing to do being concerned citizens is to keep informed and act on issues we care about on behalf of ourselves and our community. The program slides are available by clicking here. Learn how to
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The new "conservative" majority block running the HB City Council's actions must be observed closely. They need to be held accountable for the platform they ran on. For instance, California State General Attorney Bonta sent a letter to Michael Gates, HB City Attorney warning him to comply with California laws re affordable housing. Mr. Gates is planning to sue the state to avoid this type of housing. The LA Times has covered the issue. Even the Orange County Register ran an editorial against our city's action. One of the most comprehensive articles comes from the Voice of OC. On another matter, 11 former mayors wrote in the Daily Pilot against the council's plan to craft an ordinance that limits the flags flown at city hall. For more information go to our HBCC subpage nested under the Voter Engagement page of this website.
Just when HATE CRIME is on the rise HB eliminated the Human Relations Committee which was established 25 years ago.
Thanks as always for your activism. Hundreds of emails were sent to the city council, and the chambers were full of folks ready to speak (and support other public speakers)!
The issue was referred to staff to research possible options. A report is due in October. PLEASE CONTINUE YOUR ADVOCACY FOR KEEPING THE SELECTION OF BOOKS A RESPONSIBILITY OF THE LIBRARY AND ITS PROFESSIONALS. Go to fotlhb.com/
There is another lawsuit initiated by OVSD Board member Gina Clayton-Tarvin to have the city make its contract with the Air Show available to the public.
HB COMMUNITY CAFE is hosted by Council Member Natalie Moser at the HB Public Library on the last Wednesday of the month. Early registration is suggested. Seats fill up fast. Sign up here: hbpl.libcal.com/event/9298157
And...Katie just announced that she is running for the Senate in 2026! So is Adam Schiff.
We Need To Do Better Next Election
GETTING TO 55%
We know the country is evenly divided politically. In this article, dated March 9, 2023 Simon Rosenberg argues that we must get to 55% because that will guarantee Democrats win. simonwdc.substack.com/p/memo-get-to-55-expanding-our-coalition?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email
Carey Jo and Ashley canvassing
We distribute cards by canvassing or mailing. Please participate.
DEMS WIN IF WE VOTE!
See March Primary election data below
WHY VOTE WITH DEMOCRATS?
See this Congress' voting record on issues that affect all of us
LOCAL CANDIDATES SPEAKING AT OUR RALLY ON AUGUST 27th
Thanks to all candidates and volunteers who attended!
Change your browning grass yard to a draught tolerant landscape
Same Grassroots Action
OUR CURRENT REPRESENTATIVES
California Senate 37
We actually have two state senators: Dave Min until 2024 and Janet Nguyen through 2026. The explanation from a Dave Min staffer is below:
Due to redistricting, Senate districts have a unique issue that Assembly and Congressional districts do not have. Of the Senate districts established by the Citizens Redistricting Commission in 2011, only the odd-numbered districts went into effect for the 2012 election cycle. The new even-numbered districts will go into effect for the 2014 election cycle, and the even-numbered districts previously established by the 2001 redistricting will continue to exist until 2014. These unique circumstances create some areas of overlap between the old and new districts (“accelerated areas”) and some areas without coverage (“deferred areas”). For the 2013-14 Regular Session of the Legislature, each accelerated area essentially has two Senators representing the area and each deferred area has none. The Senate Committee on Rules will assign a Senator to provide appropriate constituent services to each deferred area. This is a normal consequence of the redistricting process.
OTHER ELECTED US/CA REPRESENTATIVES
Progressive candidates are highlighted in blue
ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
HUNTINGTON BEACH CITY COUNCIL
FOUNTAIN VALLEY CITY COUNCIL
COSTA MESA CITY COUNCIL
NEWPORT BEACH CITY COUNCIL
SEAL BEACH CITY COUNCIL
Thomas Moore, Mayor, District 2--Leisure World, College Park West & Rossmoor Center, Term expires 2024
Schelly Sustarsic, Mayor Pro Tem District 4--College Park East & Town Center, Term expires 2024
Joel Kalmick, Mayor, District 1--Old Town and Surfside Colony, Term expires 2026
Lisa Landau, District 3--Cove,Hill, Bridgeport and Heron Pointe, Term expires 2026
Nathan Steele, District 5--Leisure World, Term expires 2026