Huntington Beach

Library fines finally gone?


HUNTINGTON BEACH Central Library (Flickr/cclark395).

If you checked out a copy of “Pet Cemetery” a long while back at a Huntington Beach city library and neglected to return it and pay the fines, relax.

At tonight’s (Tuesday) meeting, the Huntington Beach City Council is expected to approve a proposal to discontinue overdue fines and waive all accumulated unpaid overdue fines.

That would be in keeping with other library systems across Orange County and the nation, as the payment of fines has been considered an obstacle that keeps some customers from returning to use library services.

Overdue books should still be returned.

Also Tuesday night, the council will consider:

  • an agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to receive $500,000 for the BeWell Crisis Response program that serves the homeless and others in distress;
  • a density and affordable housing agreement to build 70 new affordable housing units at 18750 Delaware St.
  • receipt and filing of the Main Street Streetscape Designs and direct staff to proceed with design development standards.
  • directing staff to draft a zoning text amendment to delete the existing prohibition of cannabis-related business in the city zoning and subdivision ordinance.
  • rental assistance guidelines and various other actions to temporarily reduce tents for eligible seniors at the Ocean View Estates mobile home park.

The council will meet in its chambers at 2000 Main St., with a closed session at 2:30 p.m.,  study session at 3 p.m. and the regular meeting at 6 p.m.


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