(Rossmoor, 3/10/2012) by David Lara I had a brother-in-law named Howard who was famous for never picking up a dinner tab. He would invite family and friends to a restaurant he selected and then order dinner and play the gracious host.
When they begin to serve dessert, Howard would excuse himself and go to the bathroom leaving his wife at the table. When the bill would come, his wife would state “I would
like to help but I am not allowed to carry a credit card.”
Not wanting to be held hostage in a restaurant, I would pick up the tab so we could be freed. Instantly, Howard would return from the bathroom and state “I will pick up the tab next time.” My wife would look at me and then say “you got hosed again!”
What’s missing from this story?
Recently the Los Alamitos City Council voted to place an armed school resource officer on the Los Alamitos High School Campus. In today’s environment placing an armed police officer on campus is an outstanding move for the safety of our children. The costs for the school resource officer is a $190,000 per year. The City of Los Alamitos was hoping that Seal Beach would pick up 25% of the costs of the armed officer.
Missing from the story was the amount of money that would be paid for by Rossmoor Residents. After all, a large percentage of the students attending the Los Alamitos Unified School District come from Rossmoor.
Two years ago, when burglaries began to increase in Rossmoor the residents demanded additional police coverage from the Orange County Sheriff. Surprisingly, Orange County Sheriff increased patrol, added undercover surveillance and even bicycle patrol.
Recently, the number of auto burglaries has increased and again the Rossmoor citizens are asking the Orange County Sheriff for an increase of patrol deputies. There is never a mention of who will be paying for the increase in police services.
I have lived in Rossmoor for 30 years and have benefited from the outstanding services provided by the County of Orange. When Rossmoor residents are unhappy with county services they have always insisted that the Board of Supervisors improve the services to Rossmoor. When the subject of paying for these services comes up, Rossmoor Residents always say “we pay our taxes.”
One would then assume that Los Alamitos and Seal Beach residents do not pay taxes. The truth of the matter is that Los Alamitos and Seal Beach Residents pay more in taxes due to their utility tax than Rossmoor residents.
With the current restraint on the County Budget, it is obvious that Rossmoor’s free lunches are coming to an end. We cannot hide in the bathroom when the bill comes due. Check please!