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Huntington Beach votes to annex Sunset Beach

The Huntington Beach City Council voted on Monday to annex the small community of Sunset Beach.

August 3, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Huntington Beach City Council approved on Monday night a proposal to annex the 85-acre community of Sunset Beach in a 5-2 vote.Huntington Beach can now file the necessary paperwork to get the annexation process started.

The move comes as the Sunset Beach Community Association is trying to become incorporated as a separate city.

"It is upsetting, especially since you meet with them on different occasions and they often say, we know what's best for you without taking into consideration the people of this community," said Sunset Beach resident Diana Dodson. "

The Huntington Beach City Council has the power to annex without a public vote.

"Don't take the right to vote away like they've done, treat us like we're human," said Sunset Beach business owner John Campregher.

Huntington Beach has seen cutbacks in lifeguard personnel as well as police officers and firefighters. Bringing in Sunset Beach would mean more revenue.

"They have projected $820,000 in the first two years," said Laurie Payne of the city of Huntington Beach. "Following that would be $440,000."