(Los Alamitos, 12/18/2014) by Highlands Guy: Join me on a journey into the ‘cultural side’ of Los Al. I guarantee you a ride that will open your eyes and give you a better perspective on just who we are.
The city does all sorts of things for us. Some more evident than others and some we don’t really think about much. It keeps us safe from the bad guys. It’s easy to get around on smooth streets lined with trees and lights. We never have to think about the intricacies and coordination with the folks that supply our gas and lights and water. It just seems to happen. And our kids can play tennis, or soccer, or baseball, or football, on clean well-lighted fields.
We all know about and can easily all partake of the big events (July 4th Fireworks, Winter Wonderland at the Plaza, Wings, Wheels and Rotors) that draw crowds of our friends and neighbors from the surrounding communities.
City personnel are involved in all this stuff. And because everything I’ve mentioned, and more, takes place so seamlessly, we don’t think about the people and money and processes that make it all happen. The deeper I looked into what Los Al offers us the more impressed I was with the details of the offerings that could be filed under the ‘cultural arts’ part of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts.
It is immediately evident that there really is something for everyone. I am first impressed with Continue reading
(12/17/2014) updated from our 2010 post) by Dave Emerson: Sundown last night began the first of the 8 night celebration of Hanukkah, Chanukah or חג חוכה . Hanukkah means “dedication” and is a celebration of God’s provision for His people during the rededication of the Second Temple after the Jewish people had successfully overthrown the tyranical Antiochus IV Epiphanes.
Epiphanes had blasphemously desecrated the Temple which Zerubabel had built on the ruins of Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem in 516 B.C., so there was great celebration when the people were liberated and the Temple worship restored.
Hanukkah: A celebration of light, freedom, and God’s power
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Outgoing Mayor Graham-Mejia receives a proclamation from Cypress’ new Mayor Rob Johnson as her Council colleagues look on.
(Los Alamitos, 12/16/2014) It appeared to me to be a “Blindside” worthy of Survivor. The only difference was that nobody had Jeff Probst extinguish their torch.
After almost two hours of commendations and proclamations celebrating outgoing Mayor Grahan-Mejias two terms of service, last night’s Los Alamitos City Council Meeting moved on to swear in the two returning and one new Council Member (see picture below). Continue reading
(12/16/2014) by Dave Emerson: Yesterday they walked into the busy coffee store to grab a cup of coffee or go to work.
After a day of terror, two of them didn’t come out alive.
This morning they walked into their local school to learn. 132 of those school children are now dead, along with 9 of their teachers, and another 124 are wounded.
“My son was in uniform in the morning. He is in a casket now,” said Tahir Ali as he arrived at the hospital to pick up his son’s body.
Read that last sentence again. And weep.
“My son was my dream. My dream has been killed.”
Does it really matter that they were half a world away?
It could have been our local Starbucks.
It could have been my Continue reading
Mayor Graham-Mejia will be feted with 7 different presentaions for her service.
(Los Alamitos, 12/14/2014) After eight years of growth, tribulation, & triumph worthy of a mini-series, Mayor Graham Mejia will lead her last City Council Meeting starting at 6 pm tomorrow night. Mayor will hand off a gavel that many Los Alamitos residents believe she should have received six years ago after originally serving as Mayor Pro Tem in 2008.
There is little doubt that Los Alamitos 4th woman Mayor is leaving on her own terms, having chosen not to run for a third term, at least not at this time. There is also little doubt to many that she leaves in triumph, having been ultimately vindicated by the voters of Los Alamitos, her Council Colleagues, and none less than a Federal Judge, at least when it came to her position on the infamous Trash Franchise.
Graham-Mejia leaves behind the last two years legacy of Los Alamitos’ City Council function not as the highly divided Council of those Trash Contract years, but a Council where each member seems focused on doing what’s best of the City as a whole. Kudos should go to every current Council Member for making this happen.
After the presentations, the Agenda moves on to ten Consent Calendar items as the Council seeks to Continue reading