The Seal Beach City Council will meet at noon, Tuesday, Aug. 3, in Fire Station 44 on North Gate Road, just outside Leisure World. The dominant agenda item: passing an ordinance to make “voluntary payments” (the quotes appear on the original meeting notice) so the state government will allow the city government to keep the Redevelopment Agency.

Recently, the California legislature passed a budget that included a law eliminating municipal redevelopment agencies—unless local governments pay an annual fee to the state government.

The legislation is being challenged in court by a number of cities.

The next meeting of the Seal Beach RDA is set for 5 p.m., Monday, Aug. 8.

I haven’t reached anyone at the county yet, but the Orange County Health Care Agency will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 26, at the Seal Beach City Council Chambers, to update the community on the status of the ARCO decontamination project. The council chambers are located at 211 8th St.

I’m working on a news story about parking in Old Town Seal Beach. How would you folks solve the problem of parking in Seal Beach? Is there a problem with parking in Seal Beach?

The Sun is looking for any and all stories related to boating and saltwater recreation. Submit any information, stories or suggestions to Editor Dennis Kaiser at dennis@sunnews.org.

As Sun Region residents and visitors pursue happiness while they celebrate our independence and the unique political experiment that is America, I hope you’ll all forgive me for making one small request:

Please be safe. Seal Beach has a zero tolerance policy toward fireworks. There’s a reason for that: fireworks can hurt people. At the risk of sounding selfish, I don’t want to write a news story about someone being signed, severely injured or crippled by misuse of fireworks.

I understand the impulse to use fireworks. When I was a kid, I loved fireworks. To this day, I miss watching them. By all means go to a firework show if time and money permit you to do so. But, believe me, the police in Seal Beach will confiscate illegal fireworks and they will issue citations. That’s there job. They aren’t trying to be killjoys, they are trying to make sure you have the opportunity to experience joy throughout the year.

Please be safe on the beach. Do the stingray shuffle as you wade into the murky waters off our lovely beach. One third of the stingray injuries reported in the United States occur in Seal Beach. Frankly, I’m not thrilled that my town has that distinction. Unfortunately, our waters apparently provide an ideal environment for the stingrays–and the rays have a perfectly reasonable objection to being stepped on. So shuffle already–or do as I do and stay on shore. (There is no power in the universe that could get me to swim in the ocean.)

Now go an have a happy Independence Day weekend.

Always a pleasure,
Charles