Rossmoor Grads Parade
The third edition of the RHA Rossmoor Graduation Parade went off very well this past Saturday. With Covid on the wane (although unfortunately not gone), the number of cars was down (over 200), but the number of participating grads and parents was up (850 participants) — obviously more participants per vehicle than in previous years.
Hundreds of friends and neighbors and well-wishers once again lined the streets along the parade route and while there were a few unplanned detours along the way (some law enforcement officials got to do a better job of reading the maps, just saying), the feedback from the (soon-to-be) graduates was amazing. Kudos to organizers Jo Shade and Marian Last and the rest of the Rossmoor Homeowners Association team of volunteers
Our Rossmoor.com (the official and always reliable voice of the Rossmoor Homeowners Association) has the complete story and lots of photos. And just in case you haven’t done so, you can upload your own photos here. Share the celebration.
Los Alamitos Gets Poor Grade in new campaign finance report
The OC Register reported today that Seal Beach got an A and Los Alamitos a D and Cypress an F in a new report card recently issued by Citizens Take Action, a good-government nonprofit which looks at local campaign finance laws and public access to campaign finance records which shows who is funding who.
Los Al and Cypress are not alone in its showing on the report — 12 of Orange County’s 34 cities couldn’t manage to surpass a C. Per the report Los Al came up short in its lack of laws limiting contributions from developers and political action committees (PACs), and in the transparency and thoroughness of its campaign finance data. [Although to be honest, we can’t recall that many complaints over the years lamenting the influence of local developers or PACs. There was some controversy over the influence of a local trash hauler a number of years ago.]
Still, per the report, eight OC cities face-planted rather spectacularly with solid Fs: Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Habra, La Palma, Mission Viejo, Tustin and Villa Park.
Seven cities received A grades: Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods and Seal Beach
LAEF Donates $75,000 to Los Al USD STEAM needs
The Los Alamitos Education Foundation (LAEF) was proud to grant over $75,000 to Los Al schools for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math) needs this year. LAEF accepted grant submissions from school principals to support anything STEAM related, such as curriculum, supplies, technology and/or staff salaries.
“Our STEAM grants recognize that there are unique needs on each school campus. We are thrilled to see that the grant funds awarded in December are being utilized now by students in classrooms across Los Al Unified,” said LAEF Executive Director, Carrie Logue.
Read the complete story here.
ALUMNI: Four locals at College World Series, a Griffin water polo alum earns All-America honors, and former BB standout Crocker named to Colgate staff
Four locals, including three Los Al Griffin alums, are playing at the Women’s College Softball World Series – which opened play last Thursday in Oklahoma City, and three are still playing in today’s semifinals which pit UCLA vs. Oklahoma, and Texas vs. Oklahoma State.
The three former Griffins are Mary Iakopo (’17) and two members of last year’s class, Sophia Nugent and Erin Mendoza. The non-Griffin is Kelly Godin of College Park West and Mater Dei (’18).