(12/17/2014) updated from our 2010 post) by Dave Emerson: Sundown last night began the first of the 8 night celebration of Hanukkah, Chanukah or חג חוכה . Hanukkah means “dedication” and is a celebration of God’s provision for His people during the rededication of the Second Temple after the Jewish people had successfully overthrown the tyranical Antiochus IV Epiphanes.
Epiphanes had blasphemously desecrated the Temple which Zerubabel had built on the ruins of Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem in 516 B.C., so there was great celebration when the people were liberated and the Temple worship restored.
Hanukkah: A celebration of light, freedom, and God’s power
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Outgoing Mayor Graham-Mejia receives a proclamation from Cypress’ new Mayor Rob Johnson as her Council colleagues look on.
(Los Alamitos, 12/16/2014) It appeared to me to be a “Blindside” worthy of Survivor. The only difference was that nobody had Jeff Probst extinguish their torch.
After almost two hours of commendations and proclamations celebrating outgoing Mayor Grahan-Mejias two terms of service, last night’s Los Alamitos City Council Meeting moved on to swear in the two returning and one new Council Member (see picture below). Continue reading
(12/16/2014) by Dave Emerson: Yesterday they walked into the busy coffee store to grab a cup of coffee or go to work.
After a day of terror, two of them didn’t come out alive.
This morning they walked into their local school to learn. 132 of those school children are now dead, along with 9 of their teachers, and another 124 are wounded.
“My son was in uniform in the morning. He is in a casket now,” said Tahir Ali as he arrived at the hospital to pick up his son’s body.
Read that last sentence again. And weep.
“My son was my dream. My dream has been killed.”
Does it really matter that they were half a world away?
It could have been our local Starbucks.
It could have been my Continue reading
Mayor Graham-Mejia will be feted with 7 different presentaions for her service.
(Los Alamitos, 12/14/2014) After eight years of growth, tribulation, & triumph worthy of a mini-series, Mayor Graham Mejia will lead her last City Council Meeting starting at 6 pm tomorrow night. Mayor will hand off a gavel that many Los Alamitos residents believe she should have received six years ago after originally serving as Mayor Pro Tem in 2008.
There is little doubt that Los Alamitos 4th woman Mayor is leaving on her own terms, having chosen not to run for a third term, at least not at this time. There is also little doubt to many that she leaves in triumph, having been ultimately vindicated by the voters of Los Alamitos, her Council Colleagues, and none less than a Federal Judge, at least when it came to her position on the infamous Trash Franchise.
Graham-Mejia leaves behind the last two years legacy of Los Alamitos’ City Council function not as the highly divided Council of those Trash Contract years, but a Council where each member seems focused on doing what’s best of the City as a whole. Kudos should go to every current Council Member for making this happen.
After the presentations, the Agenda moves on to ten Consent Calendar items as the Council seeks to Continue reading
(12/11/2014) by “Highlands Guy:” Reading and absorbing Dave’s 10 days of Thanksgiving certainly gives one a most positive take on who we are. And I would have to agree with his conclusions. We absolutely have a lot to thankful for.
But, and you knew there would be a but, I would like to dig a little deeper and go back in time just a little. While the city has made progress and we are inching our way to respectability, I would offer that we need to look back a touch to see if we can make up for the pitfalls that have plagued us from the time of the city’s founders.
What got me started this time was a conversation I had with a friend and very long time resident, who spent time fixing my kitchen faucet last week. He noted that when they remolded his house, long ago, he had to argue with his architect to include a front porch. We both heartily agreed that front porches were good for a neighborhood, and that we have seen, mostly, but not all, positive changes within the few streets where we hang most of the time.
My friend then mentioned several biggies that did not reflect well on those in charge way back when: Continue reading