It seems many in the neighborhood have been hearing loud booms at night but neither Pat, the police lieutenant, or any neighbors had an explanation - maybe Los Altos is haunted as we did just come off Halloween.
A back room attendee asked about the 15% increase in pay to some managers in the city. Pat voted for the increase as he personally has a problem with managers getting paid less then their staff. There was both mumbles of agreement and disagreement.
Yours truly started the questions and comments down the road of complaints about CSULB traffic. I made what I thought was a good suggestions (Pat said I have lots of good ideas and I didn't disagree) of not allowing parking along the north curb of Atherton as you approach Bellflower. It would move the cars along to the right hand turn lane quicker and perhaps prevent them from speeding through the neighborhood. Others off of Marita and Los Santos complained about not being able to get out onto Palo Verde and others that live in the College Circle area are trapped on the service road in the morning and still yet others that live on Bellflower have no where to park or even place their garbage cans! Ever faithful Mark Bloeser took furious notes and promised to respond to each of our suggestions/complaints/etc. Los Altos certainly has a love/hate affair going with the college these days.
Next came the issue of the pavement on Woodruff, from Palo Verde to Willow. One neighbor, swore she didn't speed down this street, although the lieutenant didn't look too convinced. Pat noted that this is Gerrie Schipske's neck of the woods, and would be more than glad to pass on that complaint.
Someone mentioned the number of kills at the animal shelter and suggested more public awareness must be done. Someone requested more police presence on Stearns to ticket speeders. A woman from the Rebuilding Together Long Beach gave a shout out to Police Chief Jim McDonnell and his three commanders for volunteering for a day long event. We really do have some great people in our police department!
Someone addressed the increased graffiti. O'Donnell said that 90% is removed within 24 hours by an outside company. Dan Halverson suggested use of the app Go Long Beach. Take a picture, send it off and GPS lets them know exactly where to go - sort of frightening but good information.
Wish I could remember the Lieutenant's name. If his day job doesn't work out he could have a career as a comic. He said that owning a late 90s or early 2000 model Honda is not good right now. There were 13 stolen within a few day period!
Don Reeves head of noise abatement was introduced, as was Tim Patton, Bonnie Lowenthal's Field Representative, who has been at the past few meetings as well.
Someone in the back of the room who attended Tuesday's Council meeting thanked Patrick for his vote on a hiring issue. I didn't attend the council meeting but it had something to do with company's letting go of workers upon completion of a project and hiring new. Someone in the back of the room asked why the companies switched workers. O'Donnell honestly answered he didn't know.
We got to see the Subway commercial that used the live Tiger in the Los Altos Library - that was one very brave actress!Subway Commercial Tiger
Pat announced the Bone Marrow match program happening this weekend. Click here for more information.Charlie Parkin, Candidate for City Attorney
Finally the man of the hour, Charlie Parkin, our candidate for City Attorney was brought to the lectern. Charlie said a lot and I will apologize here, but I am getting too tired to report all the minutia. Let me suffice it to say, he has 18 years in the city attorney's office, was hand picked by Bob Shannon as his replacement till April's vote, and is a seriously funny stand-up type of guy. Plus his wife Terese is a sweetheart, which should always calculate heavily in your voting decision.
Please do not take me too seriously as an unbiased reporter. I happen to be a neighborhood gal, who happens to be a Realtor, who happens to have time to attend these meetings, who happens to enjoy stretching my writing skills by reporting back to you. So I say to you as a very biased Long Beach resident, vote for Charlie Parkin for City Attorney!