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Rossmoor Elem Halloween

Happy Halloween to our readers from the kids at Rossmoor Elementary and the LAUSD’s Principal of the year, Kiva Spiratos. Nobody’s going to make a monkey our of her!

(West OC, 10/31/2014)  The good news is you can turn off your sprinklers:  We’re about to get about a half inch of natural irrigation city-wide.

The bad news is, that wet stuff from above which is called “rain,” if I remember correctly, is supposed to arrive in West Orange County between 7 and 8 tonight.  So it may be a good night to hit the trick or treat trail with the kids a little early.  And bring an umbrella.

Since we haven’t had much of that wet stuff for a long time, we’re being warned that the streets will be especially slippery until the build up of summer oil & crud  gets thoroughly washed off,  Wet and slippery roads on Halloween night are a witches recipe for disaster, so Continue reading

Election 2014: Final recap

Scroll down to find out JM Ivler, Dave Emerson, & Highlands’ Guy’s election recommendations, as well as both major parties.

Since losalnews is NOT a single person you will find differences of opinion here.

First the recommendations from the OC Dems and the OC GOP for the top of the ticket (statewide offices and propositions) Then our input.

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Dave E’s November 4, 2014 ballot analysis & recommendation for West Orange County

Michelle Steele might be good for Congress, but Alan Mansoor understands our district and OC issues better.

(West Orange County, California, updated 10/30/2014)

Orange County 2nd Supervisorial District:  Alan Mansoor

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my dabbling in local politics, it’s that those slick election mailers are not designed to inform, but to deceive. But those mailers can inform us of who is receiving buckets of money from special interest groups to pay for those flyers.

Take, for example, OC Supervisor Candidate Michelle Steel, who sent me more mailers in the primary than anyone. She’s received substantial campaign support from trade unions that are supporting the construction of toll lanes on the 405.  

Steel’s opponent, Alan Mansoor, was fighting those toll lanes before Steel moved into Orange County from Palos Verdes a couple years ago. I don’t recall receiving Continue reading

Steve Mauss’ recommendations for Cypress Council & Schools:

(Cypress, 10/27/2014)  [Editor's note:  I've been surveying local residents whose opinion I respect regarding a number of local races, including Cypress' City Council and Cypress School District.  I felt Steve Mauss's replies were detailed enough they would make a good post, so I am reproducing them here with his permission.  Mauss heads up the Citizens for Responsible Development in Cypress.]  

by Steve Mauss:  I’m a fairly fiscally-conservative guy so I generally tend to favor those that I believe will do the best job at holding the line on unnecessary spending.

That being said, I’ve come to realize over the last couple of election cycles and, based upon my own experience with our City Council, we need people that respect the will of residents at least as much as the will of the businesses.

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460s reveal big special interest spending in Cypress campaigns

The source behind those expensive  Yes on Q & R mailers revealed.

The source behind those expensive Yes on Q & R mailers revealed.

Updated 10/27 with new recommendations (at end)(Cypress, CA, 10/25/2014) by George Pardon:  The “460s” (required campaign donation disclosures) were filed yesterday that cover the most recentcontributions and expenditures from October 1-18. The 460s are for

  • the City Council candidates,
  • the Yes on R group,
  • the Yes on Q group,
  • Cypress Police Officers’ Association,
  • and a Political Action Committee (PAC) called Southern California Coalition of Businesses and Taxpayers (SCCBT).

Warmington Residential has stepped up it’s contributions to $105,000 so far for the Yes on R campaign. It’s important to note that Warmington Residential is the only contributor for Yes on R. 50% of the Yes on Q support is coming from CornerStone Developers. The ads in the community papers that promote Yes on Q and R indicate the ads are primarily funded by Warmington Residential.

Cypress City Council 460s:

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Update from David & Rebecca Lara: Donor needed

Neighbors who need our help:  David & Rebecca Lara

Neighbors who need our help: David & Rebecca Lara

(Rossmoor, 10/23/2014) Many of our readers and others in Rossmoor will remember our humorous columnist of a few years back, David Lara.  Who can forget  “Lights, Camera, Action! (Or, Rossmoor booz, lies, & a videotape) or “Hatfields & McCoys, Now Los Alamitos & Rossmoor?”  David and his wife, Rebecca, founded and led the Rossmoor Predator Management District until they had to step down about two years ago as they battled Rebecca’s terminal cancer.  Here’s an update from Rebecca, as well as a need you may wish to consider and/or pass on:

by Rebecca Lara:  For the last two years, my husband, David Lara, has been my caretaker in helping me battle terminal cancer. He has successfully changed my status from being terminal cancer to now just a person who has cancer and is being monitored.

Unfortunately, this stress has taken a toll on him as he lost one of his kidneys himself to cancer. We have always been in the position of helping people and for David being a law enforcement officer of over 33 years, it’s not easy for us to ask for help from others. His faith in being a baptized believer of Christ for over 55 years is helping him deal with his current health issue.

Dave has recently been put on the waiting lists for a kidney transplant at both UC Irvine and UC San Diego. He is blood type A which is typically a 3-4 year wait. Currently, Dave needs to live on dialysis until he receives a transplant. He could get off dialysis much quicker if he had a living donor.

Dave could Continue reading