Across the Area

Oil “sheen” is no longer seen

CLEANUP crews work the sand in Huntington Beach after the oil spill from a ruptured pipeline in October. The “sheen” spotted Saturday turned out to not be a major oil spill (Orange County Tribune photos by Zia Zografos).

The “oil sheen” observed and reported off the coast of Huntington Beach over the weekend has disappeared, according to authorities

According to the United Command of agencies involved in monitoring such incidents – U.S Coast Guard, California Fish and Wildlife, County of Orange and County of San Diego – crews were assigned to perform service on the underwater pipeline that leaked, resulting in an oil spill in October.

They noticed small droplets of oil near the damaged area, which resulted in the surface “sheen” of 30 feet by 70 feet. Divers replaced the syntho-glass wrap that had previously been used.

Since then, there have been no sightings of the “sheen.”

However, investigation continues into causes of the October spill, reports the United Command in a statement.

Dobbert retiring from recreation post

The City of Westminster’s Community Services Director, Diana Dobbert, has announced her retirement after 34 years of service to the residents of Westminster. Her last day will be Dec. 3, 2021.

DIANA DOBBERT (Photo by Steven Georges/Behind the Badge).

Dobbert began her tenure with Westminster in 1987 as a part-time summer recreation leader at Goldenwest Park, and eventually was promoted to community services director, overseeing parks, recreation, senior services, family resources, special events, and classes.

She plans to spend more time with her husband, Kevin, and their two teenage children.

The city is currently recruiting to fill the position of community services director. Dobbert’s retirement is the latest in a series of departures from department-level positions in Westminster in the last year.

“Jingle Jam” will close Santa Rita Avenue

The seventh annual “Jingle Jam” holiday event in West Garden Grove will mean the closure of Santa Rita Avenue for eight hours on Friday, Dec. 10.

According to the Garden Grove Police Department, the street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 2 to 10 p.m. between Winton Street and St. Mark Street.

The Jingle Jam event is held from 5 to 9 p.m. at Eastgate Park, located at 12001 St. Mark St., west of Valley View Street and Chapman Avenue. The event will include an appearance by Santa Claus (with photo opportunities) and a toy drive.



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