Archive for May, 2015

The Golden State Water Company recently held a public information meeting at the Courtyard Marriott, that drew and overflow crowd. Because the venue was so inadequate for the crowd, the company agreed to arrange a second meeting as quickly as possible.
That meeting has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 1, at Cottonwood Church. The church is at 4505 Katella Ave. in Cypress (on the border with Los Alamitos, at Lexington Ave.).
Residents of Cypress, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor and Stanton are encouraged to attend to find out about upcoming water restrictions. These four communities are mandated to lower their water usage 16 percent below a 2013 baseline. Those who attended the first meeting, you should not feel the need to attend this one, as the same information will be discussed.
For more information, visit gswater.com.

Honoring Our Fallen (http://www.honoringourfallen.org/), a Southern California-based non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing assistance to families whom have lost a loved one while serving and protecting our country, is currently hosting a children’s toy drive at the Chick-Fil-A located at 12101 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach, 92649.
Citizens are encouraged to donate toys for children who have lost their loved ones during their service. Various local companies are also helping to support Honoring Our Fallen by donating toys, goods, and other services. TrampolinePartsCenter.com, a local e-commerce company specializing in replacement trampoline parts, has not only donated a case of educational building block toys to the organization but have also set up a program to donate 1 percent of their website’s sales in May to commemorate fallen soldiers and their grieving families. Additionally, a portion of cookie sales from Chick-Fil-A this week will be donated to Honoring Our Fallen to be used for birthday and Christmas presents.

As we continue to look at ways to address the ongoing drought in California, organizations continue to weigh in on ideas and concerns. The idea of desalination seems logical, given the amount of water available from the Pacific Ocean.
Plans are being proposed for what is being called the Poseidon Desalination plant in Orange County, but environmental groups are expressing strong concern. One group, Orange County Coastkeeper, is concerned over the impact, cost and effectiveness of building a desalination plant in Orange County.
“We don’t want Orange County to repeat the mistakes made in Santa Barbara and Australia,” said Coastkeeper Executive Director Garry Brown, referring to their rush to desalination during serious times of drought that resulted in dormant plants today. “We have an opportunity to learn from their mistakes and think more strategically about water supply options that work now and are more cost effective.”
Coastkeeper Position
As it stands the proposed Poseidon—Huntington Beach facility will damage the three E’s of Orange County: economy, energy and environment.
Economy: Poseidon is a $1-billion project that will raise water rates in Orange County, projecting to cost the ratepayer three to 10 times as much as the average Californian for water.
Energy: The Poseidon Desalination facility will use enough energy to power 30,000 homes. This will expose our water supply to energy price spikes, increasing the already high cost of desalinated water.
Environment: As proposed, the Poseidon Huntington Beach facility will use an outdated intake and outfall built in the 1960’s for a power plant, not desalination. This will impact marine life along 100 miles of coast and pollute our ocean at a State Park. The plant will also create 96,740 tons of additional CO2 annually, fueling climate change.
“With California in the midst of the worst drought on record, Poseidon is acting fast to capitalize on Orange County’s coast. This facility will take years to build before Orange County sees any water from it. “Orange County needs solutions now that are sustainable, such as conservation,” adds Garry Brown.
If you would like to hear more from both sides, the Orange County Water District is holding a desalination meeting on May 14, at 5:30 p.m. at their facility in Fountain Valley. The address is 18700 Ward St. Fountain Valley, 92708.

Los Alamitos Unified School District will host a Parent Education Night on human trafficking and child exploitation on Wednesday, May 6 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Los Alamitos High School.
This crime is purported all over the world and has become a growing problem in Southern California and specifically in Orange County. Victims of human trafficking come from all backgrounds, cultures, races, ages and socio-economic statuses.
Guest speaker is Opal Singleton, the founder of Million Kids and Board Member of Rapha House International organizations that exist solely to combat human trafficking and child exploitation. Her efforts have reached across the US and around the globe.
Singleton has trained civic leaders, school administrators and faith based organizations and is training outreach coordinator for the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force.
The District sincerely invites all community members to attend this informative presentation. For more information, please contact Director of Safety and Student Services Chris Vlasic at 562-799-4700 or at cvlasic@losal.org.