[UPDATED: Decision On Hold] Sunset Beach Residents Take Legal Action to Maintain Its Existence

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Update, Jan. 20, 1:22 p.m.: Frederick P. Horn, an Orange County Superior Court judge, has put the annexation decision regarding Sunset Beach on hold.

According to KUOR 89.1's report, Horn placed an injunction on the decision until a lawsuit brought forward by the Citizen's Association of Sunset Beach has been heard in court.

Original Post, Jan. 3, 1:08 p.m.: Sunset Beach in North OC may not be Sunset Beach for much longer. It may be annexed to and swallowed whole by Huntington Beach. Sunsetians don't like this. So they're going to war--by way of the courtroom.

The Citizen's Association of Sunset Beach filed a writ of mandate, requesting a judge determine whether the move is legal. Sunset Beach residents believe it is not, and they're asking the bid be rejected or put to a vote in a public election.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors endorsed the move in a Nov. 23 vote. The benefit being that Sunset Beach combining with Huntington Beach will bring in nearly $624,000 in various tax dollars.

As part of the annexation, the city is requiring new residents to pay a Utility Users Tax.

The citizen's group says the move is in violation of Proposition 218, which requires a local government to hold a vote of affected property owners before a new tax be imposed.

In effect, the legal pursuits enables the Sunset Beach residents to, at least temporarily, stall the annexation.

Due to the legal posturing, the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission is holding off until Jan. 19 before signing the land over to H.B.

Get your Sunset Beach memorabilia now--before it's all replaced with Surf City swag.

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mo-soor
mo-soor

Sunset Beach is such a nice name, it would be a shame if it will no longer exist

Casey
Casey

"Sunsetians" rhymes with "Venetians," right?

High
High

Sunset Beach residents have had over a hundred years to incorporate and become their own city. By not doing so, they have allowed Huntington Beach and Seal Beach to come right up to their doorsteps. In fact, the famous water tower house is actually within the city limits of Seal Beach. Due to mutual aid agreements in place for decades, City of Huntington Beach police cars and fire trucks already respond to emergency calls in unincorporated Sunset Beach at the expense Huntington Beach taxdollars. Annexation will allow for Sunset Beach revenue to take care of Sunset Beach expenses and for Sunset Beach citizens to be able to vote in municipal elections.

No
No

After having lived in several cities, anyone fortunate enough to be in an unincorporated area might want to stay that way. One less layer of local-government nitwits and grifters getting between you and being left the hell alone.

Chasen_Marshall
Chasen_Marshall

Glad someone is paying attention. Apparently, I was not.

anonymous
anonymous

Uhmm... Sunset Beach isn't a City. Thats kinda the whole point here.

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