Huntington Beach

Homeless shelter doesn’t have a home

A PROPOSAL to lease a building near Marina High School for the establishment of a homeless shelter was pulled from the agenda of the Huntington Beach City Council Monday night (Flickr/Hajee).

A proposal to establish a homeless shelter in Huntington Beach was stalled Monday night before the City Council could consider the matter.

At the request of City Manager Fred Wilson, Mayor Erik Peterson pulled the item from the agenda, citing “negative feedback from the community.”

The proposal was to approve a three-year lease for a 50-bed “navigational center” in an industrial area at 5770 Research Drive, northwest of Edinger Avenue and Springdale Street, a short distance from Marina Park and Marina High School.

The Ninth District Circuit Court, which is overseeing housing for the unsheltered in Orange County, is expected to give the city more time to find a more acceptable location.

Also on Monday, the council:

  • approved the appointment of Assistant City Manager Lori Ann Farrell-Harrison as interim city manager in the wake of the city manager’s announcement of retirement effective May 10.
  • approved a notice of intent to terminate the city’s trash and recycling franchise agreement with Rainbow/Republic Services, with the letter and a detailed report coming back to the council on May 6.

The next meeting of the city council is scheduled for Monday, April 15.


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