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By: Dave Brooks | September 15, 2005
All eyes seem to be on City Councilman Don Hansen as the controversial Poseidon project heads toward round two at City Hall. One of the four yes votes that approved the desalination plant's environmental report, Hansen has been the target of anti-Poseidon groups angry over the council's Sept. 6 decision. In e-mail forums and online discussion groups, Hansen has been crowned the swing vote for the next public hearing. "He's put himself in a very precarious position," land activist Ed Kerins said.
NEWS
By: Dave Brooks | September 8, 2005
Supporters of the Poseidon desalination plant scored a major victory Tuesday night when the Huntington Beach City Council narrowly approved an environmental report on the project during a marathon meeting at City Hall. Just before 3:30 a.m., the council voted 4-3 to certify the environmental impact report on the proposed $250-million desalination facility to be built behind the AES plant on Pacific Coast Highway and Newland Street. The plant is said to be capable of creating 50 million gallons of drinking water per day from the sea. "This is by no means a done deal," Councilman Don Hansen said, arguing that the project must still go through a permitting process more rigorous than Tuesday's hearing.
NEWS
By: | September 15, 2005
Plenty is being read into the Huntington Beach City Council's narrow 4-3 decision to approve the environmental report for the Poseidon desalination plant. Some say it looks likely that the same majority will OK the final project later this fall. Others think the plan might get derailed, if not by the council then by the California Coastal Commission. All that will remain conjecture until the council's decision. What shouldn't happen now is for too much to be read into what already has happened.
NEWS
By: Gary Gorman | September 29, 2005
In regards to the Poseidon project, I have not seen, heard or read any scientific evidence that the project will have any major negative effects on the ocean. Beyond that, several issues come to mind: The project conforms to all city codes and ordinances, and the company is not requesting any exceptions or variances. This is a company that wants to come to town and produce a product from raw materials. It is not any different from private companies that take crude oil from the earth and convert it to gasoline, or from companies that take gas and make electricity -- both are natural resources no different than sea water.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 2006
If you're dying to see a movie about a sinking ship, then dive in and see "Poseidon." If you're looking for a quality action film, you will be gasping for air because this movie won't float your boat. "Poseidon" is a remake of the 1972 film, "The Poseidon Adventure." The plot is the same as the original. A luxury liner is sailing on New Year's Eve when a giant wave flips the ship over and everyone fights for survival. The new "Poseidon" is all action. There is no character development before disaster strikes within moments of the opening credits.
NEWS
By: | August 25, 2005
In 2003, the City Council rejected Poseidon's environmental report and identified three issues the company needed to resolve. Nearly two years later, Poseidon officials argued that they've met those demands and city staff has signed off on the report, but concerns linger from nearby neighbors and environmentalists. Here's an update on the three issues that might come up during the desalination debate: Marine life o7The Issuef7: The original report didn't adequately address the impact of Poseidon's use of AES' intake pipeline on marine life.
NEWS
By: | September 1, 2005
An invite to tour the AES plant In several recent Independent newspapers, there were letters to the editor regarding the proposed Poseidon desalination project. A couple of these letters also referenced the AES power plant. As the current general manager of the AES facility, and a resident of Huntington Beach, I wanted to clarify several common misconceptions that were mentioned in the letters. First, the AES power plant burns natural gas -- similar to the gas that is burned in your home -- not oil as one reader suggested.
NEWS
By: | October 6, 2005
City should protect itself from desal plant Huntington Beach has become the laughingstock of Orange County. It has a City Council with a questionable reputation for making good decisions. There is a lack of confidence among the residents over recent issues. Why must we be the catch-all cesspool for projects like the desalination plant? I'd like to see Poseidon sell this to Newport Beach or Corona del Mar. They would tuck their tails and hightail it out of town.
NEWS
By: | October 13, 2005
DESALINATION Put on the back burner for nearly a month, the Poseidon project has resurfaced and is hanging on for dear life at this crucial public hearing. The City Council is scheduled to weigh in on whether to accept the Connecticut company's proposal to build a 250-million-gallon desalination facility behind the AES power plant. Council members have been lobbied for weeks on this project, and the fallout from the decision, whatever it may be, could have consequences in the next election.
NEWS
By: Annie Jelnick | September 15, 2005
The short answer to the question, "Did the City Council make the right decision on approving the Poseidon environmental report," is no. This is why. First and foremost, the environmental report still did not show with any degree of certitude what the long-term environmental implications are in running the plant. Given that in this city we have beach recreational use, a hospitality industry and marine life, it seems to me that for those reasons alone it should have been refused.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 2006
If you're dying to see a movie about a sinking ship, then dive in and see "Poseidon." If you're looking for a quality action film, you will be gasping for air because this movie won't float your boat. "Poseidon" is a remake of the 1972 film, "The Poseidon Adventure." The plot is the same as the original. A luxury liner is sailing on New Year's Eve when a giant wave flips the ship over and everyone fights for survival. The new "Poseidon" is all action. There is no character development before disaster strikes within moments of the opening credits.
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By Charly Shelton | May 19, 2006
In Greek mythology, Poseidon is the god of the sea and the cruise ship that sails on his kingdom holds the same name. In the new film, "Poseidon" a rogue wave capsizes the ship with all its passengers inside it is only a matter of time before they run out of air or the whole ship sinks just from being upside-down. A group of 10 people set off to try to make their way down into the bowels of the ship to reach the surface. But how do you get out through the hull of an upside-down ship?
NEWS
By: | October 13, 2005
I voted for Don Hansen as a City Council member to represent our city and make leadership decisions for Huntington Beach as a whole. That is why I commend him not only for keeping the residents in southeast Huntington Beach in mind when making his decision to certify the desalination facility's environmental report, but also for keeping the rest of Huntington Beach in consideration. I also commend the majority of members on the City Council for making the right decision in approving Poseidon's environmental impact report.
NEWS
By: | October 13, 2005
DESALINATION Put on the back burner for nearly a month, the Poseidon project has resurfaced and is hanging on for dear life at this crucial public hearing. The City Council is scheduled to weigh in on whether to accept the Connecticut company's proposal to build a 250-million-gallon desalination facility behind the AES power plant. Council members have been lobbied for weeks on this project, and the fallout from the decision, whatever it may be, could have consequences in the next election.
NEWS
By: Dave Brooks | October 13, 2005
Poseidon is offering Huntington Beach a discounted water supply in hopes of securing approval for its desalination facility at Monday's meeting. Officials with the Connecticut-based company said they're prepared to sell Huntington Beach three million gallons of water per day at a rate 5% cheaper than it currently pays the Municipal Water District of Orange County if the city gives it a conditional use permit to build a $250-million desalination plant behind the AES power plant at Newland Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway.
NEWS
By: | October 13, 2005
Quick answers to Poseidon questions Will we be needing alternative sources of water in the future? Yes. Should we be forward thinkers and start planning for that need now? Yes. SUZANNE BEUKEMA Southeast Huntington Beach Poseidon offers nothing to our town I hope the City Council majority realizes that Poseidon offers nothing to the residents of Huntington Beach. The largest desalination plant in North America does not belong in Huntington Beach, where we are not getting any of the water.
NEWS
By: | October 6, 2005
City should protect itself from desal plant Huntington Beach has become the laughingstock of Orange County. It has a City Council with a questionable reputation for making good decisions. There is a lack of confidence among the residents over recent issues. Why must we be the catch-all cesspool for projects like the desalination plant? I'd like to see Poseidon sell this to Newport Beach or Corona del Mar. They would tuck their tails and hightail it out of town.
NEWS
By: Gary Gorman | September 29, 2005
In regards to the Poseidon project, I have not seen, heard or read any scientific evidence that the project will have any major negative effects on the ocean. Beyond that, several issues come to mind: The project conforms to all city codes and ordinances, and the company is not requesting any exceptions or variances. This is a company that wants to come to town and produce a product from raw materials. It is not any different from private companies that take crude oil from the earth and convert it to gasoline, or from companies that take gas and make electricity -- both are natural resources no different than sea water.
NEWS
By: | September 22, 2005
Firm's record too shoddy for support I am in utter disbelief that the Huntington Beach City Council is even considering the Poseidon desalination plant. Considering the track record of Poseidon Inc. in Tampa, Fla. -- still years behind in completion, millions over budget -- why would our City Council want to saddle our fine city with a project that has not even proven to function? Does this company have an operational plant anywhere? I have yet to see these issues addressed.
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