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Tradition of Prudent Fiscal Management Continues as City of La Mirada Approves Budget With Healthy Surplus PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 17:09

La Mirada~The City Council has approved the City’s budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18 with emphasis on public safety, capital improvements, and quality programs and services.

Developed using the city’s traditional prudent fiscal management practices and a conservative approach to revenue forecasting, the budget provides public safety services at a high level, maintains City programs and services to meet community needs and continues the robust capital improvements schedule.

General Fund operating revenues are projected at $44,166,147 for the year and expenditures are budgeted at $35,017,904 including non-capital project transfers.

Result: $8 million city surplus for this fiscal year.

“The adopted budget puts safety first by prioritizing funding for law enforcement services while continuing our commitment to responsible fiscal management,” says City Manager Jeff Boynton. “City finances have remained stable and investment in key infrastructure projects is evident throughout La Mirada.”

Some $8,926,208 is provided for Public Safety, including general law enforcement services, the Community Sheriff’s Station, probation and district attorney services, emergency preparedness, code enforcement, Neighborhood Watch, and other public safety volunteer programs.

A total of $28,303,000 is allocated for the city’s continued aggressive capital improvements and repair program. Major projects proposed in Fiscal Year 2017-18 include Residential Street Improvement Phases III and IV and the Santa Gertrudes (Alicante to Rosecrans) Sidewalk and Block Wall,

Other projects include the Leffingwell Road Street Rehabilitation, and median improvements on La Mirada Boulevard, Rosecrans Avenue, and Valley View Avenue.

Funding for the proposed projects includes $10.35 million from Measure I, $7.11 million from the General Fund, $2.36 million in Prop C funds, $2.25 million in Gas Tax funds, $2.55 million in Measure R funds, and $950,000 in Agency bond proceeds.

The Public Works Department will receive $7,245,978 to maintain the City’s streets, parks, and recreational areas, parkways, medians, public buildings, and storm drain facilities. This department will also coordinate and manage the City’s capital improvement projects.

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La Mirada Independence Day Celebration PDF Print E-mail
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Written by News Services   
Monday, 26 June 2017 19:04

A spectacular fireworks show will light up the skies over La Mirada on Monday, July 3 as part of La Mirada’s annual Independence Celebration.

Festivities will take place at La Mirada Regional Park starting at 4 p.m. A variety of food will be offered for sale by local community service organizations.  Live music will be played throughout the evening by Led Zeppelin tribute band “Lad Zep,” and “Hit Me 90’s” playing music from the 90’s.

“The Independence Celebration is a favorite event of the year for many,” says Community Services Director Lori Thompson.  “Bring the whole family to enjoy a fun-filled day as we celebrate our nation’s independence.”

The evening will conclude with a patriotic program and fireworks show.

As a reminder to those planning to attend, charcoal barbeques are not permitted at the park. To help prevent trip hazards, rope and caution tape around picnic areas should not be used.

For more information, contact the Community Services Department at (562) 943-7277.

 
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified Recognizes Benton Arts Educator as Teacher of the Year PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 12 June 2017 18:45

Norwalk~Benton Middle School art teacher Jennifer Hodge has been recognized as Norwalk-La Mirada Unified’s 2016-17 Teacher of the Year for inspiring her students to adopt a lifelong appreciation of the arts and apply their creative, critical thinking skills in other subject areas.

“It's such a privilege to work alongside students as they gain the confidence and skills to communicate an important message and use art as a creative tool for self-expression,” Hodge said. “It's a pleasure to work in a district that allows student choice in selecting electives and pathways that inspire them.”

Hodge started as a substitute teacher at Gardenhill Elementary School 16 years ago and transitioned into Benton’s visual and performing arts magnet as an art teacher in 2010.

She immediately noticed Norwalk-La Mirada Unified’s high value on teacher input and collaboration, and various professional development opportunities. Hodge also takes part in the annual Caring Beyond the Classroom event, when teachers provide school supplies to students at the beginning of each year.

“It's an incredible honor to represent the hard-working and highly qualified teachers of Norwalk-La Mirada Unified,” Hodge said. “I look forward to spreading awareness about the great things our teachers do to help students be the best versions of themselves at school and at home.”

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified recognizes outstanding teachers, staff and administrators at each school during its annual Stars Award Night April 6. District-level recognitions went to:

• Chris Moton, Student & Family Services: District Administrator of the Year

• Michael Gotto, Benton Middle School: School Site Administrator of the Year

• Darlene Reyes, Educational Services: Classified Manager/Confidential Employee of the Year

• Heather Yeager, Hutchinson Middle School: Classified Employee of the Year

“Jennifer is an example of the high-quality teachers we have throughout our schools who inspire our students to pursue their dreams,” Superintendent Dr. Hasmik Danielian said. “Congratulations to all of our teachers, staff and administrators who were recognized for their hard work.”

 
50th Annual 605 All-Star Game Saturday at Pioneer High PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   

Whittier~For some, this will be their last competitive game, others will be moving on to play college ball.

The 50th Annual 605 All-Star game that features graduating high school seniors, will take place Saturday, June 3rd at Pioneer High’s Richard Torres Stadium.

La Mirada quarterback Tristan Meyer will lead the eastern squad after leading his Matadores to a CIF-SS Division 3 Final this past December.

Game time is 6:05.

East All Stars

WR Gabriel Bermudez St. Paul
WR Pervis Henderson La Habra
LB Chase Elliott Huntington Beach
QB James JD Rafkin Buena Park
DB Alan Giron La Habra
WR Stanley Berryhill Orange Lutheran
DB Jackson Lawce Esperanza
QB Tristan Meyer La Mirada
DL Josiah Gomez La Serna
TE Drew Platt Los Alamitos
WR Michael Magana Los Alamitos
PK Harrison Avila Laguna Hills
WR Matthew Roach Villa Park
LB Ronnie Cannon III Buena Park
DB Alfredo Reyes St. Paul
RB Michael Arredondo Orange Lutheran
DB Izayah Mora Los Alamitos
RB Joshua Avila Westminster
WR Anthony Lemos St. Paul
WR Shaun Colamonico Edison
DB Isaiah Lemos St. Paul
DB Robert Corner III Buena Park
RB Robert Arroyo El Dorado
LB Michael Noble Orange Lutheran
RB Juan Avalos Pioneer
NG Jonah Apelu Huntington Beach
DL Derrick Thomas Huntington Beach
P Eli Kasiano Los Alamitos
OL Nick Siatunu'u Kennedy
LB Levi McCallion Marina
OL Darice Tavita Garden Grove
DL Jeffrey Alo Western
LB Jonathan Moreida Edison
OL Andre Leomiti Los Alamitos
DL Eli Martinez La Serna
OL David Salazar Gomez St. Paul
DL Samuel Soto II Anaheim
FB Shane Darsow Villa Park
OL Cody Stewart La Serna
DL Shaquille Alapati Tustin
OL James Stanton Los Alamitos
LB Kenny Carmichael Edison
DL Joey Noble Los Alamitos
DL Blake Hehl Orange Lutheran

Head Coach: Ray Fenton of Los Alamitos


West All Stars

PK Clay D'Amico Valley Christian
WR Aaron Lopez El Rancho
RB Manuel Garcia Schurr
DB Amital Nieto St. Anthony
RB Jamaal Neal South Gate
LB Ziggy Tua St. Anthony
DB Abeje Bates Paramount
LB James Garcia El Rancho
WR Gabriel Huerta El Rancho
DB Angel Angel Bell Gardens
QB John Buska St. Anthony
DB Ka'Won So'fala LB Jordan
WR Gregory Shelton Lynwood
DB Caleb Griffin LB Jordan
WR Isaiah Remigio Bell Gardens
QB Tanner Frost LB Wilson
WR Anthony Dixon South Gate
RB Merrel Jasper Bellflower
RB Josh Cummings Lakewood
LB Bryan Rayas Lynwood
FB Jonathan Olguin Montebello
LB Jared Trautman Mayfair
LB Rudy San Jose St. Anthony
DL Andrew Madrigal Schurr
OL Penifea EJ Aching Paramount
TE Ramon Hogan LB Jordan
RB Baby Satuala LB Jordan
OL Chris Marcopoulos Lakewood
OL Isaiah Yepiz LB Jordan
DL Naki Mitai Lakewood
OL Mario De Laura St. Anthony
DL Andrew Vodiker Downey
OL Ravon Chambers Valley Christian
DL Charles Findley Lynwood
OL Jeremy Brown Mayfair
OL Christian Maalupe Bellflower
OL Heriberto Valdez Compton
DL Jeremy Chilin Lynwood
DL Fidel Mendez LB Jordan
DL Eric Schoonover Valley Christian
DB TJ Jones Lynwood

Head Coach: Woodie Grayson of Valley Christian



 
World War II Veteran and Last Charter Member of VFW Post 9148 Celebrates His 100th Birthday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 19:46

The Markel family with La Mirada resident and World War II veteran Arthur Markel celebrating his 100th birthday this past Sunday at the VFW Post 9148.


La Mirada~Friends, family and guests gathered this past Sunday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9148 in La Mirada to celebrate the 100th birthday of resident and member Arthur Markel.

A La Mirada resident, Arthur is the last surviving charter member of the La Mirada based post that was chartered on May 23rd, 1959 and originally met at Gardenhill School.

Arthur is a 54-year resident and is the devoted husband to Jean Markel, who is no longer with us. They were married for over 60 years.

Arthur served in World War II as a tank operator and named his tank "Jenny" after his beloved wife.

 
FBI Raids La Mirada Home Connected in Credit Card Fraud Ring; Arrests Made Throughout Area PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 21:06

La Mirada~Authorities served a federal warrant on a home in La Mirada this morning in connection with an alleged credit card fraud ring and methamphetamine distribution operation.

Shortly after 6:00 Tuesday morning, residents told us they heard a loud boom as authorities used a flash-bang device to gain access to the home located in the 13800 block of Mansa Drive.

Agencies involved in the raid included the California Highway Patrol, Huntington Beach Police Department and the FBI as we first reported at 6:41 a.m. local time on our Twitter feed with exclusive photos and video.

Other arrest and search warrants were served in the southeast cities area in connection with the scam as reported by KTLA and the Cerritos Patch.

The La Mirada residents indicted in the case are still at-large at last report.


 
La Mirada Crime Summary May 1-7 PDF Print E-mail
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The La Mirada crime summary, as provided by the city, for May 1-7, 2017.

Notable Arrests-Six suspects were arrested throughout La Mirada for outstanding warrants and narcotics violations. Two male suspects were arrested for an assault with a BB Gun that occurred last month at the 7-11 located at Stage Road and Alondra Boulevard.

Other Structure Burglary-A tablet was stolen during an overnight door-smash burglary on the 15800 block of Imperial Hwy. An early morning burglary was reported on the 14200 block of Rosecrans Ave.  The exact loss is yet to be determined. An overnight door-smash burglary was reported on the 15100 block of Rosecrans Ave.  The exact loss is yet to be determined.

Vehicle Burglary-Clothing was stolen during an overnight burglary on the 14700 block of Firestone Blvd. A GPS unit was reported stolen during an overnight burglary on the 14500 block of Gardenhill Dr.

Grand Theft-Jewelry was reported stolen on the 15000 block of Rosalita Dr. A wallet and other personal items were stolen during a daytime theft on the 13800 block of La Mirada Blvd.

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Phantom Projects Presents #TheWall at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts PDF Print E-mail
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"We need to be present today with our kids, it's not OUR generation...but we still have influence in shaping THEIR generation"

La Mirada~Shining a light on the emotional turmoil caused by cyber-bullying, #TheWall examines a new method of perpetuating one of the oldest teen issues known to society, Thursday May 18th at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m at the La Mirada Thetare for the Performing Arts.

The themes include real-life stories picked right out of the ashes of tragedy, depicting actual accounts involving teen suicides brought upon by cyber bullying, catfishing and the posting of sexually exploitative photos, which when posted, live on forever. This show focuses heavily on short-term actions, which levy very long term consequences.

Teens and families alike will absolutely resonate with the stories told, and through the medium of performing arts, will gain a heightened awareness of the world in which young people are growing up. There are many lessons to be learned from this play, and given many tragic stories of late, this feels timely.

Watch a behind-the-scenes video here. Listen to an in-depth with Director Steve Cisneros, as he chats about #TheWall with LA Talk Radio here. Enter an opportunity drawing to see Hamilton at The Pantages Theatre here.

#TheWall tickets start at $10 (Backstage Tour VIP Tickets start at $37). Purchase here.


 
La Mirada Weekly Crime Report PDF Print E-mail
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Weekly crime summary for La Mirada April 24-30, 2017

Notable Arrests- Male and female suspects were arrested for the armed robbery listed below on the 14000 block of Valley View.  A male suspect was arrested for possession of narcotics with intent to sell on Imperial Hwy and Valley View.

Homicide- A victim was fatally shot near the intersection of Santa Gertrudes and Alicante Rd. Two suspects have been arrested on unrelated charges, and the incident is still being investigated for their involvement.

Robbery-Two suspects robbed a convenience store at gunpoint on the 14000 block of Valley View Ave.  No injuries were sustained during the incident. The suspects were later arrested.

Aggravated Assault- During a domestic incident on the 15300 block of Tacuba Dr. a victim was assaulted and sustained non-life threatening injury to the head.  The suspect was arrested for the incident. A victim sustained a gunshot wound the arm on the 15000 block of Imperial Hwy.  Two suspects have been arrested on unrelated charges, and the incident is still being investigated for their involvement.  The victim was treated for his injury.

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