Former Mayor Pete Dames passed away this morning at 12:40 a.m. MST in Arizona after apparently suffering a stroke there last week while visiting family.
It is with an extremely heavy heart that I am having to report this as I sit here staring at my keyboard upon hearing the news.
He was involved in so many civic, service and educational organizations that it would be impossible to list them all here.
Mr. Dames was on the La Mirada City Council from 1994-2010, serving as mayor four times.
He also was the freshman coach for La Mirada High for many years; past-president and a charter member of the La Mirada Athletic Council, lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Knights of Columbus; the 605 football classic and board member of the La Mirada Youth Foundation and a main organizer of the "4 La Mirada Kids" carnival for the Kiwanis Club of La Mirada. (more)
Six suspects were arrested throughout La Mirada for various warrants and narcotics violations. Two suspects were arrested for grant theft auto. One suspect was arrested for felony weapon charges. Eleven suspects were arrested throughout La Mirada for various warrants and narcotics violations. Three suspects were arrested for theft. One suspect was arrested for vandalism. One suspect was arrested for felony weapon charges. One suspect was arrested for grand theft.
An afternoon robbery was reported on the 13300 block of Beach Blvd. One suspect was arrested. A robbery was reported on the 14400 block of Elmbrook Dr. This incident is still under investigation. A robbery occurred on the 13900 block of Ramhurst Dr. This incident is still under investigation.
An assault was reported on the 14300 block of San Cristobal Dr. No serious injuries were sustained during this incident. (more)
The La Mirada Matadores Boys varsity basketball squad began the 2022-23 season with a very busy week, playing five games in six days.
The 5th annual Rumble for Rosecrans, hosted by Sunny Hills High School features 32 different high school programs from around Southern California competing in four brackets. La Mirada competed in the West Region Bracket D. All games in this bracket were played at Fullerton High.
On Monday, La Mirada beat Huntington Beach 61-48. Sophomore guard Juliene Gomez led the Mats in scoring with 21 points; also contributing 10 rebounds and four assists. Senior Athan Sierra tossed in nine points. (more)
Developer of proposed ‘sustainable commercial center’ seeks changes to La Mirada’s zoning ordinance; public hearing planned Thursday
The La Mirada Planning Commission will host a public hearing Thursday to discuss zoning ordinance changes that have been requested by the developer behind a proposed 12,000-square-foot, sustainability-focused mixed-use commercial center.
YF Synergy, which is working to build The Grand at La Mirada project at 13525 S. Beach Blvd., has asked the city to make several amendments to Title 21 of the city’s zoning ordinance.
Billed as the city’s “most sustainable commercial project to date,’ the two-story commercial center would include restaurants, retail shops, an express vehicle washing facility, office space, eight electric vehicle charging stations and ample bicycle parking, according to a statement from the developer. (more)
The Los Angeles Registrar Recorder's Office released more numbers today as tabulation of the November 8th election continues.
Today's and this past Saturday's release were not initially scheduled-the registrar’s regular post-election update schedule is normally every Tuesday and Friday.
In the NLMUSD race, only 311 votes separate the top four candidates, with that pack seemingly pulling away from the field.
It is unclear how many ballots are left to be counted; four seats are up for grabs.
The registrar is tentatively scheduled to certify the election by Dec. 5. (more)
Active shooter training
Temple Beth Ohr La Mirada is hosting an active shooter and response training meeting on November 14th, 2022 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Protective security advisor Brian L. Keith (U.S. Department of Homeland Security), will speak about security awareness for soft targets and crowded places. This event is free, but space is limited-pre-registration is required here.
Temple Beth Ohr is located at 15721 Rosecrans Avenue in the City of La Mirada.
Outside looking in
With its loss to Downey in the final scheduled game of the season, La Mirada High was left out of the CIF-SS playoffs for the first time since the mid-eighties. Meanwhile, work continues on the new football stadium at the school with hopes of it being ready for the 2023 campaign.
The La Mirada Pop Warner Football 12U team, headed by Manny Rodriguez, recently competed at So-Fi Stadium against the La Habra 12U team. (more)
Residents asked to increase their contribution to the college by 60 percent
A major property tax for La Mirada and nearby small cities is on the ballot this November, despite one official saying the money is unnecessary.
“Every time I’ve been on campus these last few months, I’ve seen no students,” said Marisa Perez, a Lakewood resident serving on the Cerritos College Board of Trustees, “Why are we going to build buildings that are going to be empty?”
The trustees voted July 20 to put a $425 million bond measure, known as Measure CC, on the ballot this November. The money will be used for classrooms but also for unnecessary, fun projects: a “front door” (main entrance way) and a new administration building complete with a board room for the trustees. (more)
Fifteen suspects were arrested throughout La Mirada for various warrants and narcotics violations. Among them, two suspects were arrested for grand theft auto. One suspect was arrested for grand theft auto. One suspect was arrested for felony weapon charges. One suspect was arrested for violation of probation.
A residential burglary was reported in the evening time on the 13100 block of Clearwood Ave. Tools were reported stolen during a residential burglary on the 15100 block of Vanada Rd. A burglary to a residence was reported on the 14200 block of Whiterock Dr. An early morning attempted residential burglary was reported on the 15200 block of Las Flores Ave. (more)
New flag walk added this year
The City of La Mirada and the La Mirada VFW Post 9148 cordially invites military personnel and the community to three separate free events to honor, recognize and celebrate veterans, active military service personnel, and members of military families.
The annual Salute to Veterans Event will take place on Monday, November 7th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
The Event will include military memorabilia displays, veterans’ resources, and a patriotic ceremony with military presentations, musical performances, and guest speakers. (more)
Arlie F. Hutchinson passed away this day October 24 in 1953.
The Arlie F. Hutchinson Middle School (formerly Hutchinson Intermediate School), opened its doors September 21, 1956 and commemorates a La Mirada pioneer-an ordinary fellow-who nonetheless placed his mark in the annals of La Mirada history.
Hutchinson was orphaned at birth in Kansas in 1879. He was reared by his grandparents who moved to Clearwater (now Paramount) California in 1888. They arrived in La Mirada in 1893, coincidentally, the same year La Mirada founder Andrew McNally constructed a mansion on his Windermere Ranch, now known as the Neff Mansion at Neff Park.
Hutchinson would remain in La Mirada for the rest of his life (60 years). (more)