It’s the best sport/sitcom/soap opera/love story around—the ever evolving, unending love affair between the community of Seal Beach and the individuals who live in it. Which is why I enjoy covering city government.
But, much as I hate to admit it, I can’t possibly know everything or predict anything. I’ve tried. I’m just not that smart.
So you tell me—what are the big issues coming up in Seal Beach and West Orange County politics?
I don’t see many empty lots in Seal Beach, but there are a few. The fences that tend to surround them are often unattractive, but the alternative—to leave the empty lots unsecured—would do little to make the empty lots attractive and could turn empty lots into potential homeless camps.
That’s what you call a lose-lose situation. Now, I personally do not subscribe to the idea that a win-win is always possible. However, there’s usually an alternative to a lose-lose.
Some California cities offer a deal to owners of undeveloped lots of land: the city agrees to take over responsibility for maintaining a lot in exchange for the property owner’s permission to create a temporary “mini-park” on the empty lot in question. An eyesore becomes eye candy. A land owner sees expenses reduced. Property values are protected and not enhanced. The property owner’s right to develop the land within legitimate regulation is protected.
Or Seal Beach residents can learn to love green fences that surround empty lots until the city or the California Coastal Commission gets around to allowing something to be built on those lots.
It’s your call, folks. I’m just passing along an idea I’ve seen work in other communities I’ve covered.
Congratulations to newly promoted Los Alamitos Police sergeants Chris Karrer and Rick Moore and new corporals Kain Gallaugher and Paul Barbieri on their promotions. Well done.
A formal promotion ceremony will be held Monday, July 15. For information about the officers, see the Crime Log in the July 18 print edition of the Sun.