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

Election recommendations for Los Alamitos Council & School Board

(Los Alamitos, CA 10/14/2016)  This year Los Alamitos voters have a choice of three candidates who are running for two seats on the City Council.  Frankly, this year I prefer our options for Council way above our options for President.

As someone who’s in his second term on Los Al’s Traffic Commission, lived here since 1988, and edited this blog for eight years, I’ve gotten to know all three candidates fairly well.  There’s things I like about each one,  but from my admittedly limited perspective one candidate stands above the others, for several key reasons, beginning with a major change he facilitated over the last four years:

In 2012 an uncivil war had been raging on Los Alamitos’ City Council for over a decade.  Richard Murphy entered the 2012 election as an independent, self-funded candidate with the goal of restoring civility to our City Council.

Amazingly, he did! 

Here’s some pretty convincing proof:   Last January Los Alamitos’ City Council unanimously elected Richard Murphy as Mayor. . . for the second year in a row!   That hasn’t happened in well over 20 years. Continue reading

The Undead Keep On Rising

Joe Sloan

(Los Alamitos, 10/22/2015)  by JM Ivler:  Why is it that we are haunted this month by what was once dead rising back to life? First it was George Briggeman and his laundering of campaign contributions; which echoes back to the manipulation of our city related to the solid waste franchise agreement.

And now it’s the spirit of the manipulation of the “scoring” by the consultants hired by the City of Los Alamitos to advise us on who was the best company to go to, with Sloan Vasquez in the news for “fixing the bidding contract” in Whittier.

Enrique Vazquez

Shades of solid waste franchise agreements of the past, all the major players in the City of Los Alamitos fiasco seem to be getting second lives as they are caught manipulating things to their personal benefit again and again. These shades just Continue reading

The $15,000 slap on the wrist


According to the FPPC, George Briggeman, Jr. has “laundered” campaign contributions. We told you that seven years ago!

(Los Alamitos, 10/18/2015)  by JM Ivler:  Some time ago we here at got a letter telling us that we were going to be sued by Mr. George Briggeman, Jr., because we used the term “laundered” when discussing the way he laundered campaign contributions. I guess that Mr. Briggeman is planning on suing the FPPC because they decided that the proper term for how Mr. Briggeman handles his campaign contributions is “laundered.”

Item 3 under the consent items for October 15th 2105 FPPC Commission meeting, under the title “Laundered Campaign Contributions” is “In the Matter of George S. Briggeman, Jr.; FPPC No. 13/936.”

The details of which are: Continue reading

What a short memory you have Grandma (& everyone else too?)


Just 26 years ago the Chinese government massacred thousands of its citizens in Tiananmen Square

(Los Alamitos, 9/5/2015) This week our Thursday Columnist challenged my conscience as he brings issues of global decency as close to home as the phone in your pocket, then addresses memory issues at City Hall:

by “Highlands Guy:”  Is it just me, or does it seem like the whole country, especially the political elite, have really bad memories?

How is it that after years and years of superimposed isolation by the free world, it’s now fine to visit and trade with at least two Communist dictatorships? One half way around the world, and the other just a stone’s throw from our Southern coast. So, before you buy up some fine cigars or Skechers think about what you are supporting with your actions.


Cuba achieved independence in 1902 after 300 years of colonization and oppression. An uprising in 1952 installed Fulgencio Batista as president, who ruled with little change from the past. Armed revolution Continue reading

I Have A Dream


We recommend you hit play on the above 17 minute video, and follow along in the text below as Dr. King speaks. You’ll  find it well worth the time, whether you’ve heard it before or not.  (If you’re on our home page click “continue reading” below first.)

(Washtington, D.C., August 28, 1963)  by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:  

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Continue reading