Park evaluation, Senior Housing on Monday Cypress City Council Agenda

(Cypress, CA, 10/25/2015) by George Pardon:  Click here for the Cypress City Council Agenda  for Monday, October 26:,min/2015_agendas/102615_agenda.html

In addition to the Cypress City Council considering approval of the 33 acre Senior Housing/Commercial Retail development called Barton Place (Agenda Item #1), the City Council will also consider approving a scope of work for a study to assess current park space, recreation facilities and current and projected community needs to guide future capital improvement planning. 

The scope of work for this assessment includes the evaluation of sports parks, neighborhood parks, and the Senior Center.  The need to conduct this study was included as an objective of the City Council’s March 2015 update of the City’s Strategic Plan.   Agenda Item #10 provides valuable information about existing  park space and recreation facilities that I think you’ll find to be a beneficial read.,min/2015%20_staff%20_reports/102615%20Staff%20Reports/10_Facilities_Assessment_102615.pdf Continue reading

The Undead Keep On Rising

Joe Sloan

(Los Alamitos, 10/22/2015)  by JM Ivler:  Why is it that we are haunted this month by what was once dead rising back to life? First it was George Briggeman and his laundering of campaign contributions; which echoes back to the manipulation of our city related to the solid waste franchise agreement.

And now it’s the spirit of the manipulation of the “scoring” by the consultants hired by the City of Los Alamitos to advise us on who was the best company to go to, with Sloan Vasquez in the news for “fixing the bidding contract” in Whittier.

Enrique Vazquez

Shades of solid waste franchise agreements of the past, all the major players in the City of Los Alamitos fiasco seem to be getting second lives as they are caught manipulating things to their personal benefit again and again. These shades just Continue reading

The $15,000 slap on the wrist

According to the FPPC, George Briggeman, Jr. has “laundered” campaign contributions. We told you that seven years ago!

(Los Alamitos, 10/18/2015)  by JM Ivler:  Some time ago we here at got a letter telling us that we were going to be sued by Mr. George Briggeman, Jr., because we used the term “laundered” when discussing the way he laundered campaign contributions. I guess that Mr. Briggeman is planning on suing the FPPC because they decided that the proper term for how Mr. Briggeman handles his campaign contributions is “laundered.”

Item 3 under the consent items for October 15th 2105 FPPC Commission meeting, under the title “Laundered Campaign Contributions” is “In the Matter of George S. Briggeman, Jr.; FPPC No. 13/936.”

The details of which are: Continue reading

Massage, stop signs, parking, cell tax, land purchase on 10/19/2015 Council Agenda

City Hall :  The "elephant in the room?"

What’s this month’s closed session about?

(10/18/2015, Los Alamitos)  Note:  I still hope to get JM’s important post on corruption in OC up later today, but felt the need to get a brief post up on Monday’s Los Alamitos City Meeting first. by Dave Emerson:

The revised agenda for Monday’s 6 pm Los Alamitos City Council Meeting is now online, and quite a number of items caught my attention:

Item 14:  Last on the agenda, is a Closed Session with representatives of the  Lincoln Property Company and the Joint Forces Training Base for the purpose of negotiating “price and terms of payment.”   Not sure what exactly they’re paying for, and since it’s a closed session I’m not sure if I’ll be able to find out and still live, but I did put out an inquiry for details to at least one City Official.  Could be something mundane, maybe the long discussed idea of moving City Hall.  My personal hope would be for a OC Parks Regional Sports Park, possibly including a football/soccer/baseball athletic stadium, which is Continue reading

HG: Los Al Blight: Someone needs to look into this

Our Thursday columnist asks what’s hiding behind that red, white, and blue banner at Los Al & Cerritos

(Los Alamitos, 10/16/2015)  LosAlNews Update:  Dave E here.   I’ve been somewhat MIA around here while dealing with everything from my Mom’s passing & service to thee adoption celebration for our newest grandkid.  Real “Circle of Life” stuff, with lots to share when I get time.

In the meantime, two of our other major contributors have put together two articles on two major West OC issues.  First, our Thursday columist weighs in again on something that shoul concern us all.  Then, later today or tomorrow, I’ll release a report JM Ivler’s been working on for a couple of weeks on a scandal that reaches from Los Alamitos to our County DA and maybe even Sacramento.  Stay tuned!

by Highlands Guy:  Prominently displayed on the north east corner of Los Alamitos Blvd and Cerritos Ave is sign that touts the good stuff that is Los Alamitos High School. ‘Home of the Griffins:  Academics, Athletics, Activities, and the Arts,’ are displayed prominently in red, white, and blue.

Very nice, and inspiring.  But did you ever look over the fence that the sign is on, or wonder how come this space has been vacant for the last 20 years, especially in the face of a school that is always bursting at the seams? Continue reading

Larry Strawther responds to Highlands Guy on LosAlTV

(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