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.

Reminder:  Today is your last day to apply to serve as a volunteer Los Al Commission Member in 2015. (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?

Reminder:  Today is your last day to apply to serve as a volunteer Los Al Commission Member in 2015.  (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

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