Archive for October, 2013

Wings Wheels Rotors & Expo 2013

Los Alamitos Army Airfield, Joint Forces Training Base

Schedule Of Events, Sunday, Oct. 27

(subject to change)
9:00 a.m. Gates Open
9:00 a.m. Los Alamitos High School Jazz Band (stage)
9:30 a.m. Young Eagle Flights Begin with Experimental Aircraft Assoc.
9:30 a.m. Star Helicopter Rides Begin
10:00 a.m. Riot Control (stage)
10:00 a.m. L.A. Police Emerald Society Pipes & Drums (flightline)
10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Car Judging
11:00 a.m. Welcome Ceremony (stage)
11:00 a.m. 40th Infantry Division Band (stage and flightline)
12:00 p.m. Parachute Drop, Fly Bys and Fly Over’s
12:00 p.m. Nik Kai (stage)
12:00 p.m. Los Alamitos High School Marching Band (flightline)
1:00 p.m. Jaime Beeman (stage)
1:00 p.m. Nostalgia Dragster Start Up (Cacklefest)
2:00 p.m. 40th Infantry Division Stage Band
3:00 p.m. Show Car Awards Presentation at the stage
3:30 p.m. Aircraft and Helicopter Departures
4:00 p.m. See you next year … Sunday, October 26, 2014

On Sunday, October 20, a 10K/5K/1K “School Ghoul” Run/Walk will be taking place through Rossmoor. It is a fundraiser for the LAUSD. The run begins at Rush Park with Rossmoor Park the midway point returning back to Rush Park. There will be street closures from approximately 6 to 10 a.m.
Please be advised that those residents living along the race route will not be able to get their vehicles into or out of their driveways during the street closures. If you have any plans Sunday morning, it will be necessary to park your vehicle on another street that is not closed.
While the RHA had no role in organizing or sponsoring the event, the RHA traffic committee would like to hear any comments you have about the event or the route to help for planning next year. You can email your comments to the RHA at or to the RHA traffic committee chairman, Ralph Vartabedian, at
The following information was provided by the County of Orange for last year’s event.
Race start: Closed road, Chianti between Mainway and Blume running north toward Mainway
Proceeding on Chianti and turning left on Mainway. Mainway closed between Chianti and Foster
Right on Foster. Complete closure of Foster/Hedwig (all entrances/exits) from Mainway to Pemberton.
Road closed at Hedwig and Pemberton.
Race continues through Rossmoor Park and exits at Kerth and Donovan. Road closed on north side of Kerth from Baskerville to Foster.
For more event information, you may visit their website at

There were reports from the Monday night city council meeting in Cypress that an announcement was made regarding the infamous 33-acre Katella project, also commonly referred to at the Prologis project.
The reports were that Prologis was backing out of the project and presumably walking away from the deal. It had been reported that they had an out clause if they wanted and it looks as if they have taken it and will look for opportunities elsewhere.
I received an email from a Los Alamitos resident that had heard of the report and was making sure I had too. At the bottom, she wrote, “We won.”
Cypress Councilwoman Mariellen Yarc confirmed by email that the report of Prologis’ withdraw was accurate. On Wednesday Cypress City Planning Manager Doug Hawkins also confirmed that Prologis had withdrawn from the project and that the indications are that the property will revert back to the original owners. Hawkins said it is espected to be some time before any new projects for the land are brought to the city.
So it would appear that for now, the opponents of the Katella Project have won. The future question is what will be the next proposal brought forth by Cypress, senior housing, business and retail or a combination. Whatever comes next, it will likely be well publicized before hand, as residents are going to keep a close eye on anything in the planning stages.
The poll question on is asking what responders would like to see happen to the land now that a truck distribution facility is apparently off the table.
More street work
The Cypress Public Works Department will begin working on Cerritos Avenue widening, beginning Oct. 21. The project provides for widening of the roadway, from Walker Street to Angela Avenue to add an additional eastbound through lane to increase the traffic capacity east of the Cerritos Avenue and Walker Street intersection. The work is tentatively scheduled to be completed in January 2014.

St. Isidore is changing the day for the Picnic at the Plaza events. The picnics have been every Thursday, but starting on Tuesday, Oct. 15, the picnics will be every Tuesday. St. Isidore has acquired the food service of nine trucks for the first Tuesday night, which is October 15. There will be a usual band and beer and wine garden.
The final Thursday picnic starts in about one hour.

St. Isidore is strongly committed in reaching the exciting potential of each student and is providing free tutoring at the Plaza’s Hall. These tutoring sessions will be held on each Wednesday and Thursday of every week from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Call the Plaza for registration information at 562-596-9918.
There is a staff of retired teachers to assist students from Kindergarten through Grade 12. Jelica Camps is the program director. Campos comes highly qualified in that she has taught junior and senior high school in the subjects of biology, chemistry, physical sciences and anatomy. In 2002, she was chosen as the Science Teacher of the Year by the Orange County School Educators Association. Jose Campos will also be on hand to assist the students. The Plaza is located at 10961 Reagan St. in Los Alamitos.

The Friends of the Los Alamitos/Rossmoor Library are presenting “Explore the World with Road Scholar” on Sunday, October 6, from 3 until 4 p.m., at the Los Alamitos Library, at 12700 Montecito Rd. in Seal Beach. The presenter will be Jill Swain and she will introduce guests to the world of Elderhostel’s Road Scholar educational adventures. Light refreshments will be served so please RSVP with the library at 562-430-1048, ext 2.

Cypress and Kennedy High football teams will renew the rivalry between the two schools on Friday at 7 p.m. at Western High School.
Cypress is slated as the home team this year. Cypress has defeated their rivals the past five years, but Kennedy looks improved this year and is coming off a 43-24 win over Pacifica last week in their Empire League opener. Cypress had a bye last week and this will be their league opener.
Kennedy has not beaten Cypress since 2007, when they defeated the Centurions, 30-20. Since then Cypress has won five straight by a combined score of 159-66. Could this be the year the Fighting Irish regain bragging rights?

Due to congestion at the Laurel Park parking lot, the Los Alamitos City Council voted to install a 3-hour limit at the park, during a special meeting on Monday.
The new ordinance came as a result of the lot being filled most of the day, presumably due to all the construction in the area. Staff reports stated that cars were observed pulling in throughout the day, only to find the lot full and have to back out back onto Bloomfield avenue and creating a safety hazard.
The three-hour limit was approved by a 4-1 vote, with Dean Grose voting against the resolution. The limit will be in place for two years, at which time, the city will revist the issue to see if it is still necessary.
City staff will now begin the process of posting signs, informing visitors of the new ordinance.