Thoughts on JM Ivler

(Los Alamitos, CA, posted 1/21/2017)  Editor’s note:  The following originally appeared as a Guest Post in the News Enterprise, and is reposted here with the gracious permission of the author.  by John Underwood:

When I was very young and just beginning to form my view of the world one prominent media figure captured my imagination, tempted me to imitation, and struck me as heroic rising above all other intellects in clear thinking and execution of style in conversation.

No it was not JFK. It was notorious conservative and talk show host William F. Buckley Jr. On his 1960s and 70s confrontational television program Firing Line Bill Buckley would fearlessly invite some of the most articulate liberal thinkers and talkers of the time. He would first listen carefully with the discipline of a UN delegate, give them the courtesy of laying out their world view perhaps even agreeing on points of common ground, and then proceed to roll them over like bowling pins with his own eviscerating logic, cutting charm, and command of the English language.

As my own world view expanded with age and experience my empathy for the world took me to places and points of view Mr. Buckley would never have accepted. And this was a real source of inner conflict for me for some time, until I realized another lesson I was learning implicitly from this great debater’s example, that is, reasonable and nimble minds can tolerate, often accept, and sometimes even assimilate the opinions of others without necessarily threatening the foundations of one’s own worldview, if you first listen carefully to what they are actually saying. Continue reading

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

Remembering over one million Americans who gave all

Are big changes coming to our "Mayberry?"

(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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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

A tribute to Rossmoor’s Shirley Bailey

November 28, 2014 in Los Alamitos.  Happy Black Fridayu!

(2/7/2015, Rossmoor) This just in from the Rossmoor Homeowners Association:

Joe & Shirley Bailey

It is with sad hearts the Rossmoor Homeowners Association wishes to acknowledge the passing of a leader of the Rossmoor Community. Shirley Bailey passed away at her home on January 25, 2015.

Shirley was driving force in making Rossmoor a wonderful place to live. She was a key contributor to the development of Rush Park and Rossmoor Park. With her husband Jim,she was instrumental in replacing the Rossmoor Signature Wall and the Continue reading

“My Tribute” to Andrae Crouch


Promo for the final tour Andrae Crouch had to postpone.

(1/8/2015, Los Alamitos) For years he’s been telling us that “Soon and very soon we are going to see the King.”

At 4:30 this afternoon, he did.

72 year old L.A. native Andrae Crouch at Northridge Hospital Medical Center from complications of a heart attack last Saturday.

Sandra Crouch, Andrae’s twin sister and co-pastor of the New Christ Memorial Church of the San Fernando Valley said it well: Continue reading