Rossmoor Predator Management Team And City Of Los Alamitos Partner In Eliminating Overgrowth Behind Martha Ann
Published 06/11/2011 – 6:00 a.m. Pacific Time
Submitted by Rossmoor Predator Management Team
Yesterday, with the help of the City of Los Alamitos, Mayor Pro Tem Troy Edgar and City Manager Jeff Stewart, RPMT was able to accomplish a goal held since our inception back in May – we finally got the property behind Martha Ann cleared!
On April 25, 2011, RPMT met with Los Alamitos Mayor Pro Tem Troy Edgar and City Manager Jeffrey Stewart. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss joining efforts in protecting children and pets from coyotes in our adjoining communities.
RPMT raised the issue that the property behind Martha Ann, which is owned by CalTrans and in the city boundaries of Los Alamitos, was a fire hazard and posed possible danger to all Rossmoor Residents. This area has plagued Rossmoor Residents by providing a habitat for coyote dens, hunting, birthing, and howling late at night, leaving Martha Ann Residents in fear for their families.
City Manager Jeffrey Stewart stated CalTrans was responsible for the maintenance of the property behind Martha Ann, adjacent to the I-605 Freeway. He provided maps indicating boundary lines and stating both Mayor Pro Tem Edgar and he would immediately pursue this safety issue on behalf of Rossmoor Residents.
Caltrans’s Principal Assistant Bill Gilchrist met with RPMT and Los Alamitos Officials on two separate occasions and stated CalTrans was willing to remove the ground cover and dead trees. This was done to prepare for the installation of the 18 foot sound wall and landscaping in addition to the public safety issue (fire hazard).
RPMT Founders David & Rebecca Lara would personally like to thank Mayor Pro Tem Troy Edgar, City Manager Jeff Stewart, Caltrans’s Bill Gilchrist and RHA’s Tom Fitzgerald for their involvement in keeping Rossmoor safe for kids and pets. We look forward to our future joint efforts with the City of Los Alamitos.