(12/19/2012, Los Alamitos) It may be a whole new world come Saturday according to the weather graphic to the left.
However, here at LetsFixLosAl we started changing the world as you know it yesterday with our effort to focus on all the good things going on in Los Alamitos! (See yesterday’s “Positively Amazing.” )
Fortunately for your recovering negaholic editor, this week’s local news has lots to be positive about!
Let’s start with today’s News Enterprise:
- Excellent coverage of Monday night’s City Council Meeting with both a headline and photo “above the fold” on page 1. Before Publisher Lon Wahlberg and Editor Ted Aodaca came aboard, we would have had to wait another week for anything about a Council Meeting, let alone a photo!
- Page 3 coverage of the capture of the three wild African cats that escaped terrorized Apartment Row on Sunday, and of the ongoing murder and arson trial resulting from the Apartment Row fire back in January, 2009. Plus the front page article on Bullying at Los Al High. Lots of real news in our only local news paper!
- Front page photo of Los Alamitos homeboy & # 1 vote getter Richard Murphy being sworn in to our City Council!
- Front page headline: ”Kusumoto elected Mayor.”
- Repeat # 3. That’s really, really, really good news.
- Repeat # 4. and add one word missing from the headline: Unanimously.
- Say it again, “Warren Kusumoto unanimously elected Mayor of Los Alamitos.” Doesn’t that just make your day? Combine it with Murphy’s election, which made it possible, and the people of Los Alamitos might just have gotten their best Christmas present since the City was incorporated 51 years ago!
- A positive, forward-looking Guest View on page 5, by Warren Kusumoto with a number of good ideas to “position our city for greater achievements,” well worth a read! [ad]
That’s good news in both senses of the word–great news well reported in a timely fashion. And there’s lots more good stuff in today’s N-E I didn’t even mention. Thanks, Lon & Ted! And thank you, Edward Verdugo & company, for bringing Lon & Ted to the News Enterprise.
More good news, from the Patch:
The LosAlamitos-SealBeachPatch also had some excellent coverage of Monday night’s Council meeting, complete a picture of your’s truly from my best side! But here’s a few quotes I really liked from that article:
- “The new council reversed the previous council’s vote on the pay raise, deciding to hold off an salary discussion until January”
- “Minority member Kusumoto received unanimous support from his colleagues and was named mayor.”
- “Incoming councilman, Richard Murphy, who had never held public office before, cried as he thanked all the people who supported him in his campaign. Afterward, he said he was thinking about how proud he would have made his mother, who passed away six years ago.”
- “Murphy was also nominated and unanimously voted in as a mayor pro tem.”
- “Graham-Mejia, a councilwoman approaching the end of her four-year term, said she was disappointed about not being nominated for the mayor or mayor pro tem position.Graham-Mejia, a councilwoman approaching the end of her four-year term, said she was disappointed about not being nominated for the mayor or mayor pro tem position.” The good news here is that the fact that neither Kusumoto nor Murphy were cued in to Mejia’s desires before the meeting indicates no violations of the Brown Act with behind the scenes discussions implied by well choreographed Mayor and pro-tem votes as we’ve seen in the past. BTW, I wouldn’t be surprise to see Mejia’s concerns addressed in the future and, more importantly, a protocol developed for rotating Council leadership for those desiring it.
- “In one of his first votes as councilman, Murphy voted against the members of the former minority – Kusumoto and Mejia – on one issue and then voted with the former minority on another.”
- “Stephens encouraged the incoming councilman and the sitting councilmembers to keep striving for excellence by “moving the bar even higher” for what’s expected of the local government.”
- “Grose asked city staff to bring back a report about possibly returning the city meetings to twice a month, instead of the current once-a-month format.”
- “Murphy said he wanted a staff report on the possibility of getting the agenda out earlier.”
“But wait, there’s more!”
Two more piece of good news I didn’t see mentioned in either article but heard with my own ears on LosAlTV3:
- Our new Mayor Warren Kusumoto’s call for a “forensic audit” of the entire City budget to find additional ways for the city to save money.
- Richard Murphy’s observation that the City’s unfunded pension obligations should be accounted for in computing the City’s much ballyhooed “Reserve.” While the bad news is that would make the Reserve closer to four million dollars than to seven million, the good news is that’s a call to an honest appraisal of our City’s financial status, the first step towards dealing with it!
Now it’s your turn:
This post is for folks who care about Los Alamitos to discuss what’s going on in any media that relates to us.
Anything of interest to Los Alamitos or Rossmoor readers is fair game, whether it’s in this week’s News Enterprise, Sun, Register, Press Telegram, or any online or broadcast media, local, national, or global.
If you found it interesting, put up a link with a brief summary if you want, or just describe it in the “topic.”
We usually put this post up every Wednesday, so this is the place for things you haven’t posted yet or you note over the next 7 days, or until we put it up again.
See if you can follow this week’s “think positive” theme & find things you like & agree with!
Thanks for sharing!