Chat-with-Pat in Los Altos
The latest, and extremely late, Chat-with-Pat update from first Wednesday of July.
- East Division Commander Paul LeBaron was his usual affable, very ‘comfortable in his shoes’ self. He drove home the importance of calling the police whenever you see anything suspicious by giving the following statistics.
In January there were 127 burglaries and 95 calls to police department.
In May there were 76 burglaries and 375 calls to police department
Remember to plug the direct police dispatch number into your phone, as 911 may get routed to the Highway Patrol. 562-435-6711
-Widening of the 405 will impact Long Beach.
To find out more and give your input attend Hill Middle School tonight, July 24 from 6 to 8
-The repaving of Atherton and the completion of the Median improvement project is schedule to start at the end of July. Time will have to tell on the improvement at this point.
-I stand corrected (once again) on the Neil Diamond Impersonator Band. I had the date right at September 20 but the group is called “Hot August Nights”. I read the reviews and they sound like they should do just fine. Looking forward to a Los Altos group rendition of Sweet Caroline!
GUEST SPEAKER - John Gross - Long Beach’s Director of Financial Management
John Gross gave a thorough and well presented speech on the $57 million in one-time use the money the Council will be allocating.
Interestingly one of the biggest chunks of money being requested is for a new Financial and Human Resources Computer Operating System. I just loved Mr. Gross’ analogy of driving a Studebaker to work each day; it will get you there, but slowly, who knows when it will breakdown, or how the long the parts will take to arrive to repair.
Parks, playgrounds, libraries and Nature Center are also hoping for a large portion, as are the people in charge of street improvement.
Again I apologize for being late with this update, but the reality is Mr. Gross gave way too much information for me to convey in this quick blog. I encourage you to follow LBReport.com
for more comprehensive coverage.
Lastly we had Mario Rodriguez, our Airport Manager and his co-worker Jonathan there to give an airport update. Maybe it is just me, but Mr. Rodriguez seems to possess just the right amount of southern charm. He could be telling you horrible news but you would walk away with a smile on your face.
I think the most important bit of information to come out of the evening was an explanation for those weird yellow streaks we all get on the paint of our cars. Mario assured us it doesn’t come from the planes (it would be blue if it did). A few woman in the audience were adamant that they come from honey bees. Now that is what a good community meeting is all about!
Michele K & Team
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