Seal Beach lifeguards have a new high-tech boat to rescue swimmers, save stranded boats and patrol the ocean. The 33-foot-long customized rescue boat was officially unveiled during an open house held April 10. Seal Beach Mayor Pro Tem Schelly Sustarsic christened the boat with a bottle of a bubbly beverage.
Music, entertainment, food and fun was the draw for the 12th Annual Ohana Day, hosted by the Huntington Beach/Seal Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. However, while many people were enjoying music and Hawaiian style dances, groups were cleaning trash and debris from the ocean and giving visitors a look at what is being done to help preserve and restore the oceans of the world. Whitney Redfield, Treasurer of the chapter, was helping out in a booth that showed how a home can become more ocean friendly by redesigning the landscape.
By Ted Apodaca. Saturday is April 20. It is also now known as 420 day. The number 420 has long been associated with marijuana and since California and several other states legalized it for recreational use, 420 has taken on much broader impact on residents. There are still debates on the effectiveness of it versus negative impacts. The Centers for Disease Control offers some data for both sides, noting that cannabis-based products “may help prevent and ease nausea caused by chemotherapy.” They also note that “for adults with multiple sclerosis-related muscle spasms, short-term use of certain man-made and cannabinoid-based medications improved their reported symptoms.”
The City Council this week approved a contract for consulting and negotiation services with HF&H Consultants, LLC, to help the city renegotiate its “solid waste” (trash) contract with Republic Services. The agreement with HF&H could cost the city up to $78,000—$65,000 for anticipated services and another $13,000 as a contingency to cover unexpected work, according to a staff report prepared by Assistant City Manager Patrick Gallegos.