A 25-year-old female was killed in a traffic collision in the early morning on Dec. 30, at the intersection of Katella Avenue and Reagan Street in Los Alamitos
Los Alamitos Police are looking for anyone who may have witnessed the collision, shortly after midnight. Police are reporting that the 28-year-old male driver of a silver late-model Ford Mustang lost control of the car and swerved across the center median and struck an oncoming passenger van, driven by the lone occupant. The van broadsided the Mustang, trapping the female passenger and requiring her to be extracted by Orange County Fire personnel.
Construction workers working nearby rendered aid to the victims until police and fire responders arrived. The woman was transported to UCI Medical Center, where she later died of her injuries.
The driver of the Mustang sustained major injuries and was taken to Long Beach Memorial for emergency trauma treatment. The driver of the van was shaken, but uninjured and was released after providing a statement to police.
The collision is being investigated by the Los Alamitos Police Department and members of the Serious Traffic Accident Response team (STAR). Anyone who may have witnessed the collision is asked to contact Sergeant Chris Karrer at 562-431-2255, extension 473. Names of the victims have not been released, pending notification of the families.

A visiting U.S. Army aviation unit returned to Los Alamitos Army Airfield recently engaged in flight operations, and the training may include periods of increased air traffic and aircraft noise, and is scheduled to conclude on Oct. 17. The activity is to maintain overall operational readiness.
The majority of activity is taking place during normal airfield operating hours, but residents of communities located near the base may hear helicopters departing and returning to the airfield outside of normal operating hours.
Efforts will be taken to minimize any inconvenience to the neighboring communities with these training exercises during evening hours.
For additional information, please contact Col. (CA) Richard Lalor at 626-733-1170 at the Joint Forces Training Base Public Affairs Office.

The Los Alamitos City Clerk’s office released a statement on Wednesday that only three candidates had filed to run for City Council in the November Election. Incumbents, Troy Edgar and Warren Kusumoto field to run for re-election and newcomer Shelley Hasselbrink were the only three people to file papers to run. Mayor Gerri Graham-Mejia did not file and will therefore not seek a third term.
The City Council will meet on Wednesday and likely vote to appoint the three nominees to the open seats.

John Kennedy, who had been a part of the Orange County Water District management staff since 1995, will be the guest speaker at the Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast August 12 at the Residence Inn by Marriott (4931 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos) at 7:30 a.m.
Kennedy will focus his remarks on the on-going drought and what it means to the state and local areas. Among his duties are working with 19 local cities and retail water districts served by the OCWD and overseeing groundwater basis management programs.
Reservations are required and can be made though the Cypress Chamber of Commerce at 714-827-2430. Cost of the breakfast is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Attendees are encouraged to bring door prizes to promote their product or service. The programs include a meet and greet time, self-introductions, breakfast, speaker and a question and answer session

Grade I winner Heir Kitty will make her first start in three months against six opponents in the $200,000-guaranteed Great Lady M. Stakes Saturday at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Known most recently as the A Gleam Handicap (1979-2013) when run at Hollywood Park, the Grade II is the seventh of eighth races. Approximate post time for the Great Lady M., which is for older fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs, is 5 p.m. Post time Saturday is 2 p.m.
Owned by David Bernsen and Paul Makin, Heir Kitty will be making her first start since finishing fourth in the Grade I Madison April 12 over the Polytrack at Keeneland. She wound up 5 π lengths behind favored winner Judy the Beauty.
A 4-year-old Wildcat Heir filly out of the Silver Back mare Be Silver, Heir Kitty has won four of 17 and earned $417,272. She is trained by Peter Miller, who enters the final week of the Summer Thoroughbred Festival four wins shy of 500 for his career.
Heir Kitty’s Grade I success is her only victory in five races on dirt. The Florida bred was 13-1 in the La Brea Stakes last Dec. 26 at Santa Anita when she defeated a field that included 2013 Test Stakes winner Sweet Lulu and Executiveprivilege, winner of the 2012 Del Mar Debutante.
“She had some trouble at Keeneland,’’ said Miller. “She’s been training very well and she’s proven that she runs well fresh.’’
A week after collaborating to win the Grade II, $500,500 Los Alamitos Derby with the undefeated Shared Belief, a pair of Hall of Famers – trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and jockey Mike Smith – will seek a sweep of the meet’s graded races when they team once more with Doinghardtimeagain in the Great Lady M.
A California bred daughter of Ministers Wild Cat owned by breeders Tom and Debi Stull’s Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC, the 4-year-old will be trying to improve upon a poor performance in the Desert Stormer June 15 at Santa Anita.
In her first race in 10 months, Doinghardtimeagain finished last of five, 9 ∏ lengths behind surprise winner Sagebrush Queen. Out of the Conquistador Cielo mare Silver Hawk Lady, Doinghardtimeagain has won five of 12 and banked $588,766.
A victory in the Great Lady M. would be her second in a Grade II. She led throughout to win the Hollywood Oaks as the 4-5 favorite June 22, 2013 at Hollywood Park.
Hollendorfer won the A Gleam in consecutive years (2006-2007) with Somethinaboutlaura.
Sagebrush Queen was 16-1 in the Desert Stormer, prevailing by one length for her second win in a row and third in her last four starts for owners Larry Konecne and Sandi Mattei and trainer Jorge Gutierrez.
A 4-year-old Unbridled Energy filly, Sagebrush Queen is 4-for-9. Out of the Tough Knight mare Nite Moon, the California bred has earned $189,770.
Second in the Desert Stormer, Clearly Confused will be seeking her sixth win of the year.
Claimed four times for prices ranging from $12,500 to $25,000 since last Oct. 26, the 4-year-old daughter of Successful Appeal and the Allen’s Prospect mare Nice of You has been worse than second only once in seven races in 2014.
Owned by Niles Dickey LLC, Clearly Confused will be making her second start for trainer Richard Baltas, who claimed her for $25,000 April 3. She won an optional claimer May 2 in her first race for her new connections before chasing Sagebrush Queen last month.
Twice a winner of the seven-furlong A Gleam in the last three years with Irish Gypsy (2011) and Book Review (2013), Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will be represented Saturday by Tres Belle.
Out of the Awesome Again mare Europe Again, the 4-year-old War Front filly enters off back-to-back wins at Churchill Downs.
After finishing second April 4 at Santa Anita in her first start in more than eight months, Tres Belle won a $48,775 allowance by 3 π lengths April 29 before returning to win an optional claimer by 1 1/12 lengths May 24.
This will be the first appearance in a graded race for Tres Belle, a $340,000 yearling purchase by Kaleem Shah, Inc. at the 2011 Keeneland September sale. She has three wins in seven starts and earnings of $116,619.
Amaranth tries stronger after winning three in a row in Northern California, including a seven-length victory in the Betamerica.com Oaks June 22 at Oak Tree/Pleasanton.
Trained by O.J. Jauregui for Highland Yard LLC, the 3-year-old Mr. Greeley filly out of the Storm Boot mare Shedoesrock has won three of six and banked $69,820.
Idle since she was eased in the Grade I Hollywood Starlet last Dec. 7 at Hollywood Park, Concave will be making her 3-year-old debut for Reddam Racing LLC and trainer Doug O’Neill.
A daughter of Colonel John and the Ascot Knight mare Galadriel, Concave has won twice in six starts and earned $207,450. She already has a Grade II on her resume, winning the Sorrento last Aug. 7 over Del Mar’s Polytrack.
From inside out, the field for the Great Lady M. Stakes: Tres Belle, Martin Garcia rides, 119 pounds; Concave, Elvis Trujillo, 114; Clearly Confused, Tyler Baze, 119; Heir Kitty, Joe Talamo, 121; Amaranth, Dennis Carr, 119; Sagebrush Queen, Edwin Maldonado, 119 and Doinghardtimeagain, Mike Smith, 119.
Article courtesy of LARC

Successful in her sprint comeback May 11 at Santa Anita, Maker Or Breaker will stretch out in the $75,000 Cypress Stakes Sunday at Los Alamitos.
Scheduled at 1 1/16 miles for older fillies and mares, the Cypress is the eighth of nine races as the first week of the Summer Thoroughbred Festival concludes. Post time is 2 p.m.
Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert for owner-breeders Patti and Hal Earnhardt III, Maker Or Breaker had been away for more than eight months when prevailing by less than 1 length as the 13-10 favorite in a $67,850 six-furlong allowance at Santa Anita.
A 5-year-old daughter of Empire Maker and the Flying Chevron mare Shameful, Maker Or Breaker has won four of nine and earned $174,960. She has won two of three routes on dirt with both victories occurring in 2012.
No worse than second in four starts since joining the barn of Carla Gaines, Onna Bugeisha will be seeking her third win of the year.
Owned by Robert and Betty Irvin, the 4-year-old First Samurai filly out of the Nureyev mare Soiree Russe won an optional claimer by less than 2 lengths after a pace-pressing trip May 24.
She’s won two of 10 and banked $103,145. Onna Bugeisha was winless in six starts at Golden Gate Fields before arriving in Southern California.
Miss Radiance returns to the distance of her two most recent victories for sports television and radio personality Jim Rome ‘s Jungle Racing LLC and trainer Mike Puype.
The 6-year-old Yes It’s True mare, who was fifth sprinting May 30 at Santa Anita, won at 8 ½ furlongs Jan. 26, 2012 at Santa Anita and June 30, 2013 over the Cushion Track at Hollywood Park.
Out of the War Chant mare Radiant Glow, Miss Radiance is 3-for-16 with earnings of $160,770.
Legacy will make her first start since finishing sixth in the Grade III Adoration May 18.
Owned by breeders John Jain, Lawrence Opas and Frank Sinatra and trained by John Sadler, the 4-year-old Sightseeing filly has won twice in 11 starts. Out of the Smart Strike mare Royal Flush, Legacy has banked $104,070.
Third in the Adoration, Irish Presence will be aiming for her first dirt win for Michael Lofino, Sr. and Anthony Zankich.
A 4-year-old Midnight Lute filly and the Deputy Minister mare Proper Form, Irish Presence has two wins in 19 outings and earnings of $90,223. She’s trained by Danny Velasquez.
From inside out, the field for the Cypress Stakes: Irish Presence, Elvis Trujillo rides, 120 pounds; Miss Radiance, Tyler Baze, 120; Maker Or Breaker, Martin Garcia, 122; Legacy, Joe Talamo, 120 and Onna Bugeisha, Victor Espinoza, 120.
Article courtesy of Los Alamitos Race Course

The Los Alamitos Police Department anticipates increased vehicular traffic congestion in and around the Los Alamitos Race Course during the Fourth of July holiday weekend as the 8-day Summer Thoroughbred Festival gets underway.
Racetrack officials believe July 3, which is opening day, and Saturday, July 5 will see the highest number of attendees. Racing is scheduled for the afternoons between the approximate times of 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Motorists are encouraged to consider using alternate routes or travel during off peak hours.

A downed power pole along Orangewood Avenue was apparently the cause of a power outage in the neighborhoods adjacent to the school.
The downed pole was reported to Los Alamitos Police at approximately 8:16 a.m. firefighters from Orange County Fire Authority, Station 2 were called to the scene, as were crews from Southern California Edison.
The cause of the downed pole was under investigation, but it may have been knocked over by a construction crew.
“A County of Orange contract construction crew working in the flood control channel immediately north of the school, may have inadvertently knocked the electrical pole down with its heavy equipment,” Los Alamitos Police said in a released report.
The pole fell across Orangewood Avenue and damaged an SUV, but no one was injured. There was not estimated time of repair released as of 12:30 p.m.

Students were evacuated from Lee Elementary School on Tuesday at approximately 12:30 p.m. after a bomb threat was called in to the school.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department and Orange County Fire Authority Bomb Squad searched the school but found no explosives. Students had been evacuated to Rossmoor Elementary School where they were picked up by the parents.
Los Alamitos Unified School District Superintendent Sherry Kropp said she was pleased with the handling of the student safety by the staffs.
“The Lee and Rossmoor staffs did a great job of keeping students safe and calm during the evacuation process,” Kropp said in a statement.
School was scheduled to resume as usual today.

The Los Alamitos Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals will host an Uno de Mayo networking mixer on Thursday, May 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Old Ranch Country Club.
The event will have complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. Old Ranch Country Club is at 3901 Lampson Ave. in Seal Beach. For more information contact Miles Cole at milesc@cardintegrators.com.