Huntington Beach

Bus, housing deals approved

A DEAL to continue to provide shuttle service for visitors to the annual 4th of July celebration and US Open of Surfing events was approved by the Huntington Beach on Tuesday (File photo).

Tuesday’s meeting of the Huntington Beach City Council didn’t include the originally scheduled swearing in of a new councilmember, but it did have some items of interest.

The council on Monday night could not reach agreement on who to select to replace Tito Ortiz, who resigned on June 1.  An adjourned meeting will be held “within seven days” in an attempt to finally confirm a new councilmember.

On Tuesday, the council approved an amendment to an existing cooperation agreement with the Orange County Transportation Authority to provide free shuttle service for visitors to the 4th of July festivities and the US Open of Surfing (typically held in September).

Under the new deal – which will run until 2023 – the city and the OCTA will split the cost of the service on a 70-30 basis, with Huntington Beach responsible for $39,980.

Additionally, the council approved on a 5-1 vote (with Erik Peterson dissenting) a Middle Income Housing Program.

The program authorizes the city to issue bonds to help finance costs of middle income multi-family rental housing.

Also on Tuesday, the mayor and city council honored the Marina High School boys’ volleyball team and coach Ryan Parker for winning the CIF-SS Division 4 title, sweeping Valley Christian to grab the championship.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting is set for Tuesday, Aug. 3.

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