(Los Alamitos, 9/25/2015) The following was originally posted as a comment in respoonse to Thursday’s “S’plain It To Me Please” by our Thursday Columnist, Highlands Guy. Larry Strawther, who is now managing Los Al’s public TV station, is apparently taking HG’s title seriously!
I’m reposting it as a stand alone because it’s easier to read a longer item such as this as a stand-alone post. From here on the italics indicate citations from Thursday’s column. (DE, editor)
To Highlands Guy –
This response is way too long and for that I apologize. But some of your recent column is based on so much incorrect information, I felt I had to address it with specifics which are in bold-face.
After years of mismanagement and thousands of tax payers dollars wasted in bolstering the hobby of a few local film enthusiasts, Los Alamitos’ City Council has decided to revive the nearly dead LATV-3.
But after reading the Council agendas and minutes for the last three months and watching the last couple of City Council meetings, I have to admit that I am left with more questions than answers.
In any case, I wish the program much success, but after seeing the City Council meeting on the 21st, I am not confident that we are not headed down the same rabbit hole or that we’re getting the best bet for our taxpayer buck. Which is especially vexing, when we hear over and over again that there is not enough tax money to take care of missing trees, revive Parks and Rec programs that have been deleted over the years, fix the streets that flood too easily, or hire an additional police officer. And you can top this off with the open-ended questions about the money that will be required to relocate City Hall.
For the record: most of the LATV money we are talking about is not city taxes but PEG fees collected and restricted to LATV capital expenses only. Most was set aside from 2000-2006 by the old LATV Non-profit Board for the future purchase of new high-def equipment. The amount in the fund (Fund 28 specifically) was once around $200,000 but is now around $140,000. While most of this money was collected from Los Al residents, much was collected from Rossmoor through the old Time-Warner playback arrangement. So while I understand that fees are often nothing more than disguised taxes, I feel I this case, it was disingenuous to refer to missing trees, Parks and Rec programs, etc. and refer to it as “my tax money” Continue reading