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.

(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.

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Election 2014: The Beating Up Goes On

State Senator. What an awesome title. Now, how would be the best way to get it? One would hope that you would list what it is you are willing to do and what it is you have done in the past. That would be a nice positive campaign. But with the Senate in the balance in Sacramento, that is not what we are getting. We are getting one of the most expensive campaigns in the state with for or five fliers arriving every day (it should be noted that I live in a bilingual home, so I get more of this drivel than most as I get both the English and the Vietnamese).

So, how do you decide to pick one of these people when they spend all their time, money and effort attacking the other so you won’t vote FOR the other person? Let’s take a closer look at the 34th State Senate District and candidates Janet Nguyen and Jose Solorio.

 

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HG: We Can Do Better

Los Al’s TV3 helped persuade ProLogis to move on with a high quality investigative report on the project.

(Los Alamitos 10/22/2014)  Our Thursday columnist delves into the timely topic of public access TV.  And burries a zinger in his fifth paragraph:

By “Highlands Guy:”  Public-access television came about with the rise of cable television in the late ‘70’s and early ‘80’s. In the exchange for the rights to lay cable wires on public land, cable companies were required to donate a portion of their revenue to provide facilities and airtime to allow public comment.

The idea was to give voice to ordinary citizens who otherwise wouldn’t have access to media outlets (Mike Rosen-Molina, MediaShift). It was basically the precursor to YouTube in a time when folks were just getting to know the computer world.

I would offer that public engagement is at the heart of public access. It has the potential to be the place where a local community can gather to communicate and share ideas. That said, it will need to adapt to, and harness the new online reality if it wants to continue fulfilling this role. At the same time these new technological issues are being investigated, the exact roles and expectations of the players need to be examined.

Definitions of goals for the City Council, the producers, the technical advisors, the cable company, the local citizens, etc. need to be spelled out with the same preciseness as any other “development” within our borders. And as with any other civic action, the processes and finished product need to be compatible with the very expensive, and much ballyhooed, General Plan.

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Los Al Coucil votes to do survey on “safe & sane” fireworks, includes retail in industrial zone

(Tuesday, 10/21/2014)  First, there was the Special Meeting, where only two of the three Commission applicants showed up.  Unfortunately, James Main, both of whose kids served as student representatives on the  Parks & Rec Commission, missed his interview…again.  Josh Wilson was appointed to Parks & Rec, and Stephen Hammond,  a 19 year Los Al resident sporting red suspenders, was appointed to the Cable Commission.

That means there’s still one regular and one student vacancy on Parks & Rec, and more seats opening up at year’s end on most commissions, with three seats coming up on Traffic with only two incumbants planning to run. Click here for a Commission application you can complete online & mail or hand in.  Click here for links to the members of each Commission and when their terms expire.  Over a dozen vacancies are coming up in December, now’s the time to apply!

Fireworks!

The Council spent over two hours discussing the pros and cons of the Base’s decision to relocate the fireworks almost a mile further away from Carrier Row.   Mayor Pro Tem Murphy summarized the issues into three questions: Continue reading