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Written by Tony Aiello   
Monday, 15 January 2018 16:54

One of La Mirada’s Original Businesses Moving its Pharmacy

The owner of Valley View Rexall Drugs is moving the pharmacy portion of the business out of the building at Roseview Center North across the street to Roseview Center South, occupying two units.

The current store will remain and continue operation as a compounding drug manufacturer, mail center, and sellers of in-home supplies and mobility equipment, among other things.

The drug store operates as the retailer of its parent company, Valley View Drug Co, Inc.

Roseview North and South were the first retail centers built in La Mirada in the mid 1950’s. The very first La Mirada city hall was housed at the south center.

Pastor Jack Exits Living Faith

Pastor Jack Miranda held his final mass for Living Faith Church at Foster Road Elementary on December 31st.

The current La Mirada Kiwanis President told us via e-mail that his family will remain in La Mirada and he will “continue to serve our community as an invested citizen.”

Steve Camarillo and his wife Maria, are the new pastors at the church.

Living Faith was founded by Miranda and his wife Eileen in 1999.

Sylvia Piltz Dies at 98

Also on December 31st, Sylvia Piltz, wife of former City Councilman and Mayor Lou Piltz died at 98 we have learned from Mark Royston of the Kiwanis Chronicles.

The Piltz’s were married in 1941 and moved to La Mirada in 1957 starting a long span of community service.

While Lou manged the Hiram’s grocery store that would eventually become a Lucky store, Sylvia ran their Orange Julius stand at the original La Mirada shopping center.

Cup of Joe with Ian

California State Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon, who represents La Mirada’s District 57, will be hosting a Community Coffee on Saturday, January 20th inside the Benton Middle School multipurpose room at 15709 Olive Branch Drive from 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Residents are invited to have a cup of coffee and ask questions about local issues and state legislation.

For more information call (562) 692-5858 or visit

Agrusa’s Moves to La Habra

After over 20 years at the same location, at the corner of southwest corner of Valley View and Rosecrans Avenues, Agrusa’s Italian Restaurant has moved to La Habra.

The little hidden gem with staying power was actually not located in the city of La Mirada, but in Santa Fe Springs, directly on the border of the two cities.

Their new location is at 1240 W. Imperial Highway, just east of Beach Boulevard.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, January 17th at 11:30 a.m.

UPDATE: 15:53 01/28/18 The La Mirada Blog has learned Agrusa's will be re-opening its Santa Fe Springs/La Mirada location sometime in February for lunch only Monday-Friday 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. As of this time we expect only sandwiches and pizzas will be served. Stay tuned!

La Mirada Councilman Andrew Sarega Announces Campaign for Congress to Replace Rep. Ed Royce PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Randy Economy   
Monday, 15 January 2018 18:11

La Mirada City Councilman Andrew Sarega, a Republican, announced Tuesday that he will be a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives to replace retiring Rep. Ed Royce in Congress.

Sarega said he will commit $200,000 to help fund his campaign and will file documents with the Federal Election Commission.

“I have grown extremely frustrated with the careless manner in which both Sacramento and Washington D.C. politicians enact laws that negatively impact our communities,” Sarega said.

“As a Councilman, I have seen firsthand how these laws take local control away from residents and replace our neighborhoods with one-size- fits-all policies. Out-of- touch politicians need to be held accountable. Many are entrenched in their jobs, serving special interests at the expense of their constituents.”

La Mirada Pack 815 Will Allow Girls to Become Cub Scouts Beginning January 1st PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 02 December 2017 18:08

La Mirada~Many of you may have heard the news announced this past October;  Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is moving to a Family Scouting Program allowing girls to now become Cub Scouts.

Although this topic may still be considered a “hot button,” Cub Scout Pack 815 of La Mirada has stayed informed. Together, its leaders have made the decision to move to a Family Scouting Program as of January 1st, 2018.

“Family units are not the same as they were fifty or even twenty years ago,” Cubmaster Sandra Green shared. “When my oldest son started Cub Scouts about seven years ago, I noticed many of the leaders were women. His den leader was a busy working mom, the committee chair was a full time working mom and so many of the key roles to keep the pack going were filled by women.”

She continued, “Years ago, Cub Scouts was geared more towards a father-son program but now, it’s the norm to have moms, aunts, and grandmothers leading dens and packs.”

OBITUARY: Miriam "Mrs. O" Oxman PDF Print E-mail
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Miriam Oxman, 95, of Buena Park passed away November 18, 2017. She started a mail-order business at Rosecrans and  Valley View Avenues in Santa Fe Springs in 1961 with her husband Jerome Oxman that would become Oxman’s Surplus, a landmark in Southern California for its extraordinary military museum, war memorabilia, and surplus military sales to the public

Miriam Averbook was born August 26, 1922 in Superior, Wisconsin, and married Jerome Oxman of Duluth, Minnesota, in 1947. The couple came to California on their honeymoon and never went back. 

Together, Mr. and Mrs. “O” created “Oxman’s Surplus, which grew into a sprawling military surplus outlet and a military museum. Miriam established a military-themed cafe in the store, featuring hot dogs, chicken nuggets and MREs, the military ready-to-eat meals that soldiers eat on the battlefield. 

Oxman's is a favorite of generations of La Mirada kids.

Even in her 90’s Mrs. O was a fixture in the store, coming to work every day to be with the customers who cherished and loved her. Veterans from all over the world came to the store, for treasured memorabilia which was impossible to find anywhere else. Miriam got such a kick out of serving customers.

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Help those less fortunate this holiday season with La Mirada’s annual Holiday Toy and Food Drive.  Now through December 11, donations of new, unwrapped toys, and nonperishable food items will be accepted at the following City facilities: Activity Center, City Hall, Community Sheriff’s Station, Gymnasium, La Mirada Library, Splash!, and the Resource Center. This wonderful program will help provide holiday gifts and meals for La Mirada families in need during the holiday season.

The La Mirada Activity Center will be hosting free dental screenings on Wednesday, November 22 from 10 to 11 a.m.  No insurance is necessary.  New Age Dental will be providing a dentist to conduct screenings to seniors age 55 and above. The dentist will be performing checkups only.  If there is something of concern during a checkup, community members will be advised to go to their regular dental care facility for treatment. For additional information, contact the La Mirada Activity Center at (562) 902-3160.

Registration for winter swimming lessons at Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center opened earlier this week.  Registration can be completed online, by phone, or in person at Splash! or the Resource Center. Splash! offers a variety of swim lessons for all ages and ability levels with morning, evening, and weekend classes available, If assistance is needed to determine class level, skill tests are available prior to registration.  Participants may come to Splash! during recreational swim hours for testing. For additional information on swim lessons or other aquatic programs, call Splash! at (562) 902-3191 or visit

Reading Oasis at Foster Road to Open at the Thanksgiving Feast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brooklynn Ackerman   
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 19:38

Foster Road Principal Sal Villagomez cuts the ribbon at the new Reading Oasis flanked by (l to r), NLMUSD Trustee Jesse Urquidi, La Mirada City Councilman John Lewis, Cerritos College Trustee President Zurich Lewis, NLMUSD Superintendent Hasmick Danielson and Trustee Chris Pflanzer along La Mirada Kiwanis President Jack Miranda and Interclub Director Debbie Schiebel. (Photo La Mirada Kiwanis)

La Mirada~On Wednesday November 1st, members from the Kiwanis Club of La Mirada unveiled the Reading Oasis at Foster Road Elementary School. 

The Kiwanis Club, with the help of Scholastic and several other donors, designed a bright, spacious room and filled it with several books, tables, and computers. Their vision was to provide a space for children and members of the community to gather, read, and grow. There are over 1,200 books in the room all of a wide variety, including Spanish books as well as a few audio books. 

The co-chairs of this project were proud to present the room to all the esteemed members of the community that attended the grand opening. They graciously thanked all of the donors who together contributed a total of 14,000 to make this room financially possible as well as those who attended the "working parties" to get the room set up. 

Foster Road's principal, Sal Villagomez, showed his gratitude to the Kiwanis Club for setting forth the idea and working with him to bring such a positive contribution to the school and the community as a whole. He mentioned his hopes to garner more parent involvement and this room is a clear step in that direction. 

After discussing the intention and overall vision for the room, the grand opening commenced with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Reading Oasis will be introduced and opened to the public during the Foster Road's Thanksgiving Feast on November 16th.

Lowest Prices Prices Ever Offered to La Mirada Residents for Theatre Subscription Deals PDF Print E-mail
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Entertainment & Arts
The La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts continued celebrating its 40th anniversary on Sunday October 22nd with a tribute Open House to the original Open House that the Theatre offered during its fall 1977 opening weekend.  Over 470 visitors of all ages attended the event and celebrated with the Theatre.

Guests were given historic tours of the Theatre; viewed a panel discussion with several key individuals who discussed building the Theatre, the early days of the Theatre, and ways it has evolved over the last four decades; and saw free rotating performance by theatrical groups.

If you missed the Theatre’s Open House event, do not worry because the celebration is not over yet.  The Theatre is currently offering its lowest subscription prices ever!

Purchase both screenings of the Angels in America series for the low price of $25.  The series include Part one: Millennium Approaches and Part two: Perestroika.  Purchase tickets before they are all sold out to this must-see theatrical event of the year!

The Your Theatre Your Seat promotion allows each La Mirada resident household one free ticket to a show of their choosing.  Some restrictions may apply.

Low priced subscription deals are still available for La Mirada residents.  The four-show package deal is currently 45 percent off and the three-show package deal is 40 percent off.

The La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts is located at 14900 La Mirada Boulevard.

For additional information on upcoming shows and package deals, visit or call (562) 944-9801.

La Mirada Kiwanis to Host Grand Opening of New Reading Area at Foster Road Elementary PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Monday, 30 October 2017 15:57

The Kiwanis Club of La Mirada will host a grand opening of a new reading area at Foster Road Elementary on Wednesday, November 1st from 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

The “Reading Oasis” have a new reading area filled with over 1,200 books, bean bags, colorful carpet, a rocking chair, an audio station and decorative walls so that the students of the school will have a fun area to read by themselves or have adults read to them. 

The La Mirada service club partnered with Scholastic Books, the Kiwanis CNH Foundation, the California Jaycee Foundation and Walmart for this project.

Light refreshments will be served. Foster Road Elementary is located at 13900 Foster Road in La Mirada.

For more information or to join Kiwanis please call (714) 670-0186.

La Mirada Lamplighter Publisher Under Fire for Fake News Story PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 October 2017 20:33

Los Angeles~In a startling departure from traditional standards of journalism, Los Cerritos Community News and La Mirada Lamplighter publisher Brian Hews claims the ability to read the minds of people with whom he has neither met nor spoken with.

In a series of sworn statements made under oath, Mr. Hews made several astonishing admissions regarding the fake news story that he authored and published falsely accusing Central Basin Municipal Water District Board Member Leticia Vasquez and Montebello City Councilwoman Vanessa Delgado of attempted bribery and extortion.

The June 26, 2016 article states that during a meeting with Cook Hills Properties LLC officials, Ms. Vasquez and Ms. Delgado attempted to extort money from and solicit bribes from officials of the Newport Beach real estate development company.

Cook Hills’ officials, Ms. Vasquez and Ms. Delgado have all provided sworn statements in Ms. Vasquez’s Los Angeles Superior Court defamation lawsuit (Case No. BC658053) against Mr. Hews denying the allegations and stating that the whole story is fabricated.


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