Across the Area

“Adopt a Child” at Pacifica

“ADOPT A CHILD” at Pacifica High School in Garden Grove (GGUSD photo).

The annual “Adopt A Child” event at Pacifica High School in Garden Grove on Wednesday continued a 25-year (and more) tradition in which PHS seniors are paired up with kindergartners for a morning of gift giving, cookie decorating, games, and more.

The children hosted were from Clinton, Eisenhower, Hazard, Heritage, Simmons and Russell elementary schools. The event was held in the school’s new gymnasium, which was transformed into Santa’s Village for the morning.

Pacifica is part of the Garden Grove Unified School District, which serves most of Garden Grove and parts of Anaheim, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana and Westminster.

DUI checkpoints in GG and HB

Checkpoints looking for drivers under the influence are planned this month by police in Garden Grove and Huntington Beach.

DRUNK DRIVING checkpoints are planned in two cities (Shutterstock).

The Garden Grove event is set for Saturday, Dec. 18 from 9 p.m. to Sunday, Dec. 19 at 3 a.m. at an undisclosed location within city limits. Officers will look for signs that drivers are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Drivers charged with DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.

The Huntington Beach checkpoint is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 29 from 6 p.m. to Thursday, Dec. 30 at 3 a.m. HBPD officers will be also be looking for signs of impairment but also to check to make sure motorists are operating their vehicles with a proper driver’s license.

The oil sheen, part three


Just when you thought it was safe to go into the water, a new oil sheen was reported Wednesday off the shore of Huntington Beach.

The slick, estimated to be about 20 yards wide and 150 yards deep, has been spotted two nautical miles off the coast and south of Warner Avenue.

Authorities say the oil does not appear to be leakage from a pipeline from an oil drilling-platform. The source of the oil has not been determined.

This is the third sighting of oil on the water near “Surf City” this year, the most previous being in October.

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