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ADA survey, DUI effort, OVSD leaders

A DUI/Drivers License checkpoint is planned for the holiday season in Huntington Beach (Shutterstock).

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the City of Garden Grove is developing a 25-year Public Accessibility Transition Plan. An online survey has been created to help the city in the development stage. The community is encouraged to fill out the online survey available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese, by Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. The survey can be accessed from the city’s website at or directly at

The city would like to hear from local residents and visitors, with or without disabilities, who access city-owned and operated facilities, programs and services. The information provided will help guide the city in developing a plan that will suggest remedies to accessibility barriers; provide cost analysis; and create project scheduling.

Community meetings will be held in 2020. Dates, times, and locations will be posted at next year.

For more information, contact Phil Carter, public works department, at (714) 741-5380.

OVSD board elects new officers

The Ocean View School District elected new officers at its Dec. 10 meeting to serve through December 2020.

The new lineup for the OVSD is:

  • Gina Clayton-Tarvin, president.
  • Patricia Singer, vice president.
  • Jack Souders, clerk.
  • John Briscoe, member.
  • Norm Westwell, member.

The OVSD is a K-8 district serving northern Huntington Beach as well as parts of Fountain Valley, Westminster and Midway City.

HBPD mobilized for DUI enforcement

The Huntington Beach Police Department encourages everyone attending holiday parties and gatherings where alcohol may be involved to use a designated sober driver.

This holiday season, from Dec. 13 to New Year’s, Huntington Beach police will have more officers on patrol looking for drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

“Unfortunately, this time of year is when we see more people driving impaired,” Lt. David Dereszynski said. “There is no excuse for driving after drinking or using drugs that impair. There are many ways to get home safely without driving.”

The HBPD reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and marijuana can also impair, especially in combination with alcohol and other drugs.

Here are holiday closures for City of Garden Grove

In observance of the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays, Garden Grove City Hall will be closed from Tuesday, Dec. 24, through Wednesday, Jan. 1.

The H. Louis Lake Senior Center and the Mobility Program will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 24 through Thursday, Dec. 26 and Tuesday,

Dec. 31, 2019 through Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. Operating hours for Friday, Dec. 27, Monday, Dec. 30, Thursday Jan. 2, and Friday, Jan. 3 are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Normal operating hours will resume on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020.

Street sweeping services and trash pickup will not be provided on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Streets will be swept as scheduled on all other days. Trash pickup will be delayed by one day.

Republic Services will provide free pick up of Christmas trees during a two-week period, beginning Monday, Dec. 30 through Friday, Jan. 10. Trees must be out by 7 a.m. on regular trash collection days. Flocked trees are not recyclable and are not eligible for the free collection, but may be disposed of in the regular trash container or by scheduling a bulky item pickup.


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