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Sponsorships Available for

2008 Huntington Beach 4th of July

Parade & Pier Festival

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., April 28, 2008 – The Fourth of July Executive Board for the City of Huntington Beach has announced that it is offering eight levels of sponsorship to fund the city’s largest annual celebration, now in its 104th year. Individuals and businesses can choose the right package to fit their budgets, from $100 to $75,000, with customized packages available.

“Anyone who sponsors our July 4th events is not only helping us — they are making a shrewd marketing investment that will place their name and logo in front of three-quarters of a million people,” said Pat Stier, executive board chair for the events. “The parade is the largest 4th of July parade west of the Mississippi. It is seen by 250,000 people along the route, with hundreds of thousands more nationwide who see it telecast public television via KOCE, one of our sponsors. Then the weekend-long Pier Festival attracts at least 300,000.”

Each year, the Fourth of July Executive Board’s Sponsorship Committee is charged with raising the money to produce the 4th of July Parade & Pier Festival. The volunteer committee works year round to meet the ever-rising costs of presenting the event.

Stier added, “But our attendance and the number of activities and events grow every year, too, so it’s an excellent deal for sponsors who want to reach a desirable consumer demographic. People know and love this event, and they return year after year, bringing their families and friends. It’s a patriotic-themed weekend of family-oriented events in one of Southern California’s loveliest ocean communities. Sponsors will definitely get a lot of bang for their buck.”

For sponsorship information call Pat Stier at 714-968-0321 or e-mail pstier@socal.rr.com. Preview all sponsorship levels and benefits by visiting the official 4th of July website at www.hb4thofjuly.org; click on “Sponsor Info.”

The Board meets year-round to plan the annual event that includes the Surf City 5K Run, Pancake Breakfast, the parade, the weekend-long Pier Festival at Pier Plaza and the 4th of July Fireworks Show.

The three-day slice of hometown-flavored Americana includes fireworks set off from the municipal pier at 9 p.m. — simulcast to stirring music by K-EARTH 101 Radio — a Pancake Breakfast from 6:30 to 10 a.m. at Lake Park hosted by the Kiwanis of Huntington Beach, and a 5K Run & Fitness Expo from 6 a.m. to noon at Worthy Park. The parade starts at 10:00 a.m.  The accompanying Pier Festival runs through Sunday at 6 p.m. and offers live daily entertainment, a 28-foot-high climbing wall, food vendors and dozens of unique exhibitors. Started in 1904, the Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade & Pier Festival is the city’s longest-held community tradition. www.hb4thofjuly.org

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“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” -Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night

By Vern Nelson
OC Voice Columnist

Huntington Beach environmentalists who remember the 1990’s and the struggle to protect Bolsa Chica Wetlands, who still refer to State Senator Tom Harman as “Tommy,” express puzzlement and dismay over what became of the genial councilman who once seemed to care about his district’s natural resources.

The “moderate” Assemblyman who was such a valuable ally to local greens as recently as 2005, helping bring the wetlands under public ownership, has, since ascending to the state Senate in 2006, become one of the most malign Sacramento politicians on environmental issues, earning a 19 percent rating from the League of Conservation Voters this past year.
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By John Earl and Lisa Wells
OC Voice

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama accuse each other of H.B. Bil Oil fieldsbowing to “big oil,” and Huntington Beach mayor, environmentalist and Democratic candidate for congress, Debbie Cook, has taken hits in the local media for having large investments in oil corporations that many people blame for the global energy crisis that she has warned the public about for years.

Cook’s corporate investment records have always been on file at City Hall and open to the public, as required by law, but they have gained attention lately due to her desire to be the opponent of incumbent Dana Rohrabacher, and be elected in November to represent the 46th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Cook’s fossil fuel related investments, including natural gas, totaled between $72,000 and $710,000 from March 2007 through March 2008.

As an investor, she probably made the right choices: ExxonMobil, which made a record $40.7 billion last year; BP, the world’s 2nd largest oil producer; and, CanArgo Energy Corp, Chevron, El Paso Corp, Schlumberger Ltd Netherlands, Royal Dutch Shell, BP and the Brompton Oil and Gas Income mutual fund.

But Cook’s alleged hypocrisy was the main topic of analysis in news accounts and editorials by the Orange County Register and the Huntington Beach Independent.

The Independent excoriated Cook for investing in oil companies that harm the environment-instead of companies that “make money off of environmentally friendly technologies.”

And Register opinion editor Steve Greenhut wrote in his blog that “It’s just funny when environmental advocates preach one thing, then do another with their own dollars.”

Editorial cartoons in both papers showed Cook greedily awash in oil stocks while advocating energy conservation. (more…)

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By John Earl
OC Voice Editor

An environmental scientist for the California Coastal Commission says that the Carbon Dioxide factorycost of water to be produced by a desalination plant approved by the city of Huntington Beach has been greatly underestimated by the developer and that proposed mitigation measures for its impact on ocean marine life are inadequate.

The project was approved by the H.B. City Council (including current councilmembers Don Hansen, Keith Bohr, Cathy Green and Gil Coerper) in Feb. 2006.

The remarks were part of a letter to Poseidon Resources Inc., the multi-national corporate water corporation that will oversee construction of the plant that would suck in 100 million gallons of ocean water every day and convert it into 50 million gallons of drinking water. Poseidon plans to co-locate with the AES power generating plant on Newland Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway to take cost-saving advantage of the plant’s “once-through cooling” system to gather the ocean water it needs for conversion. (more…)

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By John Earl
OC Voice Editor

Dan Kalmick of Seal Beach is the other Democratic Party Primary candidate seeking to unseat Republican Dana Rohrabacher and represent the 46th Congressional District in the House of Representatives. Kalmick is a technology Dan Kalmick, candidate, 46th Congressional Districtconsultant for small and medium size businesses in Orange County and a member of the Orange County Fire Authority. At 25-years-old, he is relatively young for politics, and with little funding or name recognition outside of his home town he seems an unlikely victor. But he sees himself as the more moderate candidate who appeals to voters across the political spectrum by offering real solutions to the problems they care most about. He was interviewed in downtown Huntington Beach recently by the OC Voice. The following questions and answers are excerpts from that interview. For more information about Dan Kalmick go to his web site: www.kalmick2008.com.

The other two Democratic Primary candidates withdrew and supported you and you all said that Debbie Cook would be too liberal and to divisive [to win].

Right.

How are you less divisive than her?

Debbie Cook has a history of environmental activism. I don’t think Republicans and moderate decline-to-states are going to vote for her. She has a history of [putting] the environment over people. And in this district, 20,000 Republicans have to step across and vote for a Democrat [to win]. (more…)

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