Los Alamitos City Council Meeting 4/21/14 @ 6PM

JM filling in for Dave, so excuse my “opinion” being mixed in with the agenda.

One of the interesting changes that having only one City Council meeting a month has done has made “presentations” seem like it goes on forever. This month is no different. Six, count them, presentations. This isn’t knocking the “presentations” from our City Council, but maybe it would be nice to start thinking about having a monthly “Presentation” meeting at a time after most people have had a chance to eat with their families, and where there is no need to have all the City Staff there as well.

A. Presentation of Certificates of Recognition to 2014 Southland Credit Union 33rd Annual Los Alamitos Race on the Base Sponsors

B. Presentation of Certificates of Recognition to Military Service Academy Nominees Andrew Chaidez, US Air Force Academy; Karen Kim, West Point, NY; Vincent O’Reilly, Westpoint, NY; and, US Naval Academy Appointee, Haley Fessenden

C. Presentation of a Certificate of Recognition to Ann Busenkell for her Volunteer and Community Involvement

D. Presentation of a Proclamation for Public Safety Dispatcher Week to West Cities Police Communications Representatives, Lindsay Lenart, Valerie Oberle, and Marie Pope

E. Presentation of a Proclamation for DMV/Donate Life California Month to Donate Life Ambassador Raquel Gonzalez

F. Presentation of Certificates of Recognition to the Los Alamitos Girls Soccer Team

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Conflict Of Interest Looms In The Cypress Trash Hauling Contract

The following was published by David L. Rose a 15 year Cypress resident – Reprinted with permission.

As Cypress is poised to award its first trash hauling contract in 20 years, serious concerns have emerged. The City government needs to publicly disclose and discuss the bids and make the best deal possible for Cypress. Otherwise, the new trash contract could end up being a nightmare for Cypress.

My main concern is with the apparent conflict of interest between

  1. Sloan-Vasquez,
  2. Cypress’ current provider Republic Services (formerly consolidated), and
  3. certain members of the Cypress City Council.

Given the apparent conflicts, I feel that Republic Services should be disqualified from competing on the current contract.
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HG: Embrace the future

(Los Alamitos, 4/17/2014)   This is the kind of advice that I have off-handedly given my kids for years, and I’m sure they’re tired of it. I must admit that when, recently, I did a 360° with the focus, I came up a might short.

And instead of taking on a personal inventory and planning process, I figured it would be easier to make some hifalutin statements about my City. I guess I thought too, that this would make it seem like I was actually doing something, although in reality, it’s not like taking real action.

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Michelle Steel Gives Massive Gift to Consolidated Disposal?

If you were to ensure that the City of Los Alamitos was getting $75,000 in Sales and Use Tax. And the City of Los Alamitos get’s 1% of the 8% Sales and Use Tax Collected. Then the total Sales and Use Tax that must be collected for the City of Los Alamitos to get $75,000 would be $600,000. So the Board of Equalization must collect $600,000 in order to pass the 1% to the City of Los Alamitos and ensure that the City of Los Alamitos got $75,000. Thus a company that paid $600,000 in Sales and Use Tax to the State of California through the only people allowed to collect the Sales and Use tax, the the City of Los Alamitos would get $75,000 for the treasury.

Thus, if a company were to write into a contract a section which guaranteed the City of Los Alamitos a yearly $75,000 in Sales & Use Tax; in order to meet that guarantee the company would have to pay the Board of Equalization $600,000 in Sales and Use Tax so that the $75,000 contractual guarantee was met. If they didn’t, then they would be in breach of contract.

What if they did actually pay the City of Los Alamitos $75,000 though? Well in that case the only people that got hurt was the County of Orange and the State of California, which didn’t get their pound of flesh. But can they actually do that? Can they legally rip off the State of California and the County of Orange for $525,000?

Let’s look at the facts.

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Monday Cypress Council: Trash @ 5, Logistics Facility @ 7

Cypress City Hallupdated 4/12/14 to reflect that the logistics facility is not new construction. Thanks to George Pardon for passing on additional info!(Cypress, 4/10/2013)  Cypress’ City Council’s 4/14/2014 Agenda is now up:

  • The 5 pm Workshop Session on the Trash contract is  in the Executive Boardroom at City Hall.  It will be interesting to see if the Council tries to steer Sloan-Vazques to a straightforward bid process or something more like the convoluted approach they used in Los Alamitos four years ago to justify overpaying a million bucks a year to keep Consolidated Disposal.  A non-televised workshop has been used in the past by the Council to develop things like last year’s failed Measure A, which the voters ultimately rejected by  2 to 1 margin.
  • Then at 7 pm the Council reconvenes in the Council Chamber with a public hearing on a Conditional Use Permit for a 174,000 square foot warehouse, distribution, and office facility just off Katella west of  Valley View on Plaza Drive.   That’s over four acres of Continue reading

Los Al Traffic Commission wants more time to consider 133 unit “Village”

Is 4 stories of modern apartments with about 3% retail in the wrong place or too dense or what we need?

(4/10/2014, Los Alamitos)  After spending almost two hours considering the pros and cons of Highland Pointe’s proposed “Village at Los Alamitos,” your seven volunteer Traffic Commissioners decided they needed more time to think it over, and continued the discussion to their next regular meeting on June 11.

The Commission appeared split. Some liked the modern look and who agreed with the developer’s Traffic Engineer that the impact on traffic would be negligible.  Others felt the traffic 133 new apartments would create was understated and the impact on the immediate neighborhood ignored.

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