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Vehicle flips over on Imperial Highway PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Sunday, 13 September 2020 13:15

Traffic incident in La Mirada 9-13-20

La Mirada~A vehicle flipped over after some sort of traffic incident on Imperial Highway just west of Santa Gertrudes Avenue around 12:20 p.m.

A seemingly stable female was being loaded into an ambulance as we arrived on the scene.

You can view our live Twitter broadcast about the incident here.

La Mirada Students Adapt to Covid-19 in Silver Award/Mental Health Campaign Effort PDF Print E-mail
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Written by News Services   
Thursday, 06 August 2020 09:26

La Mirada~Eighth graders Sofia Orozco and Alexa Martinez co-created the “Mental Health Tackle Team” to earn their Girl Scout Silver Award and ended up developing a timely resource for students when school moved outside of the classroom due to COVID-19.

This project has taken away the stigma around mental health and helped students understand, cope and learn to live in an uncertain world.

The girls began planning in September of last year to find a community-centric topic both were passionate about. After much research, it was clear that Mental Health was a much-needed forum in an already troubled world.

The girls met with local counseling centers to explore and develop their plan. They wanted to create a safe forum for open dialogue and education to remove the stigma and help students understand, cope and function during these unprecedented times.

The originally planned four-week campaign was to be launched during Mental Health Awareness month this past May and Sofia and Alexa began with the mission statement, “To promote positive mental health through awareness and open discussion and to encourage students with tools and resources to successfully TACKLE their mental health.”

Their plan was to highlight one topic per week that included coping skills. The sessions were to focus on definitions and discussions around anxiety, depression, and stress. Each week a coping mechanism was presented through video calls, which included; belly breathing, creative outlets and open discussions around social distancing and COVID-19 at Safer-at-Home guidelines.

Superior Grocers Opens Second Location of The Market PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 05 August 2020 18:01

La Mirada~Superior Grocers, one of Southern California’s largest independent supermarket chains, rebranded a small-format store under a new banner, The Market by Superior. Traditionally known for its large stores and displays, the retailer rebranded the 29,000 sq. ft. store at 12721 Valley View Avenue

The Market has an enhanced itemization catered to the neighborhood. An expanded selection of liquor, beer, and wine has been added. 5 Star Choice Beef and a wider assortment of fresh seafood are offered along with organic produce to compliment the vast variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. A full-service bakery and kitchen provide the convenience of a complete take-home meal, said the grocery chain in a press release.

“We are very excited to open our second The Market by Superior in the City of La Mirada,” stated Richard Wardwell, president of Superior Grocers. “We are honored to serve the neighborhood with a great shopping experience and the same great customer service people have come to expect from Superior.”

Last year, Superior Grocers opened its first small-format store in Los Angeles. The 25,000 sq. ft. store is located at 4040 W. Washington Blvd., at the location of the former Washington Square Market.

During the opening of the first The Market by Superior, Mimi Song, CEO of Superior Grocers noted that “a smaller format is something we are excited to operate as we move towards providing our customers the same great quality, variety and value along with added convenience. Now we can service communities previously underserved, allowing them to experience new and innovative trends.”

Superior Grocers is one of the largest independently-owned chain of grocery stores in Southern California.  Superior began its operations in 1981 with one store and has experienced steady growth for over 35 years.  It now operates 46 stores throughout Southern California and employs nearly 4,500 associates.


Pro-Law Enforcement Demonstration Planned for La Mirada City Hall July 18th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Tuesday, 14 July 2020 18:16

Local organizers are inviting the La Mirada community to join a campaign to gather at city halls across the nation to support law enforcement.

The event will take place Saturday July 18th beginning at 11:00 a.m. at La Mirada City Hall, 13700 La Mirada Boulevard.

The national movement is being organized by Bridge the Blue a pro-law enforcement organization founded in 2017.

According to their website the group aims to “bridge the gap between law enforcement and the silent majority because we must show our heroes in blue that they are loved, are appreciated and are supported.”

Local organizers, Kim Clark and Kathy Dietrich hope residents will seize this opportunity to gather and show support for the men and women who patrol the City of La Mirada.

Please wear a mask if you plan to attend. Additional information about this event can be found on the group’s Facebook page here.

We will have more information if it becomes available.

Peaceful Protest Planned at La Mirada Regional Park June 5th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 03 June 2020 19:18

La Mirada~Anti-hate is the theme for a planned protest scheduled for Friday, June 5th at La Mirada Regional Park at noon.

Two of the organizers are Brittany Johnson and Christian Rodriguez-Paz of La Mirada.

“We are coming together to peacefully protest racism and police brutality/injustice for black people in America and tell the world, that their lives matter,” Johnson told the La Mirada Blog.

“George Floyd was a horrific occurrence that should not ever happen to anyone, but this public outcry and unrest comes from a long history of repeated offenses towards all people but especially those who are black. And although our city and our law enforcement are some of the good ones, it’s bigger than that and we have to come together and have conversations in order to promote change,” she said.

According to Johnson’s Facebook page organizers will be meeting up at the Adelfa Drive side of the park.

Numerous protests have erupted across the nation after a sickening video emerged of Floyd’s neck being kneeled on for eight minutes by the knee of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, apparently suffocating him to death.

“I just want to stand up for what’s right. For those who can’t stand up for themselves because they were killed.” said Rodriguez-Paz, “We’re focusing on making the protest anti-hate, meaning as desperately as we demand change, we’re going to encourage our city protestors to avoid posters with any profanity or anything that the media can take out of context.”

He continued, “Unlike other protests, by avoiding any expression of hatred or disappointment, we have towards the injustice of many black lives, we hope that the world can finally see that we’re protesting to fix our system. After many protests many people only focus on the violence or chaos and miss why people around the world are standing up to the government. We’re protesting against racism. We want equality and justice for all.”

In an advisory statement issued yesterday, the City of La Mirada said the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is “prepared to provide a safe environment and protect the First Amendment right of all people to protest peacefully.” Read the full statement here.

We are expecting a map with the route of a possible march that will take place. We will provide that information as soon as we are able to, if possible.

For all the latest real-time news check us out on Twitter here.

Public Speaking Workshop at Civitas Coffee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Staff Report   
Tuesday, 04 February 2020 18:29

La Mirada-Learn the basics of public speaking and be empowered to use communication to impact your community at Civitas Coffee Thursday February 6 at 7:00 p.m.

Miles Aiello of One Eighty Brand will discuss key aspects and rudimentary concepts of creating a good speech, how to captivate your audience and cover essential details that he learned through his experiences at Cerritos College and University of California, Berkeley.

This is a unique fundamental workshop that will provide you with the tools to become a better speaker.

Admittance is $5.00 and includes a complimentary drink! Cash or Venmo at the door. Please arrive early-space is limited.

Civitas Coffee is located at 14218 ½ Rosecrans Avenue at Valley View Avenue in La Mirada.

For more information call (562) 712-2629.

Candidates for 2020 La Mirada City Council PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Staff Report   

The campaign season is underway with the La Mirada City Council election set for March 3rd.

This will be the second election in the city’s history (2017 was the first) utilizing the by-district system, where voters in a given district vote for one person to represent them.

Seven candidates are vying for three spots in Districts 3, 4 and 5.

District 3

Incumbent Ed Eng is seeking a second term and faces challenger John Accornero.

District 4

Incumbent Steve De Ruse trying for a third term will be challenged by Jackie Fowler.

District 5

Three candidates will be vying for an open seat: Matt Morse, Anthony Ortero and Noel Jaimes.

Plan Your Own Tour of La Mirada Holiday Light Displays PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Friday, 20 December 2019 19:12

There are some great holiday light displays in La Mirada. The city recently released the winners of its annual home decorating program. Judging took place December 1-12. Plan your own self-guided tour of La Mirada homes and you’ll probably find some hidden treasures in addition to the winners listed here. Send us some pics we would love to see!

North La Mirada
Winner: 15102 Fairacres Drive
Honorable Mention: 11921 Los Coyotes Avenue

Winner: 14424 Plantana Drive
Honorable Mention: 14346 Alicante Road

Winner: 14833 Turlock Road
Honorable Mention: 14818 Calpella Street

Creek Park
Winner: 15650 Olivebranch Drive
Honorable Mention: 12710 Ocaso Avenue

News Ticker: Last Carnival in La Mirada Shuts Down PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Tuesday, 19 November 2019 21:37

Last Remaining Carnival in La Mirada Shuts Down

October came and went this year and an annual event didn’t take place in La Mirada and it appears to have signaled the end of yet another era in town.

The St. Paul of the Cross Fiesta was the last true “carnival” in La Mirada that featured the classic rides, food, games, an entertainment stage and so much more.

Beatitudes of our Lord Church discontinued their event this past decade and of course the “4 La Mirada Kids Carnival” at Benton School shut down in 2017 after 23-year run.

The three-day St. Paul event dates back to the 1970’s as far as I can tell, after speaking with some neighbors, a representative from the church and by utilizing my own recollection.

Organizers were unable to pull it off this year cited by a number of reasons: the amount of hard work along with the time the volunteers put in with not enough profit to show for it and also the cost of permits and security seems to be an issue.

They did host a one-day “feast” this year to commemorate St. Paul’s death on October 18th, 1775 and it was held on October 20th in Gannon Hall.

La Mirada resident Diane Whetsell said many neighbors looked forward to the celebration every October, “I sure did miss it (this year)! A lot of parishioners and friends got together for this event.”

The church has not completely ruled out bringing back the carnival next year.

Trogman Joins PIH

La Mirada resident Richard Trogman, FACHE, has joined PIH Health as System Chief Operating Officer (COO) & President of PIH Health Hospital-Downey. Trogman is a seasoned healthcare executive with 29 years of progressive healthcare experience. His first day with PIH Health was on Monday, October 7th.

Annual Art Show

The annual Mirrors of Your Mind Art Show presented by the Arts Colony of La Mirada is now underway through Friday, November 22.

Exhibit hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Boulevard.

An award reception will conclude the show on Saturday, November 23rd from 3 to 5 p.m.

Sponsors include Century 21 Westworld Realty; Prime One Escrow; Art Supply Warehouse; Oriental Art Supply & Gamblin Artists Colors.

Artists interested in joining the Arts Colony of La Mirada are encouraged to visit or call (562) 941-4116 for additional information.


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