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Latest La Mirada News; City Council Bypasses Sarega Again PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 07:19

TICKER: The old traffic signals from the 1960’s have been removed and upgraded at Imperial/Telegraph. Shabuya Restaurant looks like it’s about to open soon. The Habit Burger Grill also looks like it will be opening soon. Receiving reports Oxman’s Surplus may start selling guns. City reporting eviction notice will be served at the end of the month to marijuana dispensary at Green Hills Shopping Center South. It appears The Flag Man may have been evicted from his home at De Alcala/Valley View. The City Council is considering banning smoking in all La Mirada parks. K-Grill cuisine has opened at Roseview Center North.

Council Reorganizes

John Lewis and Andrew Sarega were sworn in as the newest La Mirada City Council members March 28th at the reorganization meeting after their recent election victories. The council elected Ed Eng as the new Mayor and Larry Mowles as the Mayor Pro-Tem. Sarega was bypassed for a third time, sparking a war of words at the meeting, with Eng and Councilman Steve DeRuse saying Sarega is “unqualified” to lead the city. Sarega, disappointed, said that the Mayor position in La Mirada is mostly ceremonial. Traditionally, La Mirada Mayors have “taken turns” being Mayor since the city was incorporated in 1960. The only other time a councilperson was bypassed, as far as we can tell, was Ken Jones in the late 1970’s.

La Mirada Jazz Band

The 8-Bit Jazz Heroes is a duo out of La Mirada that arranges and performs jazz versions of classic video game music. They’re currently booking about three to four gigs a week and have a residency every Wednesday night at Eqeko Peruvian Cuisine in Santa Ana. They are also working on their first EP. They just finished performing at BeachCon, a CSULB gaming convention. Check out their website and Facebook page.

Relay for Life La Mirada

The event will take place May 20-21 at Splash! Aquatic Center benefiting the American Cancer Society. The relay is partnering with Clothes for the Cause. This year they need as many donations as possible. Here is a link to their Facebook Event Page.

Where: IQ Air Headquarters at 14351 Firestone Blvd. in the parking lot on Saturday April 8th taking donations until 1:00 p.m. or call (949) 463-6061 for early Saturday pickup.


 
La Mirada High Sophomore Receives NASCAR Award Recognizing Racing Skills PDF Print E-mail
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La Mirada~Zooming across a black-and-white checkered finish line at 140 miles an hour in a 400-horsepower car is not unusual for La Mirada High School sophomore Ryan Vargas, who’s been racing since he was 11.

“Growing up, I always loved monster trucks, demolition derbies and Thomas the Tank Engine,” Ryan said. “When my dad took me to a NASCAR event at Irwindale Speedway, I found out that kids could actually race cars and saw it as an opportunity to do something I loved.”

Since then, Ryan has tied for national championships in the Bandolero division in 2014, set five track records across Nevada, California and Arizona, and earned Rookie of the Year in 2015 at The Bullring at Las Vegas. In 2016, he competed in 27 races, placing in the top five 12 times and top 10 25 times, along with reaching fifth place in the California state standings.

Most recently, he was awarded the Wendell Scott Trailblazer Award by NASCAR, which recognizes a high-performing minority or female driver contributing on and off the track in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

“I’m just really, really thankful,” Ryan said. “Being selected to receive this amazing award is such an honor in my life and in my career.”

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La Mirada Arts Colony Home Garden Tour April 23rd PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Thursday, 30 March 2017 20:17

The Arts Colony of La Mirada will hold their next meeting on Monday, April 3rd, at 6:30 p.m. at the La Mirada Resource Center located at 13710 La Mirada Blvd

Watercolor artist Jim Shalchak will demonstrate his technique by emphasizing the importance of selective vision through simplification and focus.  The meeting is free to the art appreciating public.

The Arts Colony will be presenting its Art in the Garden Tour on Sunday, April 23 from 12 to 4 p.m.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the parking area east of the Activity Center at 13810 La Mirada Blvd.

Four home gardens will be viewed that will showcase various gardening styles and artwork from members and students.  Light refreshments will be served.  For information call 562-760-3175, 562-944-4535. Art entry forms for garden tour available here.

 
Jacks Leads La Mirada Expansion PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Thursday, 30 March 2017 20:09

La Mirada~IMPACT Properties, a premier real estate agency with more than $128 million in transactions, recently announced its expansion into Los Angeles County with the opening of a new office in La Mirada to meet market demand.

In addition to the agency’s headquarters in Orange County, the new space doubles IMPACT’s footprint in Southern California.

Don Jacks, a real estate veteran with more than 20 years of experience, was tapped by IMPACT Properties’ founder and CEO Aaron Zapata to lead the new office which offers residential listings, foreclosures and property management services.

Seasoned Real Estate Professional Takes Helm of New Office

With more than two decades of experience selling homes in communities throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties, Don Jacks will lead the new La Mirada office, effective immediately. Jacks is ranked in the top three percent of REALTORS® nationwide, and is a real estate coach for one of the leading real estate coaching and training companies in the world and brings his coaching experience to help his agents succeed.

A proud father of four, Jacks has coached youth soccer since 2000 and is a founding member and president of the La Mirada Soccer Association, serving the soccer needs of more than 1,000 children in the community.

“As a local resident, I am invested in this community and look forward to leading the L.A. office,” said Jacks. “IMPACT’s approach to achieving results for our clients with unparalleled customer service and innovative marketing tools drew me to the agency. I look forward to working with the team of agents and the community to support their real estate needs.”

IMPACT Properties’ new office is located at 16700 Valley View Avenue, Suite 300 in La Mirada.

 
3rd Annual La Mirada Mayor's Prayer Breakfast April 7th PDF Print E-mail
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La Mirada~ A morning of inspiration is promised at the 3rd Annual La Mirada Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, Friday, April 7th at the Holiday Inn.

The keynote speaker will be La Mirada resident Tony Corrente, former Neff and La Mirada High School social science teacher, current NFL referee and throat cancer survivor.

Tickets are $20 and includes a buffet breakfast, musical entertainment and of course, prayers.

For more information and to purchase tickets direct, visit the event website here.

 
Latest News From The Hall PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 March 2017 18:36

Extra Revenue is Always a Good Thing

The City Council recently reviewed its annual mid-year budget report. The report showed an improving economy as key revenue sources remain stable with some expected to exceed budget estimates. Overall, General Fund operating revenues for the current year are expected to reach $43.8 million, which is $2.1 million over the budgeted amount. General Fund operating expenditures are projected at $30.9 million, which is slightly below the budget. These figures do not include fund transfers for capital improvement projects. The estimates reflect ongoing efforts to manage costs even with conservative budgeting.

The mid-year report also emphasized the City’s continued commitment to maintaining public safety as a top priority and ongoing investment in local infrastructure. At mid-year, Measure I revenues were $2.22 million. Revenues are projected to reach $6.10 million at year end, an increase of $425,000 or 7.48 percent above the conservative budget estimate. This funding source is used for neighborhood infrastructure repairs, and the third phase of improvements is currently in progress. The one percent Measure I sales tax ends on March 31, 2018.

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Newly Renovated La Mirada Library Ready to Open PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Friday, 17 March 2017 04:29

La Mirada~The newly renovated La Mirada Library will fully open for business on Monday, March 20 at 4:30 p.m.

Everyone is invited to visit the library for an open house and fun activities from 4:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served by the library’s support group, the Friends of the La Mirada Library.

 
Benton Student to Sing National Anthem at Staples PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 16:41

La Mirada~Britanny Fisheli will be singing the National Anthem at the Lakers/Clippers game April 1st at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The 13-year old La Mirada resident and Benton Middle School student is an aspiring singer, dancer, actress and songwriter with ten short and full-length films to her credit including, A Glitter of Hope (2016), The Dark Tapes (2017) and Beyond Approval (2016).

She has recently appeared in the Nickelodeon series “Henry Danger." Check out her website here.


 
“Love La Mirada” Day of Service Event March 25th PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 16:49

The second annual “Love La Mirada” day of service event will be held on Saturday, March 25 from 8 a.m. to noon. Projects include cleaning up local parks, making improvements at schools, writing letters to armed forced troops, and other creative service projects.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. with a “Love La Mirada” launch rally at Heights Christian Elementary School, 12200 Oxford Drive. At the launch rally, volunteers will receive t-shirts, coffee, official wristbands, and further instructions on service projects. Projects will finish around noon, and teams will return to Heights Christian Elementary School for lunch, music, a bounce house, and other activities.

Inspired by the Love Our Cities movement that began in Modesto, California; Love La Mirada aims to partner with La Mirada organizations, businesses, schools, and residents to serve for the benefit of the community.

To sign up for a service project, visit the Love La Mirada website at lovelamirada.org.

 
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