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Los Alamitos Council appoints sole District 3 candidate to Council

The biggest piece of news out of the regular (virtual) meeting of the Los Alamitos City Council on Monday, August 17, was the Council approving the appointment of Jordan Nefulda to the Council, to take effect after the November 3 election.

Mr. Nefulda was the sole candidate to pull papers for District 3.

He is currently serving as a commissioner on the City’s Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Commission.

The so-called Green district map was adopted by the Los Alamitos City Council on July 30, 2018. The general election in November 2020 will be the first under the new voting districts.
The so-called Green district map was adopted by the Los Alamitos City Council on July 30, 2018. The general election in November 2020 will be the first under the new voting districts.

According to Election Code Section 10229, when a sole candidate qualifies, the sitting Council may choose to appoint that candidate, or to go ahead with the election anyway.

Although appointing Nefulda will not save the City any money — both District 1 and 2 have two candidates each and are required to hold an election — a majority of the Council stuck to precedent and voted to approve his appointment.

The lone hold-out was Councilman Dean Grose, who felt that residents in District 3 should have the chance to vote (or not) for Nefulda regardless.

Other business conducted by the Council

Under the Consent Calendar, the Council voted to acquiesce to another State mandate. This mandate eliminated local control of large family daycare home regulations. The City Planning Commission had recommended approval despite concerns that the ordinance may be “detrimental to the public convenience, health, interest, safety or welfare of the City.”

The Council also awarded a contract to modify the traffic signal at Los Alamitos Boulevard and Florista Street to add visually impaired pedestrian signs.

The name of the short street allowing access to the Los Alamitos Civic Center public parking lot will be changed to Epson Way, in support of the new tenant in the office complex immediately west of the Civic Center. All appropriate agencies will be notified of the name change.

Continuing its support of local businesses under stress during COVID-19, the Council approved a temporary use permit and standards for conducting business out-of-doors. It also approved waiving application fees, and certain inspection and sign permit fees.

3 Comments

  1. Shelly,
    In response to your comments re Prop 18, I work with kids in the digital media realm all the time and I find them socially connected, politically savvy, and technically advanced. . .sometimes humblingly so as I often turn to them to bring me up to speed on the latest pocket tech tool I must add to my media platforms. Most of them know how to balance a debit account better than I do, invest in emerging tech stocks, and some of them I have no doubt will have their own offshore blind tax haven by the time they are 25, just when you want to let them finally vote. . . . Seriously, I’m only kidding a little.

  2. Thank you Councilman Dean Grose! People are already going to vote so why not see if there is any enthusiasm for Jordan Nefulda. Let’s say 5,000 vote in that district and only a handful vote for Nefulda when he is the ONLY name on the ballot – that would tell you a lot.

    Also, I think Los Alamitos raising the sales tax will hurt more than it will help. When Seal Beach raised its sales tax, some people shopped in much lower Cypress (7.75%). Why shop at the Target or Ralphs in Seal Beach when just a few miles away they are in Cypress with a much lower sales tax? Instead of Ganahl Lumber in Los Alamitos it will be Home Depot in Cypress. Ditto for restaurants and other stores.

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      JKZ,

      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze and for taking the time to comment on this article.

      According to the Orange County Registrar of Voters Data Central webpage, there are 1,673,159 active registered voters in Orange County as of Saturday morning, August 22, 2020. Of those registered votes, 616,469 are registered as Democrats (37%), 574,745 as Republicans (34%), and 401,273 as No Party Preference (24%).

      Keep those percentages in mind whenever you hear a Democrat boasting about how Orange County has been flipped red. The percentage difference in registration of the two parties is not that large, and both major parties need to aggressively chase after No Party Preference Voters.

      Los Alamitos is small: in the 2018 City Council Election, a total of 8766 voters participated in eight precincts that do not map well to the new Council voting Districts. Messing around with the interactive map showing data from the November 2018 Los Alamitos City Council election gives a high guesstimate that District 3 contains about 25% of registered voters. (No surprise.)

      If we round 8766 up to 8770 and take 25%, we find that District 3 should contain somewhat fewer than about 2200 voters (2192.5 to be too exact in arithmetic.)

      A write-in candidate would face a much lower barrier to success in this small Council District, than in the former city-wide voting. If someone wanted to be sneaky, they could save the filing fees and just put door-hangers out. Walking door-to-door and introducing yourself as a write-in candidate would likewise be a lot easier because the area is so small.

      Regarding your other point, on raising the sales tax, the City of Los Alamitos has no choice. It must come up with more revenue. It cannot declare bankruptcy or disincorporate. There are no more “surplus” employee slots to trim. The only alternative is to start shutting down departments and letting employees go. The obvious targets would be either the Police Department or Recreation and Community Services, or both. That’s ugly.

      My advice is cheap, since I don’t live in Los Alamitos, but I’ll offer it anyway. Vote in favor of the sales tax increase, then work really hard at unseating as meany incumbent State-level Democrats as possible in order to drive a stake through creative programs to spend more money. Carefully read the November ballot propositions. Vote no on any proposition that involves giving more money to Sacramento, including bond measures and diddling property taxes to “close loopholes” or “make things easier for the elderly” or fund public education.

      My printed copy of this morning’s Orange County Register runs down the ballot propositions on page A6 in a story by Andre Mouchard. (I could not find an online version to link to.)

      Riffing quickly through the list, I found the following propositions to vote no on based solely on money:

      • Proposition 14: Stem Cell Research Institute Bond/li>
      • Proposition 15: Tax on Commercial, Industrial Properties for Education, Local Government Funding/li>
      • Proposition 19: Property Tax Transfers, Exemptions, and Revenue for Wildfire Agencies and Counties/li>
      • Proposition 20: Local Rent Control/li>
      • Proposition 22: App-Based Drivers as Contractors and Labor Policies

      Other propositions address questions not directly related to money. For example, Proposition 18 would allow kids under 18 to vote in a primary election if they’ll be 18 in time for the general election. Personally, and I’m only kidding a little, I think the voting age should be raised to 25.

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze

      Stay safe, stay healthy!

      Shelley Henderson
      editor, Orange County Breeze

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