Election 2014: Members of the Assembly

With the Los Alamitos City Council election completed it’s time to look at the other races on the ticket that affect you, the voter. I will make every attempt to NOT get into the red/blue controversy. If you vote by party preference, then chances are you won’t want to read these analysis’ since I am ignoring the party of the person unless it has to do with the bigger picture of what they will, or will not, be able to accomplish in the office for which they ran. For instance, it is considered a plus for a Democrat in the CA Senate and Assembly since the majorities are clear and as a member of the clear majority party they would have more “pull” to get things accomplished. But that is generally only ONE SMALL piece of the bigger picture.

Los Alamitos/Rossmoor/Seal Beach:  Assembly District 72 

So, let’s get this rolling with State offices. In this case the two Assembly Districts that cover the wider Los Alamitos area (I’m clearly including Cypress here, which is in a different Assembly District).

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HG: Detritus (water, power, banners, AstroTurf, and local government)

Los Al Astroturf(Los Alamitos, 9/11/2014) Today our favorite Thursday columnist puts on his Andy Rooney hat as he touches on a variety of subjects.  by Highlands Guy:  Over the last couple of weeks I’ve had encounters with a bunch of folks from all sorts of socio-economic and geographic environments. For the most part they all seemed to have a similar understanding and expectations from various levels of government.

Additionally, almost to a person, they were not only a bit jaded as to the effectiveness of individuals who served as their representatives, but with their fellow voters as well. Through our conversations, it was apparent that they agreed with the overwhelming importance of an educated populace that vote with their heads instead of their hearts.

Couple this with my backlog of stuff to ponder and write about, and I found that I better put some of these things down in black and white before they leave my consciousness forever.

I offer these observations as fodder that you guys can use when you next chat with your local representative. And remember their responses, for some of them will be putting rules in place that will proscribe how we will live for years to come.


Yes, I get it, we don’t have enough water for the ever burgeoning, unfettered, California population.  And those who dole it out are telling us what we can and cannot do with it, from shorter showers to how to wash our cars. And yet as I go about my daily business I see all around me that some of us seem to be less affected by the same rules. The restrictions imposed by governmental and monopolistic semi-governmental  utilities are Continue reading

Light Cypress City Council Meeting on Monday skips trash contract

Cypress City Hall(Cypress, 9/7/2014)  Cypress’ September 8, 2014 City Council Meeting’s Agenda is online, and it looks like a fairly fast ans simple meeting.  What’s not on the agenda might be more interesting than what is.

First, what is on the agenda:

  • A Public Hearing for a Conditional Use Permit for a Fitness Center in the Commercial General Zone at 4151 Ball Rd.  Staff is recommending approval of the CUP.
  • Five Consent Calendar Items
  • Minor modification of streetscape standards for the Cypress Corporate Center adding drought tolerant ground cover and decorative rock to current options of two types of turf and ground cover for street frontage.

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Special Los Alamitos City Council Meeting Monday (9/8/2014)

(9/7/2014, Los Alamitos, CA)  Our City Council will meet in open session at 5 pm Monday to give the City Staff direction regarding two Budget items:

First up is a continuation of the Council’s discussion regarding the prioritization of the replenishment of General Fund Reserves.  The discussion was prompted by CalPERS  investments earning more than expected in FY 2012-13 (13.2%).  That reduces the amount needed for the City to meet their target of reserves of 80% of PERS liabilities.  The Council can either reduce the amount of money to stay at 80%, or raise the percentage.

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Mosquito warning for West OC: East Long Beach man dies of West Nile virus

There’s plenty we can do to reduce the risk in our neighorhoods.

(Los Alamitos, West Orange County, 9/4/2014)  Mosquitoes can fly across county lines, so today’s news of the death of an mid-70s East Long Beach man of Nile Virus should serve as a wake up call to all West OC residents.

The man, who was not identified by officials, was hospitalized in August.  This is the first death in Long Beach from  West Nile this year. Long Beach also had a West Nile death last year, and reported cases in Long Beach for 2014  have already passed the cases reported in 2013.    The previous Long Beach  West Nile death was a over a decade ago in 2003.

 Dr. Mitchell Kushner, Long Beach’s public health officer called the death “a sad and sobering reminder of the risk posed by mosquito bites.  We need to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites and minimize risk of WNV infection especially at this time of the year when the risk of infection is at its highest.”

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West OC Coyotes: Meeting called in Seal Beach, Cat killed in Los Alamitos

Coyote activity seems to be up across West OC, and Seal Beach’s Mayor will search for solutions at a meeting next Wednesday

(Seal Beach/Los Alamitos, 9/3/2014)  I was getting to ready to post a story about a neighbor’s cat who was killed by a coyote last week when a reader called to report on increasing coyote problems in Seal Beach.

Looks like it’s time for another coyote post, updating the increase which seems to be occurring throughout the southland:

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