Sunset Beach recently became a part of Huntington Beach.
As supervisor for the 2nd District, which includes Sunset Beach, and as chairman of the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), which governs the annexation of territory to cities, I have long supported annexation. I knew that in the long-term, the county would not be able to afford to provide the level of municipal services Sunset Beach residents enjoy.
This process was controversial.
Sunset Beach residents have a long history of independence and a passionate desire to protect the charm and character of their coastal community of nearly 1,000. The fear of being a part of Huntington Beach, with a population of almost 200,000 residents, caused many Sunset residents to oppose annexation. Some residents started an effort to incorporate Sunset Beach as its own city, but it was quickly apparent that the city would not be economically self-sufficient without high utility users' taxes.