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Beaches too crowded? Two views

AN AERIAL photo of a beach scene in Huntington Beach (HBPD photo).

The Huntington Beach Police Department is pushing back against news media coverage which suggests that social distancing and other measures to reduce the threat from the coronavirus aren’t successful in beach areas.

The HBPD posted an aerial photo of a weekend beach scene showing spacing between sun-worshippers on the sand. “Despite what’s being reported, the majority of our beach goers are complying to social distancing,” read the accompanying tweet.

Some in the HB corner of the Twitterverse agreed, but others did not.

“We took a drive along the coast on Saturday and were shocked at what we saw,” posted Louie. “Hardly anyone wearing masks and people everywhere, very much not social distancing. It was alarming.”

Orange County Fair is cancelled for 2020

ORANGE County Fair in Costa Mesa.

The Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa has been cancelled for 2020, the first closure since the World War II era.

On Monday, the OC Fair and Event Board of Directors voted to cancel the event, which dates back to 1890, when Orange County was just one year old. The only interruption was 1942-47.

“The decision to cancel the 2020 Fair was not taken lightly by the board,” said Chair Sandra Cervantes. “As governor-appointed representatives the board has a responsibility to provide a safe experience.”

The fair, which runs each summer from July into August, drew nearly 1.4 million visitors in 2019.

GG motorcyclist dies in crash

A 48-year-old Garden Grove man died early Sunday morning after his motorcycle struck a shoulder wall on the San Diego (405) Freeway in Seal Beach.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the incident took place around 4 a.m. on the 405, near the transition to the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway. Robert Carson’s motorcycle hit the right wall and he was thrown into traffic lanes.

He died from the injuries suffered there.





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