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Chamber of Commerce to Host "Meet the Candidates" PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 05 January 2015 16:38

La Mirada~The Chamber of Commerce will host a “Meet the Candidates” forum at their monthly Tuesday breakfast at the Holiday Inn January 6th from 8:00-9:30 a.m.

The candidates will be given a few minutes to speak and will handle a few questions from the audience. Cost is $15.

At the time this article was written, all candidates are expected to attend including Ed Eng, Dale Nowicki, John Sarega, Tony Aiello, Steve DeRuse, Larry Mowles, and Mik Saenz.

The Holiday Inn Select is located at 14299 Firestone Boulevard adjacent to the 5 freeway in La Mirada.

Seven File for Three Seats for La Mirada City Council PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 05 January 2015 16:19

La Mirada~Three seats are for grabs in the 2015 La Mirada City Council election and seven individuals have filed for a chance at a seat.

Councilman Steve Jones, first elected in 1998, has decided to retire and not seek a fifth term in a city with no term limits.

The two other seats available are Steve DeRuse and current Mayor Larry Mowles, both are seeking a second term after winning the seats of longtime Councilmen Hal Malkin and Pete Dames four years ago, after they retired.

DeRuse and Mowles will go up against challengers Ed Eng, executive director of the Los Angeles County Economy and Efficiencies Commission; Michael Saenz, a business consultant; Dale Nowicki, an attorney; current Councilman Andrew Sarega’s father, John, a commercial property owner, and the founder and editor of this website, Tony Aiello, a La Mirada native.

Two Killed in Collision on First Avenue PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Thursday, 01 January 2015 17:17

Fire department personnel cut the victims out of both vehicles but both died at the scene. Photo courtesy Bayli Zaharis

Whittier~Two people died in a head-on collision early New Years Day at First Avenue and Candlelight Drive just outside of the La Mirada city limits.

The accident occurred about 1:30 a.m. in the unincorporated area of Whittier.

An unidentified woman in her forties and and a man in his twenties died at the scene.

The cause of the violent crash is still unknown as officials investigate.

Urquidi Takes Over as School Board President PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 January 2015 17:02

Norwalk~The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Board of Education conducted its annual reorganization meeting this month, selecting Jesse Urquidi as President and Karen Morrison as Vice President.

The District, its teachers and community members and local elected officials also commemorated the yearlong service of Margarita Rios as president in 2014.

“This past year has been a challenging, but exciting year,” Rios said.  “The Common Core State Standards were introduced, a new district funding formula (LCFF) was implemented, and the school board adopted the district’s Local Control and Accountability Plan. The school board also began the search process for a new superintendent, and placed a successful school bond measure before the voters.  I am grateful for the numerous leadership opportunities 2014 presented to me as board president and look forward to continuing my service to our school community.”

The District, staff, teachers and local elected officials, including State Sen. Tony Mendoza and the office of Assemblyman Ian Calderon provided Rios with commendations for her service.

Newly appointed President Urquidi, who served as Vice President this year, pledged his commitment to continuing the District’s path to success and high student achievement.

“There’s lots of change in education with the introduction of the Common Core State Standards and the Local Control Funding Formula, as well as our own Local Control and Accountability Plan,” Urquidi said. “These are positive changes that will help our District remain on a continuum of success.”

Matadores Advance to Orange Final PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 15:05


Orange~The Matadores of La Mirada outscored Canyon 21-11 in the second half Monday night to advance to the finals in the 50th annual Orange Holiday Classic, winning 61-56.

The Matadores beat OL earlier this month in the Diablo Inferno 70-61 and it is also the former school/team of LM star Kendall Lauderdale.

123115 UPDATE: The Mats fell to Orange Lutheran in the championship game, 57-43 making their record 11-3 for the season. They open up Suburban League play at John Glenn Wednesday, January 7th at 6:30 p.m.

La Mirada has their final non-league game against Brea on January 9th and then return to league play for the rest of the season at Cerritos on the 12th.

Final Tournament Action for Matadores This Weekend PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tommy Smith   
Friday, 26 December 2014 05:20

La Mirada~As we transition into the new year, the boys and girls basketball teams from La Mirada High will participate in their final tournament action this weekend, gearing up for league play.

The boys (8-2) will participate in the Orange Holiday Classic at Hope International University.

Their first game is tonight against Lynden (WA) at 8:30 p.m.

The Matadores are 8-2 to start the season after winning the Diablo Inferno Tournament earlier this month and finishing third in the North OC Championships last week.

The Lady Mats (2-6) will participate in the Lady Rebel Classic at Savanna High School.

Their first game is today as well, against Rancho Alamitos beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Christmas Crime Hits La Mirada PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 05:14

Two separate incidents including one involving the World Cup House

La Mirada~Sometime this past Saturday night or early Sunday morning a Christmas display was vandalized at the World Cup House on Alondra Boulevard in La Mirada.

La Mirada Blog fan Stacey Brooks told us via Facebook. “Last night someone came by and trashed one of our Christmas displays. It was a ramp that my husband Josh spent a lot of time making. On Christmas Eve we buy ice and pack it on there so the neighborhood kids can go sledding. The children love it. It brings a sense of community that is hard to find in this day and age. This is a photo of an officer helping us flip it over. We are going to see if we can fix it, but the damage is done. Our family, including our two very young sons, is heartbroken.”

Since then, with the help of neighbors the display has been fixed.

The home was the source of a bit of controversy this past summer when the city ordered Josh to take down his World Cup display which included large flags representing each country.

This caused an outrage on this websites Facebook page and the city allowed the Brooks to reconstruct their display.

MORE CRIME: On Monday night, a thief broke into a car in the vicinity of Biola/Mansa/Bora and stole over $200 worth of Christmas gifts.

Blog fan Melaina Edgemon said “sometime between 10:00 p.m. Monday and 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, someone broke into my car and stole all the holiday gifts I had purchased for my family,” that included toys, slippers, slippers and movies.

17:08 12/24/14 STILL MORE CRIME: On Wednesday afternoon, Christmas Eve Day, Blog fan Laura Barba said her youngest son's bike was stolen outside CVS on Rosecrans, "They cut the lock and stole the bike within the five minutes-the time he was in the store. It's a neon green fixie with white tires and black rims. If anyone sees it please message us with info."

Library Bookmark Contest Winners Recognized PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tommy Smith   
Monday, 22 December 2014 19:14

La Mirada~Each year, the La Mirada branch of the Los Angeles County Public Library holds a bookmark contest for children in kindergarten through twelfth grade. This year’s contest winners were honored with awards at the Dec. 9 City Council meeting. The goal of the contest is to challenge parents, educators, and librarians to encourage children to read and nurture the love of reading.

The theme of this year’s contest was “Dream in Color!” and this was the first year color was allowed on the entries. The library received over 700 entries and winning bookmarks will be printed and made available at the La Mirada Library. La Mirada’s winning entries have advanced to the County Library contest and Grand Prize winners will be announced in February. This year’s winners were:

Kindergarten – Second Grade: Natalie Juarez, Second Grade, Eastwood Elementary School

Third – Fifth Grade: Emily Castro, Fourth Grade, Escalona Elementary School

Sixth – Eighth Grade: Yoojung Kim, Eighth Grade, Los Coyotes Middle School

Ninth – Twelfth Grade: Robin Jones, Tenth Grade, La Mirada High School

Congratulations from the La Mirada Blog and keep reading!

Enter Your Home in the Holiday Decorating Contest PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 08 December 2014 20:47

The Holiday Home Decorating program is officially underway. Many homes are already beautifully decorated, and there's still time to decorate your home by the December 12 deadline.

All residents of La Mirada are encouraged to decorate their homes and help spread holiday cheer. No application is needed for this program and every decorated home will be considered for recognition.

Judging for the Holiday Home Decorating program will take place December 1 through December 12. Winners will be selected in the categories of Most Original, Best Use of Lights, and Best Holiday Scene. Award winners will receive a holiday ornament and will be announced on the City's website at

For more information on the Holiday Home Decorating program, call the Community Sheriff's Station at (562) 902-2960.


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