J.M. Ivler’s last LosAlNews Article: Election Day 2016

Editor’s note, 1/16/2017:  In light of the sudden death of my co-editor and friend JM, I plan to go back and bring some of his greatest articles up to the front.  His last full post, reproduced below, contains a lot of his practical wisdom & wit. Re-reading it reminded me of what a great citizen & thinker we’ve lost.  I’ve put some of  JM’s most profound sections in bold for those who like to save time:

(11/7/2016, Los Alamitos)  by J M Ivler: (bolding added)  It is NOT in LosAlNews’ purview to tell you HOW to vote. While the people who post here have a various number of opinions on who they will be voting for, and have even shared those opinions, it’s YOUR vote and it does count.Vote sign

Yes, the top-of-the-ticket has been an ugly mess. More people are voting “against” one candidate or the other than “for” a candidate that they would actually like to have running the country. The campaigns have been ugly throughout the entire Primary process and into the General election. Even when you think the campaigns can’t get any further into the gutter, they found ways to do so.

The number of times I have heard “well I’m voting for this candidate because I will do anything to stop that candidate from winning.” is past triple digits. The number of times I have heard “lesser evil” is a multiple of that.

So, rather than wade into that mess my goal here is to get you focused on the fact that there are a great many reasons to go to the polls and vote, other than the mess at the top-of-the-ticket.

In fact, I will go so far as to say that you can skip almost all the partisan contests on your ballot because you really know nothing about any of the candidates running other than the winner will be from part of the duopoly. Really, one debate between the candidates for Senate to represent the entire State of California? No debates for the House or Assembly? Do you really know where any of them stand, what they stand for and what policies they will implement in your name?

But down the ballot there are some things worthy of you taking the time to fill it out. Continue reading

Tonight’s Orange County Election Results Reporting Schedule

(11/8/2016) by Dave Emerson:  You can get tonight’s election reports first hand straight from the Orange County Registrar’s office with one simple click by clicking here (https://www.ocvote.com/results/current-election-results/), beginning at 8:05 p.m. tonight, when early voting and vote-by-mail ballots counted so far will be released.

We also hope to post those results for GG and for Cypress and Los Alamitos City Council Races here at about that time, on a separate strand set up to encourage CIVIL local discussion of the results and anything else of interest, (like stuffing recipes or whether to move to Canada, Mexico,  South County or Barton Place if it’s ever built).

The next update from the Registrar until 9:30 pm, when the first unofficial results from OC polling places will be added.  After that, updates will be released every half hour until about 1 am Wednesday.

After that updates will continue by 5 pm every weeknight as additional vote-by-mail ballot are counted until the last official results are posted.  We plan to post the 9:30 pm update here this evening and the final update tonight tomorrow morning, all on the same post that we expect to begin around 8 tonight.

What to expect:

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Fact-checking “Yes on GG” Flyers

(Cypress, CA, 11/2/2016)  by Dave Emerson:  Many residents throughout Cypress awoke last Sunday to find a letter from Council Member Jon Peat on their front porch.  Unfortunately, much of the information in the letter was incorrect, as is much of the info in those expensive flyers folks are getting from the Racetrack’s owners.

Here’s just a few examples of the mis-information running wild courtesy of the Racetrack owners and their friends:

The myth of a free park:

1.  ”The owners will be gifting 20 acres…[for a park]” (Cypress Councilman Jon Peat letter, 10/30/16)

WRONG!  GG says nothing about any gift!  All that exists is a 10/24 non-binding letter from Dr. Allred saying the Race Course “intends to” gift any balance due after the City pays the Track owners over $10 million for the 20 acres.   

That letter from Dr. Allred is not a promise, just a statement of intent, and includes at least one specific condition which would cost Cypress taxpayers millions.

Let’s say I wrote a letter to the Los Alamitos City Council saying “I fully intend to give my home to the City of Los Alamitos someday after I no longer need it, to build a library on, as long as the City pays me the first $1 million of my home’s value, and up zones all the surrounding properties to allow for apartments, effective immediately.”   Would anyone say I was giving the City a free library?

What’s wrong with my generous offer to “give” Los Alamitos my home?  Pretty much the same as what’s wrong with Dr. Allred’s offer: Continue reading

Fiction Or Fact: A Measure GG Analysis

fictionorfactSo, Cypress residents awoke to this letter on their doors. Is it FICTION or FACT? We analyze the letter below:

Statement: “Measure GG gives us a voice in what will be developed”

Fiction.

Today Cypress residents already have a voice in what can be developed there, and it is very limited. In the late 1980’s Cypress residents voted for Measure D. Measure D set all that land aside in a specific zoning called PS, or Public Space. This zoning LIMITS what can be built on the land to a specific set of very clear set of possible uses. There can be no housing. No office building. No retail. No commercial. No industrial. current zone allows things like a golf course, a race track, parks, cemeteries, religious institutions. The People of Cypress already said, back in the late 1980’s, what they wanted there.

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Measure GG: It’s All In The Details

(10/28/2016, by J M Ivler)  Measure GG will get Cypress a FREE 20 acre park!

No, it won’t.

Measure GG is designed to do one thing and only one thing. Up-zone 170+ acres pf PS zone that has been frozen into place by Measure D so the owners can develop the land.

But, you heard that letter read in Cypress City Council where the good Doc promised that he would give 20 acres of land over to the City of Cypress for a park. You heard it with your own ears. In the letter he said that he would give the City of Cypress 20 acres of land for a park.

If I had read a letter that said that George Soros was going to give $50,000,000 to the City of Cypress, would that make it a fact? No. It would be just a letter stating the best possible intentions.

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Measure GG: What’s the History?

(Cypress, 10/12/2016)  A well researched look  at recent changes affecting Measure GG and what’s gone before it by long time Cypress resident George Pardon:

Insufficient changes last month:

At the Cypress City Council Meeting on September 26, the Race Track submitted deed restrictions that lowered the height of projects in the Mixed Use Area along Cerritos to 60 feet and agreed not to put refueling stations in the Town Center.  While these are welcome changes, it is important that residents know that there are still a significant number of allowed projects in the initiative that vary dramatically from what the Race Track is presenting in their flyers and in the conceptual plans shown on their website.

Some important history, Measure D, 1987:

For the benefit of some background, it’s important to remember that there have been a number of rezoning efforts on the Los Alamitos Race Track/Golf Course property (LART) since Measure D.  Measure D was passed by voters in November 1987 for the purpose of assuring “the maintenance of the quality of life in the City of Cypress and to preserve for the citizens and future generations of Cypress that adequate open spaces and greenbelts shall be available for their use and enjoyment.”

At the time Measure D was passed, the LART property was approximately 300 acres with its borders going from Katella to Cerritos and from Denni (Lexington) to Walker.

1990: 75 acres upzoned:

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