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.  

How you can help:  Join us in our activities. Sign up for our newsletter.  Volunteer -- we post possible options.  Donate!  We don't have dues.  Engage in your community! ! !      

News:  We post news on the NEWS page which you will find on the top of our banner. 

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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.


Thank you to those of you who spoke and wrote against this ill conceived planYour 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.

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. 

Click here to send your emailscity.council@surfcity-hb.org and supplementalcomm@surfcity-hb.org  

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. 


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

Learn about the issues re church and state from this thoughtful and lengthy article from the Anti-Defamation League:la.adl.org/news/me-southern-california-church-leaders-pushing-political-extremes/ 


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

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)!

And we made a difference:

-The libraries will not be closing, and hours will not be reduced.

-Beach and park maintenance will not be compromised. 

-The popular Circuit downtown shuttle service will continue through 12/31, and possibly beyond if they receive grant funding.

-The police will get a 3 year contract that includes a 5% salary increase each year. Competitive salaries will hopefully help fill the current 30 vacancies in our HB Police force.

-The City Attorney will add 4 employees to his office.

-The City Treasurer will get $100,000 to remodel the office.

-The city will be increasing fees and fines. Other revenue sources will be considered as well.

The next meeting will be July 18, which means we have a few weeks to rest. We will keep you updated on any further developments.

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. 


Agendas are available at huntingtonbeach.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx  City Council meetings are broadcast live on YouTube. Search for the live session or the archives. The city website is www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/ 


Want to attend?  Please click here: careyjochase@gmail.com 

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 


This is a listing of articles that show how we can win--get to 55%

On the emerging anti-MAGA majority: portside.org/2023-06-12/emerging-anti-maga-majority 



And...Katie just announced that she is running for the Senate in 2026! So is Adam Schiff.

We Need To Do Better Next Election

The votes are counted and sad to say many of the candidates we supported didn't win. Even though Republicans are in the minority in Orange County, they showed up to vote. Their candidates had access to more money and were willing to use deceitful tactics to win at any cost. We will all take a break, spend time with family over the holiday season... then we will come back next year and start planning. We will brainstorm ideas on how to engage and motivate voters to show up. We need volunteers that want to help with those ideas. We can never assume that our candidates will win or that their seats are safe. Together we can make a difference. We can create the message and be the voice... but we will need a lot of voices. Join the Orange Coast Huddle and help take on 

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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 

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Since that time, we’ve continued to pursue our goals and have learned that the challenges that concern us are best corrected by electing like-minded officials and providing community service opportunities.  We are most effective when we work together to educate the public and encourage the electorate to vote. We have determined that a PAC is the most appropriate structure for our organization.

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US Representative -- Democrat for OC 47

Contact her at porter.house.gov/ 

Dave Min

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.


Michelle Steel  US Representative 45 – Republican

Janet Nguyen  CA Senate 36 – Republican

Dave Min         CA Senate 37 – Democrat

Diane Dixon     CA Assembly 72 – Republican 

Tri Ta                CA Assembly 70 – Republican 


Progressive candidates are highlighted in blue


Doug Chaffee, Chairman, 4th District:  Brea, Buena Park, Fullerton, La Habra, Placentia, Stanton, portions of Anaheim, and unincorporated communities.  

Donald P. Wagner, Vice-Chairman, 3rd District: Anaheim (portions of), Irvine (portions of), Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Orange (portions of), Rancho Santa Margarita, Tustin (portions of), Villa Park, Yorba Linda, and the Unincorporated Communities of Modjeska, North Tustin, Silverado, Trabuco Canyon and Williams Canyon

Andrew Do, 1st District, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove (portions of), Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos, La Palma, Seal Beach, Westminster, and the Unincorporated Communities of Midway City and Rossmoor

Vicente Sarmiento 2nd District. Anaheim (portions of), Garden Grove (portions of), Orange (portions of), Santa Ana, Tustin (portions of), and the Unincorporated Communities of North Tustin

Katrina Foley, 5th District, The Cities of Aliso Viejo, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Irvine (portions of), Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Newport Beach, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, as well as the unincorporated areas of Coto de Caza, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, and Rancho Mission Viejo


Tony Strickland,             Mayor Term ends in 2026 

Gracey Van Der Mark,   Mayor Pro Tem, Term ends in 2026 

Pat Burns,                     Term ends in 2026 

Casey McKeon,             Term ends in 2026 

Dan Kalmick,                Term ends in 2024 

Natalie Moser               Term ends in 2024 

Rhonda Bolton             Term ends in 2024


Kim Constantine, Mayor, Term expires 2026 

Glen Grandis,     Mayor Pro Tem, Term expires 2024 

Ted Bui,               Term expires 2024 

Jim Cunneen       Term expires 2026 

Patrick Harper     Term expires 2026


John Stephens,   Mayor, Term expires 2024 

Jeffrey Harlan,     Mayor Pro Tem, Term expires 2024 

Andrea Marr,       Term expires 2026 

Manuel Chavez,  Term expires 2026 

Loren Gameros   Term expires 2024 

Don Harper         Term expires 2024 

Arlis Reynolds     Term expires 2026


Noah Blom, District 5,         Mayor, Term expires 2024

Will O’Neill, District 7,          Mayor Pro Tem, Term expires 2024

Joe Stapleton, District 1,     Term expires 2026 

Brad Avery, District 2,          Term expires 2024

Eric Weigan, District 3,        Term expires 2026 

Robyn Grant, District 4,       Term expires 2026 

Lauren Kleiman, District 6,  Term expires 2026


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