REAL ESTATE: Though the Housing Market has Improved, Families Still Struggle in La Mirada E-mail
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Written by Noel Jaimes   


Dear La Mirada Homeowner,

My name is Noel Jaimes, and I have called the City of La Mirada my home since 1975. I will be writing a weekly column here about La Mirada real estate in hopes of giving residents a general overview of what is happening in the real estate market each week.

I began my career in real estate when I was a student at Biola College, now Biola University. It is funny how 38 years later I still consider myself a tentmaker. Helping people buy their first home was an exciting job. Before the big financial crash of the last decade, people worked very hard and long to save 10 to 20 percent  for a down payment.

I remember buying my first home after getting married and then worring about making the $690 mortgage payments. Yes, I did say $690 a monthly mortgage payments. You may be smiling and wishing that this was your current mortgage payment. But the reality is it’s a matter of perspective.

When we moved into our home there was a wonderful elderly couple living at the adjacent corner of where we lived. His name was Leonard. I can’t remember his wife’s name right now. Anyway, when I shared with him how hard it was to come up with $690 a month. He just smiled and told me that it would…. “get better.”

Of course I doubted him and he could tell by the look on my face that I did not believe him.

Leonard then proceeded to tell me how after returning from France after World War II, he bought his home on Gabbett Drive for only $7,200-brand new. His payments were $72 a month and back then he was worried, wondering how they were going to make it as newlyweds.

At the time of this conversation with Leonard I was just 27 years old, just graduated from Biola College, was working part time in real estate and full time at Ralph Grocery Company and was not able to fully swallow this tall tale by a man who is my senior by at least 50 years. So guess what Leonard did?

First, he invited me to his home. Once I was there, he walked over to a cover drawer where he removed a small box. I thought he was going to get his reading glasses. But instead he opened the box and handed me something that completely shocked me.

Splash! Pre-Season Sale On Now; Mother-Daughter Tea Registration Open E-mail
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Buccaneer Bay season passes are the best way to enjoy La Mirada's award winning water park. Special pre-season sale ends May 31.

Plan now to spend the summer floating in the lazy river, splashing in the water spray areas, and taking a ride down our 25-foot water slides. A new toddler pirate slide has been added for the 2013 season.

Buccaneer Bay is open weekends May 25 through September 29, and daily from June 14 through September 2.

For more information or to purchase a pass, visit Splash!, call (562) 902-3191, or visit

Also, registrations for the annual Mother-Daughter Tea Party at Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center on Saturday, May 11 will be taken through April 26.

The cost is $27 for ages 12 and over, and $17 for ages 3 to 11.

For more information, call (562) 902-3160.

The Murder Of Millions Commemorated By Temples Beth Ohr (La Mirada), Beth Israel, and Beth Tikvah. E-mail
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Yom HaShoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, occurs this Sunday, April 7th, 2013.

Shoah, the Hebrew word meaning catastrophe or utter destruction, commemorates the atrocities committed against and the murder of 6 million Jews by the Nazis during World War II.

The Shoah (also called the Holocaust, from a Greek word meaning "sacrifice by fire,") was initiated by the members of the German National Socialist Party (Nazi), which seized power in Germany in 1933. The Nazis believed in and propagated a doctrine of racial superiority of white, Northern European males, over all other human beings.

Other members of European society, especially the Jews, were deemed "unworthy of life" and the target of violence and murder.

During World War II (1939-1945), the Nazis developed and implemented what they deemed to be the "final solution," a plan to of genocide and murder against all Jews. The homes and businesses of German Jews, and then later Jewish men and women living in German occupied countries, were confiscated by the Nazis. The Jewish home owners and business owners were then forcibly relocated to enclosed neighborhoods, ghettos and slave-labor camps, where disease, brutality, and malnutrition claimed the lives of many men, women and children.

Play Ball! La Mirada Little League Opening Ceremony This Saturday E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Sunday, 24 February 2013 11:10

La Mirada~It's that time of year again! Can you smell the fresh cut grass?

La Mirada Little League will hold its annual Opening Day Ceremonies this Saturday, March 2nd at the Behringer Athletic Facilities.

There will be a ceremony recognizing the 10th anniversary of the La Mirada Little League Junior Team that won the Little League World Series in their division in 2003.

The ceremony begins at 8 a.m. with a full slate of games following.

The Kiwanis Club of La Mirada will be there serving up their pancake breakfast on their world-famous rotating grill from 9-11 a.m.

Living Faith Church to Host Open Prayer Meeting E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 January 2013 06:54

La Mirada~Living Faith Church of La Mirada will be conducting a one-hour open prayer meeting in front of City Hall on behalf of our community from 7-8 p.m. Monday, February 4th.

Pastor Jack Miranda is inviting all-faiths to participate and will lead and assign prayers of petition for:

-The fiscal emergency and the economic welfare of our municipality and businesses.

-The safety of our campuses and public meeting places, along with the first responders, our peace and safety officers.

-The upcoming City Council elections.

-The current challenges of our city leaders and staff (Men and women of faith always temper justice with mercy).

-The favor and grace of God in our City, County, California and Country.


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