GOVERNMENT

OC political activist Charles Thompson to speak

by Dave Silva

LW contributor

 

The Leisure World Democratic Club will meet at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday Nov. 19, in Clubhouse 4. Guest speaker Charles W. Thompson will talk about his book “Is the United States Worth Saving?” He is a longtime political activist in the Orange County area.

The book spells out the dangers which the republic has encountered and how the 21st century presents new hurdles to reclaim democracy.

Using the preamble to the U.S. Constitution as a guide, the author focuses on 10 conditions that have eroded representative government and offers proposals to cement public control over government.

This book is a thoughtful and well-written expositions on the current state of American politics, and the dangers and challenges facing the nation.

Mr. Thompson has spent his career in public management—36 years as a city manger in Middletown, Ohio; Springfield, Mo.; Downey and Huntington Beach. He also drafted legislation to create a State Department of Urban Affairs and develop regional planning districts for the state of Missouri.

He holds an MDA degree from the University of Oklahoma and has completed numerous special seminars on governmental organization at MIT, Michigan and the University of Chicago. He has provided management training for several cities in Southern California. He now lives with his wife, Luz, in Huntington Beach.

The club is accepting donations of clean clothing for the needy.

Drop off donations in the lobby.

 

SOCIAL SECURITY HIKE

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 63 million Americans will increase 1.5 percent in 2014, the Social Security Administration has announced.

Based on the 2013 Consumer Price Index, military retirees and annuitants and social security recipients will get a 1.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment in their January 2014 retiree checks.

 

OC judicial candidate is guest Tuesday

by Jim Hoover

LW contributor

 

The Leisure World GOP Club will meet Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m., in Clubhouse 4, Room C. After a short business meeting, the members and guests will hear from Jeff Ferguson, who is a candidate for Orange County judge in 2014.

Mr. Ferguson, the Orange County senior deputy district attorney, leads the DA office’s effort to manage returning parolees. He will talk about the “criminalization” of the OC situation. “California’s ‘Criminal Justice Realignment’ was supposed to increase public safety while saving the state money. But Orange County jails are filled to capacity; more convicted felons are being returned to neighborhoods sooner than ever before, and it may cost county and city governments much more money than it saves,” said Mr. Ferguson.

He has been an Orange County resident since 1962, was admitted to the state bar in 1982, admitted to the Federal District Court in 1982, and admitted to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1982.

He earned degrees in biological sciences and social ecology at University of California, Irvine, in 1973. Later he attended Western State University College of Law, graduating in 1982 with a Juris Doctor, cum laude. While there he was editor of the WSU Law Review, WSU International Law Journal and the WSU College Newspaper, the Dictum. 

Several of his most significant accomplishments include being posted to the elite Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET), and leading the Probation Offender Search and Seizure Enforcement (POSSE) task force, comprised of 30 state and local police agencies. The program’s success was praised before the U.S. Congress by the Office of President of the United States George W. Bush.

While assigned to the Major Narcotic Vendor Program (MNVP), he prosecuted international criminal cartels moving thousands of kilos of cocaine, and large-scale methamphetamine manufacturers for over a dozen years. He was the first prosecutor in California to convict a member of the “Mexican Mafia” prison gang under California’s “Street Terrorism Act.”

He was lead prosecutor for Operation Buyer Beward, an undercover anti-meth task force with over 20 state and local law enforcement agencies headed by the California Department of Justice. Chasing methamphetamine traffickers from San Diego to Fresno, the effort shut down over two dozen labs and seized hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine. Sixty-five traffickers were jailed.

Mr. Ferguson was Prosecutor of the Year – Orange County Narcotics Officers Association, four times, most recently in 2012.

He is married to Sheryl Ferguson; they have two sons.  

 

MUTUAL MEETINGS

•Mutual 12

9:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, Administration

•Mutual 16

9:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 18, Administration

•Mutual 15

1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18, Administration

•Mutual 14

1 p.m., open forum; 1:30 p.m., meeting starts, Tuesday, Nov. 19, Administration

•Mutual 5

9 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20, Administration

•Mutual 7

1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20, Administration

•Mutual 2

9:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, Administration

•Mutual 11

1:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, Clubhouse 3, Room 9

•Mutual 6

9:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 22, Administration

•Mutual 12, special, new meeting date

9 a.m., Friday, Nov. 22, Physical Property

•Mutual 8

1:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 25, Administration

•Mutual 1, change of date and place

9:30 a.m., open forum; 9:45 a.m., meeting starts, Monday, Dec. 2, Clubhouse 4, Section A

•Mutual 10, change of date and place

9 a.m., open forum; 9:15 a.m., meeting starts; Wednesday, Dec. 4, Clubhouse 2

 

GRF COMMITTEE MEETINGS

The Golden Rain Foundation Board welcomes shareholders to open committee meetings, which are held in the Administration conference room unless otherwise noted. The following is the remainder of the November meeting schedule:

Communications Committee

1:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14

•Finance Committee

9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19

 

DONATE CASKET FLAGS TO HONOR LOVED ONES

Leisure World residents are invited to donate large, casket-sized flags to be flown throughout Leisure World. Residents have donated most of the flags now flying in LW as a way of honoring loved ones. To donate flags, bring them with a name and telephone number to the Golden Rain Foundation Recreation Office in Building C. Donors will be notified by mail about when and where their flags will be flown.

 

CARPORT CLEANING SCHEDULE

The following is the holiday carport cleaning schedule for 2013:

Thanksgiving Day

•Mutual 11, Carports 130-131, will be cleaned Friday, Nov. 29, instead of Thursday, Nov. 28.

• Mutual 15, Carports 3, 6-8, 10-13, will be cleaned Friday, Nov. 29, instead of Thursday, Nov. 28.

• Mutual 16, Carports 9, will be cleaned Friday, Nov. 29, instead of Thursday, Nov. 28.

Christmas Day

•Mutual 11, Carports 132-133, will be cleaned Monday, Dec. 30, instead of Wednesday, Dec. 25.

•Mutual 12, Carports 141-146, will be cleaned Monday, Dec. 30, instead of Wednesday, Dec. 25.

•Mutual 15, Carports 4-5, will be cleaned Monday, Dec. 30, instead of Wednesday, Dec 25.

New Year’s Day 2014

•Mutual 1, Carports 17-20, will be cleaned Tuesday, Dec. 31, instead of Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

•Mutual 2, Carports 21-24, will be cleaned Tuesday, Dec. 31, instead of Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

•Mutual 17, Building 1, will be cleaned Tuesday, Dec. 31, instead of Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

 

Register Ralph’s cards to benefit charity

Food Finders is a multi-regional food bank and food rescue program headquartered in Signal Hill. Volunteers pick up donated food from hundreds of local grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants and produce markets and distribute it directly to missions, shelters and social service agencies to feed the needy and impoverished.

On average, Food Finders helps provide enough food for 39,000 meals a day, reducing the amount of food insecurity and food waste prevalent throughout Southern California.

Leisure World residents can support the effort by registering Ralph’s Rewards Card to benefit Food Finders. The store will automatically set aside a small percentage of the sale for Food Finders.

Open enrollment to end Dec. 7

The annual open enrollment period for Medicare health and drug plans ends Dec. 7. Each year plans costs and covered benefits can change, and Medicare beneficiaries should look at their Medicare coverage choices and decide what options best meet their needs. For more information on Medicare Open Enrollment and to compare benefits and prices of 2014 Medicare health and drug plans, visit www.cms.gov/Center/Special-Topic/Open-Enrollment-Center.html.

 

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

•California law does not require bicyclists to ride single file, but it is strongly recommended as the safest practice.

•The California Vehicle Code requires bikes to have a front, white headlight and a reflector when riding at night. A red light on the rear is strongly recommended. Joggers, cyclists and pedestrians should wear light-colored clothes and reflective tape for extra visibility.

•Bike rules include: Ride in the same direction as cars (drivers are not looking for wrong-way bicyclists); follow the same rules of the road as drivers, such as stopping at signs, signaling, etc.; ride on the road; sidewalks are for pedestrians and those at walking speed.

 

GRF SPECIAL MEETING

An executive session of the Golden Rain Foundation Board of Directors is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 15, at 3 p.m. in the Administration Conference Room. The agenda is as follows:

•Call to Order

•Roll Call

•Contract Matter

•Legal Matter

•Adjournment

 

MUTUAL 6 had over 30 residents volunteer to work the 2013 Great California ShakeOut Drill Oct. 17. Volunteer teams practiced using hand-held radios, checking on residents, assessing injuries and building damage, and reviewing medical triage protocols. Each year, important lessons are learned from this practice drill to augment the mutual’s ongoing training for the inevitable real emergency. The Mutual 6 Emergency Preparedness Committee is grateful to volunteers for their continued participation in this potentially life-saving training exercise.