If you haven’t seen the Crime Log in this week’s Sun, it’s available on the Sun website. http://bit.ly/1qZbK5U

Sun Region readers sound off on Los Alamitos development, affirmative action, and the St. Isidore Wine Garden. For details, visit www.sunnews.org and click on “Letters to the Editor: April 10, 2014.”

A continuing problem in Seal Beach and other communities is that while many dog owners diligently walk their pets, they don’t always pick up after the dogs. (The dogs certainly can’t pick up after themselves.) The City of Santa Cruz is now posting signs that remind dog owners to pick up after their dogs. The signs say, “There is no poop fairy.”


Maybe Seal Beach needs a similar public education campaign. Putting up signs would be comparatively inexpensive. The sad fact is, fines alone aren’t going to fix this problem. It isn’t like we can have a police unit follow every dog lover as the owners walk the dogs. Education would seem the best approach.

When Long Beach Transit canceled the 171 and 131 bus routes to Seal Beach in 2012, I did not expect to see those routes return. I thought the two routes were gone for good. I’ve seldom been happier to be proven wrong—at least so far. Seal Beach officials say the routes will return in June. I’ll do the Snoopy dance in my heart (never in public) in June.

But it is nice to know that a bad decision has been undone. Whether there was ever any proof to the racism allegations that were cited as the reason for discontinuing the bus service, the result benefited only those who were biased against the elderly, disabled and other minorities. Only the bigots benefited. It’ll be nice to see the bus routes return.

June seems a long way off. It really isn’t, but it will seem a long way off for the potential passengers who must still take elaborate routes and endure great inconvenience to get from Seal Beach to Long Beach. All I can say to them is, hang tough.

Before the winners of the 2014 Miss Seal Beach Pageant can begin their duties, the 2013 court had one last adventure with the 2014 court. For details, visit www.sunnews.org and click on “Miss Seal Beach Court and friends surf and survive ‘kidnaping’ caper.”

One of Seal Beach’s biggest events is coming up. For details about next month’s car show, visit www.sunnews.org and click on “City is gearing up for its annual seaside Classic Car Show.”

As those of you who follow Seal Beach politics know by now, the council decided against reviewing legal costs. Considering the idea of having an in-house attorney is out of the question for now.

Funny. For some years now I’ve been thinking about this. An attorney has two different, sometimes contradictory, jobs: to give a client advice —”You could do this, but you should never do that.”—and to advocate the client’s case. The advocate sometimes makes an argument he doesn’t really agree with because he’s making the argument on behalf of the client.

This strikes me as a potential conflict of interest. A city attorney gets paid to give advice that may or may not result in the city suing someone or being sued by someone and then gets paid more (unless he’s an employee) to represent the city in court.

It seems to me that Seal Beach actually needs two lawyers—a city attorney who only advises and a city prosecutor who only litigates. The adviser (or his firm) would not get paid if a case went to court.

I have no way of knowing if this would save money or increase legal costs. My best guess is that it would cost more in the short term, but possibly save money in the long term. But at the moment, it’s an idea whose political time has not come.

Organizers expect registrations for the 2014 Run Seal Beach will cap out. For details, visit www.sunnews.org and click on “Behind the scenes of Run Seal Beach.”

Seal Beach has scheduled the 2nd Annual Public Safety Awards Luncheon. For details, visit www.sunnews.org and click on “Crime Log: Seal Beach sets Public Safety Awards Luncheon for April 10.”

Sun Editor Dennis Kaiser’s latest “Kaiser on a Roll” column talks about the upcoming Health Expo and his own efforts to regain his health after he was diagnosed with diabetes. For details, visit www.sunnews.org and click on “Kaiser on a Roll: A chance to be more healthy.”