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I-5/Valley View Interchange Project Finally Gets Underway PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Thursday, 03 November 2016 00:00

U.S. Representative Grace Napolitano, Assemblyman Ian Calderon, Supervisor Don Knabe, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, La Mirada Mayor Steve DeRuse await to speak at the I-5/Valley View Interchange groundbreaking. Photo Tony Aiello (c) La Mirada Blog 2016

La Mirada~The time has finally come as Caltrans and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)  announced construction of the final phase of the $1.9 billion I-5 South Corridor Improvement Project has officially got underway.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held at an old furniture store parking lot Wednesday, October 26th.

The sixth and final segment, the $631 million I-5/Valley View Interchange Project, extends from Artesia Boulevard to North Fork Coyote Creek near Alondra Boulevard and will add new carpool lanes and general-purpose lanes in each direction through the cities of Buena Park, La Mirada, Cerritos and Santa Fe Springs.

“This is the final hurdle toward making transportation safer and less congested along this vital stretch of the I-5 South corridor,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. It brings us one step closer toward improving freeway connections for commerce and the local communities.

The project will replace the two bridges at Valley View with a six-lane overcrossing that will span 1,600 feet. Additional improvements include the construction of a railroad bridge, reconfiguring on-and-off ramps and the realigning of Firestone Boulevard.

Guest speakers at the ceremony included Grace Napolitano, U.S. Representative, Congressional District 32; Ian Calderon, Assembly Member District 57; Supervisor Don Knabe, LA County Fourth District and Metro Board Member; John Fasana, Chair, Metro Board and City of Duarte Councilmember; Steve DeRuse, La Mirada Mayor; Eric Garcetti, First Vice Chair, LA Metro Board, and Los Angeles Mayor; and Monica Gourdine, Associate Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration.

No closures of Valley View Avenue are expected for the duration of the project; however South Firestone Boulevard will be closed for an extended period of time.

The project is expected to be completed in late 2019.

La Mirada Pearl Harbor Survivor to be Honored at Veterans Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by City News Service   

The City of La Mirada will host its annual Salute to Veterans event this Monday, November 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd. The public is invited to attend this worthwhile event which pays tribute to veterans and those currently serving in our military.

This year, the City is honored to welcome Mr. Lauren Bruner as its special guest. Mr. Bruner is a WWII Veteran, Pearl Harbor survivor, and La Mirada resident of more than 50 years. Mr. Bruner was the second to last soldier to leave the USS Arizona on the day of the Pearl Harbor attacks in 1941. Mr. Bruner will be releasing his historical novel, Second to the Last to Leave USS Arizona 12.7.41, on December 1, 2016. Signed copies of the book will be available for pre-order during the event. The City is honored to welcome Mr. Bruner to share his story during the event.

Wounded Warrior Project's National Speaker Mary Tallouzi will serve as this year’s key note speaker. Mary will tell her heartfelt story of a single mother who lost her son former Sgt. Daniel Tallouzi, following trauma suffered while serving our country in Iraq.

The City and community members will have an opportunity to honor La Mirada veterans who have returned home. Military street banners will be retired and presented to veterans and his or her family members during the ceremony on stage. Many veterans will be on hand to display memorabilia and talk to guests about their service. A video presentation showcasing photos submitted from local veterans will also be shown.

For more information about the event, contact the City’s Community Services Department at (562) 942-7277.

It's Time for Haloweenfest at Neff Estate PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 October 2016 04:27

The City of La Mirada invites families to enjoy a festive time at the City’s annual Halloweenfest on Monday, October 31 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the historic Neff Estate, 14300 San Bruno Drive.

The free event will feature a haunted maze, a Jack-O-Lantern contest, games and crafts, and food booths. House tours of the historic Neff Estate will also be offered. This family-oriented event is perfect for all ages.

A costume contest for participants and their pets will take place throughout the evening. Arrive early to enter and win!

The costume contest categories and start times are as follows:
Pets, 5:30 p.m; Ages 2 and under 5:50 p.m; 3 to 5 6:20 p.m; 6 to 8 6:50 p.m; 9 to 12 7:20 p.m.; 13 and up 7:50 p.m.

For more information, call the City’s Community Services Department at (562) 943-7277.

From Maddi's Closet Children's Cancer Fundraiser November 12th at Dodger Stadium PDF Print E-mail
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Children fighting cancer will benefit from a fundraiser sponsored by From Maddi’s Closet on Saturday, November 12th in the exclusive Stadium Club at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles.

The “Knock It Out of the Park” themed event is one of the major fundraisers for From Maddi’s Closet’s efforts to assist children fighting cancer.  In recent years, the local group has donated more than $400,000 to provide emotional and financial support to three thousand patients and their families and support with children’s cancer research.

“Childhood cancer is the number one disease-related killer of children in our country, and it is critically important that we increase awareness of what we can do to fight this terrible disease,” says Donna Holmes, president and founder of From Maddi’s Closet. 

Holmes has been actively carrying her message about the battle against children’s cancer to local groups. She has spoken with local Chambers of Commerce, service clubs, businesses and numerous other community organizations.  She is available to speak to groups that are interested in learning more about the importance of working together to improve the lives of children and families facing this difficult battle.

From Maddi’s Closet is a local nonprofit organization started twelve months ago after Madison Leslie Holmes lost her battle with cancer at four years of age.

Maddi’s family and friends began the organization to carry on the extraordinary spirit of generosity and compassion the young girl had shown to other children fighting cancer. Despite her illness, Maddi befriended other children undergoing treatment, and gave her own toys and clothing to those in need.  She asked her family to sit with other children who were more sick, frightened or lonely when they had no family members at the hospital.

Since its early days, participation in From Maddi’s Closet has grown, and the organization has broadened its efforts to support children with cancer.  The group raises funds for pediatric cancer research, and offers support to ill children and their families whose emotional and financial needs are unmet by other assistance programs. The group provides many services – from an annual toy drive to events and activities geared for patients at Children’s Hospitals in Orange County and Los Angeles.

From Maddi’s Closet also involves children in helping children. A Junior Advisory Board composed of middle school and high school students represents the organization at many public events, operates public awareness booths, hosts inpatient and outpatient projects, and assists at the annual We Can Family Camp for children with cancer and the recent Meet the Experts Event for patients and families, co-sponsored by From Maddi’s Closet and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

La Mirada to Host Council Districting Informational Workshop Oct. 20 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 16 October 2016 10:04

La Mirada~The City is in the process of considering modifying its elections from the current at-large system, where all voters elect all members of the City Council, to a by-district system, where only voters in a given district vote on one person to represent them.  The City held the first of three public hearings on October 11 to gather community input to assist in setting City Council districts. Two more public hearings are scheduled for Tuesdays, October 25 and November 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

The City is also hosting a City Council Districting Informational Workshop on Thursday, October 20 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall to educate residents on the districting process. City staff will provide a demonstration of the on-line mapping tool that residents can use to participate in the process. Four map drafts are currently available online on the City’s website along with the district mapping tool where residents can suggest their own districts.

For more information on the Council Districting process, contact (562) 943-0131.

City Will Change to District Voting for March 2017 Election PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Hews   
Thursday, 13 October 2016 17:46

The City of La Mirada has scheduled three Public Hearings to receive public testimony and gather input to consider modifying its elections from the current at-large system, where all voters elect all members of the City Council, to a by-district system, where only voters in a given district vote on the person to represent them.

The number of representatives on the City Council will remain at five.

The first Public Hearing was held on October 11, with the other two slated for October 25 and November 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers at La Mirada City Hall.

The City Council members made the decision they would elect by district rather than fight a lawsuit from the Latino voting rights group, the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and face the possibility of having to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The city received the letter from MALDEF that stated, “We have received complaints from Latino voters in the city of La Mirada that the use of an at-large election system for the election of city council members results in Latino voter dilution. We reviewed the demographic and electoral information pertaining to your jurisdiction, based on our investigation we believe that the city of La Mirada is in violation of the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) and must convert to a by-district election system.

La Mirada is comprised of 36% Latino who are voting age however none of the five current members of the city Council is Latino and, with one exception, there have been no Latino city council members since the City’s incorporation.

Based on that, MALDEF concluded that the lack of success of Latino candidates results from the inability of Latino voters to elect candidates of choice due to racially polarized voting among the electorate.

Dog Walkers Can Help Deter Criminal Activity PDF Print E-mail
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La Mirada~The next Captain K-9 meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 11 at Behringer Park, 15900 Alicante Road, at 6 p.m. Dog owners and their pets are encouraged to attend.

The Captain K-9 Dog Walker Watch program encourages recreational dog walkers to serve as an extra set of eyes and ears for local law enforcement,” says

La Mirada Safety Education Officer Mary Cipres.

Captain K-9 participants are trained to effectively observe and report suspicious activity while on routine walks with their dogs and how to best help dispatchers and deputies respond to criminal activity.

For more information on the Captain K-9 Dog Walker Watch program, contact
the La Mirada Community Sheriff’s Station at (562) 902-2960.


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Paper/E-Waste Recycling and Free Mulch Event

EDCO and the City of La Mirada are sponsoring a free paper shredding, e-waste collection and mulch event on Saturday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the
La Mirada Community Gymnasium parking lot, 15105 Alicante Road.  All items will be shredded onsite with a limit of three bankers boxes (10”x12”x15”) per household.

Unwanted electronics (e-waste) will also be collected including TVs, computer monitors, printers, fax machines, VCRs, DVD players, and answering machines. No household hazardous waste material will be accepted.

Free mulch will be available while supplies last. This is a self-serve, self-loading service, so residents must bring their own cans/bags and shovel. Limit of 3 cans/bags per vehicle will be enforced. If you plan to haul your mulch in an open truck or trailer, remember to bring a tarp to cover the material.

This event is for La Mirada residents only and proof of residency, such as a CA Driver's License or utility bill indicating a La Mirada address is required.

For more information, call the Public Works Department at (562) 902-2385.

La Mirada Volunteers Clean Up Creek Park

The “Love La Mirada” community group recently held a service day event in conjunction with the City of La Mirada’s Helping Hands program. Approximately 15 total volunteers painted the Creek Park sign and a bridge, picked up trash, and cleared walkways of debris.

“This event was a great way to promote the City’s Helping Hands program,” says Community Services Supervisor Lisa Montoya. “It was also an excellent opportunity to partner with a local organization to help better the community.”

The Helping Hands program provides free services to seniors, low-income and disabled La Mirada residents. Services include minor outdoor home maintenance and yard assistance, such as lawn mowing, planting, hedge trimming and painting.

The program is held on the last Saturday of each month, with exceptions during holiday weekends. This month’s event will take place on Saturday, October 29. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Resource Center at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers may sign up prior to the event or simply arrive at the Resource Center on the day of the event.

Community members, local businesses, churches and other groups make this worthwhile program possible. For more information about the program, call the Activity Center at (562) 902-3160.

La Mirada Property Values Continue to Rise

Property values in La Mirada have grown by more than 4.5 percent during the past year according to a recent report by the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office.

La Mirada’s assessed value increase was $265 million, which is its highest mark ever at $6,051,859,016.

The increase in value is attributed primarily to the Assessor’s adjustment pursuant to Proposition 13 and re-assessments of property that were sold prior to January 1, 2016. The new figures were part of the 2016 Assessment Roll recently released by the Assessor’s Office.

The local housing market has also remained strong. The median sale price of a single family home in La Mirada from July to October 2016 is $525,000. This represents a $40,000 (8.2 percent) increase in median sale price from 2015.

For more information, call the La Mirada Economic Development Office at (562) 943-0131.

La Mirada Community Foundation to Host Gala for a Cause PDF Print E-mail
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The La Mirada Community Foundation is teaming up with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles and Clean Comedians for its Gala for a Cause on Friday, October 14 at 7 p.m. at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.  It is a black tie-optional event featuring live comedy, magic, and music.  There will also be a silent auction, desserts by Simply Irresistible, and a chance to win prizes from local businesses.

The Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises money for a variety of programs in the La Mirada community.  It supports services and programs for La Mirada residents, as well as community youth organizations and educational programs.  Its mission is to improve the quality of life in La Mirada.

To purchase tickets, visit For more information, contact La Mirada Community Foundation President Michael Lord at (562) 397-0921.


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