General News

Watch Your Step

by Jim Breen

staff writer

Under the heading of scams that just won’t go away come more reports about the Internal Revenue Service ruse that continues to annoy and frustrate Leisure World residents.

Last week two shareholders reported identical contacts from a scammer misrepresenting the IRS.

Robert Therion of Mutual 4 was called by a man with an accent who began with the odd question, “Do you have a criminal attorney?”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” answered Mr. Therion.

The man then told the LWer that he would be needing some legal assistance in regard to a tax matter with the IRS, so he asked that he be allowed through the main gate.

“I still don’t know what you’re talking about,” answered the puzzled Mr. Therion, who abruptly ended the call by hanging up.

Five seconds later, the man called back to ask why the shareholder hung up.

So he hung up again and has not heard from the man again.

A similar experience was reported by Ken Streltzoff during the same time period.

On a recorded message, the caller knew the first names of Mr. Streltzoff and his wife and asked if he had an attorney because of an issue with the IRS.

“I’m calling from Washington, D.C. and we are dealing with you over a tax problem from the period between 2010-13,” he said.

The caller went as far as requesting the precise amount of $4,008, which drew the ire of the Mutual 11 resident.

The resident noticed that the call originated from New York, not Washington, D.C.

“I dealt with the IRS many times in the past before I retired,” he said, “and I know that’s not the way they work.”

He called the number twice, but there was no response.

Have you been the victim of a scam attempt? Send the details to or call 431-6586, ext. 387, Wednesday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m

Disaster First Aid Class

by Madge Armstrong

LW contributor

The next Disaster First Aid class will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., July 23, in Clubhouse 3, Room 3.

Caregivers and their shareholders and directors of all mutual boards are encouraged to attend.

Lunch or snacks and drinks can be taken to the class, which is open to everyone.

The training shareholders receive the Organized Communities Volunteer Education Association (OVEVA) apply to any emergency situation.

OVEVA is a local non-profit disaster training organization.

Shareholders have been told that everyone will be responsible for themselves. Self-preparation is a must.

LWers should have emergency supplies on hand, especially water, and keep emergency supplies up to date and available.

The class teaches people how to treat their immediate injuries before outside help arrives.

Outside help (Red Cross, military, etc) will not arrive with additional supplies and help for three to seven days, depending on the degree of the disaster.

Cost of the class is $22, payable at the beginning of the class. Checks or cash will be accepted. A manual is included with the fee.

Shareholders should check with their mutual boards for their policies on reimbursement for attending the class.

Registration is required. Contact Geneva Potepan, LW first aid training coordinator, at or ( 951) 675-4271.

They can also be made by calling Madge Armstrong at 598-3087.

The other scheduled classes this year are Sept. 30, and Nov. 18, both from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., in Clubhouse 3, Room 3.

Senior Patriots for Peace

by Nancy Goldstein

LW contributor

Dr. Donald Schwartz, professor emeritus at California State University, Long Beach, will present, “The Golden Door: The History of Immigration In America,” when Senior Patriots for Peace meet at 1 p..m. July 11, in Clubhouse 4.

Dr. Schwartz’s lecture will address the reasons immigrants came to these shores, the reaction of native-born Americans to the newcomers, and the current controversies surrounding the immigration debate today.

A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation.

All Leisure World residents and guests are welcome to attend.

Senior Patriots for Peace is an organization dedicated to the promotion of peace at home and throughout the world.

The goal is the elimination of the threat of violence and war. To that end, members focus on issues of world peace, social justice and the environment to nurture a world where people can live healthy and peaceful lives for generations to come.

For more information, call Nancy Goldstein at 896-8604 or Lucille Martin, 430-1047.

American Legion

Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a national holiday in the United States, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4. The event declared the country’s independence from Great Britain.

Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, fairs, carnivals and picnics.

Members of American Legion Post and American Legion Auxiliary and their spouses and caregivers will meet at 11:30 a.m., Friday, in the Clubhouse 1 picnic area to celebrate this national holiday.

The Auxiliary’s women are requested to bring desserts. The post members will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and all the trimmings.

Shareholders are invited to come and socialize with the American Legion family in Leisure World.

LWers are reminded to fly their flags tomorrow.

– Bud Sudbeck, Commander

Leisure World Statistics for May 2014

May 2014

Paramedic responses, 114; CARE responses, 77; Seal Beach Police Dept. responses, 129; miscellaneous resident services, 1,855; decals issued, 416; Social Service incidents/ lost residents 13; lockouts, 74; traffic accidents 11; pet citations, 5; traffic citations issued, 275; no parking in red zone citations issued, 17; stop sign violations, 31; parking in restricted zone, 6; non-moving violations issued, 27; total citations issued, 275; .incoming vehicles screened at LW gates, 224,855.


5-14 Mutual 2 3:12 p.m.

A Southern California Edison transformer malfunctioned, causing a significant electrical power outage in the surrounding area. A cooling station was set up for members in Clubhouse 6.


5-5 Mutual 15 10:35 a.m.

A member reported two pairs of jeans missing after the member washed clothes in a laundry room.

5-7 Clubhouse 2 12:30 p.m.

A Samsung Galaxy II cell phone was stolen from a counter in the kitchen.

5-7 Mutual 3 5:02 p.m.

A five-foot rubber tree in a pot was taken from the front of an apartment.

5-13 Mutual 15 7:45 a.m.

An unlocked grocery cart was taken from a carport space.

5-13 Mutual 9 10:50 p.m.

A visitor, invited to an apartment by a relative, took money and a credit card from a purse. The visitor was arrested by police.

5-13 Mutual 12 10:45 a.m.

A sun screen in the window of an unlocked vehicle was stolen.

5-17 Mutual 3 6:50 p.m.

A member reported a garden hose missing from his garden area, the second one taken within weeks.

5-21 Clubhouse 6 8:25 a.m.

An i-Phone 5 cell charger was taken from a meeting room.

5-28 Mutual 3 10:50 a.m.

A six foot, metal step-ladder was stolen from a patio.

5-30 Mutual 9 12:59 p.m.

A handicap parking placard was taken from an unlocked vehicle parked in front of an apartment.


5-15 Administration Building 1:08 p.m.

A door appeared to be pried open, breaking a veneer facing and causing damage to the door casing.


5-5 Mutual 2 4:45 p.m.

A vehicle traveling westbound on Monterey Road sideswiped a vehicle parked on the street.

5-8 Clubhouse 6 10:40 a.m.

A vehicle exiting the parking lot at Clubhouse 6 struck another one traveling west on Golden Rain Road.

5-9 Mutual 15 11:01 a.m.

A vehicle struck the end of a kayak placed in a carport space that extended into the next carport space.

5-11 North Gate 10:25 a.m.

A vehicle entering the gate hit the fence and brick wall at the front of the entrance, causing substantial damage.

5-12 Mutual 3 3:45 p.m.

A bicyclist traveling southbound on El Dorado Drive was struck when a driver opened a door to exit a vehicle.

5-14 St. Andrews Dr. 10 a.m.

A vehicle traveling southbound on St. Andrews Drive stopped at a crosswalk and was struck from behind by another vehicle.

5-14 Mutual 15 1:06 p.m.

A vehicle attempting to parallel park in a parking space, hit a vehicle parked on the street.

5-21 HCC 3:50 p.m.

A vehicle attempted to move to avoid a vehicle backing out of a parking space, and scraped the side of a fire engine parked in front of the Health Care Center.

5-28 Clubhouse 3 Noon

A vehicle struck the rear bumper of a vehicle in the traffic circle.

5-28 Mutual 15 4:42 p.m.

A vehicle parked on McKinney Way was struck by an unknown vehicle, a hit-and-run.

5-31 Golden Rain/St. Andrews 3:15 p.m.

A vehicle traveling eastbound on Golden Rain Road made a left turn onto St. Andrews Drive, and struck a vehicle traveling westbound in the traffic intersection.