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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 16:19

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Please be aware a black Chrysler.300 around La Mirada going around stealing your valuables when you're not looking. My daughter and her husband parked in my driveway just for a few minutes to pick up the babies. Once they came back their wallets were taken. A neighbor came running to let us know a strange looking tall white male came around and quickly ran away from the house. Unfortunately we've lived here a long time and because we've never experienced this before, we thought it would never happen to us. A very valuable lesson learned —  feeling angry-Regina Trevino

There is a painting contractor going by ###### ###### & ########## ####### operating within the city limits of La Mirada, and they are preying on local senior citizens. They do have a contractor’s license but not a La Mirada city business license. They have painted many houses in the city over the years.Their work may be decent work but nonetheless, they continually stop by every year or so and suggest other painting or repair work and even say the house needs to be painted again. The particular experience I know of is of a house painted by the company less than 5 years ago and definitely does not need to be repainted again. They do not wait for the work to be solicited by the homeowner, but knock on the door recommending work often not needed because they have gained the trust of the senior citizen. They charged $5500 to paint a house less than 1200 square feet, that was painted fairly recently. -Anonymous

I have had 2 vehicles stolen from the 14000 block Valley View Avenue. The latest was a F750 service truck on 11/4/16 @ 4:05 AM out of my driveway. The GPS was defeated 12 minutes later in a neighborhood on Imperial Hwy west of Valley View. No leads at this point-G. Smith

Heads up my dads truck was broken into on Libra drive. 1st time someone has broken into anything the 35 years I've lived there.  -Brian

 
Business Beat: Steinmart May Switch to Ross; Elephant Bar Closes its Doors PDF Print E-mail
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Business
Written by Tony Aiello   
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 19:30

La Mirada~According to a source, for unnamed reasons, the Steinmart located at 15754 Imperial Highway will be closing its doors when its lease expires in February. Multiple sources have also indicated to us that a Ross Department Store may take its place.The Steinmart is expected to remain open through the end of the year.

Also, we received a message the Elephant Bar Restaurant at 14303 Firestone Boulevard has shuttered. We tried calling the restaurant earlier this evening to confirm, but there was no answer and no message opportunity. After visiting the site, we can confirm the restaurant has closed.

The Costa Mesa-based parent S.B. Restaurant Co. filed for bankruptcy in 2014 and closed 16 units. They also closed 4 units in the Bay area last month. A check of the chains website revealed the La Miirada location has been omitted with only three Southern California locations remaining.

In 1980, founder of the Carrows family-dining chain, David Nancarrow, opened the first Elephant Bar Restaurant location in Lubbock, Texas. At one time, the chain had 25 stores in six states.

The La Mirada Blog has also learned the Big O Tires on Valley View Avenue has also closed its doors.


 
La Mirada Library Renovations Almost Complete PDF Print E-mail
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Community

The end of the work is drawing closer as the Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe and the County of Los Angeles Public Library have announced a dedication and tour event for the remodeled La Mirada Library.

The event is scheduled for Monday, November 21 at 1:30 p.m.

The Library is currently undergoing a $4 million renovation project. The funds for the project were provided by Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe as part of the Supervisor’s “Operations Library” campaign. Through the campaign, five libraries in the Los Angeles County 4th district have been upgraded.

Renovations to the 45 year-old library include new flooring, ceilings, paint, lighting, furniture and equipment. The library will also feature a teen work room, study rooms, an extensive children’s area, a conference room, and a space for the Friends of the Library group.

For more information, contact the City of La Mirada at (562) 943-0131.

 
La Mirada News Bites #5 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Sunday, 06 November 2016 17:16

Development

La Mirada Living is reporting that the new McDonald’s at Telegraph Road and Imperial Highway should be open around January. Across the street at the former Starbucks, The Habit Burger Grill, which is renovating the building should also be open around the same time. Progress continues on Shabuya, the all-you-can-eat shabu restaurant that will feature over 6,000 square feet of dining area and 69 tables.  It will be located at the long-vacant former China Star building at the southeast corner of Rosecrans Avenue and La Mirada Boulevard. Also, the magazine is reporting Piara Pizza will be opening a store at 13930 Imperial Boulevard in the Imperial Plaza. Piara is similar to Lil’ Caesars offering ready to go pizza and more.

Arts Colony of La Mirada

The next meeting will be held on Monday, November 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the La Mirada Resource Center, 13710 La Mirada Blvd.  Artist Joseph Yakovetic will demonstrate portrait painting in acrylics. Mr. Yakovetic is also the President of the La Mirada Symphony Orchestra.  The demonstration is free to the art appreciating public.  For further information call 562-448-3427, 562-941-4116 or find us at acolm.org. Also, the Colony's annual "Mirrors of your Mind" juried art show will begin Monday November 7 at the La Mirada Activity Center. Pieces will be on display from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, with the closing awards reception to be held on Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Come to enjoy the remarkable pool of fine art residing in our local environs.

Toy & Food Drive

You can help those less fortunate this holiday season with La Mirada's annual Holiday Toy & Food Drive. Now through December 12, donations of new, unwrapped toys, and nonperishable food items will be accepted at the following City facilities: Activity Center, Resource Center, Community Gymnasium, Community Sheriff's Station, Splash!, City Hall, and participating local businesses throughout La Mirada. This worthwhile program will help provide holiday gifts and meals for La Mirada families in need during the holiday season. For more information, contact the City of La Mirada at (562) 902-3160.

Smart Driver Courses

The La Mirada Activity Center will be hosting AARP Smart Driver courses in November. The full course is a two-day class for older adults, taking place on Thursday and Friday, November 17-18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Upon completion of the course, participants could receive discounts on their auto insurance rates. Full attendance on both days is required.

Also being offered is a refresher course on Thursday, November 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a one-day class that covers materials learned in the two-day class. It is recommended to attend the two-day course before enrolling in the refresher course. A trained instructor will teach the courses. Materials, including course guidebooks, will be provided to each participant. Both programs cost $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. To register, or for more information, contact the La Mirada Activity Center at (562) 902-3160.

 
I-5/Valley View Interchange Project Finally Gets Underway PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Thursday, 03 November 2016 00:00

U.S. Representative Grace Napolitano, Assemblyman Ian Calderon, Supervisor Don Knabe, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, La Mirada Mayor Steve DeRuse await to speak at the I-5/Valley View Interchange groundbreaking. Photo Tony Aiello (c) La Mirada Blog 2016

La Mirada~The time has finally come as Caltrans and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)  announced construction of the final phase of the $1.9 billion I-5 South Corridor Improvement Project has officially got underway.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held at an old furniture store parking lot Wednesday, October 26th.

The sixth and final segment, the $631 million I-5/Valley View Interchange Project, extends from Artesia Boulevard to North Fork Coyote Creek near Alondra Boulevard and will add new carpool lanes and general-purpose lanes in each direction through the cities of Buena Park, La Mirada, Cerritos and Santa Fe Springs.

“This is the final hurdle toward making transportation safer and less congested along this vital stretch of the I-5 South corridor,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. It brings us one step closer toward improving freeway connections for commerce and the local communities.

The project will replace the two bridges at Valley View with a six-lane overcrossing that will span 1,600 feet. Additional improvements include the construction of a railroad bridge, reconfiguring on-and-off ramps and the realigning of Firestone Boulevard.

Guest speakers at the ceremony included Grace Napolitano, U.S. Representative, Congressional District 32; Ian Calderon, Assembly Member District 57; Supervisor Don Knabe, LA County Fourth District and Metro Board Member; John Fasana, Chair, Metro Board and City of Duarte Councilmember; Steve DeRuse, La Mirada Mayor; Eric Garcetti, First Vice Chair, LA Metro Board, and Los Angeles Mayor; and Monica Gourdine, Associate Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration.

No closures of Valley View Avenue are expected for the duration of the project; however South Firestone Boulevard will be closed for an extended period of time.

The project is expected to be completed in late 2019.

 
La Mirada Pearl Harbor Survivor to be Honored at Veterans Event PDF Print E-mail
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The City of La Mirada will host its annual Salute to Veterans event this Monday, November 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd. The public is invited to attend this worthwhile event which pays tribute to veterans and those currently serving in our military.

This year, the City is honored to welcome Mr. Lauren Bruner as its special guest. Mr. Bruner is a WWII Veteran, Pearl Harbor survivor, and La Mirada resident of more than 50 years. Mr. Bruner was the second to last soldier to leave the USS Arizona on the day of the Pearl Harbor attacks in 1941. Mr. Bruner will be releasing his historical novel, Second to the Last to Leave USS Arizona 12.7.41, on December 1, 2016. Signed copies of the book will be available for pre-order during the event. The City is honored to welcome Mr. Bruner to share his story during the event.

Wounded Warrior Project's National Speaker Mary Tallouzi will serve as this year’s key note speaker. Mary will tell her heartfelt story of a single mother who lost her son former Sgt. Daniel Tallouzi, following trauma suffered while serving our country in Iraq.

The City and community members will have an opportunity to honor La Mirada veterans who have returned home. Military street banners will be retired and presented to veterans and his or her family members during the ceremony on stage. Many veterans will be on hand to display memorabilia and talk to guests about their service. A video presentation showcasing photos submitted from local veterans will also be shown.

For more information about the event, contact the City’s Community Services Department at (562) 942-7277.

 
It's Time for Haloweenfest at Neff Estate PDF Print E-mail
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Community
Tuesday, 25 October 2016 04:27

The City of La Mirada invites families to enjoy a festive time at the City’s annual Halloweenfest on Monday, October 31 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the historic Neff Estate, 14300 San Bruno Drive.

The free event will feature a haunted maze, a Jack-O-Lantern contest, games and crafts, and food booths. House tours of the historic Neff Estate will also be offered. This family-oriented event is perfect for all ages.

A costume contest for participants and their pets will take place throughout the evening. Arrive early to enter and win!

The costume contest categories and start times are as follows:
Pets, 5:30 p.m; Ages 2 and under 5:50 p.m; 3 to 5 6:20 p.m; 6 to 8 6:50 p.m; 9 to 12 7:20 p.m.; 13 and up 7:50 p.m.

For more information, call the City’s Community Services Department at (562) 943-7277.

 
From Maddi's Closet Children's Cancer Fundraiser November 12th at Dodger Stadium PDF Print E-mail
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Living

Children fighting cancer will benefit from a fundraiser sponsored by From Maddi’s Closet on Saturday, November 12th in the exclusive Stadium Club at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles.

The “Knock It Out of the Park” themed event is one of the major fundraisers for From Maddi’s Closet’s efforts to assist children fighting cancer.  In recent years, the local group has donated more than $400,000 to provide emotional and financial support to three thousand patients and their families and support with children’s cancer research.

“Childhood cancer is the number one disease-related killer of children in our country, and it is critically important that we increase awareness of what we can do to fight this terrible disease,” says Donna Holmes, president and founder of From Maddi’s Closet. 

Holmes has been actively carrying her message about the battle against children’s cancer to local groups. She has spoken with local Chambers of Commerce, service clubs, businesses and numerous other community organizations.  She is available to speak to groups that are interested in learning more about the importance of working together to improve the lives of children and families facing this difficult battle.

From Maddi’s Closet is a local nonprofit organization started twelve months ago after Madison Leslie Holmes lost her battle with cancer at four years of age.

Maddi’s family and friends began the organization to carry on the extraordinary spirit of generosity and compassion the young girl had shown to other children fighting cancer. Despite her illness, Maddi befriended other children undergoing treatment, and gave her own toys and clothing to those in need.  She asked her family to sit with other children who were more sick, frightened or lonely when they had no family members at the hospital.

Since its early days, participation in From Maddi’s Closet has grown, and the organization has broadened its efforts to support children with cancer.  The group raises funds for pediatric cancer research, and offers support to ill children and their families whose emotional and financial needs are unmet by other assistance programs. The group provides many services – from an annual toy drive to events and activities geared for patients at Children’s Hospitals in Orange County and Los Angeles.

From Maddi’s Closet also involves children in helping children. A Junior Advisory Board composed of middle school and high school students represents the organization at many public events, operates public awareness booths, hosts inpatient and outpatient projects, and assists at the annual We Can Family Camp for children with cancer and the recent Meet the Experts Event for patients and families, co-sponsored by From Maddi’s Closet and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

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La Mirada to Host Council Districting Informational Workshop Oct. 20 PDF Print E-mail
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Politics
Sunday, 16 October 2016 10:04

La Mirada~The City is in the process of considering modifying its elections from the current at-large system, where all voters elect all members of the City Council, to a by-district system, where only voters in a given district vote on one person to represent them.  The City held the first of three public hearings on October 11 to gather community input to assist in setting City Council districts. Two more public hearings are scheduled for Tuesdays, October 25 and November 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

The City is also hosting a City Council Districting Informational Workshop on Thursday, October 20 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall to educate residents on the districting process. City staff will provide a demonstration of the on-line mapping tool that residents can use to participate in the process. Four map drafts are currently available online on the City’s website along with the district mapping tool where residents can suggest their own districts.

For more information on the Council Districting process, contact (562) 943-0131.

 
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