Cellular Phone Towers…Good or Not?

Cities nearly everywhere have some concerns about construction of cellular towers to carry signals to all of us hopelessly addicted cell phone users.  Irvine California has now extended its ban on cellular towers, recently extending the moratorium on cellular towers for yet another year by unanimous vote of the city council.


Obvious opposition comes from wireless companies but what about the citizens?  More and more citizens are foregoing land lines in their home and running all calls through their cell phones…now that is a concept I can understand.  As a business owner I receive 70% of my daily phone calls on my cell phone…even when I’m sitting in my office, which has numerous land lines!  You know why?  Because people think “I can always find him on his cell phone”.


So, it may be time for creativity with cell phone towers.  How about camouflage to make them look like tree?  You know… that artificial Christmas tree look?!  I think it could work.  Then…everyone wins!  More towers, not unsightly to look at, and better cell phone reception.


We’ve got a lot of creative people out there…how about a few ideas? 

Your comments are welcome.


And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.


Best regards.

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors

Huntington Beach has a Plan for Water Run-Off

Huntington Beach hopes to use Talbert Lake (now an 8 acre dry bed) as an opportunity to gather run-off water before it hits our ocean.  The plan would creatively capture about 1 million gallons of urban polluted run-off water per day and the natural filtration system of the lake would cleanse the water and make it viable for possible irrigation use.


 Ideally, mother nature helps this process as debris is screened at the channel diversion, shallow water areas allow UV rays to kill bacteria, microbes help turn heavy metals into insoluble deposit that gets trapped into peat and then… clean water flows into the lake.


I’m sure the plan will be checked carefully, especially because it can cost about $5.5 million to take on this project, but the benefits include 1 million gallons of less than desirable water not flowing into our ocean every day…and that is a big deal!


Thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.


Best regards.

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors

Better than just Housekeeping Tips…


A recent Martha Stewart article had a light go for me and I wanted to share several tips…


One topic discussed coffee grounds going down a sink drain and the advice was never to do this.  Coffee grounds are course and gritty (no matter how fine they’ve been ground down) and can get stuck in the drain trap, where they can lead to a drain back-up.  Even if those grounds made it through the drain safely, they can cause damage further down the line.  Advice is don’t do it!  Well, I also thought it is OK to place some coffee grounds in plant soil.  Strike 2 for me.  The best alternative for coffee grounds going into the drain or into your plant soil is to  include them into a compost pile which can later serve as an excellent soil additive.


Another topic was electrical lamp cords under carpets.  Walking over the carpet can create wear on the electrical cord leading to the cord fraying after time and this creates a fire hazard.


Just a couple of ideas which I hope you’ll find helpful.  For more info you can visit marthastewart.com


And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.


Best regards.

Michael Caruso, broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors

Feel at Home with Plants…but Help Your Plants Feel at Home

I love having plants at my office and in my home.  I’ll admit that I have a few silk ones too.  And silk plants require some work…cleaning them.  They look real and they add a nice touch but the real plants are cool…and they are a living thing.  But, we’re all busy people and I like indoor plants that look great but don’t require too much maintenance.


Here are a couple of ideas for your plant selections…

Rather than just pick something that catches your eye, think about the location where the plant will be placed, how much nurturing the plant will require, how regularly it will need water.  Then think…do you have the time to address all those things, so that the plant will not die.


When you figure out the location for the plant, you will also then know how much sunlight it receives and that will help you understand how frequently the plant will require water and vitamins.


When at the plant store or nursery look for the healthy plants, read a little about that plant and ask questions while you are there.  Make sure the plant has a good drainage pot. When you get that plant back to the office or home, don’t overwater, because that can kill the plant.  And to create a larger impact, consider plant groupings.


Thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.


Best regards.

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors

Orange County~Central


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One out of eighteen businesses in Fountain Valley sold alcohol to undercover minors, according to police who were conducting an undercover program. This marks the lowest percentage of sales to minors during the decoy program.



Tuesday at 11:45am, a second city council forum will be held to fill three empty seats.  The candidates include Keith Bohr, Don Hansen, Devin Dwyer, Allen Baylis, Dan Kalmick, Bruce J. Brandt, and Erik C. Eichler.  The event is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Huntington Beach.



Free trial classes in Spanish and French are being offered by Lango-Foreign Languages for Kids.  Classes are for one year old through elementary school age children.  For more information, please visit www.langokids.com or call 949-315-5211.



Free tutoring and student assistance is available by contacting the Los Alamitos Unified School District. The program is designed for students who did not pass the 12th grade exit exam. More information is available by calling 562-799-4700 ext 80463.



Dredging of Newport Bay will likely continue, city officials say.  The $46 million dollar project is short $18 million dollars, most of which is owed by the federal government.  Officials are thinking that the state Wildlife Conservation will provide $1-2 million dollars and look for funds to come from the federal government in the months to come.



Donation items such as toothpaste, sunscreen, socks and lip balm are being requested for donations to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Orange Elks Lodge 1475 is currently collecting such donations at their lodge, 211 E. Chapman Avenue. For more information, please contact 714-997-7974.



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McGaugh Elementary School will be holding an annual carnival on October 18th.  The school is currentlyseeking donations for their silent auction.  For more information, please visit www.losal.org/mcgaugh



The Jamestown Village Vintage Fleamarket will be open from 8am-3pm September 28th.  There will be free parking and free admission at the event (located at 474 El Camino Real in Old Town Tustin).  For more information, pleae visit www.vintagewhimzy.com or call 714-573-1025



Residents may now anonymously report any code violations or eyesores on public property by calling 714-998-1500 or by visiting www.villapark.org Complaints will prompt code enforcement inspections.



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Orange County~South


The City of Aliso Viejo will be hosting a community forum on Monday at 7pm, regarding the housing element of the General Plan.  The forum will take place at City Hall, 12 Journey. For more information, please call Genia Garcia, Director of Planning Services at 949-425-2525.



On October 4th, “Party with a Purpose,” an event benefiting Village of Hope, will be held at the Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club.  The event will begin at 6pm and is located at 25291 Vista del Verde in Coto de Caza. “Party with a Purpose” will include dinner, as well as a live and silent auction. For more information, please visit www.rescuemission.org or email jillrose@cox.net



Come celebrate the beginning of Fall with a barbecue at the Palisades United Methodist Church on Sunday September 28th at 11:30am.  The church is located at 27002 Camino De Estrella. Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for children under twelve.



Local Cub Scout Packs 689 and 637 will be visiting the Ladera Ranch Farmer’s Market in an effort to raiser money for their packs. 



The last free tryout for the Southern California Volleyball Association Boy’s Club season will be hosted by Main Beach Laguna Volleyball Club on Tuesday, September 30th.  Tryouts will be held at Saddleback College Gym for boys ages 13-18. Tryouts will be from 7-9pm. For more information, please visit www.mainbeachvbc.d4sportsclub.com or call 949-715-9130.



The Second Annual Disability Awarness Fair will take place October 15th from 9-11am at the Laguna Hills Community Center (25555 Alicia Parkway).  For more information, please call 949-830-5302.



The City’s Military Support Committee is currently asking for support from local merchants for the city’s adopted Marine unit: the 1st Batalion, 4th Marines.  If you are interested in participating, a bin will be placed in your business location from October to February.  For more information, or to participate, please call Dave Mellon at 949-489-8378.



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The city will be hosting “You’ve Got Wheels-Do You Know How to Ride?” workshop from 2:30-4:30pm on Monday, September 29th. The workshop will be located at the Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way. To reserve your spot, please call 949-470-3062.



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“Night at the Museum” will be shown at Mission San Juan Capistrano as part of the “Movies at the Mission” series on October 25th at 5:30pm.  The movie will be shown in the courtyard on a big screen. Admission is $5 per person and wearing a costume is encouraged.


For more information, please visit ocregister.com

Orange County~North


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The taste of Brea and Community Expo will be presented by the Brea Chamber of Commerce on October 8th from 4-8:30 on Birch Street. Admission is free. Ten dollar wrist bands are also available for food sampling. 714-529-4938.



Help Hurricane Ike victims by providing a monetary donation to Giving Children Hope.  Cash or checks may be mailed to 8332 Commonwealth Avenue, Buena Park, CA 90621.  Online donations may be made as well by visiting  www.gchope.org or by calling 714-523-4454.



Monday September 29th, the Cypress Senior Center will offer free blood pressure screenings from 10-11:30am.  No appointment is necessary.  9031 Grindlay Street. For more information, please call 714-229-2005.



Eastside Christian Church received the approval to expand over the next twelve years.  The City Council unanimously approved the recommendation for expansion this week.



Garden Grove Unified School District will be holding College Information Night on October 6 from 6:30-8:30pm.  All students and parents are welcome. The event will be held at Bolsa Grande High School, 9401 Westminster Avenue. Interpreters and child care will also be provided. For more information, please call 714-663-6004.



October 7th marks the 100th birthday for long time La Habra resident Maria De Jesus. Happy Birthday Maria!



La Palma Chamber of Commerce will host Casino Night October 11th, starting at 6pm.  The Chamber is still accepting sponsorship, but has already received prize donations from Universal Studios, Dodgers baseball, Disneyland and many local restaurants. For more information, please call 714-931-8166.



Special softball tournaments will mark the opening of Torii Hunter Field, which was dedicated only last week. The field will officially open at the end of October.



The Kiwanis club will hold two meetings in the month of October on the 7th and the 21st. Meetings will be held at Park Avenue restaurant, 11200 Beach Boulevard. There will also be a meeting on October 16th at City Hall (7800 Katella Avenue) for the Mayor’s Luncheon. For more information, please call 714-379-9222.


Donations are currently being accepted for wives of Marine Corps who will be attending the Marine Corps Ball on October 30th.  Donations may be dropped off at the Community Services and Recreation Department, located at 8200 Westminster Boulevard or the Westminster Chamber of Commerce, 14491 Beach Boulevard.



Attention all future college students! The College Funding Strategies office of Ontario will be holding a community workshop October 7th at 7pm. The workshop will be held at Black Gold Golf Club, located at 1 Black Gold Drive. The workshop will teach the parents of 10th through 12th graders how to finance their children’s college education.  For more information, please call 888-445-3156.

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