Huntington Beach

Bright stars, brighter lights before council

"THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER" will be sung at Monday's meeting of the Huntington Beach City Council by Frank Puccilli, 90, a World War II veteran (Flickr/Sam Howzit).

“THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER” will be sung at Monday’s meeting of the Huntington Beach City Council by Frank Puccilli, 90, a World War II veteran (Flickr/Sam Howzit).

Broad stripes and bright stars, brighter streetlights and brighter prospects for downtown bars and pubs are on Monday’s agenda of the Huntington Beach City Council.

The regular session will begin at 6 p.m., and will be preceded by a study session at 4:30 p.m.

HB color logo letters3Toward the beginning of the meeting, World War II veteran Frank Puccilli, 90, a 35-year resident of Huntington Beach, will sing the National Anthem. It will be in commemoration of “The Star-Spangled Banner” being officially adopted as America’s song in March of 1931.

The council will be asked to approve a three-year contract with Siemens Industry, Inc. for a refit of the city’s streetlights. About 11,000 streetlights will be replaced by brighter and more energy-efficient LED lamps at a cost of $6.21 million. The city expects to save $650,000 a year in maintenance costs with the new lights.

Also on the agenda is a proposal by council members Mike Posey and Erik Peterson to explore the legal issues involved in eliminating a midnight closure requirement for new establishments in the downtown area which have an alcohol license.

Suggested is a change to allow operating hours to be determined on a case-by-case basis, rather than by the existing Resolution 2013-24, passed in 2013. The midnight requirement is said to be a hardship to some establishments and might keep new businesses from coming downtown, proponents argue.

The council meets in its chambers at 2000 Main St., at Yorktown Avenue.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s