RESTAURANT REVIEW: The New Dami Sushi and Isakaya Stays Open Late For Dinner E-mail
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Tuesday, 27 May 2014 18:32

Buena Park~I wouldn’t consider myself a food critic or reviewer and I am certainly no food expert, but I recently had a chance to visit a new place to eat in town and I thought I would provide my feedback.

Dami Sushi and Isakaya is located at the Village Circle on Beach, the new shopping center at the intersection of and Beach Boulevard, where La Mirada Boulevard meets Malvern Avenue -just a stone’s throw from the La Mirada city limits.

The shopping center was constructed on the site of the old Big T Golf Course and Big T Burgers-two iconic establishments that will be forever  be etched in the nostalgic minds of anyone who lived in and around old La Mirada.

Today, the new shopping center is primarily Asian influenced, serving the multi-cultural population in the East La Mirada and North Buena Park area.

Dami has been open a little over two months and recently the La Mirada Blog was invited, along with other media outlets, to attend a press sampling and reception at the eatery.

My ignorance and lack of preparation showed as I thought out loud that the word isakaya was a type of egg roll or dish. Yeah, I know, go ahead and laugh.

I quickly learned from a Dami staff member that in Japan, an isakaya is a type of Japanese drinking establishment which also serves food to accompany the drinks. They are casual places for after-work drinking. In other words, like a pub or tavern.

An isakaya is also similar to a lot of well-known American restaurants that also serve as drinking establishments, yet an isakaya is more intimate and local.

Dami co-owner Brandon Lee sat down with us for a quick visit and told us he is well aware of the large Korean population in the area and wants to “break the mold” of the traditional Japanese restaurant and he said that Dami wants to “serve the community’s needs.”

Thus, the Dami menu features a mixture of Japanese and Korean dishes along many unique fusion meals of the two cultures. I guarantee you will find a dish at Dami you have never seen anywhere else.

AMBIANCE: The restaurant has open ceilings and a very spacious modern interior giving it that un-cramped feeling, which I like. There is a balance of industrial and wood finishes along with simple Japanese design concepts.  It features a brightly-lit sushi and oyster bar along with three 55-inch televisions and two 45-inchers.

Lee quickly got my attention when he mentioned what I think is one of the most appealing facts about Dami. He told me that after 9:30 p.m. a 180-inch projection screen descends from the ceiling, the lights dim and the sound system gets a little louder. He said the large screen will be showing whatever the hottest sports game or event of the night is.

Local Resident Picked for U.S. Paralympic National Team E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 17:28

Buena Park~Local resident Shea Cassidy was recently selected to represent the United States on the U.S. Paralympic National Soccer Team.

The U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team is an elite level program that selects players from across the United States in preparation for International standard competition.

The 22-year old Shea has TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), and was only given a 5% chance of living after a skateboard accident a few years ago.

Not only did he obviously survive, he will now travel around the world to represent the United States.

To qualify to be on the team, players must have had a Stroke, have Cerebral Palsy or have had a Traumatic Brain Injury/Acquired Brain Injury.

Team USA trains at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista and the StubHub Center in Carson.

In addition to friendly matches and invitational tournaments, the National Team competes in the following events:  the Intercontinental Cup, Copa America, the World Championships, Parapan American Games and the Paralympic Games

The La Mirada Blog and the La Mirada Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Shea and the Cassidy family on this accomplishment and wish him the very best while he travels around the world representing the United States of America. Way to Go Shea!

Low-Cost Vaccination and Microchip Clinic at Regional Park E-mail
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Monday, 10 March 2014 17:41

La Mirada~The Society for California Veterinary Vaccine Care (SCVVC) will be providing low-cost pet vaccination and microchip clinics for cats and dogs at La Mirada Regional Park on Thursday, March 13. 

Cats will be seen from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and dogs will be seen from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  All participants should be in line before 7:30 p.m.

Pet owners must be at least 18 years of age to participate and all pets must be on leashes or in carriers.

Only healthy and non-pregnant animals will be vaccinated and a License Renewal Notice or Prior Rabies Certificate is required in order to receive a three-year Rabies vaccine; otherwise the vaccine will be good for one year.

If possible, participants are encouraged to bring vaccine records. De-worming and flea control products will be available (price depends on pet's weight).

Be sure to notify the veterinarian prior to vaccinating if your pet has ever had a reaction to a vaccine, or if your pet has recently shown any sign of illness or could be pregnant.

CASH ONLY will be accepted for all veterinary services. Click HERE for a complete list of available vaccines and prices.

For more information, visit

La Mirada Bobby Sox Registration Still Open E-mail
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La Mirada~La Mirada Bobby Sox is still accepting registrations for the upcoming 2014 season.

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CITY: La Mirada Continues to Progress in 2014 E-mail
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Monday, 27 January 2014 19:35

La Mirada City officials are looking forward to building on recent accomplishments in 2014 as the City continues to provide a safe community, improve its fiscal position, improve its aging infrastructure, attract new businesses, and maintain the community’s high quality of life.

“2013 saw the City make considerable progress towards many of its strategic goals, such as ensuring a safe community, improving its infrastructure, and promoting a strong local economy,” says City Manager Jeff Boynton.  “We will continue on that course this year.”

The City continues to recover from the Great Recession, state grabs of local tax dollars, and the loss of redevelopment in recent years.  City officials are encouraged by recent economic signs in which sales, property, and transient occupancy (hotel users) tax revenues grew over the last year.  The FY 2013-14 budget, adopted last June, held a slight surplus and the City maintains modest reserve levels.

Though encouraged by improvements to the economy, the City remains committed to its prudent fiscal management practices and conservative approach to revenue forecasting.  Basic services continue to be delivered with a lean workforce of some 65 full-time employees, about a 33 percent decrease from five years ago.  Hourly City employees were reduced by a similar amount over this time.  The City continues to make extensive use of contracted services to achieve cost efficiencies while meeting the community’s needs.


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