57th Assembly Campaign Turns Into a War of Charges and Counter Charges; La Mirada's Jaimes in Race E-mail
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Tuesday, 22 May 2012 00:00

The race for a local California State Assembly seat between Democrats Rudy Bermudez and Ian Calderon has literally turned into a steel cage match that now includes charges of money laundering, and hiding personal income sources, and the filing of complaints with state campaign regulators.

Did Assemblyman Tony Mendoza mastermind an elaborate money laundering scheme to skirt California campaign finance laws to help benefit the campaign of the candidate who is running to take his place in Sacramento?

Did assembly candidate Ian Calderon fail to report $60,000 in income to state officials?

State campaign reform officials have opened up an official inquiry to determine if Mendoza and Assembly candidate Rudy Bermudez worked in tandem to avoid campaign contribution limits after $50,000 in donations were allegedly transferred between at least a half dozen campaign committees involving at least four local elected officials.

Mendoza is a former Chairman of the controversial Latino Caucus that is comprised of elected officials in Sacramento who serve as members of the Assembly and State Senate.

This week Latino Caucus Chairman Assemblyman Ricardo Lara blasted Mendoza in a statement that has sent several political observers into a tailspin.

Garcia Takes Over the Helm as Mayor of La Mirada E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 18:52

La Mirada's First Family

From the La Mirada Lamplighter Newspaper!

La Mirada~Gabe Garcia took over tonight as mayor of La Mirada replacing outgoing mayor Steve Jones after one year.

Garcia was joined by many family, friends and others, to congratulate and wish him well.

Garcia was elected to the city council in March 2009. Previously, he was elected to the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District's Board of Education for three consecutive terms from 1993-2005.

Garcia becomes the first Latino mayor in the city's 52-year history.

In La Mirada, mayor's serve one-year terms on a rotating basis, with council members basically, taking "turns" as mayor. So, the evening was mostly a ceremonial, nominating and voting process, with Garcia beginning his first stint at the helm.

Officially, the vote was 5-0.

Councilman Steve DeRuse was voted in as mayor pro tem.

Norwalk-La Mirada School Board of Education President, Darryl Adams presented a certificate of recognition to outgoing Mayor Steve Jones, thanking him for his contributions to the school district and the community saying, "You have been an exemplary model of what a leader is all about-leading with consistency."

Captain Pat Maxwell of the Norwalk Sheriff's Station also thanked Jones for his support on behalf of all the men and women at the station, and presented him with a $250 check for the charity of his choice. Jones said he would donate the money to the California School Project organization.

After the meeting, we asked Garcia if he has any priorities for his first term as mayor.

"First, the fiscal health of the city, second, would be the strategies in dealing with the loss of redevelopment, and attracting new businesses to our shopping centers with new incentives," he said.

La Mirada Council Passes Resolution to Postpone Redevelopment Dissolution; New Community Commissioner Named E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 January 2012 00:00

La Mirada~The city council on Tuesday passed resolution 12-06 to support legislation, along with other area cities of SB 659, which will temporarily postpone the dissolution of redevelopment agencies in the state.

With the passing of recent bill ABX1 26, the state has essentially told city redevelopment agencies to shut down shop.

“This is a travesty”, City manager Tom Robinson said, “The state is eliminating organizations that do a billion dollars worth of good.”

Many city agencies are scrambling to react and hope to postpone the shutdown to at least April 15th-which SB 659 will provide.
A series of events must take place in the State Legislature by February 1st however, to make that happen, including a call for a special session.

With that February 1st deadline looming, the city redevelopment agency may have performed its last action as an official body. The Lamplighter has asked several area city managers, including our own Tom Robinson to comment on the end of redevelopment. Their comments can be found on page 7.

La Mirada native, Kenny Meyer was sworn in as the city’s latest commissioner.
Kenny will serve on the Community Services Commission for an unexpired term ending in June 2013.
Kenny was born and raised in La Mirada, and has been very involved in youth sports programs over the years.
He has served as an assistant for the La Mirada High School freshmen football for ten years, and initiated a study session program for the players.

Candidates Forum Scheduled for School Board E-mail
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Thursday, 06 October 2011 07:28

Norwalk~A Candidates Forum will be held for the Norwalk-La Mirada School Board on Thursday, October 20th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Norwalk City Hall Council Chambers, 12700 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk.

There are four candidates manuevering for three spots-Jesse Urquidi, Karen Morrison, Chris Pflanzer, and Diane Gramajo.

The event is being hosted by the Norwalk Community Coordinating Council and the Norwalk Woman's Club.




Five Candidates to Battle for Three Spots E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 00:00

Note: We have a correction in our story. Victor Juan pulled his papers and is not running for the position. Therefore, leaving only four candidates.

Norwalk~The November 8th election is quickly approaching with three seats up for grabs, to serve as a Governing Member on the Norwalk-La Mirada School District Board of Education.

The district is comprised of 17 elementary, six middle schools, and four high schools serving Norwalk, La Mirada and surrounding communities.

Lorraine Neal decided not to run for re-election, and Pauline Deal was recently appointed to a seat on the La Mirada City Council. That leaves Karen Morrison as the only incumbent running with the three spots available.

The candidates for the election, that is a little over six weeks away include: Jessie Urquidi, Diane Gramajo, Chris Pflanzer, Victor Juan and Morrison.



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