July 11, 2008
46th Race Hopefuls Split Over Oil Drilling
By Joe Segura, Shore Patrol
A visit to the beach provides dazzling vistas of the Pacific - views that sometimes are interrupted by oil-drilling platforms, but with high fuel prices, there's talk on the national level about more offshore drilling.
The 46th Congressional District's Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R- Huntington Beach, supports more offshore drilling; challenger Debbie Cook, mayor of Huntington Beach, is adamantly opposed.
The congressman this week said offshore oil drilling is safer than having the oil supplies shipped in by giant tankers. There are fewer mishaps at the platforms, he added.
"I've always been a supporter of offshore drilling," Rohrabacher said.
He'd support drilling off of exclusive Palos Verdes, where pricey estates command spectacular views, but said it's not been suggested for the area. However, if it became part of the formula, he'd support it.
"It should not be pulled off," Rohrabacher added.
Cook, a staunch environmentalist, is the Democratic Party's challenger, and she contends offshore drilling will not effectively address the short-term needs for fuel.
"He doesn't understand the resources' constraints we have," the mayor said of the incumbent.
According to Cook, offshore oil supplies are small.
"It's not a solution," she said, saying that a long-term vision is needed.
There are oil platforms off the Surf City coast, and the mayor said that they blemish the beauty the ocean has to offer visitors and residents.
Platform oil drilling "disregards the investments communities have made," to enjoy nature, Cook said.
The Tot Lot Committee will launch its project to overhaul the Livingston Park Tot Lot playground Saturday with a groundbreaking party.
A fundraising effort to overhaul the aging park so it can accommodate children up to age 12 is complete. Parents and businesses raised $150,000 in about eight months for the work, and the city, as promised, matched it, which funds the $300,000 project.
The groundbreaking party is set from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Livingston Drive and Park Avenue.
The lot serves children in Belmont Heights, Belmont Shore and Naples.
But the Tot Lot is small and best suited for toddlers, so as kids get older, moms and dads end up elsewhere. The new park should provide additional fun and educational opportunities for older children.
The committee worked closely with Long Beach's recreational planners and a volunteer architectural firm, Jeannette Architects of Long Beach, which designed the Spanish Colonial Revival entrance and iron fencing.
Organizers expect the playground to open in a few months. Details can be found at www.totlotcommittee.org.
TLC is still accepting donations, which should be sent to Tot Lot Committee, c/o Gazette Newspaper, 5225 E. Second St., Long Beach, CA 90803, or phone 562-433-2000, Ext. 119.
Want to get up in the wee hours of 2009, try to stay warm in the winter chill, spend six hours or so waving at strangers and a world- wide audience of millions of television viewers?
Huntington Beach is offering Surf City residents that opportunity - through a lottery.
The Centennial Celebration Committee will hold a drawing later this year to determine the float representatives who will ride on the Surf City's float in the Tournament of Roses Parade.
Eligible riders must be prepared to check in at the float barn in Pasadena by 5 a.m. on New Year's Day. Riders must also be able to commit to the full length of the parade, since there will be no stops or opportunities for breaks along the parade route.
To sign up for the lottery, visit the Web site www.surfcity- hb.org/
[email protected], 562-499-1274
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