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Obituary and Service Information for Pat Ruiz PDF Print E-mail
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Patricia “Pat” Ruiz passed peacefully with family and friends at her side on April 11, 2019 at the age of 88.

Pat Ruiz was born in San Francisco in 1931 to Della and Edward Conroy. She was educated at St. Paul’s Catholic School, graduating in 1948. Pat attended Dominican College in San Rafael where she earned a baccalaureate in Education. She taught elementary school in San Francisco for one year.

Pat was married to Nick Ruiz in 1952 and had four children, Jacqui, Paul, Barbara, and Larry. The couple moved to La Mirada in 1956 and their children attended St. Paul of the Cross and Gardenhill Elementary Schools, McNally Jr. High School and La Mirada High School. Pat began teaching again when her children were in school and in 1975, she earned a master’s degree from La Verne College. Her beloved husband, Nick, passed away in 1981.

Pat created a history of community service in the City of La Mirada including: 26 years teaching at Escalona Elementary School; eight years as elected member of the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified District (NLMUSD) Board of Education (two years as President); 40 years a cantor at St. Paul of the Cross (SPC) Catholic Church; 12 years a La Mirada Human Services Commissioner; and 11 years President of the La Mirada Symphony Association.

Dedicated activities included: charter (1956) and long-time member of the Ebell Women’s Club (President for two terms); member and President of the La Mirada Kiwanis Club; Chancel Choir member at the Community Presbyterian Church of La Mirada; and, member of the SPC School Advisory Board.

Pat has received awards for distinctive service from Cerritos College Foundation, NLMUSD, Congress of PTSA, County of Los Angeles, City of La Mirada Human Services Commission, Norwalk Gang and Drug Task Force, La Mirada Kiwanis, SPC Catholic Church, and the Whittier Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ LDS, among others.

She leaves behind daughter Jacqui and husband Dane Hill, daughter Barbara, son Paul and wife Tricia, son Larry and son-in-law Stephen Cook, and grandsons Dane Jr. and Nicolas.

There will be a time of farewell at the Chapel of Memories Mortuary, 12626 Woods Ave, Norwalk on Thursday April 25 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. The Memorial Mass and Service will take place at St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church, 14030 Foster Rd, La Mirada on Friday April 26 at 2:00pm. A private burial service will occur at Olive Lawn Cemetery, La Mirada. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Pat’s honor to The Patricia Ruiz Memorial Artist Scholar Fund at the California School of the Arts, San Gabriel Valley at

Source: Courtesy Barbara Ruiz

Relay for Life La Mirada/Whittier May 18th and 19th at Splash! PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 April 2019 16:11

La Mirada~The Relay for Life La Mirada/Whittier will be held May 18 through May 19 at Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center. Relay for Life is a 24-hour community gathering designed to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and raise funds for cancer research, services and advocacy.

The day begins on May 18 at 9 a.m. with a “Survivors Lap” during which cancer survivors are honored, followed by a second lap where survivors are joined by their family and caregivers. We are adding something new this year by having our oncologists, radiologists, nurse navigators, and nursing staff that made surviving Cncer possible, join our survivors for the Caregiver Lap.

Fun activities will be held throughout the event including riding down the Splash! Buccaneer Bay waterslides on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. and the cost is $5 per person, or free to 2019 Buccaneer Bay season pass holders.

At 9 p.m. luminaries are placed around the track for those being honored for surviving, those who are currently fighting cancer and those who are being memorialized.

The event closes on May 19 with a pancake breakfast hosted by the Kiwanis Club followed by a “Fight Back Ceremony” where the community and individuals pledge to work to eradicate cancer.

Civitas Coffee Now Open In La Mirada PDF Print E-mail
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Civitas Coffee started with an idea to become a community centerpiece. The goal was to provide high-quality artisan coffee, specialty teas, & gourmet baked goods to the city of La Mirada. As of February 16th, that has become a reality at the southeast corner of Rosecrans and Valley View.

Daniel & Katherine Kim started their journey to open their very own coffee store five years ago.  Katherine has been in the coffee industry for over four years working for small and big coffee shop businesses in the Los Angeles area.  She realized that she wanted to give back more to the community while pursuing her passion for coffee.  Their goals aligned perfectly as Daniel was looking to grow his passion for coffee from his background in coffee distribution.

They both love the close-knit atmosphere of the La Mirada community. Noticing that there weren’t many options for quality coffee & tea in the area, they decided this was the place to open up their store. They decided on the name Civitas, which means ‘community’ in Latin, since it encompassed their vision to be an epicenter in a community.  Their motto is to, “bring a community together, one cup at a time.”

Daniel & Katherine wanted Civitas Coffee to use and promote small local area vendors.  Their roaster, Jetty Coffee Roasters out of Los Angeles, roasts small batches and takes immense pride in his craft.  Their pastries and vegan donuts are also baked fresh from local vendors in Los Angeles region, including Sugarbloom Bakery and The Caffeinated Kitchen.  At the end of the day, it’s not about what they offer, but about how they can connect with the community.  They want to get to know each and every customer and also pass along their knowledge of fine coffee and teas.

After countless hours of research and planning, they are excited to move into the next stage in their journey as they finally open Civitas Coffee.  So whether you’re nearby on your commute to work, meeting friends & colleagues, or just looking for a great cup of coffee, they have the perfect array of drinks & refreshments to fit your needs.

Civitas Coffee is located at 14218 Rosecrans Avenue in La Mirada. Hours are Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m. and Saturdays 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Give them a call at (562) 351-1165. Store available for special events on Sundays.

La Mirada Theatre Presents O Sole Trio: From Pavarotti to Pop PDF Print E-mail
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Entertainment & Arts
Written by Tony Aiello   
Monday, 11 February 2019 19:31

La Mirada~Commissioned by New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, O Sole Trio presents: “From Pavarotti to Pop: How Italy and Italian-Americans influenced American Popular Music.” The show will take place at 8:00PM on Wednesday, February 13th at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. , 14900 La Mirada Boulevard La Mirada, CA 90638. Tickets are modestly priced at $20.

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With sold out performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, New York City’s renowned musical ensemble O Sole Trio will be bringing their exhilarating and unique show, which captures the essence of Italy, and features a program that showcases a cornucopia of beloved Italian opera arias, popular Neapolitan songs, as well as jazz and pop standards made popular by such singers as Enrico Caruso, Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima, Connie Francis, and Andrea Bocelli, to name but a few.

The trio is comprised of the lush voices of soprano, Erin Shields, and baritone, Giuseppe Spoletini, as well as the virtuosic David Shenton on piano and violin.

Their program, performed in both Italian and English, combines touching and informative storytelling with an eclectic mix of timeless songs, breathing new life into classics such as “O Sole Mio,” Puccini’s “O mio babbino caro,” “Mambo Italiano,” and “The Prayer,” made famous by Céline Dion and Andrea Bocelli.Also not to be missed is David Shenton’s virtuosic instrumental ‘Theme and Variations’ of the Neapolitan song “Torna a Surriento,” played simultaneously on both violin and piano.

For more information about O Sole Trio, please visit: For tickets, please visit here or call the BOX OFFICE: (714) 994-6310 OR (562) 944-9801

Dunkel Bros. Continues Christmas Tradition at New Location PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Friday, 30 November 2018 22:25

Some of what you need to know about the Dunkel Bros. 2018 Christmas Display

La Mirada~Dunkel Bros. Orange County Machinery Moving has been in business since 1975 and has been based in La Mirada for the last 16 years.

The company relocated last year from their South Firestone Boulevard location along the freeway, to their new beautiful location located at the northeast corner of Alondra Boulevard and Phoebe Avenue, just east of Valley View Avenue. The change was necessitated by the construction involved with the current Interstate 5 Widening Project.

Although moving heavy machinery may be what the company is known for, over the years they have also created elaborate and unique Christmas light displays at its headquarters during the holidays for the public to enjoy.

This year is no exception; perhaps the best ever.

The display at the beautiful new Dunkel location features over two million lights all wired together and synced with holiday music, which can also be heard on 88.7 FM from your car.

The planter boxes within the display were designed and built by Dunkel Bros. exclusively for this display with each box containing 10,000 lights!

Peter Dunkel and Larry Dunkel are the owners of Dunkel Bros/La Mirada. Peter told us his Christmas spirit was instilled by his wonderful parents, Otto & Herbie who were married for 65 years. He told us every Christmas season they would load up their family of 12 kids and venture out to see the different holiday lights and displays.

The design of the new La Mirada headquarters for Dunkel Bros. includes wide, meandering sidewalks ensuring the safety of the community while offering a close up look at the detail of the free exhibit. A stage has also been built for Christmas-themed shows and carolers.

SCHEDULE: Santa will appear nightly 6-9- p.m. Saturday December 1st through December 23rd. The jolly old elf will be handing out gifts for the kids.

Santa’s reindeer arrive nightly 5-10 p.m. for eight days beginning Saturday December 15th.

Look for our live broadcast on Facebook Sunday December 4th at approximately 5:00 p.m.

OTHER XMAS DISPLAYS: The “Christmas Vacation” display at 15912 Golva is back this year bigger and better than ever. The display is set to be ready Saturday December 1st.

A really cool display is located at 14774 Hardaway Drive, go by and check it out.

See a really cool Christmas display in La Mirada? Send us an email or DM us on social media.

La Mirada Crime Report October 29-November 11 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 20:25

La Mirada Crime Report October 29th-November 11, 2018

Notable Arrests-A suspect was arrested on the 14800 block of Mercado Ave. for possession of a switch blade which was a result of a proactive pedestrian stop by deputies. 15 suspects were arrested throughout La Mirada for various warrants and narcotics violations.

Robbery-A suspect was arrested after being detained by a "good Samaritan" after witnessing the suspect attempt to carjack a vehicle on the 15200 block of Rosecrans Ave.  No injuries were sustained during the incident.

Aggravated Assault-During a daytime domestic incident an assault was reported on the 14100 block of Gladeside Dr. Minor injuries were sustained by the victim. The suspect was arrested. A victim was attacked with a metal cane during a verbal argument on the 14500 block of Leffingwell Rd. No injuries were sustained and the suspect was arrested.

Residential Burglary-An overnight theft of a bicycle was reported on the 15200 block of Campina Ln.

Other Structure Burglary-A locker was broken into on the 13300 block of Beach Blvd. A wallet was stolen. Three storage units were broken into on the 15000 block of Alondra Blvd.

Vehicle Burglary-A late night window smash burglary was reported on the 15000 block of Imperial Hwy. A purse was reported stolen.A purse was stolen during an early morning burglary on the 15300 block of Loretta Dr. An early morning burglary was reported on the 12300 block of La Pomelo Rd. Various tools were reported stolen during an early morning burglary on the 12700 block of Loganberry Dr. An early morning burglary was reported on the 14100 block of Bora Dr. A laptop and wallet were reported stolen during a late night burglary on the 15000 block of Leffingwell Rd. Tools were stolen during an evening burglary on the 14700 block of Firestone Blvd.

Grand Theft-A tailgate was reported stolen from a vehicle on the 14000 block of Lynmark St. A lawnmower was stolen from a vehicle near the intersection of Las Flores Ave. and Ocaso Ave. Medical supplies were reported stolen on the 15300 block of Valley View Ave. Various items were stolen during a late night theft from an unlocked vehicle on the 15000 block of Leffingwell Rd.

Grand Theft Vehicle-A sedan was reported stolen on the 14800 block of Telegraph Rd. A sedan was reported stolen on the 13500 block of Bona Vista Dr. A van was reported stolen on the 16200 block of Avenida San Miguel. A vehicle was reported stolen on the 13800 block of Biola Ave. A tractor was reported stolen on the 16600 block of Knott Ave. A sedan was reported stolen on the 15300 block of Santa Gertrudes Ave. A sedan was reported stolen on the 13800 block of Larwin Rd. A sedan was reported stolen on the 12700 block of Oxford Dr. A sedan was reported stolen on the 14400 block of Firestone Blvd.

La Mirada News Ticker #14 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 19:38

>The City of La Mirada and the Los Angeles Department of Public Health will be offering all community members free flu vaccinations on Wednesday, October 31 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the La Mirada Activity Center.

>La Mirada's annual Salute to Veterans event is scheduled for Monday, November 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Join us in honoring our local veterans who have served or are currently serving in our nation's military. The Salute to Veterans event will include military memorabilia displays, veterans' resources, guest speakers, and a military banner retirement ceremony. For additional information, contact the Community Services Department at (562) 943-7277.

>The Arts Colony of La Mirada will present its “Mirrors of Your Mind” Art Show.  The art exhibit will be open to the public on Monday, November 5 through Friday, November 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the La Mirada Activity Center. An award reception will conclude the art show on Saturday, November 17 from 3 to 5 p.m. Artists interested in getting involved in the Arts Colony of La Mirada are encouraged to visit their website at or by calling (562) 941-4116 for additional information.

Whittier Woman Sentenced to Life in Prison for Carjacking/Shooting Spree in 2017 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 19:23

A day-long sequence of events rolled through La Mirada in a deadly way

A 27-year-old Whittier woman will spend the remainder of her life in state prison for a 2017 shooting spree that left one man dead and three others injured, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Roger Ito sentenced Reyna Gomez to the maximum term of 83 years and four months, plus 270 years to life, in state prison.

Jurors convicted Gomez on Sept. 13 of one count of murder, 14 counts of attempted murder and one count of carjacking. Gun and gang allegations also were found to be true.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Chung of the Major Crimes Division and Emily Carmack of the Major Narcotics Division.

On April 29, 2017, Alejandro Lazo (dob 3/9/96) and Gomez allegedly carjacked a driver in Pico Rivera. The pair drove to Whittier where they are accused of shooting and wounding a man in an alley. The shooting spree continued when they allegedly opened fire on two vehicles and injured another person, prosecutors said.

They then drove to La Mirada in the stolen vehicle where they stopped at an intersection and allegedly shot at several vehicles. One driver, 44-year-old Jose Ricardo Sahagun, was killed by the gunfire. The defendants were later found nearby in another vehicle and were arrested.

Lazo is facing one count of murder, 14 counts of attempted murder and one count of carjacking. He is scheduled to appear for a pretrial hearing on Dec. 11.

Case VA144673 was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Whittier Police Department.

Source: Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Phantom Projects Announces Pay What You Will Day at LM Theatre for the Performing Arts Box Office PDF Print E-mail
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Entertainment & Arts
Thursday, 11 October 2018 19:22

La Mirada~No longer will price have to be a factor for any teen, family, or student who wants to be part of a live theatre experience. For one day only, on October 13, 2018, from 12pm-4pm, patrons may arrive to the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts Box Office and pay what they can for any show in the 4-show season from Phantom Projects Theatre Group. No patron will be turned away.

"The idea that anyone might not be able to be in the audience because of financial limitations pains me greatly. We are a non-profit, yes, and ticket sales are crucial, but at the end of the day, the educational element of what we do is far more important. We want to remove any excuse as to why someone can’t be a theatregoer,” commented Producing Artistic Director Steve Cisneros, who created the company at the age of 17 when pricing often limited his theatre-going abilities.

Pay What You Will tickets will be made available on Saturday October 13th, in-person only, at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts Box Office. Tickets may be purchased from Noon to 4:00 pm. Tickets, available via cash only, will be available on a first come, first served basis.

The 4 Show season, any of which are available for purchase on this day, include: Afflicted: Daughters of Salem (November 15, 2018), The Outsiders (February 21, 2019), Wonder (April 11, 2019) and The 13th Annual Young Artist Project (August 3, 2019)



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