The Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce partnered with 5th & PCH and brought back a reinvigorated table top local business expo with the HB Block Party, hosted on Tuesday, Aug. 14.
As 5th & PCH continues to fill spots in their shopping district, this event served the dual purpose of increasing foot traffic to the new stores and restaurants in that area and allowing Chamber members visibility they have not been offered. Just adjacent to Surf City Nights, the risk associated with a new event was foregone as Surf City Nights attendance could trickle one street over to the HB Block Party.
The chamber hosted a DJ for the night of the event, which increased the foot traffic not only from Surf City Nights, but also from those leaving the parking available beneath 5th & PCH.
Tables sold out within a couple weeks of announcing the event, and several participants said it was the best visibility they have received from an event.
State Farm Insurance Agent Dianne Thompson and Pinot’s Palette Owner David Fisher were among the people praising the event and said they would be first on the list for the next block party.
Some of the participants included MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Group, Sign Pipers, Hawaiian Gardens Casino, Curry & Kabob Bistro Simple Green, 9Round Kickboxing, Wavelengths Recovery, Healthcare Partners Medical Group, Assistance League of Huntington Beach, State Farm Insurance, YMCA, and Surf City Still Works.
5th & PCH became a Signature Investor with the Chamber of Commerce in 2017 and provided the perfect venue to reawaken then Chamber’s table top expos, events that had previously been dormant since 2016.
In prior years, the Chamber hosted a Business Expo and a Green Expo but since 2016 had shelved these events due to inadequate participation and underwhelming attendance.
In that time, the Chamber listened to and collected feedback from new and longstanding members regarding what their expectations and needs are with respect to table top events. With the help and vision of 5th & PCH, the Chamber had the privilege of putting on a successful expo exclusive to its membership. With this event, the Chamber is reuniting with its membership and aligning their programming with their goals.
With the success of the intital HB Block Party, the Chamber is in the planning phase of the second HB Block Party, currently scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 4. This iteration of the event should have a full closure of 5th Street, creating more space for vendors and premium positions.
Pricing for the HB Block Part is $100 for a standard table and $200 for a premium table, making this one of the Chamber’s most cost effective expos to date. Spaces are reserved for members of the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce, which offers a level of exclusivity and opportunity for those businesses.
For information on membership or on particpating in the HB Block Party, visit the Chamber website at www.hbchamber.com or send an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The 15th anniversary Robert Mayer Huntington Beach Leadership Academy kicked off with a new facilitator, President and CEO of Performance Excellence Partners Rachel Ramirez. With her came the concept of a group project focusing on the community, allowing the class to have their specific legacy when they finish the program in July of 2019.
The goal of the leadership academy is to identify, motivate and prepare our next civic and business leaders. The annual 10-month academy has provided young professions with leadership development in Huntington Beach. Participants gain an understanding of local government, public safety, education and healthcare systems as well as the city’s business figures, economic climate and social uniqueness. Through panel presentations and learning sessions led by community leaders and subject experts, the academy presents a wide spectrum of views rather than advocating for specific programs or particular solutions.
The Class of 2019 includes participants from the public and private sectors, including representatives from both small and large businesses.
This year’s class roster is:
Rachel Butler, The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel
Eric Dieterman, Huntington Beach Fire Department Marine Safety Division
Angie Florence, The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel
Kevin Keller, Visit Huntington Beach
Debbie Killey, Republic Services
Kathryn Levassiur, Huntington Beach Short Term Rental Alliance
Tim McGrath, Golden West College
Cheryl McKenzie, Huntington Beach Union High School District
Amit Patel, Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa
Elahine Perez, Pacific Shores Boutique
Courtney Robinson, Ed.D, Ocean View High School
Tracy Rosas, The Boeing Company
Cathy Scott, Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa
Brian Seitz, Huntington Beach Police Department
Teresa Taylor, Cre8ive Experiential Partners
Brittany Tesmer, Visit Huntington Beach
Mark Thornberry, Huntington Beach Fire Department
Corvi Urling, Planet Home Lending
Tyler Witte, Virtual Office Solutions
Shawn Wood, Student Movers, Inc.
As the leadership academy moves through the programming, each participant becomes aware of current community issues and challenges and in the process builds a network of support and opportunities with each member of their class.
The program facilitates the growth of community leadership by educating professionals with special attention paid to integrity, vision, personal responsibility, commitment and community trusteeship. The class project affords each participant the unique opportunity to develop their potential for public responsibility and leave a lasting impression on their community as they work toward advancing an organization’s goal or solving a shared problem.
The academy starts in September and goes through July. The application period closes the last day of August prior to the start date. For information and to apply, please visit
www.robertmayerleadershipacademy.com.

BY STEVE KEA, WAVELENGTHS RECOVERY
There is no dishonor in admitting that we are human, experiencing real human trauma and occasionally needing help to change and overcome the challenges in our lives. Unfortunately, addiction is often overshadowed by the typecast addict we typically see in movies and television. A poor, mentally deranged, unattractive, homeless person who is simply unrelatable to the “average” person.
Rarely do we think about the 30-something divorced businesswoman who finds comfort from her despair in that nightly bottle of wine. Or the software developer who lives and breathes deadlines, believing his competitive edge is heightened from the “lines” he sniffs through a straw on his desk. And let’s not forget about your next-door neighbor, the cop, who was badly injured in a car crash a few months ago and began taking doctor recommended pain killers and just can’t stop.
Do you relate more to these stories than the typecast addict? Here at Wavelengths Recovery we’ve treated clients who represent a diverse spectrum of the community including the professionals previously described, as well as young adults, nonprofessionals and even victims of abuse. The one thing they all have in common? Hope for a better future and an end to silently suffering in shame and seclusion. At Wavelengths Recovery, it is our goal to help every one of them reclaim their lives and achieve their dreams.
Wavelengths Recovery’s Chief Executive Officer Warren Boyd built a reputation as an interventionist and addiction specialist. Over the past 28 years, Boyd has helped thousands of people achieve sobriety. A recovering addict himself, Boyd’s choice to get clean gave him a unique insight into the minds of addicts. His personal knowledge of their problems, dynamic means of intervention and 24-hour service, led his humble counseling practice to evolve into a network of privately licensed, rehabilitation facilities.
Warren Boyd’s remarkable life has been covered by Oprah, FOX News, NY Daily News, and an A&E documentary. His personal story struck a chord in Hollywood and subsequently became the inspiration and foundation for A&E’s gritty drama “The Cleaner”, starring Benjamin Bratt, who captured Boyd’s passion for helping others. In real life, Boyd’s unbridled passion resonates with everyone he comes in contact with and serves as the basis for his lifework here at Wavelengths Recovery.
At Wavelengths Recovery, our mission is to help our clients overcome addiction and its path of destruction, operating from an each-one-teach-one model. We aim to provide a healthy, safe, supportive, and structured environment, where participants can embrace sobriety and recreate their lives, transitioning into and maintaining sobriety. Our goal is to help participants halt the process of addiction, improve life skills, reclaim a sense of self-worth and achieve long-term success and happiness in recovery.
Wavelengths Recovery is a State licensed treatment provider with advanced licensing in Incidental Medical Services. This allows us to provide medically assisted recovery treatment services that are not available from all treatment providers. Additionally, Wavelengths Recovery earned its accreditation for Behavioral Health from the Joint Commission. This premier healthcare quality improvement and accrediting body is the nationally recognized leader in the industry and is widely recognized and respected as a symbol of quality and safety. Fewer than 10% of Behavioral Health Organizations are accredited by The Joint Commission. This coupled with on-site doctors who specialize in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine ensures that our clients receive the very best care available.
Unfortunately, not every treatment provider in the recovery industry provides this same high level of service. If you follow the news here in Huntington Beach and throughout Orange County, then you know the drug and alcohol recovery industry has received a significant amount of negative publicity. As a result, representatives in Congress and the California Assembly are continually proposing new laws and regulations. Additionally, local city and county officials are seeking creative ways to reign in an industry that is loosely regulated and often misunderstood. All of this points to the need for lawmakers, elected officials and treatment providers to work collectively to take on these issues.
Over the coming months, Warren Boyd and his team at Wavelengths Recovery will be working to bring industry leaders together to address contemporary and regulatory issues. The balancing act between respecting our neighbors and community and providing much needed resources and services is not an easy task and will require collaboration and understanding on all sides. To put it simply, there cannot be a long-term solution to the issues surrounding treatment and recovery in our communities without developing a partnership with those in the industry who want to make it better.
At Wavelengths Recovery, we coach our clients to develop systems of self-accountability which ultimately teaches them to take control of their lives. As leaders in the recovery industry, we must also adopt that philosophy and demonstrate those same core values as we move forward. Client care should be the waypoint for every treatment provider and we will strive to be the standard bearer for all to emulate. We encourage our community and elected leaders to consider joining us in that effort. Together we can make a difference.

The Office of the Governor sent a legislative update via email on September 28, including all bills Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed or vetoed.

Governor Brown signed the following bills:

  • AB 1577 by Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson) – California Safe Drinking Water Act: Sativa-Los Angeles County Water District.
  • AB 1906 by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) – Information privacy: connected devices.
  • AB 1968 by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Campbell) – Mental health: firearms.
  • AB 2035 by Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco) – Affordable housing authorities.
  • AB 2179 by Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson) – Municipal corporations: public utility service: water and sewer service.
  • AB 2222 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) – Crime prevention and investigation: informational databases: firearms.
  • AB 2319 by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-North Hollywood) – Foreign language education: world language.
  • AB 2339 by Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson) – Water utility service: sale of water utility property by a city.
  • AB 2371 by Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles) – Water use efficiency: landscape irrigation.
  • AB 2377 by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) – Agriculture: Cannella Environmental Farming Act of 1995: technical assistance grant program.
  • AB 2456 by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) – Arts Council: peer review groups.
  • AB 2470 by Assemblymember Tim Grayson (D-Concord) – Invasive Species Council of California.
  • AB 2501 by Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-San Jose) – Drinking water: state administrators: consolidation and extension of service.
  • AB 2511 by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Arcadia) – The Parent’s Accountability and Child Protection Act.
  • AB 2526 by Assemblymember Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) – Temporary emergency gun violence restraining orders.
  • AB 2580 by Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham (R-Templeton) – Special education: due process hearings: extension of hearings: good cause.
  • AB 2658 by Assemblymember Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) – Secretary of the Government Operations Agency: working group: blockchain technology.
  • AB 2684 by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) – Parent and child relationship.
  • AB 2774 by Assemblymember Monique Limόn (D-Goleta) – Animal shelters: adoption application: crimes.
  • AB 2830 by Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-Grand Terrace) – County agencies: interns and student assistants: hiring preference.
  • AB 2844 by Assemblymember Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) – Insurance: agents and brokers.
  • AB 2930 by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) – Unlawful detainer: nuisance: unlawful weapons and ammunition.
  • AB 2958 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) – State bodies: meetings: teleconference.
  • AB 3018 by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Campbell) – State contracts: skilled and trained workforce.
  • AB 3129 by Assemblymember Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) – Firearms: prohibited persons.
  • SB 175 by Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) – Developmental services: Canyon Springs Community Facility.
  • SB 244 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) – Privacy: personal information.
  • SB 327 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) – Information privacy: connected devices.
  • SB 343 by Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) – Income taxes: gross income exclusions: Kast Property Tank Farm facility cleanup.
  • SB 635 by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) – Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development: local economic development liaison services.
  • SB 838 by Senator Robert Hertzberg (D-Los Angeles) – Corporate records: articles of incorporation: blockchain technology.
  • SB 966 by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) – Onsite treated nonpotable water systems.
  • SB 998 by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) – Discontinuation of residential water service: urban and community water systems.
  • SB 1001 by Senator Robert Hertzberg (D-Los Angeles) – Bots: disclosure.
  • SB 1085 by Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) – Public employees: leaves of absence: exclusive bargaining representative service.
  • SB 1100 by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) – Firearms: transfers.
  • SB 1126 by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) – Upper Los Angeles River and Tributaries Working Group: river ranger program.
  • SB 1130 by Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino) – Property tax postponement: residential dwelling: manufactured homes.
  • SB 1144 by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) – Enhanced industrial disability leave: State Bargaining Unit 8.
  • SB 1200 by Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) – Firearms: gun violence restraining orders.
  • SB 1249 by Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) – Animal testing: cosmetics.
  • SB 1305 by Senator Steven Glazer (D-Orinda) – Emergency medical services providers: dogs and cats.
  • SB 1348 by Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) – Postsecondary education: allied health professional clinical programs: reporting.
  • SB 1422 by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) – California Safe Drinking Water Act: microplastics.
  • SB 1504 by the Committee on Public Employment and Retirement – Public employment: retirement savings plans, employment conditions, and training.

Governor Brown vetoed and issued veto statements for the following bills:

  • AB 1903 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) – Firearms: buyback programs: gift cards.
  • AB 1951 by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) – Pupil assessments: Pathways to College Act.
  • AB 2050 by Assemblymember Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) – Small System Water Authority Act of 2018.
  • AB 2060 by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) – Water: grants: advanced payments.
  • AB 2064 by Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) – Integrated regional water management plans: grants: advanced payment.
  • AB 2163 by Assemblymember Tim Grayson (D-Concord) – Department of Technology: GIS data: regional notification centers: subsurface installations.
  • AB 2305 by Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) – Public employment: collective bargaining: peace officers.
  • AB 2362 by Assemblymember Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) – Safe transportation of dogs and cats.
  • AB 2538 by Assemblymember Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) – Municipal separate storm sewer systems: financial capability analysis.
  • AB 2596 by Assemblymember Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) – California Economic Development Strategic Action Plan.
  • AB 2652 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) – Telecommunications: universal service.
  • AB 2681 by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-North Hollywood) – Seismic safety: potentially vulnerable buildings.
  • AB 2886 by Assemblymember Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) – Public Employee Relations Board: Orange County Transportation Authority: San Joaquin Regional Transit District.
  • AB 3034 by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Campbell) – Public transit employer-employee relations: San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District.
  • AB 3145 by Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) – Disability insurance: state employees.
  • SB 221 by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) – Agricultural District 1-A: firearm and ammunition sales at the Cow Palace.
  • SB 905 by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) – Alcoholic beverages: hours of sale.
  • SB 1005 by Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) – Crime victim compensation: relocation expenses: pet costs.SB 1127 by Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) – Pupil health: administration
  • of medicinal cannabis: schoolsites.
  • SB 1177 by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) – Firearms: transfers.
  • SB 1301 by Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) – State permitting: environment: processing procedures: dam safety or flood risk reduction project.

To see all veto messages and the original correspondence from the office of the Governor, please visit https://bit.ly/2O6G9kw.

CONTENT PROVIDED BY SULLIVAN SOLAR POWER
Over 14,000 homeowners in the Southern California Edison utility territory have gone solar this year, but with the utility’s recently-altered rates, the clear majority are likely unaware of the financial implications. A typical homeowner may lose thousands of dollars in savings over the lifetime of their solar power system if it is not designed to consider the new solar rules and rates with Southern California Edison (Edison).
Under former solar rules, it was simple for solar companies to design a solar power system that resulted in a $0 utility bill. A solar company looked at how much energy a household used on an annual basis and designed a solar power system to produce that same amount of energy per year, regardless of when the system produced energy or when the home consumed energy.
Since last July, solar customers in the Edison utility territory have been on new solar rules, which includes placement on a mandatory “time-of-use” rate. Time-of-use rates enable Edison to charge more for electricity depending on when a home uses energy throughout the day, not just how much the home uses in a given month. With these new rules in place, a more in-depth analysis is needed to design an efficient solar power system.
Edison currently charges a typical family on time-of-use rates $0.48 cents per unit of energy consumed during their “on-peak” period, from 2-8 p.m., the time of day when electricity is most expensive. However, Edison has proposed to move the on-peak period to 4-9 p.m. beginning in March of 2019, with the possibility for even higher rates. Because panels don’t generate energy at night, a battery allows homeowners to store their solar power during the day and use it in the evenings when electricity is most expensive.
A typical family who goes solar with a battery saves roughly $80,000 over a 20-year period. If their neighbor goes solar without a battery at the same time, the neighbors will pay hundreds of dollars per year in additional unavoidable costs. Over 20 years, using a six percent escalation, the family without a battery will have missed out on $8,400 in savings.
“Many local solar companies are saying batteries are unnecessary or are only for back-up power, and that’s patently false - batteries allow solar customers to maximize their return on investment,” said Daniel Sullivan, founder and president of Sullivan Solar Power, “The majority of families going solar in the Inland Empire have no idea about the huge financial impact these new rates are going to have because their solar company doesn’t fully comprehend it, therefore these companies do not teach people the importance of incorporating a battery.”
For those who go solar now, they can apply for the state rebate, the Self-Generation Incentive Program, which can cover a portion of the cost of a battery. In addition, the remaining cost can be offset by a 30 percent federal tax credit.
For more information about solar paired with energy storage, the public is invited to attend the Huntington Beach Solar Education Series, taking place on Saturday, September 8, at the Huntington Beach Central Library. To learn more visit www.solarseminar.info
or call 1-800-SULLIVAN.
Seminar attendees will learn how solar works, battery storage and integration, policy changes, available incentives, financing options, how to choose a solar provider, new solar rules, and more.

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