Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Huntington Beach, Fullerton, Law Library, Mendez v Westminster, etc.

To learn how Huntington Beach got it's name, check out my last article on Joe Shaw's website. In keeping with the H.B. theme, today's photo is of Dave Stewart's Livery Stable, on 3rd St in Huntington Beach, in 1905. It comes from Thomas B. Talbert's photo collection, and is available at the O.C. Archives.

The Fullerton City Council rejected a proposed 9-story building in historic Downtown Fullerton. The citizens actually stood up and fought against a tower and massive parking structures that would have been totally out of place and scale with their surroundings. Part of preserving historic districts and buildings is making sure that we don't allow poor planning to muck up the area around them. The Council and people of Fullerton deserve high praise for doing the right thing.

On April 27, The Fox Fullerton Theatre will have a live performance on its stage for the first time in 53 years. The Fullerton College Jazz Band will perform from 7 to 8:30pm. For information, call (714) 738-6545.

Also on April 27: The O.C. Public Law Library will hold an open house from 1:30-3:30pm, to celebrate their expansion and renovation. They are located at 515 N. Flower, Santa Ana, (Building #32 in the Civic Center).

And speaking of the law, the Register ran an article today about the various events being held to mark the 60th anniversary of the landmark Mendez v. Westminster decision. When most think of racial desegregation in schools, they probably think of the Deep South in the 1950s and black children escorted to class by the National Guard. That's certainly part of the story. But desegragation began right here in Orange County.

The re-opening of The Parasol (as Mel's Drive-In) in Seal Beach has been delayed until August.

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