THE CARRIAGE: Decision Could Come in November for Fate of Cultural Diner E-mail
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Thursday, 16 October 2014 04:25

La Mirada~The La Mirada Planning Commission may be deciding the fate of the Carriage Coffee Shop at its regular meeting next month.

City Planner Gabriel Bautista told the La Mirada Blog the process is taking longer than he prefers, but hopes it will be on the agenda for the November 21st meeting.

Residents who consider the diner a cultural icon stormed city hall this past March to protest a decision by the owners of the property, Rich Development, to replace the 49-year-old diner with a McDonald’s.

Because of the traffic concerns expressed by residents at that meeting, the commission suggested a traffic study be executed to address these potential issues.

The final draft of the study has been completed and has been sent to the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Traffic Division for final approval, Bautista told us.

The commission will then decide whether or not to grant McDonald’s a conditional use permit to construct a drive-thru at the new restaurant; paving the way for the apparent demolition of The Carriage.

Senate Candidate Mario Guerra to Speak at Chamber Breakfast E-mail
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Sunday, 05 October 2014 18:07

La Mirada~State Senate candidate Mario Guerra will be a guest speaker at the La Mirada Chamber of Commerce monthly Tuesday Breakfast at the Holiday Inn, 14299 Firestone Boulevard.

Guerra, 55, a Republican and a member of the Downey City Council will go up against Democrat Tony Mendoza for the 32nd state Senate District seat in the November 4th statewide general election.

Included in the district are the cities of Artesia, Bellflower, Buena Park, Cerritos, Commerce, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, Lakewood, Montebello, Norwalk, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs and Whittier along with unincorporated areas of Hacienda Heights, Los Nietos and South Whittier

Guerra came from Cuba at the age of six and was raised locally. After majoring in economics he co-founded Scanlon-Guerra-Burke Insurance Brokers and has been serving as president. His firm was recently named one of the Top 10 largest brokerage firms in Southern California by the Los Angeles Business Journal..

The breakfast is open to the public and the cost is $15. For more information contact the La Mirada Chamber of Commerce at (562) 902-1970, visit the chamber website at or email the chamber at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jersey Mike's Opening October 8th in La Mirada E-mail
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Sunday, 05 October 2014 08:04

La Mirada~Jersey Mike's is the latest eatery to open at the Croosroads Center and will open for business Wednesday, October 8th.

Franchise owner Alvaro Garcia will hold a grand opening and free sub fundraiser through Sunday October 12th to support various community schools and organizations including: Eastwood Elementary PTA; Heights Christian Schools; the La Mirada Soccer Association; Los Coyotes Middle School, and Biola University.

The new restaurant, located at 14873 Telegraph Road, is circulating 30,000 flyers throughout the community containing various coupons.  For each coupon that is redeemed, Jersey Mike’s will donate $3 to the respective beneficiary. Customers must have a coupon to be eligible.

“Working with a variety of local organizations for our grand opening fundraiser is an opportunity to raise money and invite customers to try Jersey Mike’s highly authentic product,” said Garcia.

Started in 1956, Jersey Mike’s now has 1,300 restaurants open and under development nationwide.  In just three years, the company has nearly doubled in size.

The La Mirada store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.  You can contact the location directly at (562) 944-2088.


The La Mirada Chamber of Commerce will host an official ribbon cutting for the new Jersey Mike’s/La Mirada Tuesday, October 7th at 11:45 a.m.

Expected to attend are chamber members, the La Mirada City Council & staff, members of the local police and fire departments and Jersey Mike’s officials.

New La Mirada Starbucks Celebrating With Grand Opening Ceremony E-mail
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Tuesday, 16 September 2014 18:33

La Mirada~The new Starbucks in La Mirada will be hosting a grand opening celebration Wednesday September 17th from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at the company’s new store located at the southeast corner of La Mirada Boulevard and Imperial Highway in La Mirada.

There will be a ribbon cutting and ceremony for the new La Mirada Chamber of Commerce member beginning at 3:00 p.m. and will include La Mirada Mayor Larry Mowles.

The store will be offering customers and guests free samples of snacks and treats.

Live entertainment will be provided in the parking lot during the event.

La Mirada Chamber Welcomes Two New Members E-mail
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Thursday, 07 August 2014 16:16

Two new members of the La Mirada Chamber of Commerce are flanked by board members: Octavio Duran (Edco) Director of Sales; Anna Li (Edward Jones Investments) Financial Advisor; Lori Hopkins (Popular Community Bank) Vice President & Bank Manager; Gil Reyes (Sugar & Spice) Owner; Dustin Dahl; Mark Gay (Synergy Homecare) Owner; David Cassidy (Simple Signal) I.P. Director; Richard Trujillo (Trujillo & Daughters Insurance Agency) Owner.

La Mirada~A grand opening celebration was held recently at the new location of Sugar & Spice Bakery and Deli as the La Mirada Chamber of Commerce welcomed the eatery as one of it newest members.

Another new member, Synergy HomeCare and franchisee Mark Gay was also introduced as a new member.

Synergy HomeCare opens the door to peace of mind by providing the high quality care your older loved ones deserve.

A longtime fixture in the community, Sugar & Spice is now owned by Gil and Irene Reyes and is located in the Home Depot shopping center at 12240 La Mirada Boulevard. The sandwich shop features Boars Head meats and cheeses and a nice array of gourmet sandwiches, pastries, baked goods, salads and a soup of the day.

There is always a wide variety of gourmet specialty cakes and cupcakes for sale at the shop which also specializes in custom orders for both-including orders for cupcakes of 100 or more!

Sugar & Spice opened in La Mirada on March 17, 1981 on the corner of La Mirada Boulevard and Leffingwell, when Barbara Moncrief of La Mirada outgrew her kitchen at home baking specialty cakes. The bakery has made cakes for Hollywood production parties and more.

For more information about the La Mirada Chamber of Commerce call (562) 902-1970 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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