HG: A Shout-out For Los Alamitos’ Cultural Side

(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

18 Years A Dreamer

People in town have said everything from I was an unemployed bum to I soaked off my wife.  The fact is that I have been working on something for what is now going on 18 years. Even when I was employed full time I was working on this project. Well, like anything you love and want to see grow up and be ready for prime time, it is time for my “project” to go live and out to the world. I am proud to present my effort to change the world

High School: College Entrance Test Prep


Also known as HSCETP. We have started a kickstarter campaign so we can roll out the project at this KickStarter HSCETP page.

What I am going to do after the fold is share the path that we followed from the idea through the phases of development until we got to the point where we are at today because the story is one that may interest people. Some people knew about this very early (when my daughter was at Weaver, and now she is at ASU, a number of people there were given the patent to look over and review) and others much later (Dr. Johnson at LAUSD was involved just a year and a half ago). But for most people they had no idea what I was doing, so to them I was either the unemployed bum or some other such nonsense. The path from an idea to a product is generally a twisted road, and this was a very long and twisted one. And yes, we are actually giving the product away for “free” to every High School student in the US. Please see the Kickstarter page (link above) to see why (or just keep reading and we get to the reason towards the bottom of the history). Many people write whole books on how a thing started and grew, this isn’t quite book worthy, but a blog post? Yeah.

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Happy Hanukkah to all!

Hanukkah candles(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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Blindside at Los Alamitos’ City Council?

Outgoing Mayor Graham-Mejia receives a proclamation from Cypress' new Mayor Rob Johnson

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

In Memoriam

(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.

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Los Al Council meets Monday to honor Mayor Graham-Mejia, approve higher fireworks & reorganize

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