The La Mirada Blog Story

Tony Aiello at City Hall
La Mirada Blog founder Tony Aiello

In 1999 I began speaking about La Mirada on a fifteen-minute radio broadcast I paid for every Sunday in Hollywood-La Mirada talk radio was born.

At the same time, I was writing for the Southeast Cities Tribune, a newspaper based in Norwalk. It was run by Jay Johnson (has anyone seen Jay?) and it covered La Mirada news with its "La Mirada edition." I had a little column. It was the last paper to cover La Mirada news as it closed up shop in 2000.

Also in 2000, I began broadcasting "The Tony Aiello Show" on AdviceRadio.com-a live weekly hour-long on something called Internet Radio (before the term podcast) and we discussed social issues, politics, and of course La Mirada.

In the mid-2000's the show, basically an all-volunteer effort, was renamed "The La Mirada Blog Radio Show" and continued off and on until 2012. Many special guests appeared on the show over the years- a "Who's who of La Mirada".

At the urging of the community, I began to think of ways we could provide local news without having the burden of the cost associated with producing a newspaper. 

When the Internet started to become more mainstream, the La Mirada Blog was officially born on January 30, 2004 on the site weatherscout.com. The first post was in a form we called a web-log of information, or a blog. The lamiradablog.com website debuted in March of 2010.

The La Mirada Blog on Facebook and X (formerly Twitter) and YouTube debuted in 2009 along with Instagram in 2018 and we are also on Tumblr, Flickr and Tik Tok. We total over 25,000 followers on our social media channels.

The La Mirada Blog also served as an inspiration for the La Mirada Olive Fest and the La Mirada history book, "Reflections from McNally's Mirror."

The La Mirada Blog has proudly served over 20 years now as a platform to share breaking news, local stories and tidbits of interest to La Mirada residents past and present.

Owner/Editor-Tony Aiello

Contributing writer-Brian Day

Contributing writer-Miles Aiello

Contributing writer/photographer-Grace Suphamark

Meet Grace. She’s just your average girl who loves to wear muumuus on her days off, drink ice-cold beers, and questions what she wants to do with her life. She’s also a writer and photographer, born and raised in La Mirada. Yup, she’s a native. Her life is a constant quest for the imperfect blend of entertainment, creativity, and a well-cooked meal. When Grace isn't busy putting pen to paper, she’s out there road-trippin’ to New Orleans, eating street food in Bangkok, and, of course, checking out the show at the local theater.

As a connoisseur of budget eating and travel, Grace has an uncanny ability to find the extraordinary in the ordinary. If you’re ever in need of a dose of flavor and a dash of adventure in your life, just follow Grace’s escapades. She’s the person who loves to remind us that life is better with a side of fries and a generous sprinkling of spontaneity.