HG: I’m trying to stay positive. . . but it ain’t easy

HG's take on a large part of Monday's City Council Meeting

HG’s take on a large part of Monday’s City Council Meeting

(Los Alamitos, March 25, 2015)  Dave E here.  I was about to write about Monday’s Council Meetings , but our Thursday columnist turned his piece in early, and I think he did a better job on one issue than I could.  Stay tuned for my post on the rest of the meeting in a day or two.

by Highlands Guy  I watched every minute of last night’s City Council agenda item about the future of LATV3. I would like to say that I felt more positive at its conclusion, but that was not to be. I will attempt to offer my take on the discussion in a logical, coherent manner, but the  banter on the dais was all over the board, so I may not hit the mark. The goal of Item 10A was to review and vote on a city expenditure for outside  consultants to make  sense of, perhaps, our cable channel(s) operations.

And while I respect the folks who lead the city and am not questioning their intelligence or good intentions, I think they missed the mark with this one. And I might add that this was the case with the past two or three sets of council members and city managers. I am still not positive what the end game is, but my impression is that my ($18,000) tax dollars will be paying for a Continue reading

Council Agendas: Close the pool? Move City Hall? New 20 year plan?

March Madness comes to Los Alamitos' City Council this weekend?

March Madness comes to Los Alamitos’ City Council this weekend?

(Los Alamitos, 3/20/2015) Los Alamitos’ workaholic City Council is bookending this weekend with three Council meetings dealing with everything from a final public hearing on a new 20 year Master Plan for the City to closing the City’s leased Pool at the Base to Moving City Hall:

  1. This afternoon, Friday 3/20/2015, 3:00 pm, closed session with City Attorney regarding pending litigation.
  2. Monday, March 23, 2015, 5:00 pm, (click here for agenda & agenda reports) an open special meeting to discuss:
    1. Moving City Hall, and
    2. Closing the Base Pool due to major needed repairs and a 130% rent increase the Base is demanding for a new lease which is limited to nine years.
  3. One hour later at 6:00 pm Monday, the regular monthly meeting a week late (click here for agenda with links to agenda reports) with 4 presentations, 9 consent items (including  switching from Robert’s to Rosenberg’s Rules of Order), a Public Hearing on adopting the 2035 General Plan, and discussion of a Consultant to assist sorting out the ongoing drama of LosAl TV3.

The Pool dilemma is  Continue reading

HG: It’s in the Orange County Codes

Highlands’ Guy’s inspiration for this week’s post

(Orange County, CA, 3/19/2015)  by “Highlands Guy:”  I write today from a personal perspective, but I would imagine that the stuff I experience is not too much different from the rest of you guys and I am hoping that a suggestion or two could help make my home life a bit more manageable.

Most of it seems to be covered in either city or OC County rules, but what I can or will do with that knowledge has yet to be determined.

Orange County Municipal Codes:

Sec.2-5-19:  No person shall solicit primarily for commercial purposes in any manner, or sell or offer for sale any goods, wares, merchandise,…or advertising material without a written permit…

Sec.2-5-125.b:  The type, location, size, content and duration of the Continue reading

Details on Barton Place EIR Scoping Meeting

Details on Monday's meeting

The public has until 3/31 to provide input to the projects EIR, details below

(Cypress, 3/19/2015)  by George Pardon:  The EIR Scoping Meeting for the 33 acre project was held this evening, March 16.  About 20 community residents were in attendance.

The developer spent time presenting the project which closely followed the information that is available on the website:www.bartonplacecypress.com  The overall project will consist of 244 homes with 152 being single family homes and 92 being paired homes (duplexes).  There will many amenities and common areas on the 28 acres dedicated to the housing portion of the project.  While there were no specifics related to the 5 acre commercial/retail site, it is being described as Continue reading

Environmental Scoping Meeting on 33 acre Cypress Senior/Retail project this Monday night

Monday night's meeting  seeks input from the community as to the scope of the EIR for the newly revised proposal.

Monday night’s meeting seeks input from the community as to the scope of the EIR for the newly revised proposal.

(Cypress, 3/14/2014)The developers of Cypress infamous “33 acre project” are seeking your input on potential environmental impacts for their revised proposal for  5 acres of commercial development and 28 acres of Senior housing on the site ProLogis wanted to build a massive logistics complex.

In a surprising move the developer eliminated the Continue reading

In Memorium: Los Alamitos’ TV pioneer Althea Miller

(3/13/2015, Los Alamitos, CA)Last Sunday Los Alamitos lost one of her most loved and involved citizens, Suburbia Estates’ original homeowner Althea Miller.  Services will be on Monday, March 16 at 11:30 am at Forest Lawn Cypress’ Church of our Fathers, with internment at Forest Lawn following.

Althea was perhaps best known for her “Traveling with Althea” series which started out on LosAlTV3 over 20 years ago and continues to run at 5 pm Sundays.  With her late husband Jim Miller serving as her cameraman, Althea traveled the world and Continue reading