HBTV Channel 3 Maintenance

Due to scheduled maintenance, HBTV Channel 3 will be off the air beginning Friday, November 17 at 5:00 p.m. through Monday, November 20 at 8:00 a.m. We apologize in advance for the inconvenience. To view City programming during the outage, please visit the City’s YouTube to view content on demand.

Darker Waves Festival Taking Place at City Beach – Saturday, November 18

The Darker Waves Music Festival will be taking place at Huntington Beach City Beach on Saturday, November 18, 2023. The ticketed, large-scale music festival will be located on the sand along Pacific Coast Highway between Beach Boulevard and Huntington Street. While street closures are minimal, there will be lane closures in the area for the event. We advise everyone to make use of alternate routes when possible, and remain patient while in the area.

Thanksgiving Break Food Bags

This week, the HBPD Homeless Task Force, School Resource Officers, and Cadets (a.k.a. Santa’s Little Helpers) assisted Robyne’s Nest with delivering Thanksgiving break food bags to local schools to be distributed to low-income families. Approximately 500 food bags will be given to families in Huntington Beach, bringing holiday joy during this festive season.

Many thanks to Robyne’s Nest for supporting local students and their families.

HB Welcomes ISA World Para Surfing Championships

The City of Huntington Beach was thrilled to host the 2023 ISA World Para Surfing Championships on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier Sunday, November 5 through Saturday, November 11.

On Sunday, November 5, the festivities began with the Parade of Nations down Main Street and the opening ceremony in Pier Plaza. A record number of 184 athletes representing 27 national teams were welcomed to Huntington Beach by Mayor Tony Strickland and each took the stage in Pier Plaza to share sand from their home beach in a moving ceremony.

Throughout the week, athletes competed for Team Gold in assist and non-assist surf divisions, with the 2022 World Champions Team USA looking to defend their title on home turf. The awards and closing ceremonies were held at Pier Plaza on November 11. Additionally, the Marine Safety Division worked closely with the event organizers and the athletes to ensure their safety throughout the week.

Operation Open Water Veterans Day Paddle

On Saturday, November 11, Operation Open Water hosted the fifth annual Veteran’s Day paddle from Fourth of July Cove on Catalina Island to the Huntington Beach Pier. First responders, active-duty military members and veterans participated in the channel crossing to raise awareness for mental health in the first responder and military communities. Over forty paddlers and their support crews completed the thirty-two-mile journey, which took approximately nine hours. A number of the participants were current Huntington Beach Marine Safety employees. The City’s Marine Safety Rescue Vessel, Sentinel, accompanied the paddlers to ensure a safe crossing.

Confined Space Rescue Training Drill

On Friday, November 3, the Huntington Beach Public Works Department invited the Huntington Beach Fire Department’s (HBFD) Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Team to watch and participate in a Confined Space Rescue Training Drill at the City’s Public Works Facility. A few Public Works personnel that are trained in Confined Space Rescue were completing qualification training for additional staff members.

During the training drill, HBFD watched Public Works staff members extract an injured victim from the bottom of an approximately 60 foot shaft. Then, they filled the shaft with fake smoke, turned off the lights, and allowed our USAR Team to set up and perform a simulated rescue from the shaft. Both HBFD’s USAR Team and the Public Works Team set up a tripod, sent rescuers down the shaft, then created a raising system to lift the victims out of the shaft. Thank you to Chris Ramirez from the Public Works Department for inviting HBFD to the Confined Space Rescue Training Drill and for providing the opportunity to train together.

Ascon Update

As of October 27, Ascon pilot cleanup work has been completed, and the offsite community air-monitoring trailers have been temporarily removed from the neighborhood. Offsite air monitoring has stopped while the Ascon team and the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) determine a final restart plan and work schedule. A community meeting will be held in early 2024, before work resumes. Regular maintenance and preparation for the 2023/2024 rainy season continues within the site and around the perimeter fence areas, including gate areas. If you have any questions, the City of Huntington Beach encourages you to call the Ascon information line at 714-388-1825 or send an email to [email protected].

Toys for Tots Drive – December 9

The Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) has partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) to support the Porsche Club of America-Orange Coast Region Annual Toys for Tots Drive. Come visit Huntington Beach Central Park-West on Saturday, December 9, between 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to drop off a new, unwrapped toy. Visitors can also explore exciting exhibits presented by the HBPD and USMC.

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