There is no safe place: be careful

THE SHOOTING DEATH of a Garden Grove boy reminds us to use caution in all settings (Shutterstock).

The recent fatal shooting of a 17-year-old youth – who happened to be a student at a high school in Garden Grove – has been a sober reminder that there is no place in this world safe from heartache and loss.

Members of the community are rallying around a “Go Fund Me” effort to help pay for funeral costs. The school district is offering grief counseling for staff and students, which is right and proper. 

Just as important is for all of us to always be aware of our surroundings and of people we do not know well. There’s no shame in being cautious, as a young person or a parent.

As the saying goes, be careful out there.

The fire next time … or last time

Readers may recall the controversy over changing from the Garden Grove Fire Department to Orange County Fire Authority, a switch that was primarily led by GGFD firefighters. Better pay for them and better paramedic service for us were the lures.

AMBULANCES? Fire engines? Something else? (Shutterstock).

Well, now there’s an Orange County Grand Jury report criticizing the paramedic practices of some cities and those of the OCFA. The subject came up at a meeting last week of the Huntington Beach City Council.

(Note: Surf City has its own fire department; Garden Grove, Stanton and Westminster are with the OCFA).

 At the same time, firefighters from OCFA have lobbied city councils – according to the Voice of Orange County news website – in Garden Grove and Westminster, among other cities, to urge the OCFA board to give them higher pay.

We take no sides, but recommend this little tale to all fans of irony.

Different ideas about the mall property

ILLUSTRATIVE MAP of draft Westminster Mall specific plan (City of Westminster).

A proposed specific plan for Westminster Mall has finally emerged after considerable delay. A community open house is planned for Thursday, Sept. 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the city’s Community Services Building, 8200 Westminster Blvd.

Already folks are weighing in on this subject. Some comments on our website from our Aug. 16 article:

  • “It’s better than what we have now! Well needed!
  • “Yes, go for it. I want lots more traffic on a six-lane Bolsa behind my house.
  • “Something is better than nothing.”
  • “Better housing than retail. In the next few years Amazon will have complete control. No more malls.”
  • “A good site for a new hospital.This area needs one.”

“Usually Reliable Sources” alternates with Jim Tortolano’s “Retorts” column.

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