Across the Area

Checkpoints, coyotes and academics

A DRUNK DRIVING and driver’s license enforcement effort in Huntington Beach Friday netted several arrests (Shutterstock).

A DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint by the Huntington Beach Police Department last Friday netted a cell-full of arrests.

According to Sgt. Mike Szyperski of the HBPD, the checkpoint at Main Street and Yorktown Avenue resulted in police making three arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Additionally, six drivers were arrested or cited for operating a vehicle without a license, or with a suspended or revoked license. Two people were arrested on other criminal charges, three citations were issued and one vehicle towed.

DUI checkpoints are placed at locations with high incidences of collisions and DUI arrests. A DUI saturation patrol is planned in Huntington Beach for March 1.

Keeping an eye on coyotes

The Garden Grove Neighborhood Association is sponsoring an event to help educate the public about the growing problem of coyotes coming into residential areas.

COYOTE sightings are on the rise in Garden Grove (City of Garden Grove photo).

“Meet on Main – Coyote Awareness Edition” will be held on Thursday (Feb. 28) from 6-8 p.m. at the Lions Club building, 9860 Larson Ave. in Garden Grove.

Sharing information on how to deter coyotes, reduce negative encounters and protect yourself and your pets will be:

  • Mark Ladney, director of Garden Grove Animal Care;
  • Amelia Viera, environmental wildlife scientist with the state Department of Fish and Game;
  • Dave Dodge, wildlife conflict management export, state Department of Fish and Game;
  • Larry Stephens, game warden.

For questions or to RSVP, contact Maureen Blackmun at (714) 235-5360 or write to

MESA VIEW Middle School in Huntington Beach has been named a California Distinguished School (OVSD photo).

Mesa View is named a “Distinguished School”

Mesa View Middle School in Huntington Beach has been named a 2019 California Distinguished School by the state Department of Education.

Mesa View, the Ocean View School District’s GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) magnet middle school, was one of 162 middle and high schools being honored for “achieving exceptional student performance for two consecutive school years.”

The school will be recognized at a statewide awards ceremony on April 5 at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. Randy Lempert is the principal of Mesa View.

Ocean View School District serves K-8 students in Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Westminster and Midway City.

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