I apologize for this brief, and now late, re-cap of the September 2016 4th District Community Meeting.
The meeting started off with Police Officer Ryan LeBaron, whose name may sound familiar because his older brother Paul was our East Division Commandeer just a few years back. I have to say he is as wonderful a speaker as his brother, perhaps not quite as humorous but his reporting was clear and interesting.
I am not going to try and quote the statistics he rattled off but I will convey two important pieces of information. He told a story of someone reporting a license plate on a suspicious vehicle. At a later date that plate was run again and because it had been flagged previously this led to the car being pulled over and an arrest made. So remember, take time to report!
The other important information from Officer LeBaron was his email which is ryan.LeBaron@lb.gov.
Next we had the pleasure of meeting Sam Platis, the newly installed Principal at Florence Bixby Elementary. This man is a dynamo and I have little doubt that the neighborhood will be singing the praises of Bixby in the near future. Mr. Platis brought his powerpoint presentation to dazzle us with Bixby's improved academic numbers but I think Mr. Platis’ energy alone should be enough to ensure Bixby becoming one of the most wanted schools in the district. Even my still pictures can't help but convey his vibrancy.
Next Joe Mello and I gave a quick overview of the newly formed GLANA (Greater Los Altos Neighborhood Association) and the upcoming holiday event we are calling “Lighting of the Letters”. Last year The Greater Los Altos Giving Foundation was created from funds received from City Prosecutor Doug Haubert’s successfully won court case against airlines that violated the noise ordinance. The Los Altos annual endowment payment was to be used for something that benefits the community and draws attention to the endowment.
Bob Soukup who lives on Whaley Park and I had been batting around how we could bring the long forgotten holiday tradition the homeowners along Whaley Park practiced in the 50s. Each house had a four foot tall letter in their yard, covered with aluminum foil and illuminated at night to spell out Happy New and Merry Christmas around the park.
GLANA is now busy working to make it happen. The Boy Scouts of Long Beach made the letters in their summer camp and are now finishing up with creative painting. We are still in the planning staging of type of lighting but we will have the official “Lighting of the Letters” on the December 4.
The festivities will start at 3:00 with a presentation by the Boys Scouts, and the Long Beach Community Foundation at the northeast corner of Whaley, close to San Anseline. We hope to have music, a bouncer, and hot chocolate. There will be an informal cookie pot-luck, maybe caroling and it has been confirmed our favorite neighborhood Santa will be there for photos. I am telling you, he is the best Santa ever!
If you would like to get on the list for any future GLANA events or meetings, please send me your street and email address to MicheleK90815@gmail.com.
Supernaw finished up the meeting by talking about the map of the 4th District. Yes, El Dorado Park is in the 4th. He talked about the Traffic Circle update although there is nothing to report other than they are thinking of ways to improve its look.
Supernaw confirmed that a Dollar Tree is coming in at the old furniture store at Lakewood and Stearns, which will use 10,000 sq ft of area and there is still another 6,000 sq ft available. Someone in the audience asked if there was anything the neighbors could to stop its installation but because they did not need a Conditional Use Permit there is no way to stop it, unlike the drive through at the Abbeyfield Shell Station.
Believe me when I say I understand that life is busy, but I urge you to try to make it to these community meetings. There is always something new to learn about our community.
Michele “K” Kreinheder