(Los Alamitos, 8/21/2013) If you take time every day to thoroughly read the 1) OC Register, 2) News-Enterprise, 3) Los Alamitos-Seal Beach Patch, 4) the Sun ,5) the OC Breeze, and 6)LetsFixLosAl, and 7) watched the City Council meeting this week, you’re pretty current on what’s going on around here, including:
- cockroaches at Mr. B’s (details below & in the Patch)
- the school board doubling our school bond taxes (details on LFLA & in the Register)
- construction progress on Coyote Creek Park (details in today’s N-E)
- the 5 new 4-way stop signs coming to Apartment Row (details in LFLA & the OC Breeze)
- the new med-fly infestation at the Base (details in LFLA & the Patch)
- LAUSD’s 2013-14 District Priorities. (details in today’s N-E)
- Spaghetinni’s $25 3 course anniversary special (ad in last week’s Sun)
However, you would have needed to read at least 5 of our local news sources to learn about all seven of the above items!
What’s wrong with this picture?
For starters, the Highlands is the only neighborhood in Los Alamitos that gets the Sun, less than 10% of Los Alamitos’ residences get the OC Register, and even fewer check into any of the three online local media regularly!
There’s only one local news source that goes to every residence in Los Alamitos, The News Enterprise, and it had a detailed (but one-sided) report from the LAUSD’s Superintendant Sherry Kropp, but not one word about the District’s surprisingly expensive school bond and remodeling programs that are causing the District’s property tax assessments to more than double from what we were told to expect.
That little tidbit didn’t make the Patch or Breeze either.
The Breeze, however, was the only local source besides LetsFixLosAl to announce the Council’s decision to make every stop sign in Apartment Row a 4 way stop. And Breeze Editor Shelley Henderson was actually present at Monday’s Council meeting, and had her post up that night! (We still beat her by a couple hours, however, on that one.)
As for the cockroaches that closed Mr. B’s Sports Lounge last Friday, only the Patch had that up, as far as I could tell. We would have as well, as an alert reader sent me a link to the County Health Department’s Official Notice that I should have put up earler.
Three readers sent me a link to another interesting story about the Los Alamitos Race Track’s latest expansion plan that I hope to get up soon. So far I haven’t been able to find a word about that in any of our local sources.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad we have all the media covering our small town, and thankful for everything they do cover.
I just wish they had the resources to cover more, and in more depth. I’m still a big fan of the News Enterprise, and LosAlTV3 for that matter.
However, the Patch has reduced staff and local coverage in recent months, and it shows. Apparently the Los Al Council meeting no longer warrants their coverage. Paige Austin and John Crandall are both missed, but we wish all the best to the Patch’s new editor,
Nisha Gutierrez-Jaime. No, wait, her Patch bio says she’s the Newport Beach Patch Editor. Maybe it’s Martin Henderson? Hard to say. . . whomever it was, they haven’t got a post up on our City Council meeting yet. At least that will probably be in next week’s N-E.
One solution. . .
to this derth of local news coverage is for you (& I) to put up a link to anything you spot of local interest. That’s the main reason this post goes up every Wednesday. If you use the topic instead of your name, it will make it easier for our readers to pick out topics of interest from the Recent comments listing on the right side of every page, just under the Recent Posts.
Of course, your comments on anything mentioned above or that you note in any media are also encouraged. Just use “family friendly” language, and try to be diplomatic.