Sunset annexation hearing set for August

A hearing on the annexation of Sunset Beach is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Aug. 8 in Orange County Superior Court, a court spokeswoman said.

The Citizen's Assn. of Sunset Beach sued Huntington Beach and the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission in December to stop the annexation from moving forward.

The residents wanted the commission to either deny the city's application to annex Sunset Beach or hold an election to give the residents a say on whether they were willing to pay new taxes when their community becomes part of Huntington Beach.

The court, however, does not have the power to influence legislative proceedings, the city and the commission argued. Although the association removed the reference of the election from the petition, it continues to ask the court to deny Huntington Beach's application.

The court placed a preliminary injunction on any further proceedings until it decides the fate of the annexation.

—Mona Shadia

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