Public Invited to Attend Free Art Demonstration

Public Invited to Attend Free Art Demonstration

La Mirada~Adrienne Medrano, graphic designer for La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, will discuss a new art program titled Young Rembrandts at the La Mirada Arts Colony meeting on Monday, Sept. 14th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the La Mirada Resource Center, 13710 La Mirada Blvd.

Young Rembrandts employs local artists to teach drawing skills to children (ages 3-12) in La Mirada and surrounding communities. Medrano will discuss the program and give a free art demonstration.

The public is invited, and artists may submit resumes for teaching positions. For more information, contact Madeline Thomas at (562) 941-4116. 

New ID Policy at La Mirada High Begins Today

New ID Policy at La Mirada High Begins Today

New ID policy has some concerned

La Mirada~Students attending La Mirada High School beginning this year, will be required to wear an ID around their neck at all times, while on campus.

The lanyards, with a plastic badge holder attached at the end, hang around the students neck to display their ID.

Incoming La Mirada freshmen Julian Hernandez and A.J. Aiello show off their new ID lanyards.

Michelle Millan, Executive Secretary to the Superintendent of the School District told us, " This is a school-based decision.  La Mirada is the only high school out of the four, to implement such a policy at this time".

Ron Carroll, Assistant Principal/Discipline at La Mirada, sat down with us recently, "The ID must be appropriately displayed at all times. This will help us with daily operations. The purpose in having students display their ID is to assist in providing our students with a more safe and secure environment."

When asked what the student's response has been, Carroll replied, "Very positive".

Seniors seem to be having the biggest issue with it, since they have went three years without having to wear something around their neck, and now they have to. A lot of students are expressing dismay, but that is usually the case when there is change.

"This is actually nothing new. We have always had an ID policy in place. Students have always been required to carry their ID's on them", said Carroll.

Some wonder if this is an impossible policy to enforce, fearing the school administration will be spending much of their time dealing with lost and forgotten ID's.

"I have heard those concerns", said Carroll, "but we are confident after a period of time, everyone will settle in. There is a demerit process-that has always been in place-for violators".

Most parents we talked to seemed to be in favor, "Anything that makes my son safer, or give the perception he is safer, is ok by me", said parent Maria Perez.

According to the student handbook, the policy will allow school personnel to easily identify those who should be on campus and those who are unauthorized.

I asked Carroll if there was an issue of not having enough security to handle the huge student population, and this was just a way to make securities job easier. "Absolutely not, the security personnel at La Mirada have always had complete control. This just gives them another tool"

At this time the school is "requesting" that teachers wear the lanyards. The school is looking into union/legal complications of requiring the teachers to wear them.

Carroll did not indicate whether the ID's would be required at after-school events.

Fund-Raiser for La Mirada Teen Today

Fund-Raiser for La Mirada Teen Today

La Mirada~A fund-raiser will be held all day today at the Elephant Bar Restaurant for La Mirada teen Blake Browning, who was injured in a football field accident in 2007.

Print out the flyer on this web-site, bring it in, and the restaurant will donate 15% of your bill to the Blake Browning fund.

Through fundraisers, gracious donations and loving support, Blake has been able to remain in extensive physical therapy so that someday, he can regain full use of his hands and ultimately walk again.

Visit for more about Blake's story.

Restaurant is located at 14303 Fiorestone Blvd., La Mirada.


The Third Annual Blake Browning Charity Golf Tournament will take place on Friday, October 9, 2009 at West Ridge Golf Course in La Habra.  100% of the proceeds raised will go towards Blake's medical expenses.

For more information visit or for golf information contact Jorge Ruvalcaba at (714) 401-3689, or Ken Taylor for silent auction donations at (562) 896-1589.

Please make check payable to: Be Perfect c/o Blake 10 Recovery Fund #501 C 3 26 1485814

Suburban League Week 0 Recap; Week 1 Preview

Suburban League Week 0 Recap; Week 1 Preview

Suburban League Week 1: 

Week 0 Review: Well I was right on picking five of the seven winners from this past weekend games. There was no shortage of close games. It started with La Mirada vs. St Paul on Friday night, and it came down to the final few minutes with the visiting Matadores prevailing. Then, to round out the first week of games, Glenn held off a furious comeback by the host Santa Ana Valley Falcons at the Santa Ana Bowl on Saturday afternoon. 

Week 0 Results: 

Norwalk 63 South El Monte 3: Norwalk got its double-wing attack rolling as they rolled passed South El Monte.

La Mirada 15 St. Paul 7: La Mirada suffered a few injuries, but they look to continue their charge toward another league title. Backup Shane Blood stepped in and helped lead the Mats to a huge victory; the school's first against St. Paul.

Glenn 28 Valley 26: The Eagles showed grit and determination as they fought themselves to a victory. They were led by QB Jose Escobar who looked very comfortable in the pocket, threw for 3 TDs, and added another rushing.

Montebello 14 Bellflower 0: The host Buccaneers never got themselves on track as they fell to the visiting Oilers from Montebello

Chino Hills 30 Mayfair 6: The Host Huskies could have made the lead larger if not for a few miscues during the game.

Beckman 31 Cerritos 13: Cerritos is still searching for their first win in over 12 games. They looked over-matched in this game.

Edison 36 Artesia 0: The pioneers speedy offense was neutralized by the attacking defense of the host Chargers.

Week 1 Preview:

La Mirada Pricks host Swordsmen for the First Time

La Mirada Pricks host Swordsmen for the First Time

Santa Fe Springs~With its two most acclaimed players sidelined by apparent serious injuries, the zebras throwing flags against it at about a 3-1 ratio and a scoreboard operator who suddenly forgot to start the clock with 29 seconds left and St. Paul out of timeouts, La Mirada survived with tons of heart in Friday evening's heartstopping victory, 15-7, over the host Swordsmen.


The triumph spoiled the return of legendary Marijon Ancich, tied for the all-time winningest high school coach in California history, and marked the biggest win for the Matadores in perhaps a decade, certainly a major hurdle in their attempt to return to prominence.

Time to Say Goodbye to an Old Reliable Friend

Time to Say Goodbye to an Old Reliable Friend


Mike and Lupita Lopez say goodbye to a car that has been with Mike-in La Mirada-since 1954.

La Mirada~ Mike Lopez of La Mirada summed it up in a few words, "Boy, I sure hate to see her go."

The "her' he is referring to is his beloved 1951 Studebaker Starlite, which has called Lopez' La Mirada garage, home, for 55 years.

Lopez says he literally, "bought the car from a little old lady in Pasadena. I then drove it to work and back for the next 20 years."

After purchasing the automobile in 1954, Lopez bought his then brand-new La Mirada home in 1956, and the car has been with him every step of the way, until now.

The car with its legendary "panoramic view" back windows, has been a  familiar sight in this La Mirada neighborhood for many years,especially when it was in its prime.

"She never once broke down on me during all of these years", Lopez said.

It has had a few paint jobs over the years, and remains in excellent condition; and it still runs.

However, the last 10 years or so, the car has mostly had garage duty, with only occasional outings.

Now, his daugter Marcy and her husband Richard of Corona, have purchased the car and it's time for it to move on to a new generation within the family.




Phantom Projects Theatre Group Announces Play Titles for its 2009-10 Season
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Phantom Projects Theatre Group Announces Play Titles for its 2009-10 Season

Phantom Projects' 13th Season of Theatre for a Teen Audience

La Mirada~Phantom Projects Educational Theatre Group, which uniquely brings live theatre to teen audiences, has selected the lineup for the 2009/2010 Season of Theatre for Teens at its home in La Mirada, The La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

October 22, 2009 A Thousand Cranes Sadako Saski was 2 years old when the atomic bomb dropped on the small city she lived in: Hiroshima. Ten years later, she was diagnosed with "radiation sickness." A Thousand Cranes tells the true and poignant story of her battle and the tradition of folding origami miniatures: If a sick person folds a thousand cranes, the Gods will grant her a wish and make her healthy. She happily begins folding hundreds of colorful paper cranes; when she falls short, her classmates continue her mission by folding 650 more cranes. A statue of Sadako, as a tribute to all of the children killed by the bombings, stands tall in the Hiroshima Tribute Garden. The production is Written by  Kathryn Schultz Miller and Directed by Kate Barrett.

Station Fire Update (New)

Station Fire Update (New)

Los Angeles~The Station Fire started off of Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2) about one mile above Angeles Crest Fire Station around 3:30 p.m., Wed., Aug. 26. Los Angeles County Fire reported that this fire has burned 144,743 acres (that area encompasses 226 square miles) and is 38 percent contained as of 8 a.m., Thur., Sept. 3. Approximately 10,000 residences are threatened at this time (500 commercial structures and 2000 outbuildings).  

Over 4,735 personnel are working the fire. 12 Helitankers, 7 helicopters, 11 air tankers (including the DC-10, the 747 and the Martin Mars), 433 Engines, 107 hand crews, and 60 dozers are all working the fire. 64 residences and recreational cabins have been confirmed as destroyed along with 3 commercial and 27 others. 

Students Busy Even Before School Year Begins

Students Busy Even Before School Year Begins

La Mirada High School Senior, Itzy Alardcon, will be providing updates from LMHS throughout the school year for us. Let's welcome her to the La Mirada Blog.You go Itzy! Thanks!

La Mirada~Hey La Mirada students, school is just around the corner, and there are many things already happening at LMHS. 

The first Varsity football game will be Friday September 4th vs. St. Paul at St. Paul.  Also, many of the clubs and organizations have been very busy as well, preparing for the upcoming school year. 

ASB has been spending countless hours planning class registration days, back to school rallies, and the 9/11 memorial.  Link Crew has also been spending many long hours planning for the new incoming freshman.  Link Crew leaders had to attend two, day-long training sessions to properly teach and assist the new freshman class. 

The Positive Alternatives Outreach program was unfortunately discontinued by the school district because of the budget cuts.  Thankfully, the City of La Mirada decided that the program was too good to let be thrown away, and has in fact adopted the program.  Therefore, PAO is starting a new chapter, and hoping to bring even more positive attention to the group. 

Positive Alternatives, along with many other clubs such as Key Club, have been spending many hours at back-to-school registration with sign-up booths, in hope that more and more people will join and make this upcoming school year even better. 

So, this school year, don’t let the year pass you by without joining a club, participating in an event, or going to a game to cheer on your Matadore athletes!!!