(8/14/2013, Los Alamitos/West Orange County) Time again for our weekly post where you (& I) get to report and comment on anything of local interest in any media over the next 7 days.
I’ll start with a few random thoughts & observations & concerns:
- The News Enterprise continues to arrive early with lots of timely local news. Sure, it could be better, but its been a lot worse over the last five years. One way to improve it (& make sure they cover what’s of interest to you) is to submit your own Letter or Guest Post to Editor@NewsEnterprise.net. Letters received by 8:00 Monday morning almost always make that week’s paper. But re-read it and cut, cut, cut before sending. The fewer words, the more people will read it! More on that below.
- The Orange County Register is for some mysterious reason still sitting on the article I mentioned last week on the doubling of our Measure K bond tax rates. The post was supposed to run last Sunday, then was “pulled.” I’m told it’s “in editing,” which I’m beginning to think is similar to being in Purgatory. Then again, fact checking is important. Stay tuned. . . .
- Food truck news from St. Isidore’s: ”The truck fare is still alive and well . . . ” according to a press release from the good people trying to save the historical building. Trouble is, truck participation is greatly reduced due in part to changes implemented by the St. Izzy’s folks and resulting tension with the truck organizers. It’s still a decent place to stop for dinner & music on Thursday evenings, just don’t expect nearly as many trucks as we had last summer. No doubt lots of dynamics, butit’s a shame to see a four year old tradition diminished.
- Speaking of St. Izzy’s, this week’s N-E poll asks “Should Los Al’s General Plan include a more active role in preserving St. Isidore Plaza?” Your options are “Yes, it’s an historical building that should be part of the city’s futher,” or “No, if it’s to be saved, it should be a private venture.” Click here to vote or comment on the N-E site, or scroll down to comment here.
- Time for us to help out the Los Al food bank, We Care, according to this week’s Teditorial. Canned food and staples can be dropped off at 3788 Cerritos from 10 – 2:30, or cash donations can be made at their website. We Care’s a great local venture that deserves our support.
- Finally, there’s the lonely single letter to the editor in today’s N-E, my response to last week’s Guests Column about the parking problems at Rossmoor’s Parks:
Last week ‘s informative Guest Column on Rossmoor’s Park parking problem missed one important contributor:West Orange County has no sports parks!Zero. Nada. Not even one OC County Park of any kind, as a mater of fact.Contrast that with the outstanding sports parks in North, South, and East Orange County and it’s easy to see why all our parks and fields suffer from congestion and over use.Fortunately, we still have a fair amount of undeveloped open space, from Seal Beach’s Boeing land and Naval Weapons Depot to Los Al’s Base and land between the 605 and San Gabriel River to Cypress’ Race Track Property where the voters obviously want to preserve the current Public Use zoning.It’s time for all our local governments, county, city, flood control, and school boards to work together to develop several large venues in West Orange County for both team sports and more relaxed parkland.Will our legacy be adequate parks or even more pavement and congestion?
But enough of my thoughts on what’s going on in the media. Use a comment below to share your thoughts & perspective, including on the items mentioned above, or to link to or summarize any item you think would be of local concern.