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Trujillo "Taking a Break" at La Mirada High PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Sunday, 26 July 2015 19:43

Coach retires from La Mirada High after over 40 years of coaching locally; interviews for new coach begin next week

La Mirada~After 17 years as head coach of La Mirada High School Softball, Rich Trujillo has decided to “take a break,“ and will not return next season.

“It’s been a lot of fun and I’m glad to have been part of it. I appreciate the opportunity,” Trujillo told us via telephone,” whoever takes over I wish nothing but success and good luck and if there is anything I can do to help out I will.”

Co-Athletic Director at the school Jimmy Zurn told us the job for new head coach will be posted this week and interviews are scheduled to begin the week of August 3rd.

The school still lists Trujillo as the head coach on their website.

Trujillo said his phone has been busy, “I’m getting lots of calls from (former) players and their families.”

Trujillo’s Lady Mats appeared in three CIF Southern Section Finals, unfortunately falling short each time.

La Mirada won the Suburban League championship 13 of the 17 years with Trujillo at the helm.

Before coaching at La Mirada, Trujillo coached four years at Cypress College garnering a state championship.

Russian Delegates Enjoy Their Stay at Biola University and La Mirada PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Sunday, 26 July 2015 16:12

Special Olympics athletes from Russia attended a welcome event this past Wednesday at Biola University and chilled with Councilman Larry Mowles.

La Mirada~The City partnered with Biola University to host a welcome event earlier this week at Biola University for 2015 Special Olympic World Games athletes from Russia and Macau.

The event was held this past Wednesday on the Metzger Lawn with lunch provided by Chick Fil-A. Athletes and other attendees socialized and participated in games on the lawn.

Welcome speeches and presentations were given by La Mirada Mayor Pauline Deal, Whittier Mayor Fernando Dutra, Biola President Barry Corey, and delegates from Russia and Macau.

“La Mirada is honored to serve as a Host Town for the 2015 Special Olympics,” said La Mirada Mayor Pauline Deal. “It was a great experience meeting with athletes and delegates from Russia, and we hope they enjoyed their stay in our wonderful City.”

La Mirada served as the host town for Russian athletes and Whittier hosted athletes from Macau. Biola University provided housing for 240 athletes, coaches, and support staff Wednesday through Friday last week in campus dorms. The City hosted two welcome events including the summer concert on Thursday where athletes enjoyed activities including a "mini-oympics."

Athletes had access to train at City facilities, and the City also provided in-town transportation during their stay.

The 2015 Special Olympics World Games is one of the largest events hosted by Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games.  About 7,000 athletes from more than 170 countries will compete in 25 sports during the event.  Opening ceremonies took place yesterday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

La Mirada was one of about 100 Cities throughout Southern California selected to serve as a Host Town.

Community Services Director Lori Thompson, told us on our Periscope broadcast, that with close to 250 athletes, the City had the prestigious honor of hosting the largest delegation of the Special Olympics, “We could not have been a Host Town without Biola’s help, they were essential in the partnership.”

Thompson said La Mirada and Biola University were sought after by many of the delegations after the City was named as a Host Town in May of last year.

The 2015 Special Olympics World Games continue through August 2nd at venues in Long Beach and Los Angeles.

La Mirada Crime Report: Cars Ransacked at The Villages PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 08:52

La Mirada Blog Facebook fan Jann Rodriguez reported two cars got ransacked in the early morning hours of July 21st at The Villages gated community in La Mirada.

The following is the crime report for La Mirada July 13th-19th 2015:

Aggravated Assault-A domestic assault was reported on the 14200 block of Gagely Dr. A male adult was arrested in connection with the incident.

Residential Burglary-A burglary was reported on the 15300 block of San Ardo Dr. Electronics and jewelry were stolen from the residence.  A burglary to a garage was reported on the 14700 block of San Feliciano Dr. Various power tools were stolen from the residence.  A bicycle was reported stolen from a garage on the 15200 block of Borda Rd. A burglary to a hotel room was reported on the 14400 block of Firestone Blvd.

Other Structure Burglary-An attempted burglary was reported on the 15700 block of Pescados Dr. A burglary was reported on the 14100 block of Rosecrans Ave. Medical equipment was taken in the incident.

Vehicle Burglary-A burglary was reported on the 14500 block of Cortina Dr. Third row seats from the vehicle were stolen in the incident. A vehicle burglary and an attempted burglary were reported on the 13300 block of Beach Blvd. An burglary was reported on the 14900 block of Firestone Blvd.

Grand Theft-Batteries from a cell tower were reported stolen on the 13800 block of La Mirada Blvd. A metal ramp was reported stolen on the 15800 block of Imperial Hwy. A shoplifting incident was reported on the 12300 block of La Mirada Blvd. A male adult was arrested in connection with the theft.

Grand Theft Vehicle- A truck was reported stolen from the 16500 block of Trojan Way. The vehicle was recovered several days later by the Whittier Police.A truck reported stolen from Buena Park was recovered on the 14900 block of Gagely Dr.

La Mirada Music Celebrating 18-Year Anniversary PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 19:30

La Mirada~Come by and grab a bite and shop for a great deal as La Mirada Music will be celebrating their 18 years in town this Saturday, July 25th from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Hot Dogs, Burgers and live music will greet guests and merchandise will be priced to move at this clearance event.

La Mirada Music is located at 14928 Leffingwell Road (just west of La Mirada Blvd) in La Mirada.

For more information call (562) 941-4495.


Sporting News Grill to Host Grand Opening Party PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Tuesday, 14 July 2015 16:16

La Mirada~The city’s newest restaurant & sports bar, the Sporting News Grill, is now open and will be hosting a grand opening party Wednesday, July 15th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with drinks, prizes and giveaways.

It is located at the Holiday Inn Hotel, 14299 Firestone Boulevard at the 5 freeway.

The La Mirada Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a ribbon cutting preceding the grand opening at 4:30 p.m.

As part of the event, Sporting news Grill will donate 25 % of all proceeds to “From Maddi’s Closet,” a non-profit organization based in La Mirada that works to build public awareness of childhood cancer throughout our community bringing love, hope and joy to children battling the disease.

The La Mirada unit will be the first in California and the largest for the Holiday Inn chain of restaurants now operating all over the country.

The restaurant will feature a full-service sports bar and will offer over 20 flat screen TV's, one 80" flat LED TV and 24 beer lines.

The former home of Lew’s and more recently the Red Robin, the interior has been gutted and revamped. It is roomy and spacious featuring stonework and polished wood.

The menu includes appetizers, classic & specialty burgers, a wide variety of fresh salads, pizza, gourmet steaks and more.

For more information visit

Summertime Safety Series Offered by La Mirada P.A.R.K. Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by News Services   
Sunday, 12 July 2015 18:07

The La Mirada Positive Alternatives and Recreation for Kids (P.A.R.K.) program is hosting a Summer Safety series for youth. The series will include special presentations from first responders and other safety professionals emphasizing safe behavior. The activities are held from 2:15 to 3 p.m. every Thursday, from July 9 through August 27, at the following sites:

July 9th, Gardenhill Park – Animal Safety; July 16th, Frontier Park – First Aid; July 23rd, Windermere Park – Insect Awareness; July 30th Gardenhill Park – Fire Safety; August 6th, Frontier Park – Personal Safety; August 13th, Windermere Park – Pedestrian Safety; August 20th Gardenhill Park – Bicycle Safety; August 27th Frontier Park – Electrical Safety.

“We encourage all kids to attend the Summer Safety series,” says Safety Education Officer Mary Cipres. “Through presentations and activities, children will learn valuable tips to stay safe and avoid trouble.”

The P.A.R.K. program is a free recreation program that offers a variety of activities such as reading club, homework club, science workshops, sports tournaments, crafts, and cooking classes. During the summer months, the program is open Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The P.A.R.K. program is offered at Frontier, Gardenhill and Windermere Parks in La Mirada and is available to ages 5 to 17.

For more information on the P.A.R.K program or the Summer Safety series, visit Windermere, Frontier or Gardenhill Park or call (562) 943-7277.

Home on Stamy Road Charred by Fire PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Saturday, 04 July 2015 11:53

Fire damaged a home on Stamy Road in the early morning hours July 4th, 2015. Photo (c) B. Rodriguez

La Mirada~A house fire broke out early this morning in the 12000 block of Stamy Road near Loretta Street.

La Mirada Blog fan on Twitter, @Sophonnlb first reported the blaze at 1:50 a.m.

That was followed by fann @QueenKarly714 at 2:03 a.m. saying, “huge fire by creek park!! Someone yelled ammo then bang bang! So many fire trucks someone said people and dogs inside!”

The cause of the fire is unknown and it is also unknown at this time if there were any injuries.

A 3rd of July I Will Never Forget; Dog is Killed as Fireworks Explode PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Sunday, 26 July 2009 16:16


The following is a re-post from a story I wrote in 2009 after witnessing a dog get killed on July 3rd of that year at La Mirada Blvd and Foster Road after the very young dog ran frightened from the fireworks show at Regional Park after the family had brought the dog to the event earlier in the day.

The La Mirada Blog is recommending dogs not to be taken to the annual celebration at Regional Park.

We all know parks and dogs go hand in hand, but this is one exception. The crowd is to large and dogs simply don't like fireworks.

Please do NOT take your dogs to Regional Park for the 3rd of July celebration, there are simply to many things that can wrong.

If you are worried about your dog staying home alone, you simply can't go the event.

Read this story I wrote six years ago, and I hope it makes you and others aware of the increased possibility of mishap.

Story originally written July 26th, 2009

Frustration, Joy, Despair; All in One Day

La Mirada~A friend, we'll call him MP, recently told me, "Tony, you have to write a La Mirada book someday."

Well, add another chapter.

An opinion piece, me? I don't do these any more, but I absolutely feel compelled in this instance.

Finally after over two weeks, I am able to write this story. As I said, over two weeks has passed now, and this year's 3rd of July event is now fading into distant memory for most.

Not so fast.

I worked the Kiwanis of La Mirada booth during the middle of the day; helping the club barbeque and prepare tri-tip sandwiches to be sold to the crowd. It was the most pleasant part of my day. What a line we had around 6 p.m. What a blast!

I had some interesting thoughts and observations throughout the day, but one that kept bothering me was the fact that many people had brought their dogs to this event.

People, I know dogs love parks, but this is simply an event you cannot bring your dogs to. During the day maybe, but still, there were way too many people to have your dog there, even during the day. And I had to wonder how many of those people were going to bring their dogs home for the evening. This worried me.

As a general rule dogs don't like fireworks. This is common knowledge. Sure, there are some exceptions, but for the most part they dislike fireworks and loud noises. In fact special precautions must be taken for your dog during the 4th of July, even at your own home. Guess what? You can't have both. You can't own a dog and go see the fireworks show. Someone needs to monitor the dog at home. It's a simple as that.

This bothered me all day after seeing dog after dog nervously looking around at the overwhelming crowd.

After finishing up at the booth I wandered over to the family's blanket to relax and watch the fireworks show. Fireworks really don't do much for me, but it's that family, quality factor thing.

At 9:07 p.m. the lights went out in the park and the show was about to begun. Just as the first projectile exploded, a little black dog went frantically racing by our blanket; leash still attached. You could barely see him because of his color and because of the darkness of the night.

I heard people laughing and it sickened me. This dog was obviously traumatized and bolted from its owners grasp. How did this happen? Who would be so irresponsible to let this happen? My worst fear was coming true.

Our blanket was located behind one of the softball diamonds, with our backs to the parking lot and Foster Road. The dog ran towards the lot and Foster Road. It was running so fast in the dark, and I immediately gave chase. I ran as fast as I could. I just wanted to get to the dog and let him/her know, it was OK.

Annual Independence Celebration at Regional Park PDF Print E-mail
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La Mirada~The city’s annual Independence Celebration will be held July 3 from 4 to 9:30 p.m. at La Mirada Regional Park.

The celebration will include live music by 80's band "Neon Nation", and motown band "Stone Soul". A variety of tasty food will be on sale by La Mirada’s local service and athletic groups. The celebration will conclude with a patriotic program and exciting fireworks spectacular.

Be sure to keep the following guidelines in mind on the day of the event:

Parking: In addition to parking at La Mirada Regional Park, overflow parking is available at the La Mirada High School stadium lot, BIOLA University (entrance off of La Mirada Blvd.), and Civic Center Plaza. All red curb restrictions are being enforced. Patrons parking in red zones will be issued citations. Parking along Foster Road is allowed only after "No Parking" signs have been covered the day of the event by the City.


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