Truck owners alert: Rash of tailgate thefts & what to do

:(Los Alamitos, 1/20/2017)  by Dave Emerson:   In the last few days there has been a rash of truck tailgates being stolen in the Los Alamitos area.

The problem is that most tailgates are designed to be quickly removed.  Javier Mejia, Vice Chair of Los Al’s Traffic Commission (& Los Al News reader), recommends a Tailgate Lock.  (Click here for a Master Tailgate Lock available from Amazon for $15.85 with free 1 day shipping for Prime members.)  These locks are designed to prevent removal of the tailgate, but still allow normal opening and closing of the tailgate.

According to Javier, this is becoming a nationwide problem.  Additional solutions are described in this updated post from the Crime Prevention Guy.


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

A brief history of Thanksgiving, the uniquely American holiday

The Pilgrims’ big Thanksgiving feast was actually the third Thanksgiving!

(West Orange County, 11/22/2016) by Dave Emerson:  Thanksgiving is a uniquely North American holiday. It is only celebrated in the U.S. (4th Thursday in November), Canada (2nd Monday of October), and, more recently, in Grenada (October 25th).

What a great idea–a day set aside for a celebration of thanks! In many ways, it’s my favorite holiday–less commercialized, more family oriented, with unique American roots and even a relatively healthy main dish.

But there’s way more to this holiday then food and family, as a brief review of Thanksgivings past reveals.  Along with a few surprises. . . like the fact that the first Thanksgiving celebration in North America didn’t take place in Massachusetts, but in Florida! And the celebrants didn’t even speak English!

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HG: Time to focus on yet another elephant?


Our Thursday columnist takes a hard look at our town’s future, especially as it relates to our aging population

(Los Alamitos, 6/18/2015) Once again, our proactive Thursday columnist has some creative ideas for addressing another issue that demands more attention than it’s getting.  by “Highlands’ Guy:”  

Face it, you’re getting older, and there ain’t no way out of it. The question that immediately comes to mind is, “Has your city kept up with your changes, or has its focus remained the same year after year, generation after generation?”

Yes, a review of the 2015 Activities Guide reveals some well-designed city sponsored classes and events devoted to the ‘Greatest Generation.’ But I would submit that the breadth of offerings does not go far enough. And that as a city, we can to do better.

The constituency that can come together and raise many thousands of dollars, annually, to support school programs that should be part and parcel of all State supported schools needs to expend the same energy and resources on the other end of the population spectrum.

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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. . .
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HG: You’ve Got to Be Kidding Me!


Steve Martel, speaking at a September, 2012 “Town Hall on Sharia…” in Mission Viejo. Marc Elliott photo

(Rossmoor/Rossmoor Highlands, Los Alamitos 4/2/2015)  As our Thursday columnist notes at the end of today’s column, he wasn’t there for the presentaion.  If you were, or know somebody who was, your perspective and reporting via a diplomatic, fact based comment would be appreiated.

by “Highlands Guy:”   The headline of the ad on LATV3 read (something like) “Muslim Brotherhood’s Stealth Jihad in America,” all brought to you by our friends and neighbors in the Rossmoor-Los Alamitos Republican Women Federated.

The flyer on the group’s website notes, ‘It’s happening in Europe, can it happen in America?’. In highlighted type they note, ‘You don’t want to miss this Meeting!’ I must say that it did catch my eye. Kind of like when you pass a crash on the freeway and can’t pass it up without looking at it, at least a tad.

The guy giving the talk was Steve Martel. They advertised him as a Continue reading