Fireworks, more retail, union contract, lawsuit & more on 2 Monday Los Al Council Agendas

More fireworks at Monday’s Los Al Council Meeting?

(Los Alamitos, 10/19/2014) Lots of interesting items on the agendas for Los Alamitos City Council’s Meetings this Monday.

We’ll start with the 5 pm Special Meeting, where the open session focuses on interviewing and voting three Commission applicants:

  • James Main, a 32 year Los Alamitos resident is one of two applicants for three vacancies on the Los Alamitos Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Commission.  James is following in the footsteps of his son and daughter, both of whom served as student reps on the Commission.  Ironically, the Commission’s student position is currently vacant, maybe you know someone who could apply.
  • Josh Wilson, the other Parks & Rec applicant, has only lived in the city for two months, but he’s “worked in the City for the past five years for businesses that have helped support City events, icluding Race on the Base,” and is currently on the Los Alamitos Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors.
  • Steven Hammond, a 19 year resident, is applying for the Cable Commission vacancy that will be created when Shelley Hasselbrink is sworn in as Los Al’s newest City Council Member later this year.

9.5% in raises for City Employees:  

Depending on how you look at it, that is.

After voting on the 3 applicants for the 4 vacancies, the Council will move on to discuss and most likely approve the Memo of Understanding covering the next 4 years contract with the Los Alamitos City Employees Association. After Continue reading

SoCal’s largest kite event free at Seal Beach this Sunday

Sunday, 10/19/2014, 10 – 5, North side of the Seal Beach Pier.

(West Orange County, 10/18/2014)  Tomorrow looks like the perfect day to head down to Seal Beach for a while to enjoy the 18th annual Japan America Kite Festival, whether you want to watch, fly, let your kids make a kite for free, watch martial arts demonstrations, or even take a fall dip in the not-s0-warm water.

If none of that appeals to you, you can always pay too much for ice cream at ColdStone, take a stroll out on the pier, or just clear your mind before Halloween,  time change (11/2), & the election(11/4) hit over the next 2 weeks.

Activities:

  • Free children’s kite workshop – 10am to 2pm (while supplies last).
  • Kids game corner (origami, fcarp making, Japanese calligraphy head bands and other games) – 10am to 2pm
  • Introductory lessons on precision sport kite by world champion, Chieko Tagami 
  • Hourly Raffle – win great prizes including toys from Mattel and gift certificates and products from Seal Beach’s local businesses!

Japanese Cultural Entertainment:

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How To Save Los Al (& all of West OC) From Doom and. . .

. . . Enhance our Quality of Life:

Our Thursday columnist suggests one key component to helping Los Alamitos not just survive but thrive.

(Los Alamitos, 10/16/2014) by Highlands’ Guy:  There’s not a darn thing we can do about the Ebola virus.

Our increased participation in the defense of innocents in the face of ISIS seems inevitable, and cities across the country have gone under because of their inability to cope with overpowering exigencies of public employee union benefits. And there is seemingly little that a city can do to be exempt from a national economic crisis.

But, we can in fact, take steps to affect the micro economic and quality of life factors in our town. Among the most potent, I would offer, are ensconced in our business community.

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Election 2014: Los Alamitos Unified School District Board Recommendations

(Los Alamitos, 10/14/2014)  by JM Ivler:  Los Alamitos Unified School District is an at-large election which includes every home in Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Seal Beach and some homes in Long Beach and Cypress. In 2014 there are TWO seats up for the election.

We received detailed answers to some hard questions from 2 of the 4 candidates. Guess who didn’t respond?

Considering that Los Alamitos USD is the number one (or number two, depending on the year) School District in Orange County; that we have generally the best elementary school in the County; that Newsweek said we had the 13th best High School in California and the 87th best High School in the country; that maybe, just maybe, we would be getting a great deal of information on the quality of the School Board candidates. That doesn’t appear to be the case.

We all pay a premium for our homes, in either purchase cost or rent, to live in this school district, so this should be an important issue.

Some of the Issues

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Happy Columbus Day: Public Hearings on Swim School & Los Al General Plan EIR tonight:

Columbus didn’t have a General Plan or an EIR when he landed in the Bahamas 422 years ago.

(Los Alamitos, 10/13/2014)  First things first:

  • No mail today (but my love hasn’t gone away).
  • Los Al City Hall is open, according to the City Calendar, but the schools are closed, according to my grandkids, but not the online calendar I found.  Think I’ve gotta go with the students on that one.
  • Apparently the OC Register Delivery people have taken the entire month off.
  • If you live in  Canada, Happy Thanksgiving!

Now to the important item if you live or work in Los Alamitos:  Tonight’s 7 pm  Los Alamitos Planning Commission includes 3 Public hearings, including the Environmental Impact Report for the General Plan Update that’s been in the works for over three years now!

If you’re fortunate enough to have today off, you might want to celebrate 422 years or not-that-well-planned development of the Americas by clicking here to peruse the 26 page Agenda Report on the General Plan Update & attachments including the EIR itself & the Draft General Plan.

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Los Alamitos Fire Station Open House Saturday, 10/11/2014:

The Los Alamitos/Rossmoor Fire Station will be open from 9 - 2.

The Los Alamitos/Rossmoor Fire Station will be open from 9 – 2.

(West Orange County, CA 10/9/2014)  This Saturday, October 11th will be an open house at several Orange County Fire Stations, including the Los  Alamitos Fire Station, 3642 Green Ave at Reagan, one block east of Los Alamitos Blvd and one block south of Katella.

There will also be an even bigger open house with live demonstrations at the  Continue reading