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Student Government Achieving at Cerritos College PDF Print E-mail
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Schools
Written by Miles Aiello   
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 08:10

A Message from the President of the Associated Students of Cerritos College, Miles Aiello

Ever wonder what the Associated Students of Cerritos College (ASCC) have been doing at Cerritos College for students and student life this past year?

Remarkable and unprecedented efforts have been made that should be heard and noted by those who are associated with the college and community. Efforts include: avocation for Veterans, professionalizing the Student Affairs Office, along with community engagement, sustainability and student life in general.

We launched a new Veterans Day event that attracted over 300 people. It was emotional, powerful, and most importantly, served as a true reminder to the precious and delicate lives that are lost every day; lives that fight bravely and selflessly to defend our Nation so that we may enjoy all that we have and cherish.

Additionally, as a student body, the ASCC made strong efforts to reinvigorate a professional office atmosphere and refaced our campus perception. Further, we established a good rapport with a local nearby church; giving students the opportunity to provide much needed help and assistance to the less fortunate.

Moreover, we have been simultaneously pushing for Hydration Stations and other campaigns that relate to green technology and sustainable living. Hydration Stations currently passed and now for the first time ever, students at Cerritos College will provide fresh clean accessible water in pivotal locations around the campus for ALL who wish to hydrate themselves.

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It's CIF Week at La Mirada High School PDF Print E-mail
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Sports
Written by Tony Aiello   
Thursday, 19 February 2015 10:05

La Mirada~The Matadores of La Mirada will be competing in four CIF playoff games this week with three scheduled to be played at home.

Thursday, The La Mirada girls soccer squad will take on Culver City (Ocean League) in the first round of Division 4 after finishing first in the Suburban League.

The Lady Mats finished with a 21-2 record overall and a perfect 12-0 in league action.

Game time is 7:00 at Goodman Stadium.

Friday will feature a double-header at La Mirada High.

At 5:00 p.m. the boys soccer team will play Laguna Beach (Orange Coast) in the first round of Division 4 action.

The Matadores finished 11-8-1 overall and 9-3 in league play, good for second place.

At 7:00 p.m. the boys basketball team will take on West Covina (Hacienda) in first round action.

The Matadores are ranked number one in Division 2A.

Bryce Jones’ squad finished 24-3 overall and 12-1 in the Suburban League, winning their first outright league title since 1982.

Wrapping up the week, the girls basketball team will travel Saturday to play San Jacinto (Mountain Pass) in the first round of Division 2A play.

Led by first-year coach Billl Nuanez, the Lady Mats finished fourth in the Suburban League with a 6-6 record.

Game time is 7:00 p.m.

 
Part 1 Crime Rate in La Mirada Hits 30-Year Low PDF Print E-mail
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Written by News Services   
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 09:11

La Mirada~In 2014, the City of La Mirada achieved its lowest Part 1 crime rate in nearly 30 years and city administrators are attributing the historically low crime rate to a strong partnership between residents, businesses and the La Mirada Public Safety Team.

According to a recent crime analysis of surrounding communities in southeast Los Angeles and northern Orange County, La Mirada experienced the lowest number of major crimes last year. This is consistent with recent years, as major crimes have decreased by 49 percent in La Mirada since 2005.

Overall, there were 707 Part 1 crimes reported in La Mirada in 2014. Part 1 crimes include homicide, theft, burglary, automobile theft, robbery, assault, and arson. This was a significant drop compared to 2013 when there were 905 reported. The large decrease in Part 1 crime was due primarily to the drop in property crimes including burglaries, petty thefts and vehicle thefts.

"The City continues to have one of the lowest crime rates in the region with fewer calls for service and less criminal activity," says City Manager Jeff Boynton. "The La Mirada Public Safety Team continued to work cooperatively with residents other agencies to reduce crime and enhance the quality of life in La Mirada."

Throughout the year, the Special Assignment Officers worked with the Los Angeles County Probation Department to monitor probationers. Deputies worked with the District Attorney to ensure criminals were prosecuted and remained out of La Mirada for the longest extent possible.

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Hutchinson Student Wins Outstanding Witness Award in Mock Trial PDF Print E-mail
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Schools
Thursday, 05 February 2015 05:25

La Mirada~Norwalk-La Mirada Unified seventh-grader Kiana Jones is being hailed for her performance as T.M. Little, a key witness in People vs. Shem, a hypothetical criminal case in which the defendant was accused of stealing a valuable painting.

The activity is part of the Los Angeles County Mock Trial Competition, which helps students learn about the judicial system, improve analytical and communication skills, and grow in their understanding of civic responsibility.

Sixth- through eighth-grade students in Hutchinson’s program, now in its fourth year, met three times a week after school and several Saturdays beginning in September to prepare for the December competition.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will recognize the Mock Trial winners during a reception Tuesday, Feb. 10. The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified Board of Education recognized Kiana during its meeting this month.

 
City Council Candidates Forum This Thursday Night PDF Print E-mail
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Politics
Friday, 06 February 2015 00:00

La Mirada~The 2015 La Mirada City Council race has proven to be one of the most interesting in recent memory as seven candidates are battling for three seats.

Residents will have a chance to get to know the candidates a little better as the La Mirada Chamber of Commerce in association with IQ Air will host a Candidates Forum Thursday, February 12th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The seven candidates include Tony Aiello, Founder & Editor of this website: Ed End Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Economy and Efficiencies Commission; Incumbents Steve De Ruse and Larry Mowles; Dale Nowicki, an attorney; Michael Saenz, a business consultant; and John Sarega, a commercial property owner and father of current Councilman Andrew Sarega.

As of the writing of this article, all candidates are expected to attend.

Rick Bee, Senior Director of Alumni & Friends Development at Biola University will be the moderator and local attorney Gene Gleason will lead the Invocation Prayer.

The event will be held at the IQ Air facility located at 14351 Firestone Boulevard in La Mirada and there is no cost for residents to attend.

 
A Night of Entertainment to Benefit La Mirada Meals on Wheels PDF Print E-mail
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Living
Monday, 19 January 2015 19:15

La Mirada~The annual Lou Piltz Memorial Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser will take place Friday January 30th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the La Mirada Activity Center.

The event benefits the La Mirada Meals on Wheels-providing hot, nutritious meals to the elderly and disabled in the La Mirada area since 1975.

The dinner is named after the late Lou Piltz who served on the Board of Directors and also served as President and Treasurer of Meals On Wheels La Mirada. The dinner will include, spaghetti, meat sauce, salad and garlic bread.

Entertainment will be provided by students of the Visual and Performing Arts Academy of La Mirada High School.

There will be a 50/50 contest and two raffles with various prizes.

Desserts will be provided by the La Mirada Ebell Club for a nominal donation.

Editor of the La Mirada Blog, Tony Aiello will be the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

For tickets or for more information, please contact Meals On Wheels at 562-943-0037.


 
Carriage Update: "Ball in McDonald's Court" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 15:57

La Mirada~The fate of the fabled Carriage Restaurant in La Mirada is still up in the air as McDonald’s now has to decide if they still want to build after the completion of a recent traffic study has called for a new traffic signal.

Owner of the property Rich Development Co. of Santa Ana wants to replace the coffee shop with a McDonald’s restaurant.

After waiting months for the completion of the study from the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Traffic Division, La Mirada City Planner Gabriel Bautista told the La Mirada Blog it indicates a traffic signal would have to be installed at Wicker Drive and Telegraph Road; which is just north of the site.

Bautista said the cost of the new signal is estimated to be $250,000-$300,000 and McDonald’s would be responsible for a significant part of that cost.

The city as well as other tenants of the Crossroads Center would chip in for the new signal as well.

However, McDonald’s is now deciding if they still want to go through with the project and the “ball is in their court,” said Bautista.

If they do decide to move forward, the next step would be an approval from the La Mirada Planning Commission. The commission would only be approving the proposed drive-thru by McDonalds; the Carriage site is already zoned for restaurant use.

Bautista said he does not expect to hear from McDonalds until perhaps March, but that could change.

The Carriage has been closed since December 2nd when an early morning fire ripped through the eatery’s kitchen, destroying it.

It is still unclear if owner Louis Liu will be able to fund a rebuild if the McDonald’s deal falls through.

 
The Electrical Billy Elliot Opening at La Mirada Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Entertainment & Arts

La Mirada~The ten-time Tony Award-winning musical Billy Elliot will play La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, presented by La Mirada and McCoy Rigby Entertainment.

The production will begin performances Jan. 16, 2015, prior to an official opening Jan. 17, and will continue through Feb. 8.

Billy Elliot, adapted from the film of the same name, features music by Elton John and book and lyrics by Lee Hall.

La Mirada Theatre’s very own artistic director, Brian Kite will direct.

The cast features Mitchell Booooo as Billy. Booooo replaced Noah parets who broke his arm in rehearsals.

Also featured is Vicki Lewis as Mrs. Wilkinson, David Atkinson as Billy's Father, Jake Kitchin as Michael, Stephen Weston as Tony, Jamie Torcellini as George, Marsha Waterbury as Grandma, Kim Huber as Billy's Mum, Brandon Forrest as Adult Billy, Neil Dale as Mr. Braithwaite, Sammy Gayer as Debbie and R.J. Higton as Tall Boy.

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La Mirada Bobby Sox Accepting Sign-Ups PDF Print E-mail
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Community
Written by Tony Aiello   
Sunday, 11 January 2015 18:58

La Mirada~Bobby Sox volunteers will be at Stater Bros. and Albertsons every weekend in January from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. accepting sign-ups for the upcoming 2015 season.

No experience is necessary for girls ages 4-18 and all girls are guaranteed to play every game.

Registration fees are $135.00 for La Mirada residents and $160.00 for non-residents. Regular registration ends January 31st with fees increasing after.

For more information call (714) 296-7621 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


 
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