Day 2 of 10 days of Thanksgiving: Rivalry Week!

Can I get an 8 clap?

Can I get an 8 clap?

(Los Angeles, 11/2014)  On day two of my ten days of Thanksgiving, I am thankful for Rivalry Week, and that the game actually means something this year!

I’m thankful for two of many great local universities in SoCal, and for the only true crossTOWN Division 1 rivalry in the entire nation!

Both UCLA and the University of Spoiled Children ;-)  are actually in the same city!  Just about everyone who grew up in the Los Angeles/Orange County metropolitan area had freinds who went to both schools.  Shoot, a lot of USC football players live in Westwood–and who can blame them?

For most of us, it’s a fairly friendly rivaly.  Our economy benefits from having both institutions here.  Even though I’m a Bruin, the son of a Bruin (please don’t misread that, Mr. S.), and Continue reading

Ten days of Thanksgiving

(Los Alamitos, 11/19/2014)  In many ways Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, because being thankful is such an important habit.

So for the next 10 days I’m going to try to remember to post something I’m thankful for each day.  With a West Orange County slant.  That should get us through Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Today (Wednesday, 11/19), I’m thankful for all of the candidates who ran for local office, whether they won or lost.  Whether they were experienced or inexperienced.  With two exceptions:  Continue reading

Details on Cypress’ 375 unit Senior housing project & tonight’s community meeting

Barton Place:  Retail on Katella, 375 senior units on the remaining 28 acres.

Barton Place: Retail on Katella, 375 senior units on the remaining 28 acres.

(updated11/19/2014, Los Alamitos)  Cypress infamous “33 acre parcel” that once was slated to be a ProLogis Logistics facility has now been purchased by Province Group.

The Group has invited Carrier Row residents to a “Community Meeting” tonight (Wednesday, November 19th) at 7 pm to learn about the proposed “Barton Place” development.  Actually all Los Alamitos and Cypress residents are welcome.

Timothy Ramm, who is heading up the meeting, was kind enough to return my call today and fill me in on some of the details of the meeting.  This will be different from ProLogis’ Meeting in several important ways:   Continue reading

Los Al City Council votes down Safe and Sane Fireworks

The Council presented a Proclamation of  Commendation to our outgoing State Senator Lou Correa

The Council presented a Proclamation of
Commendation to our outgoing State Senator Lou Correa

(Los Alamitos, 11/18/2014)  As we predicted, Safe and Sane Fireworks sparked some heated discussion at last night’s Los Alamitos City Council meeting.

It began with a lengthyOral Communications session, where long time Los Al resident Tom Von Hof Garden expressed his dissatisfaction with how the Parks & Recreation Commission handled the issue at their meeting last Wednesday.  Commission Chair Pete Carvajal explained that Von Hof Garden wasn’t being “filibustered,” but there was a contentious agenda item ahead of the fireworks issue he’d come to address.

Some residents also raised concerns about the 375 unit senior housing complex being proposed for the ProLogis site.  There will be a meeting tomorrow evening at 7 pm at the Cypress Marriott Courtyard on Katella between Costco and Valley View where residents can learn more.

I caught , Ivler, & Pete. Pete was pretty diplomatic, but not quite his normal self. I’ve tried to talk him into running for Council twice. He was ready when Gerri nominated him to replace Dean, but the majority wanted Dean Zarkos. Regardless of what you think of Zarkos, Pete would have been far better. Maybe he’ll be ready to run and Dean will be ready to step down in two years? We can always dream.

Shortly after Oral Communications, the Council was back to the fireworks discussion.  Although Continue reading

Los Alamitos wants YOU to become a Commissioner!

With the deadline this Thursday, the City has only received applications from 6 residents to fill 14 upcoming vacancies!

(Los Alamitos, 11/17/2014) Four Los Alamitos Commissions  are almost done accepting applications for 3 year terms beginning in January, and there’s a place for you!

Applications are due this Thursday, 11/20, but you can complete the whole process from your home in a just a few minutes (details below).

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my three years on the City’s Traffic Commission, and found it a great way to not just give back but also to actually get inside City Hall and learn how things work.  Commissions normally meet only once a month for an hour or two, occasionally longer (especially  the Planning Commission).  Outside prep  usually takes  another hour or two, basically Continue reading

More fireworks about fireworks? Sell City Hall? At Monday’s Los Al City Council

Replace with a Dunkin’ Doughnuts?

(Los Alamitos, 11/14/2014)  Several interesting items on the City Council’s Agenda Monday night:

5 pm Closed Session:

*Performance Evaluations of the City Manager and City Attorney

*More City Employee Negotiations

*Join a Friend of the Court brief before the California Supreme Court case of the State Finance Dept. vs the Commission on State Mandates (# S214855)

*Consider (& probably reject) an offer to buy City Hall. . . but this one’s different, in that it’s not a case of special interests buying a City Council majority.  This time it’s the land under Los Alamitos City Hall that Dan Almquist of Newport Beach based Frontier Group Commercial Development is making an offer for.  Last November Frontier announced Continue reading