It’s not the drought, it’s the distribution

Our Thursday columnist shares “twists & turns” he discovered investigating “the current water controversy.”

(Los Alamitos, 5/28/2015) by Highlands Guy:  The availability of water is kind of like the economy:

There’s lots of money around, but who has it and how much they have at any one point, is probably the prime causitive factor of the current debate throughout the West.

Most native Californians have never really had to think about water. It seemed like there was always enough to do whatever the heck we wanted to do with it. This has been the case ever since the developers and politicians, early last century, figured it would be cool to turn the desert into a virtual rain forest.

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Remembering over one million Americans who gave all

(Los Alamitos, 5/24/2015)  We all knw that Memorial Day isn’t just a holiday.  It’s also a day to remember the 1,344,000 American service men and women who have given their lives so we can live in freedom

That’s right, over one million, three hundred forty thousand.

Freedom isn’t free.

Several years ago Barbara & I were privileged to visit two beautiful memorials in Washington: The World War II Memorial (in the foreground of the photo on the left) and the Air Force Memorial. The quotes, fountains and sculptures at each one can’t help but move anyone who visits.

We are so blessed to live in America, but our freedom has come at great cost. Since 1776, over one million, three hundred thousand 1,343,812 brave American servicemen and women have given their lives for our country.

I hope you find some time this Memorial Day to consider their sacrifice, and the sacrifice of their families,and of the millions of other American servicemen and women who were and are willing to give their all.

I found many inspiring quotes engraved on the two Memorials Barbara & I visited. Here are three you may want to share with your kids or grandkids this weekend:

“Tell them that we gave our todays for their tomorrows.”
Inscription in Allied Forces Cemetery
North Assam, India

“I am going on a raid this afternoon. . . there is a possibility I won’t return. . .
do not
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HG: No Hotel California!

(Los Alamitos, 5/22/2015)  by Highlands Guy:  As much as I would like to see the big open space on Los Al Blvd filled in, the latest proposed alternative being discussed in City Hall, does not fit the bill on many levels. I don’t know exactly how long it has been vacant, but I have been driving by it for close to 20 yrs. and don’t remember seeing much action there. If memory serves me, I think it used to be a car dealership, and the property is still under a cloud due to open toxic waste questions.

I will first lay out my reasons for opposition to the latest proposal, a Fairfield Inn, and then offer an alternative scenario. And I would urge the readers of LosAlNews to attend the appropriate City Council and Planning Commission meetings to voice your opinions. Remember they work for us. Do not abdicate your Continue reading

Budget adjustments, travel policy on 2 Monday (5/18/2015) City Council Agendas

Los Alamitos city staff reports they’ve balanced the 2015-16 General Budget by implementing changes suggested by the Council

(Los Alamitos, 5/17/2015)  This Monday’s 6 pm Regular Los Alamitos City Council Meeting features 8 different presentations, 6 Consent Calendar Items, 2 discussion items (travel and reimbursement policy & the timeframe for completing the LATV3 Cable Vision Study by 6/30/2015), and a closed session to negotiate the coming Fiscal Year’s City Attorney contract & one potential lawsuit.  Click here for the agenda with links to the agenda reports.

In addition a Special Meeting is scheduled for 5 pm with an update on the 2015/16 Fiscal Year General Fund Operating Budget, with a focus on how the 5/4/2015 Council directions were implemented to reduce  Continue reading

Follow the Money

Our Thursday columnist finds lots of cause for concern in Los Alamitos’ proposed 2015-16 Budget

(Los Alamitos, 5/14/2015)  by Highlands Guy:  The Los Alamitos General Fund update and proposed Fiscal Year 2015/2016 operating budget presented to the City Council on May 4 was thorough and precise.

However, that made it a challenge to get through. I think I printed out all 70 pages and read most of it, at least cursorily

I must say I was in good company, by the tone and lack of questions that were evident during the May 4th City Council meeting.  You wouldn’t think such a Continue reading

Change in code cancels tonight’s Traffic Comission Meeting

Los Alamitos’ Traffic Commissioners get tonight off due to a delayed online posting of the Agenda

(5/13/2015, Los Alamitos)  Maybe scheduling Los Alamitos’ Traffic Commission’s May meeting for Wednesday the 13th wasn’t such a good idea.

In any case, not posting the Commission’s Agenda online at least 72 hours before the meeting began was definitely a deal killer.

A 2014 change in California’s government code coupled with Continue reading