CLEANERS HUNTINGTON BEACH, DRY CLEANER HUNTINGTON BEACH, DRY CLEANING
Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Fountain Valley, Costa Mesa, Seal
Beach, Westminster, Orange County,
deliveries, laundry service
CLEANERS IN HUNTINGTON BEACH
Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Seal
FOUNTAIN VALLEY AND ORANGE COUNTY, CA
clean specialty items and ANYTHING that can be cleaned.
Among them are:
Down filled comforters
ALSO OFFER ALTERNATION AND TAILOR SERVICES
Stay Left Behind” Limp collars don’t command respect.
Each men’s shirt is individually inspected so that every
collar leaves with its stays, every time. We fix sleeve
buttons too, and ensure that your shirts are neat and
clean. You wake, dress with confidence, and conquer the
LINEN AND TABLE CLOTH SERVICES
In stressful times, small comforts count, like the sensual
pleasure of resting on perfectly pressed sheets or having
the confidence that a stained table cloth can be restored.
Our cleaning experts examine each item to determine an
appropriate cleaning method, each of which is hypoallergenic
AND VINTAGE ITEMS
We will never subject your heirloom, bridal, and other
delicate items with deep sentimental value to harsh petrochemical,
hydrocarbon, or other outmoded industrial substances.
Each garment is individually inspected by our fabric care
specialists to determine the best cleaning methods. Our
green, gentle high technology cleaning processes are guided
by expert staff and precision-control computers. We understand
that the care given your garment must respect the special
occasion for which it was made.
These materials are precious in their beauty, expense,
and environmental demands. We take our obligation to extend
the enjoyment and use of leather and fur garments especially
seriously. Our cleaning methods are the gentlest and most
effective means of caring for leather and fur on the market
today, bar none.
/ RESTAURANT SERVICES
Provide the first rate dining and overnight experiences
hotel and restaurant guests expect: healthy, clean, and
comfortable. Avoid the apologies, expenses, and damage
to your reputation that can follow using outdated cleaners,
which can contain allergens, irritants, and toxins. Our
hypoallergenic, nontoxic cleaning services are the cutting
edge of “clean tech” for the hospitality industry. We
can safely, gently, and completely clean guests clothing,
uniforms, towels and linens, with precise pressing and
folding while our interiors division can sustainably clean
hard surfaces, drapes, rugs and perform annual and semi-annual
room deep cleanings.
If you are a Hotel looking to extend the life of your
linens and towels through our exclusive quarterly “Towel
Treatment “ or looking to just looking to reduce you par,
all the while providing you with short turn times.
cleaners place cleaned clothes inside thin clear plastic garment
(or dry-cleaning) is any cleaning process for clothing
and textiles using
an organic solvent
rather than water. The
solvent used is typically tetrachloroethylene
(perchloroethylene), abbreviated "perc" in the industry and "dry-cleaning
fluid" by the public. Dry cleaning is necessary for cleaning items
that would otherwise be damaged by water and soap
It is often used instead of hand washing delicate fabrics, which
can be excessively laborious.
uses non-water-based solvents to remove soil and stains from clothes.
The potential for using petroleum-based
solvents in this manner was discovered in the mid-19th century
by French dye-works owner Jean Baptiste Jolly, who noticed that
his tablecloth became cleaner after his maid spilled kerosene
(paraffin) on it. He subsequently developed a service cleaning
people's clothes in this manner, which became known as "nettoyage
à sec," or "dry cleaning" in English.
cleaners used petroleum-based solvents such as gasoline
and kerosene. Flammability concerns led William Joseph Stoddard,
a dry cleaner from Atlanta, to develop Stoddard
solvent as a slightly less flammable
alternative to gasoline-based solvents. The use of highly flammable
petroleum solvents caused many fires and explosions, resulting
in government regulation of dry cleaners.
War I, dry cleaners began using chlorinated solvents. These
solvents were much less flammable than petroleum solvents and
had improved cleaning power. By the mid-1930s, the dry cleaning
industry had adopted tetrachloroethylene
(perchloroethylene), colloquially called "perc," as the ideal
solvent. It has excellent cleaning power and is stable, nonflammable,
and gentle to most garments. However, perc was also the first
chemical to be classified as a carcinogen
by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (a classification later
withdrawn). In 1993, the California
Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted an airborne toxic control measure
(ATCM) to reduce perc emissions from dry cleaning operations.
The dry cleaning industry is now[when?]
beginning to replace perc with other chemicals and/or methods.
At this time, dry-cleaning was carried-out in two different machines
— one for the cleaning process itself and the second to dry the
the actual cleaning process was carried-out at centralized "factories";
high street cleaners shops received garments from customers, sent
them to the factory, and then had them returned to the shop, where
the customer could collect them. This was due mainly to the risk
of fire or dangerous fumes created by the cleaning process.
when the British dry-cleaning equipment company, Spencer, introduced
the first in-shop machines (which, like modern dry cleaning machines,
both clean and dry in one machine). Though the Spencer machines
were large, they were suitably sized and vented to be fitted into
shops. In general, three models, the Spencer Minor, Spencer Junior,
and Spencer Major, were used (larger models, the Spencer Senior
and Spencer Mammoth, were intended for factory use). The cleaning
and drying process was controlled by a punch-card, which fed through
the "Spencermatic" reader on the machine. Also, Spencer introduced
much smaller machines, including the Spencer Solitaire and one
simply called the Spencer Dry Cleaning Machine, for use in coin-operated
launderettes. These machines resembled coin-operated tumble dryers;
to be as small as they were, they simply filtered used perc, rather
than distilling it like the commercial Spencer machines. Solvent
had to be changed far more frequently as without distillation,
it quickly became discoloured, and could cause yellowing of pale
items being cleaned. A coin-operated version of the Spencer Minor,
which automatically carried out all the distillation and solvent-cleaning
operations of the standard version was available but rarely seen,
presumably due to its greater cost and size than the other coin-operated
1970s and 1980s, Spencer machines were extremely popular, with
virtually every branch of Bollom possessing either a Spencer
Minor or a Spencer Junior. Spencer continued to produce machines
(introducing new modular and computer controlled models, such
as the Spencer Sprint series) until the late 1980s, when the company
closed. Spencer machines may still occasionally be seen.
dry clean machine
machine is similar to a combination of a domestic washing
machine, and clothes
dryer. Garments are placed into a washing/extraction chamber
(referred to as the basket, or drum), which is the core of the
machine. The washing chamber contains a horizontal, perforated
drum that rotates within an outer shell. The shell holds the solvent
while the rotating drum holds the garment load. The basket capacity
is between about 10 and 40 kg (20 to 80 lb).
wash cycle, the chamber is filled approximately one-third full
of solvent and begins to rotate, agitating the clothing. The solvent
temperature is maintained at 30 degrees Celsius
(86 degrees Fahrenheit),
as a higher temperature may damage it. During the wash cycle,
the solvent in the chamber (commonly known as the 'cage') is passed
through a filtration chamber and then fed back into the 'cage'.
This is known as the cycle and is continued for the wash duration.
The solvent is then removed and sent to a distillation unit comprising
a boiler and condenser. The condensed solvent is fed into a separator
unit where any remaining water is separated from the solvent and
then fed into the 'clean solvent' tank. The ideal flow rate is
one gallon of solvent per pound of garments (roughly 8 litres
of solvent per kilogram of garments) per minute, depending on
the size of the machine.
also checked for foreign objects. Items such as plastic pens will
dissolve in the solvent bath and may damage textiles beyond recovery.
Some textile dyes are "loose" (red being the main culprit), and
will shed dye during solvent immersion. These will not be included
in a load along with lighter-color textiles to avoid color transfer.
The solvent used must be distilled to remove impurities that may
transfer to clothing. Garments are checked for dry-cleaning compatibility,
including fasteners. Many decorative fasteners either are not
dry cleaning solvent proof or will not withstand the mechanical
action of cleaning. These will be removed and restitched after
the cleaning, or protected with a small padded protector. Fragile
items, such as feather bedspreads or tasseled rugs or hangings,
may be enclosed in a loose mesh bag. The density of perchloroethylene
is around 1.7 g/cm³ at room temperature (70% heavier than water),
and the sheer weight of absorbed solvent may cause the textile
to fail under normal
force during the extraction cycle unless the mesh bag provides
believe that marks or stains can be removed by dry cleaning. Not
every stain can be cleaned just by dry cleaning. Some need to
be treated with spotting solvents; sometimes by steam jet or by
soaking in special stain remover liquids before garments are washed
or dry cleaned. Also, garments stored in soiled condition for
a long time (two months or more) are difficult to bring back to
their original color and texture. Natural fibers such as wool,
cotton, and silk of lighter colors should not be left in dirty
or soiled condition for long amounts of time as they absorb dirt
in their texture and are unlikely to be restored to their original
color and finish.
wash cycle lasts for 8–15 minutes depending on the type of garments
and degree of soiling. During the first three minutes, solvent-soluble
soils dissolve into the perchloroethylene and loose, insoluble
soil comes off. It takes approximately ten to twelve minutes after
the loose soil has come off to remove the ground-in insoluble
soil from garments. Machines using hydrocarbon solvents require
a wash cycle of at least 25 minutes because of the much slower
rate of solvation of solvent-soluble soils. A dry-cleaning surfactant
"soap" may also be added.
At the end
of the wash cycle, the machine starts a rinse cycle wherein the
garment load is rinsed with fresh distilled solvent from the pure
solvent tank. This pure solvent rinse prevents discoloration caused
by soil particles being absorbed back onto the garment surface
from the "dirty" working solvent.
rinse cycle, the machine begins the extraction process, which
recovers dry-cleaning solvent for reuse. Modern machines recover
approximately 99.99% of the solvent employed. The extraction cycle
begins by draining the solvent from the washing chamber and accelerating
the basket to 350 to 450 rpm, causing much of the solvent to spin
free of the fabric. When no more solvent can be spun out, the
machine starts the drying cycle.
drying cycle, the garments are tumbled in a stream of warm air
(63°C/145°F) that circulates through the basket, evaporating any
traces of solvent left after the spin cycle. The air temperature
is controlled to prevent heat damage to the garments. The exhausted
warm air from the machine then passes through a chiller unit where
solvent vapors are condensed and returned to the distilled solvent
tank. Modern dry cleaning machines use a closed-loop system in
which the chilled air is reheated and recirculated. This results
in high solvent recovery rates and reduced air pollution. In the
early days of dry cleaning, large amounts of perchlorethylene
were vented to the atmosphere because it was regarded as cheap
and believed to be harmless.
drying cycle is complete, a deodorizing (aeration) cycle cools
the garments and removes the last traces of solvent, by circulating
cool outside air over the garments and then through a vapor recovery
filter made from activated carbon and polymer resins. After the
aeration cycle, the garments are clean and ready for pressing/finishing.
from the washing chamber passes through several filtration
steps before it is returned to the washing chamber. The first
step is a button trap, which prevents small objects such as lint,
fasteners, buttons, and coins from entering the solvent pump.
a thin layer of filter
cake (called muck) accumulates on the lint filter.
The muck is removed regularly (commonly once per day) and then
processed to recover solvent trapped in the muck. Many machines
use "spin disc filters," which remove the muck from the filter
by centripetal force while it is back washed with solvent.
lint filter, the solvent passes through an absorptive
cartridge filter. This filter is made from activated clays and
charcoal and removes fine insoluble soil and non-volatile residues,
along with dyes from the solvent. Finally, the solvent passes
through a polishing filter, which removes any soil not previously
removed. The clean solvent is then returned to the working solvent
cleaning power, small amounts of detergent
(0.5%-1.5%) are added to the working solvent and are essential
to its functionality. These detergents help dissolve hydrophilic
soils and keep soil from redepositing on garments. Depending on
the machine's design, either an anionic or a cationic detergent
solvent recovery is less than 100%, and because dry-cleaning does
not remove water-based stains well, entrepreneurs have developed
the wet cleaning
process, which is, in essence, cold-water washing and air drying,
using a computer-controlled washer and dryer. In general, wet
cleaning is regarded as being in its infancy, although low-tech
versions of it have been used for centuries.
symbol for dry cleaning is a circle. It may have a letter
P inside to indicate perchloroethylene solvent, or a letter F
inside to indicate a hydrocarbon solvent. A bar underneath the
circle indicates that only mild cleaning processes should be used.
A crossed-out empty circle indicates that no dry cleaning is permitted.
Residue — the waste material generated by cooking down or distilling
muck. Cooked powder residue is a hazardous
waste and will contain solvent, powdered filter material (diatomite),
carbon, non-volatile residues, lint, dyes, grease, soils, and
water. This material should then be disposed of in accordance
with local law.
sludge or solid residue from the still contains solvent, water,
soils, carbon, and other non-volatile residues. Still bottoms
from chlorinated solvent dry cleaning operations are hazardous
Perc is classified
as a hazardous air contaminant by the United
States Environmental Protection Agency and must be handled
as a hazardous
waste. To prevent it from getting into drinking water, dry
cleaners that use perc must take special precautions against site
contamination. Landlords are becoming increasingly reluctant to
allow dry cleaners to operate in their buildings. When released
into the air, perc can contribute to smog
when it reacts with other volatile organic carbon substances.
California declared perchloroethylene a toxic chemical in 1991,
and its use will become illegal in that state in 2023.
Glycolethers (dipropylene glycol tertiary-butyl
ether) (Rynex)(Solvair) — In many cases more effective than
perchloroethylene (perc) and in all cases more environmentally
friendly. Dipropylene glycol tertiary butyl ether (DPTB) has
a flashpoint far above current industry standards, yet at the
same time possesses a degree of solvency for water-soluble stains
that is at least equivalent to, and in most cases better than,
perc and the other glycol ether dry cleaning solvents presently
in commercial use. A particular advantage of the DPTB-water
solutions of the Rynex product in dry cleaning is that they
do not behave like a typical mixture, but, rather, the behavior
is the same as a single substance. This permits a better-defined
separation upon azeotropic distillation at a lower boiling point
and also facilitates reclamation more effectively, at a level
of 99% or greater, and also enhances purification using conventional
— This is most like standard dry cleaning, but the processes
use hydrocarbon solvents such as Exxon-Mobil’s
DF-2000 or Chevron
Phillips' EcoSolv. These petroleum-based
solvents are less aggressive than perc and require a longer
cleaning cycle. While flammable, these solvents do not present
a high risk of fire or explosion when used properly. Hydrocarbon
also contains volatile
organic compounds (VOCs) that contribute to smog.
or D5) — gentler on garments than Perc and does not cause color
loss. Requires a license be obtained to utilize the property
Cleaning. Though considerably more environmentally friendly,
the price of it is more than double that of perc, and GreenEarth
charges an annual affiliation fee.
Degrades within days in the environment to silica
and trace amounts of water and CO2. Produces nontoxic,
nonhazardous waste. Toxicity tests by Dow Corning shows the
solvent to increase the incidence of tumors in female rats (no
effects were seen in male rats), but further research concluded
that the effects observed in rats are not relevant to humans
because the biological pathway that results in tumor formation
is unique to rats.(170.6
°F/77 °C flash point).
hydrocarbon blends (Pure Dry)
— In use since the 1940s, perc is the most common solvent, the
"standard" for cleaning performance, and most aggressive cleaner.
It can cause color bleeding/loss, especially at higher temperatures,
and may destroy special trims, buttons, and beads on some garments.
Better for oil-based stains (which account for about 10% of
stains) than more common water-soluble stains (coffee, wine,
blood, etc). Known for leaving a characteristic chemical smell
on garments. Nonflammable.
CO2 — Consumer
Reports rated this method superior to conventional methods,
but the Drycleaning and Laundry Institute commented on its "fairly
low cleaning ability" in a 2007 report.
Another industry certification group, America's Best Cleaners,
counts CO2 cleaners among its members. Machinery
is expensive—up to $90,000 more than a perc machine, making
affordability difficult for small businesses. Some cleaners
with these machines keep traditional machines on-site for the
heavier soiled textiles, but others find plant enzymes to be
equally effective and more environmentally sustainable. CO2-cleaned
clothing does not off-gas volatile compounds. CO2
cleaning is also used for fire- and water-damage restoration
due to its effectiveness in removing toxic residues, soot and
associated odors of fire.
cleaning — A system that uses water and biodegradable
soap. Computer-controlled dryers and stretching machines ensure
that the fabric retains its natural size and shape. Wet cleaning
is claimed to clean a majority of "dry clean only" garments
safely, including leather, suede, most tailored woolens, silk,
and rayon. (Neckties
seem to be the one exception.) Most perc cleaners use wet cleaning
on some garments, but there are only about 20 exclusive wetcleaners
in the U.S.
is known for its long 8.5-mile (13.7 km) beach, mild climate,
and excellent surfing. The waves are a unique
natural effect caused by edge-diffraction of ocean swells by the
island of Catalina,
and waves from distant hurricanes.
main thoroughfare of Huntington Beach, Beach Boulevard, was originally
a cattle route for the main industry of the Rancho. Since its time
as a parcel of the enormous Spanish land grant, Huntington Beach
has undergone many incarnations. One time it was known Shell Beach,
the town of Smeltzer, and then Gospel Swamp for the revival meetings
that were held in the marshland where the community college Golden
West College can currently be found. Later it became known as
Fairview and then Pacific City as it developed into a tourist destination.
In order to secure access to the Red Car lines that used to criss-cross
Los Angeles and ended in Long Beach, Pacific City ceded enormous
power to railroad magnate Henry
Huntington, and thus became a city whose name has been written
into corporate sponsorship, and like much of the history of Southern
Beach incorporated on February 17, 1909 under its first mayor, Ed
Manning. Its original developer was the Huntington Beach Company
(formerly the West Coast Land and Water Company), a real-estate
development firm owned by Henry Huntington. The Huntington Beach
Company is still a major land-owner in the city, and still owns
most of the local mineral rights.
interesting hiccup in the settlement of the district occurred when
an encyclopedia company gave away free parcels of land, with the
purchase of a whole set for $126, in the Huntington Beach area that
it had acquired cheaply. The lucky buyers got more than they had
bargained for when oil was discovered in the area, and enormous
development of the oil reserves followed. Though many of the old
wells are empty, and the price of land for housing has pushed many
of the rigs off the landscape, oil pumps can still be found to dot
Beach was primarily agricultural in its early years with crops such
as celery and sugar beets. Holly Sugar
was a major employer with a large processing plant in the city that
was later converted to an oil refinery.
city's first high school, Huntington
Beach High School was built in 1906. The school's team, the
Oilers, is named after the city's original natural resource.
Airport, a small general aviation airport, existed in Huntington
Beach from the 1950s until 1989.
Beach at Sunset
to the United States Census
Bureau, the city has a total area of 81.7 square kilometres
(31.5 sq mi). 68.3 km2 (26.4 sq mi)
of it is land and 13.4 km2 (5.2 sq mi)
of it (16.38%) is water.
entire city of Huntington Beach lies in area
codes 657 and 714, except for small parts of Huntington Harbour
(along with Sunset Beach, the unincorporated community adjacent
to Huntington Harbour), which is in the 562
Beach has a Mediterranean climate
(Köppen climate classificationCsb). The climate is generally sunny, dry and cool, although
evenings can be excessively damp. In the morning and evening, there
are often strong breezes, 15 mph (24 km/h). Ocean water
temperatures average 55 °F (13 °C) to 65 °F (18 °C).
In the summer, temperatures rarely exceed 85 °F (29 °C).
In the winter, temperatures rarely fall below 40 °F (4 °C),
even on clear nights. There are about 14 inches (360 mm)
of rain, almost all in mid-winter. Frost occurs only rarely on the
coldest winter nights. The area is annually affected by a marine
layer caused by the cool air of the Pacific Ocean meeting the
warm air over the land. This results in overcast and foggy conditions
in May and June.
of any kind on the beach is prohibited without a vote of the people,
allowing Huntington Beach to retain its natural tie to the ocean
rather than having the view obscured by residential and commercial
Downtown Huntington Beach and Huntington Harbour lies a large marshy
wetland, much of which is protected within the Bolsa
Chica Ecological Reserve. A $110 million restoration of the
wetlands was completed in 2006. The Reserve is popular with bird
watchers and photographers.
of Downtown, the Talbert and Magnolia Marshes lie on a strip of
undeveloped land parallel to Huntington State Beach and are in the
process of restoration, as well.
northern and southern beaches (Bolsa
Chica State Beach and Huntington
State Beach, respectively) are state parks. Only the central
beach (Huntington City Beach) is maintained by the city. Camping
and RVs are permitted here, and popular campsites for the Fourth
of July and the Surfing Championships must be reserved many
months in advance. Bolsa Chica State Beach is actually a sand bar
fronting the Bolsa Bay and Bolsa Chica State Ecological Reserve.
Harbour from the air
Orange County run Sunset Marina Park next to Huntington Harbour
is part of Anaheim Bay. It is suitable for light craft, and includes
a marina, launching ramp, basic services, a picnic area and a few
restaurants. The park is in Seal
Beach, but is only reachable from Huntington Harbour. The Sunset/Huntington
Harbour area is patrolled by the Orange
County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol.
were 73,657 households out of which 29.0% had children under the
age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married
couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with
no husband present, and 35.2% were non-families. 24.3% of all households
were made up of individuals and 6.7% had someone living alone who
was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56
and the average family size was 3.08.
the city the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age
of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 34.9% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to
64, and 10.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age
was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 100.4 males. For
every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.6 males.
to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the city
was $81,112, and the median income for a family was $101,023. Adult
males had a median income of $52,018 versus $38,046 for adult females.
The per capita income for the
city was $36,964. About 4.3% of families and 6.6% of the population
were below the poverty
line, including 8.2% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those
age 65 or over.
unemployment rate in Huntington Beach is one of the lowest among
large (over 100,000) cities in the United States at 1.9%.
to Huntington Beach's 2008 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,
the top employers in the city are:
Regency Huntington Beach
Depot (including Expo)
Beach sits above a large natural fault structure containing oil.
Although the oil is mostly depleted, extraction continues at a slow
rate, and still provides significant local income. There are only
two off-shore extraction facilities left, however, and the day is
not far off when oil production
in the city will cease and tourism will replace it as the primary
revenue source for resident industry.
city is discussing closing off Main Street to cars from PCH through
the retail shopping and restaurant areas, making it a pedestrian
zone only. Other shopping centers include Bella
Terra, built on the former Huntington Center site, and Old World
Village, a German-themed center.
Beach has an off-shore oil terminus for the tankers that support
the Alaska Pipeline.
The terminus pipes run inland to a refinery in Santa Fe Springs.
Huntington Beach also has the Gothard-Talbert terminus for the Orange
County portion of the pipeline running from the Chevron El Segundo
Beach contains a major installation of Boeing,
A number of installations on the Boeing campus were originally constructed
to service the Apollo
Program, most notably the production of the S-IVB
upper stage for the Saturn IB and Saturn
V rockets, and some nearby telephone poles are still marked
"Apollo Dedicated Mission Control Line."
Beach contains the administrative headquarters of Sea
Launch, a commercial space vehicle launch enterprise whose largest
stockholder is Boeing.
Beach contains a small industrial district in its northwest corner,
near the borders with Westminster and Seal Beach.
Huntington Beach retains its 15-year trademark of Surf City Huntington
Beach, the Huntington Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau filed
four applications to register the Surf City USA trademark
in November 2004. The idea was to market the city by creating an
authentic brand based on Southern California's beach culture and
active outdoor lifestyle while at the same time creating a family
of product licensees who operate like a franchise family producing
a revenue stream that could also be dedicated to promoting the brand
and city. A ruling by the U.S.
Patent and Trademark Office released on May 12, 2006 awarded
three trademark registrations to the Bureau; nine additional trademark
registrations have been granted since this time and ten other Surf
City USA trademarks are now under consideration. One of the first
products the Bureau developed to promote its brand was the Surf
City USA Beach Cruiser by Felt Bicycles in 2006. The product has
sold out every year in markets worldwide and created demand for
a second rental bicycle model that will be marketed to resort locations
across the globe starting in 2009. The Bureau now has dozens of
other licensed products on the market from Surf City USA soft drinks
to clothing to glassware. As of April 2008, the Bureau had more
than 20 licensing partners with over 50 different products being
prepared to enter the market over the next 18 months. Four of the
Bureau's registrations of the trademark are now on the principal
register and the remaining ten trademark applications are expected
to follow. The Bureau is actively considering registration of the
Surf City USA trademark in several different countries and anticipates
a growing market for its branded products overseas in coming years.
ongoing dispute between Huntington Beach and Santa
Cruz, California over the trademark garnered negative national
publicity in 2007 when a law firm representing Huntington Beach
sent a cease-and-desist letter to a Santa Cruz t-shirt vendor. A
settlement was reached in January, 2008, which allows the Huntington
Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau to retain the trademark.
downtown district includes an active art center, a colorful shopping
district, and the International Surfing Museum. This district was
also once the home of the famous restaurant and music club "The
Golden Bear." In the late 1960s and 1970s it hosted many famous
bands and acts. The Huntington
Beach Pier stretches from Main Street into the Pacific Ocean.
At the end of the pier is
a Ruby's Diner. The Surf Theatre, which was located one block north
of the pier, gained fame in the 1960s and 1970s for showing independent
surf films such as The Endless
Summer and Five Summer
Stories. The Surf Theatre was owned and operated by Hugh
Larry Thomas from 1961 until it was demolished in 1989. A newer
version of The Surf Theatre is now closed, but the International
Surf Museum has preserved its memory with a permanent exhibit featuring
vintage seats and screening of surfing movies once shown at a Huntington
Arts and culture
of the events at Huntington Beach are focused around the beach during
the summer. The U.S. Open of Surfing
and Beach Games are featured on the south side of the pier. Huntington
Beach is a stop on the AVP
beach volleyball tour. A biathlon (swim/run) hosted by the Bolsa
Chica & Huntington State Beach Lifeguards takes place in July,
early at dawn. The race begins at the Santa
Ana River Jetties and ends at Warner Avenue, Bolsa
Chica State Beach. Huntington Beach Junior Lifeguard day
camps are held which teaches preadolescents and adolescents
ocean swimming, running, and first-aid medical knowledge.
addition to the beach-focused events, the Fourth
of July parade has been held since 1904. The SoCal Independent
Film Festival takes place every September.
the winter the annual Cruise of Lights Boat Tour is held in the
Huntington Harbour neighborhood. This is a parade of colorful lighted
boats as well as boat tours to view the decorated homes. The annual
Kite Festival is held just north of the pier in late February.
Beach hosts car shows such as the Beachcruiser Meet and a Concours
d'Elegance. The Beachcruiser Meet is held in March, attracting
over 250 classic cars displayed along Main Street and the Pier parking
lot. A Concours d'Elegance is held at Central Park in June and benefits
the public library.
City Nights is held during the entire year. The community-spirited
event features a farmer's market, unique entertainment, food, kiddie
rides and a carnival atmosphere, each Tuesday evening. Surf City
Nights is presented by the Huntington Beach Downtown Business Improvement
District (HBDBID) and the City of Huntington Beach. The event takes
place in the first three blocks of Main Street from Pacific Coast
Highway to Orange Avenue.
Beach is the site of the world surfing championships,
held in the summer every year. The city is often referred to as
"Surf City" because of this high profile event, its history and
culture of surfing. It is often called the "Surfing Capital of the
World", not for the height of the waves, but rather for the consistent
quality of surf. Gordon Duane established the city's first surf
shop, Gordie's Surfboards, in 1955.
Surf and beaches
from sponsored surf events, Huntington Beach has some of the best
surf breaks in the State of California
and that of the United States. Huntington
Beach has four different facing beaches: Northwest, West, Southwest,
and South. Northwest consists of Bolsa
Chica State Beach with a length of 3.3 miles (5.3 km),
the West consist of "The Cliffs" or "Dog Beach", Southwest is considered
everything north of the pier which is operated by the City of Huntington
Beach. South consists in everything south of the pier which primarily
focuses on Huntington State Beach
(2.2 Miles), which almost faces true South.
Chica State Beach is operated by the State of California,
Dept. Parks & Recreation, and the Bolsa Chica State Beach Lifeguards.
The beach is very narrow and the sand is very coarse. Bolsa Chica
tends to have better surf with NW/W swells during the winter season.
During the summer months the beach picks up south/southwest swells
at a very steep angle. Due to the bottom of the beach, surf
at Bolsa Chica tends to be slowed down and refined to soft shoulders.
Longboards are the best option for surfing in the Bolsa Chica area.
Cliffs" or "Dog Beach" is also another popular surf spot. This segment
of Huntington Beach obtains these names because dogs are allowed
around the cliff area. Beach is very restricted and often is submerged
with high tides. Surf at this location tends to be even bigger than
Bolsa Chica during the winter and often better. During the summer
most of the South/Southwest swells slide right by and often break
poorly. The best option is to take out a longboard, but shortboards
will do at times. Dolphins have also been sighted in this area.
north and south of the Huntington Beach Pier are some well defined
sandbars that shift throughout the year with the different swells.
Southside of the Pier is often a popular destination during the
summer for good surf, but the Northside can be just as well during
the winter. Around the Pier it all depends on the swell and the
sandbars. Shortboard is your best option for surfing around the
Huntington Beach, also known as Huntington
State Beach, is where all the south swells impact the coastline.
Huntington State Beach is operated by the State of California, Department
of Parks & Recreation, and Huntington State Beach Lifeguards.
This beach is very wide with plenty of sand.
shift during the spring, summer and fall seasons, thus creating
excellent surf conditions with a combination South/West/Northwest
swell. Due to the Santa Ana River
jetties located at the southern most end of the beach, large sandbars
extend across and upcoast, forcing swells to break extremely fast
and hollow. Best seasons for surfing at this beach is the summer
and fall. The best option for surfing in this area is a shortboard.
Beach is also a popular destination for kite
surfing, and this sport can be viewed on the beach northwest
of the pier.
Beach is the host city of the National
Professional Paintball League Super 7 Paintball Championships.
The NPPL holds its first event of the year traditionally between
the dates of March 23 through March 26.
Beach also hosts the annual Surf City USA Marathon and Half-Marathon,
which is usually held on the first Sunday of February.
Parks and recreation
Beach has a very large Central Park, located between Gothard and
Edwards Streets to the east and west, and Slater and Ellis Avenues
to the north and south. The park is vegetated with xeric
(low water use) plants, and inhabited by native wildlife. Thick
forests encircling the park are supplemented with Australian
trees, particularly eucalyptus, a high
water use plant.
Huntington Beach Public
Library is located in Central Park in a notable building designed
by Richard Neutra and Dion
Neutra. It houses almost a half-million volumes, as well as
a theater, gift shop and fountains. The library was founded as a
Carnegie library in 1914, and has
been continuously supported by the city and local activists, with
new buildings and active branches at Banning, Oak View, Main Street,
and Graham. The library has significant local historical materials
and has a special genealogical reference
collection. It is independent of the state and county library systems.
park is also home of Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center,
a top class boarding facility that also offers horse rentals to
the public, with guided trail rides through the park. There is also
a "mud park" available for kids. The world's second oldest disc
golf course is available in the park, as are two small dining areas,
a sports complex for adult use, and the Shipley Nature Center.
Chica Wetlands, which are diminishing rapidly due to development,
contains numerous trails and scenic routes. The wetlands themselves
have recently been connected with the ocean again, in effort to
maintain its previous, unaltered conditions.
to the city’s most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,
the city’s various funds had $295.6 million in Revenues, $287.7
million in expenditures, $1,046.6 million in total assets, $202.8
million in total liabilities, and $87.1 million in cash and investments.
structure of the management and coordination of city services is:
Lee, who plays the lead character Earl in the television
show My Name
is Earl, grew up in Huntington Beach and graduated from
Ocean View High School.
passed away here on March 22, 2006. He was known for starring
on Zorro as Captain Monastario.[citation
famed pornographic actress, resides in Huntington Harbour
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protection in Huntington Beach is provided by the Huntington
Beach Fire Department. Law enforcement is provided by the Huntington
Beach Police Department. Huntington Beach Marine Safety Officers
and its seasonal lifeguards are recognized as some of the best in
the world with a top notch safety record. It has an active Community
Emergency Response Team training program, that trains citizens
as Disaster Service Workers certified by Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a part of a free program
run by the fire department's Office of Emergency Services.
services are also provided at State Beach locations. Peace Officers
and lifeguards can be found at Bolsa Chica and Huntington State
Beach. Such services consist of: aquatic rescues, boat rescues,
first aid and law enforcement. All services are provided by the
State of California, Dept. Parks & Recreation.
1926, the Santa Ana River dam failed,
and flash-flooded its entire delta.
The southern oceanic terminus of this delta is now a settled area
of Huntington Beach. The distant dam is still functional, but silting
up, which is expected to reduce its storage volume, and therefore
its effectiveness at flood-prevention. The flood and dam-endangered
areas are protected by a levee, but lenders require expensive flood
insurance in the delta. There have been serious discussions to eliminate
the need for flood insurance and this requirement has already been
waived in some areas and may one day no longer be considered a credible
it is a seaside city, Huntington Beach has had tsunami
warnings, storm surge (its pier
has been rebuilt three times), sewage spills, tornadoes and waterspouts.
The cold offshore current prevents hurricanes. The Pier that was
rebuilt in the 1990s was engineered to withstand severe storms or
fractions of the settled delta are in earthquake
liquefaction zones above known active faults. Most of the local
faults are named after city streets.
residents (and even city hall) live within sight and sound of active
oil extraction and drilling operations. These occasionally spew
oil, causing expensive clean-ups. Large parts of the developed land
have been contaminated by heavy metals from the water separated
local oil has such extreme mercury contamination that metallic mercury
is regularly drained from oil pipelines and equipment. Oil operations
increase when the price of oil rises. Some oil fields have been
approved for development. The worst-polluted
areas have been reclaimed as parks. At least one Superfund
site, too contaminated to be a park, is at the junction of Magnolia
and Hamilton streets, near Edison High School.
Beach has the following sister
city relationships, according to the Huntington Beach Sister
area encompassing Fountain Valley was originally inhabited by the
Tongva people. European settlement of the
area began when Manuel Nieto was granted
the land for Rancho Los Nietos,
which encompassed over 300,000 acres (1,200 km2),
including present-day Fountain Valley. Control of the land was subsequently
transferred to Mexico upon independence from
Spain, and then to the United
States as part of the Treaty
of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
city was incorporated in 1957, before which it was known as Talbert
(also as Gospel Swamps by residents). The name of Fountain Valley
refers to the very high water table
in the area at the time the name was chosen, and the many corresponding
artesian wells in the area. Early
settlers constructed drainage canals to make the land usable for
agriculture, which remained the dominant use of land until the 1960s,
when construction of large housing tracts accelerated.
Valley is located at
(33.708618, -117.956295). The elevation of the city is approximately
twenty feet above sea level, slightly lower than surrounding areas.
This is especially noticeable in the southwest area of the city,
where several streets have a steep grade
as they cross into Huntington
were 18,162 households out of which 34.3% had children under the
age of 18 living with them, 63.4% were married
couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with
no husband present, and 21.7% were non-families. 16.0% of all households
were made up of individuals and 5.5% had someone living alone who
was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.00
and the average family size was 3.35. More than 1/3 of all the housing
units in the city are those other than single-family homes, such
the city the population was spread out with 23.5% under the age
of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 27.2% from 45 to
64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age
was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.6 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.0 males.
median income for a household in the city was $78,729, and the median
income for a family was $90,335. Males had a median income of $60,399
versus $43,089 for females. The per
capita income for the city was $48,521. About 1.6% of families
and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty
line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those
age 65 or over.
Valley is home to Mile Square
Regional Park, a 640 acres (2.6 km2) park
containing two lakes, three 18-hole golf courses, playing fields,
picnic shelters, and a 20-acre (81,000 m2) urban
nature area planted with California
native plants, a 55-acre (220,000 m2) recreation
center with tennis courts, basketball courts, racquetball courts,
a gymnasium, and the Kingston Boys & Girls Club; also a community
center and a new senior center that opened in June, 2005. A major
redevelopment of the recreation center and city-administered sports
fields was completed in early 2009.
protection and emergency medical services are provided by two stations
of the Fountain Valley Fire Department. Law enforcement is provided
by the Fountain Valley Police Department. Ambulance service is provided
by Care Ambulance Service.
Orange County Sanitation District's primary plant is located in
Fountain Valley next to the Santa Ana River. The agency is the third-largest
sanitation district in the western United States. This location
is also home to the agency's administrative offices, as well as
the offices of the Municipal Water District of Orange County, a
member of the Metropolitan
Water District of Southern California
Valley has two fully accredited major medical centers: the Fountain
Valley Regional Hospital with 400 beds available, and Orange Coast
Memorial Hospital with 230 beds and a medical clinic. Orange Coast
Memorial recently announced plans for a six-story outpatient
center to be added. The project was initially met by some opposition
due to its height and location next to residences, but was eventually
approved unanimously by the city council.
city also has 18 churches, one Reformsynagogue, a mosque and a public library.
a suburban city, most of Fountain Valley's
residents commute to work in other urban centers. However in recent
years, the city has seen an increase in commercial jobs in the city,
with the growth of a commercial center near the Santa
Ana River known as the "Southpark" district.
the economy of the area was once based mainly on agriculture, the
remaining production consists of several fields of strawberries
or other small crops, which are gradually being replaced by new
Valley is home to the national headquarters of Hyundai
Motor Company and D-Link Corporation,
the global headquarters of memory chip manufacturer Kingston
Technologies, and the corporate headquarters of Surefire,
LLC, maker of military and commercial flashlights. The Southpark
commercial area is also home to offices for companies such as D-Link,
Starbucks, Satura and the Orange County
Register. There are also a limited number of light industrial companies
in this area. In addition, Fountain Valley is the location for Noritz,
a tankless water heater manufacturer.
increasing commercial growth can be evidenced by the frequent rush-hour
traffic bottlenecks on the San Diego (405) Freeway through Fountain
addition to the San Diego Freeway, which bisects the city, Fountain
Valley is served by several bus lines operated by the Orange
County Transportation Authority. Bus routes 33, 35, 37, 70,
72, 74, and 172 cover the city's major streets.
of the major roads are equipped with bicyclelanes, especially around
Mile Square Park, which offers wide bike paths along the major streets
that mark its boundary. Dedicated bike paths along the Santa
Ana River run from the city of Corona
to the Pacific Ocean.
was incorporated in 1957, at which time it had 10,755 residents.
Originally, the city was named Tri-City because it was the
amalgamation of three cities: Westminster, Barber City, and Midway
City. Midway City ultimately
turned down incorporation, leaving Barber City to be absorbed into
the newly incorporated Westminster. The former Barber City was located
in the western portion of the current City of Westminster.
were 26,406 households out of which 37.8% had children under the
age of 18 living with them, 58.4% were married
couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with
no husband present, and 22.7% were non-families. 16.9% of all households
were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who
was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.32
and the average family size was 3.71.
the city the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age
of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 32.6% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to
64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age
was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 99.9 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.9 males.
median income for a household in the city was $49,450, and the median
income for a family was $54,399. Males had a median income of $37,157
versus $28,392 for females. The per
capita income for the city was $18,218. About 10.7% of families
and 13.5% of the population were below the poverty
line, including 18.0% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those
age 65 or over.
is located at (33.752418, -117.993938). According to the United
States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 26.2 km²
(10.1 mi²), all land.
Bonneville,Drags record holder inventor
Engine builder record holder innovator
"Gill" Orgillon Musician for the Industrial music band S.E.M;I
and final resting place for the victims of the Pan Am plane
involved in the Tenerife
Disaster March 27 1977 is located in Westminster.
War Memorial is located Sid Goldstein Freedom Park, next to
the Westminster Civic Center. The project was initiated by Westminster
City Councilman Frank G. Fry in 1997 and completed in 2003.
incorporated in 1906, is a city in Orange
County, California, United States 10 miles (16 km)
south of downtown Santa Ana.
As of January 1, 2009, the population was 86,252. The current OMB
metropolitan designation for Newport Beach lies within the Santa
Ana-Anaheim-Irvine area. The city is currently one of the wealthiest
communities in California and consistently places high in United
1870 a steamer named "The Vaquero" made its first trip to a marshy
lagoon for trading. Ranch owners in the Lower Bay decided from then
on that the area should be called "Newport."
1905 city development increased when Pacific
Electric Railroad established a southern terminus in Newport
connecting the beach with downtown Los
Angeles. In 1906 with a population of 206 citizens, the scattered
settlements were incorporated as the City of Newport Beach.
Beach extends in elevation from sea level
to the 1161 ft (354 m.) summit of Signal Peak in the San
Joaquin Hills, but the official elevation is 25 feet (8 m) above
sea level at a location of
Beach has a Mediterranean climate
(Köppen climate classificationCsb). Like many coastal cities in Orange and Los Angeles
Counties, Newport Beach exhibits weak temperature variation, both
diurnally and seasonally, compared to inland cities even a few miles
from the ocean. The Pacific Ocean greatly moderates Newport Beach's
climate by warming winter temperatures and cooling summer temperatures.
were 33,071 households out of which 18.0% had children under the
age of 18 living with them, 42.5% were married
couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with
no husband present, and 48.7% were non-families. 35.3% of all households
were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who
was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09
and the average family size was 2.71.
the city the population was spread out with 15.7% under the age
of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 33.0% from 25 to 44, 27.2% from 45 to
64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age
was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 97.9 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.6 males.
to a 2008 US Census estimate, the median income for a household
in the city was $110,511, while the median family income was $162,976.
Males had a median income of $73,425 versus $45,409 for females.
The per capita income for the
city was $63,015. About 2.1% of families and 4.4% of the population
were below the poverty
line, including 3.0% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those
age 65 or over.
prices in Newport Beach ranked eighth highest in the United States
in a 2009 survey.
of October 2008, there were 35,870 registered Republicans and 13,850
is a suburban city
in Orange County, California,
United States. The population was
116,479 as of January 1, 2009 . Since its incorporation in 1953,
the city has grown from a semi-rural farming community of 16,840
to a suburban city with an economy based
on retail, commerce and light manufacturing.
war, California became part of the
United States and American settlers
arrived in this area and formed the town of Fairview in the 1880s
near the modern intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Adams Avenue.
An 1889 flood wiped out the railroad
serving the community, however, and it shriveled.
the south, meanwhile, the community of Harper had arisen on a siding
of the Santa
Ana and Newport Railroad, named after a local rancher. This
town prospered on its agricultural goods. On May
11, 1920, Harper changed
its name to Costa Mesa, which literally means "coastal table" in
Spanish. This is a reference to
the city's geography as being a plateau by the coast.
Mesa surged in population during and after World
War II, as many thousands trained at Santa
Ana Army Air Base and returned after the war with their families.
Within three decades of incorporation, the city's population had
Mesa's local economy relies heavily on retail and services. The
single largest center of commercial activity is South
Coast Plaza, a shopping
center noted for its architecture and size. The volume of sales
generated by South Coast Plaza, on the strength of 322 stores, places
it among the highest volume regional shopping centers in the nation.
It generates more than one billion dollars per year. Some manufacturing
activity also takes place in the city, mostly in the industrial,
southwestern quarter, which is home to a number of electronics,
pharmaceuticals and plastics firms.
commercial district surrounding South Coast Plaza, which contains
parts of northern Costa Mesa and southern Santa Ana, is sometimes
called South Coast Metro.
general law city, Costa Mesa has a council-manager form of government.
Voters elect a five-member City Council, all at-large seats, who
in turn select a mayor who acts as its chairperson and head of the
government. Day to day, the city is run by a professional city manager
and staff of approximately 600 full-time employees.
of the city and coordination of city services are provided by:
Allan L. Roeder
Assistant City Manager
Thomas R. Hatch
Kimberly Hall Barlow
Director of Administrative Services
Steven N. Mandoki
Director of Development Services
Donald D. Lamm
Director of Finance
Director of Public Works
Michael F. Morgan
9.5 acre (38,000 m²) Costa Mesa Civic Center is located at
77 Fair Drive. City Hall is a five-story building where the primary
administrative functions of the City are conducted. Also contained
in the Civic Center complex are Council Chambers, the Police facility,
Communications building and Fire Station No. 5.
Mesa is located at (33.664969, -117.912289). Located 37 miles
(60 km) southeast of Los
Angeles, 88 miles (142 km) north of San
Diego and 425 miles (684 km) south of San
Francisco, Costa Mesa encompasses a total of 16 square
miles (41 km2) with its southernmost border only
1-mile (1.6 km) from the Pacific Ocean. According to the United
States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 40.6 km²
(15.7 mi²). 40.5 km² (15.6 mi²) of it is land and
0.2 km² (0.1 mi²) of it (0.38%) is water.
were 39,206 households out of which 29.2% had children under the
age of 18 living with them, 42.8% were married
couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with
no husband present, and 41.9% were non-families. 28.1% of all households
were made up of individuals and 6.3% had someone living alone who
was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69
and the average family size was 3.34.
the city the population was spread out with 23.2% under the age
of 18, 11.2% from 18 to 24, 39.0% from 25 to 44, 18.1% from 45 to
64, and 8.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
32 years. For every 100 females there were 105.0 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.9 males.
median income for a household in the city was $50,732, and the median
income for a family was $55,456. Males had a median income of $38,670
versus $32,365 for females. The per
capita income for the city was $23,342. About 8.2% of families
and 12.6% of the population were below the poverty
line, including 16.0% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those
age 65 or over.
Mesa has two high schools, Costa
Mesa High School and Estancia
High School. Costa Mesa has two public middle schools; Tewinkle
Middle School, which was named after Costa Mesa's first mayor, and
Costa Mesa Middle School which shares the same campus as Costa Mesa
High School. Costa Mesa also has two alternative high schools that
share the same campus, Back Bay High School and Monte Vista High
School. Costa Mesa High School's sports programs have been very
successful, and Costa Mesa graduates include 2008 Olympic high jumper
on, the area that is now Seal Beach was known as "Anaheim Landing",
as the boat landing and seaside recreation area named after the
nearby town of Anaheim.
the 20th century, it was known as Bay City, but there was already
a Bay City located in Northern California. When the time came to
incorporate on 25
October 1915, the town was named Seal Beach. The town
became a popular recreation destination in the area, and featured
a beach-side amusement park long before Disneyland was founded inland.
Beach encompasses the Leisure
World retirement gated community
with roughly 9,000 residents. This was the first major planned
retirement community of its type in the U.S. The small gated community
Colony southwest of the Weapons Station is also part of Seal
main body of Seal Beach consists of many neighborhoods.
were 13,048 households, out of which 13.8% had children under the
age of 18 living with them, 38.2% were married
couples living together, 5.3% had a female householder with
no husband present, and 54.9% were non-families. 48.8% of all households
were made up of individuals and 34.5% had someone living alone who
was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.83
and the average family size was 2.65.
the city the population was spread out with 13.3% under the age
of 18, 4.0% from 18 to 24, 21.5% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to
64, and 37.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age
was 54 years. For every 100 females there were 78.3 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.4 males.
median income for a household in the city was $42,079, and the median
income for a family was $72,071. Males had a median income of $61,654
versus $41,615 for females. The per
capita income for the city was $34,589. About 3.2% of families
and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty
line, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those
age 65 or over.
major employer in Seal Beach is the Boeing
Company, employing roughly 2,000 people. Their facility was originally
built to manufacture the second stage of the
Saturn V rocket for NASA's
Apollo manned space flight missions
to the Moon and for the Skylab
program. Boeing Homeland
Security & Services (airport security, etc.) is based in
Seal Beach and Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems (satellite
systems and classified programs) is headquartered in Seal Beach.
Boeing is the world's largest satellite
Arts and culture
Landing" on an 1875 map.
(now Seal Beach), 1891.
Lions Club Pancake Breakfast
in April, and their Fish Fry (started in 1943) in July are two of
the biggest events in Seal Beach. There has been a Rough Water Swim
the same weekend as the Fish Fry since the 1960s. The Seal Beach
Chamber of Commerce sponsors many events, including: a Classic Car
Show in April, a Summer Concert series in July & August, the
in December along with Santa & the Reindeer. Also in the fall
is the Kite Festival
Electric Avenue where the railroad tracks used to run, there is
the Red Car Museum 
which features a restored Pacific
Electric Railway Red Car. The Red Car trolley tracks once passed
through Seal Beach going south to the Balboa
Peninsula in Newport Beach.
Going north into Long Beach you could then take the Red Cars through
much of Los Angeles County.
Beach is also home to the Bay
Theatre, a popular venue for independent film and revival screenings.
Seal Beach National Wildlife
Refuge is located on part of the Naval Weapons Station Seal
Beach. Much of the refuge's 911 acres (3.69 km2)
is the remnant of the saltwater marsh in the
Anaheim Bay estuary (the rest of the marsh
became the bayside community of Huntington Harbour, which is part
of Huntington Beach). Three endangered species, the light-footed
Clapper Rail, the California
Least Tern, and the Belding's Savannah
Sparrow, can be found nesting in the refuge. With the loss and
degradation of coastal wetlands in California, the remaining habitat,
including the Bolsa Chica
Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach and Upper Newport Bay
in Newport Beach, has
become much more important for migrating and wintering shorebirds,
waterfowl, and seabirds. Although the refuge is a great place for
birdwatching, because it is part of the weapons station, access
is limited and usually restricted to once-a-month tours.
on a crowded summer afternoon
second longest wooden pier in California (the
longest is in Oceanside) is
located in Seal Beach and is used for fishing
There is also a restaurant (Ruby's) at the end of the pier. The
pier has periodically suffered severe damage due to storms and other
mishaps, requiring extensive reconstruction. A plaque at the pier's
entrance memorializes Federal Emergency Administration of Public
Works, 1938, Project No. Calif. 1723-F, a rebuilding necessitated
by storms in 1935. Another plaque honors the individuals, businesses,
and groups who helped rebuild the pier after a storm on March
2, 1983, tore away several sections. Most prominent was
a "Save the Pier" group formed in response to an initial vote by
the City Council not to repair the pier. The ensuing outcry of dismay
among residents caused the City Council to reverse its stance while
claiming the city lacked the necessary funds. Residents mobilized
and eventually raised $2.3 million from private and public donors
to rebuild the pier.
locations in Seal Beach include the Seal Beach pier and "Stingray
Bay" (or Ray Bay—the surfer's nickname for the mouth of the San
Gabriel River—the stingrays are attracted by the heated water
from several upstream powerplants).
Classic longboard builders in the area include Harbour Surfboards
established in 1959 in Seal Beach and Bruce Jones Surfboards in
Sunset Beach. The classic surf trunks of Kanvas
by Katin in nearby Sunset Beach are world famous.
USA Water Polo National Aquatic Center, where the men's and
women's US Olympic water polo teams train, is located on the US
Military Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos, adjacent to
Seal Beach. The facility is also used for major water
polo tournaments, swim classes, and swim teams.
marina for recreational craft operated by the City of Long Beach
is adjacent to Seal Beach.
Beach is currently under the Los Alamitos School District. Younger
students (K-5) go to McGaugh Elementary School or Hopkinson Elementary
School. Students in grades 6-8 attend either Oak Middle School or
McAuliffe Middle School. High school students go to Los
Alamitos High School. Until 2000, the Orange
County High School of the Arts was part of Los Alamitos High
School. In 2000, the school district suffered a major blow when
the community lost the Orange County High School of the Arts to
Santa Ana, where it is now located.
the 2001 film American Pie 2,
the beach town the gang drives through is Main Street in Seal Beach.
The same street was used for the 1967 motorcycle-gang film The
Born Losers which introduced the Billy
short-lived afternoon televisionsoap
opera, "Sunset Beach",
was named after the unincorporated community of Sunset
Beach just south of Seal Beach. All the still house shots were
of houses in Seal Beach. They also filmed almost all of the beach
scenes in Seal Beach.
Goodman, singer-songwriter and author of "City
of New Orleans", "A Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request" and "You
Never Even Call Me By My Name" made Seal Beach his home from
1980 until his death in 1984.
County is a county in Southern California, United States. Its county
seat is Santa Ana. According to the 2000 Census, its population
was 2,846,289, making it the second most populous county in the
state of California, and the fifth most populous in the United States.
The state of California estimates its population as of 2007 to be
3,098,121 people, dropping its rank to third, behind San Diego County.
Thirty-four incorporated cities are located in Orange County; the
newest is Aliso Viejo.
Unlike many other large centers of population in the United States,
Orange County uses its county name as its source of identification
whereas other places in the country are identified by the large
city that is closest to them. This is because there is no defined
center to Orange County like there is in other areas which have
one distinct large city. Five Orange County cities have populations
exceeding 170,000 while no cities in the county have populations
surpassing 360,000. Seven of these cities are among the 200 largest
cities in the United States.
Orange County is also famous as a tourist destination, as the county
is home to such attractions as Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm,
as well as sandy beaches for swimming and surfing, yacht harbors
for sailing and pleasure boating, and extensive area devoted to
parks and open space for golf, tennis, hiking, kayaking, cycling,
skateboarding, and other outdoor recreation. It is at the center
of Southern California's Tech Coast, with Irvine being the primary
The average price of a home in Orange County is $541,000. Orange
County is the home of a vast number of major industries and service
organizations. As an integral part of the second largest market
in America, this highly diversified region has become a Mecca for
talented individuals in virtually every field imaginable. Indeed
the colorful pageant of human history continues to unfold here;
for perhaps in no other place on earth is there an environment more
conducive to innovative thinking, creativity and growth than this
exciting, sun bathed valley stretching between the mountains and
the sea in Orange County.
Orange County was Created March 11 1889, from part of Los Angeles
County, and, according to tradition, so named because of the flourishing
orange culture. Orange, however, was and is a commonplace name in
the United States, used originally in honor of the Prince of Orange,
son-in-law of King George II of England.
March 11, 1889 Legislative Districts:
* Congressional: 38th-40th, 42nd & 43
* California Senate: 31st-33rd, 35th & 37
* California Assembly: 58th, 64th, 67th, 69th, 72nd & 74
County Seat: Santa Ana County Information:
Robert E. Thomas Hall of Administration
10 Civic Center Plaza, 3rd Floor, Santa Ana 92701 Telephone: (714)834-2345 Fax: (714)834-3098 County Government Website:http://www.oc.ca.gov
communities Some of the communities that exist within city
limits are listed below:
* Anaheim Hills, Anaheim * Balboa Island, Newport Beach *
Corona del Mar, Newport Beach * Crystal Cove / Pelican Hill,
Newport Beach * Capistrano Beach, Dana Point * El Modena,
Orange * French Park, Santa Ana * Floral Park, Santa Ana *
Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest * Monarch Beach, Dana Point *
Nellie Gail, Laguna Hills * Northwood, Irvine * Woodbridge,
Irvine * Newport Coast, Newport Beach * Olive, Orange * Portola
Hills, Lake Forest * San Joaquin Hills, Laguna Niguel * San
Joaquin Hills, Newport Beach * Santa Ana Heights, Newport
Beach * Tustin Ranch, Tustin * Talega, San Clemente * West
Garden Grove, Garden Grove * Yorba Hills, Yorba Linda * Mesa
Verde, Costa Mesa
Unincorporated communities These communities are outside
of the city limits in unincorporated county territory:
* Coto de Caza * El Modena * Ladera Ranch * Las Flores * Midway
City * Orange Park Acres * Rossmoor * Silverado Canyon * Sunset
Beach * Surfside * Trabuco Canyon * Tustin Foothills
Adjacent counties to Orange County Are: * Los Angeles
County, California - north, west * San Bernardino County,
California - northeast * Riverside County, California - east
* San Diego County, California - southeast
Cleaning, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Fountain Valley,
Costa Mesa, Seal Beach, Westminster, Orange County,
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