In Memoriam: J. M. Ivler

(Los Alamitos, CA 1/13/2017)  by Dave Emerson.  Once again, a Los Alamitos hero has been suddenly taken from us.

I was shocked and deeply grieved to learn Friday afternoon that J. M. Ivler died of a massive heart attack on Thursday.

J.M. was a courageous, smart, and highly committed advocate for the betterment of our community and our schools.  He  spoke out courageously against corruption and the abuse of power at the local, county, state, and federal levels.

He was a key leader of a small band of local residents who repeatedly thwarted massive overdevelopment and exposed corruption in our corner of West Orange County.  Truly a David who defeated Goliaths that outspent him 100 to 1 with his wisdom, commitment, and the truth.

JM got involved in local politics almost as soon as he moved into Los Alamitos in 1992, joining a fight against Race Track expansion and helping a band of populists wrest control of Los Alamitos’ City Council from a small clique too often put the interests of businesses ahead of residents.  He never quit pushing hard for what he felt was in our community’s best interest.

JM was also co-editor, administrator, webmaster and a regular contributor to and it’s predecessor,    He also co-founded and ran Education4Kids (, committed to using technology to improve education across the nation.

But J. M’s highest commitment was to his family.   He was the committed and loving husband of his wife, Thuy, since 1991, and proud father of their son, Matt, a Junior at Los Al High & their daughter, Brooke, who graduated from Arizona State University last December. Continue reading

It Deserves To Succeed

So, you are going to go out for Italian tonight? Where? The Olive Garden? Spags?

I don’t normally do this, but maybe it’s time that start.  So, please, read below the fold about a local business that you should consider… and please, if you are a customer of a local business, use the comments section to share with others why we should all be going there.

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A Local Challenge – No Water Bucket Needed

We all remember the ALS water bucket challenge. Well this is California. We have a drought. So that is out. But a local non-profit has come up with a better idea.


Whip Cream Challenge for Kids. Reddi, Wip!

It should be stated that this idea came from and 11 year old girl, Cassy Lehecka to support our very own Los Alamitos Youth Center.

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Day 6 of 10 days of Thanksgiving: Our City officials and staff

Last week Los Al's Council thanked  outgoing State Senator Lou Correa
Last week Los Al's Council thanked  outgoing State Senator Lou Correa

Last week Los Al’s Council thanked outgoing State Senator Lou Correa

(11/24/2014, Los Alamitos) by Dave Emerson:   Here’s something you may not have thought of to be thankful for this Thanksgiving week:  Our local elected and appointed city officials, staff, and volunteers.

I know, they’re not perfect, but neither are we!  They do work long and hard and give it their best effort pretty much all of the time.

I’ll only have time to go through a few of the people at Los Alamitos City Hall, I’ve gotten to know a bit that I’m thankful for, so if you’re in Cypress, Rossmoor, or Seal Beach you’ll have to fill in your own names, but this might give you a few ideas:

City Council (in order listed on City Website): Continue reading

Los Al News: Two Interesting Tidbits

Are big changes coming to our "Mayberry?"

Some of our readers may have noticed that Honoring Our Fallen tends to get a bit of press here at LosAlNews. That has a great deal to do with the founder of the organization as well as the organization’s mission, which is remembering and providing support for those that tend to be forgotten. After a member of our armed services comes home we call them a vet and we tend to forget about them until Veterans Day or Memorial Day. But when that service member comes home after giving their lives, after they have been honored graveside, well we tend to forget about them too until Veterans Day or Memorial Day.

That isn’t right. See when someone gives their life for their country, a grateful nation should be there to help. It used to be that there was a recognition given to the mothers who lost their sons called Gold Star Mothers. But the reality is that this single loss is going to have ripple effects that don’t just affect the mothers of these service people, but also their spouse, their siblings and most of all their children. And one day’s recognition and a memorial ceremony will not close the holes that this loss will have in their lives.

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