Day 3 of 10 days of Thanksgiving: Thankful for our Military & First Responders

The Los Al City Council encourages us to wear Red shirts every Friday to Remember Everyone Deployed.

The Los Al City Council encourages us to wear Red shirts every Friday to Remember Everyone Deployed.

(Los Alamitos, 11/21/2014)  Today I’m thankful for every member of our military, past and present, and our police and firefighters.   That includes my Dad, a WW II vet who and my father in law, a WW II POW.  The were both among the fortunate ones who returned home alive.

In the photo on the right are the flags that draped their coffine five decades later.  They were given to my mother and mother-in-law were handed  “On behalf of the President of the United States, the Department of the Air Force, and a grateful nation’  for their “faithful and dedicated service.”   I’m thankful for all our vets, living and dead.  Without their sacrifices, we would not have the freedom we so easily take for granted.

One of our own, Laura Hertzog, heads up Honoring our Fallen, which serves the families of our fallen from the moment they are notified of the death of their loved one.  You can read more about Honoring our Falling in JM’s recent post and on their website, HonoringOurFallen.org, where you can also donate.

Behind the flags showing some of the areas of the world where  our military currently serve fighting everything from ISIS to Ebola as you read these words.  For them, I am not only thankful, but also   Continue reading

HG: Mental and Physical Fireworks in Los Alamitos

Our Thursday columnist wants to know just what it is the City Council is trying to fix.

 (Los Alamitos, 11/20/2014) Looks like it’s our Thursday columnist’s turn to spark some fireworks.  You may not agree with him, but he brings a reasoned approach and perhaps a different perspective to a controversial issue.  Please note that each of our contributors is only expressing his or her viewpoint.  This is not by Dave E or JM, but by our regular Thursday  columnist.

by “Highlands Guy:  I really don’t see what the big fireworks hub-bub is all about. Fireworks are fun. Fireworks look cool. Fireworks are sometimes associated with a 4th of July celebration.

But the reality is that fireworks belong in the toy box of life, along with sports, movies, music, and the circus. They are not what the 4th is about, and they are not an inalienable right. Look, I grew up with fireworks just like you, but times have changed, laws have changed, realities have evolved.

And it’s not like they’re gone. They’re still here, and still really close. And free if you walk in. And aside from Continue reading

Day 2 of 10 days of Thanksgiving: Rivalry Week!

Can I get an 8 clap?

Can I get an 8 clap?

 (Los Angeles, 11/20/2014)  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