PAGE 1 MARCH 6 2014 SPRING FORWARD: Daylight saving time begins March 9. Set clocks forward one hour before going to bed Saturday night.
ROLLIN’ THUNDER: The Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Club will have another air, water and flag day Saturday, March 15, from 10 a.m.-noon in the Clubhouse 2 parking lot. Bring carts and scooters, and members will check the air in tires, water in batteries and put a flag on vehicles that need them.
FASHION SHOW: The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 327 will have a luncheon and fashion show at noon, Saturday, March 22, in Clubhouse 2. Fashions by Carol’s of Seal Beach will be featured. Proceeds will benefit nursing scholarships. For tickets, $25, call Eloise Knoll, 533-0773.
TRIVIAL PURSUIT: Phil Rattan and Mona Lewis are looking for others who would enjoy a weekly Trivial Pursuit game. If there is enough interest, they will start a Trivia Club. For more information, call 594-9759.
ROSIE THE RIVETER: Were you a “Rosie?” Celebrated in song, posters, art and newsreels during World War II, “Rosie the Riveter” represented the many women who went to work in America’s factories to take the place of the men who were called to war. A documentary is being made about WW II-era women working in the war effort. For more information, contact KellyPoblick-Su at email@example.com.
ST. HEDWIG’s LENTEN FISH DINNERS: St. Hedwig’s will have Knights of Columbus Lenten fish dinners in Quinn Hall from 5:30-7 p.m., Fridays, March 7-April 11. The church is located at the corner of Orangewood and Los Alamitos Boulevard. There will be a choice of two fish entrees, including six sides with dessert and beverage for $10, adults; $8, youth 13-17; and $5, children, 5-12
GOOD-BYE JASMINE—For 21 years, Jasmine Pereyra-Webb has staffed the Leisure World Post Office, and she is beloved by all. According to Madge Armstrong of Mutual 5, “Jasmine is friendly, always smiling and has been known to work through her breaks at peak times, especially during the Christmas rush. She always has treats for small dogs that visit,” such as Snowflake (above), who came in with LWer Madeline Pino last week. Jasmine is a postal angel, patiently helping people choose the most thrifty packaging, adding tape or stuffing to make sure boxes arrive intact, all accompanied by a kind word. Jasmine is transferring to Henderson, Nev., where her family owns a home. March 7 is Jasmine’s last day.
WEST COUNTY CONNECTOR PROJECT
Motorists traveling along the westbound SR-22 connector to the northbound I-405 can see the cattails and egrets pattern on the retaining wall under construction at the carpool connector.
In addition to progress on the retaining walls, crews have begun constructing falsework for the SR-22 / I-405 carpool connector.
Falsework construction will be ongoing in the center median of the I-405 freeway for the next several weeks as the carpool connector takes shape between the SR-22 and I-405 freeways.
The work is part of the West County Connector (WCC) project to will link carpool lanes on the San Diego Freeway (I-405) with those on the Garden Grove Freeway (SR-22) and San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605).
Daily progress is visible on the east half the Seal Beach Boulevard bridge as crews work to reconstruct the structure. Tomorrow, March 7, crews will complete a stem and soffit pour. The soffit is the underside of the bridge and the stem is the center part of the bridge. Sound wall construction is under way on the slope alongside the southbound I-405 freeway connector to westbound SR-22 / 7th Street.
USPS PRESENTATION ON SCAMS
Representatives from the United States Postal Inspectors Service will give a presentation on foreign lotteries and illegal sweepstakes fraud from 10 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, March 18, in Clubhouse 2.
They will present information about foreign lottery and sweepstakes schemes that target older Americans. Scammers increasingly target vulnerable citizens, such as the elderly and cognitively challenged.
These crimes can seriously affect the lives of victims and their families.
Foreign lottery and sweepstakes scammers talk a good game. They ask victims to pay to play and try to get consumers to send money that’s just for “taxes and fees,” or to purchase an item to improve their chances of winning. That’s illegal.
An educated public is the first line of defense.
All are welcome to attend the presentation or visit deliveringtrust.com for helpful information on fraud protection.
SB COUNCIL MIDYEAR BUDGET REVIEW
by Ruth Osborn
City Treasurer Victoria Beatley told the Seal Beach City Council Feb. 24 that the city’s $29 million budget is fiscally sound, in line with expectations and solidly supported with well-funded reserves.
The city is expected to finish the year in the black, although general fund revenues are trailing figures from the same period last year, primarily because of less sales tax revenue.
The lion’s share, 71 percent, of projected budget revenues are generated via five sources: Property taxes, estimated to be $6.4 million; the utility users tax, $5.3 million; sales taxes, $5.1 million; property tax in lieu vehicle fees, $2.1 million; and transient occupancy tax or bed tax, $1.1 million.
These revenue streams have thus far generated about $7 million for the period ending Dec. 31, 2013, which is $472,000 less than the same period last year. Sales tax declines from fuel and service stations were the primary reason for the decrease. Construction on the Seal Beach Boulevard bridge has also slowed traffic to nearby stores, especially retailers on the east side the boulevard, according to Ms. Beatley. New store openings, including Chick-Fil-A at the Shops at Rossmoor, is helping to offset the shortfall.
Among the city’s top 10 property tax payers are Boeing North American, Hellman Properties LLC, the Shops at Rossmoor, and Old Ranch Town Center.
About 45 percent of sales taxes are generated by 10 top payers, including Bed, Bath and Beyond, Chevron stations, Conkle 76, CVS, Kohls, Marshalls and Target.
General fund expenditures are up $712,000 over last year, attributed to increased legal fees due to litigation; higher staff salary and benefits costs, vehicle replacment costs and a planned increase in the Orange County Fire Authority contract.
In a separate action after the budget review, City Mayor Ellery Deaton asked staff to survey legal services and fees in comparable cities to ensure Seal Beach in line with other municipalities. Since 1972, the city has worked with the firm Richards, Watson and Gershon. Quinn Barrow has been the city attorney for more than a decade.
According to the property tax summary, the net, taxable value increased 2.3 percent, behind Orange County, which was up 3.4 pecent. The assessed value in Seal Beach is up $103.6 million, primarily due to a 2 percent Proposition 13 adjustment, according to Ms. Beatley.
The median home price in Seal Beach is $706,500 as of November. That’s up $76,500, a 12 percent increase, for a second year of rising property values. Property tax receipts are ahead of the same period last year by $207,000, and are projected to outpace budgeted expectations, and that’s good news, said Ms. Beatley.
GRF DEPARTMENT CHANGES NAME
The Golden Rain Foundation Board of Directors voted on Feb. 25 to change the Gates and Patrol Department’s name back to Security Department.
The change was effective immediately.