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?

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Cypress, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Seal Beach Election results

(11/8/2016) by Dave Emerson:  [updated at 12:55 AM by JM Ivler]

NO on GG wins by over 2% [371 votes].

Los Alamitos City Council: Meet our new and old City Council members. Josh Wilson and Richard Murphy.

LAUSD. All incumbents won.

Seal Beach District 2: 1.8% difference. 36 votes. Tell me again how your vote doesn’t count… Moore over Winkler
Seal Beach District 4: Sustarsic over Phillips (not even close) 69.8 to 30.2

City of Cypress City Council: Johnson and Yarc stay (weren’t they “Yes on GG”?)

RCSD: No changes in leadership. Kalish came in close losing by 78 votes and 0.9% for position four out of three. Better luck next time.

 

10 pm:  No new precincts reporting for Cypress or Los Al. . . results coming in more slowly.  As of 9:30 GG had slightly expanded it’s lead after the first of 32 Cypress precincts had reported in.  We are also adding the Los Al and Cypress School Board Races,as well as updating the Council races

This is also a place for local residents to discuss the results of these and other local races, in the comments section below.  Please observe our policy of keeping comments and language relatively civil, dag nab it!

Click here if you want to check on our projections and how to interpret the initial results.

Click here if you want to go directly to the Registrar of Voter’s results pages.

9:30 pm results: GG’s lead growing:

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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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Your last-minute voters’ cheat sheet (for Orange County, CA)

(Tuesday, 11/8/2016)  Want to miss the crowds? Haven’t figured out all 17 propositions yet? Don’t know where your polling place is?  No worries. . . we’ll show you how to do your civic duty with wisdom and ease.  Just scroll through our Election Day FAQs below.  Your answer awaits:

Where’s my polling place?  If you live in the OC, click here, enter your residence address, & hit return.  If you live elsewhere in the U.S., click here, enter your address & hit return.

How late are the polls open?  8 pm.  If you’re in line at 7:59, they’ll stay open until you’ve voted.

I don’t have time to figure out all the propositions!  30 second solution: Vote yes on 54 (Prevents last-minute switcheroos in Sacramento & promotes transparency, the only “yes” JM & I agreed on) & either vote no on everything else (based on the fact that propositions are almost always produced privately by special interest groups) or just leave everything else blank.  3-10 minute solution:  Scan through the ballot titles & descriptions in your sample ballot while you wait in line, if you totally agree with a proposition with no questions whatsoever, vote “yes,” if you have any hesitation, vote “no,” & if you’re not sure leave it blank.  For more on the propositions, click here & scroll down for my progressive colleague JM Ivler’s take.

How do I vote on Cypress Measure GG?  If you own the Racetrack, vote “Yes” and double your property value overnight.  If you don’t own the Racetrack, vote no to 1) preserve your right to vote on futue zone changes on the property, and 2) to  avoid a massive up-zoning of 150 acres in the heart of town with absolutely no traffic mitigation but lots of misleading, expensive flyers & robo calls.  If you attend SeaCoast Grace Church, do what Jesus would do, out of love for your neighbors and yourself & your community vote no despite the land bribe being offered to the church if it passes.  A little “better located” property isn’t worth bulldozing the historic Ranch House & dealing with even more crowded roads and schools for as long as you live in Cypress.

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This Can’t Be OK

(11/7/2016, Los Alamitos, by Highlands Guy:)  It was Saturday (Nov 5) morning, about 10:30 a.m. I was doing one of my, not so favorite, weekend chores of mowing the lawn. I heard the sound of a big vehicle getting closer.  As it turned onto my street I was a bit shocked to see what looked like the Orange County Fire Authority, Station 2 (Los Alamitos)  hook and ladder coming down the street.

Since this was the first time I have seen a hook and ladder truck passing my house in the past 10 years, I was immediately concerned. But that was short lived, since they didn’t seem to be in a hurry, as they were sort of just cruising through the neighborhood.

But, I did wonder what that huge sign was, running almost the length of this very important emergency vehicle. As it turned at the next corner the images were displayed for all to see.  It was a political campaign advertisement for one of the three candidates running for the two open positions on the Los Alamitos City Council. Continue reading

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